The 2019 Cairns Cup at Cannon Park on Saturday has brought together a capacity field of fourteen runners to contest the $150,000 purse.
The first four placegetters of the Townsville Cup, The Harrovian, Unbiased, Hardern and Astoria, are set to do battle again over 2100m on the second day of the two day Cairns Cup Carnival.
We have analysed every single horse in the field and our complete 2019 Cairns Cup tips can be found below.
Estikhraaj is struggling to find his best form of late and never threatened last start when seventh in the 2000m Townsville Cup at Cluden Park. No easier here.
Mishani Vaidra ran her best recent race two starts back when second over 1600m at Townsville but was always well back when eleventh in the Townsville Cup.
Unbiased will meet The Harrovian 1.5kg better at the weights after going down narrowly to him in the Townsville Cup and the Jared Wehlow trained stayer will get his chance to reverse the placings in the Cairns Cup.
Astoria was about the same all the way when fourth in the Townsville Cup and with the same weight in the Cairns Cup can figure amongst the minor prizemoney again.
Vassal was always near the tail of the field when twelfth behind The Harrovian in the Townsville Cup and can’t see the eight year old doing any better in the Cairns Cup.
The Harrovian came from well back in the field to score a narrow win over Unbiased in the Townsville Cup and has a great chance to win back to back North Queensland Cups even with a slight increase in weight. One of the main chances again.
Follow Suit could only pass a couple runners when fourteenth in the Townsville Cup and it is hard to see the gelding threatening here.
Townsville Cup third placegetter Hardern was in the firing line for most of the way before battling out the finish and has a great chance to be amongst the prizemoney again in the Cairns Cup.
We Just Love It
The Atherton trained We Just Love It has been unplaced at his last three starts at Cairns and Townsville and is coming off a last start fourth in a 1500m Cairns Handicap. We Just Love It was the winner of the Cairns Cup last year and a repeat effort would not surprise.
Crismson Halo looks tested on his last start tenth in the Townsville Cup.
Nine year old Hot Saga has been a long time out of the placings and hard to see him threaten on recent form.
The Georgie Bourke trained Bocky was always well back in the Townsville Cup before finishing ninth and this is no easier.
The locally trained Arms Race has a lot of improvement to do if he is to be a hometown winner and keep the Cairns Cup trophy in North Queensland.
Cyclone path scored a narrow last start win at Cannon Park over 1900m in a Benchmark 65 Handicap and is facing a huge jump up in class in the Cairns Cup.