1. Star Of O’Reilly (11)
Classy and deserves to be favourite. Super consistent operator and the jockey has never missed the placings aboard. Needs a pinch of luck from the draw but this race is within its reach. Hard to beat.
2. V J Day (12)
Continues to win and in these kinds of races that is the right recipe. Barrier 12 won’t be easy but Geran is 5 wins from 6 goes aboard. Very hard to knock and hard to beat with even luck from the draw.
3. Ahwahneechee (19)
Classy horse with 13 career wins and has found the placings at this track. No favours from the draw but has raced well in this race in the past. Can win.
4. Raiden (3)
Absolute war horse who is going on for its 81st career start. Knows how to win and likes a good track, the worry is just the 1 placing from 5 goes at Eagle Farm and 1 win from 18 starts over the trip. That being said, can not be ruled out.
5. Ammoudi Bay (7)
Flies over this distance. Probably a touch short at the moment and the jockey has yet to find success on the horse but can still figure in the finish.
Impressive win last start. Has yet to do much at this track but the jockey knows the horse extremely well with 9 rides for 7 finishes in the quinella. Major player.
7. Kedleston (21)
Has struck winning form and can find the podium again here. Barrier 21 will require plenty of luck but Tommy Berry is a very handy booking to negate that.
8. Hit Snooze (13)
Needs luck from barrier 13 but does know how to find the podium and rarely misses a top 3 spot. Claims to be in the finish.
9. Expellable (10)
Strong effort last run and the booking of Jason Collett is likeable for its claims. Will need a pinch of luck from the draw but ticking along well.
10. Kappy Cino (6)
Likeable win last start. Cartwright is 1/1 aboard and there is a good sense of timing about Kappy Cino. Can win!
11. Jarhead (9)
Not out of this. Has been racing in top form and the jockey has a good affinity with the horse. Barrier 9 is slightly tricky but overall brings the right form into the race. Top 4 chance.
12. Galapagos (14)
Going along okay but prefer others.
13. Such A Whit (2)
Would be a surprise.
14. Ela Beach (20)
15. Beware (15)
16. Frisco’s Image (17)
17. Piracy (4)
Solid effort last start and just needs to hold that form to go close. Does tend to mix its form but has won at the track and that is a massive bonus here.
18. Zukaz (5)
No placings as of yet at Eagle Farm but can set up nicely from the draw and has been knocking on the door for a win. Likeable form coming into this and can take the race out.
19. Hi Harry (18)
Going along okay but handed no favours from the draw. Will need plenty of luck in running but has the ability to run a place.
20. Revenire (22)
21. Mason’s Chance (1)
Not entirely hopeless at odds and can make good use of the draw. No jockey booked yet, can run top 4.
22. Vertical (8)
Solid enough form to feature if it gains a start. No jockey engaged but respecting the form.