Eagle Farm Meeting Will Test Horses’ Mudder Qualities

Soggy racetracks have been the rule, not the exception, over the past several months of the 2016 – 2017 Australian Thoroughbred racing season and swampy conditions appear to be the order of the day for Eagle Farm tomorrow as one of the last big meetings of the season jumps.

Brisbane’s biggest venue will have the Group 1 BTC Cup, although as we told you earlier, the race has a different name this year, as naming rights for races can be had for bargain rates. The BTC Cup is a 1300 m weight-for-age race. It was won last year by Malaguerra. That horse will not defend in the Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup as the race is known this year. There are 14 horses in the field and Black Heart Bart is the favourite, offering $3.30 for the win. Bart has drawn well and will come out of the fourth barrier with Brad Rawiller steering.

There is one Group 2 race on the card, the QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes, a 1350 m run for the juveniles, although on Sportsbet, the race is listed as 1400 m and on punters’ bet slips it will be called the Mitaville Sires’ Produce Stakes. It is race three on the card. Twenty-three will jump, with Melody Belle coming out of barrier nine as the $4.50 favourite.

There are five Group 3 races on the card, in fact, of eight races, only the first is not Group level.

The Group 3 Premiers Cup will jump as the fourth race, going under the anme of the Channel Seven Premiers Cup as an Open Handicap, where Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s Stampede is the clear favourite at $3.30.

Weight-for-age fans will be focused on the Group 3 Lord Mayors Cup, the second race on the schedule. At 1600 m, it demands the most from a middle distance galloper. Winx mentor Chris Waller will field Religify, the $2.35 favourite.

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