By Neil Evans
Track Good 4 and rail out 2m from 1000m to 300m, then true the remainder; so likely on or just off the speed before a late trend wider
|Race 1 MAIDEN PLATE (1000m):|
We open with the maidens at set weights. Tamworth 4YO 5. Rubic Honour from the Cody Morgan stable was heavily backed first-up at Scone off a long break when narrowly failing to haul in the winner. Fitter now, and was scratched from Scone last Tuesday.
Dangers: Scone 4YO 6. Valar Dohaeris hit the line hard to miss by a head first-up at Gilgandra, although more depth here. Local 3YO 10. Hurn Court worked home okay here on debut when well backed.
How to play it: Rubic Honour to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 2 MAIDEN HCP (1200m):|
Plenty of chances in this. Improving Newcastle 4YO 1. Meyisti did some work to get over from a wide draw resuming in a handy maiden at Muswellbrook, and his effort to stick on was encouraging.
Dangers: Another one from that same race, 7. Lord Bronn copped a squeeze just after the start and was out the back, but made up good ground, and extra journey and firmer ground are both plusses. Include Scone filly 10. Dia Del Amor who resumes for only her second start, and gets in light from the inside draw.
How to play it: Meyisti to win and Lord Bronn each way. Odds and Evens: Odds
|Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1400m):|
Still with the maidens over a bit further, and keen on local mare 11. Stashes from the Luke Morgan camp. Hit the line late first-up at Moree off a long break before working home in a stronger maiden at Scone behind two very handy ones. Peaks this trip.
Dangers: Home track 4YO 1. Another Arli went to the front second-up but was no match for the winner who has since won comfortably again. If he can get over from a wide barrier, he will be in this for a long way. Muswellbrook 3YO 6. Bad Boy McCoy has worked home fairly in his last couple, and is looking for this longer trip. Expect sharp improvement from Newcastle 3YO 9. Lincoln Park who did little first-up in heavy ground at Pt Macquarie, but this is weaker, and leading country rider goes on; while Scone 4YO 2. Scatman is best of the rest third-up.
How to play it: Stashes to win. Odds and Evens: Odds
|Race 4 TAMWORTH RUSH (1200m):|
Good race. High class 5YO mare 1. Heaven's High from the Stirling Osland yard at Armidale is primed third-up. Charged home late resuming at Moree before holding his ground in a much deeper race at Coffs. Draws okay and looked well weighted under 58.5kg considering his record.
Dangers: Gosford 5YO 3. Classic Gaming returned with a narrow heavy track win at home after sitting right behind the speed, and will likely adopt a similar tactic down 2kg in weight. Scone 5YO 4. Dubai Tycoon should be forgiven for his failure in the Forbes Cup when the field was strung out like brown cows, and he was left chasing a long way from home. Previous BM 80 win was strong, and in-form trainer has removed winkers. Must respect resuming Scone staying mare 6. Love Me Quietly who normally takes a run or two to get rolling, but comes in off a forward trial.
How to play it: Heaven's High to win; quinella 1 and 3; and trifecta 1,3/1,3,4,6/1,3,4,6. Odds and Evens: Odds
Heaven's High runs third at Coffs Harbour on August 6
|Race 5 BM 58 HCP (2100m):|
Now the stayers' turn. Walcha 5YO 2. Tom's Knight from the George Woodward stable fought well in a race with more depth at Scone where the winner ran a record. Right up in the weights here, but normally carries it.
Dangers: He might be 10 years of age, but Wellington warhorse 3. Lucky Elixir has never raced better, steaming home to win his last two, although not quite as effective on firm ground. Much prefer Muswellbrook 6YO 1. Yuralla Boy back on drier ground after dropping out at Hawkesbury in a deeper race, and huge weight off-set by a 4kg claim. Muswellbrook 6YO 5. Apache Junction can mix his form, but did win at this track two starts back, and draws to get a soft run.
How to play it: Tom's Knight to win. Odds and Evens: Split
|Race 6 CLASS 2 HCP (1600m):|
Tricky race, but 6YO Muswellbrook mare 4. Ludivine can make it two straight after sweeping home to win a handy CL1 at Scone third-up. Overall time was slow, but did beat a handy one who had claimed her maiden the start before.
Dangers: Tough Scone 4YO 2. Shame Warned has been in the money around this grade last three runs, winning here two starts back. Drawn to park just behind the speed, and blinkers come off. Newcastle mare 7. The Spell is best of the rest.
How to play it: Ludivine to win and quinella 2 and 4. Odds and Evens: Evens
Ludivine wins at Scone on August 18
|Race 7 CLASS 2 HCP (1000m):|
We finish with a competitive and very tricky sprint. Tough Scone 6YO 4. Gold Codes from the Jones yard has run three straight second placings behind some progressive gallopers, and deserves another win. Just needs to slot in from an awkward barrier, and can finish over the top.
Dangers: Muswellbrook mare 5. Sophie's Lass is drawn even further out, but building a nice record, and will relish getting back on to a firm surface. Home track 4YO 1. Anethole found the line well in two runs last prep, and resumes off a steady trial. Scone mare 9. A Room Somewhere has plenty of early speed, and has been freshened for this drop back in trip. Newcastle mare 8. Ducale stuck on okay after leading in the heavy at Port Macquarie last start, but much more effective when she's ridden quieter, and can finish off. Watch the betting on local mare 11. Untamed Mistress who resumes off a long break and quiet trial, and won her only previous start here in this grade; while former Victorian 4YO 2. Brave Enough resumes off two quiet trials for leading stable, but will need luck over this distance drawn off the track.
How to play it: Gold Codes each way. Odds and Evens: Split.