The closing race on the Queensland Oaks Day card in Brisbane on Saturday is the 2015 Queensland Day Plate where Durendal is narrow favourite to win and extend his winning streak to three on the trot.
Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra’s Medaglia D’Oro gelding is one of 12 remaining three-year-olds in the $100,000 Listed Nuturf Queensland Day (1200m) field, the set weights race due to jump as Doomben Race 8 at 4:32pm (AEST).
A back-to-back winner over the distance at Caulfield at his two most recent starts, Durendal travels to Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse for the first time on the weekend and will look to add to his lovely record over the 1200m (4-3-0-1) in the Queensland Day from barrier five with Craig Williams in the saddle.
He pays $4.80 to do so in the latest Queensland Day odds at Ladbrokes.com.au and has settled in well in Brisbane where he arrived mid-week according to co-trianer Zahra.
“Last time in he wasn’t quite coping with his racing and buttering up again, but this time he’s coping really well,” Zahra told AAP.
“He went to Adelaide and came back again and put together a couple of good wins so he’s in good form and at the top of his game for Saturday.”
Five of Durendal’s rivals are also at single figures for the win including close second pick and market mover Cantbuybetter.
Smashed by the punter sin from $9 to $5, Hugh Bowman rides the Ben Currie-trained Toowoomba galloper from barrier 11, the Casino Prince gelding looking to retain an undefeated status.
He has won all four of his starts to date including two over the 1200m and his only other previous start at the track when winning a three-year-olds’ handicap over 1350m here last start back in early February.
The next best in Queensland Day betting at $6 is then Peggy Jean, Gerald Ryan’s Myboycharlie filly after her first win since taking out the Group 1 Inglis’ Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in April last year.
Her form since has been disappointing however including a ninth when beating home just one other runner last time out in Sydney’s Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) on March 28 ahead of her Doomben debut on Saturday.
Following closely to finish off the single figure hopes in the markets for the last on Oaks Day are then the Kelso Wood-trained rails-drawn She’s Miss Devine ($7.50) coming off a 1000m win at the Sunshine Coast from a fortnight ago, Chris Waller’s ultra-consistent Not A Single Doubt colt Good Project ($8) from Sydney who comes off a string of top three runs up to a mile and the John O’Shea-trained Exceed And Excel gelding Mohave ($9).
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