In a tight 2016 Tattersall’s Cup betting market for Tiara Day at Eagle Farm on Saturday, the bookies are tipping form to stand-up over experience with Tucanchoo early favourite to score his fourth win on the trot.
A small field of just eight stayers face off in Eagle Farm Race 6 at 1:57pm (AEST) including the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained favourite Tucanchoo in the $200,000 Group 3 Carlton Mid Tattersall’s Cup Handicap (2200m).
Drawn midfield in barrier four with jockey Paul Hammersley booked to ride the Pentire six-year-old, Tucanchoo is still only lightly-raced for his age with 18 starts to date.
He has won six of those including his three most recent runs going back to early March.
The latest saw him carry 58kg to a narrow win over 2000m at Randwick a fortnight back in a Benchmark 84, form he is out to continue in tougher company on the weekend.
The Tattersall’s Cup will be the horse’s Black-Type assignment and dropping to the 54kg minimum in a small field over a distance he’s won previously over, Tucanchoo sits top of the odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.20.
Following closely in the Tattersall’s Cup odds this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival are the two heaviest-weighted runners in the line-up Benzini ($3.80) and Junoob ($4) allocated 58kg and 59.5kg respectively.
Prepared in New Zealand by Adrian & Harry Bull, visiting Kiwi galloper Benzini is already well-proven in Brisbane.
Two back the Tale Of The Cat six-year-old ran third to Real Love in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben before his success in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) over the mile and a half at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Day.
This weekend in his attempt at back-to-back wins at the track, Benzini goes up notably from his 54.5kg Brisbane Cup winning weight and also comes back to 2200m.
He still has a strong record over the shorter distance of a win and two thirds from three runs, and his hoop back home Rosie Myers retains the ride.
Blake Shinn meanwhile rides Chris Waller’s veteran top-weight Junoob from the inside alley after guiding the rising nine-year-old to a Brisbane Cup third last time out.
An imported Haafhd gelding, Junoob also ran sixth in the Premier’s Cup and fourth first-up to Real Love in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2000m) earlier this prep.
He hasn’t managed to be first past the post since his Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) win last November carrying 60kg.
There’s still a further three other single-figure hopes in the Tattersall’s Cup betting markets this year including Malice ($7) for Godolphin.
The John O’Shea-trained Teofilo five-year-old has bene consistent without winning this preparation running third in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m), third in the Group 3 Lord Mayors Cup (1615m) at Doomben when beaten under a length and fourth in the Listed The Wayne Wilson Mile (1600m) last start.
Saturday sees the gelding stepped up from 1600m to 2200m, his first ever attempt at anything more than 2000m.
Rounding out the runners under $10 are Waller’s other runner Index Linked ($8) coming off a Brisbane Cup fifth and Ekraar mare Gesemi ($9.50) from New Zealand.
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