1. Young Rascal
This six-year-old trained by Archie Alexander at Ballarat has six wins from his 15 starts, but performed poorly in all three starts last preparation. He resumes here after a 30 week spell and has had a recent trial. He is a multiple Group 3 winner and all his wins have been in the 2200m to 2450m range. Prefer to see.
2. Spirit Ridge
Winner of both the Group 3 Summer Cup and the Listed January Cup over 200m at Randwick, this six-year-old started this campaign with a close 2nd in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill on 13 March, before stepping up to 2400m in the G1 Tancred Stakes where he ran 5th and then the 3200m G1 Sydney Cup where he finished well back. Should go well back to his favourite distance and is one of the main chances.
Won over 1600m at Caulfield on 10 April, then kept fighting to the line for 6 lengths 5th over 2000m at Caulfield on 24 April. Could place.
4. Paths Of Glory
Last start this grey gelding was behind the leaders straightening and took a split at the 300m and kept chasing to get there late for a 0.2 length win in the G3 JRA Plate over 2000m at Randwick on 24 April, running the best last 2000m race sectional of the day at the distance. Nicely drawn in barrier 4 he should be in the finish.
5. The Lord Mayor
He has a good record at the 2000m with four wins and six places from 15 runs at this distance range. Has placed at four of his last five starts and is capable of placing again.
Won by 4.75 lengths last outing over 2000m at Caulfield on 24 April. The Lord Mayor and Inverloch were both in the same race and finished 3rd and 5th respectively. One of three runners for Chris Waller, he looks the likely winner.
7. Knights Order
Four of his five wins have been at this distance. He resumes here after a 21 week spell but doesn’t normally go well first-up.
8. Mr Marathon Man
Canberra Cup winner over this distance on 8 March, then finished 1.9 lengths 7th over 1400m at Randwick on 24 April where he had the best 800m to 200m race sectional. Expect him to go well.
9. He Runs Away
A versatile galloper who won 4 of his 6 starts at the end of last campaign, and placed at the other 2. He resumed for 4.5 lengths 10th over 1800m at Kensington on 25 April. Will improve second-up.
Won the Stony Creek Cup on 7 March then ran 8.95 lengths 8th in the Listed Mornington Cup, then 3rd over 2400m at Caulfield on 10 April. Not the worst.
11. Maid Of Ore
The only mare in the race, this six-year-old trained by Nick Olive at Canberra won the Gundagai Cup over 1800m on 11 April, then ran 4th in a BM 88 handicap at Kensington on 25 April, finishing ahead of He Runs Away and High Opinion.
12. High Opinion
This nine-year-old finished 3rd in this race in 2020 and 2nd in 2019. He hasn’t beaten many runners home at his last 4 starts, but seems to like it here and could run well again.
13. Huntly Castle
Last start winner of the Murrumbidgee Cup over 1800m here on 18 April. He has won 3 from 3 at Wagga and looks a major contender.
14. The Doctor’s Son
Won the 2020 Murrumbidgee Cup before finishing 7th in the 2020 Wagga Cup. He ran 3rd in the Albury Gold Cup in March but then only beat one runner home in the Group 3 Easter Cup last start.
15. Roland Garros
Has drawn barrier 17 and only beat one home when resuming in the Murrumbidgee Cup. This looks too hard.
16. Upper House
Hasn’t won beyond 1600m. Not here.
17. Blazing Zone – 1st Emergency
Has drawn the outside barrier and this looks a big rise in class.
18. Bouddi – 2nd Emergency
Only beat one runner home last start and ran last the previous start. Needs to improve.