Big Parade will return from a freshen-up in the fifth at Kembla Grange today and looks the runner to beat.
The Deep Field gelding has recorded three wins and two second placings from just seven career starts, and finished fourth behind Plaquette when resuming in August before putting paid to his rivals at Canterbury; greeting the judge close to six lengths in the clear.
He’s returned a couple of nice trials in the lead-up to his return and can fight out the finish.
Tambo’s Mate was typically strong through the Winter Carnival this year, and he is over the odds to win the Swiss Ace Plate fresh on Saturday ($11 at publish).
The Mossman gelding has been a great horse for the Kendrick stable since debuting, but he went to another level last time in, winning the Group 3 BRC Sprint most notably.
His fresh form is good, he’s as tough as they come, and he is certainly up to winning this race.
Ballistic Boy will take good improvement into the Mooloolaba Cup and it looks a great race for him.
The Smart Missile gelding was a typically strong and consistent performer through winter this year, running second in the Gunsynd Classic and winning the Rough Habit Plate most notably, and he returned to the races with a typically good effort to finish second over 1350m at Doomben.
He’ll relish getting out to a mile, a drop in the weights and leaving from barrier 5.
Inspirational Girl doesn’t know how to run a bad race and will take a power of beating in the Railway Stakes.
The Reliable Man mare has recorded eight wins and two minors from her ten career starts so far and has been outstanding this time in; running second over 1400m when resuming at Belmont and winning her last two, including the Group 3 Asian Beau last time out.
She’s beaten a lot of these horses previously; she gets in well under the conditions and is rock-hard fit.