1. Great Shot
This Magnus gelding is the proven weight-for-age performer in the field. He was placed in the Listed Birthday Stakes then the Group 3 Northerly Stakes before a long 45 week spell. He ran 2nd in a recent Belmont trial and has won 3 of 7 when fresh. He should go well.
Last year this War Chant gelding resumed from a spell to come 2nd in this race behind Great Again, then two starts later ran 2nd in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes at Caulfield. He is resuming here and has placed in both lead-up trials, so it would be no surprise to see him in the finish.
Ran 2nd in the HG Bolton Sprint on 25 July, then 2.7 lengths 4th in the Belmont Newmarket on 15 August. He is normally thereabouts and will probably fill one of the minor placings.
4. Red Publisher
He faded to finish 6th when resuming over 1400m here on 15 August, and with only one run from 12 starts at this track I don’t think he will bother these.
At his last three runs he has beaten a total of four horses home. Needs to improve considerably.
Last start he won the Belmont Newmarket at $21 which was his first win at the track in 10 races here. He goes up 4.5 kg on that win and doesn’t win often, but is capable of surprising.
7. Free Trade
This gelding has 8 wins and 7 places from 16 starts, and the only time he missed a trifecta spot was his latest run where he resumed for 5th in the Belmont Newmarket. He has multiple wins at the track and has drawn the inside barrier so I suggest you forget his last run and expect to see him fight out the finish.
Finished 3rd in this race last year and has placed in three of his four runs this campaign. Has 7 wins at this track and is quite capable of placing again
9. Dance Music
The only mare in the race, she has 8 wins and 5 places from 15 starts. Last campaign she won at Pinjarra Park then Ascot before running 3rd in the Listed Pinjarra Classic. She resumes here after 26 weeks and placed in a Lark Hill trial. One of the main chances, she should fight out the finish and is my pick to win.