By Tony Megahey
Aside from the typically imposing presence of multiple Group winners Kris Lees and Paul Perry at Friday’s TAB Scone meeting, two promising gallopers will compete in preference to a hot TAB Highway at Randwick on Saturday.
Astute Brett Cavanough with maiden Star Boy and Jeremy Sylvester with Dee You See Kay had nominated for headquarters, but determined the odds were far more in their favour at Scone.
The short-priced Highway favourite is Port Macquarie’s Victorem on the strength on an impressive recent Rosehill barrier trial second to Doomben 10,000 winner Music Magnate. And the chances don’t end with him.
Meanwhile Star Boy, second at Dubbo and Mudgee when resuming, is equal favourite carrying 57.5kg for Grant Buckley in the Ausure Scone Maiden Plate (1100m).
Consistent Dee You See Kay, who had drawn the extreme outside at Randwick, instead contests the Pryde’s Easifeed Class 3 (900m) and is advantaged by the 3kg claim for Kris Lees’ Irish apprentice Louise Day. Dee You See Kay has early wins at Kempsey and Tamworth and is fitter for a recent Tamworth placing. Lees has several strong contenders, including La Pont in a Morgan and English 1100m Maiden.
“He had a nice debut and has plenty of upside,” Lees assessed. “He is suited out to 1100m as he closed off solidly here at 900m.”
Lees has two leading chances in dual winners Tycoon Street and Bochy in the Segenhoe Stud 1300m Class 2. “Both are drawn out but on the up; Tycoon Street has put together two really nice wins and will race on pace,” Lees added.
“Bochy has been freshened and is on the up, he will be closing late.”
In his first prep, Bochy scored powerful closing wins at Muswellbrook and Kempsey.
Tycoon Street was highly impressive first prep leading to win by a widening seven lengths in a Kempsey Maiden, and the filly led again to win a 1400m Class I at Scone.
Perry’s best chance is the speedy Mr Grumpy in the last - Pryde’s Easifeed 900m Class 3. A three-race winner, Mr Grumpy has led when close up in far tougher grade twice at Warwick Farm.
The highly popular Scone track will race on a good four in fine conditions.