Group 1 Tab Kingsford-Smith Cup Heads Brisbane Saturday Racing

Eagle Farm is in the spotlight this weekend as it holds its second biggest meeting of the season and its first marquee since it was finally declared fit December past.

Seven of the nine races ate group quality, meaning six Group 3s and the Group 1 BTC Cup (1300 m, weight-for-age).

We use the officially registered name of a race for our purposes, but if you look for it on your bookie’s website, it is race eight on the card and is listed as the Tab Kingsford-Smith Cup.

There are currently 18 horses in the field. Trekking will jump from the rail as the $6.50 favourite, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. McEvoy had hockey’s luck recently when he came close to disaster in a mid-week Benchmark race at Canterbury, elsewise Trekking might have needed a different rider.

Bostonian is on the second line, starting from the 11th slot with Michael Cahill for the rider. It is not often that we see a Kiwi horse as a sprinter; we typically associate New Zealand horses with the longer races, but Bostonian won the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 two weeks ago, jumping at $41.

We do not know how much backing the four-year-old gelding received, but bookies do not appreciate $41 winners, so Bostonian will offer only $7.50 for this race.

If a $41 quote seems portentous, Endless Drama and Man Booker carry that price into the BTC Cup, but Home Of The Brave ($8.50) and I Am Excited ($9.50) both seem like valid options.

Larry Cassidy will be on Princess Posh, but she has drifted from $51 to $81 since the market went up and she seems like the only true outsider, as none of the other 17 horses is beyond the $41 we mentioned earlier.

If you think that a plunge from $41 to $7.50 is significant, wait and see what happens if The Bostonian wins this race and trainer Tony Pike decides to run him in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 8.

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