The News Desk


Weighing In with Nathan Exelby

Well known QLD media man NATHAN EXELBY is a constant at the track in the ‘sunshine state’ and has a full wrap of last weekend’s action, plus the horses to follow and tragedies beaten.

QUEENSLAND Oaks Day proved a history-making affair with Ed Cummings adding his name to a four generation dynasty of G1 winning trainers in Australia.

Cummings handled DUAIS superbly in choosing to not run between her ATC Oaks second and Saturday’s 2200m assignment. It also marked the 99th career G1 for jockey Hugh Bowman, who now chases the century when he rides PORT LOUIS in the J.J. Atkins this weekend.


HAIL MANHATTAN: Somewhat of a surprise stakes winner last prep, but it won’t be a surprise if he wins another this time around. 1000m should have been far too short for him, but he was picking them off at a rapid rate at the close of this race. Terrific return from a horse proven up to 1600m.

FLEET DOVE: Only half a length away in a good race. She’s going very well and there can be a race for her over the carnival.

INCENTIVISE: No prizes for picking this one out, but I’m still a little gobsmacked by this performance. See below in the ‘Big Winner’.


MACEWEN: was hammered when things were about to get serious and lost all chance.


HUGH Bowman rode brilliantly for no return last week, but got his just desserts on DUAIS. Conceded from the wide draw, picked off a few before the turn then angled out after straightening to ensure clear air. Sure, she had a bit on them, but Bowman made a real good thing of it.

Check out the latest TAB markets here.


STEVE Tregea is no stranger to finding a good horse and he clearly has another one in the shape of INCENTIVISE, who romped home by nine lengths to land a big ‘plonk’.

Incentivise is a SHAMUS AWARD half-brother to Ipswich Cup winner BERGERAC.

He will knock up winning staying races based on what we saw here after he carved out solid overall time and sprinted home in 34.2 (the Lightning winner USMANOVA was home in only 33.9 at the end of 1000m).


THERE was one after another on Saturday.

INCENTIVISE was the first of them, but more notable betting moves came later in the day.

First it was LUVOIR, who was $6 into a starting price of $2.90. He gave backers a sight, but eventually was a close third.

Then it was NETTOYER, who was $5.50 into $3 favouritism. She too loomed to win, but was denied by three others on the line to miss the place.

Punters dipped in for third time lucky with DUAIS, who was $5 in the morning before starting $2.80 and a clear top pick.


TAB Stradbroke Handicap: $6 Vega One, Wild Planet; $8 Mr Quickie, The Harrovian, Tofane; $13 Apache Chase; $15 Imaging, Victorem; $17 Emerald Kingdom, Subpoenaed; $21+ Others.
J.J. Atkins: $3.50 Converge; $4 Port Louis; $5 Tiger Of Malay; $9 Overpass; $11 Giannis, Ranch Hand; $15 Blushing Tycoon, Subterranean; $17 Cape Breton; $21+ Others
SKY Racing Q22: $1.50 Zaaki; $7 Toffee Tongue; $11 Warning; $15 Brandenburg, Spirit Ridge; $17 Nettoyer; $21 Le Don De Vie; $26 Homesman, Paths Of Glory, Vanna Girl; $34+ Others.


How many Moreton (QTC) Cup winners have claimed the Stradbroke Handicap during the same carnival?

Check out the latest TAB Futures markets here.


RACHEL King resembled a pinball in the QTIS Gold Jewel as her mount RED BLOOM was sandwiched approaching the turn in the $200,000 race.

Stewards eventually found Jim Byrne (RED CHASE) at fault and suspended him for 11 days. Byrne pleaded not guilty and is adamant stewards should not have pinned the blame on him.

He will appeal the result and under Queensland’s appeals system, the suspension won’t have any bearing on the remainder of his carnival.


IT’S Eagle Farm and any time we race there it’s a talking point. Hugh Bowman noted the track is firm, but described it as fair to all runners, as they can win from anywhere. It’s simply a matter of finding the horses that handle the surface.


OAKS day brings down the curtain on the lead-ups as Queensland now prepares for the main event with the running of the G1 $1.5Million TAB Stradbroke this weekend.

It is flanked by the G1 J.J. Atkins and the Q22, which will be run for $1.2Million and features the third carnival appearance of Cox Plate favourite ZAAKI.



Catch Nathan Exelby on The Playbook every Thursday night on Sky Thoroughbred Central (Ch528). Nathan also appears on Sky Thoroughbred Central’s weekday coverage, RadioTAB’s Saturday morning preview of Queensland’s feature meeting and the Brisbane Racing Club website and social media platforms.