Friday Racing Tips - Scone Racecourse 12/05/23

It’s Scone Cup Day! and we have an exciting eight race card with over $700,000 prize money on offer throughout the card and the Darley Scone Cup being the feature of the day, a 1600m race for a share of $200,000 prize money. There’s some very nice types going around, the rail is in true position, weather should be fair and I think it should make for an exciting day of racing. Follow me below as I outline my best bets on the card!

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Best of the DayScone R2
#10 - Perigean   
Win: $4.00
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Place: $1.55
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Next BestScone R7
#3 - Banju     
Win: $4.00
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Place: $1.80
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Roughie of the DayScone R1
#13 - Two Aye 
Win: $8.00
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Place: $2.90
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Scone R1 - Prydes Easifeed Mdn Plate (1300m)

#5 - Mazita - $4.20
#7 - The Hanger Cat - $6.00
#13 - Two Aye (ROUGHIE OF THE DAY) - $8.00
#9 - Himorher - $6.50

BEST BET - #5 - Mazita
Mazita looks like a horse with a bit of class on these for Chris Reith who should be making big improvements off his debut over this distance at Muswellbrook where he gave them a huge head start and whilst he wasn’t a winning chance there he powered home into third and only needed a bit more ground to pick up the win there. He’s fitter now, gets out onto a bigger track and should be super competitive here.

THE DANGER - #7 - The Hanger Cat
The Hanger Cat is trained here and should look good now going out to the 1300m third up. Last time out he ran over the 1100m at this track where he suffered a tough run, wide with no cover up on the speed and still gave a good kick, looked the winner and just missed to come second to Divine Sinner. He just needs even luck from the gate to be in the finish now.

Two Aye is another that should have good upside in this field and looks like 1300m will suit. She debuted at Wagga over the short sprint 1000m and she didn’t seem like she was 100% then when running from a wide barrier and still managing to scrape fourth where class got her there. She maps for a very soft run behind what looks a genuine speed now and should be much better with the added few lengths.

Scone R2 - Brokenwood Mdn Hcp (1000m)

#10 - Perigean (BEST BET) - $4.00
#1 - Azayaka - $2.20
#4 - Afterlight - $9.00
#2 - Orlabent - $4.50

BEST BET - #10 - Perigean (BEST BET)
Perigean is a very nice two-year-old who is on debut for Mick Freedman and he’s going up against the older horses which often looks a good betting strategy for the maiden races. He looks to have been readied with patience for start one after having a couple trials in the Summer but they weren’t satisfied so he was sent back the paddock and has trialled again. Recently, he was third over the 1045m in a Randwick trial where he just trucked along. He maps well and is, in my opinion, the top chance in this field.

THE DANGER - #1 - Azayaka
Azayaka will look the winner a long way if she can improve her racing manners a bit after debuting at the 1000m at Gosford where she was bobbing up and down, being a bit too keen on the speed throughout the run and still looking the winner but going down to Mount Warning. Tim Clar jumps aboard now and he will be a lot better at getting her to run calmly from the front. Will take beating.

VALUE BET  - #4 - Afterlight
Afterlight has been saved for this race after being scratched from a prospective Wednesday race, the market had her a clear favourite at Gosford a couple weeks back over the 1100m but she was wide with no cover all run there and just couldn’t get into the run, finishing at the back of the field. She’ll be much better suited with a run up on the speed from the soft draw and can play a key role.

Scone R7 - Darley Scone Cup (1600m)

#3 - Banju (NEXT BEST) - $4.00
#9 - Wild Planet - $7.00
#2 - Berdibek - $14.00
#6 - Jojo Was A Man - $4.80

BEST BET - #3 - Banju (NEXT BEST) 

Banju is coming off of a win at Tamworth when resuming there over the 1400m where she sat on the rail behind the speed before angling clear for her run at the 400m and whilst she looked like she was there to be beaten towards the end but kept finding the line to score smartly there. Before this return he had a cracking prep in town, picking up multiple wins at Randwick and a close placing at Rosehill. Natural improvement second up and Bullock on should see him be very strong here.

THE DANGER - #9 - Wild Planet
Wild Planet is a Hawkes trained runner who resumed a couple of weeks back in the G3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick and whilst he wasn’t a winning threat he did show signs that he has returned to racing in good order for the Hawkes Camp. Not sure how he goes at the mile but meets much softer competition here, should improve second up and gets the gate to do no work.

VALUE BET - #2 - Berdibek
John O’Shea is absolutely flying this season and is very astute with placing his runners. He puts forward Berdibek for this race who resumed in the Hawkesbury Cup and whilst he was never a threat himself, he closed off the race very strongly behind a smart New Mandate. His second up record is good, has some class about him and the upside will see him be strong late. 

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Jockey Of The Day – Jye Mcniel

Jye McNeil is an accomplished jockey, having won several black type races, including the prestigious 2020 Melbourne Cup aboard Twilight Payment. He has also received the Victoria Racing Club's Champion Jockey Award in two consecutive seasons (2019/20 and 2020/21), underscoring his reputation as one of Victoria's finest jockeys. He is known to perform exceptionally well on major race days, and he has secured a significant number of rides for this weekend's racing at Scone Park Lakeside, I have outlined them all below:

R1 - #2 - El Patroness - $2.45
R3 - #6 - Manhattan Thunder - $12.00
R5 - #4 - Toronto Terrier - $6.10
R6 - #3 - Stormbolt - $4.80
R7 - #5 - Arizona Activist - $18.00
R8 - #3 - So Si Bon - $4.65
R9 - #13 - Tonneofgrit - $18.00

Multi Tips For Scone Racecourse

One of the most significant considerations in picking up multiple winners is the track bias, which favors horses that don’t get too far back in the run at Flemington Racecourse. As a result, horses drawn on the inside have a better chance of performing well compared to those drawn towards the outside. I have factored in this aspect when making my multi bets, taking into account the horses' respective preps and their drawn barrier positions. Follow below for a multi to track over race day!

R2 - #4 - Good And Proper - PLC $2.20
R3 - #4 - She Dances - PLC $1.45
R5 - #9 - Running By - PLC $1.20

Total Odds = $3.82
$50 Stake = $191.40 Return!

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Exotic Tips For Scone Racecourse

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Scone Racecourse Trifecta Tip (R3)

1st: 4, 5
2nd: 3, 4, 5, 6
3rd: 3, 5, 6
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