1. Nature Strip
Nature Strip is a 4 time Group 1 winner with speed to burn. He raced well below his best during the spring but if he can recapture his old form will take a power of running down. The booking of leading hoop Jamie Kah only enhances his chances.
Resumes. Ran a game second behind Classique Legend in the Everest and then bolted in over 1200m in the VRC Sprint Classic. Unproven at 1000m but he loves racing at Flemington and is the one they have to beat.
3. Elite Street
Lightly raced WA visitor who has won his last 3 including the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in November. This is his toughest assignment yet.
Andrew Mallyon comes down from Queensland to ride Halvorsen who he has won on multiple times before. He was okay when resuming in the Kensington Stakes but this is harder.
First up specialist who won the Moir Stakes in September. She will be up on speed making her own luck.
The second of the WA horses in this years race. She has won her last two races which were here at Flemington and is a 1000m specialist.
7. September Run
Resumes on the back of three very impressive wins at this track during the spring – including the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Settled off the pace and was not asked to do much in both her recent Rosehill trials. Look for her sprouting wings late.
8. Swats That
Lightly raced galloper having just her 7th start. She finished in the top 2 at all 4 runs last preparation. Yet to beat September Run but may be more suited than her over 1000m. Has claims.