- 12 Runners
- SOFT 5
A good contest. SPRING EAGLE (6) has been beaten a nose at Hobart his last two in this grade and the Victorian hits this at peak. Craig Williams is a key jockey booking and he can go one better with average luck in the run. DARK JOURNEY (2) is a leader who won a Moonee Valley Maiden as expected before jumping to a 64 there when narrowly beaten. Craig Williams gets off but he will be fitter again and can fight out the finish. D'ORO STAR (1) also runs along and was better again in the Tasmania Guineas over a mile beaten 2L before being lipped out here this grade heavily bet. Drops back to a shorter sprint today but rates well. Loses Newitt but can't be ruled out. ARUMA (8) keeps Newitt and assess on the Open 3 win two-back. Maps for a soft run and has claims. THESPIAN WATERS (5) also deserves consideration.