A field of 14 will lineup in the Listed Sale Cup (1600m) on Sunday hoping to grab a share in the $200,000 prize.
The Godolphin-trained Phaistos has been installed as the short-priced favourite in Ladbrokes betting, with Riddle Me That next best after winning the Listed Paris Lane Stakes a fortnight ago at Flemington.
We’ve analysed each and every runner and offer our thoughts on the 2020 Sale Cup below.
Riddle Me That
Riddle Me That won the Listed Paris Lane Stakes (1400m) in his last start at Flemington beating home Iconoclasm in a sprint to the line.
His overall form from 13 starts reads well with five wins and four placings to his name, although the top weight does make things a little tricker in what will be his first look at the mile.
All Too Huiying
All Too Huiying is on the short backup after winning the Seymour Cup in a photo over last year’s Sale Cup winner Gold Fields.
The son of All Too Hard won on the short backup last year down in Morphettville, so this does look a nice option for him with Michael Poy retaining the ride.
He’s no query over this trip with four wins to his name and should prove tough to run down from a forward position.
Romancer ran on for third in the Seymour Cup last Sunday and rates as one of the main chances after showing plenty through the line.
Grahame Begg’s seven-year-old beat home Orderofthegarter over the mile four starts back at Flemington and is more than deserving of another win.
The wide barrier makes things tougher this time for Jordan Childs, but the pair should be well fancied with strong wet form to his name.
Phaistos returned a good result when second behind Windstorm first-up in the Listed Weekend Hussler (1400m) at Caulfield a fortnight ago.
The form out of that race reads well for this contest and there is no denying he is looking for further now.
The Godolphin son of Helmet has placed in three of his four runs over this distance previously and has also won second-up in the past.
From this draw with the red-hot Mark Zahra on board, he’s the one you want to be on.
Hang Man has struggled to find the same form that saw him win the Benalla Gold Cup last September.
The Irish raider finished last in the Listed Paris Lane Stakes (1400m) first-up and would need to improve significantly to be a factor in a race of this quality.
Exasperate won back-to-back starts over the mile at Caulfield during the Autumn but hasn’t come back the same horse this Spring.
Matthew Brown’s six-year-old struggled over further in the Listed Cranbourne Cup last start and won’t find this any easier from the tricky draw.
Imelda Mary is making her Australian debut and looks well out of her depth in this field.
The New Zealander struggled to make up ground when ninth in her last start at Pukekura on a rain-affected track, suggesting she probably won’t handle these conditions any better on Sunday.
Kenya is resuming off a four month spell and looks to be the value runner in the 2020 Sale Cup.
The Irish raider by Galileo tends to do some of his best racing when fresh and has also won previously over the mile at Curragh last year.
The Freedman four-year-old made only the one start at Flemington during the winter where he failed to feature in a 1400m handicap behind Vassilator, but with some strong wet-track form to his name, he’s a definite each-way chance.
Legionnaire returned to the races in great order finding the money in his first two runs before running into some trouble last start at Caulfield.
The son of Stratum has drawn the carpark on Sunday and looks tested under these conditions.
Red Heeler is having her third run back from a spell after finishing four lengths tenth last start in the Group 3 Ladies Vase behind Sovereign Award.
Michael Kent’s New Zealand import has found the money third-up previously but would need to lift dramatically to be a factor in this.
Plymouth Road is having his second run back from a spell and tends to race better over further. Looks tested here.
Kipteker has found the money in each of his last four starts but is facing much tougher company rising in grade. Cannot have from the wide draw.
Parallel World was a winner two starts back over the mile at Moe before running on for second last fortnight over the same trip.
He has race fitness on his side and has been a consistent customer of late, but does look tested up in grade from a sticky draw.
Elvaric is coming off a 60-day letup and has won previously over the mile at Moe back in July.
This is a significant step up in class for the five-year-old, but he might be worth a small shout in the exotics if he can get back and run on.