The morning scratching of Lazumba in the Mornington Sires’ has opened the race right up and its now each way betting the field.
Beaten less than five-lengths in the Sires’ she did catch some interference mid-way through the race, which saw her drift back through the field. She was left a little flat-footed when the sprint came on but her last 100m was good and she should appreciate stepping up to the 1500m.
Still a maiden it will be interesting to see whether she can break through for her first win.
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Mirage is the most fascinating runner anywhere in Victoria this week.
One of the favourites for the 2013 Australian Guineas after winning his first three starts for trainer Peter Moody, the son of Hard Spun – who was then known as Royal Haunt – was sold to Hong Kong.
After winning his only start in two years in Hong Kong, the five-year-old is back with Moody and if his recent jumpout at Caulfield is anything to go by, he isn’t without a hope of maintaining his unbeaten record.
WATCH: Mirage excel in a Caulfield jumpout
However the jury is still out regarding the form out of his biggest success in the Queensland Derby.
Though the minor placegetters behind Sonntag in that race – Pinstripe Lane and Vilanova– have one third placing from ten collective runs between them, the fourth placegetter Rock Diva has won the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) and the ninth placegetter Telepathic has won at Randwick and placed at Group 3 level.
Though the Henry Dwyer-trained four-year-old hasn’t been suited at weight-for-age level, he has only beaten home two horses in three starts this campaign.
Dropping significantly in class, stepping up in distance and with his Queensland Derby winning jockey Chad Schofield back aboard, this race will tell us a lot more about Sonntag – who has been backed from $101 into $21 with TAB.
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