Dane Ripper Stakes (BR5)
A cracking field gets things underway in the first leg of the Quaddie at Eagle Farm on QLD Oaks day. Top weight runner Wealth Princess will press for back-to-back Winter Carnival wins in this weekend’s group two Dane Ripper Stakes. The impressive Darren Weir trained mare stormed home at Doomben to claim the group three Glenlogan Park Stakes two weeks ago. Wealth Princess faces stiff opposition from a crack field including the Michael Morney trained Bonnie Mac who boasts an impressive five wins from six starts and is unbeaten in her past five races after a recent win in the listed Proud Miss Stakes at Morphettville. Local gallopers Fillydelphia and Risk Aversion both ran without luck last start and can turn things around on the longer Eagle Farm straight while Sydney trained mare Red Tracer is always honest and worthy of consideration after a solid Autumn Carnival.
Selections: Wealth Princess, Bonnie Mac, Risk Aversion, Red Tracer
Queensland Guineas (BR6)
Peter Snowden trainer galloper Mental heads the market in the 1400m Queensland Guineas. Mental asserted his dominance over the three year olds in his win in the recent group three Fred Best Stakes at Doomben on a good (3). The question is whether he can handle a potential heavy Eagle Farm track. Kiwi wizz kid James McDonald gets the ride on Robert Heathcote trained galloper Trump who took out the group 3 Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm in heavy conditions last month and is worthy of consideration at big odds while Free Wheeling heads the list of souther runners after Shopaholic was scratched on Friday morning. One at big odds and is worthy of a small each way bet is Punch On who is likely to start much shorter on the day. Forget her second up run at Doomben two weeks ago, this Filly has proven time and time again that she can match it with the best after taking out the 3yo Guineas on Magic Millions day.
Selections: Mental, Free Wheeling, Punch On, Boys On Tour
QLD Oaks (BR7)
A capacity field has been assembled for the group 1 QLD Oaks which looks on paper the most open race of the day. After attracting plenty of interest in pre post markets, Invest has been a big drifter since drawing barrier 22 and should find the going tough when she steps up in distance to 2400m. Miss Artistic has proven herself over the trip winning the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks in March, the New Zealand bread galloper was followed in third on that occasion by Qunitessential who has also had a solid preparation leading into this race. Chris Waller trained filly Scorpio Queen has had a stellar campaign after taking out the Gold Coast Bracelet on a heavy surface second up and should be fitter for the run leading into her first group 1 race. Another Kiwi runner worthy of selection is Poste Restante who ran on impressively for third in the group 3 Rough Habbit Plate.
Selections: Miss Artistic, Scorpio Queen, Qunitessential, Poste Restante
QTC Cup (BR8)
The final leg of the Quaddie on QLD Oaks day at Eagle farm has a number of Strabroke hopefuls on show. Torio’s Quest is second up after a second place in Scone over the same distance of 1300m however has drawn awkwardly at barrier sixteen with Hugh Bowman on board. Top weight runner Neeson has also received the stiff end of the stick drawing barrier seventeen and will find it hard going to get a position early in the race. Riva De Lago gets his first chance of the carnival after an impressive win in Scone and relishes the trip and all track conditions. Local galloper Belltone will be hoping to gain entry to the Stradbroke with a win and is capable of doing so after a huge run from a wide gate at Doomben in the BRC Sprint two weeks ago.
Selections: Riva De Lago, Belltone, Torio’s Quest, Neeson