Gerald Ryan’s recent Hawkesbury Guineas winner Spill The Beans has opened favourite to win the rescheduled QTC Cup 2016 this Saturday at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Handicap Day.
Originally the $175,000 Group 2 Mirvac QTC Cup (1300m) was to run at the track on Queensland Oaks Day last weekend, but heavy rain saw the card cancelled and the quality handicap clash moved to this weekend’s program.
Due to run as Eagle Farm Race 5 at 1:05pm (AEST), the QTC Cup field remains at capacity with 15 starters plus five emergencies.
Former favourite in the old QTC Cup field and markets, Kaepernick is absent from the updated line-up however instead being tested in tougher company in the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
That has paved the way for a new leader in the QTC Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au in the form of Ryan’s smart Snitzel colt Spill The Beans drawn in barrier 16 (into 13) who pays $6.50 for the win despite the double-digit draw.
Tim Clark rode the horse to victory two back in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) and is back aboard on the weekend after James McDonald was in the saddle for Spill The Beans’ last start second in the Inglis Scone Guineas (1400m) in mid-May.
Second pick at a firming $7 (in from $7.50) is the rails-drawn Target In Sight carrying 56kg with McDonald on the Joe Pride-trained six-year-old.
The Nadeem gelding is out to break a notable drought not having won a race since last year’s Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) in Sydney over 12 months ago.
He comes off a credible mid-field sixth to Malaguerra in Doomben’s Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) on May 14 when defeated just over two lengths, the step down in class working in his favour on Saturday.
Occupying the third line of QTC Cup betting this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival at $7.50 is Federal (10) from the Godolphin stables.
The John O’Shea-trained Medalia D’Oro four-year-old was last seen running fourth on the same Scone Cup Day card that produces Spill The Beans when 2.4 lengths off the winner in the Listed Luskin Star (1300m).
A further three runners are also under $10 for the win with Snippets Land ($8), the in-form Perfect Fit ($8) shooting for four straight wins and Danish Twist ($8.50) who also comes off three consecutive victories.
Snippets Land (9) is prepared by Peter & Paul Snowden, who also saddle-up last start Randwick winner That’s A Good Idea (8) who is at $15 for the win, and has Kerrin McEvoy booked for the ride.
Blake Shinn rode the five-year-old to victory last time out at Doomben on May 21 in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m), Snippets Land after another Brisbane Black-Type success on Saturday.
New Zealand raider Perfect Fit races for the first time since early April when taking out the Group 1 Breeders Stakes (1600m) at home over the mile.
The four-year-old Elusive City mare has a stellar first-up record of three wins and two thirds from five resuming runs to date ahead of her down under debut and gets in on the 53kg QTC Cup minimum weight.
Danish Twist is also a 53kg light weight on the weekend, Kris Lees’ fellow four-year-old mare also coming off three wins on the trot including the daughter of Dane Shadow’s good victory in the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) from a wide draw at Scone (14 of 15) on May 14.
See below for the full QTC Cup 2016 field, barriers, jockeys, weights and latest Fixed Win betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost!