2RE SHOWCASE COUNTRY MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 4)
Scone Value Bet - Race 4 No. 2 Are We Good
Has started at long odds in both outings to date, so hoping this gelding may drift even further than the current quote following a fifth-place finish at Taree, where he should've finished much closer.
Under pressure and chasing a long way out in that 1200m event on February 12, Are We Go had nowhere to go when got a second wind late, where he was inconvenienced by Muscadelle and the tiring Wine Time fell into his lap.
While he doesn't win irrespective, the son of Bel Esprit should've at least run third and coming from a tighter circuit to the bigger expanses of Scone will suit, as should the extra furlong of what isn't a strong Maiden.
KENNARDS HIRE - TAREE SHOWCASE BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP Tips (Race 6)
Scone Best Bet - Race 6 No. 1 Jahbath
Trainer Cody Morgan has a winning strike rate of 35.7% at Scone this season and overall, with jockey Aaron Bullock in that same period, the combination has recorded seven victories from just the nine starters.
They team up on Sunday with Jahbath, a four-year-old that is building into this preparation well and produced a much-improved effort second-up, finding the line well for third and if anything, this Benchmark 58 field does look a little weaker.
Although safely held in his one attempt over the mile, with a wide run and on a tight track, there were excuses in that November 22 outing where he did start favourite in a stronger race to what he finds here.
NEWHAVEN PARK MNCRA COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER Tips (Race 7)
Scone Feature Tip - Race 7 No. 13 Chase My Crown
I'd be quite surprised if this turned out to be one of the stronger Qualifiers ahead of the $500,000 Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick on Saturday, April 3, but this is perhaps the runner with upside.
A three-year-old who is less seasoned than most her opposition, but has less convictions, she was hard to miss first-up when rattling home at Taree and wasn't suited staying at 1200m on February 13, but was honest in second behind a very handy Parksville who completed a winning hat-trick on that occasion.
Both the step up to seven furlongs and the big Scone track are positives where from barrier 10, she'll be looking to attack the middle and wider lanes late under Dylan Gibbons.
IRON JACK SHOWCASE CLASS 2 HANDICAP Tips (Race 8)
Scone Next Best Bet - Race 8 No. 5 Sequana
It can be a challenge catching a Kris Lees runner first-up off just the one quiet trial, but this is the same pattern over the Scone 1300m almost delivered a victory at just start three, where she was a very early three-year-old taking on older rivals.
Beaten in the last stride via that August 25 contest, Sequana bounced back with a big win second-up on a Soft 6, so if some the predicted Sunday rain hits these areas, she can at least adapt to the surface and a wider draw can be a big plus late in a card on this track.
With Andrew Gibbons in the saddle who has been aboard this filly throughout her career and with any improvement returning as a more furnished galloper ahead of now her third preparation, she does look well placed here.