Geelong R6 #12 Young Girl - 1st up from a spell here and looks set for this, in well weighted but stable has still elected to engage an apprentice hoop that has mostly been riding the picnic circuit, smells like a potential plunge in the making, well related type by Thorn Park out of a Grosvenor mare and is a full sister to Thornbird Lass who has been tried twice at Listed level in short 7 career start, she herself finished 2nd to All Decked Out who was then blowsed by Sir Andrew in the G2 Hawkes Bay Guineas, this one gets in very well weighted here as suggested earlier with only 53kg, that is 7kg less than 2 back when 3rd at Sale to Spirit Of Soul beaten only 2.2l for a $30K purse, 1st up 2 preps ago finished 0.2l 2nd to Precious Gem (career mark 13-4-8 $79K) and then 1st up last prep won by 2l at Cranbourne defeating the smart Princeton Miss (career mark 18-2-10 $64K), blinkers come off first time and likely for one of the runs of the race on pace from an inside gate under an even to solid tempo, ticks a lot of boxes for a horse that is 26.0 in prepost markets.

Geelong R6 #8 Soldier's Image - lightly raced improver and deceivingly well bred by Soldier's Image out of the Danehill Dancer mare Image Dancer who won 3 from 17, female family traces back to the excellent speed producer Rosa's Image (3rd dam), came of age end of last preperation breaking maiden status at Bairnsdale 3 back then next start made it 2 on end winning a 4 horse race at Cranbourne, won by 0.7l that day but put a big margin back to 3rd, 2nd home Go Again was only beaten 3.3l by MIss Steel at Moonee Valley next start and its 2 starts prior was only 4.2l off Lion Of Belfort and 5l off Suavito, excellent form references for a race of this nature, big query is the wide gate but has a top class hoop booked and if it can secure a good run in transit then it will shake thisat a big price, warrants backing along with Young Girl for a result across the race.

Geelong R8 #7 Escadrille - well bred type by Bernadini out of the G3 winning Flying Spur mare Dakasha, 2nd up from a spell here looking for this sort of trip after only being beaten 2.8l 1st up over 1200m, 2nd up last prep finished 2nd to Seul Spirit over 1450m at Kilmore, that race threw up a few subsequent winners and place getters over the next month adding decent depth to the form out of the race, franked that form breaking its maiden over 1600m at Ararat 4 back by 1l with good margins further back through the field, 2nd and 3rd home both won quickly after adding good depth once again to the form, sure to come on again significantly since spelling and for fitness 2nd up here, drawn to secure one of the runs of the race, ticks enough boxes to be considered the major hope here, priced up at 14.00 in prepost markets which looks extremely good value if they bet anywhere near that price.

Geelong R8 #12 Hussavi - deceivingly well bred type by uner-rated sire Husson out of a well related NZ bred One Cool Cat mare who's dam is a half sister to 9 time winner Deebee Belle (including the G1 New Zealand Stakes, also placed twice at G1 level), this one broke its maiden over 1300m back in November 2013 at Pakenham by 0.8l and got badly checked at a crucial stage that day and should have won by further, he then finished a very credible 3rd to Our Skeeta at Cranbourne beaten 2.2l at his next start, comes into this 3rd up from a spell on the back of doing strong work on the line when beaten 3l at Cranbourne last time out in a stronger race beaten 3l, ready to win now and at 21.00 in prepost markets represents extremely good value if bet anywhere near that price, back along with Escadrille for a result across the race.