The 2011 Brisbane Cup will be run on June 11 at Eagle Farm as part of the Stradbroke Handicap race day.
The Brisbane Cup is a Group Two 2400m open handicap worth $300,000.
Last year saw Bevan Laming’s imported galloper Crossthestart beat home Scouting Wide and Ekstreme. It is expected that Crossthestart will again line up at Eagle Farm in an attempt to defend his crown.
The traditional lead up races for the Brisbane Cup are the Premiers Cup (2200m) and the Chairman’s Handicap (2020). Horses also sometimes come into the Brisbane Cup from the Doomben Cup and Queensland Derby.
This year the consistent grey Shuffle the Cash was booted home by Luke Nolen in the Premier’s Cup. Trainer Brian Guy remains uncommitted as to where Shuffle the Cash will start next, however he would be among the top chances if he headed to the Brisbane Cup.
Tinseltown ran second in the Premier’s Cup and expected to once again line up in the Brisbane Cup. Meanwhile, connections of The Hombre, who started as favourite in the Premier’s Cup remain undecided as to whether they will continue the winter campaign of their horse.
A fortnight before the Premier’s Cup the Robert Heathcote trained Humma announced himself as a genuine Brisbane Cup hope by winning the Chairman’s Handicap. Viking Hero, Count Encosta and Femina Fashion all raced in the Chairman’s and are expected to be a part of the Brisbane Cup.
There are always a couple of handy three year olds in the Brisbane Cup, however which three year olds go that way will be clearer after the QLD Derby.
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