1. Immortal Love
Immortal Love won the group 3 McNeil stakes first up very impressively – he ran right through the line there and should only improve going up in trip. He is proven this track and trip and in testing conditions – he is likely to face similar here. The one to beat.
Had every chance in the McNeil and was well beaten. Not for me.
3. Cherry Tortoni
An exciting colt resuming. He has won all 3 starts and one of the big favourites to win the Victoria Derby. With that in mind I wouldn’t think he would be fully wound up for this . Look for him finishing late.
Finished 5th in Adelaide last time out. This is too hard.
Khoekhoe will take good improvement from his first up run in the McNeil Stakes – he was okay there. However he has now been well beaten by Immortal Love at his last two outings and it is hard to see him turning the tables on that horse. Can run into the placings.
This horse was heavily heavily backed at good odds first up behind Immortal Love. He was starting to build the revs late in the race before getting badly tightened. Will only improve with fitness and onto his home track for the first time. Looks to be a good opportunity to push forward from the wide gate with little speed in the race and if they do he will give them something to catch.
7. Aim – SCRATCHED
Bartley makes the trip down from Sydney. He is stepping up from benchmark grade but I loved the way he put his rivals away at Wawrick Farm. If he can handle the going he is right in this.
9. Crown Mint
Gordon Richards must be respected when he brings his horse over from South Australia – especially when he books leading jockey Craig Williams. Expect this horse to run well but it might just be lacking the class to be a serious winning chance.
10. So you can
He started odds on in Adelaide and justified that price with a good 1 length win. With Damien Oliver booked I am expecting him to run well.
11. Johnny Get Angry
Showed some talent behind the likes of Cherry Tortoni in his first prep but with the Derby in mind I expect this race to be a “pipe opener” for this horse. Look for him once he steps up in trip.
12. Iron Edge
Finished off well in a Sale maiden first up. His second to Flying Award reads well but I thought he might be looking for longer now.
13. National Choice
A horse with talent. He got hopelessly shuffled back in the McNeil Stakes but started to get moving late. From a wide gate and a race that looks devout of speed it will take a big effort for him to win. Perhaps look for him 3rd up back to his home track Caulfield.