Eagle Farm is the venue for Saturday's Queensland Cup.
Former UK stayer Astro Avalanche is an interesting runner in the Queensland Cup at Eagle Farm on Saturday afternoon.
Run over the same distance as the Melbourne Cup (3200m), the Queensland Cup is a Listed Quality Handicap boasting prizemoney of $150,000.
Formerly known as I Have A Dream, Astro Avalanche is now trained by Sam Kavanagh at Rosehill. The five-year-old gelding won three races in Ireland - two at Leopardstown and one at Bellewstown, before heading down under.
To say its first four starts in Australia were ordinary is an understatement. Collectively, the son of Galileo was beaten almost 70 lengths - finishing at the tail twice, second last and third last. Connections must've thought they'd bought a dud, with Astro Avalanche's Aussie record reading;
- 8th of 10 at Morphetteville beaten 10.3l
- 9th of 9 at Roeshill beaten 14.2l
- 6th of 6 at Warwick Farm beaten 16.2l
- 11th of 12 at Randwick beaten 28.9l
But then hope! A bold front running display by jockey Taylor Marshall saw Astro Avalanche lead the 3200m Stayers Cup at Randwick early last month by almost 100m at one stage. His seven rivals were all struggling and only Destiny's Kiss was able to haul him in late and go on to win by half a length.
According to Kavanagh, Astro Avalanche is a typical European stayer - one paced, with no change of gears. Race-goers at Eagle Farm are likely to see the same 'catch me if you can' tactics employed on Saturday, especially with 'the Avalanche' a little fresh, not having raced for four weeks.
TattsBet is offering $5 for Astro Avalanche to win the Queensland Cup and money back if he finishes 2nd or 3rd (conditions apply).
Astro Avalanche's main dangers include last week's Caloundra Cup winner, Brayroan , form runner The Inventor John Thompson's improving three-year-old Pop 'N' Scotch and Chris Waller discard Wazn .