On Saturday the 2016 Queen’s Cup (Colin Stephen Quality) kicks off Group racing on Rosehill’s Golden Pendant Day card, betting tips and the latest odds for the staying clash found below.
Due to jump at 12:50pm (AEST) as Rosehill Race 2, there are just five runners lining up in the $125,000 Group 3 2016 Queen’s Cup (2400m) this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
Registered as the Colin Stephen Quality, betting markets for the mile and a half showdown at Ladbrokes.com.au are wide open with four of the runners under $10 for the win.
Current $2.40 favourite and firming is Allergic, the John O’Shea-trained son of Street Cry to be ridden by James McDonald on the back of a third to McCreery at the track in the Group 3 Kingston Town Classic (2000m) two weeks back.
The other major player in Colin Stephen Quality betting is Algeria ($2.80) who is also raced by Godolphin, the Medaglia D’Oro mare third-up and looking to break a notable winning drought going back to July of last year.
So will the two O’Shea-trained runners battle it out for the win and the ballot exemption for next month’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m), or is there value tipping the likes of Chris Waller’s Newcastle Cup placegetter last time out Junoob ($4.20) or the flying Joe Cleary-trained Chaquinta ($9.50) coming off three Sydney wins on the trot?
#3 Algeria ($2.80)
The longer priced of the two O’Shea runners, this mare may have crossed ninth and fifth first and second-up respectively, but she was only three and a half lengths off the winners of the Winter Challenge and Wyong Cup. Third-up can improve getting up over 2400m. She might only have winning form up to 1500m, but her close second to Libran in Randwick’s Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) in April shows she’s got genuine staying potential.
#1 Junoob ($4.20)
Waller’s evergreen nine-year-old is a veteran of 54 starts and is still racing consistently with two thirds from three runs this campaign. The import hasn’t won since the 2015 Ballarat Cup nearly a year ago, but the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) third in the winter and last start third in the Group 3 Newcastle Cup (2200m) have him right in this. Gives the weight away (59kg), but is used to doing so and is priced accordingly.
#2 Allergic ($2.40)
The other O’Shea runner is weighted 58kg and rises from 56.5kg from the weight he carried for the Kingston Town third last time out. Has good Rosehill form (6-2-1-1) and has won up to 2060m. This trip is still a query, but if he improves and handles the weight he’s far from a beaten thing.
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