Shahrazad (Race 9, No.6) was brilliant winning first-up.
Has she finally furnished into the real deal this campaign or did she just love the wet? Either way, with the rain around in Sydney this week, she’ll get the same conditions to repeat the dose. Think the wide barrier plays into her hands too as it gives her the chance to balance up and make a move when she wants. Like she did fresh.
She’s up in grade here but gets in 2kg lighter, loves Canterbury and there are no world beaters among this crop of females.
Melbourne have been outstanding all year but laying a big start against the Roosters the bet is certainly the visitors.Back Roosters +11.5.
Melbourne’s charge to a top two finish sees them face a Sydney Roosters team that is struggling to breakthrough of late but has certainly been playing better Rugby League. Low-scoring matches have been typical with five of the last six failing to break 38 points and that makes the line is this one way too big. Since 2013 the Storm are 7-15 ATS when starting as a double digit favourite and with the Roosters getting off to quick starts as of late they are likely to put the Storm under pressure early.
The Storm are typically terrible bets laying a big start at home and double digits here is just way too much. With road outsiders off a double digit loss covering at a great clip, particularly on a quick backup, a Sydney Roosters team with a near full-strength side should make the nut.