This years top weight stormed home to run second in the race last year. Does carry 2 more kg’s this time but looks set to run well again given his strong first up record, good barrier and the booking of Jamie Kah.
2. Dirty Work
Stormed home under Willie Pike to win the Schillaci this track/trip in the spring. In the mix.
No match for Behemoth first up in Adelaide. Does get Lane here but would need to improve.
Both trainer and horse have strong first up records. Unplaced at three previous attempts at Group 1 level.
Finished third in the Silver Eagle during the spring. Comes back 100m in trip after a poor run first up.
This Stokes galloper has won 7 of his last 8 starts – all by over a length. He has been given 2 solid trials and looks ready to go here first up. A leading chance.
7. Celebrity Queen
WA galloper who gets back in her races and flys home. She is unbeaten first up and was desperately unlucky in the Winterbottom. If the breaks come her way she can feature.
8. Bold Star
Ran well here first up – finishing second behind Prophets’ Thumb and has won well second up in the past.
9. Brooklyn Hustle
Resumes. He won easily first up at Moonee Valley last time. Will be giving them a big start but is capable of a big finish.
The second of the Gordon Richard trained runners. He was desperately unlucky here first up. Should get a nice run behind the speed from an inside gate and if the breaks come can be in the finish.
11. How Womantic
Lightly raced galloper from the Maher and Eustace Stable. She has a strong winning strike rate, having won 5 of 9. This is her biggest test yet.
12. Prophets Thumb
Prophet’s Thumb was terrific winning here first up. She is yet to miss a place in 5 attempts at Caulfield. Losing Jamie Kah is a negative.
13. Riding The Wave
This Lindsey Smith galloper has been racing well since coming across from New Zealand. Not sure he has the class to be a factor here.
14. Sword Of Mercy
Began this preparation with back to back wins. Then finished second behind Fabergino in the Kensington Stakes. Looks outclassed here.
15. Portland Sky
3 year old. Won the Manfred here last start. That form has since been franked with Tagaloa and Aysar running the quinella last week. His 3 wins have come when he has found the front, doubt he can do that here.
Finished second in last years Blue Diamond and has no weight here. Recent jump outs have been good but barrier 18 is far from ideal.
Beat a couple of key rivals here in the Blue Sapphire in October. Maps well from barrier 9.
Began last preparation with a bang. Bolting in first and second up in Sydney by big margins. Then disappointed in the Blue Sapphire and Coolmore Stud Stakes. Look for him flying across from barrier 17 in search of the lead with no weight.