The traditional lead-up races to the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) have been run and won, and early betting markets appear relatively set ahead of the 2015 edition of the featured event at Doomben on June 6th.
Leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir has already experienced notable success with talented three-year-old Master Of Arts, who has cut into outright favouritism in 2015 Queensland Derby betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au to a quote of $4.60.
Securing two wins and three minors over his five start career so far, Master Of Arts jogged home to win a Terang minor over 1406m on debut in late March; progressing to a credible third amongst notable company in the Selangor Turf Club BM64 (1600m) a fortnight later.
Boxing on for a close second to Show A Star in the Winter & Taylor Isuzu BM70 (1700m) on April 22nd, the Mastercraftsman gelding returned to the winner’s circle in the Terminus Hotel Healesville Handicap (2000m) on May 2nd before making a competitive step-up to black type racing in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m) over the weekend.
Sadler’s Lake was impressive in overcoming an early check to finish fifth in the Grand Prix Stakes and remains tied second favourite in 2015 Queensland Derby betting markets at a quote of $7 alongside leading filly Winx.
Posting three wins and a minor over seven career starts, the High Chaparral gelding finished fourth in the Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) first-up on April 11th before booking a ticket north with a close run for second in the Gallipoli BM70 (1600m).
Having taken out the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) in his only other start prior to the Grand Prix Stakes, Sadler’s Lake looks likely to be partnered by Blake Shinn in the Queensland Derby and will be particularly difficult to beat.
Favourite for Saturday’s Group 1 Queensland Oaks over course and distance, trainer Chris Waller is likely to allow results to dictate whether or not Winx will contest the Queensland Derby.
Winning the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) and finishing a close second to Gust Of Wind in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) most notably through autumn, the Street Cry filly returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) on May 16th and is sure to relish a 2200m race.
Undoubtedly offering punters the best value for money in early 2015 Queensland Derby betting markets, Upham has so-far been the most consistent three-year-old of the Brisbane Winter Carnival and is more than worth consideration at current $8 odds.
Running second in each of the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) and Rough Habit Plate, Upham displayed a scintillating turn of foot to win the Grand Prix Stakes on Saturday and is primed for success.
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