This is a drop in class for Head Of State and he can return to winning form.
The American Pharoah colt finished sixth, beaten three lengths at Newcastle when resuming, and he was last seen finishing third in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality.
Fitter third-up and back to the midweeks, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.
This shapes as one of the more open races on today’s Bendigo card, and I am going to have something on the resuming Agreeable.
Agreeable charged home to finish third behind Palace Whisperer at Sandown when resuming last time before recording an impressive win in Saturday company at Caulfield.
She wasn’t disgraced in black type company in her last two appearances, and this is obviously a substantial drop in class.
I’m happy to give Stelvio another chance fourth-up at Bendigo this afternoon.
Stelvio recorded a lovely win at Pakenham when fresh, and he has since filled the minors in a couple of similar midweek contests at Sandown, despite being unwanted in the market.
He strikes this race in peak condition and is drawn to receive the run of the race.
Ashim has been stepping out in tougher Saturday contests since arriving in Australia, and I am confident that the decision to drop him back to Wednesday grade will pay dividends.
The son of Stormy Atlantic only just missed in a Midway race at Randwick in July, before finishing a length behind an impressive Casino Mondial in a similar contest.
He looks to be at peak fitness for this contest and we can have an each-way play at around the $8 mark.