Queensland Derby Favourite Heads Grand Prix Stakes 2017 Field

New Zealand-trained three-year-old Shocking Luck will put his Queensland Derby favouritism on the line when he takes on the locals at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday in the 2017 Grand Prix Stakes.

Volatile Mix

SA Derby winner Volatile Mix is in Brisbane for a 2017 Grand Prix Stakes run on way to the Queensland Derby this weekend at Eagle Farm. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

A key feature on the Kingsford-Smith Cup Day card this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the $150,000 Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) is scheduled to run as Eagle Farm Race 5 at 2:35pm (AEST).

Originally attracting 16 final acceptors, the Grand Prix Stakes field is down to 15 hopefuls following the early scratching of Valentino Rossa (12).

The line-up is full of the standout entries for the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) run back at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 10, including Shocking Luck.

Sitting top of futures Queensland Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, the nicely-bred son of 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking has had two runs in Australia to date.

First-up he ran a luckless second as the beaten odds-on favourite at Ipswich over 1500m before atoning with a nearly three length win at Doomben on May 13 in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m).

Bred to go the distance he should handle the step-up to 2200m on Saturday a non-issue and has Opie Bosson retaining the ride from a gun barrier three draw in the Grand Prix Stakes.

Drawn the second outside alley but with time to overcome the wide barrier is the Darren Weir-trained Volatile Mix down in distance and grade after winning the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) a fortnight back.

The Pentire gelding scored an upset in the Morphettville feature and now chases an interstate Derby double via a lead-up Queensland run on Saturday.

Another proven Derby winner in the mix this weekend is the James Cummings-trained Prized Icon who took out the prestigious Victoria Derby at Flemington last Melbourne Cup Carnival.

He’s yet to win a race since, but his Australian Guineas second in the autumn was good as was his lead-up second at Scone in the Inglis Guineas on May 13.

Sydney’s Chris Waller has three runners in the Grand Prix Stakes that are Queensland Derby-bound led by Veladero out wide in barrier 14 (into 13) and coming off a host of solid placings.

The latest saw him cross third to Shocking Luck in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m), before which he was runner-up to Mongolian Wolf in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick.

Waller has also accepted for the rails-drawn Black On Gold who comes off an 1800m win at Rosehill from the start of the month carrying 59kg and Sizzling Bullet who is in Group company for the first time since his Rosehill Guineas ninth in the mud to the Kiwi Gingernuts.

The other best out of the Rough Habit Plate backing-up this weekend is Order Again, the local Brian Smith-trained Iffraaj gelding out to turn the tables on Shocking Luck who beat him home by nearly three lengths.

Order Again had work to do from barrier 13 of 13 in the Rough Habit but he and jockey Larry Cassidy should get a gun run from gate seven this weekend.

See below for the full Grand Prix Stakes 2017 field, barriers and jockeys before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to back the Queensland Derby-bound three-year-olds at the best winter racing odds online this weekend.

2017 Grand Prix Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Eagle Farm Race 5 (2:35pm) – 27/05/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 351×620272 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Blake Shinn 5 57kg 106
2 2215×51741 VOLATILE MIX (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 15 57kg 99
3 144×488323 VELADERO Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 14 57kg 85
4 624121×161 BLACK ON GOLD Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 1 57kg 81
5 64122×21 SHOCKING LUCK (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 3 57kg 86
6 828×644624 VIOLATE Brent Stanley Noel Callow 16 57kg 73
7 91×31192 SIZZLING BULLET Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 10 57kg 77
8 6441031176 HERE HE COMES (NZ) Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs Leith Innes 4 57kg 73
9 4213×512 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) Brian Smith Larry Cassidy 7 57kg 74
10 1533×01843 VALENTINO ROSSA Jason Coyle 12 57kg 65
11 422×1310 SHADOW VISION Kurt Goldman Corey Brown 8 57kg 64
12 0x115 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 13 57kg 68
13 0950033210 DAZZLE EM SID Matt Kropp Mark Zahra 9 57kg 64
14 36×9751 LYRIDS Michael Costa Paul Hammersley 6 57kg 59
15 7×548616 DRUMMERS CHANCE Brad Herne Brad Pengelly 11 57kg 56
16 31 REGINE (IRE) John Sargent Jim Byrne 2 55kg 62

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