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Won the key Caulfield lead up most recently. Sent out favourite;
came from midfield and won by 1.75 len at Caulfield G3 N Robinson October 16 over 2000m on a rain affected track defeating El Patroness with 57kg at $3.80.
Before that 3rd of 11 at this track in the LR Super Impose on October 2 over 1800m,
on a slow track; neck behind El Patroness carrying 57kg at $2.10. Had a perfect preparation for this and looks set to peak on the big day.
Still in its infancy, this feature race for 4YOs at the backend of the Sydney spring carnival offers a cool $4 million to the winner with the field containing some handy local horses and an intriguing international contingent as well.
Private Eye (7.00) (in below tweet) will be out to emulate inaugural winner Kolding in completing the Epsom-Eagle double after his scintillating win in the big Randwick mile at the start of the month.
Trainer Joe Pride was already talking up his chances for this post-race and has kept the gelding, who also landed the Queensland Guineas during the winter, ticking over with an interim trial to have him cherry ripe for the weekend.
With eight wins from just 13 starts, this horse knows how to get the job done and while he rises 5kgs in weight every reason to think he can run well again.
Early favourite I’m Thunderstruck (4.00) (in below tweet) also tasted Group 1 success last start in the Toorak Handicap with connections relieved to get the result after an earlier horror show in the Rupert Clarke Stakes where he was a good thing beaten.
A rising star, just a question of whether he can maintain the same level of zip going the other way but he’s drawn well in the middle of the line and anticipate that Hugh Bowman can get the best out of him again.
After the disappointment of seeing Cox Plate aspirant Zaaki scratched on raceday trainer Annabel Neasham is perhaps due a change of luck, and she saddles up two well-credentialled imports in Laws Of Indices (23.00) and Reve De Vol (41.00).
The former was a Group 1 winner in France two starts back and will get out beyond seven furlongs for the first time, with his best results coming on tracks with a bit of give in them which may not be the case on Saturday.
The third of the European horses, Maximal (14.00) (in below tweet), is a three-quarter brother to the superstar Frankel who ran fourth in the St James Palace Stakes during the Ascot carnival and was a runner-up to the highly touted Baaeed at his most recent appearance.
He’s an exciting prospect and a big market watch here despite having been handed a real visitor’s draw in the outside stall.
Of the others, wasn’t altogether sold on the form out of the Silver Eagle where Aim (41.00) got the nod ahead of Ellsberg (9.00).
The hard luck story out of that race was Count De Rupee (14.00), who got knocked sideways when Triple Ace went amiss and took some time to build momentum after that.
He may be the best hope of that trio.
The likes of Vangelic (23.00) and Group 1 winners Media Award (31.00) and Forbidden Love (31.00) all back up after contesting last week’s Invitation with the latter tipped to run a competitive race.
With no disrespect to the nominal ‘feature’ this is arguably the race of the day with no fewer than six runners engaged from The Everest including minor placegetters Masked Crusader (3.40) (in below tweet) and Eduardo (4.00).
Both horses were game in defeat with Team Hawkes again left to lament what might have been as the Crusader produced his customary late charge but had to settle for second behind Nature Strip again in a carbon copy of the result from April’s TJ Smith Stakes.
While the extra 100m presents as an asset he’ll be spotting Eduardo (in below tweet) a decent start again and suspect he may be hard pressed to run him down.
Big Parade (7.00) steps up to take on the big boys having landed the Everest consolation, the Sydney Stakes, where he sat just off Prime Candidate in the run and gradually worked past him in the final furlong.
He’s another horse who well and truly knows where the winning post is and should acquit himself well while Gytrash (14.00) won this race 12 months ago and will be hoping to bounce back after disappointment in the Everest where some lameness was detected afterwards.
Zoutori (31.00, 8.50)
Kennedy Cantala Stakes
Race 8, 1600m
Hopefully the rain does stay away and at this stage, it doesn’t look like it’s threatening.
The track is an amazing condition, I walked it this morning and looks absolutely fantastic.
Zoutori in the mile, don’t be scared of that, we’ve been really keen to get him to that distance.
He worked outstanding on the course here on Tuesday morning.
We couldn’t have him looking in any better way he’s looking.
He has won over the trip here at Flemington, loves this place even though not the straight, he still loves the big open spaces at Flemington.
Thought he was our best of the day.
Race 1, 1800m
Good chance, Burlesy and Michael Hellyer.
Ran 2nd over the same distance last start and I think he can go one better his time.
As at Friday morning, expecting a Good 4 for race day.
Some showers about but extremely windy today, however calmer conditions expected for Derby Day.
Race 9, 1100m
Speed up top looks solid.
Written Beauty (16.00) creates some appeal to me, she ripped home fresh and you’ll see in the TRC form guide, our yard man, Doff suggested she had some improvement to come.
Sults also made her a horse to follow.
She got it wrong when riding up near a hot speed last time.
Stable switch, liked her jump out here since and frankly I thought she went better than key danger here in September Run (6.00).
She is as good as any of these and at the price happy to have something on.
Race 3, 2000m
El Patroness (3.70) I think brings the strongest reference to this race, Prebble hit the button too early last time in my humble and left her vulnerable late, market loves her too however. Willing to look around and focus on two runners in particular.
Willowy (16.00) the intriguing runner, she made a mess of them at Newcastle, on an upward spiral and can measure up without surprising.
Kapalua Sunset (9.50) (in below tweet) copped a stinker last time, she was still rather plain but if you can forgive you get a much better price in this.
Not convinced the Thousand Guineas is the strongest reference this year, Yearning (5.50) was excellent but not ideally suited to this weight scale, Barb Raider (5.00) changed plan to run there and I don’t love that set up either to honest.
Daisies (5.00) the other leading hope, she was suited by an excellent ride last time, target more on her back now and she too cops a little penalty.
At the prices happy to have something on Willowy and Kapalua Sunset.
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