1. Let’s Karaka Deel
Has strong spring form lines. He finished second in the Group 3 Norman Robinson at Caulfield then ran fifth in the Victoria Derby. He began this preparation with a nice pipe opener in the Mornington Guineas on March 21 and is more suited here stepping up in trip. A leading chance.
Hit the line well when second to the talented Ain’tnodeeldun before spelling. Has struggled to find that form this time around.
3. Casino Seventeen
Has strung together three wins in a row and just keeps improving. The pot is that the wins have all been over 1400m and he is unproven at this distance. A wide barrier doesn’t help either.
On the quick back up after finishing fourth at Caulfield last week. He is limited but is fit and racing well.
5. Royal Mile
He has won 3 of his 6 starts. Two back he fought on bravely to win after being wide the trip at Naracoorte, then once the gap appeared last time shot through and accelerated a way like a really nice horse. 1800m shouldn’t cause any concerns.
6. Crown Mint
This Gordon Richards trained runner has been thereabouts at all 4 of his runs this preparation. Rough place hope.
Comes from the leading Price and Kent Jnr Stable. He won a strong Ballarat maiden first up. Then outclassed in the Australian Guineas but bounced back with a good second at Sandown last time. Tricky gate but look for him hitting the line hard out wide.
8. So Let’s Toast
Showed some talent early in his career but has not done much in recent times.
Improved second up to finish third behind Royal Mile. Would need to improve again to be a factor here.
No match for Royal Mile last start but did hit the line solidly from back in the field to run second. Consider for multiples.
11. Betta Eddie
Ran well at Oakbank last start but that was in a much weaker race. Needs to improve many lengths.
Yet to run a place from 7 attempts. Can’t see him playing a role here.
13. Chica Fuerte
Ultra consistent mare who has finished in the top 3 at 8 of her 10 starts. She ran a strong second in a fast run race at Flemington on March 6, then lead all the way to win the listed Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley last start. Note that she did have a strong bias in her favour last start and the second horse has since failed.
Stepped sharply from 1200m to 1600m second up and was impressive leading all of the way in the Clare Lindop Stakes. Also ran well in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas last year. Only going to be fitter here third up and has a great record at this track. Has a great chance.
The second of the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr runners. She has finished fourth at both runs this time in and should be fitter now.