T: Team Snowden / J: Kerrin McEvoy (58.5kg)
Champion sprinter who has won $15,372,000 in prizemoney thus far from his 14 wins and 7 placings. Last year he won The Everest, then came to Melbourne and ran a stunning 1.8.37 to win this race. Well, same old same old perhaps as he easily won The Everest again this year. Loves this track, having won 2 of his 3 starts and close 2nd the other time. Will lead and is very, very strong. And significantly, looks the only genuine speed.
T: Darren Weir / J: Craig Williams (58.5kg)
Outstanding sprinter who now has won twice at Group 1 level including his gutsy win over rivals SPIRIT OF VALOR, KEMENTARI and SPRIGHT last start in the Manikato at Moonee Valley. This track suits his racing style more. He is in career best form, has won over $3.3million in prizemoney and will be storming home.
T: Anthony Freedman / J: Mark Zahra (58.5kg)
Here’s the dark horse. He should love this track and his class is bubbling forth now that he is 4th up. Won two Group 1 sprints at the end of his last campaign, the last one when 4th up, then after running a track record at Royal Randwick for this journey, beating IN HER TIME and REDZEL home, he was bogged down on the Heavy 9 in The Everest when a closing 6th to Redzel. If the track plays fair here, he will come with an almighty rush.
T: Team Hayes & Dabernig / J: Regan Bayliss (58.5kg)
Super straight track sprinter on his day winning 4 of 5 races here including at Group 1 level and has beaten REDZEL and BRAVE SMASH this track. Resumes here and is also dynamic first up but he’s coming off 2 absolute thrashings when he went to England for a couple of Group 1 races. If he has shrugged all that off and he runs to his pattern, he is right in this.
T: Charlie Appleby / J: William Buick (58.5kg)
Star sprinter on his day and stablemate to the Melbourne Cup winner. And he has a Group 1 sprint on his resume, achieved in fast time against a good field in Dubai. Has won in Australia at Group 1 level in the 1400m Rupert Clarke. Has shown he can handle this grade but the speed on all the way here might just find him out as he is coming off a failure over 1600m at Group 1 level last start. It’s hard to really assess him.
T: Greg Hickman / J: Tommy Berry (58.5kg)
Star galloper who has won $2.6million and more significantly is good on dry or wet tracks. Last start he raced away and won with head on chest in Group 3 Sydney Stakes this trip on the same day Redzel won The Everest. This bloke ran a much faster time carrying same weight as Redzel. Has been kept fresh for this and is really brilliant on his day. Yet to race at this track though.
T: James Cummings / J: Glyn Schofield (58.5kg)
What do we make of this bloke? He continues to carry a boom about his talents, created as a 3YO when he showed superior late dash in his age group winning Group 1 races. But in 5 starts this time up he is yet to win, placing twice at Group 1 level, and running 4th twice at Group 1 level. He’s yet to run a place at this track but he remains a horse with dazzling late speed and should have won the recent Group 1 Manikato Stakes when 3rd to BRAVE SMASH. Can dash late and place.
T: Aidan O’Brien / J: Wayne Lordan (58.5kg)
Is an outstanding sprinter here from Ireland. His two starts in Australia have been first rate, firstly when a fast closing 2nd to Ball Of Muscle in the Group 2 Schillaci over 1100m, then travelling wide at the Valley and going down a head to BRAVE SMASH and beating KEMENTARI and SPRIGHT home in the Group 1 Manikato. Surely this track will suit and has strong claims.
T: Aidan O’Brien / J: Damian Lane (58.5kg)
Yet another Aidan O’Brien trained Irish sprinter but is hopelessly out of form and this field is top notch.
T: Aidan O’Brien / J: Ryan Moore (58kg)
On European form he is the best of this European quartet racing here but his 2 Aussie runs have been well below par. Didn’t seem to be suited at Moonee Valley last start when last to BRAVE SMASH and his stablemate SPIRIT OF VALOR. Only slither of hope is, back home he is dynamite on straight tracks which he gets here.
T: Aidan O’Brien / J: James McDonald (58kg)
Was drawn off the track in the Group 1 Manikato this trip when beaten nearly 4 lengths by BRAVE SMASH. Is 3rd up here now and is a Group 1 placegetter back in England. Not the roughest and if he tucks in with cover may place at big odds.
T: Kris Lees / J: Corey Brown (56.5kg)
Super talented and was beaten a head by SANTA ANA LANE when resuming at Randwick in that race where they broke the track record. Did move to the lead that day and condition gave out last 50m. Since then, raced flat on Heavy 9 when plodding 7th to REDZEL in The Everest this trip. So comes here 3rd up, capable of running world class times and with a racing style suited to this course. Respect her.
T: Garry Frazer / J: Damien Oliver (56.5kg)
This is such a fascinating race horse. Enigmatic is best way to describe her. That’s because on her day, on a day when she wants to go, she can run any horse down. She will be out the back and will be spotting probably everything a head start here. BUT….her power late is out of this world. Problem is she is inconsistent and sometimes just doesn’t put in. Both starts this campaign have been at Group 1 level and on both occasions should have won the race when 3rd to Viddora and then beaten 3/4 length by BRAVE SMASH and SPIRIT OF VALOR at the Valley in the Manikato. Is unbeaten at this track and must be put in your numbers.
T: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott / J: Stevey Baster (56.5kg)
Is fast and will be in the fray for a while but lacks finishing power against Group 1 level sprinters. Looks safely held.