1. So Si Bon
Last year he won this race first-up then went on to run well in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes and the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. He carried 55.5 kg then so he has an extra 4.5 kg this year, but can’t be written off as he goes well after a break
2. Home Of The Brave
He is the oldest horse in the race but still races well and was 3rd in the Listed The Straight Six then 4th in the Listed Civic Stakes a his last two runs. He drops in weight from those races and won a trial on 31 July suggesting he is an each-way chance here.
With 3 wins and 2 places from 7 starts on the track he clearly likes it here, but is best over longer distances. Not the worst.
4. Widgee Turf
He is resuming from a 35 week spell and has won at two of his previous first-up starts. His record on soft and heavy going is excellent and he has good statistics at Flemington. He could snag a place if everything goes his way.
5. Great Again
The early favourite in the market, this gelding has 10 wins and 8 places from 25 starts, performs well on the Flemington straight and handles all types of going. He was 0.2 lengths 2nd in the Listed Vic Sprint Series Final then a length 3rd in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes at his last two starts and looks ready to win. One of the main chances.
6. Signore Fox – SCRATCHED
7. Yulong January
He resumes after a 22 week spell and had 2 wins at Flemington last campaign. He has won first-up before and looks a good each-way bet.
With only one win after 9 starts he probably won’t be getting his second win here, and my money won’t be on him.
This gelding was scratched from the Group 2 Missile Stakes at Rosehill to run here. He has not raced at the track before, but this is his best distance and he won the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas 3YO Plate over this distance back in May. Last start he was favourite in the Listed Ramornie Handicap over 1200m at Grafton, but finished 8th of 14.
10. Game Keeper
this four-year=old has won 5 of his 10 starts, including his last 4 races which were over distances of 1250m, 1500m, 1600m and 2000m. He has had an 11 week let-up and is clearly a versatile runner so I would put him in your exotics as it would be no surprise to see him in the finish.
11. The Crusha – SCRATCHED