He resumed for 0.3 length 2nd in the Listed Winter Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill where he led until the 180m where he was headed. At the end of last campaign he was competitive in 2400m races including 2nd in the Group 3 Launceston Cup before spelling, so he will be looking for more ground later in his campaign. It is likely he will lead again but he goes up 1kg. He could well run a place
2. Grey Lion
This Galileo gelding is the oldest runner in the race and is bred for longer distances. He resumed on 4 July in the Listed Winter Championship Final over 1600m at Flemington, where he only beat one runner home in the 16 horse field. As he may take a few runs to reach his best and does not really travel well on soft going, he is unlikely to figure in the finish.
Last preparation he won first-up over 1600m and has two wins and a place from four first-up runs. Mugatoo has a good record on soft going and a strike rate of 5 wins and 2 places from 11 starts. He resumes here from a 17 week break and has trialled at Newcastle on 20 July. One of the main chances.
4. Order Again
After finishing a length 2nd in the Listed Civic Stakes over 1350m at Rosehill on 27 June, he finished 0.3 length, 0.2 length 3rd in the Listed Winter Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill on 11 July. They are both traditional lead-ups to this race, and I expect him to run well again.
5. Girl Tuesday
She is the only mare in the race and has recently changed trainers from Chris Waller to Clarry Connors. This campaign she has struggled in her four runs and has finished 10th, 8th, 7th then 8th. She did win a Hawkesbury trial on 20 July but is not expected to be in the finish.
6. Noble Boy
Last start he chased hard to win the Listed Winter Stakes by 0.3 length on the heavy track here, where he ran the best last 800m race sectionals of the day at the distance. He likes this track and can handle all types of going, so is one of the main contenders.
He ran 3rd in the Listed Civic Stakes then 0.9 length 4th in the Winter Stakes at his last two outings and is one of three runners for Chris Waller. His race record of 3 wins and 13 places from 28 starts shows he doesn’t win very often , but he could easily place here.
Another Waller runner, this Fastnet Rock gelding finished 4.3 lengths 6th in the Civic Stakes, then 3.3 lengths 7th in the Winter Stakes. He seems to prefer firmer going and will run his usual honest race.
9. Special Missile
In 2018 he finished 3rd in this race behind Mister Sea Wolf. Last start he finished 0.4 lengths 2nd in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap over 1400m at Sunshine Coast, and could finish in the placings again here.
10. Invictus Prince
This British-import has not had a win in his 12 starts in Australia and his overseas wins have been over further, Not here.