Streama is a two time Group One winner. Photo: Rohan Kelly/dailytelegraph.com
Guy Walter has a strong hand in the final Group One of the season on Saturday, with Streama and Skyerush set to represent the Warwick Farm trainer. Dual Group One winner Streama finished third in the Stradbroke Handicap over the 1400m course at Eagle Farm two weeks ago and a repeat of that performance would see her go very close to winning this event. His other runner in the race is Skyerush, who finished a narrow second behind Pear Tart in this contest twelve months ago and goes into this year’s renewal off the back of victories in the Emancipation Stakes and Doncaster Prelude during Sydney’s Autumn Carnival. Although she has been in good form, no seven year-old has ever won the race and the past ten winners had all raced within three weeks of this event.
Chris Waller is the leading Group One trainer this season with seven victories at the top level and relies on Dane Ripper Stakes scorer Red Tracer and the promising She’s Clean , who has won seven of her past nine starts. 2011 winner Yosei hasn’t been in the winner’s circle since charging home from the back of the field to beat Beaded in this race two years ago but is another leading chance based on her luckless eighth in the Stradbroke.
Three year-olds have won four of the past five renewals of this race - including the past three –and have three contenders this year in Diamond Earth , Doubtfilly and Peron . Peron is undoubtedly the leading contender from the classic generation having won six of her seven career starts, including last week’s Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich. Trainer John Thompson prepared last year’s winner Pear Tart and suggests that Peron is a much better filly than her.
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