Bede Murray’s Sydney raider Sure And Fast is sitting as the narrow favourite to take out the 2015 Queensland Guineas at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday in a wide open affair for the three-year-olds’ classic.
An all black-type line-up runs in Brisbane for Stradbroke Handicap Day this weekend including the $400,000 Group 2 Sky Racing Queensland Guineas (1600m) where a capacity field is engaged to face off in Doomben Race 5 (1:42pm).
Of the confirmed 16 starters plus five emergencies, six are under $10 in the latest markets at Ladbrokes.com.au to win including Sure And Fast at the favourite’s price of $5.50.
Firming in from an opening quote of $6.50, Blake Shinn has the ride on the son of Not A Single Doubt who shoots for his first stakes victory on Saturday.
Last time out the galloper was seventh when nearly five lengths off the winner Loved Up in the Inglis 3YO Guineas over 1400m at Scone on May 16.
He is yet to be tested over further than that or race outside of Sydney and Canberra but the bookies are taking no chances with him after he was caught up last time out and looking to atone over the extra meters.
Following Sure And Fast in the Queensland Guineas betting markets at $6.50 is then the nicely-drawn Miss Cover Girl in barrier three with Glen Boss in the saddle.
Prepared locally by Kelly Schweida the talented daughter of Monashee Mountain is well liked to take on the boys here after a string of nice runs this autumn – winter season.
Three back she went to Sydney and won the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) with Boss aboard before her return to Doomben for a fifth in the Mick Dittman with Tim Bell in the saddle and a last start second to the Najoom, who is now in the paddock ahead of a spring return, in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) when Damian Browne had the ride.
Miss Cover Girl ticks lots of boxes then with the perfect alley, nice lead-up form and if she handles the trip she’ll be hard to hold off in the finish.
Next best in betting is a horse not even assured a run with the Peter Moody-trained first emergency Ulmann (barrier six) paying $7.50 to make the field and steal the show.
The Sebring colt ran fourth to Worthy Cause in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) at the Gold Coast on Anzac Day before a second behind subsequent Queensland Oaks winning filly Winx from the Chris Waller stables in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) over the same distance he sees on Saturday if he makes the line-up.
The other single figure hopes for the Guineas win this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival are then Waller’s progressive gelding Good Project ($8) who ran fifth in last Saturday’s Queensland Day Plate, the Bart & James Cummings-trained Tree Of Jesse ($8) coming off a Randwick win over 1400m from May 23 and the second emergency Rekindled Power ($8.50).
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