With reigning Angullong Banjo Paterson Cup winner Distinctive Look and superstar grey Slate On Edge, a former champion of Flemington’s Subzero Challenge, in the field you’d be forgiven for glossing over the likes of Ultima Chance, Kopite and Bank On Henry little bit.
But just like that, after acceptances, they’ll take on favourites status in Saturday afternoon’s $30,000, 1300-metre run at Towac Park.
The final fields for Racing Orange’s seven-race TAB meeting were released on Thursday morning and after receiving 13 nominations for the main event, and quality ones at that, just six have accepted with a number of notable omissions.
Neither Distinctive Look nor Slate On Edge will run, although that’s not completely unexpected considering the former pulled up sore after a run at Narromine and the latter was lumped with 63kg.
Gayna Williams’ Shadow Affair won’t run either, while Garry Lunn’s Oskatsar accepted in Dubbo instead and Brett Cavanough’s Leica’s Lass at Newcastle.
Brett Thompson’s Attalea dropped out of the field too, with a championship tilt also seeming likely for the five-year-old.
That’s not to say there’s no quality left in the field, far from it, considering Bank On Henry ran ninth in the 2015 Country Championship Final, Kopite has more than $135,000 in prizemoney from 32 starts and Ultima Chance ran second to Zarhron in the Japan Cowra Cup just last month.
Mark Milton’s Escebee, Garry Frazer’s Showmaster and Richard Litt’s Klisstra have also accepted and are all more than solid country horses.
The 2018 Banjo Paterson Cup jumps at 2.46pm.