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


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.

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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