Eagle Farm Racing Preview 23rd June

Tattersall’s Racing Club Mile (BR5) – What a quality race to kick off the quaddie on Tatts day. Top weight runner Firebolt was impressive at Eagle Farm on a heavy surface finishing second behind Solzhenitsyn in the listed Strawberry Road Handicap however his Dead track form is less than convincing recording three wins from eleven starts. John Wheeler trained galloper Jetset Lad is coming off an impressive last start second in the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich, making up plenty of ground to finish a close second behind Belltone. Ric McMahon retains the ride and is sure to give him plenty of hope from barrier two. Champion Queensland jockey Chris Munce will most likely lead the race aboard Listen Son who found the going tough to finish thirteenth in last month’s Stradbroke Handicap.

Selecitons: Jet Set Lad, Carry Me Bluey, Fierbolt, Listen Son


Tattersall’s Cup (BR6) – Impressive Kiwi stayer Ginga Dude will hope to improve on his fifth place in last weekend’s Ipswich Cup, the Graeme Boyd trained galloper should be much better suited at the wider Eagle Farm track under top weight with Hugh Bowman in the saddle. Kinnersley started as the short price favourite in last week’s Ipswich Cup yet was run down late to finish second behind Shenzhou Steeds, he will be far better for the run after coming up from Sydney and will be well suited to the longer Eagle Farm straight. Also representing the Gai Waterhouse stable is Once Were Wild who will be ridden on the pace with Damien Oliver on board. Track specialist Mr Light Blue has drawn awkwardly with barrier fifteen yet is always a consistent performer at Eagle Farm having placed or won in six from eight starts at the track.

Selections: Kinnersley, Ginga Dude, Wazn, Mr Light Blue


Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (BR7) – The final group one of the season is also one of the most open races with many local and interstate runners worthy contenders for the 2012 Tatts Tiara. Peter Moody might be in England awaiting Black Caviar’s run however he will also be keeping a close eye on surprise Stradbroke winner Mid Summer Music. Mid Summer Music will find the going tough from barrier sixteen after her last start win from barrier five. Chris Waller trained Mare Red Tracer is undefeated on a heavy surface and will be tested on a likely Dead track at Eagle Farm on Saturday yet always gives 100%. Local hope Risk Aversion loves the track and is great each way value around the $25 dollar mark winning three of her five starts at Eagle Farm and finishing third in the other two. Impressive filly Soft Sand has trialled twice in Queensland for Colin Little ahead of her first Group one race and is every chance alongside Shopaholic who stormed home for an honest seventh in the Stradbroke Handicap.

Selections: Soft Sand, Red Tracer, Shopaholic, Risk Aversion


W J Healy Stakes (BR8) – The final race of the card sees the sprinters in action over 1200 metres. Robert Heathcote looks to have a stranglehold on this race with two quality runners engaged. Excellantes has had an impressive winter campaign claiming the listed Chief De Beers at Doomben and finishing fifth in the Lighting stakes at Eagle Farm two weeks ago, winning that race was his stable mate Griffon who is now second up with Jim Byrne on board from barrier ten. Returning to Queensland  for the Chris Waller stable is impressive last start winner Tromso who is second up with Dwayne Dunne in the saddle. Tromso boasts an impressive record over 1200 m and should find a good position from barrier twelve. Despite finishing outside the placings in the listed Lightning Stakes Seek and Find is an honest gelding capable of featuring in the finish.

Selections: Tromso, Excellantes, Seek and Find, Griffon


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