The Inglis Guineas is the perfect race for Prime Star.
Prime Star was a shock winner of the Inglis Millennium on heavy going early last year and for one reason or another, he has consistently been forgotten in the market since, but has continued to race well.
The Starspangledbanner gelding was a model of consistency in good races in spring, and placed in both the Inglis Sprint and the Hobartville Stakes when resuming in autumn, before finishing midfield in the Randwick Guineas last time.
He returned a lovely trial in the lead-up to his return and he’ll have ideal conditions in today’s feature at Rosehill.
Senor Toba was an impressive winner of the Frank Packer Plate last time out, and that is typically a better 2000m race than the Rough Habit Plate.
The Toronado gelding was flat first-up behind Kiku at Randwick-Kensington, but was outstanding last time and beat home some good gallopers.
I’m anticipating that he’ll only improve for that run and in my opinion, he is quite clearly the one to beat today.
He clearly needed the run when he finished down the order in the Victory Stakes but for mine, Trekking is just the best horse in the race, and I think he’ll be crowned the Doomben 10,000 winner.
A multiple Group 1 winner, Trekking has had success in Brisbane previously, having saluted in the Stradbroke Handicap two years ago, and has continued to return big performances around our best sprinters, in our best races.
He has drawn wide, but I think he’ll be able to overcome it and with even luck, he can fight out the finish. At around the $8 mark, we can have an each-way play.
I am an enormous fan of Gytrash, but for good reason obviously, and I think he’s the one to beat in The Goodwood.
Having won the Black Caviar Lightning as a rank outsider when resuming in 2020, the Lope De Vega gelding proved to be one of the standout performer of the year, placing in several other Group 1 contests, The Everest, and ending his year with a lucrative win in the Yes Yes Yes Stakes.
There is absolutely no doubting his quality, he is yet to finish worse than second in six previous fresh attempts and he’s drawn to receive every chance under Jason Collett from barrier 4.