Humidor put in a great effort to win the Feehan Stakes first up in the spring – that was over 1600m. May find these a little nippy over 1400m.
2. Sir Dragonet
The 2020 Cox Plate winner resumes off a 93 day spell. He is a genuine Group 1 horse and clearly the best horse in this race. The query is the 1400m given he is yet to race over a distance less than 2000m but the he showed good zip in a Geelong trial to lead and should be able to get a nice run in the front half of the field here. The one they have to beat.
3. Fifty Stars
Resumes. A winner of 10 races from his 27 starts. He finished second to Arcadia Queen over 2000m in the Mackinnon at his last run. This just a pipe opener with the Australian Cup a likely target.
4. Angel Of Truth
Another that is likely to be just using this as a pipe opener. He has only 1 placing from 4 previous first up attempts. Doubt he can win here.
5. Streets Of Avalon
Former Group 1 winner who was well ridden to win the Australia Stakes on January 22. This is harder.
Classy gelding with a strong record both first up and at the trip. He has had two trials in Sydney to get ready for this and if Craig Williams can give him a good ride from barrier 9 he has an each way hope here.
Returned to winning form at Caulfield last start. This is harder.
8. Arcadia Prince
Safely held when finishing fifth in the Australia Stakes. Happy to see him again second up off a break of more than 2 years.
9. Soverign Award
Quality mare who won 3 in a row to round out her last campaign. She has a strong first up record and is 1 for 1 over this distance. Will be up on speed making her own luck.
Talented three year old resuming. He knows how to win having won 5 from 7 starts including the group 3 Carbine Club. He recently won a Geelong trial and has drawn well. He will give them something to catch with his light weight.