Eagle Farm tips and race preview, Victory Stakes day, Saturday, May 23, 2020

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Welcome to our preview and racing tips for Group 2 Victory Stakes Day at Eagle Farm on Saturday, May 23, 2020, with the truncated Brisbane Winter Carnival really starting to get into gear with this meeting.

Along with the Victory Stakes, which is a major lead-up to the Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 6, this meeting also features the Group 2 Champagne Classic for two-year-olds and the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic.

Many of the carnival contenders are stepping out for important runs; indeed, the Victory Stakes, the original name of which is the Sir Byrne Hart Stakes, offers a ballot-free entry into the Stradbroke.

While of course no fans can attend it promises to be a great winter carnival, with the big stables in Sydney and Melbourne sending plenty of horses north for the riches.

We have examined the Eagle Farm card with an emphasis on the major races to find some value bets for followers of the WGL.

 Read on for our free Eagle Farm tips and preview of the feature race, the Victory Stakes, plus other tips from the meeting being run on May 23, 2020.

Eagle Farm race 6, Champagne Stakes, 2.15pm local time (1200m)

Betting agencies see this as a match race between a couple of highly talented youngsters from the leading stables in Queensland. Leading trainer Tony Gollan has the unbeaten Deep Field filly 7.Isotope, while Robert Heathcote has the gelding 1.Rothfire, which looms as the likely leader and has won four of his five starts. But we are always wary of horses from the stable of Peter and Paul Snowden, especially the two-year-olds. The Snowdens have 2.Wild Ruler engaged and they would not have sent him north for nothing. The Snitzel colt is drawn wide but that should not matter to much on the expansive Eagle Farm track.

Our tip: Wild Ruler to finish over the top of rivals and stake his claim for the looming Group 1 for two-year-olds, the J.J. Atkins.

Eagle Farm race 7, Gunsynd Classic, 2.55pm local time (1800m)

The hot favourite for this set-weights race for three-year-olds is the Chris Waller-trained 5.Kinane, which was most impressive winning the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate over 2000m last start and looks well suited on the big track again. The Waller stable has big plans for the lightly raced son of Reliable Man which has had only four starts for two wins and two seconds. The big danger to Kinane looks to be smart local galloper 1.Profit, which started favourite in the Doomben Guineas last start but did not have the race run to suit. He is a classy type.

Our tip: Kinane looks headed for big things and he should be too strong here at the $2 with Unibet. Don’t be surprised if his stablemate 11.Impactful runs an improved race. He has had the blinkers added and does have ability.

Eagle Farm race 8, TAB Victory Stakes, 3.35pm local time (1200m)

This has attracted a strong field of sprinters with an eye to the Stradbroke Handicap and the good news for punters is that’s $5 the field, with a decent price available for whatever you want to back. 1.Kementari is from the strong Godolphin camp and is among the favourites but he just lacked a little zip last time and we think he may be better suited over further. 12.Winter Bride is a well-travelled mare and may be slipping under the radar heading into this race at around 10-1. She is a quality sprinter on her day. 8.Vega One and 11.Deep Images are in form and progressive and should give a good sight.

Our tip: Try Winter Bride at the $11 with Unibet each-way. She has the services of Brad Stewart, who is comfortable on the big stage.

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