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Australian Racing: Autumn Angel can soar to Eagle Farm success

All eyes will be on Eagle Farm on Saturday with the Queensland track set to stage two Group 1 races on their nine-race card.

Race 7 Eagle Farm

Think About It @ 7.00

Race 8 Eagle Farm

Autumn Angel @ 2.80

Race 5 Eagle Farm

El Morzillo @ 5.50

Pride star to go back-to-back in Cup

The 1300m Kingsford Smith Cup is the first of those Group 1 races with the race coming up as the seventh race of the day.

I Wish I Win is expected to have his supporters having demonstrated good form at this level in recent years.

While the gelding is without a win since taking out the 1200m T J Smith Stakes on a heavy 9 track at Randwick in April last year, he has finished in the frame in all four subsequent starts.

Three of those have come at this level, including when runner-up in last month’s Doomben 10,000 over 1200m on a soft 7 surface.

However, preference in this race is for THINK ABOUT IT, who took this race on a good 4 track in May last year.

The five-year-old has registered three wins since, then following up in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at this venue, with his most recent success coming in The Everest in October.

Joe Pride’s gelding resumed with a second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes over this distance at Randwick in March and he has been tried over further in both subsequent starts.

The son of So You Think appeared not to stay the 1600m in the Doncaster Mile at Randwick just under two months ago and he arrives here on the back of two barrier trials at Warwick Farm.

The return to sprinting here is in his favour and, while any drying of the ground would aid his chances, he is taken to register back-to-back wins in this contest.

Angel for Derby glory

The following race is the Group 1 Queensland Derby over 2400m, with Tannhauser expected to have his supporters, following a win in the Group 3 Seven Rough Habit Plate at Doomben on 18th May.

The gelding had previously recorded a solid effort when fourth in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate over 2000m on a heavy 9 track at Randwick just under a month earlier.

While the step up in distance is unlikely to pose any issues here, the runner-up from the previously mentioned Seven Rough Habit Plate AUTUMN ANGEL is the selection.

The daughter of The Autumn Sun was making her first start in Queensland when finishing strongly to be beaten a length on that occasion.

The filly had previously registered her first win at this level, when taking out the 2400m Australian Oaks on a good 4 track at Randwick in April.

The three-year-old is a proven stayer and is versatile with regard to tactics, with any softening of the going no issue for the pick, who has won two of her last four starts.

Mark Zahra has won on two of his three rides on the selection and he returns to the saddle here, having been absent for her Doomben defeat last time out.

An inside alley is a positive here, with the pick looking up to recording her fifth victory in 11 career starts.

Morzillo to take Sires’ Produce

Earlier on the card the Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400m is the highlight for two-year-olds with 23 declared.

EL MORZILLO recorded her first win when successful over 1000m at Sunshine Coast in January and she has registered good efforts in three of her four subsequent starts.

Those efforts include a fourth when beaten just under one-and-a-half-lengths at big odds in the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes at Randwick on 13th April.

The pick raced on a good 4 track that day and proved that was no fluke when placing second in the Group 2 Spirit Of Boom Classic here on 18th May.

The selection shaped as if the step up in distance she gets here would suit on each occasion and, jumping from an inside alley, she is taken to double her career tally.

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