There are a few vital components when picking a runner in contests for amateur riders. We have a filly in form, who is in receipt of the 14lb weight for age scale and is ridden by Carol Bartley – one of the best in the business. This looks like it’s going to be run at a break neck gallop and our selection can pick up the pieces late on to hit the front.
Looks to be running himself into form this season having had little luck the last couple of times out on the racetrack. He’s dropped to his last winning mark of 95 and all importantly get some massive jockey change to Oisin Murphy. He’s a hold-up performer, so the fact he’s drawn wide in 14 is not so much of a negative.
Set a very high standard on official ratings with only one of the other runners – Weekender for John Gosden – looking the main danger. Our pick ran a cracker in the Caulfield Cup and also in the Melbourne Cup itself at Flemington. He was second to the top class Vazirabad when last seen and has been found a real good opportunity to win again Saturday afternoon.
Connections tried to stretch him out to seven furlongs in the Free Handicap at Newmarket two months ago. Things didn’t go to plan there, hence he’s been given a break and turns back sprinting at a track he knows particularly well. He was not beaten far over course and distance in last year’s Gimcrack Stakes behind Sands of Mali. That form would give him every opportunity and at 16/1 he’s the each-way play for sure.
Had very strong juvenile form when winning at Ripon and was third in the Cornwallis at Newmarket. He had a wind operation before his last start when not beaten in listed company at York. He did carry his head a touch high and awkward, however second time after the wind operation is ideal and he’s drawn the fence in stall one.
Could never get competitive at Goodwood last time behind Taurean Star, that was over seven furlongs. He looked as if the return to a mile and quicker conditions would be ideal. Kirby gets the leg up this time and from his inside stall he can stalk the other runners down on the inside and be produced late. He’s a massive each way player on a realistic mark.