1. Divine Shadow
This six-year-old gelding trained by Brett Pope ran 2nd in this race last year. He is one of three runners sired by Blackfriars (the others are Friar Fox and Cuban Twist) and ran 4th in the Coolgardie Cup last start when first-up. This is a similar preparation to last year when he resumed for 3rd in the Coolgardie Cup. He has three places from four runs at this track. One of the chances..
2. Missile Launch
An eight-year-old gelding trained by Vaughn Sigley who has not placed in all four runs this preparation. He did win the 2020 Listed Kalgoorlie Cup over 2200m after running 4th in this race last year, but has disappointed recently.
3. Friar Fox
She won this race last year after running 2nd in the Coolgardie Cup. She has drawn the inside barrier and comes off 2nd in the Coolgardie Cup again. There is a chance that history could repeat itself and she could win again. One of the key players.
4. Media Baron
This seven-year-old Written Tycoon gelding has the highest prizemoney of any runner this year. He was beaten 12 lengths to finish last in the Listed Farnley Stakes last start. Appears safely held.
5. Living The Dream
Won the Coolgardie Cup by 2.6 lengths at his first run at Kalgoorlie. Has yet to win beyond that 1760m distance, but is having his first start for trainer Brian Allen and blinkers come off for the first time. Should make his presence felt.
6. Bella’s Idol
This eight-year-old Vital Equine gelding fished 2nd over 2100m at Belmont on 14 August, then 3rd over 2200m at Belmont on 28 August. Likely to race on the speed and could place.
7. Cuban Twist
One of two runners for Peter Fernie. Wound-up gamely to just miss when 2nd in the Kalgoorlie Tattersall’s Cup over 1600m on 22 August, then battled evenly for 3rd in the Coolgardie Cup. Rough hope.
8. Mexi Cola
This six-year-old gelding trained by Rod Brown at Esperance has four wins from 19 starts including a win at this track. He finished 7th in the Coolgardie Cup and this looks too strong.
9. Pink And Purple
She won three races in a row at this track before finishing 3.6 lengths 5th in the Coolgardie Cup where she had a virus. Gets the services of William Pike and is one of the main chances.
10. Secret Pearl
This five-year-old So Secret mare has six wins, with four of them over a 2200m distance. Hasn’t raced here before and could surprise.
11. Stafford’s Lad
Trained by Daniel Morton, this seven-year-old Demerit gelding has a win and four places from his last six starts. Not the worst.