The Sires over 1400m a fortnight ago must always be the starting point for this race, although this year there are only four runners from it. A layer of complexity is added though, given The Sires was run on a deeply heavy track, while we should see a good surface on Saturday.
Militarize wasn’t fancied in the Golden Slipper, and copped a check that put him out of commission anyway, but he thrived on wet ground over seven furlongs in The Sires to win going away. He’s bred to get even further still, so can be trusted to see out the mile.
Sometimes racing is simple, and this might be one. It could very well start and end with Militarize. Chris Waller is always extremely patient and conservative with his two-year-old’s. The fact that Militarize is contesting these big races, let alone still going with this preparation, is all the pointer we need.