RACING returns to the Scone Race Club this week, with an impressive eight-card program.
And, for the first time in a while, the Bunnan Road facility will be open to owners, members and the general public (with strict guidelines) on Friday, July 10.
It all gets underway from 12.20pm.
The track is likely to be a good 4/soft 5, with the rail out five metres.
So, expect a fairly even pattern early before trending wider and from further back.
The club will next race on Sunday, July 19.
Race 1 @ 12.20pm KIA ORA 3YO MAIDEN HCP (1100m)
Competitive maiden sprint to get us underway. Wyong 3YO gelding 5. SAPPHIRES SON (Tracey Bartley/Grant Buckley, 55kg; $11.00 - $12.00) returns from a consistent prep and five month spell. Normally comes to hand fairly early and has trialled in good style, Attacked the line from well back in his last two runs at this track in what proved to be solid form races, and just needs to find some cover to be hurtling into the finish. Over the odds!
Main dangers: Improving 3YO Randwick filly 1. You Rang stuck on well first-up at Kembla, and is the likely leader. Can improve further despite being drawn wide and carrying a little more weight. Newcastle filly 4. Jaja Chaboogie finished nicely resuming here behind a smart sprinter, and stripping fitter should be charging into the finish again; while watch for sharp improvement at second start from Wyong filly 8. Lasting Grace who carries 2kg less than her debut run here where she covered ground.
Likely tempo: Good
My betting attack: SAPPHIRES SON each-way and box trifecta 1, 4, 5, 8
Race 2 @ 12.55pm WELCOME BACK GUESTS MAIDEN PLATE (900m)
Back to the flying trip, and it's a tricky battle of early positions. Keen on 3YO Muswellbrook filly 5. OWHATA CRUMPET (Pat Farrell/Greg Ryan, 57kg; $5.00 - $5.50) resuming off two sharp trials for only her second start. Leading country jockey has been booked, and any rain would be a plus.
Main dangers: Front-running filly and former Victorian 3. Be Brilliant has her first run for the Nathan Doyle yard at Newcastle third-up, and should give a big sight with winkers going on. Watch the betting on home track 2YO and first starter 9. Spo Dee (Rubick x Decantered by Flying Spur) who has had no recent public trial, but in good hands and can fly with blinkers on. Local filly 6. Shukkas was run off her feet at big odds behind a promising one, but blinkers have been applied and she gets a 2kg claim. Include home track 2YO 7.Ananagram second-up if you're playing the exotics; as well as 2YO Gosford filly 10. Red Dress who resumes for only her second start off a smart trial win.
Likely tempo: Good to strong
My betting attack: OWHATA CRUMPET to win
Race 3 @ 1.35pm TURANGGA FARM CLASS 2 HCP (1100m)
Looks a race in three! Newcastle 3YO gelding 1. TWO UP (David Atkins/Robert Thompson, 59kg; $2.60 - $2.75) will be hard to beat fourth-up back in trip and on firmer ground, and best form by far is on this track. Draws to get the right trail.
Main dangers: Progressive Tamworth 3YO 5. Farmer's Friend resumes off two quiet trials, with blinkers removed. Has plenty of ability, and scored a dominant maiden win here at second start tracking the speed. Gosford 5YO 3. Khitaamy has a modest strike rate, but has been freshened since hitting the line nicely in handy company in his last two, and gets back down to a competitive weight.
Likely tempo: Solid to good
My betting attack: TWO UP to win and quinella 1 and 5
Race 4 @ 2.10pm YARRAMAN PARK BM 58 HCP (1100m)
This looks a simple put in and take out job for raging home track favourite and now 3YO gelding 1. REMLAPS GEM (Scott Singleton/Billy Cray, 60.5kg; $1.35 - $1.50) after a dominant debut win here in good time, and the second horse then came out and charged over them easily at Grafton on Wednesday.
Main dangers: Doubt there are any, but if improving Gosford 4YO 6. Geotime slots in from the wide draw, he can charge home into a Quinella spot. Finished well two runs back at Armidale before doing best work late after a tough run here in a field with good depth. Include Newcastle filly 7. The Spell, and tough Quirindi mare 10. Snipex Abaa, if you're playing the wider exotics.
Likely tempo: Solid
My betting attack: REMLAPS GEM to win and quinella 1 and 6
Race 5 @ 2.50pm CRESSFIELD STUD CLASS 1 HCP (1600m)
Intriguing race. Progressive 3YO Tamworth gelding 3. MANSENETA (Cody Morgan/Mitchell Bell, 59kg; $2.70 - $3.00) is a promising middle distance and staying type who can strike fourth-up. Powered home from well back to bolt in his maiden before just missing in a dogfight here when again coming from well back. At peak fitness, with the single blinker on, and primed to finish over them.
Main dangers: Improving Randwick 3YO 1. Most Welcome hasn't missed a place this prep off a long break, and drops in grade from finishing close-up in a BM 66 at Bathurst. Big weight is off-set by a 2kg claim. One of three Kris Lees-trained runners from Newcastle, 4YO mare 9. Tessa Burrito hit the line hard first up at Muswellbrook in heavy ground, and has run three placings from five starts at this track. Stablemate mare 5. Wild Sheila hasn't re-produced the form of her dominant first-up maiden win at Hawkesbury, but is better suited back to the mile. The third stablemate 4YO 2. Bandahara has been up for a while, but continues to find the line well in handy company without winning. Up in weight and drawn the fence which may not suit his off-speed style. Another Novacastrian, 3YO 6. Reuben James steps up in trip from a narrow defeat on a Heavy 10 at Tamworth, and will appreciate firmer ground.
Likely tempo: Moderate to solid
My betting attack: MANSENETA to win and first four 1, 3, 9/1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9/1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9/1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9
Race 6 @ 3.25pm EMIRATES PARK MAIDEN HCP (1300m)
Good open battle for the maidens. Loved the second of two trials at Muswellbrook from lightly raced home track 3YO gelding 1. TOTAL RECALL (Paul Messara/Mitchell Bell, 60kg; $4.00 - $4.50) who resumes for a second prep. Trial was truly run, yet he cruised home a few lengths off the winner under a tighter hold than anything else, and on debut last prep missed by a whisker over 1400m at Tamworth when a heavily backed favourite.
Main dangers: Plenty of them headed by smart 3YO Newcastle filly 4. Whatsin who got home hard resuming in the heavy at Port Macquarie, and drawn to be tucked away with cover back in the field and produced late. Talented 2YO Randwick colt 2. Easy Campese was okay first-up in a good maiden at Hawkesbury when a little green, and can improve over more ground on a firmer track. Liked the debut here of 3YO local filly 5. Don'tforgetmonica who found the line. Bred to appreciate more ground, and blinkers come off; while include talented Randwick filly 6. Malfy (Dundeel x Belle Giselle by Redoubte's Choice) who debuts in blinkers from a soft draw off a recent sharp trial.
Likely tempo: Solid to good
My betting attack: TOTAL RECALL to win
Race 7 @ 4.05pm INGLIS MELBOURNE YEARLING SALE JULY 16 CLASS 1 HCP (1300m)
Progressive 3YO local gelding 2. THE SNOOPERSTAR (Mark Schmetzer/Rory Hutchings, 59kg; $5.00 - $5.25) looks well placed third-up crying out for this distance. Won his maiden here resuming before doing best work late in a similar race over 1100m. Has the strongest final 400m in the race.
Main dangers: Well-bred 3YO Randwick gelding 4. Cosmic King is a clear threat resuming for only his second start off two controlled trials after sweeping home for an impressive debut win at Goulburn five months ago. Rival Randwick 3YO 3. Holy Sunday also resumes off two trials. May need the run, but draws to get plenty of cover, and likes to settle well back and rocket home. Home track 4YO 1. Niccirose improved into his third-up run here when overhauled late. Gets an easier time from the inside draw, but query under the weight and out to this trip.
Likely tempo: Solid to good
My betting attack: THE SNOOPERSTAR to win and trifecta 2, 4/1, 2, 3, 4/1, 2, 3, 4
Race 8 @ 4.40pm ARROWFIELD STUD BM 66 HCP (1400m)
A nice competitive battle to finish, and there are plenty of chances. Lightly raced 3YO local gelding 4. EIGER (Brett Cavanough/Grant Buckley, 59kg; $4.00 - $4.25) hasn't won for a while, but looks well placed second-up over an ideal trip. Was competitive across much stronger metro company earlier in the year, and blew out the cobwebs resuming in a handy CL3 at Grafton.
Main dangers: Stablemate 5YO gelding 1. Oneness gets back out to his pet trip after finishing close-up in a strong BM 85 sprint here behind a prolific winner. Took on superior metro sprinters three runs back, but has to carry a big weight from the inside draw. Newcastle 3YO 12. Mister Zee is hard fit, and found the line well in a deep CL3 here last start when well backed. Talented 5YO 3. Czechoslovakia is also having his first run for the Doyle yard at Newcastle fourth-up since switching from Victoria. Has enough ability in this grade, but best form is clearly on rain-affected ground.
Likely tempo: Moderate to solid
My betting attack: EIGER to win; box exacta 1, 4, 12; and tri: 1, 4, 12/1, 3, 4, 12/1, 3, 4, 12
MY BEST BETS
Race 5: 3. MANSENETA** Expect: $2.75 - $3.00; My Early Rating: $2.10
Race 7: 2. THE SNOOPERSTAR* Expect: $5.00 - $5.25; My Early Rating: $3.25
MY BEST VALUE
Race 1: 5. SAPPHIRES SON** Expect: $11.00 - $12.00; My Early Rating: $4.95
Race 8: 4. EIGER* Expect: $4.00 - $4.25; My Early Rating: $2.60
MY BEST EXOTICS
Race 5: FIRST FOUR: 1, 3, 9/1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9/1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9/1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9
Race 7: TRI: 2, 4/1, 2, 3, 4/1, 2, 3, 4
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