Scone for the stand alone Saturday meeting and what a meeting they have for us with six black type races available and big full fields. The track usually plays strong towards the fence on day two given recent history. Bowman riding here and not in Brisbane for the Group 1 is interesting. We will be on a good track and rail true.
QUADDIES (races 5-6-7-8)
Skinny Play: 2 – 6,7 – 1,2,3 - 6
Wide Play: 2,3,8 – 2,4,6,7 – 1,2,3,4,7 - 6
BEST BET: R5 – 2. CALANDA
Next Best Bet: R1 – 6. INTERLOCUTER
Best Roughie: R2 – 14. LAKE LUGARNO
No6 INTERLOCUTER (NEXT BEST BET) comes to this off the back of what in essence was a paid track gallop when he dropped back way in grade to a Class 2 handicap and although he gave the rest of the field substantial weight he smashed them and ran brilliant time for 2100m. He comes now to a BM78 with just 58kgs and this is a stepping stone for bigger things.
No3 GREAT GLEN was a good winner last start at Hawkesbury where the form has already held up out of. This is a weaker race than that and he has his chance.
No2 RICHRAD OF YORKE won strongly last start and has drawn a very sticky gate out there in 20 which hurts his chances. But he may well sit back and have the last shot at them.
No10 WAKING MOMENT drops back from the ATC Oaks and looks as if she is on her way to Queensland off a freshen up. This is stronger, but she is a classy stayer.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 WAKING MOMENT
No14 LAKE LUGARNO (BEST ROUGHIE) has trialled in imposing fashion coming into this race, yes it was only at Dubbo against nothing. But it was the style in which she did it that grabbed my attention. She has been low flying as of late and is well over the odds.
No2 UPSCALE has a good fresh record and has trialled well enough coming into this fresh run here. The gate is a touch worrying. But she has the speed to be able to cross them and take up a forward position in the run.
No6 FIRSTHAND found the line well enough behind Miss Vista resuming. The form out of that race has held up well already and this race looks to be a touch weaker than that. He is a winner second-up in the past. Tommy will be giving it his all as his wife is a part owner.
No12 OZARK really ran through the line well when winning last start. He looks to get the perfect run of the race here from gate 5 and with Collett on board he will be given every chance here.
VALUE RUNNER: No14 LAKE LUGARNO
No3 ALMANZORA looks to have a few lengths on these off her recent trial and the form that she brings to this race. I don’t think she was completely happy on the wet track last start and now on the dry ground here from a good gate she can dominate the race.
No5 AFRICAN RAINBOW brings really good form to this race behind She Will Reign and Serena Bay. This looks to have been a target race fresh going off the two solid trials coming in and has her chance.
No6 EPIDEMIC was a well-supported fav on debut and was solid enough there. The two trials coming into the fresh run here have been quite good and she looks to have developed quite well during her break. She is the second Godolphin seed however.
No7 I AM EXCITED has been trialing up in really good fashion coming into a debut run here. She must be well thought of by Pfieffer to debut in a stakes race, and in what looks to be a very hot race. She has drawn well for a good run of the race.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 AFRICAN RAINBOW
No10 INFRA DIG has drawn a super soft gate for a first-up run here. The trials have been very quiet and she has a great fresh record. She was able to beat the older horses last time in and I love when a filly can do that. Her form is good and she is a chance here.
No1 ECKSTEIN may well want further than this, but is the classiest filly in this race by a long way. She improved with each run last time in and ended up in the placings in the Magic Millions. She has a good fresh record and has her chance here.
No5 GIBRALTAR GIRL was a big winner last start and may well go on with it now. The thing that is against her however is that she has drawn out in gate 18 and she is 1200m back to 1100m now. She is a winner over 1100m in the past however.
No3 ZUMBELINA has let punters down this time in, but this race looks weaker than the two she contested at the start of her prep and she now gets Bowman which is a big booking on a day like this. If she is ready to go. Look out.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 INFRA DIG
No2 CALANDA (BEST BET) should be winning this with a touch of luck and what makes me even more confident is that Bowman is here to ride him rather than going to the Doomben 10,000 meeting. From gate 14 I won't be surprised at all if Bowman strode forward and dominated the race, as last start he rode for luck and got none.
No3 MR SNEAKY got the job done as he well should have last start in weaker grade than this. That looked to be a pipe opener for a race such as this and for the big money he looks ready to run a race here.
No8 FRANCE should be much more improved after what looked to be a fitness run fresh where he was taken to the front and did fold up late. I don’t mind that with fresh horses as it really toughens them up. If he has taken the needed improvement he looks hard to beat.
No11 SPRIGHT should find the more even surface of Scone much more suitable to her liking here. She hasn’t had any luck with the tracks this time in and she had been low flying in her trials coming into this. If she shows her best she will be in the finish.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 FRANCE
No6 OLD NORTH should improve out to 1300m here second-up from a spell. He looked awesome in the yard at Hawkesbury, but the 1100m was never going to suit him. He was a stayer early days, but now with the gelding operation he looks to be a miler.
No7 SIR BACCHUS had no luck whatsoever upon resumption behind Nieta. He drops well in weight and gets up to a more suitable distance here. His second-up record is fantastic and the 1300m distance here suits him perfectly.
No2 CLEARLY INNOCENT was the winner of this race last year in dominant fashion and returns to the scene of the crime looking for his first win since then. He resumed with a solid run over the 1100m at Hawkesbury and gets Bowman on board. He ran home in slick time fresh.
No4 SNOOPY was all set to go to Hong Kong but must have failed the strict vet procedures. He has trialled in good fashion coming into this, but 1300m is a weird distance to start off a preparation at and he may well be a touch underdone.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 OLD NORTH
No1 ARTISTRY just needs some luck and she looks the winner of this. I don’t want to bring up bad memories from punters last start but I think she may well have just found the gap that she needed there. From gate 2 Bowman should sit just behind the leader and be hard to beat.
No2 SHILLELAGH won that race well last start and finally found her form after not having much luck for Waller at her first few runs for him. The win showed that she had come back on good fashion and now that she has run up to her best, she should hold it.
No3 SWEET REDEMPTION has a good second-up record and should improve here after leading them up at Hawkesbury. From barrier 14 Hippo will roll forward on her as she usually does and with the blinkers on she may well be able to focus better in the run and give them something to chase.
No7 KINSHACHI was really good fresh at Hawkesbury. She really stepped up last time in and looked as if she had come back in good fashion this time in. She handles all going and second-up to the 1400m she looks suited.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 SWEET REDEMPTION
No6 NIETA comes into this race second-up after winning what looked to be an unsuitably run race fresh. Yes she was even money there, but she had to run against her pattern and got the job done well there. Second-up to 1100m and down to 53kgs she gets the perfect run of the race and is hard to beat.
No9 DEPLOY took all before him last preparation and showed that he wanted to be a race horse as the jury was out on him before that. This is his toughest test to date, but the way he stepped up last time in has me confident that he can do that.
No12 QUATRONIC is a flying machine and will take up the speed from the outside gate here. He is able to run fast time and the 1100m of Scone should suit him here. He drops to 53kgs after carrying weight at his last few and he will be hard to run down.
No7 HIEROGLYPHICS drops back in grade here and is back to her favoured distance of 1100m here. She won her first two starts this preparation over 1100m and then just found the 1200m a touch too far, she has a good fresh record and down on 53kgs she has a chance.