2015 Melbourne Cup In-Depth Runner x Runner Analysis
COMPILED BY THE WILLIAM HILL WOLF
1. Snow Sky ($51)
He was rocks-solid on his Australian debut running an honest fifth in the Caulfield Cup. Had every possible chance to win the race though. Perhaps looking for more ground? So the two miles should suit. Four starts ago he beat Brown Panther over 2816m at York with Havana Beat back in third. After that he took the scalp of Eagle Top in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes, leading from start to finish. Forget his more resent King George failure as he hates wet tracks. All in all, needs to lift on his Caulfield Cup effort to be in the money here.
Snow Sky’s fifth in the Caulfield Cup:
23. Excess Knowledge ($21)
Snuck into the field by the Lexus back door surviving a protest from Zanteca. Had been knocking on the door all preparation but really appreciated the swap over to Flemington. Gives the impression that 3200m won’t be a problem and on the quick back-up, with five runs under the belt, he won’t be beaten on the score of fitness. Top ten finish likely.
24. Gust Of Wind ($31)
Jockey/Trainer: Chad Schofield/Sargent
Had been building nicely into her Caulfield Cup start where she stayed on bravely. Chad was a victim of circumstances being held up for longer than he’d have liked as she is a genuine stayer that needs time to go through the gears. The best part about her run there was how she surged again very late to close off the second wave of horses behind here and hold fourth. This is harder again but afforded more room this time and out to two miles expect another honest effort. She did take the scalp of Winx in the Oaks remember.
Gust Of Wind’s Oaks win over Winx:
The Wolf’s Top 5
2. Fame Game
4. Red Cadeaux
5. Trip To Paris
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