1. The Astrologist
First up. Track and distance specialist having won twice and placed twice from four previous runs at the track and trip. Has jumped out well in recent weeks and should be able to control this up on speed. Has the big weight to carry but will take some getting past.
Won this race two years ago on the minimum weight which was his only top three finish this track and distance from six previous attempts. Been good this preparation in his two runs here over 1000m. Gets Kah and some weight relief for this. Each way claims.
Resumes in her second Australian preparation. Progressed quickly from winning a benchmark 64 at Sandown to a Group 2 Mares race last preparation. Should get a good run in transit here for Damian Lane. One of the chances.
4. Deep Image
Former Queenslander now under the care of Rhys Archard at Echuca. He was second behind Jonker first up last preparation over this distance and has jumped out nicely. Consider for multiples.
Phillip Stokes runner who has won two from three this preparation, including last start when she took out the Kensington Stakes here over 1000m. Going well enough to win but needs to prove herself at the distance.
6. Game Keeper
Been near enough fourteen months since we saw this gelding at the races. He was a terrific run first up this track & distance in his last preparation. Another who has jumped out well. Rough hope.
Resumes. Struggled for form last preparation. Prefer to watch him first up.
Godolphin galloper with three wins and two placings from sixteen career starts. Was safely held in the Christmas Stakes last time out and barrier 1 hasn’t been the placed to be down the straight in recent times. Prefer others.
9. Outlaws Revenge
Won twice in Adelaide before coming to Melbourne and running fifth in the Christmas Stakes at Caulfield on Boxing Day. In the mix.
Danny O’Brien trained four year old on the quick back up after finishing a close up third over 1100m at Caulfield last week. He has performed well in both straight track runs this preparation and drops 5.5kg for this. Major player.
11. Rock Prophet
Closed well in the Kensington Stakes first up, then was anchored by the big weight last start. Back down to 54kg for this third up assignment. Place claims.
Won the Inglis Dash here over 1100m first up last preparation. Races well down the straight. Needs to improve on last start though to play a role here.