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

Form analyst Shayne O’Cass is keen on a highly talented daughter Fastnet Rock to make it back-to-back wins with victory in the Dark Jewel Classic at Scone.

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Race 6, No. 14: STRAWB

Now that she is jumping away with the field, the Nathan Doyle-trained Strawb can finally prove herself to be the Group class mare that she has always shown herself to be.


Race 3, No. 7: I WANT ONE

Kris Lees won this race last year with The Bopper, this one is not in that league but the trial was a ripper.



Would have to pull out a personal best run at his 19th career start but the way he trialled, he might never have gone this well.


Race 5: 2,4

Race 6: 1,14

Race 7: 3,4,5,9

Race 8: 7,10,11,17

Kerrin McEvoy has a number of good rides including two good hopes in the features events. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph


Kerrin McEvoy has several very good rides, not least two for Godolphin in the features.



Race 8, No. 11: LUPINO LASS

Close relative of Weekend Hussler trained by Hayes/Dabernig and won here first-up with Blaike McDougall in the saddle. Can repeat.


Race 5, No. 8: SHARLIE

About time she showed some of her best form again and it is possible it may be here at home, fourth run in.


Race 1, No. 11: SOJO

Ought to be better off for the experience of that moderate debut win at Canberra. Worth sticking with.



Anselmo is trained locally by Brett Cavanough and has placed in all three starts, two of those are seconds, and the one at Tamworth first-up was worthy of a win. Nice horse well weighted with a top-class jockey on. Hokahey was a pass mark on debut at Kembla. He is from an astute stable and has the natural improvement working for him here. Chaready is third-up from a nice draw and picks up Kerrin McEvoy which is a huge boost to his prospects.

Bet: Anselmo to win


Comonic is a very close relation to Shazee Lee who wore these colours for the same trainer (Scott Singleton) to win the Hawkesbury Guineas. As for Comonic, he is a typical son of Nicconi to look at and the trial here was a ripper. Walkin’talkin’ is primed – deluxe – for the big debut. Gary Portelli knows how to get these two-year-olds ready and he trained this racy chestnut’s (fast) father. The Leopard’s Tale looked more like a cheetah in the trial.

Bet: Comonic to win, quinella 3,10

Christian Reith will partner debutant Comonic for Scott Singleton. Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


I Want One is an Australian Bloodstock gelding trained by Kris Lees and was extremely impressive when he won his one and only trial at Newcastle nine-days ago. Lees won this race last year with The Bopper, doubt this one is as good, but he drew the champion alley! Bitcoin Baby was scratched from Wyong yesterday to run here for the big purse. She is from a top Sydney stable and the trial was a lot better than it looks on paper. Big watch on Hallowed Son.

Bet: I Want One to win, box trifecta 7,13,17,18


Cross Step, the flashy daughter of Just Dancing, was in another league to the rivals at Tamworth last start and put them away accordingly. Trained here by Paul Messara and will go well again. The Con Karatsanis-trained Murungal is a bit of an x-factor horse who was once third to Peltzer and Anders as a two-year-old. Will strip fitter for a first-up third at Port Macquarie. Rosa Moyessi led all-the-way to win a Kembla maiden before a fifth to the smart Private Eye.

Bet: Murungal to place

Paul Messara prepares Total Recall. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph


The Kody Nestor trained Sneak Preview ran well enough in the Wagga Town Plate the way the track was and while chasing a very good horse too; that being Marway. Gulgong’s Amy’s Shadow is a mostly consistent mare, so too the locally housed gelding Tim’s Principal who doesn’t win out of turn but it’s often about pattern (his) and luck (bad). Texas Storm is always a player and was within three-lengths of Cascadian in the Newcastle Newmarket not long ago.

Bet: Total Recall to win, quinella 2,4


This could be the making of Strawb. She will be worth a mint as a broodmare if she wins a Group 3. Anyone who has followed the mare knows that she won like Winx here one day and of course now that she is not giving away head starts all the time, she now becomes competitive at any level. Missile Mantra should have won at Caulfield last start. You would think she is going to be very, very well catered for at a track like Scone. Rocha Clock is a bonny mare and will be one of the ones getting home hardest. Asiago is quality.

Bet: Strawb to win, Daily Double 1st leg (14), 2nd leg (17)

Order Again is ready to run a big race first-up in the Scone Cup. Photo: Albert Perez/AAP ImageSource:AAP


Order Again has accepted the challenge to run up against Lost And Running in the Luskin Star on Saturday at Rosehill but he could still be here in the nation’s horse capital instead. Wherever he goes, take it on board that he is trialling as well as anything in Sydney at the moment. His best is always good enough. Phaistos is back in town to avenge his very narrow defeat in last year’s Scone Cup. He isn’t the best horse Sheikh Mohammed has ever owned but he is consistent as most of them. Laure Me In is probably going to look the winner somewhere up the straight.

Bet: Order Again each-way or, if scratched, Phaistos to win


Both ‘Oakfield’ horses namely Oakfield Arrow and Oakfield Target could and should run well here at odds. Me? ‘Arrow’ is $5 whereas ‘Target’ is $11 and he is the one I fancy out of the pair even though his record is not as good. It’s for no other reason that he trialled so incredibly well at Newcastle the other day. Not much of a reason but there you go. Bravado is lightly-raced and gives the impression that 1300m on this track will suit him. Glowing Red was dominant winning at Port Mac. Members Only is a real contender.

Bet: Oakfield Target each-way

Originally published asScone, Albury tips: Doyle’s gem to shine in Jewel

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