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Eagle Farm Race 8: Channel 7 Queensland Derby 2400m

10/06/2016: South Australian Derby winner Howard Be Thy Name is showing no signs of form deterioration and was really strong on the line in a 2200m Group 3 race last time at Doomben. The distance step up to 2400m is a definite plus and should be given a great ride by Brad Rawiller from gate 2. Huge chance to annex his 2nd Group 1 in his last 3 starts. Liked the way Eagle Way attacked the line late when runner up in tight 3 way go behind Mackintosh and beating home Howard Be Thy Name. Hasn't had trouble free runs last 2 and rates highly to go one better than last time here. Mackintosh is shooting for 4 straight here after winning successive Group 3 races over 2000m and 2200m. Some query about the 2400m but will go forward and again make his own luck. Drawn well and in a rich vein of form at the moment. Eschiele has won 3 and placed twice in 9 runs and should have finished much closer when 4th last time out behind Mackintosh. Has gotten a long way back at last 2 runs but has been finishing off really strongly and looks suited this distance. Encosta Line rises steeply in class here after blitzing rivals by 4 lengths in a 78 class over 1900m at Rosehill last time out. From the Waller camp and must be respected.

Eagle Farm Race 8. Track Condition: GOOD (4). Weather: FINE. RaceTime: AEST 15:00, 11/06/2016

RACEMAPChannel 7 Queensland Derby 2400m
Front Runners (1) Maven, (4) Slaughter Bay, (5) Mackintosh, (18) Colonel Custer.
On Pacers (8) Encosta Line, (10) Cylinder Beach, (13) Rodrico, (14) Snapper, (15) Admiral Jello, (17) Brazen, (19) Etymology.
Mid Fielders (2) Howard Be Thy Name, (3) Eschielle, (6) Star Zone, (7) Red Alto, (9) Multifacets, (11) Eagle Way, (12) I'm Belucci, (16) Harvard
Get Back Nil.
PACE COMMENTS This race, like the Queensland Oaks, is chock full of interest as to what is going to happen early. I suspect Mackintosh will try and lead and put the pressure on for that position however if Maven and Slaughter Bay jump cleanly I am sure they will try to maintain a good position and possibly even lead. From his wide barrier Colonel Custer will scorch over and also try to either lead or at worst obtain second position. In other words, just like the Oaks, I see the pace solid going out of the straight affording the mid fielders (I have no chronic back markers) their chance if good enough.
CHANCESChannel 7 Queensland Derby 2400mOrderMargin
Howard Be Thy Name PLUS: S.A Derby winner at Grp 1 level, strong on the line last time, distance step up a plus. A 0
  MINUS: Nil.    
Eagle Way PLUS: Just beaten Grp 3 level last run, charged home late. B 0.5
  MINUS: Rises in class, been getting a long way back.    
Mackintosh PLUS: Winner of last 3, dual Grp 3 winner, will get the perfect run from gate 5. C 1.5
  MINUS: Rises in class, distance query?    
Eschiele PLUS: Has been luckless last 2 runs, won 3 placed 2 from 9, well drawn. D 2
  MINUS: Rises in class, gotten a long way back last 2 runs.    
Encosta Line PLUS: Blitzed rivals by 4 lengths in 78 class last run, from the Waller yard. E 3.25
  MINUS: Huge class rise.    
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EXOTICS Channel 7 Queensland Derby 2400m
Exacta

A: 1 3 7 13

B: 1 3 7 13

Trifecta

A: 1 3 6 7 13

B: 1 3 6 7 13

C: 1 3 6 7 13

First Four

A: 1 3 7

B: 1 3 6 7 13

C: 1 2 3 6 7 13

D: 1 2 3 6 7 13

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