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.
Prices courtesy of TopSport at time of publication.
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.
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.
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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