Ancestry is a talented four year old but I’m not sure where he’s at this prep. Aside from a biased assisted win at Moonee Valley he has been pretty disappointing this prep. He should lead here but happy to work around him as the favourite.
2. Jungle Edge
Well renowned mud lark but not sure it’s going to be wet enough for him. Possibly past his best now also as a 10 year old. Not for me.
Trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr at Warrnambool. He wasn’t beaten far in this race last year but is just one from eight first up and draws wide here. Consider for multiples.
4. Great Again
One of the Lindsey Smith runners. Was a good effort to fend them off first up at Flemington last prep and loves rain affected ground. One of the main contenders.
Loved the effort first up at Caulfield, then whacked away okay last start but he is not a second up horse. Set to peak third up and I suspect this has been the target all along.
First up for Michael Moroney and Daniel Stackhouse. He won the Benalla Cup last preparation over 1400m. Draws well but happy to watch him fresh.
Resumes off a short break. Consistent type who was beaten less than two lengths in three x Group 3’s during the spring. Drawn well and gets Jamie Kah. Each way hope.
8. Never No More
First up. Lightly raced five year old who has had three starts in eighteen months. He has struggled in all three. Happy to watch him go around here.
9. Just Hifalutin
Resumed on Anzac Day off a 14 month break and was never likely. Gets blinkers first time but hard to recommend off what he did first up.
10. Bumper Blast
Flashy grey who has a good turn of foot on his day. Very wide first up at Caulfield but battled on okay. Did trial well before that. In the mix.
Comes here third up off two solid 1100m runs in SA and the Melbourne Cup winning jock Jye McNeil is booked to ride. Another who is in the mix.
12. Riding The Wave
Freshened after finishing down the track in the Oakleigh Plate. Loves soft ground and gets onto his home track for the first time. Look for him storming late from the wide barrier.
13. Epic Grey
Trained by Lindsey Smith on the track & could improve second up. Is drawn to get a good run from barrier 11.
14. Simply Optimistic
Worked home well first up at Bendigo, then hit the line strongly again at Caulfield when held up on straightening. Wide gate to contend with here but if Daniel Moor can find some cover he is capable of being in the finish.
15. Inn Keeper
The second of the Symon Wilde runners and a last start Terang winner. He finished sixth in this race in 2019, then ran a cracking third last year. If the fence is okay by this stage he can play a role.
Likes wet ground but is not a noted first up horse. Prefer others.
Trialed well before an eye catching run first up run at Cranbourne in a strong benchmark 70. Drops right down in the weights and and should get a nice run from barrier 8. Looks set to run well here.
Loved the first up win at Flemington at a big price, then was fairly plain second up. May be capable of bouncing back third up getting onto his home track.