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Shenzhou Steeds tackles Tatt's Cup

With the Queensland Winter Carnival coming to a close we have just the one Eagle Farm runner on Saturday - tough campaigner Shenzhou Steeds taking his place in the Gr.3 Tattersall's Cup.

A sound fifth over the 2200m of the Tatt's Cup in the Premier's Cup two starts ago, Shenzhou Steeds endured a tough run from a wide gate in the Brisbane Cup but has pleased us with his progress since.

"He has drawn awkwardly again (barrier 13) and will need luck but he has trained on well," said Ballymore Racing Manager Anthony Feroce.

"It's a winnable race if he puts his best foot forward," he added.

About Square and Girls On Film are our Flemington runners on Saturday and both look to be nice chances.

A bit disappointing over the mile at Moonee Valley last time out, About Square drops back to a sprinting trip in the 1200m Bruce Gadsden Handicap.

"We think he might be better suited to sprinting," Feroce said of the Refuse To Bend three-year-old who was an impressive Sale winner over 1208m first up in mid-April.

Girls On Film contests the final race of the day, the Eugene Gorman Handicap.

A brave fifth after working hard from a wide draw in a similar race two weeks ago, the Pins mare has "trained on very well."

"She was a victim of circumstances last time and she has drawn a better gate this time," Feroce reported, "and we expect her to be in the finish."

Bringing a relatively quiet weekend to a close is Awesome Goal, our only Sunday runner who looks ready to go on after breaking his maiden so impressively at Tatura recently.

"He looks like again getting his favoured heavy conditions," Feroce said - "he will need luck from a tricky gate (11) but if he gets it he will be a good winning chance."
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