Date: 30 October
Rail: +2m 1100m-W/Post, True remainder
Weather: Fine & warm
Track Condition: Good 4
Track Expectations: No rain to speak of in NSW either. There may be a slight advantage to those who position on the rails in running but largely, races will be dictated by tempo
A small field with Casey’s Sister and Aeecee Vinco the likely leaders. Brazenpine should use the rail to hustle through and hold the leader’s back, he lost out on protest last time out and gets his chance to atone. Ariege also makes claims.
Switched may be hard to pass if she finds the front – she won her only start on a good track and matched it with Group 1 winner Funstar last time out. Glamour Cat won’t be far away while Super Oasis and Sally’s Day will be saved for one last crack at them.
No third dividend again, this time over a mile and a quarter. Proven Class peaked third up last prep and can do the same here from the front. Poulton Le Sands will enjoy the drop to 2000m.
Verdict: Proven Class
City Of Love and Nordic make clearly the strongest claims on form but may need assertive rides from the draw, or risk being back and wide off a muddling tempo. Backing Tim Clark to get it done.
Verdict: City Of Love
Persan plummets in grade and distance too, while having blinkers applied. If that sharpens him up and he isn’t far off the pace from the wide draw, he’ll be hard to beat. But if he can’t find a position, expect Pincer and Zakat to fight this out on the speed.
Magnificently and Our Fun can make the running here if they desire. Barrier 2 allows Golwen to hold their backs – he’s impressed at both starts, most recently with a high-rating score at Kembla Grange.
Big(ger) fields in the final two races. Each of Little Al, Quick Finance and Johnny Roo Boy present as key on-pace chances. Johnny was tough at Gosford chasing the leader and is an each-way hope.
Verdict: Johnny Roo Boy e/w
Axe can be forgiven his struggles on debut when pulling up with issues. He impressed at three trials prior and has won another since. Should land close to the speed and be hard to topple, with Waterhouse/Bott pairing Miss Spiteful and Dorothy Of Oz providing a tempo to chase.