The winner of the event will take home $25,000, with the 2015 running looking a strong race on paper.
Spectators can look forward to a rematch between local stars Senor Slamma and Prescribe whilst Her Highness, which started her career in the Apple Isle, is seeking to secure a triumph for Victoria.
Lets have a look at each of the runners and see how we think the race will be run.
Box One – Her Highness – Kelly Bravo
Returned to her home state with a devastating heat win last week in 25.37, she wasn’t brilliant to begin but she exploded once she hit the ground and she made the classy Sing The Song look second rate. From the red she should be able to settle in the top two early and I can see her fighting out the finish.
Box Two – Dark Vito – Ted Medhurst
Continues to go from strength to strength and he is aiming for his sixth win on the trot. He is spearing the lids at present and he does possess a wonderful turn of speed, if he can repeat his 25.37 winning effort from his heat he should make his presence felt. This is a big rise in class for him but he continues to conquer each challenge with ease.
Pipstar – Robin Grubb
Loves racing here and was an impressive 25.57 heat winner, she would need to ping to win and even if she does there is a heap of speed around her and she doesn’t like to be crowded in her races.
Breaker’s Tip – Gary Fahey
Like Dark Vito, he is one of the states real up and coming stars and last week he showed a dazzling turn of foot mid race when posting a zippy 25.58 heat win. He can ping the lids in his races and I think he is capable of going a lot quicker than 25.58 if he finds the bunny. This is clearly his toughest test and from the box draw he is going to need a lot of things to go his way, so place hopes look best.
Prescribe – Ted Medhurst
Absolute star in the making and he was clearly the most impressive heat winner last week. He was slow to begin but once he balanced up he gave classy speedster Senor Slamma windburn. If he is given a clear run then he probably gets the cash, however from the middle pin he is going to need a lot of things to go right.
Bruny Venture – Gary Fahey
Has won five of six over this track and trip and he really powered to the line when scoring in his heat last week. With a fairly average beginner drawn underneath he should get some room early but his littermate Rip And Tear may give him a few issues in the first 50m. If he can hold out the seven and get room to drive through he should be able to put himself in a threatening position.
Rip And Tear – Gary Fahey
Littermate to Breaker’s Tip and Bruny Venture and is a great talent in his own right but this is a big rise in class for him and I dont like his chances. Last week he pinged the lids and led throughout and he could only post an average 25.96, to figure in the finish today he will need to find at least seven lengths.
Senor Slamma – Gary Johnson
Perfectly drawn in the pink and he is my tip for the final, he has a great record from wide draws and I think he can improve on his handy heat placing last week. With a heap of speed drawn in six and seven, he should get plenty of room in the first 50m and he should be able to swoop to the lead as they head through the first bend. He has posted a blistering 25.22 here previously and if he can get anywhere near that he should salute.
Minnie Mogul – Paul Hili
Turned in the run of her career when narrowly beaten here last week, however she has only won one of 20 over this trip and she will find the going tough against this lot.
Star Chamber – Ted Medhurst
Highly talented and is very strong, probably doesn’t have enough early to go with these but he could run home into a place if he happened to gain a start.
Top Four: 8 – 1 – 5 – 2
Great race and I think the red and the pink will go stride for stride for a long way, I’m going to give the edge to track specialist Senor Slamma. He was a tad disappointing when beaten after leading here last week but from the pink draw today he should swoop into the first bend and he should be able to carve up the inside division. He has a blistering PB here and if he can get across to the early lead he should be off an gone with the prize.
Her Highness was brilliant here last week and she is probably better suited to today’s draw. She is armed with brilliant early speed and if she can push through and hold her position she should give the pink a run for his money.
Prescribe is an absolute star and if he gains a clear run he will take a power of beating. The poor draw is a big concern though and he is going to need everything to go his way early.
Win bet on Senor Slamma
Trifecta: 8/1,2,5/Field ($18 for 100%)
Trifecta: 1,8/1,8/Field ($12 for 100%)
Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)
Exacta: 1,5,8/1,2,5,8 ($9 for 100%)