Lake Jackson prelude pick

A host of Port Lincoln Cup hopefuls will round off their preparation for the big race in the $25,000 Thomas Foods International Cup Prelude at the Port Lincoln races this Sunday.

Lake Jackson repaid the faith last start over the 1390 metres and looks the new kid on the block.

He drops out the back in his races and with minimal speed engaged he becomes a slight risk but he does have a powerful finish.

There seems to be a sense of timing with this Angela Forster-trained five-year-old and if he does not win I am sure he will put in a good cup trial.

Rooboy was game in his Lock Cup win when eyeballed a long way form home by Eye The World; speed maps say he will get his own way in front here.

Copper Coast Raider and Never Doubt Us also like to get back in the field but are must includes and knockout hopes to Eye The World, Lotion and Hard At It.

Benchmark 80 1000m

One of the better sprint fields seen locally in a few years lines up here. 

Look forward to Irish Mint returning to Port Lincoln for the Brian Clarke stable; this speed machine is undefeated at this track and will give them something to catch.

Belomo was terrific on resumption and I am happy to play on an each-way basis here given the early pressure engaged.

The Port Augusta-trained gelding will sit back and watch it all unfold before unleashing down the centre of the track.

My Lesson and Debeersonus will race handy and do the chasing while Artful Rambler lost no admirers with her placing at Morphettville on Saturday.

Benchmark 64 1390m

You have to believe what you saw last start with Invincible Me where he was not the best away and came with a long wide run to round up the field.

Plenty of depth here but in a truly run race he might be the one that is strongest late.

Locks Well, Kid Me, Slide Of Hand and Ticket To Paris are all racing well and should be considered.

Benchmark 60 1750m

Hand To Hand will run the trip and in a tricky race the Julie Branford-trained four-year-old goes in as the top selection.

Tassie can give some cheek if allowed to dictate terms from the front and Artful Monty is right in a race like this given a decent run in transit.

Benchmark 60 1210m

Downs After Dark is the class runner but will the 61.5 kilograms allotted make connections run him in the Benchmark 80 race?

If he were to line up here he is undoubtedly the one to beat although his getaway from the barriers has been a little concerning this preparation.

I Am Dexter looks a promising three-year-old and Gold Busker bears close watching first-up.

Two-Year-Old 1000m

Gottabiton clearly has the measure of the raced brigade on his dominant victory over the fillies on January 24.

Track watchers tell me Equilago from the Jackie Stoetzer stable goes well so put her in the quinella along with the Will Clarken trained Just Kauto.

Maiden 1390m

Synergy deserves to break through here for Tony Haddy.

This mare finds the line pretty well and should be too strong for them late.

Our Freebie hardest to beat with Desert Minty next best.

Maiden 1000m

Glossy Ganoderma should derive benefit from his first look at the track when close up behind Tornado Blue. 

Expect the April Cornell-trained three-year-old to be in the firing line throughout.

Equidant will be well fancied and looks the only danger on paper.