The Tony Noonan-trained Kutchinsky will start tomorrow’s $500,000 Group 1 Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2400m) as the pronounced favourite, still heading the betting markets in the feature three-year-olds showdown at Eagle Farm.
The second-favourite for the Derby is Bart Cummings’ Redoute’s Choice filly Dariana. Dariana bungled the start in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) last Saturday after starting as the favourite and never left the barriers, but after drawing ideally with gate one for tomorrow, the punters are putting their faith in Dariana once again and she has been backed into $6 after opening at $6.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Following closely as the $7 third elect at Ladbrokes.com.au is Fieldmaster. The Kiwi raider trained by Patrick Payne has been super consistent over his short career, winning three and placing in the other two of his five races. After drawing well with barrier four and having been able to step up in distance at each start, he has had plenty of support from the punters.
The only other three-year-old at single figure odds for tomorrow’s Derby is another New Zealand-based gelding, The Hombre. The Hombre took out the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) before running a gallant second to Derby favourite Kutchinsky in the Grand Prix Stakes last start.
The Hombre is now paying $8 for a win through Ladbrokes.com.au, shortening from his opening odds of $9.
Other horses that have shortened in the Derby betting markets include surprise Queensland Derby winner Miss Keepsake in to $11 from $13, and another from the stables of legendary trainer Bart Cummings, Brightnight who started at $26 and is now paying $21 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
In other Queensland Derby news Cummings’ third hopeful Landlord has been scratched from the race.
Click here to view the final field and barrier draw for the 2010 Queensland Derby.
Tomorrow is the final major meeting of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, and the showcase event on the card is the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m). The Mark Kavanagh-trained Whobegotyou is the clear favourite at $3 through Ladbrokes.com.au for the Stradbroke, where he will face off against talented sprinters including Melito and Ortensia.
Other exciting races planed for tomorrow include the $500,000 Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m) where Pressday will attempt a clean sweep in the Brisbane winter two-year-old features, the $300,000 Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) boasting an open field of top stayers, and the $250,000 Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) where Bart Cummings’ Latin News is the hot $2.10 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2010 Queensland Derby Betting Odds:
|2||SIR TIME KEEPER (3)||18.00|
|4||THE HOMBRE (18)||8.00|
|6||BLUES WAY (22)||31.00|
|7 SCR||LANDLORD (13)||SCR|
|9||RACING HEART (8)||121.00|
|11||ROCKET TO RIO (15)||61.00|
|12||LET THEM HAVE IT (17)||26.00|
|14||FAVOURS TRADED (20)||101.00|
|16||MISS KEEPSAKE (6)||12.00|
|19||MOTHER’S MILE (7)||151.00|
|20||FACE THE FRONT (11)||121.00|
|21||OUR TIGRESS (12)||121.00|
|22||BENAURA GIRL (2)||151.00|
*Odds are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and are subject to change