The JJ Atkins and the Stradbroke Handicap headline the Group 1 racing at Eagle Farm.
Our Wizard of Odds has looked towards each-way value in both the Group 1s as well as the best bet coming in the fourth of the program.
Eagle Farm Race 3
#2 Ayrton & #5 Without Thinking
A two-horse play in this event with Ayrton and Without Thinking being the two to be with.
Ayrton was a beaten odds-on elect at this track over 1400 metres last start but gets an enormous jockey change with James McDonald taking the ride.
The market expected him to make a mockery of his opposition last start but we can forgive given it was his first start running the opposite way and his first ever start at Eagle Farm.
The other horse to be with here is Without Thinking.
The three-year-old gelding from the John Symons & Sheila Laxon stable has progressed through his grades nicely.
He is undefeated through three runs in his second preparation and his effort over the mile last start will have him perfectly conditioned for this race.
If the favourite does not see out the mile then he is the one who will be rattling home to be the danger.
Ayrton win (SPECIAL)
Without Thinking each-way at $9 the win and $2.25 the place.
Eagle Farm race 4
#4 Knights Order
Completely going against the Queensland staying form and siding firmly with Knights Order who looks primed to run a peak rating fourth-up into his preparation.
Loved the way he won last start after sitting outside until he took over in the straight in the Winter Cup and winning with a leg in the air.
He looks to get complete control of the front here and Tim Clark is a jet front-running rider.
The unwritten rule of ‘Gai Waterhouse up in distance’ rings true with the rise to 3200 metres.
Get the feeling Clark will attempt to get the back-markers gasping for air early in the race.
Suggested Bet: Knights Order win at $3
Eagle Farm Race 7
#10 Cape Breton
Cape Breton seems to be the naught on the roulette wheel in this race.
He has defied the market drift at his first two career starts to win like a very smart juvenile horse.
The two-year-old colt from the Chris Waller stable seems to have a sense of timing about him and he looks all over a miler.
Glen Boss should be able to score up from barrier ten and find a spot about three lengths off the lead with some cover.
Waller would surely have left at least two to three lengths of improvement worth of fitness into this Group 1 grand final race.
Expecting a big showing from this Vancouver bred galloper.
Suggested bet:Cape Breton each-way at $13 the win and $3.9 the place
Suggested Exotic: Boxed Trifecta – 2, 5, 10
Eagle Farm Race 8
#12 The Harrovian
The Harrovian has clearly enjoyed his return back home to Queensland.
He ventured down south to tackle some competitive races in Melbourne which included the All-Star Mile.
His run in the All Star Mile was actually much better than it looked after he copped a bog heavy track when it poured down with rain.
Loved his effort in the Doomben 10,000 behind the speedy Eduardo when resuming after having two months off from racing.
The rise up to 1400 metres is ideal for him and he gets a big time jockey in Glen Boss to take the reigns.
The seven-year-old gelding clearly takes a liking to Eagle Farm as well having raced twice at the track for two wins.
Suggested bet: The Harrovian each-way at $8 the win and $2.4 the place.