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"I feel Prime Star gives the impression he will be even better at the mile. His wide draw means it's likely he will get back in the field early which won't make his task any easier.
"But this colt is on an upward spiral and should take plenty of benefit from his last run.
"In the Stan Fox Stakes, Prime Star (below) was asked to make the jump from 1200m to 1500m which wasn't an ideal set-up and to perform so well, you'd suspect he has more to offer. The in-form Tommy Berry takes over and he should be very strong late.''
Crispe said the effort of Acrophobic to close strongly late and just miss a place behind Peltzer last start indicated he would be hard to beat.
Acrophobic, trained by John O'Shea, will race in blinkers and has Nash Rawiller to guide him.
"I still feel Acrophobic has a bit to do to beat the top two but he took a good step forward last start and looks to be trending the right way,'' Crispe said.
The John Sargent-trained Elizabeel was unlucky when a fast-finishing third to Forbidden Love in the Reginald Allen Quality last week and the filly is backing up in the Bondi Stakes.
"Much like Prime Star, it wasn't an ideal set-up for Elizabeel (1100m to 1400m) last start but that run should stand her in good stead for this race,'' Crispe said.
"She is drawn to get a lovely run, she still has to find more on her bare form, but looks a solid chance."
Article taken from Daily Telegraph, published Friday 23rd October 2020, Author, Ray Thomas, Page 41.