However, the fact James Cummings took Prized Icon to Melbourne to avoid a Heavy track in Sydney last start suggests he’s not at his best on severely rain-affected ground.
Inference on the other hand ploughed through the Heavy 10 to score a last to first victory over an unsuitable trip and he’s the one they all have to beat.
While So Si Bon is yet to be tested on Heavy ground, he looked sensational in a barrier trial on Heavy ground leading into this campaign where he was rapidly taking ground off Extreme Choice to finish 2nd.
Trainer Robbie Laing didn’t think So Si Bon was a wet tracker but jockey Damien Oliver got off and said “he really loved that track.”
This is a high-class galloper that is getting fitter with each run and may just be looking for a wet track.
Of the others, the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained Anaheim was really sprouting wings late to finish two lengths 5th in the Australian Guineas (1600m) and he looks a major player.
Hugh Bowman takes the ride and Anaheim has finished runner-up on a Heavy 10 previously.
I think Inference is a standout in this field but will be backing So Si Bon each-way at $34 and $8.50.