Another tricky looking contest with a few of these looking to capitalise with the absence of the topliners. ALTA ORLANDO (6) only started once during the Constellations, with that appearance coming in the Sunshine Sprint when finishing in the second half of the pack behind COPY THAT. Attacking the line strongly the start prior in the Golden Mile at Menangle, he gets his chance.
BLACKSADANCE (5) looked to lead throughout in the 4YO Championship and was mighty game in defeat when only collared late, finishing 2m from the winner SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS. Only 2m from EXPENSIVE EGO 3 starts back, it was sandwiched with a luckless run in the Rising Sun. With early bullets to fire, he can make the step in this.
KID MONTANA (2) was runner-up in midweek company here 2 starts back when hitting the line in nice order behind SCOOB OPERATOR. Buried in the run last week, the effort was sound as SEND IT weaved a passage to claim the prize. He can be handy enough to make a challenge in this.
After the barrier draw, it would have been interesting to gauge the expression of trainer Chris Frisby with his star OUR UNCLE SAM (3). Drawn no closer than gate 5 at his past 11 in succession he finally draws tighter, and it can be the catalyst for a better return.
SELECTIONS: ALTA ORLANDO (6), BLACKSADANCE (5), KID MONTANA (2), OUR UNCLE SAM (3)
SUGGESTED BET: ALTA ORLANDO (6) to win