|What||Eagle Farm Races|
|Where||Eagle Farm Racecourse – 230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot QLD 4007|
|When||Saturday, March 12, 2022|
|First Race||12:03pm AEST|
After a 13-week restoration, racing heads to Eagle Farm for the first time in 2022. HorseBetting’s Queensland racing analyst brings you his best bets and quaddie numbers for a nine-race program which features Gypsy Goddess, who is bound for the Australian Oaks in three weeks’ time. As is often the case with Eagle Farm, the surface has drained beautifully and dished up a Good 4 which is perfect for racing, while the rail is out 7m to give the inside lanes a few more weeks to develop before the Brisbane Winter Carnival gets underway. The first race of the afternoon is scheduled to jump at 12:03pm AEST.
Best Bet at Eagle Farm – Gypsy Goddess
We made Gypsy Goddess our best bet at Ipswich on Wednesday, but trainer David Vandyke elected to scratch her and wait until Saturday instead for this 3YO Handicap over 1600m. The filly by Tarzino is unbeaten from four starts, which saw her finish her first racing campaign with a 3.75-length win at this track in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2100m) on December 18. She started $1.24 that day, and from a long way out it was all times and margins as she bounded clear to win comfortably. She won well over 1400m on debut before stepping to 1600m at her second start, which she once again won well, so we cannot see how the mile first-up will be an issue. Kyle Wilson-Taylor takes 2kg off with his claim, meaning Gypsy Goddess will carry 57kg from the outside alley in the nine-horse field, where she can slot in midfield and be too good once again.
Next Best at Eagle Farm – Contemptuous
There are not too many meetings in Queensland where Steve O’Dea & Matt Hoysted don’t train a winner, so if it is slim pickings for the stable early on in the day, we are confident that Contemptuous will get them on the board in race eight. As we have mentioned plenty of times before about this five-year-old, he is bomb-proof. The son of Rubick has won six of his 11 starts, missing the placings only once in his career, so we know what we are going to get from him. Last preparation, Contemptuous won three from three, including a 1.75-length win at this track over 1000m. On the back of just one trial, he will resume in this 1200m Open Handicap, but he gets in on the bottom weight of 53.3kg after Jaden Lloyd’s claim. We expect him to pick up where he left off and resume as a winner.
Best Value at Eagle Farm – Pentito
In the opening leg of the quaddie, Jason Edwards saddles up three-year-old gelding Pentito in a 1300m 3YO Handicap. The son of Spill The Beans has raced three times this preparation for no wins, but he wasn’t beaten far first-up over 1200m at Doomben on a Soft 7. There is some talk surrounding this gelding heading towards the Queensland Derby, so he would want to be ultra-competitive in a race like this if he is to get to the Group 1 feature in May, but we do think that he can. In the horse’s run at this track on October 16, he was very game in defeat behind Rhapsody Rose and Big Muskie – two runners that would start favourite if they were in this field – so we are keen to see Pentito back to Eagle Farm. From barrier 14, Samantha Collett will take the fit horse to the front, and he should take a bit of running down.
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