Leading local trainer Brett Cavanough has a contingent of 8 runners engaged across the 8 race card at Scone on Friday, headed by the inform Mark My Word.
The well-travelled Cavanough, speaking from Grafton, is quietly confident his stable will acquit themselves well with a blend of consistent seasoned gallopers plus new additions to the stable and track.
In form galloper Mark My Word appears alongside consistent stablemate Al Cubana in the Kia Ora Class 3 Handicap over 1600m. Returning to the Scone surface where he was a somewhat unlucky 4th beaten under a length and alongside convincing last start Tamworth winner Smith, rock hard fit and out to the 1600m should see him fighting out the finish.
“He was probably a little unlucky last start not being able to get into clear galloping room when it was time to get rolling,” Cavanough said. “The form from that race has stacked up and I think we will see a continuation of that on Friday”.
Winner of that race Kulnara also returns to Scone in the Sardos Coffee Benchmark 66 Handicap over 1400m the race prior.
New stable addition Silent Sea will be seen first up in the Turangga Farm Class 2 Handicap 1100m for Cavanough Racing. A proven provincial class horse, the daughter of Poets Voice is expected to provide quite a forward showing for her new stable.
“She has shown us a bit at home, though we are starting from scratch with her removing a fair bit of gear she’s carried in the past,” Cavanough said. “She is a decent galloper, though has run into some pretty handy types her past few which is possibly not a true indication of how well she goes coming back to this grade”.
Second start 5-year-old mare No Reason makes her first appearance on her home track in the Emirates Park Handicap over 1300m. Cavanough was quite happy with her first race start at Tamworth over the 1000m two weeks ago and expects stepping out to the 1300m will be ideal.
“She was just run off her feet at Tamworth getting way out of her ground but really fought on and hit the line well in what was a Showcase maiden,” he said. “I think we will see her sit handier at the 1300m and take enormous improvement from her first run” commented Cavanough.
On Thursday afternoon Scone’s surface was rated a Good 4.