Any Guess as Good or Better than Ours for Eagle Farm Saturday
Beginning Saturday, it is Eagle Farm’s time to bask in the sunlight and offer the top Group racing for what remains of the 2019 – 2020 Australian Thoroughbred racing season.
The schedule we have for racing is worse than worthless, with meetings abandoned, races shifted and other such disruptions no one could have foreseen when the schedule was put together.
Just two days out from a big meeting at Eagle Farm, there is zero assurance that the racing will jump, despite the Australian racing jurisdictions having managed to keep going.
While we await the first report of a horse testing positive for Hydroxychloroquine, here is what should happen at Eagle Farm this weekend, courtesy of our trusty online bookies.
A look at the bookie webpages shows Saturday racing at Eagle Farm.
Yet, back in late March, the Courier Mail was reporting that Brisbane winter carnivals for all three racing codes have been abandoned.
Since we trust the bookies far more than the Courier Mail, we found the race being offered once again as the Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic.
Several other reputable sources indicated that the race is on.
The bookie we consulted still lists the race as 1200 metres, so it is our sincere wish that none of the horses or riders stops before riding out the entire distance.
It is the sixth race of the meeting.
A look at the market with Ladbrokes shows a field of seven following the scratching of Overlord.
The favourite is Isotope for $2.25, but strong form has been shown by Rothfire, currently $2.60.
Isotope is a two-year-old and it is not often that we see a juvenile in a w.f.a. race. The young filly has just two races so far, both wins.
The first was a set-weight maiden at Doomben where she outclassed the closest pursuer by 10 (ten) lengths. Her second win was an age-restricted handicap.
Strange times, these.
It almost seems as though the Racing Queensland honchos went around asking, “What are you doing Saturday? If you’re not busy, come around and fill a Group 1 field for us.”