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Chris Waller’s Australasian Oaks winner Egg Tart has retained top spot in 2017 Queensland Oaks betting ahead of the Group 1 clash at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday.
The unfit racing surface at Eagle Farm has seen this year’s Queensland Oaks Day meeting moved to Doomben and the feature race will see the field of three-year-old fillies face off over 2200m instead of the traditional 2400m.
A capacity line-up is in the mix for the $500,000 Group 1 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks and the decreased distance is tipped to suit the in-form daughter of Sebring Egg Tart.
The headliner of Waller’s seven-strong contingent in the race, Egg Tart heads the latest Queensland Oaks odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.30 to hand her trainer his second win in three years after the success of Winx in 2015 when the event also ran at Doomben.
Coming off five straight wins, Egg Tart races for the first time since her narrow success at Morphettville on May 6 in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2010m).
Since 2000 just one filly, Vouvray (2004), came off a break of 28 days or more to win the Queensland Oaks giving Egg Tart a notable hoodoo to overcome.
Favourites in Queensland Oaks betting also have a poor recent record in the past five years with Winx the only to get the job done for the punters since Scarlett Lady (2011).
A further four other fillies are currently under double-figures in the Queensland Oaks markets this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival including the close $4.60 second elect Kenedna.
Egg Tart already has one over the Darren Weir-trained Not A Single Doubt filly who ran a close second in the Schweppes Oaks two back.
Kenedna however boasts the fitness advantage having subsequently won the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben on May 20, the traditional Queensland Oaks lead-up.
Early market mover for Saturday’s Group 1 backed in from $8 to $7 is then the consistent Stuart Webb-trained Ana Royale despite concerns on how the filly will handle the drop in distance.
She was third past the post in the Schweppes Oaks as a $20 outsider before returning to Morphettville on May 20 to easily account for her rivals in an impressive three length win in the Group 3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m).
Rounding out the single-figure Queensland Oaks fancies are the Waller-trained duo Dawn Wall ($7.50) coming off a win in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) four weeks ago and last start The Roses runner-up Oklahoma Girl ($9).
The last Queensland Oaks winner to salute at double-figures was Miss Keepsake ($31 in 2010) and of the longer-priced hopes in the mix on Saturday the best for an upset shape up as the Godolphin-raced Pygmy ($19) with the outside barrier to overcome and The Roses fourth-placegetter Shenandoah ($21) according to the bookies.
Check out the latest Queensland Oaks 2017 odds below, pricing open now at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2017 Queensland Oaks Betting
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