1. Sir Dragonet
This five-year-old stallion is one of two runners for Ciaron Haher and David Eustace. He won the 2020 Cox Plate at his first Australian start then ran 6th in the Melbourne Cup. He has had 5 starts since resuming and won the G1 Tancred Stakes over 2400m at this 4th start this campaign then kept chasing for 1.6 lengths 5th in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He will run well.
A versatile galloper who has won over distances from 1500m to 2900m. Three starts back he won the All-Star Mile over 1600m then was 1.5 lengths 4th in the G1 Doncaster Mile, then 1.8 lengths 6th in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He has one place from five Group 1 starts, but should not be overlooked.
3. Fifty Stars
This six-year-old has won 10 of his 33 starts, but can be difficult to follow. He finished 2.25 lengths 2nd in the Hollindale Stakes and it would be no surprise to see him place here.
He has won 11 races including 3 at Group 1 level. He ran on from well back for 4th in the Hollindale Stakes and goes well at this distance. Right in this.
This six-year-old has had three starts in Australia. He finished 3.4 lengths 6th in the Doncaster Mile, then was run down late for a close 2nd in the G3 JRA Plate before taking over at the 200m and racing away for a 2.25 length win in the Hollindale Stakes. Rates highly with James McDonald staying with him. Shpould be in the finish and probably wins.
At eight, Humidor is the oldest runner. He finished strongly to run 4.65 lengths 5th in the Hollindale last start when first-up and has won 4 of 10 second-up. He goes well at this distance and can surprise.
7. Shared Ambition
This five-year-old trained By Chris Waller has won 8 of his 21 starts and has a good winning percentage strike rate. He was a strong winner of the G3 Neville Selwood over this distance before 3rd in the Hollindale. One of the chances.
8. Southern France
His last win was in 2019 and he has been racing in Group 1’s but not beating many home. Like him better over longer distances.
Last start winner of The Coast at Gosford last outing. He is untested at the distance but is not the worst.
10. Melody Belle
This tough New Zealand mare has won 19 of her 40 starts, with 14 of those wins at Group level. She won the G1 Bonecrusher over 2000m in March before coming to Australia for 6th in the Tancred Stakes then only 10th in the Hollindale after being caught wide most of the way and losing a plate. Can feature in the finish.
A pizza eating mare who has two Group 1 wins from 15 attempts – both over the Randwick mile. Hard to follow but best over 1600m.
12. Toffee Tongue
This four-year-old has only won twice from 19 starts, but both wins were at this distance – the 2020 G1 Schweppes Oaks and the G3 Sky High Stakes. Rough hope.