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Eagle Farm Betting Tips for June 15, 2024 - Race-By-Race preview for Stradbroke Handicap day

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Alex Marsh 13 Jun 2024
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  • Eagle Farm hosts top 2024 Brisbane Winter Carnival races, including Stradbroke Handicap and JJ Atkins
  • Top bet tips: 'Port Lockroy' (Each Way), 'Coeur Volante' (To Win), 'Don't Forget Jack' (To Win), and 'Amokura' (Each Way)
  • Detailed race previews provide horse performance insights and conditions for well-informed betting
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Eagle Farm Tips for 15.06.2024
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Eagle Farm host the biggest meeting of the 2024 Brisbane Winter Carnival on Saturday, with the Stradbroke Handicap and JJ Atkins the Group 1 features on a strong card.
  • Eagle Farm Tips June 15
  • Race 1 - 11:43AM Seven The Wayne Wilson Tips (1600m)
  • Race 2 - 12:18PM Maker's Mark Hinkler Handicap Tips (1200m)
  • Race 3 - 12:53PM SEN Oxlade Stakes Tips (1300m)
  • Race 4 - 1:28PM Xxxx Brisbane Cup Tips (3200m)
  • Race 5 - 2:03PM Sky Racing Gunsynd Classic Tips (1600m)
  • Race 6 - 2:38PM Ladbrokes J.J. Atkins Tips (1300m)
  • Race 7 - 3:17PM Magic Millions Dane Ripper Stakes Tips (1300m)
  • Race 8 - 3:57PM The Star Stradbroke Handicap Tips (1400m)
  • Race 9 - 4:30PM HKJC World Pool Q22 Tips (2200m)

Our race-by-race preview for June 15 is included below.


Eagle Farm Tips June 15


Race 1 - 11:43AM Seven The Wayne Wilson Tips (1600m)


Best: 1. Freedom Rally. This is a nice consolation option should Freedom Rally not gain a start in the Stradbroke, with this gelding the first emergency for that Group 1.

While he hasn't won in three outings this time, he's still racing well, with an unlucky return followed by a narrow miss second-up when working home on the worst part of the Doomben track.

He was then tested at Group 1 WFA level and that Kingsford-Smith Cup performance had merit, where he was the pick of the on-speed brigade and that form stands out here.

Value: 7. Poison Chalice. He's not well here on paper as an 80-rater in this WFA contest, however, this Victorian visitor is talented and he's on an upwards spiral.

Poison Chalice is still putting all together and he'll benefit from his first clockwise run, having got home for third in his Brisbane debut and he arguably wins that with a kinder draw.

He was stepping up to a mile there after a terrific return over 1200m up the Flemington straight and I do think he can measure up here despite the weight conditions not suiting.

Race 2 - 12:18PM Maker's Mark Hinkler Handicap Tips (1200m)


Best: 5. Pereille. The main query is a return to a firmer track, as he's only won once on good ground and that was at Moonee Valley, which is a forgiving Strath Ayr surface.

He's hardly failed in other good track appearances, however, and Pereille has shaken off the bridesmaid tag, with this Godolphin four-year-old an improving sprinter.

James Cummings has freshened-up the son of Fastnet Rock following a first-up Sunshine Coast romp, but he's won a tick-over trial and he carries 3kg less from that return win.

Value: 4. Ef Troop. The market is underrating the Sunshine Coast resumption on May 11, where the eight-year-old was bumped at the start and he was also held-up a few times.

Despite never being in winning calculation, Ef Troop found the line nicely in what was his first try on heavy ground, with most of his prior form being on good tracks.

A gelding who has earned over $1 million in prize money, this is a suitable race for the Tony Gollan-trained galloper, with Ef Troop having decent second-up stats and he's won a recent trial.

Race 3 - 12:53PM SEN Oxlade Stakes Tips (1300m)


Best: 8. Don't Forget Jack. The rate didn't rate all that well, however, that's not unusual for a two-year-old midweek race and Don't Forget Jack was visually brilliant on May 29.

Scone trainer Stephen Jones believes that this is the best horse he's ever trained, with the son of Headwater unbeaten from two starts and the extra 100m shouldn't pull him up.

Given his racing style, a switch to the bigger Eagle Farm circuit should also be in his favour and quality-wise, there doesn't appear to be much depth to this two-year-old affair.
Value: 9. Peace Centre. He's well-bred, being by Written Tycoon and out of Fundamentalist, a stakes-winner who almost upset The Autumn Sun in the 2019 Randwick Guineas.

The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained colt was a drifting fav ahead of his debut assignment at the Sunshine Coast and Craig Williams stays aboard from that May 26 outing.

It was a professional victory, with Peace Centre box-seating with ease before sprinting sharply once a gap presented and he maps for another soft run in this Listed event.

Race 4 - 1:28PM Xxxx Brisbane Cup Tips (3200m)


Best: 5. Alegron. We had the ex-Godolphin runner as a value selection in the Premier's Cup last start and new trainer Bjorn Baker has the five-year-old ticking over well.

While he couldn't reel in an in-form Hezashocka via that 2400m feature, Alegron was still strong from off the speed and he gapped third via the main Brisbane Cup lead-up.

He's unknown at two miles, although he showed promise as a youngster, with an easy St Leger (2800m) victory recorded and he looks ready to peak fourth-up on Saturday.

Value: 8. Warning. This is the likely winter aim for Warning, who can mix his form, but his second-up effort was okay after failing to let down with a big weight fresh.

The sectionals somewhat backed up the last performance, given he improved as the race wore on and he was second in this feature last year, albeit off a stronger platform.

He's only the other 3200m attempt came in the 2020 Melbourne Cup, where he finished 12th And Jason Collett is back aboard here, and he steered him in the 2023 Brisbane Cup.

Race 5 - 2:03PM Sky Racing Gunsynd Classic Tips (1600m)


Best: 8. Port Lockroy. He's been flying without luck, hence the market respect via the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate last start, where the Annabel Neasham-trained colt finally drew a gate.

The issue there was a worsening Soft 7 surface, which Port Lockroy didn't handle and that combined with the 2000m distance saw him tire late in that QLD Derby lead-up.

Adam Hyeronimus suggested a drop back to a mile following that last effort and not only does he get that on Saturday, but a return to firmer ground in another big positive.

Value: 19. Hiyaam Proud. Another who didn't appear to stay in a QLD Derby lead-up was Hiyaam Proud, who faded late when running over 2180m at Ipswich on May 22.

That was only start three for the Victorian visitor, who had won his prior two starts and that included an on-speed victory via his Brisbane debut at Eagle Farm.

That 1800m event has been a handy form race, with three subsequent winners produced and that includes Kadavar, who rolled Father's Day and that runner-up was coming out of a BM88.

Race 6 - 2:38PM Ladbrokes J.J. Atkins Tips (1300m)


Best: 1. Broadsiding. Punters weren't put off by the wide draw or the gap between runs, with Broadsiding coming from the rear to take out Group 2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) on June 1.

The Godolphin colt was back in trip following his Champagne Stakes triumph on the last day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and he's expected to improve from his Brisbane debut.

While a wide alley wouldn't have put too many off here, he can settle closer from a low draw and despite having a platform to spike, even a slight regression has him winning this.

Next Best: 10. Mr Artemisia. Chris Waller is aiming for his fourth JJ Atkins victory and the champion trainer prepares both Imperialist (barrier 12) and Mr Artemisia (barrier 3) for the 2024 edition.

Emirate would've been a clear second market elect had he come north for this feature and this colt was the eye-catcher behind that stablemate when charging home at Rosehill.

The Autumn Sun was Waller's last JJ Atkins winner and Mr Artemisia is a son of the five-time Group 1 winner and like may of his progeny, this youngster should eat up the extra distance.

Value: 9. Barbaric Lad. The Anthony & Sam Freedman stable always have to be respected in grand finals and this is the clear target race for Barbaric Lad, who contests the Group 1 JJ Atkins third-up.

While he's been competitive in both Brisbane attempts, I'm not convinced that he's relished wet tracks in those runs and yet he continued to surge in the Sires' when specked at long odds.

A youngster who looks suited up to a mile third-up, Barbaric Lad could be one of the big improvers from that key lead-up race, especially now that he gets a firm surface.

Race 7 - 3:17PM Magic Millions Dane Ripper Stakes Tips (1300m)


Best: 6. Coeur Volante. She has ground to make up on Chinny Boom from her Brisbane debut on June 1 and with that run under the belt, Coeur Volante can turn the tables.

The first two in that 1200m Listed affair dropped the rest before they could get warm and that included this talented three-year-old, who wasn't able to blend in when it mattered.

Her sectionals were strong, with the filly warming up late to record the fastest last 200m of the race, while her last 400m and 200m were the second-fastest for the entire meeting.
Value: 7. Vienna Princess. Things just didn't quite pan out for the Chris Waller-trained four-year-old via three runs over late summer/early autumn in Sydney.

Vienna Princess had been building fairly into the campaign without being suited on soft ground early and once she found a good track, the mare failed and she was spelled as a result.

There were some excuses in the post race wash-up and blinkers go on here off two May trials, while her spring form via the Silver Eagle and Golden Eagle read well for this.

Race 8 - 3:57PM The Star Stradbroke Handicap Tips (1400m)


Best: 9. The Inevitable. Early in a campaign is the best time to catch this Tasmanian visitor, with half of his 16 career wins coming either first or second-up and his recent campaigns also support that.

Spelled after a third in the 2023 All-Star Mile, The Inevitable produced a cracker when resuming in Sydney last spring and with a better ride, I think he would've won the Epsom second-up.

His lead-up this prep is similar, with the veteran rattling home over 1350m first-up in the BRC Sprint and in the process, he recorded the fastest last 200m of the entire May 25 card.

Next Best: 3. Antino. Leading Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan is searching for his first Stradbroke win and he prepares Antino, who is one of the main chances in Queensland's most prestigious race.

The five-year-old returned with a win in the Victory Stakes and he backed that up with a sixth-of-ten finish in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup, where he made inroads after settling at the rear.

The son of Redwood has a terrific record at Eagle Farm (five wins and a third from seven attempts) and as history shows, drawing out in this Group 1 isn't necessarily a negative.

Value: 16. Steparty. He was spelled after seemingly not running out a strong mile in the Caulfield Guineas and the jury was out on Steparty after a somewhat plain run via his sole summer appearance.

The Victorian colt was ridden cold in the Fred Best Classic as he drew the widest in a field of 18 and he made ground despite racing wide and laying-in early in the run home.

Now he's had a race day hit-out on the opposite leg, Steparty should improve and down in weights with 50.5kg, this three-year-old is dangerous with blinkers on for the first time.

Race 9 - 4:30PM HKJC World Pool Q22 Tips (2200m)


Best: 18. Amokura. No knock on Fawkner Park (fav), who was the Doomben Cup eye-catcher and the in-form market elect is also suited back on a firmer track, so he can be saved on at $4+.

At an each-way price, I kept coming back to Amokura, who is value and being only second-up/a month of a between runs last time, she could be the biggest improver from the Doomben Cup.

She ran the second-fastest last 200m of that Group 1, where the mare balanced up late and she's now suited up to 2200m, having won the 2023 QLD Oaks via her last try over this track/trip.
Value: 3. Light Infantry Man. The Ciaron Maher-trained import had decent European form, hence the single-figure quote on Australian debuted last year vs Fangirl and Mr Brightside.

He was a tad disappointing in that 1600m attempt, hence he was tipped out and having been given more time to acclimatise, Light Infantry Man has come back in better order.

He was unlucky in a messy Scone Cup, but the entire still got home well with a big weight and he can settle closer from a kinder draw over this longer journey.
           

Verdict

Our best & value bets for the 2024 Stradbroke Handicap meeting are:

Best Bet1: Port Lockroy Each Way @17/2 at Ladbrokes Australia - 4 Units
Best Bet2: Coeur Volante To Win @9/2 at betM - 3 Units
Best Bet3: Don't Forget Jack To Win @4/1 at Neds - 2 Units
Best Bet4: Amokura Each Way @86/5 at Boombet - 1 Unit
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