The dangers are headed by big-finishing Wellington eight-year-old Steamin’, who flew home to win the Dubbo Cup two runs back. Another recent Dubbo winner, Gulgong-trained seven-year-old Attalea, and nine-year-old last-start Coonabarabran Cup winner Free Billy, can both give the cup a shake.
In the day’s other feature, the Warren Jockey Club Sprint over 1200m, rejuvenated seven-year-old Forbes gelding Molasses can make it two wins from his last three after powering home to claim the feature Crystal Sprint at Coonamble two starts ago before another big closing run behind Under The Thumb in a benchmark 81 at Coonabarabran.
In what is almost another round of the rolling country open sprint showdowns that many of these runners have engaged in all year, Molasses should be able to reproduce his customary finish from a good trailing middle gate.
But he will need to be at his best against consistent Gulgong six-year-old and top-weight Sugar Dance, high-class Dubbo sprinter Westlink, and emerging four-year-old Tamworth gelding General Scarlet, who has powered through his grades winning three of the last four.