Kinane will be hard to beat in the Gunsynd Classic. Photo: Steve Hart

2020 Victory Stakes Day Tips & Preview

We’re back to Eagle Farm on Saturday for what will be one of the 2020 Brisbane Winter Carnival’s better cards.

Victory Stakes Day is headlined by a particularly strong edition of the Group 2 sprint, while both the Champagne Classic and Gunsynd Classic will also be run and won.

You can find a preview of each race and out 2020 Victory Stakes Day tips below.

XXXX Dry QTIS 2YO Handicap (1200m) – 11:15am
No. 1 Tumbler Ridge

Timber Ridge has been a model of consistency recently and looks up to winning the first on Victory Stakes Day.

The Spill The Beans colt hasn’t missed a place at his last four starts, winning twice, and he was last seen finishing a nose second to Starosa over 1350m at Doomben.

I like that he’s a month between runs and he is drawn to receive a lovely run.

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Ascot Green Class 6 Plate (1400m) – 11:50am
No. 5 Reckless Choice

This looms as a pretty open contest and for that reason, I’m eager to have a little each-way play on the resuming Reckless Choice.

Reckless Choice was a strong and largely consistent performer for Steve O’Dea last time in, winning a similar race to this one most notably and really not looking out of place in black type company towards the end of his prep.

He’s drawn a peach and his best is certainly good enough for something like this.

Canadian Club Class 6 Handicap (1000m) – 12:25pm
No. 3 Bring It Home Pop

Bring It Home Pop hasn’t been seen at the races since January, but he is a horse that tends to race well fresh and will be hard to beat on Saturday.

The Rothesay gelding was unlucky not to win at Doomben when resuming last time and continued to impress as the bar was raised, culminating in an appearance in the Magic Millions QTIS race, albeit a failed tilt.

Benchmark 78 Handicap (1800m) – 1pm
No. 6 High Power

It’s been a while between wins for High Power, but he was unlucky not to finish closer at the Gold Coast after being held up last time and he’s primed for another big run this week.

The Kris Lees-trained gelding took a couple to tune up when resuming, but only just mussed at Tamworth two back before his luckless hit-out last time out.

He looks to be at peak fitness for this contest and can fight out the finish.

Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m) – 1:40pm
No. 4 Solar Star

Solar Star is another horse that has continued to improve with each start back from the spell and the fifth on Victory Stakes Day looks a lovely race for her.

The Zoustar mare hit the line well to finish second at this track and distance when second-up, never really getting into the race at her next appearance but filling the minors amongst decent company last time out.

In-form apprentice Baylee Nothdurft has options from the rails draw and the horse gets a relief in the weights with her claim.

Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) – 2:15pm
No. 1 Rothfire

Only eight juveniles remain in content for this year’s Champagne Classic, but the depth of talent confirmed for a start suggest that it’s going to be one of the contests of the carnival.

Rothfire hasn’t been seen at the races since suffering a shock defeat in The QTIS Jewel on the Gold Coast in March, but that was the first time in five career starts that he hadn’t won and I am happy to be with him here.

Rob Heathcote has had a big opinion of the colt since he arrived at his stables and it’s not hard to see why. He won his first four starts by a combined fifteen lengths and obviously, hasn’t missed at this point of his prep previously.

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Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) – 2:55pm
No. 5 Kinane

Kinane could hardly have been more impressive throughout the early stages of his career and he looks the one to beat in this year’s Gunsynd Classic.

The Reliable Man gelding resumed this time for second over 1400m at Warwick Farm, breaking his maiden at Wyong before beating several good horses to the line in the Frank Packer Plate.

That is superior form to anything else going around here and even from way out wide, he’s going to take a power of beating.

Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) – 3:25pm
No. 15 Outback Barbie

This is an outstanding edition of the Victory Stakes and there is a case to be made for nearly every horse fighting into the winner’s stall.

Outback Barbie will take good improvement into her second campaign start and looks a touch of overs at around the $7 mark.

The Spirit Of Boom mare really doesn’t know how to run a bad race and capped another smart summer preparation with a lovely win at the Magic Millions.

She finished within a length of Tambo’s Mate when fresh, is drawn to receive a lovely run and will take a power of beating under these conditions.

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Mittys Benchmark 72 Handicap (1400m) – 4:15pm
No. 8 Erringhi Spring

There are a bunch of non-winners confirmed for a start in the last on Victory Stakes Day and once again, it’s a tough way to conclude.

Erringhi Spring has improved for three starts this time and I will be happy to have something small on her here.

The four-year-old mare has placed at her last two starts and savaged the line to only just miss, last time out.

She’s another horse that requires luck from an awkward draw (barrier 15), but if she gets that, she’s up to it.