The stage is set for another two-mile showdown in the 2024 Brisbane Cup this Saturday at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly Cloudy heads betting on Saturday’s Brisbane Cup 2024 field at Eagle Farm. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A competitive field of 11 contenders will vie for the $400,000 Group 2 prize, with the European import Mostly Cloudy leading the charge.

Trained by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, Mostly Cloudy sits atop the Brisbane Cup betting charts at $2.60 through Ladbrokes.

The five-year-old Harzand gelding boasts winning experience up to 3318m in Europe and has been running competitively in his Australian campaign.

Despite just one win down under, he finished a close second in the Listed Andrew Ramsden (2800m) at Flemington last time out.

A significant weight drop to 55kg (likely to carry 56kg after final weights) in the Brisbane Cup field is a big advantage after carrying 58.5kg in his previous race.

In-form jockey Blake Shinn will be in the saddle, and a good barrier draw (4) adds to Mostly Cloudy’s favouritism.

Amade, the evergreen veteran trained by Phillip Stokes, presents a credible threat at $4.50.

The 10-year-old comes off a dominant victory in the Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) just two weeks ago, carrying more weight than he will in the Brisbane Cup (58.5kg).

Jockey Daniel Stackhouse will be aboard as Amade looks to defy his age and continue his winning streak.

The Brisbane Cup promises to be an open race with several other runners under $10.

Bjorn Baker‘s Alegron ($6) has shown improvement in his recent outings, while Chris Waller‘s defending champion Selino ($9) is aiming to become the first back-to-back winner since Fair Patton (1964-65).

Goldman ($9) is another contender coming off a third-place finish in the Premiers Cup.

2024 Brisbane Cup Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3x0007x509 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 59kg 104
2 9515423401 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse 7 58.5kg 103
3 0651×86850 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 2 58kg 102
4 1x9600x243 GOLDMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 11 57kg 100
5 4x6008x062 ALEGRON Bjorn Baker Dylan Gibbons (a) 9 56.5kg 99
6 231×051754 CAPTAIN ENVIOUS (NZ) Paul Preusker Mark Zahra 5 56.5kg 99
7 36145×2362 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blake Shinn 4 55kg 56kg 96
8 427x270x98 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Jason Collett 3 53.5kg 93
9 0578×06120 TAPILDOODLEDO (NZ) Kerry Taplin Robbie Dolan 1 53kg 82
10 775×742361 CASUAL CONNECTION (NZ) John Sargent Damien Thornton 8 53kg 76
11 96808×8750 TAPPY’S LAD (NZ) Kerry Taplin Nikita Beriman 6 53kg 73

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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