There is no doubt about it, this weekend is Brisbane's biggest race day, and after a week of turmoil in regards to Queensland Racing governance we are happily diverted to Super Saturday.
Some lucky participants will be basking in glory this weekend with the running of three Group 1's - our signature race the Stradbroke Handicap along with the Derby and the JJ Atkins.
I am told by BRC chairman Neville Bell that the Stradbroke is now the richest race in the world over the 1400m distance. Of course while we wait for the refurbishment of Eagle Farm we are racing at Doomben at a distance of 1350m.
The G1 Stradbroke Handicap is set to jump at 3:37pm (AEST). Check the full TAB.com.au market here.
Much of the Straddie field have taken the traditional path of the BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000, however there are a few others that come into the race with fresher legs. Lumosty is the talk of the town but at this stage she hasn't gained a start, but I feel I must talk about her in case she does. Lumosty seems to have a good bit of timing about her given she is very much in form, winning both starts this preperation, she has won up to a 1600m and gets in with 50.5kg.
Boban from team Waller, a multiple Group 1 winner, returned to the No.1 stall in the 10,000 however he has to give weight to horses like Charlie Boy and Generalife under Handicap conditions.
I think Charlie Boy maps beautifully with 54kg, he was strong in the BRC sprint, drew wide in the 10,000 and had to go back and circle the field. He should be midfield this week and hopefully he will settle one off the fence.
The gloss has come off Srikandi after her effort last start but I wouldn't be leaving her out of your multies as she drops in weight and gets the run of the race from barrier one.
Now we bring in the SA Goodwood form. Lord of the Sky was strong after jumping from the outside gate and setting the speed, only beaten 0.7 lengths, draws 3? (last years winner led) or how about the WA galloper Black Heart Bart- yes there is something about this chap that's very lovable! Too good for them in WA, super run from the tail in SA and comes hunting for some Qld cash. Another good for multies is Knoydart as he is always running on and will get a hot speed to suit.
I'm looking for something with a light weight, reasonable gate, likes a firm track, is good at the distance and is in form! Looks like it's Charlie Boy.
The Derby shapes as a nice race too. Kiwi Werther draw the gun gate in 1 and Brisbane jockey Jim Byrne retains the ride. He did a good job beating the older horses last week in the Eagle Farm cup at weight-for-age. As usual Moody is in form with Upham winning the Grand Prix. There were a few hard luck stories in that race non more so than Master of Arts. Sadler's Lake was softened up in front and likely to get the same again.
The JJ Atkins for the 2YO's, named after the gentleman of the turf Jim Atkins, brings us three unbeaten babies in Press Statement, Bassett & Ashlee Marie. Blueberry Hill has been wide in her last couple of runs but just keeps on coming! And Clarry Conners saddles up Sires winner Look to the Stars. The speed looks good which will suit Sargaronne.
A great day's racing - I hope you enjoy it!