1. Mirage Dancer
Blinkers come off for Mirage Dancer who steps back up to his pet distance – four of his five wins have come over the mile and a half. He has been beaten over ten lengths at his last three outings but gets Nash Rawiller back on who ran a place on him in March and won the Metropolitan on him last year.
2. Southern France
Southern France has had four runs back from a lengthy spell finishing midfield in all of them. Should be at full fitness now and this would appear the easiest assignment he has had in some while.
Trained at Toowoomba by Matt Kropp. He never came into it last start in the Premier’s Cup and appears to lack the class to be a genuine winning chance here. Consider him for multiples.
Has had eight career starts. Was unplaced at his first three but has his since won five in a row in dominant fashion. Steps to group level for the first time but gives every indication he will measure right up based on times and margins. Hard to knock and clearly the one to beat again.
Comes back to Eagle Farm where he has won his last two starts. He tried to circumnavigate the field last week in the Ipswich Cup which was always going to be tough. Doubt he can beat the favourite but is in the mix for the multiples.
Has finished in the top three in just one of his eight starts. Form is not good enough for this.
7. Savvy Oak
It’s been a long long time since this daughter of Savabeel won a race. Struggling to make a case for her here.
8. Badge Of Gameness
Another with a really poor winning strike rate. Is long odds in the betting and rightly so.
9. Wild Sheila – SCRATCHED
Will have no problem handling wet conditions but is another who is a long way up in class. Not for me.