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Neil Evans' Tips For Scone (Monday)

By Neil Evans

Track Good 4 and rail out 5m so should play even early before trending towards the outside

Race 1 MAIDEN PLATE (1100m):

Intriguing opener. Market action could centre around two runners. Impressive Randwick 2YO gelding 7. Vici returns as a gelding for his second prep seemingly a much stronger horse. Looked good winning a recent Rosehill trial when stalking a slow speed and accelerated away with something in hand.

Dangers: Debutant 2YO colt 5. Giordano (Verrazano x Ally Armour by Bradbury's Luck) has had two forward trials for the Kris Lees yard, the latest held together from the front in open company after showing early speed, and this looks a nice starting point; while Warwick Farm 2YO filly 8. Just Jessie is also first-up off a smart trial win for leading juvenile stable.

How to play it: Vici to win and quinella 5 and 7.

Race 2 MAIDEN HCP (900m):

Open affair with nearly half the field on debut, including Wyong 3YO colt 2. Rifles (Smart Missile x Senora by Fusaichi Pegasus) who has won both home track trials in smart fashion.

Dangers: Warwick Farm 3YO gelding and first starter 1. Entitlement (Unencumbered x Encosta Bell by Encosta de Lago) who has trialled twice, the latest close-up in open company, and has blinkers for the first time. Newcastle 2YO filly 10. Iconic Star resumed off two sharp trials wins with an encouraging run behind the smart Enforcement, and should improve again although drawn right off the track. Rival Newcastle filly 11. Mary Magpie resumes off two trials, and normally comes to hand fairly quickly; while wide exotic players should include local 2YO gelding 6. Chastise (Star Witness x Castigate by Street Cry) who draws the fence on debut.

How to play it: Rifles to win and first four 1-2/1-2-6-10-11.

Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1300m):

Wyong 3YO gelding 3. Commander Bell has found the line nicely in two runs back, and is even better suited here on the long sweeping stretch from a good draw.

Dangers: Local 3YO gelding 1. Scatjak is much better than his disappointing first-up run at Quirindi when well backed, and will improve back on home track with rider taking 4kg off. Newcastle 3YO gelding 5. Let It Be has been gelded and is a big watch resuming off a recent trial win. Didn't fire a shot last year in first prep in much deeper maiden class, but has ben given plenty of time, and will return a better galloper.

How to play it: Commander Bell each way and Box Exacta 1-3-5.

Race 4 BM 58 HCP (1600m):

Well bred local 4YO mare 8. Artefiori was disappointing from off the speed second-up this trip at Taree, but can peak here back on preferred home track.

Dangers: Mudgee 4YO gelding 7. Thunderzone has his hoof right on the pulse powering home from well off the speed in two runs back at Dubbo. Was competitive in a Rosehill Highway earlier in the year, and should love the spacious mile around this track. Wyong 3YO gelding 1. High Court finished strongly to win his maiden this track at fifth start, but up in weight and drawn a tricky gate; while another Wyong-based gelding 9. Grand Acheeva pulled one out of the box to claim his maiden upsetting Chambermaid at Quirindi, and while this is tougher, draws well and should be around the finish.

How to play it: Artefiori to win and quinella 7 and 8.


Artefiori's sixth at Taree on June 7

Race 5 CL1 HCP (900m):

Good quality short-course dash that looks a race in three. Well-bred and smart Newcastle filly 4. Zaniah, by Zoustar, bolted in first-up at Taree, and will take a tonne of catching again.

Dangers: Randwick colt 2. North held on from the front to win his maiden on debut at Wyong, and then boxed on okay when behind the place-getters on heavy ground at Randwick. This looks easier, but drawn wide and there's plenty of speed underneath.

How to play it: Zaniah to win and quinella 2 and 4.

Race 6 CL2 HCP (1400m):

Keen on 3YO Newcastle gelding 6. Supreme Streak up in trip second-up. Was well backed when finishing off strong resuming at Quirindi, but improves significantly into next run, and better suited this track from an ideal trailing draw.

Dangers: Rival Newcastle 3YO filly 9. Airlie Avenue looks the main threat up in trip after flying home to win her maiden two back at Port Macquarie before another strong finishing effort at Taree. In well at the weights for leading trainer/rider combination. Local 3YO gelding 7. Tomatin will drift back from a wide barrier, but has a big final 400m sprint, and should appreciate this track after four runs back and blinkers going on. Local 5YO gelding 8. Mark My Word finds it hard to win, but was strong late in a good BM 58 at Dubbo, and can peak third-up.

How to play it: Supreme Streak to win and quinella 6 and 9.


Supreme Streak runs fifth first-up at Quirindi on June 11

Race 7 BM 66 HCP (1300m):

Local 3YO gelding 2. Legion Of Boom looks well placed coming back from solid runs in consecutive Highway company at Rosehill, and drawn to take up a lovely position.

Dangers: Big watch first-up on 3YO Wyong filly 7. Belle De Vega who won two straight in first prep, and resumes off a nice open class trial win. Wyong 4YO gelding 9. Rugenbrau also resumes for strong stable and draws a nice trailing gate.

How to play it: Legion Of Boom to win and box trifecta 2-7-9.

Race 8 CL1 HCP (1100m):

Warwick Farm 3YO gelding 3. Star Of O'Reilly resumes off two trials, and was a dominant debut winner last spring at Muswellbrook. Weighted to best, but looks in the right race fresh.

Dangers: Newcastle 3YO gelding 4. Jamaican Dream has been finding the line all prep under big weights, and draws to get a nice trail with cover and launch late. Scone gelding 6. Joey's Chance is another improver after winning his maiden first-up, was even through the line in a Class 1 with some depth at Dubbo; while Wyong 3YO filly 9. She's My Girl only just scraped home in her maiden win second-up at Cessnock, and while improves again over this longer trip, will have to do some early work from a wide gate. Consistent Tamworth gelding 10. Hey Dude; and local filly and last start Muswellbrook winner 11. Mapili; are both knock-out chances.

How to play it: Star Of O'Reilly to win.

All the fields, form and replays for Monday's Scone meeting

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