Fri, Apr 19, 10:57am by Kevin Pitstock
We take a look through the eight race program at Scone on April 19
Race 1: Animal Kingdom @ Arrowfield (1600m)
A maiden over the 1600m to get the ball rolling at Scone with No 12 Nell from the Paul Perry stable coming out on top. The three-year-old daughter of Commands has had four starts and while yet to place has run well and should be ready to show something at her fifth run in. No 5 Mal’s Rocket has seven places from 21 starts to his credit and as a three-year-old that is quite a lot of start as, so should clearly have race fitness on his side and should run well. No 6 Monsieur John from the Jason Deamer yard was a last start fourth at Scone to Landing, who has since run well again and should rate a mention, as should No 9 Spaghetti Junction who finished off well last start to be beaten three lengths into fourth over the 1600m.
Race 2: Dream Ahead @ Emirates Park (1400m)
Second race of the day is a maiden for the three-year-olds over the 1400m with the Rod Northam-trained No 11 Irish Teardrop being the best bet of the day. Fourth last time out over 1100m, the step up in trip will really assist the daughter of Fastnet Rock. No 7 Safety Net from the Rick Worthington stable was a much improved run at his most recent start when finishing second and the 1400m here should be a good guide to his future prospects. No 2 Dicaprio from the Paul Messara stable has been disappointing at his two career runs, but willing to give one more chance before sacking him. While No 13 Pauline’s Passion was a good second last time out at Tamworth and rates highly here to fill the top four.
Race 3: Book For Carnival 17-18/5 (1100m)
Two-year-olds over 1100m with No 3 Chosen Idol from the Paul Messara yard given the nod on debut. A filly by Choisir, Chosen Idol finished second in a recent Randwick barrier trial and will be ready for this first up assignment. No 7 Duke Of Nullah finished fourth at his most recent start when beaten a little over three lengths and with improvement should play a part in the finish here, as should No 12 Forward Reign from the Rodney Ollerton stable. Finished third on debut before a somewhat disappointing performance second up, willing to give another go. No 1 The Life from the Paul Perry stable is bound to be ready for this first up and after ending his last campaign with a win, should be right in the finish.
Race 4: Vinery Stud Handicap (1100m)
The fourth of the day is a maiden over the 1100m with No 1 Dane Victory from the Angela Davies yard coming out on top. Having had two starts in his first campaign, the Choisir gelding finished third and fourth. With natural improvement he should play a part here. No 10 Magic Glenyce from the Kris Lees stable has had one start for a good third and can run a race today, while No 2 Assertive Chef from the Rodney Ollerton yard has had two starts for a last start third over 1280m and the concern here is the drop back in trip. Putting in No 7 Racecraft from the Paul Messara stable should be fitter after three career starts and the son of Starcraft could run well.
Race 5: Coolmore “Don’t Undermine Us” (1400m)
Class Three over the 1400m with No 1 Grand Condor on top. Having won two of his last three starts, the Grandera gelding will be very hard to beat for jockey Dale Spriggs. No 9 Piamimi from the Scone stable of Greg Bennet is racing second up after a very good second first up and rates highly. No 10 Koi Fish has drawn the rails here and although meets a handy field, he does have some very good recent form, while No 7 Zamunda improve considerably last time out and if goes in that same direction should be in the money.
Race 6: Inglis HTBA Sale 19 May (900m)
Class One over the 900m scamper with No 1 Ainia from the Darren Smith yard worth plenty of thought after second last time out over the 900m here at Scone. No 5 Limitation from the Greg Bennett stable has won her only start to date and has won a trial leading into this. No 6 Snaffles is in the same position as Limitation – one start for a win and must rate a chance, while No 8 Sugared Almond will luck from her gate but is in good recent form and should run a good race.
Race 7: Benfica Handicap (1600m)
Benchmark 60 over the mile here and we have gone with No 4 Murphy’s Royal from the Tod Howlett yard. A winner of four starts from 17 races, the four-year-old gelding has been in good recent form (without winning) and while he is yet to win past 1400m, the step up to the 1600m appears as if it will suit. No 10 Mother’s Joy is a four-year-old Reset mare who has a chequered run last time out when worked home for second and must be included here. No 11 Some Boy from the Paul Perry yard has only won once from 25 starts (which is a concern) but that was last start and maybe now can go on with it. No 1 Ay Dee Bee does have a big weight, but is rarely far away and must be included.
Race 8: Ranvet Handicap (1100m)
The final race of the day is a Benchmark 65 over the 1100m. No 3 Gentleman Joh from the Alan Scorse yard is first up here and while does not have much to recommend him first up, taking the punt that he is ready and some value. No 4 Weepu looks to start the logical favourite due to some recent good form and a win does not look that far away. No 5 Sorcha Rose gets in with a very good weight and after a last start wins rates very highly over the 1100m. No 1 Benevento is the class runner of the field, so has been lumped with a big weight first up, but can sprint well fresh and should be value for the first four.
Best Bet Of The Day: Race 2, No 11 Irish Teardrop 3yo f. (Fastnet Rock x Is Amazing), trained by Rod Northam.
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