Scone Racing Tips – Sat May 11
We will be at Scone this Saturday.
Track: Soft 6. Rail: Out 3m from 800m – winning post. True the remainder.
Best Bet: Race 3 – LIBERTINI
Race 1: Inglis 3YO Guineas Set Weights 1400m
WILD PLANET (2) comes through the South Pacific Stakes at Listed level at Randwick last time, he was mid-field and wide throughout and was entitled to drop off. He didn’t shirk the task however and kept coming despite the tough run! That race has proved to be a good form reference with two winners coming from it.
MILITARY ZONE (1) won the Hawkesbury Guineas leading into this. He ran on well from mid-field but he may have been favoured the way the race was run. He ran on hard the start prior at Gosford when resuming, look for him late. REGINAE (7) may be able to lead for a long way, SIGNORE FOX (3) was also a winner at Hawkesbury in a BM78 last time. He will also be giving them a start.
Race 2: BM78 Handicap 2200m
FAIRLIGHT (6) is one of a few Kris Lees runners with a chance, all three runs this prep have been on a heavy track so the soft rating here will not be a problem. He was held-up back on the inside at a vital stage last start before running on ok, the wide draw and soft ground should ensure the same will not happen here.
FREE FLY TOO (7) led all the way at Hawkesbury last start in a similar standard race to this, he will be trying to do the same again no doubt. RAQEEQ (5) comes through that same race and was wide throughout but kept coming through the line. HIGH OPINION (1) comes through a different formline after a brave 2nd in the Wagga Cup last week. HE maps to be right on the speed throughout.
Race 3: Woodlands Stakes 2YO Fillies 1100m
LIBERTINI (1) chased har din eth Kindergarten Stakes on debut but was beaten on its merits. I was questioning the form out of that race but what this girl did last time sees her a put-in take-out job here. She settled mid-field and very wide without cover at Randwick, accelerated quickly when asked and made into a times and margins job. She looks very smart.
DEVACHAN (3) was a good maiden winner at Newcastle last time after not everything went right. The margin wasn’t huge but there was a gap to third. We know how good a year the Cummings team has had with their juveniles! JUST FIELD (5) was heavily backed to win at Muswellbrook on debut, he showed good speed and should be on the bunny early. This is harder though. SINGLE BLONDE (6) is still a maiden but has placed at all three starts, this is her first go on a rain affected track.
Race 4: BM78 Handicap 1100m
I loved the way that SOUTHERN LAD (5) hit the line fresh from a mile back at Randwick. HE had to give them 6 lengths at the top of the rise but was only beaten 0.4L at the finish. He has been placed at only one other second-up run, the wide draw is a killer but he will be getting back anyway. He looks a great each-way bet.
AMERICAN MAGIC (3) won an 84 at Gosford last time when leading all the way, form in a race like that can often be misleading as the track can be so leader-dominated. He will no doubt have pressure applied also with the huge field. AKASAKI (1) should have finished a lot closer last time at Hawkesbury after being held-up at a vital stage, WAGNER (6) has a good record on soft tracks but failed badly on the heavy three back. He maps to be mid-field and should only need a cart into it to feature.
Race 5: Denise Joy Stakes 3YO Fillies 1100m
Another capacity field that should produce a double figured winner. SWEET AVA (8) has won fresh previously, a little concerning that was her debut and she has not won since. She was consistent before going to the paddock, there was a lot to like about her latest trial where she was held together but was taking ground from the winner late.
EVALINA (6) was well backed but beaten into 2nd in a heat of the Provincial Champs at Newcastle, she has had 7-weeks off and given a quiet trial leading into this. GONGS (5) is well drawn and has won fresh, PROPHETS THUMB (3) was well beaten by Classique Legend last time but was ok through the line. There is no Classique Legend here.
Race 6: Luskin Star Stakes 1300m
TREKKING (2) is a real winner, he chased hard on the heavy track resuming before running on well at Randwick last time to score at Group Three level. He has the draw, should be at peak fitness and has some class and consistency.
BRAVE SONG (3) comes through that same race at Randwick, he was resuming that day and flashed home from a mile back. He has a great record second-up also, just needs everything to go right with his pattern of usually giving them a start. RESIN (7) loves the sting out of the ground and has trialed well with a month in between runs. REDOUBLE (6) was also good in that race that the top pick comes through, but will need to improve on his horrible record second-up. He Looks a good lay but must be included in the minor numbers in exotics.
Race 7: Dark Jewel Classic Fillies and Mares 1400m
I will be watching the betting keenly with the Waterhouse/Bott runner CON TE PARTIRO (5). She is a former American mare that is now calling Randwick home, it is an interesting race to set her for first-up here and she has trialed well enough. If the money comes for her, I will be confident she will have that stable polish.
MOSS TRIP (6) is better than what she showed in the Coolmore last time, she clearly didn’t handle the wet. If the track dries up, she is a major player. SWEET SCANDAL (8) will go forward from the wide draw, if she can control the speed in front or outside the leader, she will be hard to run down. I guess that will depend on Gai’s runners, it is rare that they are not on the speed. INTO THE ABYSS (11) has the soft inside draw, if it is no disadvantage to be drawn low on the soft track she won’t be far away as they turn for home.
Race 8: Ortensia Stakes Quality 1100m
Am going to stick with the classy veteran DOTHRAKI (1). He has been a little hit and miss this time in against the best sprinters in the land, less than 2 lengths of Sunlight and Nature Strip two back. He was enormous in this race two years ago when very wide on the speed, let’s hope he can wind back the clock!
VIRIDINE (2) wasn’t far off Trekking and Brave Song last time, they both go around in Race 6 so see how that form-line holds up. He will be giving them a start but I have a feeling come Race 8, they will be very wide on the track. VICTOREM (3) hasn’t been seen since a really good Qld summer campaign, he flies fresh and should be up on the speed. FROM WITHIN (4) travels down from the Gold Coast and any time this stable sends one south, it should be respected. He probably leads from the middle draw, a lot will depend on whether it is advantageous to be on the speed or not.