By Neil Evans
Track Good 4 and rail out 2m, so predominantly even pattern.
|Race 1 C, G & E MAIDEN PLATE (1200m):|
The boys boot things off at set weights. Looks a nice second-up assignment for Scone 3YO 7. Enseguida who debuted with a solid third under 59kg at Gilgandra, and draws to park right behind the speed.
Dangers: From leading local stable and clear early favourite, 1. Akecheta fought on well at only third career start at Scone, despite being friendless in the betting, and this looks a shade easier. Be surprised if anything else wins.
How to play it: Enseguida to win and quinella 1 and 7.
|Race 2 F & M MAIDEN PLATE (1200m):|
Now the girls' turn under same conditions, and they should all be chasing home Gulgong filly 9. Smart Moove in a moderate line-up. Has attacked the line nicely in her last two, and went under a nose at Dubbo last start in a blanket finish. Ready to win!
Dangers: Scone filly 10. Visibly arrives from two fair runs in Victoria, and has drawn a nice gate for NSW debut. Brett Cavanough-trained runner 8. Loving Heart will improve after an even effort at Goulburn in her first run for eight months.
How to play it: Smart Moove to win.
|Race 3 MAIDEN HCP (1600m):|
Newcastle 3YO 7. Lord Byron has slowly improved in three runs back this prep, and also dropping in weight, can get into the finish.
Dangers: Liked the way Mudgee 6YO 2. The Naked Truth hit the line third-up at Orange, and has been placed six times from 14 starts while local 4YO 10. Think Of Legend is fitter now after three runs back, and drops significantly in weight. Expect Newcastle-trained top-weight 1. Mr International to also improve at second start.
How to play it: Lord Byron to win & first four 2-7/1-2-7-10.
|Race 4 BM 66 HCP (1600m):|
Good race. Newcastle 3YO 2. Peyton Place was dominant from the front this track last start, and should have little trouble controlling again over the mile. Building a nice record, and well used to carrying weight for leading trainer/rider combination.
Dangers: Local 4YO 5. Ratler looks the obvious threat and ran over the top of Peyton Place two starts back. Rise in grade off-set by a drop in weight, and will be finishing hard again. Scone 6YO 4. Collins Creek is screaming for the mile after two nice closing efforts over 1200m at Newcastle; while don't under-sell Quirindi 4YO 6. Chuck 'N' Paul who is on a peak after closing strong behind Ratler two runs back, and then beating a good BM 58 field at home. Another well in at the weights for the rise in class.
How to play it: Peyton Place to win and trifecta 2-5/2-4-5-6.
|Race 5 OPEN HCP (1200m):|
Plenty of chances across a competitive feature. Keen on smart local 5YO 8. The Lion who was very good in BM 78 metro company two runs back before confirming that form with a decisive win at Newcastle when appreciating a truly run race. In well at the weights considering he's a Randwick Highway winner from the spring.
Dangers: Consistent local 9YO 1. Mighty Like hasn't missed by much last two good in good company, and 3kg claim crucial. Big respect for local 5YO 9. Mr Pumblechook who resumes off a lengthy break, but boasts a smart fresh record for a stable renowned for getting them ready early and cruised home under a hold in a recent trial. Inverell 5YO 4. Mishani Sleuth chased home the red-hot Tarbert under 61kg last start at Grafton, and that horse won again easily on Sunday. Should find this a little easier from a nice barrier. Stablemate and ex-Queenslander 2. Dylan's Luck has found a new lease of life across northern NSW beating a smart field, including The Lion, two runs back in the Inverell Shorts. Consistent local 5. De La Hoya won two back at Armidale, but didn't savage the line here last start off a freshen-up. Gets a lovely trailing run from inside gate and should be around the finish.
How to play it: The Lion to win and trifecta 8/1-2-9.
The Lion wins at Newcastle on February 16
|Race 6 CL1 HCP (1400m):|
Scone filly 7. Zouling won her maiden in good style second-up this track, and should be in the finish.
Dangers: Local 4YO 6. Kadarchi carried a big weight to win his maiden three runs back, and chased home Peyton Place over longer trip last start. Gosford 4YO 2. Kristensen returned after six months off with a dominant maiden win at Taree, and was rock hard in the market right through his first prep last winter.
How to play it: Zouling to win.
|Race 7 BM 58 HCP (1200m):|
Looks the right race for talented Scone filly 4. Delchuzy who chased home the hot speedster Manabar this track last start. Parks in a nice trailing spot, and late last year put two twins together including beating a strong CL1 field on Mudgee Cup day.
Dangers: Gold Coast-based 3. Paolo was never troubled leading all the way to win his maiden at Coffs Harbour, before disappointing as favourite at Cessnock. Has enough ability this grade if he gets even luck from a wide draw. Local mare 6. Finne Realta looks well suited from the inside draw third-up; while Scone 3YO 5. Ramingining improved to win his maiden at third start, but will also need some luck from an outside barrier.
How to play it: Delchuzy each way.
Delchuzy runs second at Tamworth on February 11