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STAY ON TRACK - SELECTIONS

All roads lead to Scone's massive two-day Cup Carnival that kicks off with tomorrow's Darley Scone Cup Day and finishes with Saturday's 10-race card featuring the $250,000 Group 3-Coolmore Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) where Shadows of Love is the $3.80 TAB favourite ahead of Ruthless Dame ($5) and Banana Queen ($6.50).

The rail is in the TRUE position with the track rated a Soft 6. There's no rain forecast until Saturday with the slight possibility of a shower and the raceday temperature reaching a top of 16 degrees.

This week’s selections: BG

BEST BET
Race 5, No.13 - OSTRAKA ($7 on TAB)

Saturday 18th May – SCONE

Race 7 - 2:35PM LISTED-EMIRATES PARK ORTENSIA STAKES (1100M)

6. OPAL RIDGE’s ($4.80 equal favourite on TAB) chances haven’t been helped by the barrier but she is lethal first up (4:3-1-0). Her only fresh defeat to date came first-up last campaign when second to Front Page in the Kosciuszko. She lost no admirers despite being beaten as favourite and the winner smashed the clock, leading from start to finish. Nothing else had a hope. Her form tapered off thereafter, stretching to 1400m. Scone trainer Luke Pepper will have targeted this race all campaign with two trials tune her up. This time last year the four-year-old mare won the Luskin Star at this corresponding meeting and it was a brilliant win. Just hoping Tommy Berry can find a three-wide running line. If the breaks fall her way, she’ll rocket home.

Race 8 - 3:10PM GROUP 3-COOLMORE DARK JEWEL CLASSIC (1400M)

6. SHORT SHORTS ($11) looks dangerous with potential control up front after the five-year-old was grabbed in the final stride in the Hawkesbury Crown a fortnight ago. That looks an important form reference for this. She worked early to find the front but still kicked like the winner and it was sharp on the clock late. She lost nothing in defeat. Can’t find a lot of other pressure in the race outside of Short Shorts so she should carve across and give them all something to chase down at double-figure odds. Alysha Collett jumps back on and she has a great association with the speedy mare, having been aboard in four of her six career wins. Has the ability to run fast time when she gets conditions to suit.

Race 9 - 3:50PM LISTED-SCONE EQUINE HOSPITAL LUSKIN STAR STAKES (1300M)

1. AMENDABLE ($4.20 fav) is on a Stradbroke path but this looks a perfect assignment for him on the way through. He has been tasked with carrying the top weight of 60kg but three of his past four starts have been in Group One company. The latest two at weight-for-age. He may have been flattered by the heavy track and his position in running in the All Aged Stakes four weeks ago but that’s by far the best last start performance anything in the field produced as a lead in to this. The cherry on top is how kind the map looks for this four-year-old. Despite his CV, he has only won two from 14 but he looks well placed to make that three on Saturday.

Race 10 - 4:30PM GULLIVER’S BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP (1100M)

4. LEGIO TEN ($7) has won his past two when first-up. He is explosive fresh and last campaign was heavily backed at Rosehill upon his return, coming with a sweeping wide run to win from last. His form tapered off a touch in two runs thereafter. The four-year-old also has an excellent record over 1100m (4:3-0-1). This is a deep BM78 with chances right down the page but the son of Exopshere looks well set up to reproduce what he did first-up last time in and that’d give this a shake. James Cummings has given Legio Ten two trials, towing his jockey to the line in the latest of those. A capacity field should ensure a truly run race giving him his chance.

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