Top weight for this years race with just 55kg. He won the Australian Cup earlier in the year and backs up after a fourth placing in last weeks Caulfield Stakes. Consider for multiples.
Has won his last eight starts & is arguably the most exciting horse in the country. He won the Makybe Diva first up over 1600m, then the Turnbull over 2000m last start. Out to 2400m now where he won his only previous start by 12 lengths! Is four from four on soft ground. Draws wide but he likes to go forward so may not cause Prebble too many concerns. Clearly the one they have to beat.
3. Explosive Jack
We made this gelding a black booker after he hit the line strongly in the Turnbull last start. Out to 2400m now, the distance where two of his Derby wins came earlier in the year. Won’t have any issues with a wet track. Expecting him to run well.
4. The Chosen One
Kiwi trained gelding who was third in this race last year, before going onto run fourth in the Melbourne Cup. He ran home strongly into second in last weeks Herbert Power and is suited dropping in weight here. Another who should run well.
5. Ocean Billy
Kiwi now under the care of Chris Waller. He won the Auckland Cup over 3200m in March. Interestingly his three prep runs in New Zealand have been over 1200, 1400 & 1600. Now jumps to 2400 and doesn’t appear to race at his best on wet tracks. Happy to risk.
Won the Group 1 Sydney Cup over 3200m in April. Ran a good fourth at a big price in the Bart Cummings. Ready to peak here fourth up. Outside chance.
Returned with a good third behind Floating Artist at Flemington, then was only fair in Turnbull. Back to his home track where he has a strong record suits.
8. Quick Thinker
The second of the Baker & Forsman runners. He struggled on good ground in The Metropolitan last start. Back onto a rain affected track will be much more to his liking!
Finished ninth in this race last year. Ran a cracking third in the Turnbull at a big price last start after running poorly here the start prior. Think he prefers Flemington but is a rough place hope.
Lightly raced Entire trained by the Freedman’s. He is on the seven day back after winning the Herbert Power here by a length last week. Prior was a good second in the Naturalism Stakes behind Nonconformist. One of the chances.
11. Master Of Wine
Wasn’t a factor in his first three runs back from a spell, then got out to a trip in the Bart Cummings and ran a good third. A repeat of that performance puts him in the mix here.
Quality four year old mare trained by David Payne at Rosehill. She won the Group 1 Metropolitan over this distance last start and gets an inform Jye McNeil for this. Each way claims.
13. Port Guilaume
Closed off okay two back, then was sixteen of sixteen in the Bart Cummings last time. Prefer others.
14. She’s Ideel
Blinkers go back on for this daughter of Dundeel. She won the Kingston Town two starts ago and is going well this prep. Critically she gets back onto soft/heavy ground which she has an out standing record on. Include in multiples at a big price.
15. Young Werther
Another we black booked after he ran a slashing second behind Incentivise in the Turnbull Stakes a fortnight ago. Keeps Daniel Moor for this who is riding in fine form. Easy to make a strong case for him here.
Won the Naturalism here four weeks ago to book his way into this race and was a terrific run when going down by a nose in last weeks Caulfield Stakes. He is in career best form and has an each way chance here.
Is on the three day back up after winning the Coongy Handicap here on Wednesday. Won the Queesland Oaks earlier in the year, before running second in the Australian Oaks over this distance. In the mix.
18. Charms Star
Fourth up here. Was midfield in the Metropolitan last start. Poor record on soft ground. Happy to risk.
19. Great House – 1st Emerg
First of the emergencies. He was a nice winner of the Newcastle Cup, then ran home strongly into fifth in the Metropolitan last start. May just be a level below these though.
20. Constantinople – 2nd Emerg
Needs two scratching’s to get a run. He is racing well below his best. Can’t see him playing a role here.