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

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SCONE

BEST BET

Race 2, No.10: CONGELIANO

Annabel Neasham-trained son of Pierro who has looked the part in his two trials – notably that close second to older horse, Zidane in a Warwick Farm heat. Go well.

NEXT BEST

Race 3, No.6: JUST ONE LOOK

First starter out of a mare named The Look with whom this colt’s trainer Paul Perry won 7 races with. Trialled up nicely for the debut.

VALUE BET

Race 7, No.3: MISS KINGSTON

Exciting daughter of Vormista who should be on a Scone hat-trick. Just needs luck from the draw but is very handy.

QUADDIE

Race 4: 1,4,9

Race 5: 2,3,7

Race 6: 1,2,3,7

Race 7: 3,11,12

Alysha Collett had a successful 2020/21 and can hit the ground running this season. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

JOCKEY TO FOLLOW

Alysha Collett had a massive season in 2020/21 and can start the ball rolling big time at Tuesday’s Scone meeting.

MORUYA

BEST BET

Race 5, No.5: SUPREME MAGIC

Typical Magic Albert chestnut who sent out all the right signs for a debut win with that easy second in a trial at the Sapphire Coast 9-days ago.

NEXT BEST

Race 6, No.4: UP TRUMPZ

Joe Cleary’s beloved sprinter who is terribly consistent; just needs an ounce of luck and he can get back into the winner’s stall.

VALUE BET

Race 4, No.7: ALQAAB

Robert and Luke Price trained gelding who can peak here third-up off a flashing second to Miss Baltiore no less at Nowra. Wants this trip now.

THE INSIDE MAIL FOR SCONE

RACE 4

Squeak was most impressive winning a trial at Muswellbrook but was unable to reproduce that performance on debut when fading out to clock-in well behind a smart winner here in Miss Kingston who runs in the last race on the card. May be worth another look. The grey Mackinaw was runner-up to Squeeak in their trial but he (Mackinaw) was much better at his subsequent start finishing an honourable, on-pace, second at Moree. Has the talent. Mighty Minnie is so consistent that he can’t be ignored.

Bet: Squeak each-way, quinella 1,4

RACE 5

Empowerment brought up Reece Jones’s 100th winner for the season when they won at Scone on July 26. Jones will be on Cameron Crockett’s last start Highway runner-up Chomeur this time but suffice to say, we lose nothing with Mikalya Weir taking the reins of Empowerment. The well-bred Cressfield/Kris Lees galloper Berruti (a half to Empowerment’s sire, Shooting To Win) has raced here twice for two seconds including to the above-average local Eiger as recently as his last start. Go well again. Obviously Chomeur is a serious player.

Bet: Empowerment win, box trifecta 1,2,3,7

Tracey Bartley prepares Empowerment who is chasing back-to-back wins. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

RACE 6

Ballistic Moon is a Gary Portelli trained gelding who wears the colours of Elite Thoroughbreds $2m winner Testashadow. Ballistic Moon did a Chautauqua at Goulburn last start when left at the start but he went back to the trials and won in very, very impressive style. Superior Witness has a fourth placing to Art Cadeau in a Highway on the C.V. He is a really fast racehorse who was run down by a handy one last time out at Taree while on the worst going. Alchera needs it dry but can really charge late when circumstances permit.

Bet: Ballistic Moon win, exacta 2 to beat 1

RACE 7

Miss Kingston is an exciting horse from the Scone stables of Simon Casey. This daughter of Vormista has only been with Casey for her last two starts and should be unbeaten in that time – both here as a matter of fact. She has to make the leap from a maiden into Benchmark 58 grade now – from a wide draw – but she looks up to the task. The big watch is Dragoneight. This bad luck magnet would have won so many more races than he has (5 from 51) if he had better luck in running but he can really launch himself late at times. Ditto for the blowout chance – Midnight Magic.

Bet: Miss Kingston win, Dragoneight and Midnight Magic place, box trifecta 3,5,11,12

THE INSIDE MAIL FOR MORUYA

RACE 4

Alqaab gives every indication that he will peak third-up over a trip that he has placed four times (three of them seconds) at. The Robert and Luke Price trained son of Epaulette had ‘next time’ written all over him when runner-up at Nowra to Miss Baltimore who franked the form at Kembla on Sunday. Blaazay is a son of another Sheikh Mohammed owned Group 1 winner in Skilled. This locally trained gelding has raced here three times for a win and two placings, the most recent one behind a smart pair. Role Play’s only win was here.

Bet: Alqaab win, box trifecta 1,4,5,7

RACE 5

Supreme Magic is straight off the Magic Albert assembly-line. A chestnut like his sire, Supreme Magic looked to have plenty in the locker when he finished second in a recent trial at the Sapphire Coast, In good hands – trainer and jockey. Mittata is a Twinstar Racing gelding who hasn’t put a hoof wrong to date with back-to-back placings to start his career. Market watch required given he is resuming. Shewillbring is another of the Robert and Luke Price string at Moruya who is third-up and on an upward trajectory. Market watch on Mr Bobact.

Bet: Supreme Magic win (best bet), Daily Double 1st leg (5), 2nd leg (4)

Kayla Nisbet rides first starter Supreme Magic for trainer Greg Stephens at Moruya.Source:News Corp Australia

RACE 6

Up Trumpz is a seasoned galloper who has run well in better races than this; in fact, he has contested a Group 1 at two and the 2019 Kosciuszko. Famously without luck on frequent occasions, this Joe Cleary trained Zariz son is bursting to win again. Peyton Place has proven to be quite deadly fresh; four starts for a win and three placings. On top of that, he has raced here at Moruya six times for two wins and two seconds. Akeed was ambushed late but at the hands of Kattegat no less.

Bet: Up Trumpz win, Akeed place

RACE 7

It is fitting that the Lou Joseph Memorial Maiden be won by a Jones/Joseph galloper and it is certainly on the card given the team from Canberra are represented by a clearly talented debutant by the name of Giddy Up Gidleigh. The son of Star Turn didn’t have much go his way in his trial at the Sapphire Coast the other day but he showed enough to warm to here. Take note that Awesome Audrey is trained by Moruya’s leading trainer Natalie Jarvis and she beat the aforementioned best bet, Supreme Magic, in the trial. Wilful Spirit did some really good things at her first prep.

Bet: Giddy Up Gidleigh win, exacta/quinella 4,11, box trifecta 4,6,11,12

Originally published asScone, Moruya tips: Debutant to kick off in style

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