Barb Raider has been an excellent horse for the Jerome Hunter yard since debuting, and she is the one that I want to be with in The Roses.
The multiple black type winner was only just denied by Glint Of Hope in the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville last time out and this is a drop in class from that contest.
Her record is better than anything else in this field, and I think she’ll take plenty of beating.
Startantes can bounce back in the Fred Best Classic this afternoon.
She was awful here a fortnight ago, but I thought that performance was too bad to be true, and this looms as a very winnable race for her.
The Star Turn filly went within the flare of a nostril of Group 1 success in autumn, she raced well amongst open company in the Victory Stakes two back, and she steps out today in peak order.
Scallopini returned a huge first-up performance to finish second in the Victory Stakes, and while he will require luck in running after drawing barrier 16, I think he is overs at BRC Sprint odds of $16 (at publish).
The Snitzel gelding has been a great horse for Steve O’Dea & co. throughout his career, and he really was unlucky not to strike fresh.
His second-up record is excellent, and we can have something on each way today.
I am a big fan of Paulele, he is unlucky not to have already recorded a win at the highest level, and I think that the Kingsford-Smith Cup is the perfect race for him.
The Dawn Approach colt recorded some bullish wins during his spring preparation last year, and raced well during an autumn prep that was highlighted by his third placing in the TJ Smith Stakes.
His return from a freshen-up at Doomben a fortnight ago was excellent, and he will only improve for that effort.