ANIMAL SPIRITS - Trained by Brian and Daniel Guy, this Spirit Of Boom filly placed at debut in Saturday city company then finished well back when taking on stronger two-year-old company at her next start. Animal Spirits is resuming after a 21-week break and has benefited from two trials. She will be wound up for this first-up effort and with Chris Whitely to ride should be handy throughout. The sire has produced 15 individual winners in his first season and Animal Spirits can be number 16.
BENICO’S PRINCE - They don’t make them much tougher than this Benicio six-year-old who has had 18 starts this preparation but has been very consistent particularly around the 1600m to 1700m journey where he has won twice and finished in the top four six times in 10 tries. Trained by Peter Kings at Oakey, Benico’s Prince thrives on racing and is not afraid of the quick back-up. At his most recent outing he put in a good solid effort at very long odds behind Denbern at the Gold Coast over 1800m and is backing up six days later over the more suitable 1680m in much weaker company. At his last start here in the same class and distance in February he won by seven lengths on a soft track and is likely to get the same conditions again. Six of his nine career wins have been with Nozi Tomizawa up and this could be number seven.
PRETTY IN PINK - Really liked the way this Sebring filly powered through the line at Gosford on debut and despite the wide gate I’m happy to stick with her here. There’s a ton of speed with half of the field expected to push forward according to the Racenet Speed Map and that should see this John O’Shea-trained youngster slot in a little worse than midfield. At Gosford she came from off the speed and was very strong through the line suggesting the extra 100m off a hot speed will suit perfectly. She’s a filly going somewhere. I’m also going to save on Invictus Salute and take the quinella, she’s also a nice filly.
VILLERMONT - Quality galloper who did a bit of work early before taking up the vanguard in the Gunsynd Classic at Doomben last start. He fought on strongly to beat Dark Dream and they streeted the remainder of the field. Doubt he’ll be leading here being back in distance from 1630m to 1400m and can see him getting a good trail behind the speed from the lovely draw. The obvious danger is Moss Trip but she’s drawn wide and will no doubt go back. Under those circumstances I don't think she can give Villermont too much start and that’s the way I see it playing out.
BOOROOJ - This Peter and Paul Snowden-trained filly has always had wraps on her but she’s taken a while to return some of the faith put in her as a younger horse. She took a little while to break her maiden, winning at Seymour four runs back then she went to Listed level over the spring carnival when found out at Flemington, but she was only a $6.50 chance that day. On resumption she was third of five at Warwick Farm but it was her last start win at Kembla Grange which caught my eye from the point-of-view of this race. She settled worse than midfield but was strong at the finished running away to win with something in hand. This is obviously tougher but against that she only going to carry 53kg and should get a nice run from the midfield gate. At the odds she's a worthy gamble.