She’s No Princess has been making real headway towards a win having finished fifth in back-to-back runs at Gosford and Taree.
She handled the step up to the 2000m nicely last start but just weakened out of it in the late stages on the rain affected track.
The mare by Hallowed Crown should appreciate getting back to a firmer track today, and with Qin Yong’s apprentice claim put to good effect, she should be able to finish strongly from the inside gate.
Still chasing her maiden, Miss Kokiki looks to have found a winnable contest in her third run back from a spell with Mikayla Weir back in the saddle.
Todd Howlett’s three-year-old filly has turned in two consistent efforts this time in work finding the line for fifth first-up and a last start fourth at this venue over a little shorter.
She’s drawn to get a lovely run along the rails here, and with race fitness on her side, looks set to peak.
She’s Independent rattled off back-to-back wins at Muswellbrook before finding things a little too tough up to BM64 grade in her last start at Wyong.
The mare by Declaration Of War is worth forgiving on that run stepping back to a much easier contest, and although she’s carrying the top weight, she should prove tough to run down if Dylan Gibbons can tuck in just off the speed.
She loves racing over this distance and the fact she’s a two-time winner at Taree is a big tick.
Fair Dinkum is a much better horse than his recent record suggests as he returns to his home track for the first time since August.
The five-year-old has found the money in six of his eight starts over the track and distance and should take great improvement into this race after struggling with the tempo last start at Kempsey.
We’ve seen him carry big weight to victory twice already this prep, so his best is certainly good enough in this small field.