The shining class runner in the event which, with all due respect to the half dozen running – isn’t up to the Gr1 billing it has.
After dominating this time last year with Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap wins, both in easy fashion (and then going on to win the TJ Smith at Randwick), he just didn’t seem to be the same horse during the Spring.
He was beaten first up by Angelic Light – beatem by Buffering in the Moir – scraped home in the Manikato where anyone of 6 horses could and should have beaten him – then was simply no match for Chautauqua and Terravista in the Darley Classic at Flemington…..But I’m willing to forgive and forget the entire prep as he had been vaccinated for a HK trip which never eventuated, but the vaccine very often flattens geldings and takes their brilliance right away.
At his best though in my opinion he’s still Australia’s / the World’s best Sprinter. He resumes here of a 103 day break so he should be fit and ready to go. Deep Field and Brazen Beau are young upstarts out to show-up Lankan, but I’m sticking with him and after watching his trials and jump outs I’m anticipating another big Autumn carnival from him.
WA visitor who is a listed / group 3 winner. That’s his grade and as a 6 year old gelding it’s hard to see him improving his rating anywhere near enough in this. Very slim place hope at best.
Speed machine who started his career in Brisbane before heading to Melbourne. He’s a speed machine and will lead for some period of the race but there’s no way he’s up to this class.
His last start win was in a BM78 race at Moonee Valley. That’s his level. Way out of his depth here.
Handy galloper who has a listed win to his name, but he’s simply got no hope in this.
A brilliant winner of 5 from 5 including a Gr2 win during Melbourne Cup week down the straight (1200m). Steps up to Gr1 WFA now though which is by far the acid test of his career to date.
Could be absolutely anything….But as a equal $2.40 with Lankan Rupee I’m happy enough to go with to more experienced Gr1 WFA horse. If he does win it would be time to get very very excited because he’s a superstar.
Coolmore Stud winner at this track on Derby Day during the Flemington Carnival and he did it all in easy fashion.
I’m happy to risk him coming from restricted 3yo grade straight into Gr1 WFA, but still expect him to run well.
TOP PICK: 1.LANKAN RUPEE
SUGGESTED BET: TRIFECTA 1 TO BEAT 5 TO BEAT 6.
$50 = 500%