I’m siding with Zarastro in the first at The Valley tonight.
Zarastro has enjoyed a strong start to his racing career, and won both starts last time in, while he returned to finish a credible fourth in the Listed Moomba Plate.
He’ll take plenty of improvement from that hit-out, and this looks a slightly weaker race.
Nanagui is still a maiden, but I am confident that she can and will record her first career win at Listed level tonight.
The two-year-old daughter of Sebring flashed last to finish second in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes on debut, and she only just missed again in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes last time out.
Fitter third-up and under Jamie Kah, she’s ready to win.
Flying Mascot has opened a $1.65 favourite in Sunline Stakes betting, but I am going to take her on with second-elect Barb Raider.
Barb Raider was excellent throughout her 2021 prep, and she has returned two strong performances to win both The Vanity and the Kewney Stakes this time in.
Fitter third-up, under Craig Williams and with a light weight, she’s definitely a winning chance.
I am a big fan of Ancient Girl, but she’s a dual acceptor at Mornington on Saturday and I am confident she’ll go that way, so I’m instead going to have something on Bon’s A Pearla in the Alexandra Stakes.
Bons A Pearla recorded a shock win in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude in the spring, and while she needed her first two back this time to tune up, she steps out this week following a very impressive run for third in the Australian Guineas.
Brett Prebble rides and she’ll take beating.