This is a drop in class for the consistent Defining, and she can return to winning form.
The Not A Single Doubt filly has recorded two wins and two second placings from her four starts back this time, and she was last seen finishing second behind the undefeated Illation in the Nitschke Stakes.
There isn’t a horse of that calibre engaged in this contest and I think she’ll take plenty of beating.
I’m pretty keen on Nudge at Doomben this afternoon.
Nudge has been a great horse for the Waller stable throughout her career, and she is unlucky not to have tasted success at the highest level.
She returned to the races with a fair effort for sixth, beaten a length in the Hawkesbury Crown a fortnight ago, and she is a horse that tends to enjoy sharp improvement with a run under her belt.
Former Singaporean superstar can record his first Australian Group 1 win in The Goodwood.
He hit the ground running when debuting in Australia last spring, and won the Group 2 McEwen Stakes at The Valley before only just missing in the Moir.
He didn’t show a lot in his first couple back this time, but I thought that he was excellent in the Irwin Stakes here a fortnight ago, he steps out this week in peak order, and he looks a touch of overs at around the $9 mark.
She was absolutely luckless in the Gold Coast Guineas last time out, but savaged the line when she finally got clear, and I am happy to stick with Miss Hipstar in the Darby McCarthy at a lovely price ($12 at publish).
Miss Hipstar has been a great horse for the Kelly Schweida yard for a couple of seasons now, and her two runs this time have suggested that she has only furnished further.
Fitter third-up and with appropriate luck, this is very winnable.