It’s almost become part of the form bible for punters sorting out younger horses headed for bigger prizes.
The depth in form of maiden races at Scone continues to be unrivalled anywhere across Australian non-metropolitan racing, and Tuesday’s feature meeting offers more of the same.
Only two weeks after returning from a year off with a terrific closing run in a Fillies and Mares maiden despite blowing the start, four-year-old Crystal Falls lines up in a Maiden Hcp (1150m) on what can be the first step back to her lofty early days when she mixed it with the best two-year-olds in the country, including second to 2019 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi, and finishing under five lengths from juvenile stars Microphone and Castelvecchio.
But even from the good draw, it won’t be all one-way traffic for Crystal Falls. Talented four-year-old My Naughty Boy backs up after having no luck in a strong maiden here a fortnight ago, while talented filly Meydan Lass resumes off two smart trials, and local colt Freedom Square makes his debut after an impressive trial win.
Later in one of the stronger country Class 2 battles seen for a long time, several runners all with metropolitan capability clash in an absorbing 1300m sprint.
Talented Newcastle filly Sequana is set to go one better than her fresh run here where she dashed clear, only to be run down in the last couple of strides.
But that was her first outing in seven weeks, and with more fitness under the belt and a luxury 2.5kg drop in weight, Sequana looks tough to beat.
Heading the challengers, though, is Scone staying mare Cosmic Haze who returns from a somewhat disappointing first-up run in a Highway at Rosehill, and has had a tongue tie added.
Market support should also come for Wyong colt Adios Steve who has won his last two at Muswellbrook on rain-affected going, and gets a chance to confirm he’s equally at home on dry ground; while another home track four-year-old Blue Tattoo looks well placed second-up over more ground after just missing rattling home at Dubbo on a Heavy 8.
By Neil Evans