Bigboyroy has returned two competitive efforts in arguably tougher races than this one at Gosford today. The Dissident gelding has shown good potential in each of his starts without being able to record that elusive victory and has finished second at Canterbury and Randwick so far this time. He’ll take further improvement into this and simply won’t be offered a better opportunity to win.
Mangione was far from disgraced when he resumed for fifth in a race at Warwick Farm a fortnight ago and will take wholesale improvement into the third at Gosford today. The four-year-old son of Fiorente returned several pleasing efforts last time in and he will appreciate the rise in trip today. James McDonald takes the ride and he looks a touch of overs at around the $5 mark.
The early scratching of leading contender Segalas has left Broken Arrows as clearly the horse to beat. The Smart Missile gelding was unlucky not to return a winner when a close-up second at his first two starts this time but beat a handy field to the line at Hawkesbury last time out. He’s rock-hard fit and will take a power of beating with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
There is no denying that Viceroy has mixed his form a little this time in, but he is capable of an enormous performance under the right conditions and I think he’ll get those at Gosford today. The Magnus gelding lost his way after storming home to finish fourth in the Listed Ramornie in June, but there was a lot to like about the way he hit the line for third in a harder race at Warwick Farm last time, and he’ll enjoy a relief in the weights today.