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The biggest and best race card of the winter takes place today, Saturday June 11, at Eagle Farm Racecourse with four Group 1 features headlining Stradbroke Handicap Day 2016.
Unlike last weekend’s Queensland Oaks Day wash-out, it is sunny skies in the state’s capital today for the final Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival meeting, and with a zero chance of rain the current Good (4) track rating on the new Eagle Farm course proper is set to stay.
Eagle Farm Track Report – 11/06/2016
- Rail: +3m Entire Course
- Weather: Fine
- Track Type: Turf
- Irrigation: Nil last 24hrs, 5mm last 7 days
- Rainfall: Nil last 24hrs, 125mm last 7 days
- Penetrometer: 5.1
- Track Rating: Good (4)
It is an extended, all Black-Type, 10-race card for the rescheduled official Eagle Farm reopening after two races from last Saturday’s cancelled meeting were added to the line-up.
Brisbane racing kicks off this morning at 10:50am (AEST) with the two-year-old fillies facing off in the $100,000 Listed Lancaster Stakes (1200m) and continues through until the season’s best three-year-old staying fillies face off in the delayed $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at 4:20pm (AEST).
See below for the full Stradbroke Handicap Day scratchings and race previews before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to place your bets at the home of Odds Boost!
Eagle Farm Scratchings – 11/06/2016
Total Scratchings: 24
Race 1 (10:50am) – $100,000 Listed James Boag’s Premium Lancaster Stakes (1200m)
#2 Emphatically (16)
#17 Delango (6)
#18 Eve’s Jet (13)
The card opener features a smart field of young fillies with 15 of the original 18 still in the mix, markets led by early mover Invincibella ($3.50) who has been well backed in from $6.50 for the win. She’s still a maiden but her past two runs produced close thirds at Canterbury in NSW and will be finishing off well here again. Chipanda ($3.70) is the big danger coming off a Rosehill win first-up with James McDonald riding.
Race 2 (11:20am) – $100,000 Listed RadioTAB The Wayne Wilson Mile (1600m)
#15 Shotover River (16)
#19e Kazoon (5)
A full 18 starters are engaged in this mile showdown that has attracted some genuine stars including multiple Group 1 winner and the race’s 61kg top weight Volkstok’n’barrell ($4.20). The Kiwi champion has elite level victories on the record down under and has the big weight but is still the one to beat. The early money is also rolling in for the super-consistent Religify ($5) for Chris Waller, the five-year-old last seen running second in Doomben’s Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m).
Race 3 (11:55am) – $200,000 Group 2 Bundaberg Rum Dane Ripper Stakes (1400m)
#8 Blueberry Hill (9)
#14 Elusive Catch (11)
The opening Group race on the card, a fine line-up of fillies and mares heading towards the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) in a fortnight face off in the Dane Ripper. Odds-on favourite at $1.70 is the John O’Shea-trained filly Ghisoni who has a wide alley but was impressive winning Brisbane’s Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) last time out. She’s tipped to complete the double and is the one to beat for sure, with Cradle Me ($7) on the rails the next best in betting after her second to Ghisoni last start. Good odds on offer for Waller’s market mover Telepathic ($12).
Race 4 (12:30pm) – $400,000 Group 2 Mirvac Queensland Guineas (1600m)
#19e Fife (13)
#20e Passion In Flight (5)
#21e Salmanzar (14)
All 18 of the original final acceptors face off in the lucrative mile set weights clash for three-year-olds, where despite the size of the field only Tsaritsa is at single-figures. Waller’s Dane Shadow filly is the red hot favourite at $2.60 after her back-to-back wins in Sydney. She’s up in class, up in distance but down in weight and is being backed like she’s the only horse in the race. She’ll be in the finish but great value in this from the likes of Group 3 winner Tivaci ($10), Gai Waterhouse’s class filly Kimberley Star ($11) who will enjoy the Eagle Farm track and Too Good To Refuse ($11) who was running on well for a fifth in the Fred Best Classic last time out.
Race 5 (1:05pm) – $175,000 Group 1 Mirvac QTC Cup (1300m)
#3 That’s A Good Idea (8)
#5 Steel Zip (19)
#7 Sultry Feeling (6)
#9 Danish Twist (7)
#18e Le Cordon Bleu (13)
#19e Tan Tat Diamond (14)
#20e Liberation (20)
Rescheduled after being abandoned due to the inclement weather last weekend, the QTC Cup field is down to 13 runners with a host of early scratchings. It is a really tight market and a tough job ahead for the punters with five runners paying between $5.50 and $6.50 for the win. Spill The Beans is the current favourite on the back of a Hawkesbury Guineas win and Inglis Guineas second at Scone. The NZ visitor Perfect Fit is the big danger coming off three straight wins including in Group 1 company back home and the distance is ideal.
Race 6 (1:40pm) – $300,000 Group 3 Evergreen Turf Brisbane Cup (2400m)
No current scratchings
All 12 original acceptors make up the Brisbane Cup field this year with Darren Weir’s Perth Cup winning mare Real Love ($4.40) the deserving favourite. She’s all class, is a Group 2 winner over the distance, a Group 1 placegetter over two miles and comes off the JRA Cup – Premier’s Cup double at Doomben in the lead-up. JRA Cup runner-up Sir John Hawkwood is the market mover and next best in betting in from $5.50 to $4.50.
Race 7 (2:20pm) – $600,000 Group 1 BMW J.J. Atkins (1600m)
#19e Zendaye (12)
#20e Royal Atom (7)
The first of the now four Group 1s on the card, a capacity field of 18 two-year-olds take to the track for the mile classic including the firming favourite from New Zealand Sacred Elixir ($4.50) who is tipped to improve on his last start sixth in the BRC Sires’ Produce last time out over 1350m. Winner of that race Attention is at $7, with the John O’Shea-trained Souchez ($4.80) sandwiched between.
Race 8 (3:00pm) – $600,000 Group 1 Channel 7 Queensland Derby (2400m)
#9 Colonel Cluster (18)
An early scratching from the Derby, but still 18 in the mix with the emergency Slaughter Bay getting a start as a $301 roughie. Markets are led by the mover Howard Be Thy Name ($3.90) in barrier two. The SA Derby winner over 2500m comes off a Grand Prix Stakes third at Doomben and will enjoy stepping back up in distance. He was defeated on a quarter-length in that lead-up back Waller’s Mackintosh who is the $4.60 second favourite for the rematch followed by the Grand Prix runner-up Eagle Way ($6) who has been set for this race.
Race 9 (3:40pm) – $1,500,000 Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m)
No current scratchings
A supercharged edition of Queensland’s richest race is pending with the 18 runners led in betting by the Ciaron Maher-trained Queen Of The Turf Stakes winning mare Azkadellia ($3.40). Maher won with Srikandi last year who ran sixth in the Doomben 10,000 in the lead-up, the same race Azkadellia was runner-up in last time out. She’ll be even better at the roomier Eagle Farm. If she’s beaten Black Heart Bart ($6.50) could be the one to do it, Darren Weir’s 58kg top weight coming off gun form including The Goodwood win in Adelaide.
Race 10 (4:20pm) – $500,000 Group 1 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks (2400m)
#5 Beluga Blue (7)
#20e Shara Siren (18)
#21e Meru (9)
#22e Zafiki (6)
With an extra week between runs the staying fillies finally get their shot at the Oaks title in the last including the first emergency Provocative from the New Zealand stables of Tony Pike who gets a run. She’s out wide but pays $7.50 for the win after taking out a race at Ipswich last time out. Race favourite is Imposing Lass ($6.50) followed by Falkenberg ($7) who ran third and seventh respectively in The Roses last time out.
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