Humbolt Current is up to winning at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart

Eagle Farm Tips & Preview – Saturday 1st August

The new racing season in Brisbane will get underway at Eagle Farm on Saturday, and nine exciting races will be contested.

I’ve picked through the form of every runner confirmed to start and you can find a preview for every race and all of my Eagle Farm tips below.

Long May We Play 3YO Handicap (1500m) - 11:18am
No. 2 Apache Chase

Apache Chase never looked in doubt when resuming and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again on Saturday.

The Better Than Ready gelding went straight to the lead over 1400m here first-up, controlling the race and kicking away in the straight.

He’ll only improve for that effort and should be able to emulate those tactics in this small field.

Kirin Benchmark 90 Handicap (2200m) – 11:53am
No. 7 Humbolt Current

The shift north proved ideal for Humbolt Current, and he strikes another very winnable race at Eagle Farm this week.

The Chris Waller-trained gelding did take a few to get going early in his prep in Sydney, but returned to winning form with a dominant win at this track and trip early in July.

He’s weighted well, I like that he’s had a few weeks between runs and a trial in the lead-up to this.

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Gallopers Sports Club Class 6 Handicap (1600m) – 12:28pm
No. 1 Mushaireb

This is a drop in class for Mushaireb and I think that he can and will return to winning form, at a lovely price ($8 at publish).

The Invincible Spirit gelding has been a good horse for connections for a couple of seasons now, and has returned big efforts in good races down south.

While he’s yet to make much of an impression in two starts this time, there is no doubt that he has improved, and he is a tough galloper that should suit racing at Eagle Farm.

At the price, I’m eager to have a decent each-way go.

Long May We Play 3YO Handicap (1000m) – 1:03pm
No Bet

Bleu Zebra has so far made one appearance at the races for one dominant win.

This race is harder, but she’ll have conditions to suit and will only improve for her debut effort.

I think she probably wins, but she is far too short for me at $1.50 and I am happy to watch.

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National Jockeys Celebration Day C,G&E No Metro Wins Handicap (1200m) – 1:42pm
No. 1 Nothingforthepress

This looks like being one of the more open contests on Saturday’s Eagle Farm card and there’s a case to be made for many.

For that reason, I’m eager to dig out the value, and there looks to be plenty around a horse like Nothingforthepress at $23.

Nothingforthepress has a consistent performer last time in, and only just missed when resuming this time, gunned down late by a fitter horse.

With the benefit of that run and his belt and Ryan Maloney in the saddle, I’m more than happy to have an each-way play.

Mount Franklin Class 3 Plate (1400m) – 2:22pm
No. 12 Starla

Starla has won two consecutive races leading into this and looks up to making it a third.

The Snitzel filly continued to improve with each start back from a spell, but her last two wins at Warwick Farm and Doomben were eye-catching, and suggested that she has found peak condition.

So long as she holds her condition, I really can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish again.

BRC Membership Renewal F&M No Metro Wins Handicap (1200m) – 3:02pm
No. 5 Socialising

Socialising has been outstanding this preparation and looks the one to beat in the seventh at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The Bel Esprit mare won each of her first three starts upon arriving in Queensland and the care of Tony Gollan, and was last seen filling the minors over 1200m at the Sunshine Coast.

She’s rock-hard fit for this assignment and is drawn to get a nice run in behind the pace.

I’m looking forward to seeing her go around Eagle Farm for the first time.

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XXXX Dry Open Handicap (1400m) – 3:42pm
No. 3 Mr Bellagio

The talented Mr Bellagio goes around in the penultimate, is drawn well and should be winning.

The Team Edmonds-trained galloper has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his entire racing career and has returned to the races in typically excellent form this time.

His three race wins in succession were a highlight, and this is a decent drop in class from his last-start sixth in the Listed Eye Linder at Ipswich.

He needs only even luck in running to be in the finish and he is my best bet on the program.

Ascot Green Benchmark 72 Handicap (1800m) – 4:18pm
No. 14 Parangas

Parangas will take winning form into the last race and hopefully, he can send us home a winner again.

The three-year-old daughter of Rothesay is yet another horse that I like this weekend that has noticeably improved for each of her starts back from a spell.

She ran a credible fourth when second-up on the Gold Coast and produced what was easily a career-best performance to win by three lengths last time out.

This is another step up in class, but it looks the next logical step for her.