Tralee Rose looks set to bounce-back from her last start second over the 2350m in Benchmark 78 company.
She wound up with a big run on the widest part of the track but just found herself too far back from the winner Miyake, who she meets again on Friday equal in weight.
Craig Williams is in the saddle this time around and I’m expecting him to settle much closer in the run. The extra trip gives her a good chance to settle the score.
Sirius Suspect absolutely flew home to win second-up at Pakenham over the same trip and there is no reason Jamie Kah can’t make it a double down the Flemington straight.
The six-year-old hasn’t put a foot wrong since returning to work two months ago and he almost never runs a bad race on his home track.
This is obviously a much tougher contest for him, but there’s no doubt he’s up to winning a Group race and the 2.5kg off his back should give him every chance.
Hasseltoff was unlucky not to score last time out behind Independent Road, who he now meets 2.5kg better on Friday.
The four-year-old has been crying out for this trip after he won comfortably at Pakenham three back over the 1400m and he’s drawn exceptionally well in barrier one under the in-form Jamie Kah.
He tends to go even better with some sting out of the track, so the more rain the better.
Quantum Mechanic tends to do her best racing second-up and there was certainly a lot to like about the way she closed out at Caulfield fresh.
She gets out to her preferred distance now where she tends to find the money more often than not, and if she produces the same effort that saw her find the placings on two occasions at Sandown over the mile last time in work, she should be coming close.
Jamie Kah does have a slight job ahead offsetting the wide draw, but I’m happy to take the $6.00 at time of publish.