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Rail: 4M | Track Conditions: GOOD 3/4

Hot conditions expected through the week so a very firm track could favour the on pacers.

Won in recent years by some top sprinter/milers including Alligator Blood, Probabeel, Brave Smash, Turn Me Loose, Suavito, Moment Of Change and All Too Hard.

The class on pacers often win here. Orr Stakes winners have a good record in this race, which make sense given they are the exact same race conditions.

Age: 3yo (1/13), 4yo (4/23), 5yo (4/28), 6yo (2/23), 7yo (1/14), 8/9yo (0/8)
Days Since Last Start: 7 (1/2), 14 (8/60), 21 (1/9), 70+ (2/33)
1st up (2/33), 2nd up (5/45), 3rd up (5/25), 4th up+ (0/6)
SP Rank 1 (7/12), 2-5 (5/48), 6+ (0/49)
Last Start Distance <1400 (2/27), 1400 (8/46), 1600 (1/13), 1800+ (1/23)
Colt (1/12), Gelding (5/52), Horse (2/30), Mare (4/15)
Last Star Favourite Yes (6/16), No (6/93)
Last Start Finishing Position 1st (7/22), 2nd (2/13), 3rd (1/17), 4th (2/13), 5th+ (0/44)
Settling Position 1-2 (5), 4-6 (5)


Average early speed expected here with Buffalo River getting his own way in front.

Nugget can sit outside with Pericles in the trail and Mr Brightside 1×1

Hey Fat Cat and Attrition back of midfield.

Dom To Shoot & Munhamek out the back.


1. Mr Brightside – 5-time G1 winner plus won the All Star Mile last year. Won well fresh and usually improves second up. The obvious favourite.

2. Pericles – Multiple G2 winner who was 2nd beaten a neck in the Golden Eagle last prep. Disappointed first up but can improve here.

6. Buffalo River – Led and only beaten 0.5L in the CF Orr last start. Can prove hard to run down here.

7. Attirition – Handy entire who won the Toorak last prep. Can sprint well fresh.


1. 6 – Buffalo River
2. 1 – Mr Brightside
3. 7 – Attrition
4. 2 – Pericles
5. 4 – Dom To Shoot


The market looks to have this race just about right.

Small bet on Buffalo River to lead all the way; it’s worthwhile in case the hot weather creates a leader/rails-biased fast lane as it has done in the past.


BACK: 6. Buffalo River (WIN) for 0.5 units


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