It’s inscrutable enough trying to discern closely matched horses coming from the same barn as to which is the better play. Accepted wisdom is that you take the longer of an uncoupled duo.
But when they come out of the same race in which one ran the superior race to his mate’s effort, what to do?
Cashier Check (3-1) and Kartano (2-1) exit the same race, and clearly Kartano made the better effort, finishing strongly for place after entering the stretch wide. Then so did his mate.
Saturday, Cashier Check got the better of the draw inside, does that translate to a better trip? Not knowable until the latch is sprung.
Both entered the stretch 6-wide last time, neither being a match for winning Volcanic who had the drop on both. Kartano saved ground throughout and launched from the rear as his mate got first run.
The impression is that Kartano is in better form at the moment and owns a better turn of foot. That’s the way we must play it, taking the favorite whatever the price.
For us, it’s Kartano to win, keying in exotics with his mate and the fresh Saffie Joseph trainee, Stride (9-2).