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Office Bearer has joined Artlee as runners scratched from this weekend’s Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm, but the depth of talent remains in the field of twelve underlines the race as a particularly lucrative one from a betting standpoint.
The Team Hawkes-trained Kaepernick remains an outright $3.50 favourite in 2016 QTC Cup betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Spill The Beans ($5.50) and last start winner Snippets Land ($6.50).
Will Kaepernick justify his favouritism and post the biggest win of his career so far in the Group 2 QTC Cup, or will one of his talented rivals claim an upset?
Brave mare Eloping returned to racing for an impressive win in the Listed Silk Stocking (1200m) on the Gold Coast on May 7th, is drawn ideally in barrier 4 and will carry only 53kgs in the 2016 QTC Cup. A strong and consistent performer through her entire racing career so far, the Choisir mare has claimed seven race wins and a further four minors through twenty-three competitive starts. Trainer Peter Robl is still learning about the talented four-year-old, but believes she has taken plenty of benefit from her first-up, three length win and is primed for success this weekend, particularly with in-form hoop Tegan Harrison in the saddle.
Target In Sight ($8.50)
Sprint king Joe Pride has form in the BTC Cup having saddled Ball Of Muscle to an impressive win last year, and is offered a good chance of repeating the effort of Saturday with Target In Sight. Claiming eight wins and a further nine minors through twenty-seven career starts so far, the Nadeem gelding resumed this time for second in the Group 3 Kingdom Stakes (1200m); progressing to fifth in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) before running sixth in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) on May 14th. Drawn ideally in barrier 5, Target In Sight has been confirmed to be partnered by James McDonald in the QTC Cup.
Steel Zip ($21)
Classy local Steel Zip will contest the QTC Cup first up but flies fresh, is drawn on the rails and has been charged with carrying only 54kgs; and is therefore another runner that is simply over the odds at Eagle Farm this weekend. The stable star of Deagon-based trainer Pat Duff, the Canadian Silver gelding placed third in the Magic Millions Plate (1300m) during a typically smart summer campaign, and has trialled particularly well in the lead-up to his return in the QTC Cup.
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