Is on the quick back up for the second consecutive week. Won the Vase in good style last week and has Mark Zahra who is airborne.
Talented horse who has run well at all four career starts. May have gone a little bit quick in the Vase last week. Suspect they look for cover here. Think the class is there but can he stay?
3. Air Assualt
Was well backed last week in the Vase coming off a strong win in Adelaide and I thought he stuck on well for third after racing outside a warm tempo. Would not be surprised to see him run top three here.
4. Riff Rocket
Current even money favourite. Absolutely bolted in here in fast time two starts ago like a very promising horse. Then started deep odds on at Caulfield where he was a narrow second but had genuine excuses with a very slow pace. Could explode coming back to Flemington. He’s the one to beat.
Caused a big upset at Caulfield last start when kicking strongly to hold off Riff Rocket narrowly. Will need a good ride from barrier 16 but has the right man in the saddle for it. John Allen won this race in these colours on Hitotsu two years ago.
6. Make A Call
Is a fifteen start maiden. Hard to see him winning here.
7. Gold Bullion
Started single figures in the Norman Robinson last start and didn’t fire. Jury is out with him.
Was one of the better runs in the Norman Robinson beating home Apulia who is second favourite here. Some hope.
Was third in the Geelong Classic. That doesn’t look like the right form but does get Shinn.
Beaten 6.5 lengths in the Vase last week. Can’t recommend.
11. Sacred Eagle
Another through the Geelong Classic. The blinkers go on but he doesn’t appear good enough.
Bolted in in a Tatura maiden two back, then did a good job to beat the older horses in a 64 at Kilmore last start. Wouldn’t shock if he did something at a big price.
Was second in a 64 at Ballarat last start on his home track. Looking elsewhere.
14. To Be Frank
Was never a factor in the Norman Robinson last start. Hard to see him winning off that despite a strong trainer / jockey combo.
15. Warialda Warrior
Class 1 winner at Scone last time out. This is a lot harder.
16. Tokyo Run
He started $70s in the Norman Robinson and was soundly beaten.