Lady Stingray has not been seen at the races since July, but she is also yet to taste anything but success first-up and will be hard to beat at Albany this afternoon. The Murtajill mare stamped herself as a horse to follow when she broke her maiden on debut here in 2017, but her first-up run last time was particularly impressive – notching an easy two-length win under the same conditions that she finds this afternoon. Shelby Colgate can take the horse straight to the lead from the rails draw.
Arrum Boy has returned to the track in smart form this time and is ready to win third-up at Albany. These BM70+ races are his bread and butter and he finished a short-head second behind Tango Ora at the grade in his first two starts this preparation. That horse will take his place in a far tougher race at Ascot on Winterbottom Stakes Day and Arrum Boy can frank the form by winning here.
Black Sunrise was completely blocked for a run at Newcastle last time out and can fight out the finish of the second at Canterbury tonight, at a nice price. The son of Pierro has shown decent ability in his three career starts to date and importantly, has shown that he can handle the heavy going. He does face a task in overcoming Stealth Sniper tonight, but his closing sectionals last time out were similar to that of today’s race favourite in his most-recent start and I’d prefer to take the value around Black Sunrise.
Southern Lad faces a step back in grade into the fourth at Canterbury tonight and he can record his third win in only his sixth career start. The son of Ocean Park was an easy winner first-up in October and continued his rise through the grades when he flew home well to finish a head third in a 1200m race at Randwick. He was never really given a chance when blocked for a run in the straight at Rosehill last time out and with even luck from a good barrier tonight, he’ll be hard to hold out. Importantly, he’s another horse that enjoys the cut out of the ground.