Thu, Feb 24, 9:23am by Kevin Pitstock
The feature race at Eagle Farm on this Saturday the 24th of February 2011 is the McGuires Hotels Falvelon Quality 1200m. This Open Class race has a prize pool of 100k and already has a solid favourite as early fixed odds betting markets were released at Sportsbet Australia.
That early fixed odds favourite in the feature race at Eagle Farm on Saturday is the Darryl Hansen trained Essington. Those that watched his last race a fortnight ago can’t help but be impressed by his run in that race. He sat behind the leaders and then when he was told to get a move on by Munce he ate them all up with ease.
I’ve had a little bit to do with this horse, having seen his trial before his last race, talking to the trainer and seeing him at work. I can tell you all the people involved with him are happy with his progress and expect him to do well this weekend. He’s only a little horse, but as long as he runs fast that’s all that matters!
Essington has opened up at $2.20 fixed odds at Sportsbet.com.au and has drawn barrier 3.
McGuires Hotels Falvelon Quality 1200m Odds
1. The Jackal (5) – $7.00
2. Rothera (11) – $12.00
3. Bold Glance (1) – $5.50
4. Femina Fashion (10) – $18.00
5. Lucky Dubai (7) – $11.00
6. Casholet (9) – $11.00
7. Tierqualo (2) – $6.00
8. Kneel and Raise (8) – $61.00
9. Sneaky Long (6) – $101.00
10. Essington (3) – $2.20
11. Fidakat (4) – $51.00
Of the other chances in the race my picks are The Jackal and Tierqualo. The Jackal has a ton of weight though, with 60.5 on his back which is 7.5kg more than Essington. He’s a consistent performer though and you can never count The Jackal out. In his last start he came 2nd to Gundy Son by just 0.2 lenths and the start before that he won. Both of those last two starts were at Eagle Farm over 1200m. This 8YO Gelding has now won over $1 million in prize money.
The other main chance in my books is Tiequalo. Out of Sequalo, this 4YO Gelding was the favourite in that same race that Gundy Son beat The Jackal in. He finished 4th and lost by just 0.9 lenghts. He has been traveling a bit of late and produced some good races down in Sydney. Three starts ago he won at Rosehill and then backed that up with a 2nd placed finish at Randwick. All of his starts this campaign have been over 1200m.
Word has it that with the time Essington ran in his Class 6 race, he would have won the Open race by 2.5 lenths. Couple that with the fact that he drops 4.5kg with the rise in class and barrier 3 with Munce on board and I think you have a winning combination. The Jackal and Tierqualo do have good formlines and a history of solid performances, but I think the best is still to come from Essington and he is peaking at the right time for this race.
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