***SUPER SCONE PREVIEW***
with NEIL EVANS

RACE DAY on Tuesday Aug 25, 2020
8 TAB RACES
SCONE RACE CLUB
#HomeOfTheHorse
434 Bunnan Rd, SCONE

Gates Open 11.30am
FREE General Entry for Owners & Public
*1st Race @ 12.50pm & ALL Races carry a BOBS Silver Bonus available up to $9625.00:

*Track likely Good 4 & Rail back to True, so expect on or just off the speed pattern before a late trend wider

*RACE 1 @ 12.50pm COOLMORE MAIDEN PLATE (900m) – Set Weights; Apprentices Can Claim:

We kick off an outstanding program with the maidens over the short course. Newcastle 4YO gelding 2. MY NAUGHTY BOY (approx $5.50 – $6.00) from the Steve Hodge stable resumes off a lengthy break, but looked ready to go in a very forward trial. Should park a few lengths off the speed, and only missed by a whisker on debut here back in January. Sire was a Group 2 winner from only seven starts.

*MAIN DANGERS: Rival first-up Novacastrian mare 7. Pizzly mixed her form last prep in stronger provincial and maiden company, and has been fitted with two trials. Watch the betting on 3YO Quirindi first starter 10. Onyagame who trialled nicely on this track, and leading country rider has been booked. Talented local 3YO filly 13. Lucky Banner was close-up in all four runs to open her career. Resumes with no public trial, but will come to hand quickly in a strong yard, and looks well in the race under 55kg.

Likely Tempo: Good to Strong
My Betting Attack: MY NAUGHTY BOY Each Way & TRI: 2,7,13/2,7,13/2,7,10,13

*RACE 2 @ 1.25pm GET YOUR KOSCIUSZKO TICKETS BENCHMARK 66 HCP (1600m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:

Deep and intriguing battle, with plenty of chances. Home track 5YO mare 5. MO’S GLORY ($6.00 – $6.50) from the Rod Northam stable is ready to win up in trip fourth-up and on firmer ground. Held her position okay in a Highway at Rosehill two runs back before working home this grade at Muswellbrook, and last win was right here over this trip back in January.

*MAIN DANGERS: High class 5YO Tamworth gelding 3. Ronan’s Rock is the obvious threat off his dominant CL2 win at Coffs when he rounded them up easily enough from midfield. More depth here, but stays at the trip, and should get a lovely trail from the draw. Big striding Newcastle 6YO 1. Czechoslovakia burst through to win a similar race here two runs back before found the going tough in a stronger metro form race. Draws to tuck away midfield, and gets in nicely at the weights after rookie rider’s 4kg claim. Tough Gosford 6YO 6. Dashing ‘N’ Daring powered home to win a thinner race at Muswellbrook two runs back, before wayward in the straight probably cost him repeating the dose this grade. Query, though whether he gets the speed on up front he needs. Quirindi 6YO and perennial backmarker 8. Bulletson takes on his strongest opposition for a while, but won a weaker race at home before two fast-finishing efforts in BM 58 grade. Watch for him thundering late.

Likely Tempo: Fair to Solid
My Betting Attack: MO’S GLORY Each Way & FIRST FOUR: 3,5/1,3,5,6,8/1,3,5,6,8/1,3,5,6,8

*RACE 3 @ 2.05pm WIDDEN STUD CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600m) – Set Weights; Apprentices Can Claim:

Staying at the distance, and this looks spot-on third-up for progressive 4YO gelding 2. HOLY SUNDAY ($2.10 – $2.25) from the John Sargent yard at Randwick. Has typically finished hard in two runs back, and probably disadvantaged last time by not being able to get to the outside. Has never missed a place at this track, and draws to get good cover.

*MAIN DANGERS: Under-rated Wyong 4YO 3. Sapphires Son exploded home to destroy his maiden opposition at Tamworth third-up, and while this is a step up, extra distance is ideal. Hawkesbury mare 5. Calbuco was due to go around in Monday’s abandoned Bathurst meeting after cruising home to win her maiden in the heavy at Gosford, although this will test back on firm ground.

Likely Tempo: Fair
My Betting Attack: HOLY SUNDAY to WIN & QUINELLA: 2 and 3

*RACE 4 @ 2.40pm PRYDE’S EASIFEED F & M MAIDEN HCP (1100m) – Min Weight 55kg; Fillies & Mares; Apprentices Can Claim:

Back to a sprint trip for the maiden girls, and it’s an open and testing battle. Love the value about local 3YO filly 6. LOYAL ROMANCE (Trusting x Bridal Veil by Haradasun; $9.50 – $11.00) trained by John Ramsey who looked smart sitting off the speed before cruising through to bolt in a recent trial, and stable renowned for striking early. Drawn wide, but has obvious tactical speed.

*MAIN DANGERS: Well-hyped Randwick 3YO filly 9. Waafiya let punters down as a hot favorite at Canberra at her second start, and will appreciate getting on to drier ground for the first time, and dropping in weight. Big watch on talented 4YO local mare and stablemate to top selection 1. Crystal Falls who hasn’t raced for a year, but been given two quiet trials, and returns in blinkers. Was competitive in 2YO Group 1 company in autumn last year, so any market moves will be pivotal. Ex-Waller trained mare 2. Poetry In Motion resumes off two tidy trials for Newcastle’s leading stable; while debutant Newcastle filly 5. Delaware (Dissident x Fortress by Bernardini) has been given three trials, and debuts in blinkers.

Likely Tempo: Good
My Betting Attack: LOYAL ROMANCE Each Way & TRI: 1,6,9/1,2,5,6,9/1,2,5,6,9

*RACE 5 @ 3.15pm SEGENHOE C, G & E MAIDEN HCP (1100m) – Min Weight 55kg; Coltes, Geldings & Entires; Apprentices Can Claim:

Now the boys’ turn, and it’s another strong maiden with plenty of chances. Again keen on the value about improving 3YO Newcastle gelding 11. SON OF SAMPSON ($9.00 – $9.50) from the Paul Perry yard third-up back on firmer footing. Has really attacked the line in two heavy track runs back at Muswellbrook, and will relish the long sweeping run for home here.

*MAIN DANGERS: Tamworth 4YO gelding 3. Rubic Honour was heavily backed first-up here off a long break when narrowly failing to haul in the winner. Fitter now, and a little more ground a plus, but will need to get in somewhere drawn right off the track. Supremely bred Warwick Farm 3YO 8. Commanding Missile (Smart Missile x Ocean Tempest by Bel Esprit) looks primed for his debut off two impressive recent trials, and draws to get a charmed run. Watch the betting on 3YO Newcastle first starter 9. One Star Shining (Cluster x Solanas by Zabeel) who won the second of two recent trials.

Likely Tempo: Solid to Good
My Betting Attack: SON OF SAMPSON Each Way & Box Exacta: 3,8,11

*RACE 6 @ 3.50pm CRESSFIELD C, G & E BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1300m) – Min Weight 55kg; Colts, Geldings & Entires; Apprentices Can Claim:

Open tussle for the boys, but the stars finally align for one trained on the track. Big-finishing 5YO gelding 2. MAGIC CHARLEE ($6.00 – $7.00) again from the Northam stable is over the odds dropping in grade, and returning back home to firmer ground. Failed to run on in the heavy twice at Rosehill, but before that powered home to just miss in a couple of handy form races. Winkers go on, and he’ll be storming late again.

*MAIN DANGERS: Rejuvenated 5YO Wyong gelding 5. Heredero improved sharply to finish over the top here second-up, and will take some holding out again despite rising 2kg in weight. Local 6YO 3. My Zebrinka has an ordinary strike rate, but produced his best run in a while charging home in that same race behind Herdero, although weighted to his best. Wyong 4YO 8. Mathematics has mixed his runs since claiming a CL1 at Dubbo four runs back; while include in wider exotics resuming Gosford 5YO 10. New Tycoon who looked good winning the second of two recent trials.

Likely Tempo: Solid
My Betting Attack: MAGIC CHARLEE Each Way

*RACE 7 @ 4.25pm KIA ORA F & M BENCHMARK 58 HCP (1300m) – Min Weight 55kg; Fillies & Mares; Apprentices Can Claim:

The girls’ edition over the same trip, and this looks the winning domain of smart Newcastle filly 11. SEQUANA ($1.80 – $2.00) from the Lee stable returning off a seven week break, and a comfortable trial in good class company. Chased home The Snooperstar on debut here before an impressive and dominant win from well off the speed at Mudgee. Connections have much bigger targets in mind.

*MAIN DANGERS: Newcastle mare 2. Delchuzy resumes off an okay trial, and is a first-up winner. Local 6YO mare 5. Tombolo has to overcome a wide barrier, but her closing run in a CL1 at Narromine was very good, forced to sustain a wide run from well before the turn. Needs luck, but at peak fitness. Have to be forgiving of Dubbo mare 6. Dirty Digby who dropped right out at Forbes after reportedly not handling a shifting track, but prior to that flashed home for a dominant CL1 win.

Likely Tempo: Fair to Solid
My Betting Attack: SEQUANA to WIN

*RACE 8 @ 5.05pm DARLEY BENCHMARK 66 HCP (1000m) – Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:

We close a terrific meeting with a strong sprint which can prove a stepping stone for several runners. Lightly raced and smart 4YO Gosford mare 5. MISS FOX ($2.25 – $2.50) from the Adam Duggan yard resumes off an impressive trial win, and with a luxury 4kg claim. Won all three runs in her first real prep each time striking from just off the speed, and with a superior turn of foot, she can repeat the dose fresh.

*MAIN DANGERS: Plenty of them headed by talented 5YO Newcastle mare 8. Pearl Roan who resumed with a dominant front-running win at Muswellbrook in heavy ground this grade, and has a terrific strike rate at this track. Consistent Dubbo 6YO 2. Thermosa had little more than a training gallop bolting in a much weaker Picnic Trophy first-up under 71kg, and while this is a big leap, showed plenty last prep, including close up in a BM 70 at Warwick Farm. Gosford 5YO 6. Rambler Rebel doesn’t always produce, but has good speed. Sharpened up with an easy trial win at Tamworth, and trainer has made a stack of gear changes.

Likely Tempo: Strong
My Betting Attack: MISS FOX to WIN & QUINELLA: 5 and 8

**My BEST EARLY BETS:

R3 2. HOLY SUNDAY** Expect: $2.10 – $2.25; My Early Rating: $1.88
R8 5. MISS FOX** Expect: $2.25 – $2.50; My Early Rating: $1.95

**My BEST EARLY VALUE:

R2 5. MO’S GLORY** Expect: $6.00 – $6.50; My Early Rating: $3.85
R5 11. SON OF SAMPSON** Expect: $9.00 – $9.50; My Early Rating: $5.08
R6 2. MAGIC CHARLEE** Expect: $6.00 – $7.00; My Early Rating: $4.00

**TRAINERS TO FOLLOW:
Rod Northam**
John Ramsey*
Kris Lees*

**JOCKEYS TO FOLLOW:
Mitchell Bell*
Darryl McLellan*
Dylan Gibbons*

GOOD LUCK
@NeilEvansmail
SCONE RACING
#HomeOfTheHorse
Next Meeting: Tues Sept 8, 2020