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Trainer Tony Gollan is happy to see Outback Barbie head back to Eagle Farm when she lines up in the Group 1 $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) on Saturday.

Home Of The Brave, above, is the early favourite for the 2019 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

Home Of The Brave, above, is the early favourite for the 2019 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

Outback Barbie was an unlucky first up fifth to The Bostonian in the Group 1 $800,000 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Doomben on May 11 and Gollan believes the filly be better suited on the big open spaces of Eagle Farm.

“She has done really really well since that race and she will appreciate Eagle Farm and she will appreciate the 1300m,” Gollan racing.com’s After The Last.

“I think her second up run will be better that her first up.”

“I think she is getting to her right venue. I think Eagle Farm is a track that suits a filly like here, just sit off pace and hopefully get to the wide open spaces of that big track and really attack the line.”

“She is well suited on Saturday.”

Gollan is also expecting natural improvement from Outback Barbie who stepped out for the first time in the Doomben 10,000 after running third behind Boomsara in the $2m Gold Coast Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 12.

“Natural improvement. The majority of our horses will improve for a run and she is no different,” Gollan said.

“She has come right on in the coat, her trackwork has been great, she is nice and relaxed still and a really happy comfortable horse.”

Outback Barbie is marked at $11 at Ladbrokes.com.au in early being for the Kingsford-Smith Cup while the James Cummings trained pair of Home Of The Brave at $5.50 and Trekking at $7 sit at the top of the market order.

Pre-post betting the Kingsford-Smith Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au: $5.50 Home Of The Brave, $7 Trekking, $8 I Am Excited, $10 The Bostonian, $11 Irithea Outback Barbie, $12 Victorem, $15 Brave Song, Dollar For Dollar, Dubious, Ringerdingding, $18 Encryption, $21 Chapter And Verse, Con Te Partiro, White Moss, Zoustyle, $26 or better the rest.

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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.