1. Cherry Tortoni
This talented three year old was beaten as an odds on favourite in the Alister Clark, however attempted to make the wide sweeping run that proved impossible on the day, so it may pay to forgive. Prior he was very good in the Australian Guinea’s coming from last to run second. One of the main chances.
2. The Frontman
Kiwi visitor. He ran third in the New Zealand Derby over 2400m on March 7. Drying conditions and coming back to 2000m are queries.
3. Young Werther
Ran an improved race last time in the Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley. He is now fourth up so should be getting close to peak fitness. I like the booking of Tom Marquand, he is a strong rider that will suit this horse.
Lightly raced gelding trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. He enters this race third up after running second first up at Canberra and fourth last start in the Phar Lap Stakes. In the mix.
5. Fields Of Honour
Has won two of his last three but they were in maiden and Class 1 Grade. Consider for multiples.
Impressive coming from worse than midfield in a Benchmark 64 at Kembla Grange on March 12. He was only getting stronger the last bit which suggests he will eat up 2000m. John Sargent is a master at training three year-old stayers and James McDonald hops aboard. He has got a great chance.
7. Just A Jedi
Seventh up first preparation and first try in town. Happy to risk.
8. Prompt Prodigy
Another who has been up for a long time. He has won just one of nine. Again, happy to risk.
This son of Shamus Award has won two of his five career starts. He is up in class here but has drawn well and gets Brenton Avdulla. Consider for multiples.
Finished tenth at Kembla Grange first up. Not likely.
Won an Ipswich maiden over 1680 m two starts ago, then finished down the track at Eagle Farm. Surely not the right form for this.
Another that is coming from NSW provincial racing. He started $20-1 at Gosford last time and ran sixth. Not for me.