Dwayne Star to nab them
PATRICK LYNCH'S DWAYNE STAR is super fit and ought to be backed for a hat-trick though seemingly having it all to do - up in class among overnight allowance runners and breaking from the inside at 1000 metres straight.
DWAYNE STAR has shown versatility, from five to six and a half furlongs, winning his last two races at the minimum distance, over the straight and on the round course, respectively.
In both races, he showed that his turn of foot makes him a deadly run-on sprinter, a plus for him in tomorrow's first race which should have the pair of RIO COBRE and LADY SHANKARI out on the lead.
With only six runners in the line-up, the norm is for the main starting gate to be centred at the five-furlong straight point, effectively making post-position one stall number three.
Therefore, DWAYNE STAR won't be as badly affected were it a full field at 1000 metres straight.
Carrying only 51.0 kilos, down from 56.0 and 55.0 he carried in his last two races, Lynch's runner is light enough to stalk and beat RIO COBRE and LADY SHANKARI both of whom have been struggling for form.
LADY SHANKARI has shown a clear preference for the round course whereas eight-year-old RIO COBRE is on his third race back from a three-month break, yet to show the speed he possessed last summer.
Drawn widest in the line-up, RIO COBRE will try making all. However, he has 55.0 kilos and should have LADY SHANKARI, at 51.0 kilos, bugging him from the get-go as she did when both were beaten by ROYAL ASSAULT at 1000 metres round on January 9.
DWAYNE STAR is sure to be ahead of the other run-on sprinter in the line-up, Richard Azan's EDISON, who, in addition to getting up in age at seven, is a tardy starter and is seven pounds heavier than his four-year-old rival.
Paul Francis certainly rides at 51.0 kilos and should have DWAYNE STAR within striking distance of the speedsters before hitting overdrive inside the last furlong where weight, youth and fitness should tell.