Saturday Racing at Eagle Farm Offers Healthy Dividends

Punters who can pick the winner of Saturday’s Group 2 Tab Victory Stakes (1200 m, set weight plus penalties) have a possible windfall coming their way.

Backing the favourite, Vega One, could pay as much as $4.80.

Next is Outback Barbie, currently $7. There are two on the third line, Deep Image and Winter Bride, both $10.

Certainly beats those days of backing Winx and hoping to get the punt on at $1.10 before she shortened to $1.06.

Trouble with the Group 2 Tab Victory Stakes, however, is that the longest horse in the lot is Free Of Debt for $41.

Forget tossing one or two out of the picture with $100 prices.

For those who place value on recent form, that criterion would seem to belong to Soxagon ($21) and Freddie Fox Trot ($26). Both have won their last two starts.

Were we inclined to plunge on Thoroughbred races, the Group 2 Tab Victory Stakes is one we might avoid, other than for those tempting dividends.

We encountered a similar situation with the race just prior to the Victory, the Group 3 Lexus Gunsynd Classic. (1800 m, 3YO, set weights).

This one might be an even tougher punt. Chris Waller has entered with Kinane, a clear favourite for $2.05. It is quite a gulf back to the second line, where Sky Horse is priced at $9.50.

Kinane and Sky Horse are both Kiwi horses, as are Supergiant ($11) and Powering ($51). Powering will only jump if one of the others do not make it to the barrier.

Race 6 on the day is the Group 2 Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200 m, 2YO, set weights plus penalties).

Isotope holds the top line for $2.30, but Rothfire is $2.80.

The experience factor seems to belong to Rothfire, runner of five races for four wins and one second, but many view Isotope as a boom filly.

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