1. Zaaki (7)
He rated really well when winning the Group 2 Tramway Stakes in atrocious conditions. Gets the lead by himself which could be vital to his chances of winning this. I think Anamoe is the better prospect, but with the potential map, Zaaki is the one to catch.
2. Maximal (9)
Returning after 98 days. Was tremendous first up in May, albeit over further. Had two trials in preparation for this. Place chance at best.
3. Anamoe (8)
His win in the Winx Stakes was beastly, and he lost a plate in the run also. He has had a trial in between runs, up to a much better distance and James McDonald has picked him over Zaaki. He just needs to remain close enough to Zaaki so that he doesn’t escape after a kind run.
4. Converge (10)
Hated the wet first up, so he will love a much more improved track but this is a tough race and he has drawn the outside gate. Place chance at best.
5. Profondo (2)
He has been good this preparation and just didn’t have the acceleration in the wet last start. I think it was his best chance to beat Zaaki which was when Zaaki was first up and now that it’s gone, I think he can finish no higher than third.
6. Duais (5)
She was a touch plain first up but the target is over further and later in the spring, so I wouldn’t be putting out distress signals yet. Up to the mile is beneficial and she should be hitting the line well.
7. Montefilia (6)
She is returning after 161 days. She generally runs well fresh and should be hitting the line well, but a place chance at best first up.
8. Icebath (4)
Entered for Newcastle on Friday to which should would be more suited. She ran home well in the Tramway Stakes but this is different. They would be silly not to run in a winnable race in Newcastle.
9. Fangirl (3)
Tremendous first up behind Anamoe, ran home quicker than him, mind you, it was from the back of the pack, so logically she should. She has trialled since and will appreciate the mile, but this is a big step. Place chance.
10. Hinged (1)
Her run first up in the Winx Stakes was decent despite not being full tested for the majority of the straight. A trial in between and the blinkers on for the first time should improve her nicely.