The race that stops the nation
1 BEST SOLUTION 57.5
(Saeed Bin Suroor) 5h By Kodiac - Al Andalyya (22:9-2-3): Toughed it out for nk win of 7 (1) $3.90 60.0 Defoe, Iquitos 2400m Ger - Baden Baden G1 Preis Von Baden Soft Sept 2. Overcame a tough run to score 1/2 hd win of 18 (15) $12.00 57.5 Homesman, The Cliffsofmoher 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Outstanding stayer who was super tough in the Caulfield Cup, scoring his third successive G1 win. Escaped a penalty for that win and while this is his first try in this distance range, he has the class to be right in the finish.
2 THE CLIFFSOFMOHER 56.5
(A O’Brien) 5h By Galileo - Wave (17:32-3): Finished stoutly for 2-1/2 len 4th of 11 (7) $17.00 59.0 Benbatl 2000m C’field G1 Caulfield Stks Good(3) Oct 13. Toughed it out for 1/2 hd, 1-3/4 len 3rd of 18 (3) $6.50 56.5 Best Solution, Homesman 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Has caught the eye in both runs here but while he was runner-up last year’s Epsom Derby, is still a query at 3200 metres. In good hands and sure to have plenty of admirers.
3 MAGIC CIRCLE 56
(Ian Williams) 7g By Makfi - Minkova (21:8-1-1): Returned from a break with 6 len win of 16 (6) $9.00 58.5 Fun Mac, Who Dares Wins 3750m G B - Chester Chester Cup-C2 Good May 11. Made it two in a row with 6 len win of 8 (2) $6.50 58.0 Red Verdon, Weekender 3265m G B - Sandown Park G3 Henry II Stakes Good May 24. Stout staying type from the UK who arrives here off two commanding wins back home. Will be very strong at the finish and looms large here.
4 CHESTNUT COAT 55.5
(Yoshito Yahagi) 5h By Heart’s Cry - White Veil (18:4-5-1): Safely held when 5-1/4 len 11th of 16 (10) $4.70 56.0 Win Tenderness 2500m Jap - Tokyo G2 Meguro Kinen Firm May 27. Found early trouble when 10-3/4 len 13th of 18 (11) $26.00 55.5 Best Solution 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Covered some ground in the Caulfield Cup and will be better for that outing. Japanese stayers must be respected so keep safe.
5 MUNTAHAA 55.5
(J H Gosden) 6g By Dansili - Qertaas (15:41-4): Stuck to his guns when 4-1/2 len 4th of 7 (4) $13.00 60.0 Best Solution 2414m G B - Newmarket G2 P’cess Of Wales Good July 12. Powered away for 3-1/4 len win of 20 (19) $12.00 61.0 Weekender, Sea The Lion 2787m G B - York Ebor Hcp (C2) Good Aug 25. Arrives here off the back of a comprehensive victory in the Ebor with big weight. Shapes as if this trip will be ideal and he looks a major player.
6 SOUND CHECK 55.5
(M D Moroney) 6h By Lando - Sky Dancing (17:7-2-1): Just missed when nk 2nd of 7 (5) $6.60 60.0 Best Solution 2400m Ger - Hoppegarten G1 G P Von Berlin Good Aug 12. Overraced in the early stages before finishing 10-1/2 len 12th of 18 (14) $51.00 55.5 Best Solution 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Passed a couple late in the Caulfield Cup and he was G2 winner Germany at his only run over this trip. Might be a longshot with a hope.
7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN 55.5
(C J Waller) 10g By Yamanin Vital - Ears Carol (55:11-7-4): Slow away when 10-1/2 len 9th of 14 (8) $21.00 59.0 Moss ‘n’ Dale 2000m R’wick G3 Craven Plate Heavy(9) Oct 13. Made good late ground when 2-1/2 len 4th of 15 (6) $26.00 58.0 Ventura Storm 2500m M Valley G2 M. Valley Cup Good(3) Oct 27. Worked home nicely at Moonee Valley when relished the step-up in trip. Has two top-5 finishes from three tries at this race and could run a cheeky race again.
8 ACE HIGH 55
(David Payne) 4h By High Chaparral - Come Sunday (22:5-3-0): Came from midfield to score 2 len win of 10 (2) $3.00 58.0 It’s Somewhat, Egg Tart 2000m R’wick G2 Hill Stks Good(3) Sept 29. Set the pace before finishing 11-3/4 len 15th of 18 (7) $19.00 55.0 Best Solution 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Took up the early running in the Caulfield Cup but was beaten a long way from home. VRC Derby winner here but looks a query at this trip and needs to lift.
9 MARMELO 55
(H Morrison) 6h By Duke Of Marmalade - Capriolla (16:5-6-1): Finished best for 3/4 len win of 6 (3) $1.90F 57.5 Algometer, Palombe 2800m Fr - Longchamp G2 Prix De Nieuil Good July 14. Stuck to his guns when 2-1/2 len 2nd of 10 (8) $2.00F 60.0 Holdthasigreen 3000m Fr - Deauville G2 Prix Kergorlay Good Aug 19. Started equal favourite in this race last year and beat fourteen rivals home after racing on the pace. Has been good in all four runs since then in Europe and comes right into calculations again.
10 AVILIUS 54.5
(James Cummings) 5g By Pivotal - Alessandria (12:6-1-2): Just got there for sht 1/2 hd win of 12 (1) $2.35F 58.5 Jaameh, Yogi 2500m F’ton G3 Bart Cummings Good(3) Oct 6. Stuck to his guns when 7-3/4 len 4th of 8 (1) $31.00 59.0 Winx 2040m M Valley G1 W S Cox Plate Good(3) Oct 27. Outclassed in the
but his previous form was terrific up to 2500 metres. Faces a tough task over the extra journey but can’t be ignored.
54.5(A O’Brien) 5h By Galileo - Six Perfections (13:3-3-3): Stuck to his guns when 2-1/2 len, nose 3rd of 4 (1) $3.80 62.0 Eziyra, Stellar Mass 2414m Ire - Leopardstown G3 Ballyroan Stks Good Aug 9. Dominated his rivals when scoring 1-1/4 len win of 15 (15) $6.50 56.0 Brimham Rocks, A Prince Of Arran 2400m C’field G2 Herbert Power Good(3) Oct 13. Soared to favouritism with his outstanding win in the Herbert Power. Looks primed to run a huge race.
12 AUVRAY 54
(R A Freedman) 8g By Le Havre - Ameyrah (39:8-4-1): Made good late ground when 1-3/4 len 6th of 18 (2) $20.00 57.0 Patrick Erin 2400m R’wick G1 The Metrop Good(3) Sept 29. Rider said didn’t handle the going when 8-1/2 len 6th of 10 (7) $8.00 57.5 Big Blue 2600m R’wick St Leger Stakes Heavy(9) Oct 13. Flopped on a heavy track last time and his overall record firm tracks once he gets out over a longer trip is pretty good. Might sneak place.
13 FINCHE 54
(C J Waller) 5h By Frankel - Binche (9:3-03): Too good when scoring 1-3/4 len win of 6 (4) $3.90 60.0 Tiberian, Called To The Bar 2500m Fr - Deauville G3 Prix De Reux Firm Aug 5. Kept coming when 3/4 len, 3/4 len 3rd of 15 (4) $4.80 59.0 Runaway, Northwest Passage 2400m Geelong G3 Geelong Cup Good(4) Oct 24. Stuck to his task in the Geelong Cup but his European form only extends up to 2500 metres. Entitled to each-way consideration.
14 RED CARDINAL 54
(D K Weir) 7g By Montjeu - Notable (16:53-2): Jumped awkwardly when 1-1/4 len, 2-3/4 len 3rd of 10 (6) $11.00 58.5 Big Blue, One Foot In Heaven 2600m R’wick St Leger Stakes Heavy(9) Oct 13. Safely held when 6-3/4 len 11th of 15 (4) $21.00 57.0 Ventura Storm 2500m M Valley G2 M. Valley Cup Good(3) Oct 27. Finished midfield in this race last year after drawing the outside gate but doesn’t look to be going as well at the moment. Must find something.
15 VENGEUR MASQUE 54
(M D Moroney) 7g By Monsun - Venetian Beauty (26:4-5-0): Had every chance when 5-1/4 len 5th of 12 (9) $21.00 57.0 Avilius 2500m F’ton G3 Bart Cummings Good(3) Oct 6. Beat half the field home when 4-3/4 len 9th of 18 (6) $101.00 54.0 Best Solution 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Not disgraced in the Caulfield Cup when he lost his spot before bend but still finished in the front half of the field. Is a winner here up to 2600 metres but last bit might stretch him at this level.
16 VENTURA STORM 54
(D & B Hayes & T Dabernig) 6g By Zoffany
- Sarawati (29:7-3-2): Was blocked for a run in the straight when 5-3/4 len 10th of 18 (10) $31.00 54.0 Best Solution 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Always handy before scoring lg nk win of 15 (8) $5.50 55.0 Trap For Fools, Libran 2500m M Valley G2 M. Valley Cup Good(3) Oct 27. Wasn’t too bad in the Caulfield Cup then toughed it out to win
MV Cup. Only beat two home in this race last year and was safely held the Sydney Cup so must be a query at the trip.
17 A PRINCE OF ARRAN 53
A PRINCE OF ARRAN (Charlie Fellowes) 6g By Shirocco - Storming Sioux (28:5-63): Had a break after 2-3/4 len 2nd of 20 (17) $17.00 60.0 Withhold 3269m G B - Newcastle 3yo+ Hcp (C2) Synthetic June 30. Made good late ground when 1-1/4 len, lg nk 3rd of 15 (5) $31.00 57.0 Yucatan Ire, Brimham Rocks 2400m C’field G2 Herbert Power Good(3) Oct 13.Scored 1/2 len win over Brimham Rocks 57.5kg 4.40 Lexus Stakes On Saturday. Tough win from just off the pace in the Lexus on Saturday. Will relish step-up to 3200 metres. Looks a lightweight hope.
18 NAKEETA 53
(Iain Jardine) 8g By Sixties Icon - Easy Red (38:5-8-3): Beat half the field home when 5-1/4 len 7th of 14 (4) $19.00 61.5 Just In Time 2922m G B - Doncaster 3yo+ Hcp (110) Soft Sept 14. Was blocked for a run on straightening when 14-1/2 len 13th of 15 (10) $41.00 55.0 Ventura Storm 2500m M Valley G2 M. Valley Cup Good(3) Oct 27. Didn’t have the best of runs at Moonee Valley and he was an eye-catching fifth in this race last year. Might be over the odds and could add value for exotic players.
19 SIR CHARLES ROAD 53
(L O’Sullivan & A Scott) 5g By Myboycharlie - Giant Mystique (23:6-5-3): Made good late ground when 1-3/4 len 4th of 16 (11) $19.00 56.5 Night’s Watch 2000m C’field G3 Foundation Cup Good(3) Sept 22. Was hampered near the turn before finishing 5-1/2 len last of 7 (3) $10.00 58.0 Mask Of Time, Best Of Days 2000m C’field G3 Coongy Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Ran a close third in the Sydney in April and he is looking for step-up trip. Not the worst.
20 ZACADA 53
(M Baker & A Forsman) 6g By Zabeel - Lacada (36:4-7-5): Jumped awkwardly when 8-1/4 len 8th of 12 (12) $101.00 56.5 Avilius 2500m F’ton G3 Bart Cummings Good(3) Oct 6. Never a factor when 7 len 12th of 15 (11) $151.00 56.5 Runaway 2400m Geelong G3 Geelong Cup Good(4) Oct 24. Was runner-up in this year’s Sydney Cup over this trip when coming off a similar below par run. This class might stretch him.
21 RUNAWAY 52
(G Waterhouse & A Bott) 4g By Manhattan Rain - Catshaan (17:4-3-3): Always handy before finishing 1-1/2 len 4th of 11 (10) $13.00 54.0 Octabello 2025m Cranbourne LR Cranbourne Cup Good(3) Oct 14. Led throughout to score 3/4 len win of 15 (12) $16.00 54.0 Northwest Passage, Finche 2400m Geelong G3 Geelong Cup Good(4) Oct 24. Will give backers a great sight but the last bit is going to be the test in this company. Perhaps a place.
22 YOUNGSTAR 51.5
(C J Waller) 4m By High Chaparral - Starspangled (12:4-1-3): Stuck to her task when len 2nd of 10 (4) $41.00 54.5 Winx 2000m F’ton G1 Turnbull Stakes Good(3) Oct 6. Lost a plate when 4-3/4 len 7th of 18 (9) $7.50 51.5 Best Solution 2400m C’field G1 Caulfield Cup Soft(6) Oct 20. Produced the 5th best last 200 of the day in the Caulfield Cup and had run Winx to a length prior to that in the Turnbull Stakes. First try at the trip but she is a genuine lightweight threat.
23 CROSS COUNTER 51
(Charlie Appleby) 4g By Teofilo - Waitress (7:4-2-0): Came right away for 4-1/2 len win of 4 (2) $2.75 57.5 Dee Ex Bee, Bombyx 2412m G B - Goodwood G3 Gordon Stakes Good Aug 4. Just missed when hd 2nd of 9 (4) $2.50F 57.0 Old Persian 2385m G B - York G2 Great Voltigeur Good Aug 22. Lightlyraced UK stayer who knows how to find the line. Warrants serious consideration with no weight on his back.
24 ROSTROPOVICH 51
(A O’Brien) 4h By Frankel - Tyranny (13:4-2-2): Finished best for1/2 len win of 6 (7) $2.00F 57.5 Giuseppe Garibaldi, The King 2414m Ire - Leopardstown G3 Paddy’s Rewards Firm Sept 15. Covered extra ground when 8-3/4 len 5th of 8 (8) $31.00 56.0 Winx 2040m M Valley G1 W S Cox Plate Good(3) Oct 27. Did plenty of work in the Cox Plate and it was no surprise to see him knock up late. Hasn’t raced over this trip but has a touch of class and can’t be totally dismissed.