2019 Eye Liner Stakes Preview


The 2019 Eye Liner Stakes is one of the highlights of the day at Ipswich on Saturday and it is set to be an outstanding betting race.

You can make a case for just about every runner in the Eye Liner Stakes field and the betting market is extremely competitive.

We have analysed every single runner in the Listed event and our complete 2019 Eye Liner Stakes tips can be found below.

Man Booker

Man Booker drops to a more suitable grade in the Eye Liner Stakes after being outclassed in the Doomben 10,000, Kingsford-Smith Cup and Stradbroke Handicap. There is no doubt that this is a more appropriate race for him and he does have the benefit of Blake Shinn in the saddle. The $12 currently available does seem around the right price.

I’m A Rippa

I’m A Rippa is also on the quick back-up after failing to fire in the Stradbroke Handicap. His run before that behind Tyzone in the BRC Sprint was excellent, but he still isn’t racing at the level that he was during the Brisbane Summer Racing Carnival. The $7 on offer does seem a touch under the odds.


Violate chased home Tyzone in the BRC Sprint and the form coming out of that race was franked when Tyzone finished second behind Trekking in the Stradbroke Handicap. He will get a long way back and will have plenty of horses in front of him, but with even luck will be flying home late.


Coldstone won the Australian Turf Club Trophy at the Gold Coast last month, but he has since produced a pair of flat performances in the BRC Sprint and The Wayne Wilson. He would need to improve on those performances significantly to have a genuine chance in the Eye Liner Stakes.

Mr Marbellouz

Mr Marbellouz handled the step-up in trip to finish third in the Spear Chief Quality and his closing sectionals in that contest were impressive. He has struggled for consistency at times this campaign and he does seem to battle in races that are run at a genuine quality. There is no doubt that he is a contender, but it would not surprise to see him drift as we get closer to the race.


Prioritise finished at the tail of the field in both the Gosford Gold Cup and the Doomben Cup, while he beat only one horse home in the Australian Turf Club Trophy. This is a big drop in trip and his record at this distance is very poor.

Chapter And Verse

Chapter And Verse stamped himself as a Stradbroke Handicap contender with his dominant win at Eagle Farm on April 27, but he wasn’t able to replicate that sort of performance in the BRC Sprint or the Kingsford-Smith Cup. This is a much better race for him, but barrier 15 does make this a tough assignment. His best form would have him right in this.


Petrology has not recorded a race win since 2017 and it is tough to see that changing in the Eye Liner Stakes. He wasn’t beaten far in the Spear Chief Quality and his run before that at the Gold Coast was sound, but it is tough to see him winning a race of this quality.

Balboa Rocks

Balboa Rocks has been freshened-up since he flopped in the Gold Coast Stakes in March. He is the extreme outsider in this field for a reason.

Dreams Aplenty

Dreams Aplenty showed plenty of promise as a younger horse, but he hasn’t really gone on with the job. It has been over a year since he won a race and his last start effort behind Noble Boy at Eagle Farm was poor.


Gaulois is the horse to beat in the Eye Liner Stakes. He is not a horse that wins out of turn, but this does look like an ideal target for him. The Street Cry gelding had no luck in running first-up at Doomben and when he did eventually find clear running he ran some outstanding closing sectionals. He will settle in the second half of the field, but he does have an excellent turn-of-foot on his day and he generally does go to another level second-up.

Malvern Estate

Malvern Estate has been thereabouts without winning throughout his Winter campaign and he was only narrowly denied by Tyzone in the Goldmarket at the Gold Coast in March. He might be just below the level that is needed to win at this level, but he should be in the mix once again.


Natch is the value runner in Eye Liner Stakes betting. It took a horse the quality of Ef Troop to beat him at Doomben a couple of starts ago and he almost led from start to finish to win the Spear Chief Quality last start. The wide barrier draw means that he will need to roll forward once again and he will give his rivals something to catch at the juicy odds of $11.

Bel Burgess

This is a step-up in class for Bel Burgess and he has never shown anything during his racing career to date to suggest that he is capable of winning a race of this quality.


Snitch has been a touch unlucky not to win a race this campaign and he savaged the line against the pattern of the day at Eagle Farm last start. The inside barrier draw isn’t ideal as he will have a wall of horses in front of him and he will need plenty of luck in running to be a genuine winning chance.


He never runs a bad race, but Oink has still proven to be a very frustrating horse for punters during his racing career. His last race win came in April of 2017, but he does run well first-up and he is capable of a high-rating performance on his day. It would not surprise to see him run a cheeky race at $20.


Astoria is still chasing a maiden race win in Queensland after transferring from Godolphin to the care of Diane Murphy. He hasn’t been disgraced in any of his race starts this campaign, but it is tough to trust a horse that has won only two of its 29 race starts to date.

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