Group 1 Queensland Derby Returns to Eagle Farm Trainers Waller and O’Shea Flood the Soggy Field
Returning to Eagle Farm after having been run at Doomben in 2015 whilst Eagle Farm was getting some upgrades, the 2016 Queensland Derby is home again and at the moment, appears as though it might be a Chris Waller showcase. Waller is adding Encosta Line and Rodrico to the list, having already committed Macintosh and Multifacets to the race.
Overcast weather is predicted and as of 6 June, the track is rated soft 6 and the rail is currently three metres out all around.
Trainer John O’Shea is cleaning out the stables as well, proposing Ambience, Eschiele and Etymology and perhaps others if he should get back to the barn and find additional thoroughbreds lazing about.
The Group 1 Queensland Derby is a 2400 m race for three-year-olds at set weights. Magicool was the winner last year. The Derby at one time was a harbinger of future Group 1 success, especially in the 1980s and 90s when Kingston Town, Strawberry Road and Rough Habit used the race to launch legendary careers.
Early markets from Betstar have Macintosh as the favourite at $4.00, but Howard Be Thy Name is close at $4.20 and both horses could shorten as the money comes in, barriers are drawn and the final field is set.