Only beaten a short head over last time, SOULMATE steps up an extra furlong for this class two handicap. A good winner of a class three back in February, he is now up to a career high rating of 91. Lyle Hewitson comes in for a first time ride on the five-year-old after Zac Purton has opted to ride Beluga instead, that doesn’t harm his claims here.
DRAGON PRIDE is a dual winner at Happy Valley, with his two victories coming back-to-back earlier this year. Zac Purton was on board the five-year-old both times he has prevailed over C&D and continues the prolific partnership today. A beaten favourite last time at Sha Tin, he didn’t lose much in defeat to a progressive looking winner, should go close again in this contest.