A talent rich field has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Howard Be Thy Name is a proven performer at the class and distance and has firmed into outright favouritism at 2016 Queensland Derby odds of $4.40 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Making a commendable transition to black type company for second in the Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m), Howard Be Thy Name returned to the mainland for a classy win in the Racing.com BM70 (1600m) on March 21st.
Breaking through for a maiden black type win in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) on April 16th, the Redoute’s Choice gelding repeated the dose in the Group 3 Chairman’s takes (2020m) before savaging the line for success in the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2400m) on May 14th.
Having run on for third in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) a fortnight ago, Howard Be Thy Name will be perfectly suited to the mile and a half and the big Eagle Farm track in the Queensland Derby, and is drawn ideally in barrier 2.
Mackintosh has also continued to receive steady support in 2016 Queensland Derby betting markets and remains sole occupant of the second line at a generous $4.50 quote.
Claiming five wins from seven career starts so far, Mackintosh began his career under the guidance of James Bridge in New Zealand, and failed to make anything of an impact in his Australian debut when 12th of thirteen in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).
Undefeated since transferring to the care of Chris Waller, the Pins gelding beat a classy field to the line in the Fishboy Seafoods BM77 (1500m) before taking out each of the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) and Grand Prix Stakes most recently.
Blake Shinn retains the ride on Mackintosh who could very well receive the run of the race in the Queensland Derby from barrier 5.
Eagle Way savaged the line for second in the Grand Prix Stakes last time and is currently available at 2016 Queensland Derby odds of $5.50 for success, or $2.20 to finish in the first three.
Resuming this time for second in the Sandhurst Fine Foods BM75 (1400m), Eagle Way has continued to enjoy a step up in distance; running eighth in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1630m) and fourth in the Rough Habit Plate leading into the Grand Prix Stakes.
Godolphin runner Eschiele ($7.50) interestingly figures as the only other runner currently available at 2016 Queensland Derby odds of less-than $10, while Etymology and Encosta Line both represent terrific value at $10 quotes.
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