1. Alcohol Free
Ex European runner having her fifth start for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott. Never likely in The Everest two back but thought she ran really well in The Invitation last week. Now gets to the mile and maps for a beaut run in behind the speed.
2. Princess Grace
Has form all around the good weight for age horses earlier this campaign, running second in the Winx behind Fangirl who was unlucky in last weeks Cox Plate, then second in the Memsie behind Mr Brightside who was beaten a nose in the Cox Plate. If you can forgive her last run when beaten as a short priced favourite and trust the SP she is right in the mix.
3. Hope In Your Heart
Quality mare who rarely runs badly. Has just got way too far back at her last two starts – has ran home as well as she could from those positions. Tim Clark back on is a big tick. Can she do what Icebath did last year and shoot up the fence?
Thought her first two runs over unsuitable distances were very good, then like Hope In Your Heart, she just got way too far back in the King Charles. Finds a much better set up here with McDonald going on fourth up from a good draw and a likely fast tempo which will suit. Has a sense of timing about her.
Another of the Waller runners. She was fourth in the Winx Stakes back in August and could end up with a great run here for Blake Shinn.
6. Foxy Frida
Put in a much improved performance to run third at Caulfield last start. She’s a good mare on her day and loves racing here.
7. Renaissance Woman
She won the Angst Stakes at Randwick two back then was a narrow second in the Craven Plate last week when finishing well down the outside alongside Zeyrek. Could be suited if they run along out in front.
8. Barbie’s Fox
Finished fourth in the Epsom two back then looked all over the winner at Caulfield before Wishlor Lass kicked back on the post. Will have to go back and circle them from barrier 16 which won’t be easy.
9. Wrote To Arataki
Was a huge effort to sit wide and run third here two back, then copped a peach from Yendall at Caulfield and held out the challengers. Rough hope again here.
10. Pride Of Jenni
Was a cracking run behind Amelia’s Jewel at the Valley then stuck on well enough for sixth in the Toorak. Has to speed to get across and sit outside lead from the wide gate. Each way hope at odds.
11. Deny Knowledge
Thought her run in the Stocks Stakes two back was good, then she just went way to hard in the Caulfield Stakes against weight for age horses. Kah goes on for this. Could give a sight if she settles.
12. Life Lessons
Won the Blazer Stakes beating short priced favourite Princess Grace here last start. Will need a good ride from 15.
13. Shuffle Dancer
Was a good run in the Tristarc last start finishing hard down the outside for second. Will need luck from barrier two.
14. Wishlor Lass
Is a winner but is unlikely to get the same favours as she has at her last two here.
15. Ausbred Flirt
Is going well but looks a rung below some of these.
16. More Secrets
Was third in the Queen Of The Turf in the Autumn and an eye catcher from the back at Randwick last start on a day where it was very hard to make up ground. Knock out hope.
Got the cash after being well backed at Caulfield first up. This is a big rise in grade.