There have been worse Queensland Cups but not many. (Does that sound familiar about staying races this winter?)
MURPHY'S DELIGHT has been racing well enough in Sydney and is one of the few who hasn't been crucified at the weights. The gelding has shown he can run 3200m and is from a top stable. His jockey Jim Byrne has a good record in the Cup making him the top pick.
TUNES ran second in the Adelaide Cup and was caught in the wrong part of the track when well beaten last time. At least you know he should run a strong 3200m but he doesn't want it too wet.
JIAYUGUAN has also been racing well enough in Sydney. But she has 57kgs here which is not an easy weight. She is yet to be tried at 3200m but the stable missed the Grafton Cup to run her here.
The same can be said for INSTRUMENTALIST who has been very good in stakes company his past two starts. But he has been lumbered with an extra 5kgs here and he is also not at his best in the wet. There has been an outcry about Queensland's system of weighting horses and he is another example of why people are upset.
POP N SCOTCH has been terrible recently but he seems to always go well in this race having run seconds at his past two attempts. He couldn't be recommended on form but looks value on his overall 3200m race form.
SELECTIONS: NO4 MURPHY’S DELIGHT
, NO3 TUNES, NO2 JIAYUGUAN, NO1 INSTRUMENTALIST.
NO6 POP N SCOTCH.