Nine year old entire trained by Michael Moroney. Fitter here third up after finishing less than three lengths off them in the JRA Cup. Rough hope.
2. Good Idea
Won the Group 2 Adelaide Cup over 3200m in March but not sure his recent form is good enough to be a factor here.
3. Le Don De Vie
Ran fifth in the Geelong Cup on Wednesday so it will be interesting to see if they decide to back up here. Struggling for his best form but the quick back up could be favourable.
Dropped out to finish last in The Metropolitan. Was okay in the Kingston Town prior. Needs to improve.
5. Secret Blaze
Capitalised on the right run to win the JRA Cup well here two back, then weakened out after sitting outside a slow speed in the Coongy. Does map well and is suited coming back to Moonee Valley where he has won two from three.
6. Future Score
Ran well in the Hotham Handicap over this distance last October. Hasn’t done much in his two runs back from the spelling paddock but getting back onto a softer track may see him improve.
7. Harpo Marx
Sydney trained gelding who gets Damian Lane in the saddle for this. He ran a good closing third in The Metropolitan at Randwick last start and can handle wet ground. Each way claims.
8. The Good Fight
Second of the Moroney runners. Liked the way he finished off in the Bart Cummings. Loves wet ground. Place hope.
Looked gone on the turn in the Benalla Cup after leading at frenetic speed, but kept finding to stave his challengers off. Is yet to run out of the placings in four goes at Moonee Valley. Could surprise.
Is twenty eighth in the order of entry for the Melbourne Cup so a win here should sure up a spot in this years race. He is an Ex European now part of the Lloyd Williams operation. Lead at a frenetic speed in the Bart Cummings first up and stuck on well enough to be beaten 2.5 lengths. Major player here second up.
11. Miami Bound
Is currently fourteenth on the order of entry for the Melbourne Cup. Is back to defend her title after winning this race last year. Wet ground suits. Think she is over the odds.
12. Floating Artist
Won three in a row before being up set as a very short price favourite in the Coongy last start. Think they just went too slow on him out in front there. He needs a more genuine tempo which he will get here. Key winning chance.
13. Lunar Flare
Ran a good closing second behind Tooradin at Flemington, then took out the Harry White over 2400m at Mornington last start. This is harder but she is going well.