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A capacity field of sixteen Milers are set to line up in Saturday’s $2m Cantala Stakes (1600m), one of four Group 1 races on Victoria Derby Day.   

Last year’s Cantala winner Best Of Days will lead the field out but the James Cummings trained galloper will be facing a different scenario this year after drawing a double digit barrier with 57kg after jumping from the inside gate last year with only 52kg on his back.

Cummings will also saddle up Cascadian who will jump from the outside gate after drawing barrier twenty when the final field of sixteen plus four emergencies was released on Wednesday.

Chris Waller has three runners in the top sixteen, Life Less Ordinary, Night’s Watch and Star Of The Seas plus first emergency Noire.

The Lindsay Park  Team will also saddle up three runners in the Cantala, Fifty Stars (barrier 3), So Si Bon (barrier 15) and Sikandarabad (barrier 11).

We have analysed every single horse in the field and our complete Cantala Stakes thoughts are set out below.

Best Of Days

Best Of Days was the winner of the 2018 Cantala after jumping from the inside gate with only 52kg on his back, but will be facing a tough task on Saturday. The James Cummings trained six year old drew barrier fourteen in the original draw of sixteen plus four emergencies with three of them drawing inside of him. Best Of Days is coming off a last start third in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at The Valley last Saturday but is facing a tough task here.

Land Of Plenty

Land Of Plenty is going into the Cantala Stakes with one run under his belt when fifth in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Caulfield Cup day but has a good second up record. Ben Allen will be able to save every bit of ground on the Peter and Paul Snowden trained six year old from the inside gate and has each way claims.

Fifty Stars

The first of the three Lindsay Park trained runners Fifty Stars is struggling to find his best form and has been unplaced at all four starts this preparation, his latest an eighth in the Group 1 Epsom (1600m) at Randwick on October 5. No easier here.

Life Less Ordinary

Life Less Ordinary is the first of the Chris Waller Cantala runners. The eight year old has been placed at Group 3 level over 2000m at his last two starts at Randwick and looks tested after drawing barrier nineteen in the original draw, but will move into fifteen if all four emergencies fail to gain a start.

Royal Meeting

The lightly raced Northern Hemisphere three year old Royal Meeting was a Group 1 winner at his second race start at Chantilly in France in October 2018. The Saeed Bin Suroor trained Royal Meeting was having his first run for twelve months when third to Streets Of Avalon in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Caulfield Cup Day. Has drawn barrier sixteen in the original draw and will need plenty of luck.

Fierce Impact

Japanese bred English import Fierce Impact broke through for his maiden Group 1 win last start in the Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield from a wide barrier and has been set a tough task again after drawing gate seventeen in the original draw. Craig Williams will have to be at his best again for Fierce Impact to score back to back Group 1 wins.

Cliff’s Edge

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Cliff’s Edge produce his best run this time in when runner up last start in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at The Valley on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day last Saturday. John Allen will be to give Cliff’s Edge a cushy run from barrier two.

Night’s Watch

The Chris Waller trained Night’s Watch was sent out as the $7 equal favourite in a wide betting race when second to Fierce Impact in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12. Damien Oliver finds himself back on Night’s Watch who is likely to settle in the second half of the field again from barrier nine before trying to chase the leaders down in the straight.

So Si Bon

So Si Bon was runner up in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 31 but was never in the hunt last start when fourteenth in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield on October 12. The Lindsay Park trained So Si Bon would have to produce a huge form reversal to figure in the finish.

Streets Of Avalon

Streets Of Avalon broke through for an overdue win in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Caulfield Cup Day but is facing much stiffer opposition in the Cantala Stakes.

Sikandarabad

Sikandarabad hasn’t been far off the pace at his last two runs but will need to lift to be a threat here following a fourth in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield and a sixth in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at The Valley last Saturday.

Cascadian

Cascadian made up some ground from the back when seventh to Kolding in the Group 1 Epsom (1600m) at Randwick two starts back then appreciated the drop in class to win The Star Mile (1600m) at Randwick on Everest Day. Facing another tough task stepping back up to Group 1 company in the Cantala Stakes.

Rock

Rock completed a hat trick of wins before a solid fifth in the Group 1 Epsom at Randwick on October 5 but won’t find this any easier. Will jump from a midfield gate and will be running on again from back in the field.

Star Of The Seas

Star Of The Seas is another with the Chris Waller polish and produced his best run this preparation with a last start third in the Group 1 Epsom (1600m) at Randwick and will get his chance to run into a placing again.

Chief Ironside

English raider Chief Ironside was another international claims winning prizemoney with a win in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at The Valley on Ladbrokes Cox Plate Day last Saturday and a repeat could see the David Menuisier trained five year old figure as one of the main players again.

Mahamedeis

Mahamedeis looks tested here on his last start tenth in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caufield on October 12.

Noire

First emergency Noire is facing a huge step up class and has been installed as one of the outsiders of the field following her latest fifth in the Group 3 Angst Stakes at Randwick on October 2.

Admiral’s Joker

Admiral’s Joker has worked his way up through the grades with four wins from his last four starts, his latest a win in the Listed Seymour Cup (1600m) on October 20. Facing a huge rise in class here.

Variation

Third emergency Variation would be better suited in something easier after a last start second in the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Iconoclasm

Fourth emergency Iconoclasm is very unlikely to gain a start in the Cantala Stakes. Iconoclasm was tested in Group 1 company two starts back in the Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and after setting the pace, faded to finish at the tail of the field. The five year old then bounced back for a win in the VOBIS Gold Star (1500m) at The Valley on Manikato Stakes night.  

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