Dais looking for upset in Queen’s Cup

Trainer Bryan Dais is hoping the in-form Rosie Myers can help his well-bred stayer White City cause an upset win the in the Group 3 $150,000 BMAG Queen’s Cup (3200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Myers has planned a short riding stint in Brisbane during the winter to escape the cold of New Zealand at this time of year and has already created a huge impression with the local trainers, riding a treble at Doomben on Wednesday.

Eagle Farm trainer Brian Smith saddled up Fouardeeson who was the middle leg of Myers’ winning treble and was quick to acknowledge her riding skills which have seen her ride almost two hundred winners.

“Some of my close mates from New Zealand put a huge wrap on Rosie when she first arrived and from what I’ve seen of her in Brisbane they are right on the money,” Smith said.

“Rosie is good enough to hold her own with the senior jockeys but because of the rules she gets a 2kg claim here.”

“It’s an enormous advantage when she is such a capable and professional rider.”

“Fouardeeson had a poor draw but she didn’t panic and got some cover. I liked the way she held him together round the turn and then sat neatly and rode him out to the line.”

“She’s going to do extremely well in Brisbane in the next few months.”

Even though Myers will not be able to use her allowance in the non-claiming Queen’s Cup, Dais hopes her winning momentum rubs off and can help him win his first stakes race.

“I booked Rosie at 11am yesterday and then she came out and rode three winners at Doomben that afternoon,” Dais said.

“I’m more than happy to have Rosie on because she’s a pretty accomplished rider in New Zealand and has been given some good reports from some trainers over here.”

“Jockeys in form can usually ride the crest of a wave so hopefully she can keep it going on Saturday.”

Dais admits that White City’s form is way below some of the main chances but is adamant his Zabeel gelding will stay the 3200m.

“He’s an out-and-out stayer and there’s not many two mile races in the country, let alone in Queensland,” Dais said.

“When he came back into work in January this was the long range plan to set him for this race.”

White City is one of the outsiders of the field and is coming up against some handy open class stayers after two recent wins in restricted class at the provincials.

The six year old won over 2170m in Class 1 company at Ipswich then backed that up with a win over 2200m in a Rockhampton Class 4 on May 25.

White City is at the juicy odds of $41, way down the market order which sees Booming ($3) and Maythehorsebemagic ($3.50) battling for favouritism ahead of Roi D’Jeu at $6.50.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.