Green Belt, Rothfire early favourites for Brisbane features

Green Belt is the early favourite for Saturday’s Group 2 Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm. (Photo: Vince Caligiuri)

Some online bookmakers have opened early all-in markets for the two Group 2 feature races at Eagle Farm this Saturday.

The Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) headline a nine-race card on what is the first meeting of Brisbane’s ‘Stradbroke Season’, which will culminate on June 11.

After suffering his first defeat a on April 16 in the Daybreak Lover, Green Belt is expected to bounce back in the Queensland Guineas, with betting sites installing the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained three-year-old as a $2.60 favourite for the $350,000 feature.


Interstate horses dominate the market, with Bend The Knee and Sword Point both $6 chances with Ladbrokes betting app, while Cape Breton ($10), Character ($11) and Coastwatch ($11) sit on the following lines of betting.

Tony Gollan’s Ashgrove is the shortest-priced local galloper, sitting on $15 after an eye-catching fifth in the Daybreak Lover when first-up.

While southern horses hold the key to the Queensland Guineas, the locals look to be the ones to beat in the sprinting feature on the program, the Victory Stakes.

Rothfire is set to resume in the 1200m dash, with bookmakers opening the Group 1-winning gelding as a $3.60 favourite in early markets.

John O’Shea’s sprinter Quantico ($4) sits on the second line of betting for the Eagle Farm sprint, while Count De Rupee ($5.50) is the third elect after a much-improved second in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes last start.

Queenslanders Baller and Startantes are both $10 hopes, while last year’s winner Niccanova is a $15 chance to go back-to-back, along with last year’s runner-up, Vega One.

Both Group 2 races in recent years have proven to be strong form races, with the likes of Private Eye, Kukeracha and Vega One using these races to springboard into the Group 1 winner’s circle subsequent to their runs on this day 12 months ago.

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