1. Devoted (2)
Solid winner of the Raconteur Stakes and going for three wins in a row. Raced some of the race wide and the saddle slipped which adds merit to the win. Has an in-form jockey, and is drawn well, so he should be thereabouts again.
2. Rokanori (5)
Gets the winkers for the first time. Made some solid ground in the Raconteur Stakes despite settling to the back half of the field and up in weight. Ran the quickest final 200m, 400m, 600m, and 800m of the race and he will appreciate the step up to the mile. Definite chance.
3. Otheroneson (4)
This bloke was nothing but impressive in his last start effort, racing wide without cover the entire race but still managing to storm away to a nice win. Chris Parnham sticks which is a good guide and he is drawn much better here. He is classy and should be right in this race.
4. Black Fantasy (7)
Ran a solid placing in the Raconteur Stakes when first-up. WIll appreciate the extra distance but I think he is fighting for a place.
5. War Gem (6)
Going for three on the trot here but this looks too hard for him.
6. Searchin’ Rocs (8)
Her run in the Raconteur Stakes was very good considering she missed the kick and was one length slow out. She did the work to sit in a position and fought on well for fourth. Drawn wide here but they may just go forward with her. Needs to improve.
7. Be Optimistic (3)
She is in tremendous form but this does look a touch too hard for her.
8. Rockstar Status (1)
First-up after 76 days and just out of maiden class. Prefer others.