Alcohol Free is a firm favourite in the early markets – she’s an ex-European mare about to make her Australian debut, a four time Group 1 winner that has form around the best there is, and James McDonald is jumping on board. She’s high class, but the history of this race says it often pays to bet around the favourites.
Looking at horse in double figures, Fangirl may well be the one to beat if conditions are dry given her form around Anamoe. Hinged is always a chance in these races, and unlike stablemate Fangirl she will relish a wet track. Atishu has a big watch on her now that she seems to be putting it all together as a five-year-old mare – her first-up run was enormous, and she is primed for a big one.
Don’t be afraid to back your judgement if you like something at a price.