1. Hey Doc
Had a lot of weight first up and was soundly beaten. Won the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley last preparation. Should get a good run from barrier 5 with the speed on!
Won a group three contest in Western Australia before spelling. Race sets up okay for him from barrier 9. Roughie with a chance.
3. Elite Street
This lightly raced Western Australian has struggled in two big Group 1 contests since coming to Melbourne. Prior, he had won 5 of his 8 starts in Perth.
4. Indian Pacific
Finished second in the Newmarket Handicap. His form is good enough but he is an on speed runner drawn barrier 14 which makes things really hard with plenty of speed drawn underneath him.
Speed machine who bounced back strongly from a poor Oakleigh Plate run with an all the way win here last week. He loves this track and can be in this for a long way. Note: he is also an acceptor for the Hareeba Stakes at Mornington on Saturday.
6. Masked Crusader
Looked good winning first up in Sydney, then found himself in a trick spot last time but hit the line fairly well. May need some luck from barrier 2 but if he gets it then he is one of the chances here.
The second of the Cummings runners. She hasn’t done much this time in but wouldn’t shock to see her run a race at big odds.
Resumes. She will drift back from barrier 13 and will be looking for a cart into the race off a fast tempo. If she can get it then she has a strong turn of foot and can reel these in.
Won the Moir Stakes over 1000m here last year. She has plenty of speed and Noel Callow will likely be trying to find the fence. Happy to risk her at 1200m.
10. Bella Vella
Has a good record at this track but not sure she runs 1200m.
11. Brooklyn Hustle
Strong Moonee Valley record and gets Damian Lane. Map looks good also. She was unlucky in the Newmarket and is right in this.
12. Portland Sky
Dead heated in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate last start. That form has held up strongly with Zoutori winning the Newmarket.
13. September Run
Is looking to bounce back after a poor run in the Newmarket Handicap a fortnight ago. Prior she ran a terrific race in the Lightning Stakes and also won the Coolmore Stud Stakes in October. Needs to prove herself away from Flemington.
14. Swats That
She was in the wrong section of the track in the Newmarket but wasn’t beaten far. Ran well in the Lightning Stakes prior to that. If she can get clear at the right time then she is a genuine winning chance here.