Fri, Jun 2, 11:14am by Staff Writer
The Brisbane Winter Carnival makes an unscheduled return to Doomben this weekend after officials moved the next two Saturday meetings away from Eagle Farm due to some surface issues. At acceptances, the track was rated ‘good’ and with sunny weather forecast for the week it should stay in that range. Doomben has had a solid amount of racing over the past months and the rail is out five metres the entire.
With the move to Doomben – a smaller and tighter turning track – some race distances and field sizes have had to be altered and the feature event, the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) is no exception. The Oaks was run over this track and distance two years ago (due to the Eagle Farm renovations) and that was won by Winx in what was her second win of this current streak of 17 straight.
Winx’s trainer, Chris Waller, holds a strong hand in this year’s edition of the race with seven acceptors. Egg Tart has opened the $3.30 favourite as she looks to continue her own streak of five consecutive wins, four which have come in this preparation and a most recent G1 SA Oaks (2010m) earlier in the month. Dawn Wall ($7.50) is a winner of four of her last five but has to contend with barrier 16 while Oklahoma Girl ($9.50) has drawn beautifully in barrier seven but is one that might have preferred the open spaces of Eagle Farm.
Kenedna ($4.60) is a little iron filly who began her campaign back in December and since then has put together a strong CV which include two G3 victories and a close second to Egg Tart two starts back. She won the lead up to the Oaks – the G2 Doomben Roses (2000m) on a heavy-8 just holding out Oklahoma Girl with jockey John Allen looking to keep his impressive record on the Darren Weir-trained filly which currently reads three wins and a second from his four race rides.
Ana Royale ($7.50) was a 0.6L third to Egg Tart and Kenedna in the SA Oaks and also lines up here after a last start G3 win in Adelaide over 2500m. Godolphin’s Pygmy ($20) has put two back-to-back wins together albeit at provincial grade while Queensland’s Perilous Love ($26) gets the services of Brisbane runaway premiership jockey in Jeff Lloyd.
The QTC Cup has had a name change and this year is known as the Group 2 Moreton Cup (1200m). Bonny O’Reilly and Elegant Composure are both early scratchings in what is now a field of 13 – with the winner gaining an automatic entry into next week’s ‘Straddie’.
The Virginian ($5.50) is second-up on Saturday after a first-up win in the Listed Chief De Beers (1050m) a fortnight ago. A winner of three from seven, he is well known for his third placing in last year’s G1 Stradbroke (1400m) when at 80-1 and he’s heading down that path again this year. He’ll be ridden by Jim Byrne while Jeff Lloyd takes the ride on stablemate Siegfried ($13).
Splurge ($7.50) was the biggest tip in town last start only to finish ninth of ten beaten 11L in the G3 BRC Sprint (1350m) on a heavy-8. Deploy ($5.50) is second-up and has only missed a place once from his 12 career starts, five of those being wins. Dothraki ($7), Snippets Land ($20) and Attention ($6) are all second-up for Team Snowden while Godolphin take Federal ($14) and Handfast ($16) into the race.
Suggested Bet: Back The Virginian at $5.50 in the Moreton Cup
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