Captivant appears to be one of the horses with the best set up here. This campaign he has finished third in the Skyline, fifth in the Golden Slipper and third in the Sires Produce. He also gets back onto a good surface which he is one from one on. Leading chance!
No match for Anamoe in the Sires Produce but it was still a good effort to finish second after being snagged back to last from a wide barrier. He should be able to settle handier from barrier four this time around. One of the main contenders.
Has won two of his four starts. Latest, he took full advantage of a good run in transit to win the Fernhill. May still have some improvement to come.
4. Daily Bugle
Was in the wrong section of the track last time but only battled to the line. He has shown ability but could be looking for the paddock.
5. I’ve Been There
Hit the line hard to win at Eagle Farm last time out but 33 days between runs for a 2yo trying 1600m for the first time is a big query.
6. Maurice’s Medad
Backs up after fighting on well to finish second in last weeks Fernhill. Prior to that he won a Hawkesbury maiden. In the mix.
Winkers go on. He is having just his third start and I thought his effort was okay last week hitting the line out wide after being pushed off the track. Consider for multiples.
Another one backing up out of the Fernhill. He got a soft run on the fence and finished third. The wide barrier could be an issue here.
Liked his win at Pakenham on debut but he disappointed at Ballarat last time. Hard to recommend off that.
10. Port Louis
Really interesting runner. He is still a maiden but hit the line strongly at Canterbury behind the promising Billiondollarbaby and gets Hugh Bowman on. The big query is 1200m to 1600m.
11. Wolf Burn
One of the Bjorn Baker runners. Ran well in a Kembla Grange maiden last time but not sure if that’s the right form.
Safely held in two maidens this campaign. Looks a big throw at the stumps.
13. Queen Of Wizardry
Looked to be travelling well in the Sires Produce before copping a check which appeared to cost her a couple of lengths in the early part of the straight. Got going again late. 1600m shouldn’t pose any problems.
14. Gin Martini
Gin Martini caught the eye with a fast finish along the fence in the Bailleu Stakes. Also beat home Maurice’s Medad in a maiden prior. She is an improving type and is in the mix.