Positive ID is hard to beat
BILLY WHIZZ returns with topweight 126lb, hoping to make every yard in Sunday's overnight allowance at nine and a half furlongs, however, in-form POWER, RING CHARMER and CHARMIN BEAUTY should keep him honest for POSITIVE ID to pounce in the stretch run.
POSITIVE ID has rich form on the route course - twice three lengths behind improved LURE OF LUCY - who placed third behind I'VE GOT MAGIC and DUKE at a mile last Saturday in open allowance company.
Last time out, POSITIVE ID was slowly into stride and rushed off his legs to make a bid at a cracking pace set by BILLY WHIZZ with BIG BIG DADDY pressing. Swooping down off the home turn, POSITIVE ID split horses and went after SWEET MAJESTY. However, the leader found a second wind and quickened close home.
MARQUESAS grabbed second from a winded POSITIVE ID while CRIMSON came from far back to claim fourth, suggesting the route trip will be more to his liking.
D HEAD CORNERSTONE ran out of steam after straightening fifth behind BILLY WHIZZ, which should again be the case when POSITIVE ID and CRIMSON get rolling.
POSITIVE ID's improvement since the back end of last season saw him skipping through non-winners of three and four with ease within two months, debuting in overnight allowance with a close third-place finish at six and a half furlongs behind LABAN.
Continuing his run of form, POSITIVE ID placed fourth in the December 3 Chairman's Plate at nine furlongs and 25 yards behind MINIATURE MAN, LURE OF LUCY and BRINKS.
POSITIVE ID afterwards lost narrowly to PRINCE MARSHALL at a mile on December 17, followed by his January 2 second-place run LURE OF LUCY, who franked her Chairman's Trophy defeat to MINIATURE MAN.
Though facing course specialist CRIMSON, who was only three-quarter length behind him two Saturdays ago at seven furlongs, POSITIVE ID's brave second behind LURE OF LUCY at nine furlongs and 25 yards on January 2 makes him the horse to beat.