Defactor has been thereabouts in three runs so far this prep up in Queensland where he’s found the placings on two occasions.
Michael Costa’s four-year-old finished a length second over the same distance last start on the Gold Coast where he raced up on the speed from the wide draw.
He’s drawn a much softer gate this time around and should be able to get back and run on under in-form James Orman.
The Ritz has turned in two impressive trial performances over the last few weeks and looks more than capable of winning on debut.
Michael Costa has a proven track record over the 1400m first-up and the three-year-old son of Mossman might just add to it.
He ran on for second last week in his Gold Coast trial to miss out narrowly by a nose and get the blinkers on for the first time today. Happy to have something on him here from the inside draw.
Judder has race fitness on his side and it is no surprise to find him as the early market mover.
The son of Medaglia D’oro won quite comfortably at Beaudesert over the 1400m two starts back and wasn’t far off when third at Ballina over the 1200m a fortnight ago.
He should appreciate returning to his preferred trip today. The blinkers on and the soft draw are also a big tick.
Pensaquito has found the money in back-to-back runs over the track and distance and looks a good chance at putting another win on the board from the inside chute.
The Spirit of Boom four-year-old was unlucky not to score last start when half a length third to Nick The Skip, but he should be afforded another great opportunity here getting 3kg off under James Orman.