1. Global Quest
This More Than Ready colt is one of three runners for Chris Waller and resumes here after 27 weeks. He has had 4 runs and debuted for a length win in the Group 3 Breeders Plate, then had a break and returned for 2nd in the Group 2 Canonbury Stakes, 2nd in the Silver Slipper Stakes and 4th in the Group 2 Todman Stakes. He has had several trials and rates highly.
2. Bartley – SCRATCHED
This Star Witness colt has raced more times than any other runner and has two wins and a place from his nine starts. He was 1.8 lengths 4th in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality last start and gets the winkers on for the first time. Will run well.
He was had 4 places from 5 starts and is the only maiden runner in the field but clearly has ability. At the end of last preparation he finished 4th in the Group 1 JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm, then 12 weeks later he resumed for 3rd in the Ming Dynasty Quality last start with the best last 800m race sectional of the day at distance. At least a place chance.
In his first preparation he won a Warwick Farm maiden by 2.3 lengths in February, and since resuming in July he has had five runs for three places. He was 2nd in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes on 15 August then was 2nd in the Ming Dynasty last start. Place chance.
6. Easy Campese
This colt has gone well this campaign with two wins and three places from five starts. His wins were at Scone and Goulburn, but his Goulburn win was by over 6 lengths on a heavy track. He’s drawn the inside barrier and could surprise.
He has two wins from two starts, both by good margins. Both runs have been over 1400m and his pedigree suggests he will be a stayer. He should be fighting out the finish.
8. Black Duke
This Fiorente colt comes off a Canterbury win at his 2nd race start where he started at double figure odds. This is much tougher than a Canterbury maiden and he might struggle in this field.
He won his first start at Canterbury then finished 6.8 lengths 5th in the Up And Coming Stakes at his latest start. He has won a Randwick trial since his last race. Unlikely to be in the trifecta.
10. Love Tap
This grey gelding is unbeaten with a win at Nowra and a win at Goulburn from his two starts. This is a massive rise in grade and I don’t expect him to be in the finish.
11. Jet Propulsion
He has had two starts for a win at Newcastle on 13 August. Placed in a Warwick Farm trial since then and is a rough place chance.