Affair To Remember flew home to fill the minors when resuming here a couple of weeks ago and is primed to win. The Toronado filly produced several pleasing efforts last campaign, winning at Geelong and racing well in a couple of black type races, including the Group 2 Sandown Guineas. There is no doubt that she’ll require some luck from a wide draw today, but she is more than up to the class of something like this.
By a country mile, this is the weakest race that True Detective has accepted for this campaign and he simply won’t be offered a better opportunity to return to winning form. The Shamus Award gelding has always hinted at above-average ability and he finished third in each of his first two starts this campaign, including the Inglis Sprint, but finished at the tail of the field in the Listed Fireball Stakes last start. I like that he has trialled since his last start and he is ready to salute.
Dirty Work has stripped fitter for three starts this campaign and is ready to win at Rosehill today, in what is a noticeable drop in grade. The Team Hawkes-trained colt stamped himself as one to watch in the spring, highlighted by a third placing behind Bivouac in the Vain Stakes. He resumed this time for a credible fifth placing at The Valley and ran fourth in the Listed Moomba Plate, and while he didn’t beat a horse home in the Listed Darby Munro less than a fortnight ago, he did finish only a couple of lengths from the winner.
Yeldarb couldn’t have been more impressive without winning the featured sprint at Albury a couple of weeks ago and he can go one better at Sandown today, at a lovely price ($11 at publish). The Dan McCarthy-trained five-year-old has been a great horse for the stable throughout his career and savaged the line when resuming. He’ll take good improvement from that run, gets a relief in the weights with Lachlan King aboard and can settle closer to the speed from barrier 2.