Date: 16 October
Rail: +6.5m entire course
Weather: Fine and sunny, high 20s
Track Condition: Soft 5, improving
Track Expectations: Anticipating a good track come race day with the +6.5m rail providing some assistance for those on speed.
Epicurious can use the inside draw to advantage and has the figures to win off the last start effort. Group Think looks ready for this trip and Fa Fa is the one they have to catch.
Desert Man is chasing a hat-trick and should lead Bolero King and Victory Toast. A strong 1200m remains a query for Desert Man but he is the superior animal on form. If he begins to labour, Victory Toast will have the best shot.
Verdict: Victory Toast
Group Think accepts here as well as the opener – he’s hardest to beat if here against average older horses. Aceme and Joy’s Reward both produced runs with merit at the Sunshine Coast last start.
Verdict: Group Think
From the pole marker Alderman gets his chance again, he’s knocking on the door. Sizzling Power and Mossfair can converge to set a genuine tempo in front of him to set this up nicely.
A genuinely-run 1640m awaits. Both Alpine Dancer and Cullingworth will appreciate that tempo unfolding in front of them – the inside draw may not suit the former though. Wary of the progressive Soldiers among the front-runners.
Good speed on here, perhaps Metson and Royal Factor will loos to cross up. That delivers Dubai Tycoon the suck run in behind and he has the form. Respecting both Richetti and debut winner Got My Thrills.
Verdict: Dubai Tycoon
Good race to finish. Scathing is the leader and has Alligator Blood form! Lashoni and Galway Girl receive the ideal trail and the form around the latter has stood up. Divine Decadence also has ability but may be working in the run.