T: Chris Waller / J: Michael Walker
Super smart Sydney stayer who deserves a Gr 1 gong. Has placed at the top level on 3 occasions and last start, was beaten a nostril when coming from a long way back over 2000m and hitting front a stride or 2 from wire. Is in form and is very tough. Big show.
T: Dan & Ben Pearce / J: Jarrad Noske
Outstanding stayer in the making. Won a few stakes races in his home land of WA and last start went home strongly enough in fast run WA Derby over 2400m when 4th. Solid stayer. Better for the run, acclimatized well in SA now and looms as a major player.
T: Darren Weir / J: Damian Lane
This emerging star is one they all have to beat. He’s in form, is on the rise, has a devastating final 400m and is a recent Gr 3 winner at this track. Darren Weir-trained horses rise for Gr 1 races. Respect a great deal.
T: Darren Weir/ J: John Allen
Looks one of the toughest to beat in this. Has had an unusual path to this day, winning the Tasmanian Derby, then a close up 7th in the NZ Derby. Wasn’t strong late when in winning position as they turned at Gr 3 level won by stablemate Leicester last start. On his best, good show.
T: Trent Busuttin & Nat Young/ J: Damien Oliver
Good young stayer who was 5th in the big Gr 1 VRC Derby last spring, and last start was 5th again in the bigger Gr 1 ATC Derby. Gets up on speed and can stay. Chance.
T: Roger James / J: Leith Innes
This is an interesting galloper. He’s born and bred and done all his racing in New Zealand and has won 2 races thus far. Got home well when 5th to rising Kiwi superstar Azaboy last start over 2200m at stakes level. Kiwi gallopers tend to run very well when they come here. Poor draw so may go back early but watch market.
T: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott / J: Stevey Baster
Strong, exciting, front running stayer. After setting a cracking pace and hanging on to win a BM 64 race over 2218m, he was tossed into the deep end of the St Leger over 2800m and went to the lead unchallenged. Proved a master stroke as they all got too tired to chase him down and he won handsomely. This is stronger and more pressure mid race but if he can control, well he could take catching again.
T: Team Hayes & Dabernig / J: Jordan Childs
This bloke can stay but he mixes his form. Got home well to win over 2400m at Caulfield on a soft track then only plodded when 8th to Runaway in the St Leger. Place at best here.
T: Darren Weir / J: Dean Yendall
Is the dark horse and could be the blow out runner. Stablemate of both Leicester and Civil Disobedience and is considered every bit as good as them. Made impressive ground late from 10th on bend when 5th to Leicester here in the Chairman’s last start. Place hope.
T: Team Hayes & Dabernig / J: Jamie Kah
If last start is any indication, he’ll take holding out. Only won the once in a low key Ballarat maiden, but go on his impressive effort when a hard finishing 2nd to Runaway in the St Leger last start. He spotted that leader 14 lengths on the bend and ran 2nd, beaten just over a length. Is very fit.
T: Nick Smart/ J: Shayne Cahill
Is a stakes winner this age group at this track – but that was last campaign. Yet to run a place in 3 goes this time up.
T: Matt Ellerton & Simon Zahra / J: Damien Thornton
Near rear to bend when fast finishing winner of a much, much easier BM 64 over 2200m last start. Form apart from that wasn’t good enough.
T: Matt Ellerton & Simon Zahra / J: Andrew Mallyon
This might end up being the best horse this race produces. He is lightly raced, but like so many of these, likes to settle near the rear then sprout wings late. Did that when impressive 3rd here at stakes level over 1800m, then last start he rocketed home for close 2nd to Leicester in the Chairman’s. Gives the impression trip will suit.
T: Darren Weir / J: Harry Coffey
Yet another of the well prepared, solid staying Darren Weir camp. Did battle on well from midfield most of way when 3rd to stablemate Leicester in the 2035m Chairman’s. Will be near pace, as bad barrier will force his hand early, most of way and can place.
T: Robbie Griffiths / J: Dom Tourneur
Restricted class young stayer who has talent but this may be a bridge too far. Won when resuming in weak Class 1 then plodded home out wide when 6th at Flemington in 3YO race. Not keen.
T: Tony McEvoy/ J: Luke Currie
Has heaps of talent and is getting better as he matures and gets fitter. Up near speed when battling 4th to Leicester in the Chairman’s last start. Now, as most of these get back, he can box seat all the way and that may prove beneficial.
T: Travis Doudle / J: Todd Pannell
Has talent and is a local who is trained here. Has won twice recently but in much weaker restricted grade so this looks too rich.
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T: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott / J: –
Aiming too high here. Won two very low key races in NSW when leading then up near pace in St Leger and weakened out once they turned for home. Drawn to get nice run but this looks too tough.
T: Trent Busuttin & Nat Young / J: Dwayne Dunn
Is fast early and has staying talent, running Runaway to a nose in the race before that horse led all way to win the St Leger. May not get a run here but is not the roughest as he will be handy all way.
T: Team Hayes & Dabernig / J: –
Has definite staying talent and another who is both not likely to get a start and not the roughest by any means if he does. Ran home powerfulkly to claim 4th in the St leger won by Runaway last start. Can place.