The two-year-olds face off in the Champagne Classic 2015 at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday and below are our insider tips on the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival showdown.
Running as Race 5 at 2:07pm (AEST) on the Doomben Cup Day line-up, this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Bollinger Champagne Classic (1200m) features 15 juveniles.
Favourite in the latest Champagne Classic betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.70 for the win is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sempre Libera in gate eight for Blake Shinn, the Medaglia D’Oro filly after her first win since a 1200m success in the mud at Rosehill on April 1.
Also at single figures are the likes of Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Le Chef ($7), the Chris Waller-trained colt Counterattack ($8.50), Tony Gollan’s last start winner at the track Secret Saga ($9) and the Nick Olive-trained Golden Slipper graduate Single Gaze ($9.50) with a wide barrier 13 draw to overcome.
So should you stick with the bookies’ selections or is there value in tipping an upset Champagne Classic result from the likes of the Chris Munce-trained Wicked Intent ($10) or Ken Russell Memorial Classic winner Big Tree ($26) at big odds?
#1 Le Chef ($7)
This is the first time we see Darryl Hansen’s returning Exceed And Excel gelding Le Chef since his win in the lucrative $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast back in January, and if he comes back in the form he went out in he’ll be hard to beat. He has won three of his four starts to date, and is currently undefeated over 1200m with two previous wins at the distance. Only loss to date though was at Doomben where he returns this weekend, so if he handles the track he and jockey Luke Tarrant look a gun chance from a nice barrier two draw. Recent trial win bodes well fitness-wise too.
#12 Blueberry Hill ($14)
Drawn wider in gate 10 and taking on the boys again is Birchely’s talented Myboycharlie filly Blueberry Hill who looks a livewire chance on the back of her Ken Russell third at the Gold Coast. Before that she won back-to-back races earlier in the autumn including over the 1200m at the Sunshine Coast on a Heavy track, and her debut at Doomben where she returns this week. The race didn’t suit her last time out but she was strong to the line and a better run here could see her back in the winners’ stall.
#5 Counterattack ($8.50)
Sydney’s best Waller has a super record in Brisbane at Carnival time and this Redoute’s Choice colt is a livewire shot this Saturday based on his 1200m win at Warwick Farm in mid-April. This will be his first look at a black type field but has Sydney form and looks like he’ll improve.
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