David Geall will be after successive Group 1 events after claiming the Melbourne Cup recently and will box away the race favourite Miss Splendamiro. The daughter of Barcia Bale was the fastest of the five heat winners and will line up in the same rug she wore when successful in her heat. Starting on the second line of the market in her heat, she was not the quickest out of the boxes and looked to be headed early. Go Lassie Go was looking to get across from box 4, however Miss Splendamiro was able to hustle through enough to hold 2nd position, working to the outside after the first turn and then down the back stuck to the rail and was then able to extend to score in fine style. A three-time winner from box 2, if she can step well at box rise, than she will prove a tough nut to crack.
Not Available progressed through to the final for his second crack at Brisbane Cup success after falling shirt in 2017 and failing to make it through the heats. Since that run, Robert Britton has returned to Albion Park and claimed a 5th in the Winter Cup after claining a heat victory over eventual winner Jury. The Barcia Bale dog also progressed through to the Million Dollar Chase final where he was able to finish in 3rd placing behind the winner True Talent. Jumping from box 3 in his heat, he was slowly away and out of the first turn looked in danger when back to 6th position and with a wall of dogs in front of him and was then checked as he looked to follow the rails. Getting back to the rails the Britton trained chaser sprouted wings along the inside to arrive for a huge win. That was his 4th win at the Albion 520m trip and with a cleaner start, he will be a force.
Starting favourite to take his heat, Hasten Slowly was one of the last into stride and by the turn out of the front straight on the first occasion was back seconnd-last and looking to be in strife. Sticking to the rail through the next 250m to the turn out of the back straight, the son of former champion Fernando Bale was then able to work around the leading trio and turnig in for the run to the judge was really chasing hard and was too slick for his opponents to score in good style. Leading into the heat of this series, Hasten Slowly narrowly missed out on progressing to the Melbourne Cup final when grabbed right on the line by eventual Cup winner My Redeemer. The start prior he was 3rd behind Poke The Bear in the Group 3 Silver Bullet. A four-time Group 1 runner-up, including on the Albion Park track behind Jury in the Winter Cup, Hasten Slowly is yet to miss a top-three over teh Albion 520m and when wearing the wihite vest has missed a top-three just once in 5 appearances.
The Brisbane Cup is a heat/final series conducted at Albion Park, with five heats held on November 29, with all heat winners plus the three fastest second placegetters progressing to the final. The race is held over 520m and was first held in 1972 at The Gabba as the Gabba Sprint Championship.
Since 1976 the race has been known as the Brisbane Cup and has been held at Albion Park since 1993. After hosting the final on a Friday night in 2016, the race returned to the traditional slot of Thursday night in 2017 and will again be a Thursday night fixture in 2018.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2018 is $144,000 with the winner to receive $100,000. The 2017 winner was the Tony Brett trained Fast Times, giving Brett the winner in successive yeears. Other past winners of the race include Keybow, Glen Gallon, El Galo, Bogie Leigh, Flying Amy and the only dual winner Tricky Creek.
|Date:||Thursday December 6 2018|
|Race Time:||20:52 AEST|
|Prize Money:||100,000 to the winner|
|2017 Winner:||Fast Times|
|Market:||2018 Brisbane Cup Odds|