Gary Crispe believes punters would have been left to toss a coin in the last race at Canterbury today if Here De Princess had been running, but with the scratching, Sorrelina looks the horse to beat.
Sorrelina made her debut on New Year's Eve last year, taking out a modest maiden at Gosford over 1100m. Backed in too even-money favourite on track she proved far too good, scoring by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
Sent straight to the paddock following her promising victory, O'Shea would prove very patient with her as she was not seen again until August this year.
Stepping up sharply in grade to a BM75 Handicap at Canterbury last start, Sorrelina proceeded to live up to her early expectations, leading all the way for a decisive one-and-a-quarter length victory.
Facing a similar field to her win last start, Sorrelina appears well-placed despite rising two-kilograms in the weights. The suspension of Glyn Schofield sees Kiwi whizz kid James McDonald engaged and from the good draw she should be able to roll forward and dictate freely in front.
With Here De Princes a scratching, the next best horse looks to be the Peter Snowden-trained Coins as she resumes in this after breaking her maiden status at Warwick Farm back in May.
Snowden has applied winkers for the first time, and after her solid trial at Randwick where she finished second behind promising colt Reflectance, expect her to be right in the finish.