Tue, May 23, 1:30pm by Senior Writer
With the Adelaide carnival complete, Group 1 racing resides solely in Brisbane for the remainder of the racing season, with last week’s beaten favourite in The Goodwood, Black Heart Bart, the favourite for Saturday’s Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm.
The race was previously known as the BTC Cup, but has moved from Doomben across the road from Eagle Farm and moved two weeks later in the calendar. It remains a weight for age race and a key lead up to Queensland’s best race, the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap on June 10.
Black Heart Bart may have disappointed when he finished seventh in Adelaide last week, but bookies expect him to bounce back off the short back up and have installed him at $5.50 at the top of the market.
Ahead of the final field being confirmed on Wednesday, Black Heart Bart has had three times as much money on him as any other runner at Sportsbet.
Clearly Innocent, who is coming off a Listed win at the recent Scone carnival is $7 second pick, while Derryn, who was third in the Doomben 10,000, is $8. The horse who won that race, Music Magnate, is $12 and the runner-up Counterattack $8.50.
Also in the market is Jungle Edge, who won at Doomben last week and is $11. But with dry weather expected in Brisbane all week, there will be a doubt over Jungle Edge will run.
Chris Waller’s best hope is the resuming Mackintosh, who is $12 having won twice at last year’s Brisbane carnival and has an outstanding fresh record.
There are 65 nominations for the race, with a final field of 16 plus five emergencies. Mackintosh, currently 22 in the ballot order, is no guarantee to get a run, nor is Jungle Edge.
Last week’s Goodwood winner Vega Magic is one of the nominations, but he is already in the paddock with trainer David Hayes aiming the former Perth sprinter at Australia’s richest race, The Everest, at Randwick in October.
Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
Kingsford Smith Cup
$5.50 Black Heart Bart
$7.00 Clearly Innocent
$11 Jungle Edge
$11 Voodoo Lad
$12 Music Magnate
$15 In Her Time
$15 Under The Louvre
$17 Start Wondering
$21 Heroic Valour
$26 Danish Twist
$26 Good Project
$26 Sir Bacchus
$26 Tycoon Tara
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