The Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) will take place on Saturday afternoon and will be the final tune-up for three-year-olds that expect to be contesting the VRC Derby the following weekend.
Verdad from the Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock yard has opened as the clear favourite at +160 with online bookmakers.
The son of Justify has been very good at his three career starts, recording a close second behind Griff in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes at this track before running sixth in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas last start.
Although the Chris Waller-trained Snowman finished sixth in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes at his most recent start, he was only 1.7 lengths off the winner, Raf Attack, after jumping awkwardly and being slightly held up.
Bringing a completely different form line, Air Assault from the Andrew Gluyas yard was a dominant winner in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes over 1800m and is expected to push forward and be one of the speed influences from a wide barrier (10).
Port Lockroy is coming through a Benchmark 72 victory at Randwick Kensington over 1800m, where the Annabel Neasham-trained colt won easily by 1.7 lengths and appeared to have a lot more to give in the concluding stages.
Of the remaining runners, the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Sunsource brings the best form.
Moonee Valley Vase 2023 field