Quality two-year-old Plague Stone will resume at Randwick on Saturday and has a class edge over his rivals in the Rosebud Prelude. The Lonhro colt showed plenty of ability throughout his debut campaign and ran second in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) first-up. He’s trialled exceedingly well in the lead-up to this race and has the notable advantage of Hugh Bowman aboard on Saturday, from a good draw.
Today’s Highway Handicap looks a pretty open race, but the Cameron Crockett-trained Prince Of Thebes appeals at a nice price. The Foxwedge gelding was a strong and consistent performer last time in; posting two wins and as many minors from five starts and he has so-far finished second at each of his first two starts this time. He is nearing peak fitness for this run, is drawn ideally and has Hugh Bowman aboard this afternoon.
Mapmaker has been a strong and consistent performer through his entire racing career so far and is capable of fighting his way into the finish of the last at Randwick today. The Henrythenavigator gelding has posted two wins from four starts this time and was completely luckless in running last time out, but also didn’t produce the turn of foot that he is generally known for. A slight step back in trip to 1400m today looks ideal and he has the notable advantage of in-form hoop Rachael King in the saddle.