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Vase Shaping As A Strong Derby Guide
Immediately following the running of the Gr1 Cox Plate tomorrow, some of the most promising 3YOs will jump from the same 2040m starting stalls in the Gr2 Moonee Valley Vase, a race that is often a good guide as to what might unfold in the Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington (run tomorrow week). While this year's renewal has some exceptional prospects engaged, including Gr1 winners Prized Icon and Sacred Elixir, there is a strong push for black-type maiden So Si Bon. By dual Cox Plate hero So You Think, So Si Bon ran a blinder in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas and is just one of her sire's progeny really starting to come into their own as 3YOs. Also prominent are the only two fillies in the race – both likely to face off in the Gr1 Crown Oaks in 12 days time. Whispering Brook and Harlow Gold acquitted themselves well in the 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield behind Global Glamour, and their 2kg weight relief brings them right into calculations over tomorrow's longer journey.