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Preview – Gr 2 Hill Stakes

This top field for the $2million Hill Stakes is previewed by our form expert Ric Chapman.

1. Numerian (15)

echo J: R Maloney T: A Neasham

Quality galloper on his day capable of winning this. Trialled alongside Zaaki between races the other day and looked in great nick. Will get back early here but should run home well.

PB Rating 7.1
Last 5 6256x
Win $17.00 Place $4.60
  • Place Performer

2. Zeyrek (7)

echo J: T Berry T: M, W & J Hawkes

Is going to take a power of beating. Seems to have come up in best form this prep. His two starts have been monsters, latest when beaten just 2 lengths by Think It Over in the $1million 7 Stakes over a mile. Likes this trip even more.

PB Rating 8.3
Last 5 35x45
Win $9.00 Place $2.90
  • Ready to Fire

3. Young Werther (14)

echo J: B Egan T: D O'Brien

Speaking of coming up well this prep, this bloke is in a career best purple patch of form winning past two runs impressively. True, they were softer affairs than this but were handicaps and he carried big weights and ran time on both occasions. Big danger.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 40311
Win $16.00 Place $4.40
  • Proven Winner

4. Luncies (3)

echo J: T Clark T: K Lees

Is second up here and has a great second up record. Resumed in unsuitable Gr 3 Cameron over 1500m and wasn’t far away behind the smart Democracy Manifest. This is a totally different affair but has shown talent several times at this level. Place.

PB Rating 7.8
Last 5 24189
Win $26.00 Place $6.50
  • Place Performer

5. No Compromise (16)

echo J: T Schiller T: C Waller

If the rain comes, get on. Grows a leg in the mud. Is 2nd up here after a terrific 4th in the Cameron over 1500m. That was his best first up effort so may be in for a good prep.

PB Rating 7.1
Last 5 480x4
Win $41.00 Place $10.00
  • Good on Soft

6. Protagonist (1)

echo J: D Gibbons T: K Lees

Very good former English stayer now with Kris Lees. Both his Aussie starts this prep have been very solid, best when 2nd in the Rowley mile and latest was strong finishing 4th to subsequent Gr 1 winner Just Fine this trip in very fast time. Can rattle these.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 00x24
Win $7.50 Place $2.45
  • Likes Dry Track

7. Hoo Ya Mal (6)

echo J: A Hyeronimus T: G Waterhouse & A Bott

Strong former English stayer getting ready for the major Cups. Two starts this prep have been solid. Worked to the line gamely when beaten just 3 lengths by Think It Over last start in that $1million mile. Better placed this journey and is very fit now.

PB Rating 7.7
Last 5 80x57
Win $4.80 Place $1.90
  • Ready to Fire

8. Sky Lab (4)

echo J: K O'Hara T: P Perry

Isn’t out of place at this level over this trip. Last start was strong when doing best work late and running 5th to subsequent Gr 1 winner Just Fine in fast time this journey. That tightened him right up and when he is right he is a major player.

PB Rating 7.7
Last 5 1x405
Win $20.00 Place $5.50
  • Good on Soft

9. Hosier (8)

echo J: R King T: M Minervini

Can mix his form a bit but is very capable on his day. Up on pace all way when solid battling 3rd to Military Mission in the Gr 3 Newcastle Cup last start over 2300m. This is harder. But drop in trip is in his favour. Loves it wet.

PB Rating 7.2
Last 5 24193
Win $16.00 Place $4.40
  • Good on Soft

10. Mount Popa (10)

echo J: K Jennings T: M, W & J Hawkes

Old timer who is not racing well enough to bother the better ones here.

PB Rating 6
Last 5 050x8
Win $71.00 Place $17.00
  • Likes Dry Track

11. Montefilia (2)

echo J: N Rawiller T: C Waller

Quality Gr 1 mare who is ready to fire. Has had three runs for Chris Waller and the best of them was last start when carrying 2kg more than Just Fine and making ground on him late to grab 3rd in the Gr 3 Kingston Town over 2000m. Loves it damp and can really fly here on home track.

PB Rating 8.2
Last 5 9x863
Win $3.80 Place $1.70
  • Ready to Fire

12. Hinged (5)

echo J: B Prebble T: C Waller

Genuinely honest and last start when eased up with 100m to travel behind Think It Over was because of heat stress. So forgive that. On best form can win this. Has that adaptable ability to be on speed or out the back door early. Watch market.

PB Rating 7.3
Last 5 44x40
Win $11.00 Place $3.20
  • Good on Soft

13. Magical Lagoon (9)

echo J: K Mcevoy T: C Waller

Tough English mare who may find this too hard. Well beaten last starter in easier race.

PB Rating 6
Last 5 x06x9
Win $61.00 Place $15.00
  • Likes Dry Track

14. Fireburn (11)

echo J: J Collett T: G Portelli

Is ready. Looks perfectly placed here and is 3rd up. Loves this track. Has won a Gr 1 here and last start when beaten 4 lengths by Think It Over over a mile was first rate. Should storm home.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 41x88
Win $13.00 Place $3.80
  • Track Talent

15. Hezashocka (Em1) (12)

echo J: Z Lloyd T: M Price & M Kent (Jnr)

Not won for a long time but has form at Gr 1 level. Recent runs however have been poor. At best is a place show.

PB Rating 6.6
Last 5 20x80
Win $17.00 Place $5.00
  • Good on Soft

First 4

1. Zeyrek, 2. Fireburn, 3. Montefilia, 4. Young Werther

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