Ellsberg has finished in the top three at seven of his eight starts. Last start he rolled along out in front at Rosehill when second to Kirwin’s Lane. Looks the likely leader again here.
Boom gelding trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr. He started a heavily backed $1.50 favourite last start in the Fred Best Classic and seemingly had every chance in the run when going down by a narrow margin. His form prior was impeccable and the stable did hint he may have been half a run short. First time trying 1600m but doubt that will cause him any problems.
3. Magic Conqueror
Back to his own age group after tackling the older horses last start but appears to be lacking the class to be winning here.
4. Easy Campese
Has won four from fifteen including last start in a benchmark 68 at Randwick. Gets a positive jockey change with Tommy Berry going on. Has an each way chance.
5. Without Thinking
Unbeaten this preparation. Latest, he won a benchmark 65 by 2.3 lengths in good time at his home track on the Sunshine Coast. Sharply up in grade here but is a lightly raced improver. Wouldn’t shock to see him measure up at this level.
6. Mob Buster
Another trained at the Sunshine Coast. He has come back in super order with two wins and a second from three starts this preparation. Will need to improve again to play a role here.
Kiwi gelding who has won four in a row across the ditch. Appears to have plenty of talent but all his wins have come on soft ground. The firmer track has to be some query.
8. Dune Forty Five
Was beaten close to seven lengths over 2210m at Ipswich last start. Hard to make a case for him here.
Three year old filly trained by Tony Gollan on the track. She won her last at Doomben in bench mark 70 grade by 1.3 lengths. Try’s the mile for the first time here.
10. Glitter Strip
The second of the Tony Gollan trained runners. She wasn’t disgrace in the Fred Best last start and is in the mix for multiples.