LENNYTHESHARK - The champion Four Starzz Shark gelding Lennytheshark is not getting any younger, he has had a couple of months on the sidelines in preparation for this since a decent effort off a shocking draw in the Miracle Mile. He has shown previously that he goes well after having a freshen up, a little negative that regular driver Chris Alford is not driving but it shouldn’t matter. Trainer/Driver David Aiken should get the superstar to the breeze in under a lap, from there that is where he does his best work. He should be able to grind it out better than the leader, and although his main danger is drawn the front line, expect that Lennytheshark will be up eye-balling in no time. There will be plenty willing to take him on so wait until late in the betting where he should be well into black figures.
DELIGHTFUL JAZZ - Delightful Jazz advanced through the repechage at Melton last time where she ran second to the likely favourite Soho Nolita, beaten a long way. Although that winner was super and ran nice time, she was out in front and Delightful Jazz was forced to come four-wide and gave her an impossible start. She powered to the line strongly to be clearly the best of the back-markers, In tonight’s rich final, trainer/driver Ahmed Taiba should be have all options available to him from the inside draw, he has the gate speed to lead but would prefer he take a sit on the right horse to have plenty left up this long gruelling straight.
MY FIELD MARSHAL - This looks an intriguing battle for the open class pacers, My Field Marshal is coming off a brutal where he raced against his usual pattern and went forward at the start and was caught wide throughout. He was so brave in defeat, expect that tonight he will revert to the sit-sprint tactics that won him a Miracle Mile here in record time. His main danger looks to be Franco Nelson, who was looming in talks a few months ago about being the best pacer in the land, but he had his chance last week and couldn’t beat our top selection home after sitting inside him throughout. Some betting operators have Franco Nelson as the favourite, expect that will change well before post-time. Mach Doro will fly the gate and likely to hand-up, the pace should be on ensuring My Field Marshal can reel off some fantastic sectionals late.
LE CHIFFRE - Trinity Bannon and Justin Stanley have a good partnership and the rider taking the mount on this five-year-old that gives me confidence. He has performed well since resuming winning a class three and following up with a solid third in Benchmark 70 both efforts over 1050m at this track. The step up to 1200m in a Benchmark 65 should suit and at a track at which he has won twice should be hard to hold out.
TOXOPHILY - Toxophily was slowly away but ran on well a three-year-old feature race at Rockhampton last start. His efforts this time in have been sound without winning but Justin Stanley stays on and he is suited in this company. Toxophily has had a three-week freshen-up since his last outing, should now be at peak fitness and from gate two get a good run throughout. With a positive ride he gets his chance to break through his preparation.