Howard Be Thy Name has firmed into the new favourite in Queensland Derby 2016 betting ahead of this Saturday’s mile and a half classic at Eagle Farm Racecourse.
A full field of 18 three-year-olds will take to the track in Race 8 at 3:00pm (AEST) on Stradbroke Handicap Day for this year’s edition of the $600,000 Group 1 Channel 7 Queensland Derby (2400m).
Former favourite in the Queensland Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au was the Chris Waller-trained Mackintosh who has won his past three starts include a Group 2 double at Doomben.
Blake Shinn stays on the flying Pins gelding whose latest run produced a victory in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m), which last produced a Queensland Derby winner in 2013 with Waller’s Hawkspur completing the double.
Mackintosh has eased out from $4 to $4.50 to keep the winning streak going however despite his good gate five allocation in the Queensland Derby barrier draw.
The new top fancy looking to salute for the punters is the Darren Weir-trained Redoute’s Choice colt Howard Be Thy Name in barrier two for jockey Brad Rawiller.
Two back the consistent young stayer won Adelaide’s Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) at Morphettville in mid-May.
He dropped back in distance for the Grand Prix a fortnight ago and finished only a quarter-length away third to Mackintosh who he is more than capable of turning the tables on in Saturday’s rematch getting back up to 2400m.
The two other three-year-olds at single-figures for the win this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival are Gold Coast galloper Eagle Way ($5.50) and the John O’Shea-trained Eschiele ($7.50) for Godolphin.
Bryan Guy’s progressive son of More Than Ready Eagle Way (11) comes into the Derby off the right lead-up form.
He was fourth to Mackintosh in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) two back before the Grand Prix Stakes second when defeated only a neck by the same rival he faces off against again in the Derby.
Eschiele comes off the same two traditional Derby lead-ups when seventh and fourth in the Rough Habit and Grand Prix respectively following two earlier wins in Sydney, the Medaglia D’Oro gelding appreciating the extra metres each run.
At juicier odds but still boasting genuine claims for an upset Queensland Derby result are the likes of O’Shea’s early market mover Etymology ($10) with the outside alley to overcome who was runner-up to Howard Be Thy Name in the SA Derby and Waller’s last start Rosehill winner over 1900m Encosta Line ($10).
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