It is set to be an exciting 2012 Premier’s Cup (2200m) that could go anyone of a number of ways as a full field of 16 horses line up to show their credentials ahead of next month’s Brisbane Cup.
Topping the bookmaker.com.au betting market is Irish-bred Wazn ($4.00) who has been targeted by leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller for the Brisbane Cup.
Betting is tight at the top of the market with highly-rated four-year-old Freuhling ($4.80) the next best ahead of last-start winner Shamardashing ($5.00).
Also falling under double figures are the experienced topweight Ironstein ($7.00) and in-form mare Dance With Her ($7.00).
#4 Dance With Her $7.00
This Mornington-based mare has been absolutely flying of late and comes into the race chasing a third consecutive victory.
The Al Maher five-year-old was sensational when beating a quality Warrnambool Cup field at the start of this month and backed it up to take out the Centaurea Stakes by more than a length last start at Morphetville.
A versatile performer who has won at distances from 1400 to 2350 metres, the rain in Brisbane today will suit the mare who has an excellent record when the sting has been taken out of the ground.
There is no denying Chris Waller is one of the best trainers in the country and he brings Wazn to the Queensland capital with a view to targeting the Brisbane Cup.
He comes into the race on the back of a solid fourth in the Rowley Mile and a close second in the Lord Mayor’s Cup which is a nice buildup for him to really explode here.
Chairman’s Handicap winner Hume has got a luckless draw with barrier 18 but if jockey Scott Galloway can get him into a decent position watch for him to do as he did last start and fly home.
A remarkable training effort from Brian Smith has got the veteran back into winning shapre and is a genuine each-way chance at big odds.
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