Ashrun is ready to win. Both runs this preparation have been good without threatening, and I suspect this event has been the long-range target. The Authorized gelding finished on the winner’s heels at Flemington, and he looks well placed in this company. From barrier one, he can occupy the box seat, and if the gaps appear as the field run for the doctor, the forever young eight-year-old can figure in the finish. He has a sense of timing.
First Immortal will have plenty of supporters after narrowly being beaten in a hot-form race at Flemington. The Churchill gelding comes in exceptionally well at the weights, and the 2400m looks ideal at this stage of his preparation. From the wide gate, he will roll forward and lead the field a merry dance, and if he can pinch some cheap sectionals in transit, the race will be over at the top of the final furlong. The class rise is the primary concern.
King Frankel was back to his brilliant best at his latest outing. The Frankel gelding finds his pet distance on Wednesday, and I suspect he has the fitness edge on the majority of his rivals. The Annabel Neasham camp is training winners for fun at present, and the services of Jamie Mott is advantageous. His recent winning record is the biggest deterrent.
Suggested Bet: Ashrun @ $7.00