The Queensland Winter Racing carnival continues with the running of the Group 1 Queensland Oaks. But for a fleeting moment at 125pm Saturday the racing spotlight will be on a low key two-year-old fillies race (Race 4) at Flemington on Saturday when the daughter of Black Caviar named Invincible Caviar makes her debut. Peter Moody, who’ll train for the Vic Husslers, is reluctant to compare Invincible Caviar to her famous Mum, but is happy with the horse and expects a bold showing on debut.
Michael Costa – Taking on Moody
Queensland Rogues trainer Michael Costa is not about to let fear of a challenge hold him back. The former steward has turned his hand to training with great success, which would go to a new level if Purrfect Deal could win the Magic Millions National Classic (Race 7) on Saturday at Eagle Farm. Purrfect Deal has won 5 of her 8 starts, but this is a massive jump up in class and Costa believes “she’ll run a cheeky race and deserves her chance to have a crack at the elite level”. While we wish Michael luck, we’d prefer to stick In Good Health trained by Peter Moody from the Vic Husslers team. In Good Health won in a canter last start in Adelaide and Moody has a remarkable record with his horses in his hometown of Brisbane.
BET: In Good Health – Each Way
MARK NEWNHAM – HAS A BARGAIN
NSW Tycoons trainer Mark Newnham is confident he can repel the six horse onslaught from Chris Waller in Saturday’s Queensland Oaks (Race 8) with his bonny mare BARGAIN. She was a terrific second last start in The Roses when she attacked the line after a five week break. Bargain will strip fitter for that, has drawn to get the run of the race from barrier four and to be brutally honest should be too good for them.
BET: Bargain – Win
PRICE IS RIGHT IN TWO STATES
It will pay to follow the powerful Vic Husslers training combination of Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior on Saturday. The duo are taking a couple of runners to Eagle Farm but you’ll have to be patient with Our Playboy lining up in the last event. Our Playboy is second-up after an eye catching return, clocking sensational sectionals at Doomben. Unfortunately Our Playboy does get back in his races and will need luck. At Flemington where the rail is out a massive 8 metres, Price and Kent will also have to be patient with Fifth Position also in the last event. Fifth Position was impressive in his Aussie debut when he made ground from the back against a leaders bias track at Warrnambool. The European import should improve with that run and be more than happy to stick with him.
BET: Our Playboy – Each Way (Eagle Farm Race 9)
BET; Fifth Position – Each Way (Flemington Race 9)
IN PRIDE WE TRUST
Not only is NSW Tycoons trainer Joe Pride a master at improving a tried horse, he also specialises in finding the right race for his horses. We trust Joe has done that with Stockman, who’s having his third run in as many weeks in the Winter Cup (Race 7). Stockman drops massively in weight from his last start second, and gets through soft and heavy going with wins on both – happy to stick.
BET: Stockman – Each Way