Rail Position: True, entire circuit
Track Condition: Soft 5
BOCELLI is smart. Tash Burleigh brings him to town first up here and he has drawn a perfect marble in 2. Can really fire late. Watch market. The Canberra pair of RHYMING PUPPET and CACCINI are good too. Caccini is a rising star down there winning 2 of past 3. She ran down Bank Of Erin in a Federal last start and hit the line very powerfully. Rhyming Pyuppet won 3 straight before spelling. Resumes here.
SANTOS was one of the star juveniles last campaign winning a few at this level. Resumes off good trials but has big weight. Still, deserves it and should race boldly. MERYL is 3rd up here after showing speed and wilting in 2 stronger races this time up. Expect to finish closer. PROPHET’S THUMB has drawn well and should get a cushy run. Looked strong winning much weaker race on debut. Good place hope.
We get to see just how good a few of these are as this is a really solid race. LUVALUVA has eyes on Cups prizes and as such should be rattling home here. Did look great in strong stakes race when 4th while resuming. ANOTHER DOLLAR is very similar horse and she is also coming off a super first up run at stakes level. Big danger. SOUCHEZ has been working towards a win and gets opportunity here following good finishing 4th this grade last start.
We love REDZEL to win back to back The Everest and after his super speed display to win first up but he has been withdrawn from today’s race. ENGLISH is a star sprinter and has been for a few years. Trials have been great and she loves this her home track. INVINCIBLE STAR was run over when racing Redzel last start. She was 3rd. Is 2nd up here and won brilliantly 2nd up last campaign.BALL OF MUSCLE is very fast and has come back a stronger animal. Big show.
PIERATA is very good. He can finish races off like a star and has proven to be a money-making goldmine for connections. Out sprinted Kementari last start and that is strong form for this. TOM MELBOURNE is your perennial placegetter but his first up run was outstanding. Loves this trip and will have to go hard from this gate which may finally turn him into a winner. INVICTUS PRINCE showed at big odds that he was extremely smart when 2nd in this grade last start. Weight suits as does trip and rates very highly. Bound to be right in this also.
ACE HIGH is coming good and should be able to slot in behind a hot speed and run a place. We know WINX is the GOAT. She should win again – her 3rd George Main in a row. IT’S SOMEWHAT has won a Gr 1 mile race here so rates a look at.
What a terrific field..but sadly EL DORADO DREAMING has been withdrawn. Racing NSW Stewards on Friday afternoon received advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and National Measurement Institute that an out-of-competition urine sample taken from El Dorado Dreaming on the afternoon of Tuesday, 11 September 2018 returned an irregularity to a prohibited substance. What we have left is still good. OOHOOD is still a maiden but has Gr 1 placings to her name and has had 2 strong runs this time in. Will be right in the frame. FIESTA is all class and was a little unlucky this grade last start when 2nd. OUTBACK BARBIE is going to win a big race one day soon. Has class. Must be respected.
LIBRAN looked ready for Group success with his powerful burst from the back of the field last start to grab 3rd. Better suited here and this trip too. Looms large. AVILIUS is finally going to be tested. Is up against some solid millionaires and Group gallopers here. Still, he does look exceptional and should overcome bad draw and rise in grade. SATONO RASEN is in very well at the weights on best form. Drawn badly but is likely to be in this finish. Can rattle home here too.
TREKKING is very honest and just needs luck in running, which he should receive from this gate, and he will rocket to the line again. MARSUPIAL has been scratched. So EAWASE, resuming here, comes into the numbers. BETTER NOT BLUE gets back and runs on. Is resuming here but has shown up while fresh in the past. Also can place.