The exciting racing action of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival continues at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday with the Kirks Doomben Cup Day featuring an elite line-up of Group races.
One of the feature events of the meeting is the $125,000 Group 3 Lyndhurst Stud Fred Best Classic (1350m) where 16 three-year-olds plus two emergencies have been paid up for.
Last start winner of the $150,000 Listed Silk Stocking (1200m) at the Gold Coast, Graceful Anna will start as the hot favourite, currently leading the betting markets at $2.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Canny Lad filly trained by David Pfieffer has been super impressive over her eight race starts to date, winning six and finishing second and third in the others. Graceful Anna will jump from barrier eight on Saturday, due to be ridden by Larry Cassidy.
Her performance in the Fred Best Classic will show Pfieffer if she has what it takes to run in the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 12.
Second favourite for the 2010 Fred Best Classic at $5 with Ladbrokes.com.au is Fastnet Rock colt Stryker. One of a number of Sydney gallopers making an assault on the Queenslanders, the Chris Waller-trained Stryker has won only one of his 12 race starts to date, but has run some gallant placings including a fourth to Ortensai in the Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) two starts back.
Coming off another fourth place, this time to Beethog in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m), Stryker has had his chances marred with a wide barrier 15 draw for Saturday. But with a bit of luck he has the talent to still win here.
Following closely in the Ladbrokes.com.au markets at $6 is Launay. Faring well in the barrier draw with gate four, the well-bred Lonhro gelding has saluted in three of his five race starts, the promising runner one of Kerrin McEvoy’s mounts at Saturday’s meeting.
Other three-year-olds that could cause an upset in the Fred Best Classic include John P Thompson’s Shamardal filly Happy Hippy (barrier 14), last start winner Sophrosyne drawn ideally in barrier two, and the horse that beat Stryker last start, Beethog.
The Les Kelly-trained Shovhog filly snared a surprise win in the Gold Coast Guineas on May 8 after starting at the long odds of $51. She jumps from barrier three on Saturday and represents excellent value currently at $15 for a win with Ladbrokes.com.au.
The major drawcard on the day is the $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) where the Anthony Cummings-trained Road To Rock, having his final career start before heading to stud, will seek revenge on the horse that beat him last start in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes, Metal Bender.
Betting markets and odds on all of these great Doomben races can be found at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The 2010 Fred Best Classic is scheduled as the third race on the card and is set to start at 1:15pm.
2010 Fred Best Classic Final Field, Barrier Draw & Odds
|Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||15||56||5.00|
|Tony Gollan||Kristy Banks||5||56||17.00|
|Michael Moroney||Mark Zahra||2||56||15.00|
|Kelly Doughty||Matthew Palmer||12||56||21.00|
|Brian Gentle||Scott Seamer||10||56||101.00|
|Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||4||56||6.00|
STREETS AWAY (NZ)
|Alan Bailey||Glen Colless||18||56||41.00|
|Gerald Ryan||Blake Shinn||9||56||17.00|
|Trevor Bailey||Damien Oliver||6||56||26.00|
|Robert Heathcote||Shane Scriven||17||56||67.00|
|David Pfieffer||Larry Cassidy||8||54||2.50|
|Rex Lipp||Chris Munce||7||54||15.00|
MISS WITH ATTITUDE
|L Macdonald & A Gluyas||Clare Lindop||11||54||26.00|
|John P Thompson||Stathi Katsidis||14||54||12.00|
|Les Kelly||Justin P Stanley||3||54||17.00|
SWISS ROSE (NZ)
|Gillian Heinrich||Michael Rodd||16||54||67.00|
|Troy Hall||Damian Browne||13||56||67.00|
*Odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au & are subject to change