Tue, Jun 6, 3:26pm by Senior Writer
Clearly Innocent is set to start favourite for the Brisbane carnival’s biggest race, the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap on Saturday, off the back of his impressive win in the recent Kingsford Smith Cup.
Clearly innocent has emerged as a future star of the sprinting ranks off the back of his excellent maiden Group 1 win last time out, gunning down Jungle Edge on a notoriously soft and patchy Eagle Farm track.
With the Stradbroke transferred back to Doomben, and fine weather predicted during the week, punters haven’t lost faith with the Kris Lees’ galloper and most of the money remains with him.
Chris Waller’s hand in the race in led by Counterattack, who is coming off a pair of Group 1 placings his past two runs having run second to Redzel in the Doomben 10,000 a month ago. Waller also has $15 shot Mackintosh in the race and has nominated $34 pop Good Project.
The Victorian contingent is spearheaded by the Hayes family trained Derryn ($8), who was third in the Doomben 10,000, as well as Ulmann ($9) for Darren Weir and Jungle Edge ($11) for part-time trainer Mick Bell.
Jungle Edge, who has run placings in three Group 1s this campaign, is unlikely to be favoured by the firming track.
The Queensland Derby will also be run on Saturday, albeit over the slightly shorter 2200m distance.
Order Again holds the hopes of the locals, who haven’t won a Group 1 this carnival, and is $4.80 equal favourite with Weir’s SA Derby winner Volatile Mix.
The lone filly in the race will be Ana Royale, who is $11 off a last start eighth in the Queensland Oaks. She is a late nomination for the $600,000 race.
The third Group 1 on Saturday’s program is the JJ Atkins over 1600m for the two-year-olds.
Kiwi filly Melody Belle, a last-start impressive winner of the Queensland Sires Produce, is the $2.50 favourite. The best local hope is the Paul Butterworth trained Capital Gain, who is $5.50, while another Kiwi Qiji Phoenix is at $7.50.
Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
$3.6 Clearly Innocent
$11 Jungle Edge
$13 Bonny O’reilly
$15 In Her Time
$21 Burning Front
$21 Tactical Advantage
$21 Egyptian Symbol
$4.80 Order Again
$4.80 Volatile Mix
$5.50 Shocking Luck
$10 Black On Gold
$11 Ana Royale
$13 Mongolian Wolf
J.J Atkins Stakes
$2.50 Melody Belle
$5.50 Capital Gain
$6.00 Qiji Phoenix
$7.50 Taking Aim
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