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Racing round-up - The Bostonian claims another Group One, while Steel Prince books a spot in the Melbourne Cup

Adam Cusworth in News 25 May 2019
  • Round up of all the big race news
  • Where are the big names are headed next?
The Bostonian takes out the Kingsford Smith Cup

Group One racing continued in Brisbane on Saturday May 25 for the running of the Kingsford Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm, while in Melbourne, racing was at Flemington and it was a thrilling finish to the revamped Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m). 

Here is our round up of the day as we take a look at where the big names are headed next. 

Back to back Group One wins for The Bostonian

After taking out the Doomben 10000 (1200m) two weeks ago, the Tony Gollan-trained The Bostonian proved that effort was no fluke by scoring at the highest level again, this time taking out the Kingsford Smith Cup. 

Sent out an easing $10 chance behind Trekking and the well backed two-year-old, Dubious, The Bostonian enjoyed a nice run in transit, stalking the leaders before proving to be too good in the dying stages. The race favourite, Trekking, was out bobbed for 3rd by the $151 shot, Princess Posh. 

That trio are likely to head to the Stradbroke (1400m) in a fortnight at Eagle Farm and The Bostonian is a $6 favourite in futures markets with sportsbet, while Trekking is at $8.50. 

Military Zone has firmed into third favouritism for the time honoured feature after taking out the Fred Best Classic (1400m) in impressive fashion from Baccarat Bay, one race after the Kingsford Smith. 

Earlier at Eagle Farm, Strasbourg claimed the Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) from Accession and Garibaldi. Strasbourg, who missed a start in the Golden Slipper (1200m) last month, is not nominated for the Group One J.J.Atkins Stakes (1600m) in a fortnight, but connections may pay the late entry fee, depending how he pulls up from the run. 

The Fred Best placegetter, Accession, is currently favourite in markets for the Atkins. Other winners at Eagle Farm included The Candy Man, who took out the Premier's Cup (2200m), while Order Again claimed the Lord Mayor's Cup (1600m), relegating Tom Melbourne to another runner-up performance, his third in a row and 14th for his career. 

Steel Prince books Melbourne Cup (3200m) berth. 

The VRC could not have asked for more after their decision to revamp the Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m). The race received a boost in prize money and the winner is now exempt from the Melbourne Cup (3200m) ballot. 

Steel Prince and Surprise Baby broke clear of the field in the dying stages and went toe to toe in the last 200m with Surprise Baby fighting back to put his head in front. But in a deceptive finish, Steel Prince enjoyed the bob, much to the delight of connections, who can now look towards the first Tuesday in November this year. 

Looking ahead 

The Group One action continues on Saturday June 1 for the running of the Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Eagle Farm, while on June 8 there are three races at the highest level including the Stradbroke, J.J.Atkins Stakes and the Queensland Derby (2400m). 

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