1. General Beau
Two wins and a second from three starts. Strong return in the Blue Diamond Preview. He missed the start a length but showed good tactical speed to drive up behind the leaders and then went onto win by .75 of a length. He will take good improvement from that and is one of the major players again here.
Resumes. Ultra impressive last time out when chasing down the talented Forbes at Sandown. He has looked good winning a recent Flemington jump out and is one of the key chances here.
3. Extreme Warrior
Won a Sandown jump out in good style/time and then ran second to General Beau first up. That was a good effort as he was wide with out cover on a fast tempo. He draws to get a much softer run on the fence here and if the breaks come can be in the finish.
Construct finished second in the Breeders Plate at Randwick on October 3. He has had two trials in Sydney to get ready for this, closing off well in both. Respect this stable.
5. Yulong Turbo
Well bred colt who caught the eye at his debut in Adelaide on December 12. He did a bit wrong but looked to have plenty of ability, steaming down the outside to swamp his rivals. He has won a recent jump out at Flemington in good time and the booking of Damian Lane only enhances his chances.
6. Marine One
Marine One returned to the races with a nice closing fifth in the Blue Diamond Preview. He is well drawn and is not with out a chance here. Consider for multiples.
Stylish winner at his Geelong debut which was backed up on the clock. Has since jumped out very well with last years Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa at Cranbourne. He should be able to settle in the first couple in the run and is a key winning hope.
Safely held at Flemington on debut. Not likely here.
Not beaten far at Moonee Valley but that was in a much easier race. Would need to improve many lengths to be a factor here.
10. Almighty Rising
First start from team Hawkes. Appeared to have a lot more to offer when running third under a vice like grip in a recent jump out. Big watch.
$100,000 purchase. Both his recent jump out and jump out in the spring were good but this is a tough assignment on debut.