FAIRLIGHTING - Fairlighting has only won once in 16 starts but was a consistent performer last preparation and showed enough at her second run back from a spell that she could be up to this class one over 1400m. By Sebring out of a Zabeel mare her racetrack career has overall been disappointing, she was offered at the recent broodmare sale and purchased by Bill Mitchell who would know her well from Segenhoe stud where she was bred. The new owner has kept her in work with Toby Edmonds and would hope to pick up a race or two before going to the breeding barn. Jackson Murphy is riding in fine form, he takes the mount, this distance suits and she could quickly repay the new owner.
BUTCHER BLUE - Butcher Blue is a rising seven-year-old with plenty of ability but his career has been dogged by injury with two 18 month spells on the sidelines restricting him to just 14 starts of which he has won five including three on end last preparation with current trainer Steve O’Dea. Following an easy trial he resumed with a solid effort at Grafton in a good open class field and will appreciate returning to this track on which he has previously won as well as the likely soft conditions. Ryan Plumb rides and whilst the trainer also has the consistent Cool Sequence in the race I fancy Butcher Blue second-up to be too good.
KURO - Kuro has had a few trainers in his time but is now back with his original custodian John O’Shea. He hasn't won for a while but his last 12 runs have all been in black-type company stronger than this and despite some respiratory issues has rarely been disgraced. John O’Shea gave him a break after he failed in the Carrington Stakes and he has put in encouraging efforts at both outings since resuming. James McDonald won on the horse at debut and with both looking to re-establish themselves in the limelight has been engaged to ride and should be handy throughout. Long ago, when Kuro was with Joe Pride he ran twice at Doomben winning the Mick Dittman Plate and finishing second in a QTC Cup. Kuro is having his third-run back from a let-up, will have been enjoying winter sunshine and on soft ground can return to the winner’s circle.
SHEISWHATSHEIS - The aptly named stalwart of the Tony Gollan stable is in top form with a bold runner-up effort here in a Group III following a narrow win over 1600m in similar Listed company. With maturity, the daughter of Bernadini has become a very strong miler and is well treated with only 55kg. Jeff Lloyd has ridden Sheiswhatsheis at her past two starts and whilst she may not get a soft lead with Dreams Aplenty in the field he will rate her perfectly. With gate three here in her favour and a good record on soft going she will be hard to run down.
SEDANZER - I blackbooked Sedanzer last start and have to stick with her here. She is a mare in form trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and will be thriving in the Queensland winter sunshine. The form from Scone has been strong and Sedanzer followed up her Cup win there with a strong effort in the Premier's Cup over 2200m coming from well back in running. She is by Sebring and that breed love soft ground. Her pedigree suggests miler as do her race performances but Sedanzer has shown she can run a strong 2200m and with Rising Red now scratched I can see this race being run at a tempo to suit her strong finish. With regular rider Tim Clark and only 53kg from gate one she should be well positioned throughout and can get the job done.