1. Gold Trip (11)
First up after 384 days off. Group 1 placed and Group 2 winner in France over much longer. Will need the run.
2. Laure Me In (7)
Ordinary run by his standards in the Civic Stakes. Will need to majorly improve.
3. Looks Like Elvis (12)
Ran solidly in the Civic Stakes before heading back down south for the Winter Championship Final, where he performed under expectations. I expect him to hit back here and be a solid place chance.
4. Yiyi (2)
Didn’t show a lot first-up which is unusual, tempo may have played a factor. Classy gelding but I can’t have him after his last start effort.
5. Kiss The Bride (9)
First up after 138 days. Two trials in preparation for this but generally doesn’t fire first up. Can’t have.
6. Oscar Zulu (13)
Was no match for the favourite of this race last start in the Winter Stakes. Drops 4kg/gets a 4kg swing on Jojo Was A Man. Drawn wide but that might be okay at this time of the day, but he might get too far back. Top chance.
7. Monegal (6)
Ran credibly in the Winter Stakes. Has performed better in the past and would need to return to that form to be a chance here.
8. Charleise (8)
Hit the line well in the Glasshouse Handicap. Likely to sit in the second half of the field once again which isn’t ideal but she has form around better horses and is a two time winner over the 1500m and handles the sting out of the track. She will be hitting the line well.
9. Jojo Was A Man (3)
Arguably should have won the Winter Stakes. Has had five runs this preparation for three wins, a second, and a fourth. He is in tremendous form, maps to get a nice run throughout, and does look hard to beat.
10. Durston (1)
First-up after 283 days. Had two starts in Australia before having a long break where he ran fourth and first. Has had one trial in preparation for this, but I suspect he will need the run as he looks for further.
11. Toomuchtobear (4)
Had this bloke blackbooked after his superb effort last start where he came from last to finish 2 lengths off them in fourth in a meeting where it was hard to make ground. Handles the conditions, is drawn much better, has no weight on his back and he will appreciate the step up in distance. Big chance.
12. Cross Talk (10)
Yet to finish outside of the top 3 in 6 starts. Last start was a massive four length win in weaker grade. Drawn wide here but that shouldn’t matter and with no weight on his back, he will be in this race a long way.
13. Snippy Fox (5)
Found one better second up in a benchmark 88 last start. She chose this race over another on the day to avoid the horse that thrashed her last start. Maps well from the gate but it will be dependent on how the track will play as to her chances.