Sanglier trialled well leading into his debut run where he drew inside and could never really get into a winning position, being held up for a run between the 400m and the 200m. He has trialled well again since and with the benefit of race experience over most of his rivals will be hard to beat.
At big odds River Jewel is a runner who hasn't had a lot of luck this prep. First up she was pushed wide when running 8th behind Houtzen and last time out she was forced to race 3 deep without cover and couldn't quicken inside the last furlong. Luqyaa beat her home by just 3 lengths on that day and will start favourite in this race today.
Gallic Chieftain looks to have found his race here after numerous solid performances this prep. He split Wall Of Fire and Boom Time in the Herbert Power before running a close 2nd in the Geelong Cup, where that form has since been franked. He comfortably had the better of Fanatic in both of those races.
Burning Front went far too quick in the Crystal Mile with the leading pair burning miles clear of the rest of the field. He was cooked on the turn but back to 1300m today and in a race with much less on speed pace we should see a big improvement.
Lucky Hussler looked back to his best when he won the Crystal Mile by 3 lengths, but since finished down the track in the Cantala Stakes. He pulled up sore from that run though so if he has recovered from that then he will be extremely hard to beat as the clear class runner in the field.
Back in grade we should see a huge improvement from Derryn today. First up he was 4 lengths off She Will Reign in the G1 Moir and then last time out he got way too far out of his ground on a day where the races were dominated by those on speed. Against an inferior quality of opposition today he looks the best horse and the winner.
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Race 7 (Zipping Classic)
A field of 8 will line up in the Zipping Classic at Sandown on Saturday with the Lloyd Williams galloper Almandin backing up as favourite after his unlucky Melbourne Cup performance. Things just didn't go right for him in the Melbourne Cup, trapped 3 wide without cover for the majority of the race he was never going to be able to win from there. He was still beaten over 11 lengths though so it is hard to imagine he would have been in the finish even with a more economical run. Back to this grade and with the small field he is without a doubt the one to beat though.
Big Duke is the other runner backing up from the Melbourne Cup last week and despite being well supported in the market looks the obvious lay in the race. He is staying handicapper who doesn't look to get in well at WFA at all, meeting Almandin 3kg worse off at the weights for their Melbourne Cup meeting. Despite Big Duke beating him home by 6 lengths on that day, he had a much better run during the race which likely won't be the case on Saturday.
The two runners coming through the Emirates Stakes on Saturday provide a lot of interest. After sitting on speed The Taj Mahal kicked on very gamely in the straight to run 4th behind Tosen Stardom. He sweated up very badly on that day too so if he can turn up more relaxed on Saturday it looks like he will get an easy run near the front and be very difficult to get past. If the Melbourne Cup has taken something out of Almandin then he could be the one on the up and being a Galileo the step up to 2400m should only help.
So Si Bon is the other runner coming through that race and his run in the Emirates is better than it reads on paper as well. He finished 10th but it was a blanket finish with only 1.7 lengths between himself and the 2nd horse Happy Clapper. After sitting behind the leaders on that day he didn't look to get a lot of room in the straight. He has been close up without a lot of luck this prep and it wouldn't shock to see him winning this.
Beau Geste looks set to bounce back into the winners circle. After having a very tough run at Caulfield when stuck 3 wide no cover he had no luck again last time when he was held up badly for a run for all of 400m before getting out late and flashing home for a close up 4th. With an ounce of luck he wins the Carbine Club and that form is strong for this race.
Charlie Appleby has a history of improving runners massively second up into a prep here in Australia and it wouldn't shock to see him do it again with Kidmenever. He got beaten 14 lengths in the Herbert Power at his Australian debut but had plenty of excuses. He was never going to win with the ride he was given, having to sit outside a hectic speed, but he pulled up with internal bleeding and a case of the thumps so it is best to just rule a line through that performance. He drops way back in grade for today's race and we are going to get a much better price too. He looks the bet of the day.
Petition had her first go with the blinkers last time and despite never getting out of trouble in the straight and the jockey unable to ride her out she still ran the fastest last 200m of the day. She will get clear air here and plenty of time to wind up so if she holds her form from last time will simply be too strong at the end.
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