No match for Riff Rocket at Flemington last start but still ran second. In the mix.
2. Air Assualt
South Australian visitor who won the Hill Smith Stakes running away last start. Like the booking of Damian Lane.
His three career runs have been full of merit. Sat on a strong speed on debut and ran away from a strong maiden field. Held up at a key stage in the Stutt then ate the line late to just miss the Guineas winner Griff. Then victim of a slow tempo when forced back from the wide gate in the Guineas and again ate the line. The little risk is he is getting deep into his first prep, however I think he’s ready to explode here at 2000m.
Unsuited by a slow tempo last week but still ran home pretty well. Like that he backs up here and I like the map. He’s a chance.
Has been doing some nice things North of the boarder. Beat the current VRC Derby favourite two starts ago fair and square at Rosehill and gets Jmac.
6. Port Lockroy
Won a bm72 at Randwick last week in good style. The fifth the start prior in the Dulcify was a good effort. On the up.
Lightly raced Richard and Will Freedman trained galloper. He will need to find a few lengths here to be competitive.
Started long odds last start and was never sited behind Riff Rocket.
Another who started big odds last start and was safely held by Riff Rocket.
10. Mah Ali