Eagle Farm Race 1 – Oscar Oscar Salons Plate (C6) – 1400m
#5 Luvoir – $6/$2
Really like the race he came out of last start behind Reloaded, it rated very highly on the day and I expect that form to measure up here. Jim Byrne can take some time crossing from the wideish alley, should race in the first four and can be too strong late. Ripping each way bet.
Eagle Farm Race 4 – G3 Lord Mayor’s Cup – 1800m
#2 Quick Thinker – $15
#7 Reloaded – $10
Keen to bet around a few that are tight in the market. Quick Thinker brings the Group 1 Sydney Cup form through Selino and Rondinella, which looks good for a race like this. It is a real one batter so the quicker J Parr rolls along on it the better. Reloaded may not have the class of some of the other horses but is a horse in career best form. Last two starts have been very solid and with added improvement and the likelihood that more fancied runners will be below their best, he can run well here. Both look over the odds.
Eagle Farm Race 5 – G3 Premier’s Cup – 2400m
#4 Brimham Rocks – $12
#8 Mahamedeis – $19
This race looks an afterthought for a majority of this field and strangely for a staying race, most are 3 weeks or longer between runs. Mahamedeis beat home race favourite Le Don De Vie 3 starts ago, meets it better at the weights and started close to it that day in the market. Brimham Rocks looks set for this, fourth up, blinkers back on and Hugh Bowman on. Gets a lovely run in transit and has prior form that stacks up to this. Both look over the odds.
Eagle Farm Race 6 – G2 Sires’ Produce – 1400m
#4 Baby Wong – $61
#14 Miss Hipstar – $41
#15 Rhapsody Rose – $34
Really tricky race and happy to have something very small on a few at huge odds. Baby Wong has shown ability previously, had to work last start when started shorter and tired late, gets a softer run and could bob up at odds. Miss Hipstar won two starts ago before starting in the market and only tiring late when having to race wide on a hot speed. Can roll forward and give some cheek. Rhapsody Rose has strung together two very solid performances, can roll forward and be in this for a long way.
Eagle Farm Race 7 – G1 Queensland Derby – 2400m
#9 Senor Toba – $5
Was very good when winning the Frank Packer Plate two starts ago, when accounted for Lions Roar quite easily. Last start he got back in a very slowly run race and only warmed up late. Wide gate is a concern but will be the strongest late, just needs an ounce of luck. Look for a grey flash down the outside!
Eagle Farm Race 8 – G1 Kingsford-Smith Cup – 1300m
#13 Savatiano – $4
She brings the genuine Group 1 form through the likes of Kolding and Doncaster winner Cascadian, that looks to be excellent for this. Can bounce out of the gates and take up a handy position and is clearly the one they all have to beat.
South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.72) VS Parramatta Eels ($2.10) – Stadium Australia
Both sides leaked plenty of points last week and both will be desperate to bounce back here. This will be a tough physical game with defence the key driver but that will bring about problems from the officials. Both sides will go out there with the intention of defending but this game will open right up. Count the tries and count your cash.
Suggested Bet – Total Points over 50.5 @ $1.90
Cronulla Sharks ($2.20) VS Gold Coast Titans ($1.67) – Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
The Titans welcome back big David Fifita. The Sharks played in an absolute bludger of a game last week and somehow won thanks to a Chad Townsend field goal and as a reward he’s been dropped. This is a game the Titans need to be winning and winning well if they wish to play finals footy. Bet of the round!
Suggested bet – Gold Coast Titans -3.5 @ $1.90
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Man City ($1.88) vs Chelsea ($4.50) – Draw ($3.25)
Manchester City is looking to make amends for their defeat to Chelsea 3 weeks ago where they lost 2-1 at Etihad. With that still fresh in their minds and coming off a 5 nil drubbing of Everton, City look very hard to beat here. We’ll take them to win and throw in any multis or ODDS BOOST if you can.
Suggested Bet – Man City to win in normal time @ $1.88