But there could well be a fly in the ointment with six-year-old Dubbo gelding Sons Of Bourke, whose race record simply doesn’t do him justice.
After being beaten a long way in a strong Country Championship final at Randwick behind Noble Boy in April, Sons Of Bourke was spelled before resuming with a flashing third in a benchmark 66 at home when heavily backed.
Sons Of Bourke steps up to an ideal longer journey second-up. He will need his fair share of luck from a wide barrier but, as most district pundits know, he is capable of running the fastest last 400m in the field.
Talented and lightly raced six-year-old Mudgee mare I Am Awesome only needs to navigate a tactical safe path from a wide barrier to be the horse to beat in the feature Narromine Gold Cup over 1600m.
Despite boasting a near 25 per cent winning strike rate from just 22 starts, I Am Awesome has not won for a while but the form-lines are stronger than ever.
Two runs back in a benchmark 81 cup race at home, he charged late to just miss behind the smart Potent Force, before again finishing hard in the benchmark 75 Cattlemans at Wellington behind Crim, who then came out and scored a dominant win at Tamworth on Friday.
Dubbo stables are likely to provide the biggest threat in the cup, with last-start winner Mr Dumont drawn to plot a similar front-running path, and eight-year-old gelding Any Blinkin’ Day, who has been competing against stronger and rarely runs a bad race.
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