Hamilton R8 #8 Star Of The West - comes into this 1st up from a spell after being tried over longer trips last prep including breaking maiden status 2 back over 1700m at Warrnambool by 2.7l, made all that day and widened the margin close home, showed good form over shorter trips prior to that including finishing 1l 3rd to Dreaming The Dream at 4th career start and 2nd to Flying Hussler over 1200m on this track at 3rd career start amongst others, drawn a good gate here and likely to secure a good trip on pace and has tough front end speed, will be in this for a long way and warrants backing if they bet anywhere near the prepost odds quoted of 10.00.

Hamilton R8 #14 Bonnie Glyn - decently bred type by Churchill Downs out of the Redding mare Fashion Era who failed to win in 7 start career but she was tried in good city company a few times during her career and is a half sister to 7 other winners, this one is drawn a wide gate but gets in well weighted and her racing patterns suggests she will go back initially and hopefully get cover from the wide gate, comes into this 1st up from a spell and broke maiden status 2nd up last prep over 1400m at Terang when slowly away missing the start by 3l (received a warning from stewards on barrier manners), she defeated previous race winners that day including Emerald Jim 2nd who won the start prior and Kuakata 3rd who came out and won next start, 4th home also won the start prior, also of interesting note is Bonnie Glyn's next start when a close 3rd to Kuakata who it beat the start prior and once again it was slowly away, should have won that day making it 2 on end, that theory is franked by Belcielo who was beaten 3l by Bonnie Glyn and then only 2.7l by Kuakata next start, Bonnie Glyn has been quoted at 90/1 in prepost markets here which is simply a riidiculous price, must be backed along with Star Of The West for a result across the race.