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Track: Flemington | Distance: 1600m | Type: G1, Weight for Age | Rail Position: True | Current Condition: Good 4 | Predicted Condition: Good 4 | Prizemoney: $3,000,000

No rain forecasted so the track should be perfect for this big finish to the carnival.

First time this race has been run at WFA was last year, with a significant increase to prizemoney, so previous historical runnings are of less relevance.


Pride Of Jenni engaged here and she only knows one way, so suspect she will put on a strong speed up front.

Alligator Blood & Mr Brightside will be handy stalking her.

Victoria Road settles midield.

Fangirl, Bankers Choice & The Inevitable out the back.


1. Mr Brightside – Absolutely flying. Last 8 starts have yielded 5 wins and 3 seconds, all in top class races. 2nd beaten a nose in the Cox Plate last start. Ran 3rd in this race last year, but going better now.

2. Alligator Blood – Another who is flying this prep. Won two G1 races in a row before a close 3rd in the Cox Plate. Won this race last year.

5. Victoria Road – High class entire. Respecting the fact he’s having another run here, and coming back to the mile from the 2040m Cox Plate will suit. Can figure.

6. Fangirl – Destroyed Mr Brightside in the King Charles, then unlucky when only beaten 1.5L in the Cox Plate.


1. 6 – Fangirl
2. 5 – Victoria Road
3. 2 – Alligator Blood
4. 1 – Mr Brightside


Alligator Blood & Mr Brightside are 6th up here after a long Spring so risking them.

Fangirl flying and has the fresh legs. The one to beat.

Victoria Road wasn’t right for the Cox Plate, but like him coming back to the mile here. Danger.


Big Winners (Betfair SP Price)

2023 Australian Derby: Major Beel at $53.63
2023 Blue Diamond Stakes: Little Brose $10.24
2020 Empire Rose Stakes: Shout The Bar $32.60
2020 Melbourne Cup: Twilight Payment $28.26
2022 Blue Diamond Stakes: Daumier $23
2022 William Reid Stakes: September Run $19.50
2021 Randwick Guineas: Lion’s Roar $18.95
2021 Autumn Stakes: Poland $18
2021 Coolmore Classic: Krone $15

Betting strategy

Betting Strategy

Two-bet strategy: #6 Fangirl for 2 units / Back (WIN) #5 Victoria Road for 1 unit

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