He led for part of the race but dropped out in the straight and finished 12 lengths last in the Spring Stakes when resuming. He generally improves second-up, this is his favourite distance and he goes well on the Parks circuit but I think it best to just watch him go around.
2. Mongolian Marshal
At both starts this campaign he has been handy but been headed off. He is fitter now but this is a lot tougher than the last two races he has been in. Not here.
He ran 3rd at Gawler then 3rd at Morphettville Parks before a win over 1200m at Moonee Valley at $21. His best distance is 1200m but he likes this track and it would be no surprise to see him in the placings.
4. Fox Hall
In the Spring Stakes he came from 9th and worked home nicely to just miss 3rd after losing a plate. He goes well at this track and distance and he can handle a soft track. One of the main chances.
5. Crown Fontein
He finished 6.1 lengths 7th in the Spring Stakes and has had 3 starts at this track for a win and 2 places. He has not won beyond 1200m. Not the worst.
6. Balf’s Choice
The oldest horse in the race, he was 6th in the Spring Stakes when resuming from a long break. He has won at the track and distance before and was won two races second-up. Could surprise.
7. Master Chum
He resumed for 9th in the Spring Stakes where he was never a threat. He will get better as he gets over more ground. Not here.
8. Sky Punch
The only horse in the race having a first-up run here. He comes to hand quickly and won first -up at Murray Bridge last time in. Not the worst.
This four-year-old has won 7 of his 16 starts and has already amassed $2.1 million in prizemoney. After winning the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas and the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes he finished last campaign with 2nd in the Group 1 SA Derby. He resumed in the Spring Stakes for second behind Behemoth who won this race last year and is early favourite in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield this weekend. The race has been renamed this year to honour his trainer and only bad luck can beat him. Should win.
She won her last start over this distance at Murray Bridge on a soft track, and has won 6 races at this track. Could run a place.
This grey mare has won four of her 9 starts but battled away for 5th in the Spring Stakes on the slow track. She has the widest barrier but has enough speed that it won’t matter. All her wins have been on good tracks so if the track improves she becomes one of the chances.
12. Aray of Sunshine
She has raced through the winter and has won two of her seven runs this campaign, but has a poor record at the track. Looking elsewhere.