Just five runners are engaged to run in Saturday’s edition of the Colin Stephen Quality run at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Pendant Day as the 2016 Queen’s Cup.
Set to start at 12:50pm (AEST) as Rosehill Race 2, this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) over the mile and a half has attracted only five starters.
The latest Colin Stephen Queen’s Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are a wide open affair with all but one of the hopefuls under $10 for the win and ballot free ride into the $750,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick on October 1.
Heading the 2016 Queen’s Cup betting markets at $2.35 is the John O’Shea-trained Allergic jumping from barrier four on 58kg with James McDonald continuing his association with the Street Cry five-year-old.
Allergic won the Premier’s Cup Prelude (1800m) in mid-August before being beaten only 1.4 lengths for his fifth in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1900m) as the beaten favourite a fortnight later.
He was tipped to win again on September 10 at Rosehill in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m), but could only manage to cross 3.5 lengths away third to McCreery.
In a field half the size this weekend, the bookies are taking no chances again despite his recent losses for the punters and face he is as yet untested over the 2400m.
O’Shea and the Godolphin stable are also represented in the diminutive Colin Stephen Quality field this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, by Alegria drawn one wider in barrier five with Tim Clark to ride.
The Medaglia D’Oro mare is third-up this weekend and after her first top three run since the second to Libran in the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Randwick during April’s ‘The Championships’.
She comes off a fifth to Slow Pace in the Listed Wyong Cup (2100m), run in the mud, and is set to enjoy the extra metres this weekend despite only having won up to 1500m to date.
Alegria pays $2.90 as the second elect in the markets and gets in on the 54kg minimum.
Third favourite at the opposite end of the weight scale is the Chris Waller-trained Junoob ($3.90) carrying 59kg.
Brenton Avdulla stays on the veteran Haafhd nine-year-old after the pair ran a brave third beaten only 1.5 lengths under the same kilos behind Sacred Master in the Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2200m) last Friday.
Junoob runs well on the quick back-ups having raced before that just six days earlier when fifth in the Kingston Town Stakes, and has strong form over the 2400m (11-2-3-2).
The import’s last win however was back in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) in November of 2015 so it has been a while between drinks for the stayer and consistent placegetter.
Rounding out the Queen’s Cup field and markets are the early mover Chaquinta ($9 into $8) chasing her fourth win on the trot and the $26 outsider Zero To Ten with the inside run from barrier one.
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