Raceday focus: Best bets, inside mail for Scone, Albury

Form analyst Shayne O’Cass is confident of striking early at Scone with some Magic from the Kris Lees stable while a Gallant gelding get can land a breakthrough win at Albury.

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SCONE

BEST BET

Race 2, No.12: POP MAGIC

Kris Lees-trained gelding is ready to win on debut here after an impressive Gosford barrier trial win on May 31. Drawn to win if good enough.

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Race 8, No.8: LADY RIVER

Heavily backed and hit it out of the park when she won here first-up 14-days ago. Can keep progressing.

VALUE BET

Race 5, No.4: HOLY EMPRESS

Gets back and charges home; more often than not runs her best races here at home.

QUADDIE

Race 5: 4,12

Race 6: 2,4,10

Race 7: 2,6

Race 8: 7,8

Jay Ford looks tough to beat in the Jockey Challenge at Scone on Tuesday. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

JOCKEY TO FOLLOW

Jay Ford, winner of last Saturday’s Bob Charley at Randwick, has a great book of rides at Scone.

ALBURY

BEST BET

Race 3, No.5: GALLANT RUN

Still a maiden after 15 starts but he has placed eight times and this seems to be the best opportunity he has yet had to win one.

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Race 4, No.9: LA VALKYRIE

Made up a stack of ground when she resumed at Wagga 10-days ago. She may have turned the corner now.

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Race 5, No.3: FANGELA

Has enough promise in just three runs that he has also been nominated for this weekend’s TAB Highway.

THE INSIDE MAIL FOR SCONE

RACE 5

Holy Empress was bred by Bart Cummings and is a daughter of his Derby winner Roman Emperor and a close relation to Saintly. Holy Empress is trained at Scone but that’s not the only reason she runs her best races here; she has a powerhouse finish that plays well at this venue. Jazirat is a Dynamic Syndications mare who was a gift to punters at the $2 quote in that Class 1 at Coffs. Handy mare who should be in the finish. Noble Cause and Mon Amore are in form and in the mix.

Bet: Holy Empress to win

RACE 6

Chaready won his maiden here on May 14 here at $3.20 then was $1.90 in a Bm58 here at Scone again 14-days ago. He lost but you couldn’t really knock the run, he was coming back 100m and really finished the race off. Stick with him. Blue Velvet was third in the same race as Chaready and ran just as well by most measures. Why not again? Paul Perry’s chestnut Sir Bawn fair dinkum won like Choisir here at the start of the month. Switch Play can medal.

Bet: Chaready to win, quinella 2,10, Daily Double 1st leg (6), 2nd leg (8)

Christian Reith will partner Chaready for trainer Cameron Crockett. Photo: AAP ImageSource:AAP

RACE 7

Danza In The Dark, Stephen Meyer’s only horse, was building up to that win at Gunnedah thanks to two excellent lead-ups. The grandson of former Kingmaker Farm (Scone) resident Bite The Bullet has raced here four times for two placings. Chad Lever has been on him twice for a win and a second. Impulse Control is a lightly-raced Exceed And Excel filly who is liable to peak third-up here from the ‘winning draw’. TAB Highway winning trainer Jan Bowen has Timion in the right race; it’s up to the horse now.

Bet: Danza In The Dark to win, quinella 2,6

RACE 8

Lady River could ice the cake on what shapes a big day for Scone trainer Scott Singleton. In fact, Singleton nominated Lady River as his best of five very good chances on the card so we’re happy to go with him. Frontline is another local, this one from the Rodney Northam yard. He has only raced here once and that was on debut – he was so impressive too. Murungal is still an x-factor IMO but he needs to start showing it. Four Egos was seriously good winning a heat at Taree on June 7.

Bet: Lady River to win, box trifecta 2,6,7,8

THE INSIDE MAIL FOR ALBURY

RACE 4

La Valkyrie is a sister to Le Cavalier who used to get back in his races and launch himself like a missile late. That is precisely what La Valkyrie did when she resumed at Wagga finishing 5th of 14. Interesting that she was $26 into $15 – first-up – which suggests she has come back well. Encyclopedia, trained by the appropriately named Todd Smart, is a lightly-raced two-year-old who has run some good races in his five starts. Blaike McDougall will give him every chance to get the first win on the board. Hasler has drawn well.

Bet: La Valkyrie to win, exacta 9 to beat 6

RACE 5

We may have to wait for another day to see Fangela run owing to the fact that he has been nominated elsewhere including for this weekend’s TAB Highway. Trainer Keith Dryden is right to be ambitious with this grey son of The Factor given the current state of play with his C.V. Flying Finch is trained at Benalla but made the long trip to Scone on Cup Day (May 14) which proved a masterstroke by all given that he won the race and took home $20,000. Obviously, a handy racehorse. Big Day Out has raced here five times for a win and four placings.

Bet: Fangela to win or if scratched Flying Finch to win

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RACE 6

Mitchell Beer has two of the main chances here in Vinnie’s Girl and Sunrise Ruby. They are pretty hard to split but personally, the two runs back swing the pendulum in Vinnie’s Girl’s favour just in terms of race fitness on a wet track. That’s not to rule out a Sunrise Ruby win; she won here on debut on a Heavy 8 beating a decent maiden field. The danger to the two Beer runners would seem to be Vampish who was absolutely fantastic winning at Benalla on debut back in September.

Bet: Vinnie’s Girl to win, box trifecta 7,8,9,10

RACE 7

Dubai Centre is a Canberra based son of Pride of Dubai (naturally) who came here to Albury on May 24 and almost knocked off Sizzling Cat which is no mean feat. Dubai Centre franked his own form two weeks later (8-days ago) when he finished second to One Aye in a Class 3 at Goulburn. Electric Storm was 5-lengths third in the Sizzling Cat/Dubai Centre race. Allez Brew was super impressive winning her maiden here last start. Looks to have a bright future.

Bet: Dubai Centre to win, box trifecta 1,2,8,9

Originally published asScone, Albury tips: Pop to explode with debut win

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