I think the RVL will nominate Alizee, Land of Plenty,Ringerdingding and a smokie in Rekindling. Those are my tips.
Surely Hartnell would have to be one of the first choices
Le Romain is another one who doesn't appear to be in the top 10 but as a winner of the Cantala Stks and 2nd last Spring in the same race behind Best Of Days (is he nommed?).
The current top 10 a
||The Autumn Sun
||Moss 'n' Dale
||Man of His Word
||Mr Money Bags
The horses that ran the trifecta in the Cantala are all missing from the top 10 - Best Of Days (Goolphin/Cummings), Le Romain (Lees) and Peaceful State (Hayes).
The Epsom placegetters (Hartnell, D'Argento and Unforgotten) are not in the top 10.
The Toorak placegetters aren't there (Land Of Plenty, Hartnell and Siege Of Quebec).
The Doncaster placegetters are not in the top 10 either (Happy Clapper, Comin' Through and Arbeitsam).Grunt
beat Kings Will Dream and Jon Snow in the Makybe Diva - Grunt is third place. KOD is injured?? Jon Snow not there.
None of the placegetters from the Turnbull, George Main, Underwood, Caulfield Stks, Myer Classic or Australian Cup. The exciting Alizee is not a contender.
Of the horses in the top 10.....Extra Brut
was 3rd in the McKinnon - he is in ninth but the two horses that beat him, Trap For Fools and Latrobe are not in the top 10.
The #1 horse Urban Ruler
last won in October 2017 in the Dual Choice Plate at Geelong. He was beaten in a Class 6 race at the Sunshine Coast two starts back.
There was a press release a month or two ago saying the The Autumn Sun
will race in the traditional 3yo path in Sydney - Hobartville, Randwick Guineas - so the #2 choice and probably the best of the top 10 may not run in it. I reckon they might change their mind.
Grunt is a genuine contender given his love of the Flemington mile.Moss 'n' Dale
won the $500k Craven Plate at Randwick last start on a Heavy 9 and the listed Tokyo City in Adelaide the start before so probably has some claims.
Man Of His Word is a 6yo gelding trained at Tuerong who won a listed mile race in Brisbane in 2016 - hasn't won a race since.
Balf's Choice won a BM90 race 3 starts back in Adelaide.
Amphritite is the current 1000 Guineas champion.
Extra Brut looked to be an exciting prospect but given the events in recent days you have to wonder. His failure in the Norman Robinson in between convincing wins attracted a few comments at the time.
Material Man is a Group winner in WA.
Given the conditions RVL is going to be struggling to get a credible field together. Unless there are massive changes in the voting patterns they will have to choose 4 horses from some very high calibre candidates.
At this stage and as things stand I'd go for Alizee, Hartnell, Unforgotten and Le Romain. And that is leaving out some pretty handy horses.