Gondokoro appears set to take her place in this Saturday’s Queensland Derby...

Gondokoro appears set to take her place in this Saturday’s Queensland Derby after Pat Carey accepted for the $500,000 event with last weekend’s Queensland Oaks winner.

The daughter of Zabeel is one of a capacity field of 18 plus five emergencies for the final Group 1 race for three-year-olds of the 2012/13 season.

She drew barrier 14, but will start from 12 if the emergencies don’t run, in what is one of three Group 1s on the Eagle Farm card.

Gondokoro is the lone filly in the2400-metre event and will join Analie, Bravery, Royal Magic and Riva San as Oaks winners to have backed up and won the Derby since the latter was moved to winter in 1973 if successful.

A $9 chance with the TAB, Gondokoro has a big field of male rivals to contend with, including four Victorians. The most fancied of those is Rhythm to Spare ($6), who drew 19, while his Mike Moroney-trained stablemate Ali Vital ($31) drew 10.

Robert Smerdon’s Electric Fusion ($16) will start from the outside alley – fifth emergency Prize was allocated barrier 23 – while Paul Rocke’s Arousing Suspicion ($41) fared much better, coming up with gate eight.

Survived retained favouritism at $3.30 despite drawing barrier 17, one gate inside fellow highly-rated Kiwi Usainity ($16), while Grand Prix Stakes winner Hawkspur ($4.20) drew five.

Barriers for Saturday’s other Group 1s were also drawn today and the Stuart Webb-trained Yosei fared best of the three Victorians in the $1.36 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), landing gate 10.

John Sadler’s Linton drew barrier 21, while the Peter Moody-prepared My Quest for Peace will start from the outside alley in the event that also consists of 18 plus five reserves.

Sizzling affirmed his place at the head of the TAB’s Stradbroke markets despite drawing gate 18, Your Song tightened into $5.50 second favourite after drawing 11, while Epaulette and Better Than Ready drifted to the $7 line after landing gates 22 and 19 respectively. Local favourite Buffering drew gate six.

The $500,000 J.J. Atkins Stakes – formerly the T.J. Smith Stakes – is the other Group 1 on the nine-race card and saw the Chris Waller-prepared Zoustar retain favouritism after drawing gate five in the 13-horse event.

The Group 1s are the highlights of Queensland’s biggest raceday of the year, but there will be Victorian interest in one of the support events, the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m).

The field for the $300,000 event is headed by the Moody-trained Voila Ici, who drew 18, while the Moroney-prepared Shenzhou Steeds drew 16 and Smerdon’s Verdant 10.

The Bart Cummings-trained Precedence, who returned to form in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup win last time out, drew barrier nine, while other leading fancies Moriarty and Quintessential picked up barriers 21 and 14 respectively.