The Group 3 Geelong Cup is going to run on Wednesday afternoon over 2400m and again there’s a solid international contingent with various raiders set to make their Australian debut. Four internationals will participate in the race, which has demonstrated to be a stepping stone into the Melbourne Cup in earlier years, with any semblance of Media Puzzle, Bauer, Americain, Dunaden, and Prince Of Arran winning the Geelong Cup and afterward running top two in the Flemington feature 13 days after the fact. Entente will lead this field up, while Ashrun will bounce the favorite in front of Skyward, Le Don De Vie, and San Huberto.
The majority of these gallopers are attempting to compel their way into the Melbourne Cup field, with six of them sitting somewhere in the range of 30 and 38 in the Order Of Entry, which sets things up for a pretty willing challenge.
The track is at present evaluated a Good 4 with the rail in the True position.
There’s a concerning absence of speed here, with Entente looking liable to get it generally his own specific manner out in front. All things considered, the nonattendance of veritable on-pacers ought to urge Oliver to be positive on San Huberto and likely fall in behind Entente. Le Don De Vie ought to likewise be noticeable in the run from a middle stall. Race favorite Ashrun is the hardest to put, yet he’ll be ridden all the more discreetly from the awkward alley. Both Creedence and Skyward ought to get dazzling runs several pairs back.
SAN HUBERTO (#1)
French import San Huberto – presently with Matt Cumani – flaunts a success over achieved stayer Call The Wind in the G2 Vitesse Vigier over 3000m at Chantilly back in June. Anyway, the tables were turned last beginning when he completed down the track on a rain-influenced surface in the Prix Kergolay (3000m). His then-trainer was hesitant to send him around there and looking back he pulled some unacceptable rein, however, he’s had two months to get over that run and gets ideal conditions on Wednesday. He’ll additionally profit by the services of Damien Oliver, who will probably be positive early so he doesn’t get himself midfield on the paint in what could demonstrate a sit-and-sprint affair. He’d be more qualified at 3000m+ and is the one sprinter that may sneak into the Cup through weakening in any case (as of now 30th in the Order of Entry) so it’s difficult to tell how screwed down he’ll be, yet his best would see him directly in this.
German trainer Andreas Wohler and Australian Bloodstock (of Protectionist fame) consolidate once more, this time with Ashrun. Furthermore, when you include leading hoop Craig Williams, it makes for unpropitious reading. Last-start Ashrun completed runner-up to Call The Wind in the Prix Kergolay (with some 16L back to San Huberto) and he flaunts a Group One setting over this excursion in the Grosser Preiss Von Bayern. The knocks for him are the barrier (10) and the way that he’s more qualified with the sting out. Given those two factors to back him at $4, however, his class may well convey him over the line.
KING OF LEOGRANCE (#3)
The solitary delegate for Team Williams and his first-up exertion in the Turnbull wasn’t as plain as it looks on paper. He left himself with immeasurably a lot to do over an excursion that is short of his best, yet he made his run out wide on the track with Surprise Baby and was just 2.15L off him on the line. He gets to a more appropriate outing now and has a helpful second-up record (4:1-1-1). Lamentably he additionally needs a good rhythm and keeping in mind that he can improve here. Beginning to inquiry what he’s really beaten and his form lines are extensively more vulnerable than his opponent’s. Damian Lane and a positive draw are the ticks, yet his pattern counterbalances the last mentioned.
LE DON DE VIE (#4)
A reformist British import that has moved from Hughie Morrison’s yard to the positions of the father-and-son Freedman team. He was most recently seen winning the Listed August Stakes (2303m) at Windsor in late August, to make up for a cursed third two back when hung behind horses, similarly as the run went on in the G3 Glorious Stakes at Goodwood over a mile and a half. Different internationals convey stronger form lines, however, he’d truly begun to hit his ties and this is his optimal trip. Anticipate that Melham should be positive on him, so he doesn’t need to be controlled a lot in the run. He passed up a Caulfield Cup start yet a few savants were giving him a genuine possibility there so you’d need to concede him one here.
Gently raced French import Skyward ticks a lot of boxes and with four successes from seven beginnings, he’s building a noteworthy record. As a matter of fact, the majority of those came toward the start of his career in more vulnerable evaluation than this, however, he was most recently seen completing just 2.8L behind Anthony Van Dyck and Stradivarius in the G2 Prix Foy (2400m) and that form is looking much handier after what AVD did in the Caulfield Cup. He might not have a lot of miles in his legs yet he has genuine stamina, is truly manageable, and works out in a good way on top of the ground. Pike rides and from barrier 6 he should land a couple of pairs back and eat up the 2400m.
STEEL PRINCE (#7)
The second of the Freedman-trained runners, Steel Prince burst onto the scene with five continuous successes in 2019, culminating in his golden-ticket prevailing upon Andrew Ramsden triumph Surprise Baby. He additionally challenged this race a year ago (completing 4.55L seventh behind Prince Of Arran) before running a genuine 9th in the Cup, some 2.1L off Vow And Declare. After an extensive spell, he’s been brought back for one more tilt at the Cup, yet this time he doesn’t have the luxury of a guaranteed spot. What he has done is progress pleasantly in his three runs this time in. He’s made progress at his previous two yet been resolute to the line and ought to be prepared for this. He may come up a portion short against some of the raiders however he’s the lead neighborhood trust and a solid indicating is expected.
PLATINUM INVADOR (#8)
This Kiwi galloper was shipped off Peter Moody’s stables with the express motivation behind pursuing the Melbourne Cup dream and this represents another progression toward that path. His best exertion to date was a third behind Roger That in the G1 Auckland Cup back in March. He’s taken as much time as is needed to affect showing up in Australia yet he demonstrated huge improvement last beginning when third behind Chapada in the G2 Herbert Power (2400m). Maybe searching for more ground now and likely comes up short on the turn of foot to reel in this lot over this trip. May be fit for cheek in the Melbourne Cup if he can discover his way into the field.
The second of the Cumani-trained runners isn’t among the more liked in wagering, however, he quite often puts in an exertion. He appears to hold his best for Flemington yet he’s attracted to get a gun run and was just 1L off Steel Prince in the Bart Cummings (2500m) last beginning. Can’t engage him as a triumphant possibility, yet he is exceptionally fit and can sway up in the initial four if everything is hurried to suit.
In a race with a lot of vulnerabilities, Entente leading is one of only a handful few things we would all be able to concur on. The Waterhouse and Bott-trained stayer bring an abnormal form line to the table with a last-start win in the Port Macquarie Cup (2000m). That was a bold front-running display and we can expect the equivalent from him here, even though he may attempt to take some modest ones given he’s being stretched out to 2400m for the first time. Prebble will probably get the opportunity to direct on him and we saw this training combo pull off a comparable upset here with Runaway in 2018. All things considered, Runaway had a vastly improved establishing for the trip and Entente will probably be placed in the short ones late.