1. Duca Valentinois
The nine year old put in a good effort first up signaling he still has a zest for racing. He doesn’t have a lot of gate speed which will likely leave him in a tricky spot back on the fence however the step up in distance suits.
Runson has returned with two very solid placings at Caulfield. A good track is key for him and if he gets that (looking unlikely) then he can be in this for a long way.
Got back in a slowly run race last time which did not suit. He gets a weight swing on some key rivals this time around and If he can jump a little bit cleaner don’t count him out.
Finished second to subsequent group one winner Probabeel at Randwick first up. He was suited by a slow tempo on that occasion but there are no group one horses in this race. A good Jamie Kah ride can see him feature in the finish.
5 . Archedemus
Another one of the Sydney siders. He has had a short break and two barrier trials to get himself ready for this race. Has an impressive win strike rate of 7 from 17 starts.
6 . Windstorm
Windstorm found a lovely spot in the run last start and was able to notch up the first win of his Melbourne campaign. He goes up 1.5kg in the weights but looks to get a lovely run again for William Pike. The one they have to get past.
7 . Phaistos
Two wins and a placing from his previous four first up attempts. Some other things to like here are the booking of D Oliver and a nice barrier. Has looked okay in recent jump outs and is one of the chances in this.
Thought his first up effort, although over an unsuitable trip, was disappointing. He was heavily back there so it may pay to forgive. is yet to miss a place at the 1400m.