1. Frankie Pinot
Won the race last year on a heavy 10 with 55 kgs. Rises to 60kg this year but has been very good at both runs back from the paddock and should be respected here.
His run in the Country Discovery last start was very good. Bias was against there and I think he did well to get as close as he did. My knock on him is it has been a while since he has won but if they are able to make ground this race looks to set up pretty well for him.
3. Outlaws Revenge
Is having second run for Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman. He was five weeks between runs into Sandown last start and ran well for second. Looks well set up here.
4. First Accused
Tasmanian off a let up. He gets blinkers on and loves soft ground. Has form all around The Inevitable who ran a slashing race in the All Star Mile. Chance.
5. Mnementh – SCRATCHED
6. Chief Altony
Has been well backed in early betting. This a trip short of his best but he’s a talent, loves wet ground and is on the minimum. Tricky horse to assess.
7. Scissor Step
Thought his run with the big weight was okay at Oakbank last start. Fitter again here.
8. Inn Keeper
Won this race two years ago, came 2nd last year and was 3rd in 2020. Not sure he is going well enough.
Found the right part of the track when winning at Oakbank last start.
10. I Am War
Has struggled at his two runs back. Needs to improve.
Place chance at best.
12. Sacred Palace
Lindsey Smith runner who looked the winner at Bendigo last start before El Salto got up inside of him to just beat him. He can run well again here.
13. Bill The Boxer
Hasn’t been far away at his two runs back. Ready to peak.
15. Stripped Back
Was electric winning first up here over 1000m last prep. This is harder.
16. Port Louis
Arrogant winner last start against easier company. Wouldn’t be shocked to see him run a race here at big odds.