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The Daily Telegraph’s Ray Thomas is confident a lightly-raced four-year-old can make it two from two since returning from a long lay-off at Scone while Blake Ryan can kick off Nowra meeting with a winner.

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Race 5, No. 1 – BATTENBURG

Battenburg part-owned by legal eagle Wayne Pasterfield’s wife Stephanie, resumed after a long spell and showed his class to win over 1200m at Goulburn. A Group 1 placegetter when third in the Spring Champion Stakes last season, Battenburg is well suited at 1600m second-up and should be too good.


Race 4, No. 2 – MAGNITUDO

The Team Snowden-trained Magnitudo made stablemate Sirens work hard to beat him at Gosford. Lightly-raced but improving type and he is placed to advantage here.

Magnitudo, trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, ran unplaced as favourite on debut at this track but improved significantly last start when he led for home and fought hard when challenged by stablemate Sirens before going under.

Keagan Latham will go close in the Scone Jockey Challenge. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph


Keagan Latham has a strong book of rides at Scone including Battenburg (Race 1) and Chapelis (Race 6).



Race 1, No 1 – GREEN

Green is having her first start for emerging trainer Blake Ryan. She scored brilliantly when resuming at Hawkesbury last campaign, running fast time. Her recent trial effort at Gosford was good and this isn’t a strong race.


Race 4, No. 2 – KIMBERLEY RAIN

Kimberley Rain, trained by Robert and Luke Price who prepared Jamaea to win the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes last Saturday, resumes on Tuesday but shaped well in a recent trial. Drawn wide but likely to settle off speed and will be hitting the line strongly.


The in-form Robert and Luke Price stable has a strong presence at the Nowra meeting including Kimberley Rain (race 4), Against The Tide (Race 6) and Thari (Race 7).



Magnitudo, trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, ran unplaced as favourite on debut at this track but improved significantly last start when he led for home and fought hard when challenged by stablemate Sirens before going under by a narrow margin. This isn’t a strong race and gets his chance to break his maiden. Our Cousin Al has finally drawn a good barrier and can break his exasperating run of minor placings. Croesus ran an even race on debut at Muswellbrook and can improve. Scanlan is a nicely bred filly from an astute stable is one to watch on debut.

Bet: Magnitudo to win, box trifecta 1,2,5,9


Battenburg resumed after nearly 18 months away from racing and did extremely well to score his maiden win at Goulburn. He was strongly through the line at the end of 1200m and is much better suited getting out to 1600m on Tuesday. He was a Group 1 placegetter when third to Shadow Hero and Castelvecchio in the Spring Champion Stakes two years ago which is an indication of his ability. Circus Bound scored easily at Wyong in very heavy conditions last start and is racing well. Hidden Hills has drawn awkwardly but is fitter for recent racing and is ready to improve. Keen Contributer is lightly raced filly with promise and can improve.

Bet: Battenburg to win

Trainer Greg Hickman has found a suitable race for Chapelis at Scone on Tuesday. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Chapelis got to the outside and charged home to win first-up at Goulburn then went to a benchmark 68 at Newcastle and ran only seventh when dropping back slightly in distance. She is out to a more suitable 1400m on Tuesday and this is an easier grade of race. Hard to beat. Greenskeeper was never on the track at Port Macquarie when resuming and is definitely worth another chance. False Step showed promise at her debut preparation and Dr Copper does not know how to run a bad race.

Bet: Box trifecta 1,4,5,6


Deepstar has led throughout to score good, tough wins by convincing margins in successive starts at Goulburn and Nowra this campaign. She’s is drawn perfectly, will ride the speed and prove hard to run down again. Oakfield Arrow won her maiden impressively at Muswellbrook at only her second start back in January and resumes here after a very good Gosford barrier trial effort to weeks ago. Lady Patricia is a Snitzel mare who showed ability in her debut preparation last spring and has shaped well in two recent trials. Anethole does sprint well fresh and is one to watch.

Bet: Deepstar each way, saver on Oakfield Arrow



Kimberley Rain has been placed in two of her four starts including a narrow loss at Moruya before her spell. She resumes here off an eye-catching Kembla Grange trial where she cruised home under a good hold to finish a close fourth to Unyielding Spirit, one of her main rivals here. I’ve got Kimberley Rain on top from Disengage who has been improved by two runs from a spell. He did run about a bit in the straight when third here last start but is working up to a win. Kerrisdale has been racing well without winning and the juvenile filly Miss Adrenalin could be the knockout horse if she has any luck from the wide barrier.

Bet: Kimberley Rain to win, saver on Miss Adrenalin each way


Without Equal unleashed a powerful surge to score very impressively at Albury then took on a strong field and ran an even race for seventh at Wagga Wagga. Better suited here and will enjoy 2200m. Seporto is tough and genuine but finds it hard to win. Chief Kidder has only won five of his 75 starts but he has raced well in four starts this campaign including his game second at Muswellbrook. St Anton is another who doesn’t win often but is racing consistently.

Bet: Without Equal each way

Kayla Nisbet will partner Without Equal for trainer Theresa Bateup. Photo: Jenny EvansSource:News Corp Australia


Rocketing To Win had five weeks between runs before finishing sixth at Canberra. He is coming back slightly in trip but he will be strongly through the line. Maddison’s Missile is the one to catch. She was outclassed in a benchmark 64 at Newcastle but did win her maiden well at Wyong at her previous start. She is back in grade here and drawn the rails. Coup De Main is fitter for two runs back and will improve in this grade. Delightful Dream had excuses last start and could easily bounce back in this open race.,

Bet: Box trifecta 1,3,4,7


Plucky Dan looked set to score when he broke clear halfway down the straight only to be collared right on the line over 930m when resuming. Fitter and should go close. If Monte De Fiore had drawn a barrier he would have been top pick. He bolted home in a recent trial and looks to have come up well. Thari makes his debut here but he looked to be moving really well through the line in a recent trial. Shoeless Joe ran on to finish fifth on debut and is another likely improver.

Bet: Plucky Dan each way, box trifecta 3,6,7,9

Originally published asScone and Nowra tips: Battenburg to rule over the mile

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