Eagle Farm’s much-maligned surface dished up a track that played in favour of on-pacers with almost every winner coming from up on the speed and close to the fence. Below are a couple of horses worth following from the meeting.
Bonaparte (Race 5): Arguably the run of the day after having to go back to last and three wide. He circled the field and finishing off gamely, sticking to his task impressively out wide. The Stuart Kendrick-trained 5yo has produced two runs in this time which have been superb. If he can draw a gate third-up to 1400m, he should be winning.
Mosshiki (Race 3): This Rob Heathcote-trained runner has been ultra-costly this prep when hard in the market at each run. He was a touch unlucky here without much room before the turn. Admittedly, he did get out in time to loom as a winning hope, but the eventual winner former Victorian Quality Approach had all the favours and was too strong at the business end. Mosshiki is worthy of one more chance.
Ligulate (Race 4): No prizes for identifying Ligulate as a horse to follow, considering he’s now won two on the trot, but he’s in sublime form and will be hard to hold out wherever he goes next. Ran home in a slick 32.66sec, clearly the best time of the day. If he can find another weakish Open Handicap in Queensland it’ll be hard to back against him.