Southern Lad only just missed when he flew home to finish second in the Wagga Town Plate first-up from a spell, and he will enjoy good improvement from that effort into this race.
The Ocean Park gelding rarely runs a bad race and returned plenty of typically strong efforts last time in, including a lovely win in BM84 here at Randwick and a close-up fourth in the Listed Carrington Stakes.
He is more than up to a race of this quality and will be suited by the small field.
Outback Barbie will take good improvement into her second campaign start and looks a touch of overs at around the $7 mark.
The Spirit Of Boom mare really doesn’t know how to run a bad race and capped another smart summer preparation with a lovely win at the Magic Millions.
She finished within a length of Tambo’s Mate in the BRC Sprint when fresh, is drawn to receive a lovely run and will take a power of beating under these conditions.
Taking the each-way option because this race is packed with talent.
Archedemus was scratched from last week’s Scone Cup, a race for which he was an early favourite, and he strikes what is arguably a weaker race in today’s Octagonal Handicap at Randwick.
The former Markwell runner has had just one start since transferring to the care of Joe Pride, and returned an eye-catching effort on that occasion to finish just over half a length fourth in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup.
He’s drawn to receive a lovely run from barrier 7 and will take beating.
This is arguably the easiest race that Hilo has contested since resuming in Sydney and he won’t be offered a better opportunity to win.
The Godolphin-trained three-year-old gave his rivals windburn when first-up and has finished third in each of his three starts in the wake, including a couple of Listed races.
He’s drawn the extreme outside but if the outside rail is the place to be at the end of the day, it will only strengthen his chances.