Fillies Make Up Just Over 25% of the Group 1 Queensland Derby Field

There are 23 runners currently for the Group 1 Channel 7 Queensland Derby on Saturday at Eagle Farm(2400 m, 3YO, set weights) but only six of the three-year-olds are fillies.

Unlike some human sports, however, the winner gets the same prizemoney, as horses have long ago figured out what the humans are still trying to accept the concept of equal pay for equal work.

Taking part are Aliferous ($13), Scarlet Dream ($6.50), Re Edit ($8), Grand Bouquet ($51), Mrs Madrid ($34) and Itz Lily ($34).

There is no doubting the performance equality, as any question of mares versus stallions or geldings was put behind us, most recently by Winx, Black Caviar and Makybe Diva.

Our apologies to any of the other great female racers, there are simply too many to name them all.

Scarlet Dream is on the third line, behind Nobu at $4.50 and Mr Quickie ($5), so for anyone to suggest that there is no equality in horseracing would make them similar to a horse’s hindquarters.

Scarlet Dream trainer Mark Newnham skipped the Queensland Oaks for the Derby and is of the opinion that he made the right choice.

His horse ran second in the Australian Oaks at Randwick back in April. She had her first start in Queensland in The Roses, but Newnham decided that a fillies and mares race was not the place for her at this time.

‘I am really happy with her and comfortable with the decision to miss last week’s race,” Newnham said. “She needs a big track. I thought her performance in The Roses was similar to her run in the Vinery where she was racing on a track that makes it hard to get back and come wide.”

Eagle Farm fits the bill, where there are big stretches, just as there are at Randwick.

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