Abseiler defied a big drift in the market to win on debut on January 9. He found a lovely spot behind the leader and showed a nice turn of foot to score by a length. He should only improve off that and is likely to find a nice spot in the run again here.
2. General Beau
General Beau resumes. He impressed on debut and then was upset as a short price favourite when finishing second in the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at his next start. He cruised around to win a recent Flemington jump out signaling he has come back well. Expect him to settle close to the speed from an inside gate. He is one of the main chances.
3. Gulf Of Suez
Jump and run type who has won both career starts in Adelaide by big margins. He meets stronger opposition here but looks talented!
4. Extreme Warrior
Mick Price and Michael Kent saddle up Extreme Warrior who was tipped out for a spell after a solid debut second in the Debutant Stakes at Caulfield in the Spring. He was impressive winning a recent Sandown jump out, beating Dosh who is second favourite for the fillies edition, and looks to have some come back a better horse. If he can handle the soft/heavy conditions then he should be right in the finish.
5. Marine One
Marine One ran a weakening third at his debut in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate on November 3. He was quickly sent for a spell and has impressed at the jump outs in recent weeks. Tounge Tie goes on here. He is not out of it.
This son of Brazen Beau finished midfield at his only race start back in October. He cruised around in a recent jump out at Cranbourne, winning it by a narrow margin.
Solid debut on October 17 when fourth behind Capitivant. Found the lead in a recent trial and sprinted away to win by nearly nine lengths. Must respect this stable and rider.
First up. Safely held on debut. Stable is going well but haven’t seen enough to recommend in a race of this quality.
9. Galactic Rock
Debutant from Griffiths and de Kock yard. He has had one public jump out in which he finished a solid second.
First starter who has shown good talent in his two jump outs. I particularly liked the versatility he showed coming from off the speed to win one and leading all the way in the other.
11. Power Crunch
Doug Harrison saddles up this first starter. He closed strongly to narrowly win a recent Cranbourne jump out.