The Allan Denham stable returns to Scone tomorrow with a small but competitive group including the in-form galloper Smith set to atone for his last start placing to Kris Lees’ blue blood Road to Heaven.
In his six-start preparation, the four-year-old son of Myboycharlie has won three times and finished no further back than 1.6 lengths from the winner, which funnily enough occurred in a race most say he should have won.
Smith appears in the Darley Australia Protect our Industry B66 Handicap where he will stretch out over the 1600m for the first time against quality opposition including Bulletson, Kulnura, Just Bute and local mare Lamma Hilton.
With Country Premiership hoop Greg Ryan retaining the steering duties and drawing barrier 2, Smith should be given every opportunity to run out the mile strongly.
The stable has also engaged Ryan aboard three-year-old filly Dame Kiri who is returning to Scone against her own sex in what looks a slightly easier assignment then her last outing. Last start Dame Kiri ran creditably against the older horses where she appeared to be a little run off her feet early though boxed on bravely into the placings in what was a quality Class 1 event.
Stepping out to the 1100m of the Coolmore Australia Protect our Industry F&M B58 Handicap and again drawing superbly in gate two, this maybe the makings of a perfect fit for this lightly raced daughter of Exceed and Excel.
Local trainer Stephen Jones may finally get to see the fruits of his team’s labour in the 1000m Vinery Stud Protect our Industry Maiden Handicap when five-year-old mare Palais De Louvre steps out at the races for the very first time. In a great show of perseverance and horsemanship, the Jones stable appears to have found the recipe with this talented daughter of Smart Missile who looks set to make her presence felt debuting on her home surface.
Scone’s eight race card kicks off at 12:30pm with the track currently rated a Soft 5.