IN THE VANGUARD gets one last chance here third-up. She hated the tongue tie last start and that comes off and gets the blinkers for the first time. Apprentice off and Avdulla on suits here. The gate (14) is a touch concerning, but if she can get across without spending too much petrol, she should be in the finish.
HEARTLINGS’ first-up last preparation exploded at Warwick Farm and dominated a race over 1400m. She returns from a decent spell here and hasn’t had a trial coming into this. This is the same set up she had last prep and if she still has that zip in her legs she can finish over the top.
SALMANAZAR returns after a good winter campaign in QLD, highlighted by a second in the Daybreak Lover, beating Tsaritsa home. Gollan is starting to load the cannons in an effort to break through in Sydney and has a chance here.
SONIC SWISH was a good winner at Randwick on Cup day and the form out of that race has held up remarkably well. That was his first start with Waller and he can only improve from that. He drops 2kgs for that effort, and the distance shouldn’t worry at all.
SELECTIONS: No 16 IN THE VANGUARD, No 14 Heartlings, No 13 Salmanazar, No 10 Sonic Swish.
VALUE RUNNER: No 14 Heartlings.