1. Nature Strip
At his last two starts he won the Group 2 Challenge Stakes by 3 lengths, beating Redzel, then the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes by 2 lengths , beating Santa Ana Lane and Redzel before spelling. Redzel is the horse that has won this race for the last three years in a row. Nature Strip led all the way at this past two starts and looked brilliant both times. His first-up form isn’t perfect with two wins and a place from five firs-ups, but he won two trials in August – one by 3 lengths and the next by 5.5 lengths. He should win
This sprinter from Adelaide has only missed a trifecta spot once in a 19 start career and has 6 wins and a place from 7 races at this distance. He won the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes by 3.1 lengths then was grabbed on the line for a close 2nd in the Group 1 Goodwood. He has a powerful finish and is the main danger to the favourite.
3. Ball of Muscle
He has put in some magnificent sprinting performances over the past few years and has amassed prizemoney of $1.8 million. His two recent trial wins, the latest by 8.5 lengths, shows he is still got the ability and is ready to go. Put him in all your exotics.
He has only race 9 times but has 5 wins and 3 places. He won the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint before spelling and has placed in all three lead-up trials. He is having his first race at Group 1 level and will acquit himself well
5. Dirty Work
This Written Tycoon gelding is also having his first run at Group 1 level. Before a spell he won three in a row including the Listed Ortensia Stakes, but this is a massive class rise. He’s won a recent trail and will do his best
6. Prairie Fire
With only two wins from 18 starts, this Snitzel gelding won’t be troubling the class runners in this field.