GENERAL BEAU was a super impressive winner at Flemington, winning by an easy 2.25L and largely untouched. FINANCE TYCOON and GUMMY BEAR (who has been gelded since that run) come out of the same race but they look very unlikely to turn the tables here.
Interestingly enough, Craig Williams was booked to ride UMGAWA last week in that 2yo race but the colt was scratched and Craig now jumps on board EXCELA BELLA instead for this race. That filly comes down from NSW after a nice trial win.
INGRATIATING first jump out was behind GENERAL BEAU and he was no match. His second jump out was behind UMGAWA where he finished a couple lengths behind over the 800m.
NAPLES jumped out on the same day as CLOUDY and ENUFF ALREADY with her heat almost one second quicker. She was well held in a field of four, however, none of her jump out rivals accepted to run in this race despite being visually ready to go?
VINLAGO had I AM WAR covered easily in their Sep 21 jump out over 600m. Vinlago was the quicker of the two 2yo heats on the day. The other 2yo heat winner (Greg Eurell Un-named) looked good winning the heat, but VINLAGO beat him comfortably on September 14.