One of the key highlights of the Queensland Winter Carnival, the Gr.1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) set to be held at eagle farm this weekend is headlined by several key local players including a Godolphin trio. Here we preview each contender and weigh in possible outcomes of the Gr.1 Kingsford-Smith affair:
Trekking: Given his current state of hits and misses, the Godolphin gelding might improve back on the dry Eagle Farm track. so a win at 1300m wouldn't completely shock, but from barrier 12 he'll either get a long way back or risk being caught wide which could leave him with too much to do.
Gytrash: The large good-looking entire, was disappointing in his first-up when placing at Gr.1 level. However, while he has much in his favour, he has drawn barrier 15 of 16 so that complicates matters.
Savatoxl: Twelve months ago, the thought of Savatoxl contesting a Group One would have seemed unlikely at best, if not outright absurd. But its a fact that Gr1 winners Gytrash and Behemoth were all left in his wake on the Goodwood Handicap day. He may still have a lot to prove to naysayers and needs to step up to consolidate the Group One winner's position he now occupies.
Imaging: He is simply outclassed in this company and then barrier 16 of 16 makes things near on impossible. While he was an unlucky runner-up in the Gr.1 cf Orr Stakes at Caulfield, a dreadful race won by Streets Of Avalon, and in his subsequent two starts, he's finished 10th and 12th.
Victorem: The entire has been in decent form this campaign, placing twice in thee runs and pulled up with an issue after his last in the Gr.1 Canterbury Stakes. He has a decent chance of winning today.
Niccanova: With a fiery turn of foot, there aren't many horses who have a better finishing burst than this gelding trained by Steve Tregea. Could do well.
Vega One: It's now more than 500 days since this son of Lope De Vega last won a race but that's not to say he's been racing poorly. His last two runs have been good: he finished less than a length behind Niccanova two-back and Eduardo last time in the Doomben 10,000.
Jonker: The Tony Gollan trained son of Spirit Of Boom, has broken the eagle farm 1200m track record, taken out a A$1 million race on Magic Millions day and placed in a Gr.1 Galaxy on an unsuitably wet track. He has a winning chance!
Signore Fox: The Gr.3 winning son of Exceed And Excel has raced well in some handy races but most of signore fox's best runs have come in that rung below the top level. He should get a good run from barrier 5 but he is likely to be outclassed.
Blazejowski: The 7YO son of Dash For Cash is really outclassed here.
Savatiano: This race looks to set up beautifully for the Godolphin mare. She should roll forward from the middle barrier and sit just off the leaders without having to work too hard to get there. The Gr.1 Canterbury Stakes winner comes in fresh and is likes to go over the wire first like a breath of fresh air.
Outback Barbie: Another Spirt of Boom progeny has run well in some good races, but her 7:0-0-0 eagle farm record doesn't exactly read well and her last start win was about 3-lengths slower than the Doomben 10,000 over the same track/distance on the same day.
Pennino: The Easy Rocking mare is unpredictable and could let her connections down.
Dame Giselle: One of the better fillies of her year but she hasn't been able to break through for a win this autumn. This could be her lucky break.
Race Info : Distance 1,300 metres, Surface Turf, Track Right-handed, Qualification Three year old and older, Weight Weight for Age, Purse A$700,000 (2019)
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