HAPPY TOOTH SCONE CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE Tips (Race 4)
Scone Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 13 Geisel
Working towards a breakthrough victory is this colt from the Paul Perry stable, who arrives to Scone third-up following an unlucky attempt on August 13 at Muswellbrook where he was rolled as an odds-on favourite.
After being well supported fresh here when just pipped late by Haven in an August 3 event where the first two were clearing out from the rest of the field, Geisel was held-up at key stages via that most recent attempt where he wasn't able to build momentum.
Up to a mile now and fitter, I do think the wider barrier suits as he'll be able to roll forward and while this is a little harder, he strips fitter and like many of the Perry runners, we're hoping this is yet another that improves as a preparation gets deeper.
KIA ORA STALLIONS F&M BENCHMARK 58 HANDICAP Tips (Race 5)
Scone Value Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Raay Of Dreams
She can mix her form, hence the quote available here, but back to a Benchmark 58 against her own sex after finding the line well at Muswellbrook on August 13, this mare is better placed, having won a similar race to this second-up in June.
Now prepared by Mark Minervini, an astute trainer that does place them well, Raay Of Dreams put in a shocker when stepping up to the mile three starts back, but it's a trip she simply doesn't run, with seven furlongs being her limit, so the 1300m is about perfect.
The five-year-old does carry a similar impost to the one she did prevail with via that most recent win and with the ability to sit on the speed, they may well just take a sit given a strong tempo is predicted where off the last effort, she can go close at a big price.
EARTHLIGHT AT DARLEY BENCHMARK 66 HANDICAP Tips (Race 7)
Scone Best Bet - Race 7 No. 12 Perlant
A half-sister to Listed winner Champ Elect is this daughter of Exosphere, a galloper that there's clearly always been an opinion of being defeated as a well backed favourite when finishing half a length off French Bonnet in December, who won three of her next five starts.
Tipped out following that debut performance and winning a trial at on July 2, the market didn't want a bar of her on return and punters couldn't have got it more wrong with the mare bolting in with ease under Tommy Berry, defeating Da Nang Star in the process.
That runner-up was a recent wnner and while Perlant wouldn't let down late after looming to pounce second-up, it's worth noting that Berry suggested she didn't handle a firmer track on August 5, so the predicted rain for an easier event here can see her bounce back.