“I think he’s got a good chance but it’s a strong race and he’s got a bad barrier,” Duncan said.
“It’s his biggest test to date and if he races well, he’ll run next in the (Group 3) Premier’s Cup at Doomben next month.”
Meanwhile, Sydney trainer Matthew Smith hopes a win from Ilwendo will be a springboard into the Caulfield Cup later this year.
Ilwendo is coming off a last start second to the Chris Waller-trained Another Dollar in the Gosford Cup over 2000 metres at Randwick on May 9.
Smith is confident of another big run from Ilwendo who meets Another Dollar 3kgs better terms after meeting him at level weights in the Gosford Cup.
“I’m hoping a win can lift his rating to get him into the bigger races in Melbourne this spring,” Smith said.
“He’s a 93 rater now but a win could lift his rating by six or seven points which should qualify him for a race like the Caulfield Cup.”