In-form sprinter looks the way to go

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Listed De Bortoli Wines Takeover Target S $150,000 1200 metres

Easy Eddie (Super Easy (NZ) wears his badge of honesty with pride and he comes to the first black type challenge of his career in prime form with consecutive wins following a first-up third to open his summer preparation.

The genuine 4-year-old struck at Warwick Farm two runs back and was then a dominant winner under 58kg on the Kensington track at Randwick.

Regular rider, apprentice Robbie Dolan, retains the mount from trainer Joseph Pride and with a three kilo weight drop on his most recent appearance, he should give another bold account of himself.

Easy Eddie

Godolphin trainer James Cummings will be represented by three runners with Isaurian (Exceed And Excel) possibly the pick of them after his last-start third in Listed company at Doomben. Deploy (Fastnet Rock) won’t have it easy with 61.5kg, but a return to his best Group 2 winning form would put him right in the finish.

Handsome Thief (IRE) (Shamardal {USA}) won the Listed Wangoom H. during his last preparation and was a respectable seventh in the G1 Goodwood H. He can be expected to improve on his resuming run for sixth, his first outing for six months.

Japanese stayer close to breakthrough

Listed Gosford Quarries Gosford Gold Cup $150,000 2100 metres

Satono Rasen (JPN) (Deep Impact {JPN}) has only showed glimpses of his best form, but his most recent effort suggested he is on the verge of opening his Australian account.

He led the field up in the G3 Summer Cup at Randwick on Boxing Day and kicked on gallantly to finish runner-up when conceding the winner a kilo and a-half.

Satono Rasen was a quality performer in his homeland and won the G2 Shimbun Hai and ran second in the G1 Japanese Derby prior to his relocation to Chris Waller’s team.

An interesting runner is the defending champion Singing (FR) (Singspiel {IRE}), who hasn’t been seen out since he found 2400 metres a struggle when fourth in the G3 Manion Cup in the autumn. He has had a couple of trials to ready him for his return and has starred in a fresh state in the past.

Roman Sun (Roman Emperor {NZ}) made late ground to finish fifth in the Summer Cup and has each-way appeal while Prioritise (Rothesay) bounced back to winning ways last time out and his record suggests he holds his form well.