The topped-up prizemoney has worked for this race with it being one of the strongest qualifiers for some time. Kept for this race after a slippery first up effort, DEUS EX (2) lands all the favours by landing the good marble. Making his Aus debut on August 17, he was sent to the front over this trip and never in danger thereafter. Fitter for the outing, he has the gate to capitalise.
BALDUCCI (12) heads North for Amanda Turnbull, bringing a smart record that shows 7 wins and 10 minors in 21 outings. A Bathurst winner in slick time over the sprint trip 3 starts back, he has chased behind the smart HES CHIMING at his past 2. The gate is tough but with even luck he can challenge.
KIWIS ARE FLYING (4) is the intriguing runner and faces a task first up from a spell, but he could not have been anymore impressive after arriving in Qld last September. Winning 4 from 4, he went amiss and after a smart trial, tackles this fresh since October 20.
DOUBLE OR NOTHING (1) has been consistent but may have just forgotten what is required to win. Places his past 5 in succession, he has been runner-up his past 2 and the gate is a big aid to his chances.
SELECTIONS: DEUS EX (2), BALDUCCI (12), KIWIS ARE FLYING (4), DOUBLE OR NOTHING (1)
SUGGESTED BET: DEUS EX (2) to win