Two top fillies Yankee Rose and Omei Sword dominate the betting for the Flight Stakes (1600m) against their own sex. Rightly so too, they are high quality and will almost certainly head to Melbourne for the Thousand Guineas and possibly the VRC Oaks. Watch for a surprise packet, with most of the field stepping out to a mile for the first time.
Very smart filly was second in the Golden Slipper before she won the AJC Sires Produce in the autumn.
Why she can: Drew wide and was taken to the front in the Golden Rose. She was still in front at the 200m, but tired late. Far from disgraced and has since trialled strongly.
Why she can’t: She had issues before her first-up run and up to 1600m here she may feel the pinch late.
A Northern Meteor filly, she is trained by James Cummings.
Why she can: Consistent with placings at last two starts. Latest raced handy and fought on behind Foxplay in the Tea Rose Stakes(1400m).
Why she can’t: She is out to 1600m here and there is a doubt about her running it out strongly.
Why she can: There was a lot to like about her last start fourth to Foxplay in the Tea Rose. She came from well back and copped several bumps in the straight, but still managed to finish off the race in good fashion and should run the mile right out.
Why she can’t: Not easy to find a reason, but her stablemate Omei Sword looks superior.
By Star Witness and prepared by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
Why she can: Ran a nice third in the Furious Stakes (1200m) when resuming. Was far from disgraced last start when sixth in the Tea Rose, but beaten less than a length.
Why she can’t: Missed the start and over raced last start and has to be a risk at running out a strong 1600m.
This Rip Van Winkle filly won two in a row before a spell.
Why she can: Had no luck in the latter stages of the Tea Rose. She was badly locked away and was unable to be tested when seventh, beaten 1.6 lengths.
Why she can’t: She was slow away in the Tea Rose and found it hard to make up ground in the straight.
She has been in the money in three of her five starts.
Why she can: She is the only filly to have run over 1600m and they were her last two starts. Won a Goulburn Maiden and followed that with a second in a Warwick Farm Benchmark 67.
Why she can’t: Lacks the class of the opposition.
2. Yankee Rose
3. Global Glamour