ISAURIAN - With any amount of luck I expect him to deal with these in good style on Saturday. His main dangers in betting are Torvill and Renewal, which are horses coming back in trip, Torvill significantly, indicating this is something of an afterthought for both. Aside from them, there’s nothing else in the opposition ranks that has form screaming Stakes race. Isaurian is a lightly-raced colt by Exceed And Excel and he was impressive when winning first-up at the midweeks before stepping straight into Listed grade, coming out of that with honours when beaten a half-length by the flying I Am Excited with a significant 2-1/4 length margin back to third. Everything I’ve seen from Isaurian indicates 1400m won’t be a problem and I’m expecting him to be winning.
SHEEZDASHING - I’ve been on this filly her past two starts and see no reason to abandon her here. She caught the eye first-up when a strong finishing fourth in an unsuitable 1200m race at Moonee Valley. Following that run she probably should have run second instead of fifth at Flemington behind Holbien over 1400m when boxed in for the majority of the straight. Then, at her last start Sheezdashing was held up before being off the bit chasing in the 1600m Mornington Guineas but she hit the line powerfully over the last 200m. In the spring she was only 1-3/4 lengths from Luvaluva when fifth in the 2000m Wakeful Stakes and with the limit weight she certainly appeals here. Safe bet each-way for those who are conservative but I’m betting up straight out.
SPRIGHT - I’ve always had a high opinion of this mare but she lost her way for 12 months after winning a Group III race at Flemington during the Spring carnival in 2016. Recently she resumed at Rosehill in the Group III Star Kingdom Stakes and she was back to her best charging home to score an impressive win over seasoned sprinter Dothraki. She’s back against the girls here and while it’s a high quality race I’m happy to have a dabble on Spright at the succulent odds currently available.
SILENT SEDITION - Fantastic edition of the Coolmore Legacy (Queen Of The Turf) with the majority of these fillies and mares coming together again after meeting in the Coolmore Classic and Emancipation Stakes. I’m going back to the Coolmore Classic with my selection Silent Sedition and I see her as the one they all have to beat. The mare turned in a top-class performance in that race to finish a close third to Daysee Doom. Craig Williams was forced to go early on Silent Sedition and she was pushed wide on the turn but still fought strongly to the line to be beaten only a short neck. Since then trainer Andrew Noblet has taken Silent Sedition back to the trials and she had a solid hit-out winning an 1190m heat easily at Cranbourne at the start of the month. She shouldn’t be too far away in running and will certainly be there when the whips are cracking.
UNFORGOTTEN - She’s favourite and for good reason. The Chris Waller-trained daughter of Fastnet Rock was outstanding winning the Phar Lap Stakes two runs back when storming home from last to beat the smart Holy Snow. She then lost no caste when second to Hiyaam in the Vinery Stud Stakes, again getting home powerfully over the 2000m. Certainly Unforgotten shapes like she’ll eat up the 2400m and with Hugh Bowman in the saddle from a midfield gate I see only bad luck beating this classy filly.