Rail: True entire
Weather: Fine & warm
Track Condition: Good 4
Track Expectations: The Lakeside circuit and its sharp downhill home turn can suit on-pacers, but the long straight and true rail ensures most will have their chance.
Blue Sapphire can cross to the front. Black Sage has a chance to use the inside gate and track up behind him, he ran second to a handy one on debut. Horowitz is the best of the debutants.
Verdict: Black Sage
On ratings La Lucciola is top of the class here but the caveat is she is resuming after throat surgery. Presuming all is well she can settle handily and challenge at the business end. Lunasnit should enjoy the return to drier ground while Feline Advisory has shown considerable talent at the trials.
Verdict: La Lucciola
Four last-start winners in a very even affair. Truffle House has enjoyed recovery time after his Group 3 outing before being pushed out in a jump out. Could get the ideal cart into this here. Liked the win of Private Council first up and Marcada’s recent Group 3 effort can be overlooked.
Verdict: Truffle House
From a low draw, classy mare Maracaibo can lob handy to the speed. Back in grade and on drier ground, she can run a big race third up. Heart Of Grace again well respected by the market and may enjoy the switch away from the Valley, while Miss Damita and Tysonic map to get their chance.
A muddling 2400m affair on paper – Sukoot is up in trip and can roll towards the front. Vamonoz rounded them up at Mornington after Manning Road was left exposed – the latter gets an economical run and can bounce back.
Verdict: Manning Road e/w
Call Me Shamus is the progressive three-year-old in the field with a handy claim. He’ll have his sights set on last-start maiden winner Iowa Hawkeye and lightly-raced five-year-old Atone in the run to the line.
Verdict: Call Me Shamus
Speed from the bookends over 1200m. Neighbourhood won on debut then competed with the smart Fidelia and Fabric at Flemington. A three-wide-with-cover run would stand her in good stead. Sky Call will have the jump on her in running while Rapidora ground away well when fresh
The speed map positions Write Your Name in the box seat. He was a big winner first up after being badly held up. Vigere will lead him around the track while Wham will be flashing home.
Verdict: Write Your Name