1. Ole Kirk
Last years Caulfield Guineas winner is on the quick back up after finishing 8th in the Futurity Stakes last week. He was in the wrong section of the track but was still disappointing. He needs to recapture his form from the spring if he is to feature here.
Fought on well to finish third off a wide run first up at Caulfield. The winner, Portland Sky, dead heated in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate last week! Then rode a brutal speed here in the CS Hayes and was too strong for them. Set to peak third up – the one to beat.
Got a perfect run last start, camping on the back of the fast speed in the CS Hayes. His effort was solid to run second but that is 4 seconds in a row now which is a concern.
4. Cherry Tortoni
Second up. Travelled well in the CS Hayes and quickened nicely when the gap presented itself at the top of the straight. May have just peaked on his run late so should take plenty improvement from that. Barrier 17 makes things more difficult but his form is rock solid.
5. Dom To Shoot
WA Galloper. He ran fifth in the CS Hayes at his first Victorian start. He draws perfectly in barrier 7 and gets Pike on.
6. Lunar Fox
Started big odds first up and was beaten a long way. Gets blinkers for the first time but looks unlikely here.
John Allan takes over from Ethan Brown on Grandslam. He was safely held in the CS Hayes and has a wide gate to contend with here.
Took full advantage of a perfect run first up in the Autumn Stakes to win by a length. This is harder but he is progressive.
Won his first two starts and then was no match for the smart Ayrton on Boxing Day. His 5th placing in the CS Hayes was solid. Consider for multiples.
Damian Oliver sticks with Embolism who loomed first up but died on his run. Barrier 14 is not ideal.
On the quick back up after finishing second to Oxley Road in the Zeditave last week. He’s deep into his first preparation and loses Jamie Kah. Doubt he can win.
12. Jet Propulsion
One of three runners to come through the Autumn Stakes. He finished 4th which was an okay effort.
Market wanted to be with him first up in the CS Hayes. He raced in between horses at the back of the field however once he got clear was only fair to the line. Was also safely held in the Caulfield Guineas in the spring. Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes opt for a tongue tie here so perhaps that can help turn his form around.
Ironedge won a Ballarat maiden first up. He takes a big step up in grade but looks to get the right run and must respect this stable.
15. Here To Shock
Was dominant winning a class 1 at Geelong on January 27. He then set the strong tempo in the CS Hayes where he weakened out to be beaten 11 lengths. Suspect they ride him more conservatively from barrier 4 here, giving him a chance to finish off.
16. Zou Dancer
Has won 3 of her 4 races this preparation. We made her a Black Booker after a dominate display in the Group 3 Vanity on February 13. She won by 4.75 lengths in very strong time there. She is a very progressive filly and a repeat of that run puts her right in the mix.
17. Lofty Star
Fought back to win a Sandown maiden first up. Then ran well again in a Class 1. Would need to improve many many lengths to be a chance here.