Featuring eight Group 1 races over the next two months, the Brisbane Winter Carnival will lure Australia’s best horses from all around the country to the sunshine state.

With the Carnival officially kicking off last weekend, we’re taking an early look towards all the feature G1 races, and will highlight the main horses to follow towards the big one’s!

Doomben 10,000/Kingsford Smith Cup – In Her Time 

Following a luckless Queensland campaign last season, Ben Smith’s star mare, In Her Time will head north once again in arguably the best form of her career.

In the twelve months since, In Her Time has won three of her five starts – notching her maiden G1 victory in The Galaxy earlier this year, to go with two minor placing’s in both of Australia’s premier sprints – the TJ Smith and Manikato Stakes.

She was the hard-luck story in the TJ Smith during The Championships, heading to the Brisbane Winter Carnival on an upward spiral.

Only second up on that occasion, In Her Time has been back to the trials since, winning a Newcastle trial by 4.6 lengths under no riding, much to the delight of trainer, Ben Smith.


“She’s going super, she’s done really well since the TJ Smith Stakes,” Smith said.

“She’s actually put on a little bit of weight”.

Currently on the second line of betting at $3.80 behind Redzel for next week’s Doomben 10,000, she sits atop of betting in the Kingsford Smith Cup as the $3 favourite.

Bringing top tier form around Australia’s best sprint races, In Her Time looks one of the key contenders heading towards the Brisbane sprinting features.

Queensland Oaks – Savacool

The current favourite for Saturday’s G1 Australasian Oaks, Chris Waller’s lightly raced filly, Savcool looks a main player in this year’s G1 Queensland Oaks.

Winning the race last year with Egg Tart, Waller has made it known the daughter of Savabeel is set solely on an Oaks campaign much like her stable mate.

Bursting onto the scene with a slashing win over the mile at Caulfield in mid April, Savacool was instantly promoted up the Queensland Oaks market, where she sits on the second line of betting at $8.

While untested at the 2200m of the Queensland Oaks, her breeding and racing style gives every indication she’ll relish the distance, and she looks a main contender heading towards the three-year-old classic.

That’s half the Group 1’s covered, punters – be sure to check back where we’ll cover the remaining four!