Magicus (Race 7, No.7) is ready to win again after an encouraging return at Caulfield.
This lightly-raced four-year-old made a big impression in his first campaign winning three of his four starts. His jumpouts this time around suggested he’d come back in great order. He was posted wide first-up but still boxed on bravely to run a close-up fourth.
He’d have come on plenty for this second-up assignment and Craig Williams sticks.
Pappa Gallo (Race 8, No.1) is a veteran but is racing as well as ever.
This chaser has had 114 starts for 19 wins and 34 places . It’s been a while since he has drawn the cherry which can see him bounce back after never being in the hunt his last two. Prior to that he was flying.
Expect him to give plenty of cheek from the inside at each-way odds.
New South Wales go in surprising favourites in the dead-rubber third game and it is exactly that reason – the series being long gone – that the Blues are the bet here.
The addition of James Tedesco is an immense inclusion and while some other selection calls were dubious at best and utterly stupid at worst, the fact the series is over favours New South Wales. There are also reasons to play against Queensland here with their record in dead rubbers, two key injuries and the drop in form of the many Broncos in the side.
The loss of Adam Reynolds is a slight worry for Blues backers but the Maroons have usually taken their foot off the pedal in this game and with Tedesco in and sure to have a monster game, New South Wales look the bet.