Racing

Kingsford-Smith Cup: Betting Preview and Tips

Eagle Farm hosts the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) and the weekend feature looks a wide-open affair.

Doomben 10,000 winner The Bostonian will bid for a Queensland Group 1 double, but Godolphin have the favourite in the hat-trick seeking Trekking.

There is plenty of contenders with strong chances and we take a look at what might unfold at Eagle Farm.

KEY RUNNERS

2. The Bostonian ($7.01): New Zealand-based trainer Tony Pike crosses the Tasman with a top hope in The Bostonian, who was a last start Doomben 10,000 (1200m) winner and is bidding to join an elite band of winners of the two Queensland Group 1s. Although he has drawn in a slightly tricky spot, The Bostonian does look well placed for another big effort.

5. Dollar For Dollar ($16.10): Dollar For Dollar was beaten less than half a length behind The Bostonian, however, he could have more upside and will be better suited on Saturday. The six-year-old son of High Chaparral has been sparingly raced with just 24 runs under his belt, and he goes into this slightly underrated considering he’s won eight races for a winning strike rate of 33 percent. This horse always seems to peak third or fourth-up from a spell, and with two solid runs under his belt this campaign, he looks set to run a big race.

6. Trekking ($6.01): A winner of his last two starts including the Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at Scone, Trekking has drawn the inside gate and will rely on Kerrin McEvoy finding a clear passage home. He is another Godolphin runner chasing a Group 1 win, and is trainer by James Cummings who won the race last year. Can’t knock the form of Trekking and he is one of the top three chances.

17: Outback Barbie ($10.01): Queensland’s top hope Outback Barbie can figure in the finish at value odds. Outback Barbie was a bit unlucky in the Doomben 10,000 when finishing fifth and has plenty of upside. Where she’ll get to from barrier 16 is the big question mark, but she looks primed for a big run.

VERDICT

It is a wide-open affair and it wouldn’t surprise to see any of a dozen of the runners salute. Trekking is the favourite ahead of The Bostonian and I Am Excited.

I can’t knock the form of Trekking and rate him as one of the top three chances, but the pair on the next lines of betting each have detractors and we can find better value with a horse that has strong form behind The Bostonian who won the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 last start.

The Tony McEvoy-trained Dollar For Dollar was beaten less than half a length behind The Bostonian, however, I think he has more upside and will be better suited on Saturday.

Trekking looms as the main danger while, with the right run, Outback Barbie can figure in the finish.

  1. Dollar For Dollar
  2. Trekking
  3. The Bostonian
  4. Outback Barbie