Runner-by-runner expert preview, best bet and roughie

q22
q22

The Q22, run over 2200 metres at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Handicap Day, is a relatively new race that’s been conceived by Racing Queensland. It’s one of the richest races of the Brisbane Winter Carnival, with $1.2 million in prizemoney. The forerunner to this race was the PJ O’Shea Stakes, also run over 2200 metres at weight-for-age.

Q22: Alfie’s preview

Speed It looks to be fast. Numerian, Polly Grey and Hopeful will look to lead. Heutor and Great House will settle back.

Runner-by-runner

Prices courtesy of TopSport at time of publication.

3 Huetor [$3.30] is the one to beat. He put in a great run winning the Doomben Cup last start and is now fourth-up. If the track is fair again he’ll get every chance.

9 Maximal [$5.50] beat home Zaaki in the Doomben Cup so has some talent. He’s not without a chance, but will have to turn the tables on Heutor.

6 Great House [$12] ran a peak figure in the Doomben Cup and is in the right camp (Waller) for a grand final. He won sixth-up last prep and is a knockout chance.

1 The Chosen One [$12] will find it tough to turn around the Doomben Cup result, where he finished fifth.

4 Numerian [$13] beat Great House last start, but is now 35 days in between runs. That makes it tough.

15 Polly Grey [$17] doesn’t go as well on a dry surface, which really will impact her chances.

8 Le Don De Vie [$17] will have to produce a career best figure and a fair spike to win this, but in the right camp (Maher / Eustace) to do it. Can never write them off.

16 Coventina Bay [$26] finished almost four lengths back in the Doomben Cup. Hard to see her turning the tables.

2 Kolding [$26] put in an improved run last start. Back on a dry surface is a tick, but hard to see him winning.

5 Yonkers [$31] isn’t quite up to Group 1 class for mine.

7 Kukeracha [$41] won at listed level three starts ago. It’s a step up now to a WFA Group 1.

The rest don’t have the figures to win here in my opinion: 14 Esti Feny [$34], 11 Hopeful [$8], 12 Criaderas [$41], 10 Ballistic Boy [$41], 13 London Banker [$67]

Betting strategy

Best Bet Sharp N Smart [$3.30]

The obvious choice in this race and looks a good bet.

Best Roughie Great House [$12]

If you’re looking at something at odds, Great House could be a nice each-way play with Waller flying at the moment.

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