Decorated Soldier (Race 2, No.5) has been mixing it with some very handy youngsters in Sydney.
This three-year-old in the powerful Snowden stable won convincingly on debut at the provincials before finishing fourth at Canterbury behind Tango Rain, Thronum and Hair Trigger. He run there suggested he wants 1400m and a big track now. Gets both of those things at Flemington.
The Snowdens are brilliant at placing their horses and looks to have found a perfect assignment for this colt. It looks a pretty ordinary bunch of Victorians.
Cronulla have been up for a long time and will likely be without a couple of key players. The Raiders have arguably – at least statistically – been the best team over the last two months. The Raiders are good as road dogs while the Sharks have not put away other good teams.