1. So Si Bon
So Si Bon is backing up after nosing out Power Scheme in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown last week. He has a bit against him here with a big weight and he is yet to win at the distance but is drawn to get a soft run from barrier one.
The rising nine year old has been competitive in a number of Group 1s this preparation. He has a big weight but thought he was good through the line in the MacKinnon Stakes and may not of been suited by an inside draw. If Craig Williams can find cover from barrier 13 he can feature in the finish.
3. Kings Will Dream
Kings Will Dream has had a month off since finishing third behind Homesman at Moonee Valley. He has been racing consistently and has each way claims.
Junipal is a winner of three races this preparation. He was well supported last week at Sandown and was able to get over the top of Kenya late after enjoying a good run in transit. He is well set up to run well again here.
5. Al Galayel
The son of Zoffany has had a month off since pulling up lame after a midfield finish in the Coongy Stakes. He won three in a row prior to that and is always competitive at this level. Each way chance.
The local has won the past two Ballarat cups. He hasn’t been going as well this time in as in previous preparations but he does grow a leg on his home track where he is three from three.
He looks set be peaking here third up after having little luck over the concluding stages in last weeks Eclipse Stakes. He is drawn well in barrier four and is one of the each way chances.
Inverloch rode the speed in a fast run Bendigo Cup so it may pay to forgive him dropping out. He is much more suited here dropping back to 2000m and is drawn well to find a spot in the first couple.
9. Plein Ciel
Racing well without winning. He is always around the mark in listed company and one that should be included for multiples.
10. Affair to Remember
The last start winner of the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes is having a terrific preparation for trainer Dan O’Sullivan. She likes to get back in her races but looks ideally suited in barrier nine for Mark Zahra to find some cover and unleash down the outside. She is one of the main chances.
Odeon looked the winner of the Listed Cup Day Plate but as is often the case found a couple better. He is another that struggles to win and I am looking elsewhere given he is also losing the services of Jamie Kah.
12. Our Big Mike
Won the Moe Cup two starts ago and then finished down the track in the Kyneton Cup. This is much harder.
Furrion has not been sighted in all four runs this preparation. There was money around to suggest he would be running well in the Bendigo Cup with the blinkers going on but dropped out after enjoying a good run.
14. Game Keeper
There was a good spruike around for this gelding as a possible Caulfield Cup horse at the start of this preparation but he has failed to live up to those expectations. $26 in early markets looks the right price.
15. Double You Tee
The blinkers go back on here. He ran second in this race last year behind Kiwia. Will be there abouts again.
16. Power Scheme – SCR
17. Irish Flame
Another one of these having a really consistent preparation. He has finished in the top two at his last four starts. This is harder though and he has drawn very wide.
18. Mongolian Marshal – SCR
19. Knights Order
Drops back from the 2800m here. Not sure that is ideal.
Looked the winner of the Matriarch before Affair To Remember was able to get over the top of her late. Should be better for having had a start over the 2000m and at peak fitness now.