"Redzel is clearly the horse to beat and I have no knock on him at all. I don’t see any value in $1.80 about him though."
"The likely winning standard of this race at the weights to be carried will be at least 96 and potentially higher. There are a number of horses with competitive ratings either within or just below that mark."
"I’d expect the winner to rate in the 88 - 89 range. This is the first try at this distance for most of the runners so there are a few queries. Historically the Victorian form is a bit stronger than the local Tasmanian form & I’d expect this to be the case again."
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"From the inside barrier, Brave Smash needs to hold his spot in the pair behind the leaders & if he does he should be too classy for them."
"Over the 1000 metres they will run from the start with Lord Of The Sky & Amber Sky, who is having his first start since arriving from Hong Kong, setting the pace."
"Perhaps one of the most interesting races of the day in regards to how Kinky Boom goes after that trial. The betting on her will be fascinating."
"Taking a balanced view of history and the lead up form to this race, the winner will require a rating of at least 90 at the weights. If Sunlight or Ef Troop run right up to their form then this will end up a strong rating edition of the Magic Millions, in the 92-94 range."
"Mister Songman is the horse to beat, but early indicators are that he’ll be around the assessed price in the market and offering no great edge." The Rating's Bureau previews all runners and shares their betting strategy.
"The 1800m Kingston Town is the strongest lead up form to this race, which could put the winning mark for this race in the 99-100.5 range, consistent with the last start peak runs of Pounamu and Material Man."