A strong class 4 race to start the big meeting. Looking Good one to watch under Hugh Bowman, he is classy in this class if staying midfield or behind. Three frontrunners will set a quick tempo in this race, they are Big Fortune, Relentless Me and Victory Power. Diamond Brilliant did well during trackwork, gate 14 is not a bad draw.
Medium: #1 Looking Good E/W
Dan Control won massively on debut, but he was facing weak opponents, be careful although he will face a weak group again. Golden Sixty ran well on debut but gate 12 will hurt his chance. Champion Pride can be a dark horse due to jockey changes, from apprentice Alfred Chan to Oisin Murphy. Aerohapiness looked sharp during trackwork, he can be competitiveness with these ratings. Keep an eye on E-Generation, he trialled well sometimes and he won 2/2 in Australia, should be a decent one in future.
Low: #14 Aerohappiness E/W
War Lord won on debut with three wide no cover, gate 10 is not a problem as he can go to lead. If Golden Sixty raced well in race 2, let’s put some money on Everyone’s Joy as he ran better than Golden Sixty on that day. Meridian Genius is improving but he is not easy to win against the above horses.
High: #5 War Lord WIN (Best Bet)
Ka Ying Star must win this if he can go to the front. Right Choice will be ridden by Umberto Rispoli, not a bad option and he can continue to maintain his form. Encouraging ran a huge race last start and James Mcdonald can help him to be a better horse.
High: #4 Encouraging, #5 Ka Ying Star, #9 Right Choice quinella
Top weight and a wide gate are the concerns for Not Usual Talent. Game over for Pakistan Friend if he misses the start. 1600m is good for Guy Dragon but doubtful for Splendour And Gold although he scored in the same C&D, that was a miserable race indeed. Xiang Yin is improving during trackwork, Oisin Murphy can help him. Pay attention to Circuit Hassler with apprentice Victor Wong, he will be a different horse if he can lead.
Low: #9 Circuit Hassler E/W & #14 Guy Dragon E/W
Santa Ana Lane prepared so well for this Chairman’s Sprint Prize, but the favourite curse may hurt him, he ran well only with a decent price. Beat The Clock ran well in the warmup race, forget about he only came second, he will show 100% in this race. Rattan won last race because of the small fields, he cannot win again in this race. Pingwu Spark is the dark horse in this race.
High: #3 Beat The Clock WIN
Let’s keep calm and witness Beauty Generation to win the Champions Mile, he is going to break the record of most wins (8) in one season.
Lys Gracieux looked tremendous during trackwork, he has the biggest chance to win QEII Cup from all visiting horses. Time Warp looked he is back to top form from recent trials, he can win if Karis Teetan can control the race tempo well. Pakistan Star ran well in the warmup but the jockey is the drawback. Furore and Dark Dream proved so well in the same C&D but they need to face the world-class horses like Exultant for the first time, Exultant looked hard to beat.
Medium: #1 Exultant (Banker) trifecta with #2 Time Warp, #8 Furore, #9 Dark Dream, #12 Lys Gracieux.
World Famous is a black book type after it’s first two races, but don’t go to lead again. Super Star showed his potential last start with a decent turn of foot, Hugh Bowman can help him a lot. Not easy to separate between Craig’s Star and Solar Wai Wai, but both of them need to run their best in order to win.
Medium: #7 World Famous E/W
Watch out Graceandmercy, G1 winners before shipping here, distance short but he will run well. Full Of Beauty can revenge in this race with a good gate. Styling City ran well last race, Zac Purton agreed this and continue to ride on.
High: #2 Full Of Beauty, #3 Styling City
Race 3 – 5 War Lord (WIN)