The 2012 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) is set to be an exciting affair with a full field of 16 horses named to contest the $150,000 Group 3 event.
Serving as a key leadup event to next month’s Group 1 Queensland Derby, last-start winner Brambles ($4.00) is currently a slight favourite in the bookmaker.com.au market.
The Peter Moody-trained gelding is fresh off a win in the Rough Habit Plate and is joined at the top of the betting market by stablemate Soros ($4.80).
A son of Lohnro, the colt is also a last-start winner and has big wraps on him after reportedly performing well during trackwork on Tuesday.
Also at the top end of the betting market is strong John Thompson-trained gelding Isopach ($5.00) and another Moody contender Vatuvei ($6.50).
#3 Vatuvei $6.50
Going for the outsider among the Moody-trained horses because he is the only one you can be sure will run the distance.
Brambles and Soros are also fine prospects but both are yet to run more than 2000 metres while Vatuvei showed last start he can run all day when winning the Listed 2800-metre VRC St Leger by more than a length at Flemington.
A son of Reset, Vatuvei will have regular Moody stable jockey Luke Nolen on board and look for him to power home at the back end of the race.
Isopach has been solid in his last three races when running over 2000 metres and the extra 200 metres might be all he needs to produce a special performance.
The Magic Albert gelding ran third in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes and backed it up with solid fourth-place efforts in the Frank Packer Plate and Rough Habit Plate.
It’s tough to ignore the hype about Soros who has been touted as one of the top contenders for the Queensland Derby.
The son of Lohnro has apparently been flying during trackwork and gets a good barrier four draw here for his first run on Queensland soil.
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