With the scratching of both Kukeracha and Harmony Rose, this race is devoid of chances with only two hopes left Kermanding and Wild Irish.
Kermanding was dominant in breaking his maiden status last time out over the mile at Kembla Grange. He stalked what was only a moderate speed and was ridden arrogantly by Jeff Penza taking off before the turn.
He was able to lengthen like a nice horse and put almost 5-lengths on his opposition. In doing so, he clocked the fastest last 200m sectional of the day with a 11.12, as well as the second fastest last 400m and 600m sectionals.
The step up to 1800m on a big track looks ideal and he gets the addition of in-from Sydney jockey Jason Collett.
He looks a standout bet on what is going to be a big day of racing action!
I'll be starting Melbourne Cup Day on the right foot with the Godolphin two-year-old Ingratiating, who looks set to stamp himself as a top class two-year-old for the upcoming race to the Golden Slipper.
The imposing son of Frosted made his debut over the 1000m down the Flemington straight, where he was so impressive defeating the smart General Beau in the process.
The Cummings colt was able to show a dynamic turn of speed over the final 400m, ripping home in 21.73 to score 1-length.
His win was made even more impressive with a 5.5 length gap back to third, which indicates the dominance he had on his rivals.
The colt arrives here with a fitness edge on 5 out of the 8 runners and gets an identical set up to his first start, having already won down the straight.
He has been handled with care by the Godolphin team, looks to have large amounts of upside and progression in comparison to his rivals.
He maps to find his rhythm again. From there, he only has to reproduce the finishing speed of his debut effort to win again.
I have been very impressed by the three-year-old son of Medaglia D'oro's trials leading into his debut.
He has shown that he is clearly above average and has the potential to be a very nice colt. He's had two work-outs leading into his first career start, showing an exciting turn of foot on both occasions.
His latest trial is a perfect reference for this race. In that clash he sat off the speed with Rachel King in the saddle and as he balanced up after the turn, he clicked through his gears impressively.
He has drawn perfectly in barrier 5 where he maps midfield with cover and gets the services of the stable's leading jockey Josh Parr.
He is way over the odds at $7.50, I have him second-favourite behind the main danger Kiku. I'm keen to play at the current odds.
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