The two Joe Pride-trained stablemates Kuro and Ball Of Muscle are currently installed as co-favourites in the 2015 QTC Oaks betting markets for the handicap sprint at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse on the weekend.
Set to run as Queensland Oaks Day Race 5 at 2:37pm (AEST), this year’s $175,000 Group 2 Magic Millions QTC Cup (1200m) field features only eight hopefuls including two from the Sydney stables of Pride.
Drawn side by side in barriers two and one respectively are Kuro and Ball Of Muscle who Ladbrokes.com.au currently have installed as equal $3.40 favourites to win the QTC Cup this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Craig Williams rides Denman colt Kuro, retaining the mount after guiding him to a half-length win over Sarajevo in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1200m) at the track from earlier in the month.
Ball Of Muscle then has Glyn Schofield in the saddle as the ultra-consistent Dubawi four-year-old shoots for his first win since the Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Gosford in early January.
This time in the gelding has placed second in both his assignments including behind Srikandi in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast on April 25 ahead of a winning Randwick barrier trial in the mud back on Monday.
Two of the Team Pride stablemates’ rivals are also at single figures to win the QTC Cup this year with That’s A Good Idea ($4) after back to back wins and market mover Dances On Stars ($10 into $9) getting some love from the punters.
Peter & Paul Snowden’s Flying Spur five-year-old That’s A Good Idea was dead last at the end of his summer prep in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill when 11th to Weary but showed nice improvement to resume at Scone on May 16 and win the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m).
Dance On Stars meanwhile represents fellow Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan, the Snitzel gelding having run third in the Victory Stakes two back before a fifth behind Riva De Lago last time out in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1300m) at the Sunshine Coast a fortnight ago.
The rest of the field pay between $11 and $31 for an upset QTC Cup result on Oaks Day including Office Bearer ($11) in barrier four for jockey Glen Boss and El Roca ($12) who is second-up with Tommy Berry in the saddle.
The Peter Moody-trained Officer stallion Office Bearer ran third on Caloundra Cup Day last time out behind the Darren Bell-trained seven-year-old Falino, rated an $18 chance in Saturday’s QTC Cup rematch, in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1000m) ahead of a step back up to 1200m.
El Roca is down in class off a disappointing first-up 11th to upset winner Hot Snitzel in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 9 when the Kiwi stallion, racing for the first time since last year’s Doncaster Handicap, was beaten over 10 lengths.
The QTC Cup field and betting markets are then rounded out by the outsider in the markets Time To Plunder ($31) in barrier three and carrying the 53kg lightweight after the Liam Birchley-trained six-year-old ran 13th in the Bribie Handicap with 57.5kg on his back.
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