1. THE MISSION
Weight: 56.5kg. Barrier: 11 Odds: $51
Pros: One of the few proven Group 1 performers in the field and it was a much improved performance in the Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley after disappointing efforts in the Stan Fox and Golden Rose. Makes his own luck on the speed.
Cons: He's probably just a wet tracker and was clearly flattered in the Champagne in the Autumn by nothing else handling the ground. Was also a touch of randomness to that win.
Verdict: Realistically he's not good enough unless there's a magical change in forecast and it pours between now and Saturday.
2. SUMMER PASSAGE
Weight: 56.5kg. Barrier: 17 Odds: $14
Pros: On class, he's right in this. Tough Kiwi with good early toe and is already proven in Group 1 company both there and in NZ. Hasn't run a bad race yet and his Prelude run was solid. Grand final specialist in Glenn Boss on.
Cons: It's a matter of where he is in the running having draw...