Early Queensland Winter Carnival markets dominated by major stables

TAB has released its pre-nominations markets for the Queensland Winter Carnival features and it is no surprise to see some recognisable names at the top of betting.

Chris Waller and James Cummings have the early favourites between them for the four big Group Ones – the Doomben 10,000, Doomben Cup, Kingsford Smith and Stradbroke Handicap.

The Waller-trained Nature Strip heads the market in the Doomben 10,000 which is run on May 11. Nature Strip, a last-start winner of the Group One Galaxy, is a $4.50 chance ahead of Osborne Bulls and Pierata who are both at $6 respectively.

In the Doomben Cup (May 18), Waller’s Youngstar heads betting at $5 but hasn’t raced since finishing sixth in the Melbourne Cup behind Cross Counter. Last season, Youngstar thrived during the Brisbane Winter Carnival by winning the Queensland Oaks (G1) and The Roses (G2) before producing a huge run in the Queensland Derby when third to Dark Dream. Coolmore Legacy winner Kenedna and Japanese import Kluger are the only other runners in single figures at $8.

Cummings has one of the nation’s best sprinters in Osborne Bulls at $4.50 equal favourite in the TAB Kingsford Smith (May 25), sharing top billing with Galaxy runner-up Pierata while local hope Zoustyle ($6) is close behind with Champagne Cuddles and another Cummings runner, Home Of The Brave, being the only others in single figures at $8 respectively.

Finally, the culmination of the Queensland carnival will be the TAB Stradbroke Handicap on June 8 where there are three favourites in Osborne Bulls, Pierata and Zoustyle all at $6.

“We opened these markets late yesterday and there has already been some interest,” TAB’s Andrew Georgiou said.

“Zoustyle and Home Of The Brave have had specking in the 10,000 market while local runner Boomsara is the most popular in the Straddie market at $15.

“It was no surprise to see our traders open the markets the way they did with Waller and Cummings having the favourites in all these features.

“The pair really dominated The Championships and could continue that winning run in Brisbane.”


DOOMBEN 10,000

Nature Strip $4.50
Osborne Bulls $6
Pierata $6
Redzel $8
Zoustyle $8
Champagne Cuddles $11
Zousain $11
Home Of the Brave, Sear, Viridine and Winter Bride $15
Others from $26


Youngstar $5
Kenedna $8
Kluger $8
Gailo Chop, Hartnell, Life Less Ordinary, Our Libretto and Unforgotten $11
Others from $15


Osborne Bulls $4.50
Pierata $4.50
Zoustyle $6
Champagne Cuddles $8
Home Of The Brave $8
Graff, Invincibella, Outback Barbie, Sesar and Winter Bride $15
Others from $26


Osborne Bulls, Pierata and Zoustyle $6
Champagne Cuddles $8
Home Of The Brave $8
Graf $11
Boomsara, Invincibella, Lean Mean Machine, Menari, Mishani Hustler, Outback Barbie, Winter Bride and Zousain $15
Others from $26