Thousands of punters will ascend into the desert for the time-honoured Birdsville Cup that will take place in far south-west Queensland on Saturday afternoon and we are here to give them a leg up in the feature event.
Le Drama from the Jay Morris stable has been very well supported since Birdsville Cup betting opened, and will no doubt start favourite on Saturday.
We have analysed all 17 horses in the field and our complete 2019 Birdsville Cup tips are now available.
Java won the Group 3 Manfred Stakes and was fourth in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes behind Dissident way back in 2015.
He will be asked to carry a massive 65.5kgs in the Cup however he is a horse that is more than capable on ability alone. He carried 62.5kgs to victory last start in Darwin which is a promising sign he will handle the weight.
Fab’s Cowboy is certainly a journeyman! The eight year old is a veteran of 72 race starts and he has incredibly won 32 of them. This is his first trip to Birdsville however he has been doing the rounds in Queensland for quite some time. He was disappointing in the Battle Of The Bush Final at Eagle Farm in June where he ran 14th of 16. He is as tough as they come and he’ll need to be carrying 64.5kgs!
Heroism strung together five wins in a row before running a disappointing 6th, beaten 10 lengths in the Betoota Cup last Saturday. He ran 10th in the Birdsville Cup in 2018 and he will need to improve sharply if he is to win this years edition. Especially with the 62.5kgs he is being asked to carry.
Reach For Heaven
When compared to a lot of these runners, Reach For Heaven is a lightly raced six year old gelding. He has won five of his 27 race starts to date including his last start at Cunnamulla. He beat home both Eschiele and Arigold who line up in that race and drops 2.5kgs for that win. Not without a chance.
Marksfield is no Spring chicken at the age of nine however there is still fight in the old boy left. He proves that he is still loving his racing when he was only narrowly denied in the Battle Of The Bush final at Eagle Farm over the Winter carnival. This is his first time to Birdsville and if he can produce a semblence of his best form, he is right in a race of this quality.
Steven Royes brings this seven year old chestnut gelding from Mt Isa to Birdsville for the first time. The favourite for the Cup, Le Drama gave this bloke a touch up at Mt Isa two back and it’s tough seeing him turn the tables. He does get a 4kg swing in weights for the loss however.
Fulton Street has won six of his 23 race starts to date however his latest effort at Port Augusta was not up to the standard needed to win the Birdsville Cup. He will need to improve however he does drop considerably in weight for this assignment.
The seven year old gelding has won races in places such as Louth, Quambone Bedourie, Mallawa and Trangie. He was beaten less than a length in the Betoota Cup on Saturday and he has drawn very well. He is also a winner at this track and distance last year.
Esciele has been racing well of late without winning. His last win came in June in an open class race at Cunnamulla and if he can replicate his performance in the Betoota Cup on Saturday, he should be right in this. He has race fitness on his side and he has been out to Birdsville once before. Last year.
French Hussler has been plying his trade at Tambo, Muttaburra and Betoota at his last three runs however he will need to imporve sharply to be a chance in the Birdsville Cup.
Recalculate has won eight of his 48 career race starts including an eight length win at Mt Isa only four starts back. That sort of performance would see him right in a race like this and the $21 available does seem a touch of overs in a big and open field of gallopers.
Cashing Up is owned by Birdsville regular and outback identity Fred Brophy who sets up his boxing tent next to the pub every year. He has also been trying to win the Cup for years. He may have his best chance with Cashing Up who won the Betoota Cup last Saturday and is right in the market at $5.00.
Le Drama has been very well supported in betting for the 2019 Birdsville Cup despite needing a scratching to gain a start in the race. He opened $6 and has been backed all the way into $3.40 suggesting he will run well. The five year old gelding has won three of his past four including a comfortable win at Mt Isa last start.
Don’t We Love It
The eight year old chestnut is a veteran of 74 starts however he has only won nine of them. His last win came in March in a benchmark 75 at Rockhampton and that sort of performance would see him go close in a race like this. Can he repeat that form?
Incredibly his last 12 starts have all been at different tracks. Doesn’t look like he has made the trip out after not gaining a start.
Arigold has won just six of his 55 career race starts however he has form our this way. He came to the Birdsville races last year however he was not successful running 4th and 5th in his two starts. More than likely will not gain a start.
Hacksaw Ridge is nominated for two races on Saturday however if he gets into the Cup he is not without a chance. Will need a fair amount of luck from the wide barrier but has claims.