1. Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks is a consistent type who has finished in the top 3 in 3 of his 4 most recent runs. If Damian Lane can slot him in somewhere close to the speed from barrier 9 then he will be around the mark again.
2. Princess Jenni
Princess Jenni was excellent winning the Bendigo Cup in late October. She has been given 5 weeks between runs to get over what was a brutualy run race. We have seen Pondus frank the form. She climbs sharply in weight here but if she can redproduce a similar run to that of her Bendigo cup she is right in this.
There is no doubt that Jamie Kah is the in form jockey in Victoria at the moment and a case could be made that Archie Alexander is the most in form trainer. They team up with Haky. He was good running 3rd in the Bendigo Cup 2 starts ago and and should get a beautiful run in transit from barrier 6.
Attorney was a month between runs into his last start at Sandown. He found himself in a terrible spot last on the fence and did a good job to weave his way through the field to finish under 2 lengths from the winner Sound. Nash Rawiller takes over from Luke Currie here and he should get a nice run from an inside draw.
Creedence finished midfield in this race last year. He has been game in defeat and not beaten very far at his last 3 starts at Group Level. The addition of blinkers and the booking of Craig Williams may give him in the extra couple of lengths he has been looking for.
6. Our Big Mike
He won the Moe Cup back in mid October. Has since finished second last and last in the Kyneton and Ballarat Cups respectively. Couldn’t see him featuring here.
7. Knights Order
Knights Order comes back in trip from a run over the 2800m on Melbourne Cup Day. He looked a big chance on the turn there before holding on okay to finish 4th in the race. Will go forward and make his own luck again.
8. Scarlett Dream
Worked home okay in the Sandown Classic but is yet to run a place this preparation. Prefer others.
9. Northwest Passage
Has contested the Murtoa and Kyneton Cup’s at his last two starts. He was safely held in both of those. This is harder.
10. Red Alto
An improved effort to run 3rd at Ballarat but that was in a much easier race. Is 2 from 2 at track but you have to go all the way back to 2017 to find these runs.