The Scone track is currently rated a Good 4 with fine weather predicted for both Friday and Saturday. The rail will be in the true position for Friday and will be moved out 3m from the 800m to the winning post for Saturday’s card.
The sand-based track offers a forgiving surface for all runners and with 128 horses accepted to compete on day one, expect the middle of the track to get the best running towards the back-end of Saturday's card.
Scone Race 5 Tip #3 Sasso Corbaro
The Kris Lees trained filly was competitive in Group Two company last preparation finishing 4.1 lengths off the Group One winning Alizee. Off the back of two impressive trials, this filly by All Too Hard looks primed for a big first-up performance.
The stats also point to a big performance, with a first-up record of a win and second from two starts as well as two wins and a second over the distance.
Drawn wide in barrier eleven should prove advantageous given the significant amount of early speed engaged in this race. Six of the 16 runners map to push forward and contest for the lead over the 1100m, which will ensure a truly run race.
Expect jockey Blake Shinn to ride patiently slotting in beyond mid-field and look to rev her up as they turn for home. With the speed map favours, don’t be surprised if Sasso Corbaro blazes over the top of them late.
Sasso Corbaro is currently $5 fixed odds.
Scone Race 7 Tip #10 Dyslexic
The Team Hawkes trained filly was brilliant in Group Three company last start, where she was strong to the line finishing a 0.1 length second to Moss Trip.
There is enough pace engaged in the race to keep the front runners honest and if she repeats her last start efforts when sustaining a long sprint, she’ll prove too strong for her rivals in the latter stages.
Drawn perfectly in barrier six, jockey Brenton Avdulla should be able to sit three pairs back from the pace, peel off their heels and begin a long-sustained sprint to victory.