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NSW favourites for Origin jockeys series

NSW has been installed favourite to win the second UBET State of Origin jockeys series which starts at Eagle Farm.

Riders from Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia, West Australia and New Zealand will take part in the series which will have two designated races over three days starting on Saturday.

The other two meetings are at Doomben on Christmas Eve and the Gold Coast on January 7.

The visiting jockeys on Saturday are Tim Clark and Michael Rodd (NSW), Brad Rawiller and Chris Symons (Victoria), Kerrin McEvoy and Dom Tourneur (South Australia), Michael Walker and Damian Browne (New Zealand), Brad Parnham and Steve Parnham (West Australia).

Jim Byrne and James Orman will represent Queensland.

UBET has released a market for the first day and series with NSW favourites for both.

“NSW jockeys Tim Clark and Michael Rodd have the pick of the rides on Saturday and that will give them a flying start for the series,” UBET’s Nick Curry said.

The market for the first day is $2.70 NSW, $3.20 New Zealand, $4 Queensland, $5.50 South Australia, $13 Victoria $51 West Australia.

The overall series prices are $3.20 NSW $3.60 New Zealand $3.80 Queensland, $5.50 South Australia, $9 Victoria $26 West Australia.

Meanwhile, Eagle Farm is rated a slow six for Saturday’s meeting.

“We have had 78mm of rain in the past few days but the track has held up well,” track manager Sean Bridges said.

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