1. Truly Great
This five-year-old Dundeel gelding has won 5 of his six starts this campaign including the Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes by 1.42 lengths, the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic by 1.89 lengths and the Group 1 Ted Van Heemst Stakes by 1.75 lengths. He goes up 1kg in weight, and partnered with William Pike it is hard to see anything beating him. Should win.
2. Trap For Fools
Last start he tired late to finish 1.75 lengths behind Truly Great in the Ted Van Heemst Stakes. He has 14 wins from 17 starts and eight wins have been at this track. He has drawn wide but is quite capable of placing.
3. Princess Jenni
Won the Bendigo Cup over this distance on 28 October, and was a close 2nd over 2600m at Flemington last start. One for the multiples..
He won the ATA Stakes over 2200m by 1.75 lengths last Saturday. He was good enough to get into the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Melbourne Cup so has to be taken as a serious threat.
Drops 5kg from his last-start 3rd in the Ted Van Heemst Stakes. Not the roughest.
Has won her last two starts both over 2200m at Ascot in December.
She has drawn wide and will find this much tougher than any race she has contested before.
8. Dark Musket
At nine-years-old he is the oldest horse in the race and has not ran better than 5th in all nine starts this preparation. Looking elsewhere.
9. Double Digit
He has 12 wins from 60 starts but has drawn wide and will find this too tough.
She has struggled in all 3 races this campaign and has not won in four starts at this track.
11. He’s a Parker
At his last two starts at this track he has finished last and next to last. Enough said.
12. Juicing Carrots
This eight-year-old is in great form with a win and four places from his last five starts. Could run a place.
13. Midnight Blue
He has had two wins and three places from six starts this campaign.
14. Paddy’s Shadow
She is lightly-weighted and worth putting in the exotics.
Came 3rd in this race last year and ran 2.88 lengths 4th in the ATA Stakes last week.
16. Utgard Loki
Has placed in Listed races at his last two starts and could surprise.