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Eagle Farm Betting Tips for June 8, 2024 - Race-By-Race preview for Queensland Oaks day

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Alex Marsh 06 Jun 2024
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  • The Group 1 Queensland Oaks headlines Saturday's meeting at Eagle Farm
  • There's a strong support card, including the Lightning Handicap & Queensland Day Stakes
  • Top picks include 'La Crique', 'Yellow Brick', 'Opal Ridge', and 'Fortuneer'
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Eagle Farm tips for 08.06.2024
Will Kiwi mare La Crique (R) claim a first Australian win in the Magic Millions Classic? (Getty)
 

Eagle Farm host their second leg of the 2024 Brisbane Winter Carnival on Saturday, with the Group 1 Queensland Oaks headlining the meeting.
  • Eagle Farm Tips June 8
  • Race 1 - 11:43AM Mittys BM90 Handicap Tips (1800m)
  • Race 2 - 12:18PM U&U Recruitment Class 6 Handicap Tips (1200m)
  • Race 3 - 12:53PM Nova 106.9 The Phoenix Tips (1500m)
  • Race 4 - 1:28PM Ladbrokes Lightning Handicap Tips (1000m)
  • Race 5 - 2:03PM Nuturf Spear Chief Handicap Tips (1500m)
  • Race 6 - 2:38PM Ascot Green Queensland Day Stakes Tips (1200m)
  • Race 7 - 3:13PM Magic Millions National Classic Tips (1600m)
  • Race 8 - 3:52PM Seven Queensland Oaks Tips (2200m)
  • Race 9 - 4:29PM The Star Moreton Cup Tips (1200m)

A strong support card has been assembled, with sprinters contesting the Lightning Handicap and three-year-old's open the Quaddie via the Queensland Day Stakes.

Our race-by-race preview for Saturday is included below.


Eagle Farm Tips June 8


Race 1 - 11:43AM Mittys BM90 Handicap Tips (1800m)


Best: 10. Age Of Sail. There's nothing special in his Sydney form, although he still impressed him via a short first Australian prep and that included a fresh win for Kris Lees.

Age Of Sail was spelled after being narrowly defeated at Rosehill in February and he's well in under the BM90 scale, where he carries just 54.5 kg's as one of the few progressive horses here.

His trials haven't been as sharp as they were last time in, but they's still been sound and it's worth noting that both heats were on heavy tracks, which he doesn't seem to relish.

Value: 6. Military Gambler. He improved off a heavy first-up defeat when finishing sixth-of-thirteen at Listed level here on May 18 and he's suited down in grade on Saturday.

Another positive for Military Gambler is the rise up in trip and when he gets to these longer distances, the grey coften settles on the speed, while firmer going is another plus.

Lasy year's Toowoomba Cup winner didn't figure over a short summer campaign, however, the best run of the prep was third-up in a slightly stronger affair at Doomben.

Race 2 - 12:18PM U&U Recruitment Class 6 Handicap Tips (1200m)


Best: 6. Manhood. This Annabel Neasham-trained galloper is perhaps overs in a competitive race, a five-year-old who resumed with a strong effort at Rosehill when backed at a price.

Manhood was a touch plain following that at Scone, hence the long odds here but he's returning to his pet distance of 1200m and he's won two of four over the Eagle Farm six furlongs.

This stable can often get them to respond from a flat run and his overall Queensland record is quite good, which includes a third-up victory over this track/trip last year.

Value: 11. Navas Two. The ex-Hong Kong galloper sprouted wings on stable debut for Adam Campton on December 6, where he rattled home to just miss at Ipswich.

He recorded the fastest last 200m of that meeting, with the form through that standing up through Hardware Lane and he was competitive in two subsequent outings.

1200m on this big Eagle Farm circuit gives Navas Two the chance to balance up fresh and he has the brilliance to figure in this event if it's run to suit.

Race 3 - 12:53PM Nova 106.9 The Phoenix Tips (1500m)


Best: 8. Aemelius. It's a weak Listed affair and while the fav is very short coming out of a Randwick win at a double figure quote, she's been contesting stronger races in NSW.

That last start triumph followed an unlucky Newcastle debut when she held-up at key stages on heavy ground and the two-year-old should eat up the extra distance at start three.

There was more depth to her last race, where she came from the rear to win and from a low draw over this longer trip, she doesn't have to settle as far back this time around.
Value: 7. Safe Place. He bred to get over a staying trip and this first campaign will bring the colt on, with perhaps derbies being the main aim as a next season three-year-old.

Safe Place was a notable drifter on debut at Kembla Grange and there was merit to that fourth-of-nine finish, as he made ground after being held-up from the 300m to the 200m.

He caught the eye prior to that when working home strongly in a Rosehill trial and with experience now under the belt in what's a thin race, he could be the blowout.

Race 4 - 1:28PM Ladbrokes Lightning Handicap Tips (1000m)


Best: 7. Golden Boom. This Tony Gollan-trained sprinter was a little disappointing over the summer, but he's returned in nice order with a first-up victory a fortnight ago.

Given the work he did outside of a fit Hardware Lane, who eventually dropped out of the speed battle, there was plenty of merit to that on-speed win, as he was entitled to be vulnerable.

Golden Boom is arguably more effective over 1000m, so the drop in distance is fine here and while there's plenty of speed on paper, we know he can absorb that pressure up front.

Value: 6. Deepour. A galloper looking to bounce back from a disappointing last campaign is Deepour, who failed to figure in three runs over November and December last year.

He was very consistent for the Adam Campton stable prior to that, with five wins from his previous ten starts and the worst run in that stretch was a fourth in the Ramornie Handicap.

The six-year-old wasn't knocked about in a May 21 trial on the Gold Coast and while he's likely to settle back in the field, the predicted tempo should see them running on.

Race 5 - 2:03PM Nuturf Spear Chief Handicap Tips (1500m)


Best: 3. Yellow Brick. With two runs under the belt and now getting J-Mac on, along with a low draw for this third-up assignment, it is D-Day for Yellow Brick.

He looks to be ticking over very well, with the four-year-old covering ground when narrowly defeated on a Heavy 10 first-up and he was also wide last time out at Doomben

I felt he was looking for further off that second-up performance and in his last appearance at Eagle Farm, he was a stride off saluting as a $1.35 fav and Rediener (winner) won the Epsom that spring.

Value: 6. Kalino. Although he didn't let down second-up at Scone after failing on testing ground at Randwick, it was still an improved performance from the gelding.

Kalino is crying out of firm ground and he gets that on Saturday, so there's a platform to say he can spike, especially now third-up and he was a month between runs last start.

The son of Pierro is no world beater, but there's always a big peak or two in him every prep and off what looks a soft map from barrier four, he should be respected.

Race 6 - 2:38PM Ascot Green Queensland Day Stakes Tips (1200m)


Best: 14. Fortuneer. While the unbeaten run ended when resuming at Doomben, there was still plenty of merit to that first-up performance over 1110m at Doomben.

Starting that race as a well supported fav, Fortuneer received a little bump at the start and she was chasing from a long way back throughout for an eventual seventh-of-twelve finish.

The sectionals backed up the run, as she recorded the fastest last 200m of that event, along with the second fastest last 400m of the entire meeting and she's now each-way odds.
Value: 3. Show Me Mercy. This gelding resumed in the same on-speed dominated affair as Fortuneer did and Show Me Mercy was simply never in contention there first-up.

The three-year old still did a bit late through the line after coming from the rear over 1110m, while he's another suited up in distance and on a bigger track second-up.

He had trialled well twice while leading into that return and his last two appearances over the Eagle Farm 1200m have resulted in a win and a narrow miss at Listed level.

Race 7 - 3:13PM Magic Millions National Classic Tips (1600m)


Best: 1. La Crique. Australian punters will remember the Kiwi visitor for her loss as a heavily supported fav in the Group 1 Empire Rose going back to the Melbourne Cup Carnival of 2022.

While the mare perhaps haven't lived up to the early hype, she was a Group 1 WFA winner on February 24 in what was a handy field and she then resumed with an eye catching effort on May 11.

At WFA level against her own sex, connections couldn't have found a softer option in Australia if they tried and J-Mac jumping off Thalassophile to ride La Crique is a decent lead.

Value: 12. Konasana. One of the youngsters with genuine upside in the race is Konasana and the penny is starting to drop for the Chris Waller-trained filly.

I'd be forgiving of both autumn losses, having resumed with what was effectively a barrier trial over 1100m and there were their excuses at Hawkesbury after a brilliant Randwick win.

The daughter of Dundeel made light work of Scarlet Oak in that second-up romp and while it was only at BM78 level, she did bounce back last start and 1600m suits now.

Race 8 - 3:52PM Seven Queensland Oaks Tips (2200m)


Best: 10. Good Banter. I've always been a big fan of this John O'Shea-trained filly, who bypassed the Australian Oaks despite taking out the Adrian Knox Stakes and she defeated Autumn Angel in that triumph.

Even with that galloper failing as fav in the Queensland Derby, that's still a key form reference and Good Banter was unlucky in three attempts leading into that Group 3.

Via The Roses, she ran like a horse who was seven weeks between runs, where the daughter of Tavistock peaked on her run approaching the 100m and there's a lot of improvement to come.

Next Best: 1. Molly Bloom. The New Zealand-based galloper didn't let down late in The Roses and Blake Shinn backed that up in the post-race, where he felt that she was looking for firm ground.

Molly Blooms showed a nice turn-of-foot when saluting under Shinn on Boxing Day last year and it's well worth noting that she was only second-up in that latest appearance.

The Australian debut on a testing Heavy 10 surface also left her a little flat and now with a few prep runs completed, while finding more suitable conditions, she could explode here.

Value: 16. Unique Ambition. You always have to respect a John Sargent runner in any Oaks or Derby and he's searching for his second Queensland Oaks winner, having prepared Quintessential (2012 winner).

This three-year-old was a month between runs and covered ground when taking out a strong Scone Class 1 last start, where she was freshened after a third-up flop on a very testing surface.

She was good prior to that at Group 3 level, while Unique Ambition was a single-figure chance in the Group 1 Flight Stakes last spring and she was slow to recover in that feature.

Race 9 - 4:29PM The Star Moreton Cup Tips (1200m)


Best: 15. Opal Ridge. Although it was a decent return in last year's Kosciuszko, Opal Ridge wasn't the same horse over a short spring prep (feet issues), but she's bounced back.

The four-year-old took out the Listed Ortensia Stakes on her home deck first-up, where she covered ground and the mare was safely holding the other chasers.

There may be some opposition given the lack of second-up form on paper, but two of those performances on heavy ground were still terrific and this is a very winnable race.
Value: 10. What You Need. Fitness gave out fresh up the Flemington straight when returning off a 12-month spell, although that first-up run was still a pass mark.

What You Need was then a month between runs second-up in the Hawked Stakes in Adelaide, where he made ground in restricted room via the traditional lead-up race to The Goodwood.

He was then set a task in The Goodwood when back and held-up early in the straight, but he still made inroads and he has a good fitness base for the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
           

Verdict

Our best & value bets for Saturday's Eagle Farm card are:

Best Bet1: La Crique To Win @7/5 at bet365 Australia - 4 Units
Best Bet2: Yellow Brick To Win @17/10 at bet365 Australia - 3 Units
Best Bet3: Opal Ridge To Win @4/1 at Ladbrokes Australia - 2 Units
Best Bet4: Fortuneer Each Way @17/2 at Neds - 1 Unit
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