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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 handy sprinters including Portland Sky, Pippie, Booker, Uncommon James, Marabi, Celebrity Queen, Russian Revolution, Shamal Wind, Lankan Rupee & Woorim.


Settled Top 6 (10), Settled 10th+ (3)
Barrier 2-8 (6), Barrier 10-15 (7)
1st up (8/100), 2nd up (3/62), 3rd up (1/18), 4th up (1/8), 5th up+ (0/11)
Weight 50-51 (1/20), 52-54 (8/127), 55-58 (4/48)
Days since last start: 14 (2/39), 21 (1/27), 28 (1/5), 33 (1/8), 77-91 (2/14), 100+ (6/77)
Age: 3 (1/32), 4 (6/74), 5 (4/49), 6 (2/28), 7+ (0/16)
Gender: Mares (7/59), Geldings (4/88), Entires (1/22), Colts (1/18), Fillies (0/12)


Fast early speed engaged as expected with Hypothetical, Najem Suhail, Brudenell, Asfoora, Recommendation, Queman and Sghirripa all pushing forward from a variety of inside and outside gates in what could be a manic start to the race.

Skew Wiff, Benedetta, Mornington Glory & Chain Of Lightning back of midfield.

King’s Gambit, Rey Magnerio, Lempicka, Kallos out the back.


1. Kallos – Ran impressive sectionals winning first up and usually holds form when he finds it. Not as suited by the weight scale here.

2. Asfoora – Has a strong short course record but was only a pass mark first up. Prepared to risk the second favourite here at the short quote.

3. Skew Wiff – G1 winner in NZ beating Legarto. Has sprinted well fresh in NZ previously. Maps well, top trainer/rider combo. Can win at nice odds.

4. Sghirripa – On a ratings spiral. Map looks tricky but has the talent.

7. Recommendation – Consistent type who generally rates and maps well but often finds one better. Place.

8. Benedetta – Building a strong record and profiles and maps solidly for this.

10. Hypothetical – On pacer who won well this track/trip two starts back. Led and beaten 1.4L first up but gets a big weight drop here.

11. Lempicka – First up here and has won 4 from 5 starts first up. Beat Hypothetical this track/trip two starts ago. Formlines and ratings tie up positively here. Best roughie in the race.

12. Mornington Glory – Caught 3 wide no cover last start and wasn’t beaten far. Place chance.

13. Queman – SA visitor who has the ratings and map to figure here.

15. King’s Gambit – Classy 3yo who meets an average Oakleigh Plate field here with a weight advantage. Trialling well in prep for this. Needs luck from the gate but hard to beat if he gets the split at the right time.


15 – King’s Gambit
3 – Skew Wiff
11 – Lempicka
4 – Sghirripa
13 – Queman


King’s Gambit is the most talented runner in the race. Just needs luck from back in the ruck.

Skew Wiff & Lempicka are the best roughies.

The SA raiders Sghirripa and Queman can win.


BACK 15 – King’s Gambit 1.5u

BACK 3 – Skew Wiff 0.6u

BACK 11 – Lempicka 0.3u

BACK 4 – Sghirripa 0.3u

BACK 13 – Queman 0.3u


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