Fri, Jun 16, 10:24am by Staff Writer
The Queensland carnival heads away from Brisbane and over to Ipswich for its biggest day in the racing calendar with three Listed features across a nine-race card. The rail is in the true position and at acceptances the track was rated a Heavy-9 although minimal showers are forecast up to and including Saturday so an upgrade is likely.
The Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) has seen a capacity field accept with The Virginian ($6) and Acatour ($5) at the top of the market. The Virginian is third-up after missing out on a Stradbroke run after not gaining a start as first emergency. He won first-up from a break in the Listed Chief De Beers (1050m) before a fourth to Deploy in the Group 2 Moreton Cup (1200m). Acatour is fresh from a let-up after winning the G3 Carbine Club (1600m) on a heavy-8 during The Championships. He’s won four from ten in total and is one of two runners for Team Snowden, Snippets Land ($21) the other. Snippets Land will carry equal top weight of 59kg and has drawn barrier 19 with Damian Browne in the saddle while Acatour has drawn 11 and gets the services of Jeff Lloyd.
Yesterday’s Songs ($9.50) was supported as soon as markets opened and comes into the Eye Liner off a fifth in the Moreton Cup after a second to Tashbeeh in the Listed Straight Six (1200m) at Flemington. A handy horse on his day, his last win was back in May 2016 during the Warrnambool carnival on a heavy-10.
Perfect Dare ($7.50) is second-up after a third in the Moreton Cup when fresh and was a winner second-up last campaign albeit in much lesser grade with stablemate Strawberry Boy ($34) also second-up for his new trainer.
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Equal top weight Shiraz ($9) is a winner of ten from 28 career starts but hasn’t graced the winner’s circle since September 2015 while Cantbuybetter ($8.50) is one of the local hopes given a chance according to the markets. Godolphin duo Federal ($11) and Handfast ($21) have drawn wide in 13 and 16 respectively with Monsieur Gustave ($18) another with early market support.
A competitive bunch of mares line up in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) where it’s once again $5 the field with Godolphin’s Kinshachi on the top line of betting and carrying top weight of 59kg. Gai Waterhouse will get a chance to win the race named in her honour with Slumber Party ($9.50) now gaining a start after the scratching of My Little Flicka while I Am Zelady ($5.50) will enjoy a drier surface but she did finish second to Nieta earlier this campaign on a Randwick heavy-8. Maternal ($7) – who has won two from five this preparation – and Dee Nine Elle ($8.50) are the only other runners under double figure odds.
Earlier in the day a field of 15 will tackle the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m). Waterhouse & Bott saddle up Sort After ($3.70) who has put in two sound efforts at Morphettville prior to this and is fifth-up into her prep. Last campaign at her fifth run she finished second in the G2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington which was the off the back of a win on Melbourne Cup Day. She is nicely weighted on 54.5kg. Benzini ($4.60) was a G2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) last year and comes into Saturday off a fourth in this year’s Cup while Jumbo Prince ($5.50) won the Listed Weetwood (1200m) two starts back and although he finished tenth in the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) last start, he was less than 4L from the winner.
Suggested Bet: Back Sort After to win the Ipswich Cup at $3.70
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