This year Stuart has had to pull Miata out of the same race saying that she “tore a shoulder while galloping in preparation for Saturday night’s final” and that he couldn’t start her unless she was absolutely 100% right.
Destini Fireball – the fastest heat winner and unbeaten over the distance in five attempts – will now start a short-priced favourite to win the race.
He has won 10 of his last 11 starts, including the Group 1 Zoom Top at The Meadows (two starts ago) where he beat Miata. He has won 16 of his 30 career starts.
“It is hard to see what will beat Destini Fireball now, he is perfectly boxed and is improving with each run,” said TAB’s Matt Jenkins.
“Xylia Allen is value according to our punters and is the best backed runner in the race.
“She was mowed down in the final stages by Miata last week, but will be the one doing the chasing on Saturday night.”
Spud Regis ($2.90) looks set to start favourite in a very open Australian Cup.