It’s time to wrap up the Scone Carnival and we’re doing it in style with some quality races and gallopers.
QUADDIES (Races: 6-7-8-9)
SKINNY PLAY: 1 / 2,6 / 4,5,6,7 / 2,6
WIDE PLAY: 1,4,6,7 / 2,3,6,7 / 2,3,4,5,6,7,13 / 2,3,6,8,13
R1 12.05pm KIA ORA STUD BENCHMARK 78 HANDICAP 2200m
MURPHY'S DELIGHT will have no issues with 2200m after he won last start at Rosehill over 2400m. He’s turned into a strong and consistent galloper this campaign and the 1.5kg claim to Rory Hutchings should see the gelding go close again.
MEINER FRECCIA rises in grade after solid efforts at provincial and metropolitan level since arriving in Australia. He performed well last start over 2000m at Kembla and would’ve taken a lot of benefit from that run. The drop in weight will also suit him.
LOVING HOME was one to follow early on in the campaign with a win at Canterbury. He’s another one that would’ve taken a lot of benefit from the last start performance and he can’t be ruled out as a winning chance in this field.
SELECTIONS: No3 DUCA VALENTINOIS, No2 Murphy’s Delight, No7 Meiner Freccia, No4 Loving Home
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Meiner Freccia
R2 12.40pm ISUZU UTE SCONE BENCHMARK 77 HANDICAP 1100m
BROOKLYN STORM returns after a trip to Queensland that saw him perform well, finishing third over 1100m at Warwick Farm. The son of Hinchinbrook is in strong form and he may just be too good for this field. He’s drawn to get the perfect run from an inside barrier.
BAROOD impressed last campaign with strong form behind some quality gallopers. He’s matured physically and mentally and should be able to go close here.
SELECTIFY resumes on the back of some solid trials at Gosford and Wyong. He’s been gelded since the break and is unbeaten at the distance.
COOL ICE surprised all last start, flying home late to grab victory at Muswellbrook after being a drifter in the odds. The form lines from that race have held up and, although this is a big step up, the stable appear confident that he can match it with this bunch at nice odds.
SELECTIONS: No3 MOGADOR, No8 Brooklyn Storm, No14 Barood, No1 Selectify
VALUE RUNNER: No15 Cool Ice
R3 1.15pm PRYDE'S EASIFEED WOODLANDS STAKES 1100m
MANAYA has shown plenty of potential in her trials and looks as though she’s ready to be an early runner. She wasn’t completely pushed out in her trials, but she did everything professionally. Trained in the country, this filly can definitely match it with these more fancied runners from bigger stables.
ARTOVA is stepping up in company, so we’ll learn a lot more about this filly. She’s had too much class for the country two-year-old races, but the times that she’s been able to run suggest that she won’t be out of place here. She’s tough, mature and does a lot right.
MOOSHAKISSA didn’t pull up 100% after failing last time out at Rosehill behind Impending, who ran with no luck last Saturday at the Gold Coast. Mooshakissa didn’t stretch out at all, so forget that run and go on her previous form and that is good enough to be competitive here.
TOO FAST FOR LOVE will be hoping to continue the stable success that we’ve seen recently. She was disappointing last start when beaten as the short-prices favourite at Muswellbrook. She tried hard on that occasion but will need to have improved from that performance.
SELECTIONS: No4 Nonpareil, No17 Manaya, No3 Artova, No1 Mooshakissa
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Too Fast For Love
R4 1.50pm COOLMORE DENISE'S JOY STAKES 1100m
ALUCINARI is first up here after she impressed last campaign. She beat the older mares in a metropolitan race which shows how hard she’ll be to beat here. Her two lead up trials have been good and she’s shown before that she races well fresh. She has a tricky gate to overcome, but James McDonald in the saddle is a big positive.
WAY TOO GOOD has finished in the top three on three occasions from her four starts this campaign. She ran behind some promising types last start and those form lines should hold up. She has to overcome a tricky barrier which is the biggest concern.
ROEINDA impressed first up and should be better for the run. The filly from the inform Bjorn Baker stable is drawn perfectly in barrier six and won second up last campaign.
CREDIT CARD MISS is the stablemate of Sangiovese, who proved far too good for her rivals on Anzac Day at Gosford, and, while she didn’t beat much, the manner in which she did it was quite sharp. She’s drawn well again in barrier four and can certainly run a race.
SELECTIONS: No5 SANGIOVESE, No4 Alucinari, No2 Way Too Good, No7 Roeinda
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Credit Card Miss
R5 2.30pm INGLIS 3YO GUINEAS 1400m
SUPPLY AND DEMAND impressed first up with a strong win over 1000m at Randwick. He’ll take plenty of confidence and fitness from that performance and he’ll need it with stepping up 400m. He’s drawn well in barrier three and is the clear second elect in this race from the Gai Waterhouse stable.
SERENE MAJESTY comes through the Hawkesbury Guineas where she sat behind Spill The Beans and tried hard but was simply no match. It looks very hard for her to turn the tables on our top selection.
KIMBERLEY STAR was a beaten favourite last start. She’s had 35 days beaten runs with a trial in between and should appreciate the freshen up.
SELECTIONS: No1 SPILL THE BEANS, No4 Supply And Demand, No7 Serene Majesty, No6 Kimberley Star
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Serene Majesty
R6 3.10pm YARRAMAN PARK - HORSEPOWER LUSKIN STAR STAKES 1300m
MUSIC MAGNATE will take a lot of improvement from that first up performance. Although being worse off in the weights, the fitness and confidence gained from that performance should mean that the gelding remains hard to beat from barrier two. He’s only missed a place once so far from his ten career starts.
CLEARLY INNOCENT is going for six in a row. He looks to be a serious galloper that is able to overcome problems and issues during a run. He had no right to win last start with everything that went wrong in the Final of the Country Championships, but he applied himself and attacked the line strongly. He had a recent trial, finishing behind Music Magnate, and he should be hard to beat on his home track.
NINTH LEGION is first up with his new stable and he has a very good first up record. He had a quiet trial and looked as though he’s ready to perform first up. Barrier 11 isn’t an ideal draw.
PIAMIMI has had a freshen up after a good performance in a strong form race. The six-year-old mare is drawn well in barrier five and is over the odds. She attacked the line well in a recent trial and, although she’d need a lot of luck to win, she’s not the worst in this field.
SELECTIONS: No6 FEDERAL, No2 Music Magnate, No7 Clearly Innocent, No3 Ninth Legion
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Piamimi
R7 3.50pm GODOLPHIN DARK JEWEL CLASSIC 1400m
JUST A BLUR comes from Canberra and is a definite chance in this race. She was an impressive winner last start and has shown that 1400m is her ideal distance.
AMMIRATA was an impressive first up winner at Randwick. The form lines from her races this campaign have held up which is a positive for the stable. She’s won third up before but will need some luck from barrier 14.
BERRY DELICIOUS comes through the Godolphin Crown (1300m) at Hawkesbury, where she put in an eye--catching performance. The race was dominated by on-speed runners, but she ran on strongly and should be suited by the genuine tempo here. Third up, she should be ready to perform and is another at big odds that could run a race.
SELECTIONS: No7 DANISH TWIST, No4 Just A Blur, No6 Ammirata, No 5 Berry Delicious
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Berry Delcious
R8 4.30pm ARROWFIELD ORTENSIA STAKES 1100m
FURNACES is a Group 3 winning, dual Group 2 placed colt. He showed last start that he may be getting back to his best, with a strong victory at Hawkesbury over 1100m. He’d need to improve again with the weight advantage favouring Kuro.
KAEPERNICK is the intriguing runner. He’s had two trials at Rosehill and won both. The times were good and he looked very sharp. Although racing against some quality gallopers first up, he can’t be ruled out.
BROOK ROAD recorded her first Group 2 placing last start in the Sapphire Stakes. She’s had a bit of a freshen up since that which should suit. There’s no reason why she can’t add some black type to her profile.
SELECTIONS: No2 KURO, No6 Furnaces, No8 Kaepernick, No3 Brook Road
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Brook Road