eagle farm races

With such incredible innovation taking place within the world of online wagering facilities, the ability for the average Aussie racing fan to place wagers has increased ten fold. However, while there are many great new opportunities to place wagers on international events taking place worldwide, there are just as many punters still placing the majority of their wagers on local events such as the popular Eagle Farm races.

Eagle Farm Racecourse

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Of course the venue of the majority of the popular Eagle Farm races held throughout the season is Eagle Farm Racecourse situated in Brisbane, Queensland. The track itself runs races in a clockwise direction and is a circumference of 2027 metres with a home straight of 434 metres and width of 28 metres with a turf surface. The course has gained its popularity as a main host of many of the most popular and important Eagle Farm races held. Some of the more notable events held by the course each year include the Grade 1 status events the Queensland Derby over 2400 metres, the Winter Stakes over 1400 metres, the Queensland Oaks over 2400 metres, The TJ Smith over 1600 metres, and the Stradbroke Handicap over 1400 metres. Some of the popular Group 2 status events held at the course each year include the Sir Byrne Hart Stakes over 1400 metres, the Brisbane Cup over 2400 metres, the Queensland Guineas over 1600 metres, the PJ O’Shea Stakes over 2400 metres, and the QTC Sires Produce Stakes over 1400 metres. All Australian punter and avid racing fans online will certainly not want to miss these excellent Eagle Farm races held at Eagle Farm Racecourse each season.

The Brisbane Cup

If there is one event out of all the Eagle Farm races held throughout the season that Aussie punters wont want to miss it’s the Brisbane Cup. The event is held annually in June and is reserved for thoroughbreds three years of age and up and run over a distance of 2400 metres under handicap conditions. However, the race was actually run over 3600 metres from its inception in 1866 until being changed to 2800 metres in 1883. The race would once again be changed to 2400 metres during the 1947 running and officially changed for the 2007 running from 3200 metres to 2400 metres permanently. With a prize purse of AUD$300,000 for the 2009 running of the event, this is one of the Eagle Farm races that has no problems attracting many of the industry’s best competitors.

While there have been many extremely successful thoroughbreds to win the Brisbane Cup over the years, competitors in recent years have been especially noteworthy. Some of the winners include Scenic Shot in 2009, Viewed in 2008, Newport in 2007, Art Success in 2006, Portland Singa in 2005, and Danestorm in 2004, and Piachay in 2003.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Stradbroke Handicap

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$1,000,000

Hcp

Group 1

The TJ Smith

(1600m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Winter Stakes

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

The TJ Smith

Another popular event on the Eagle Farm races calendar at Eagle Farm Racecourse is The Group 1 TJ Smith reserved for two-year-old thoroughbreds and run over a distance of 1600 metres annually in June. The race has quite a rich history dating all the way back to 1897 when the first event was held and known as the Claret Stakes. These days the race acts as one of the most important Group 1 races held at Eagle Farm with AUD$500,000 for prize money up for grabs during the 2008 running. With such an incredible number of opportunities to bet on some of the world-class competitors in the TJ Smith, this is a definite must for all punters interested in the Eagle Farm races. Some of the notable champions of the event include Linky Dink 2009, Rockdale in 2008, Apercu in 2007, Reigning To Win in 2006, Darci Brahma in 2005, and Outback Prince in 2004.

Conclusion:

The format in which the average Aussie punter places wagers has truly changed quite dramatically in recent years. For example, so many of the online venues are now providing the ability to place wagers on literally thousands of the most prestigious events taking place worldwide. Although there are tons of great opportunities for events outside of Australia, many Aussies are still mainly betting local events such as the Eagle Farm races held at Eagle Farm Racecourse in Brisbane each season. Some of these events include the Queensland Guineas over 1600 metres, the PJ O’Shea Stakes over 2400 metres, and the QTC Sires Produce Stakes over 1400 metres. There has also been much interest in the popular Group 1 TJ Smith held annually in June.

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