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

Form analyst Matt Jones likes a three-year-old daughter of Star Witness to end the day on a high note at Scone while a talented two-year-old can put on a show at Goulburn.

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Race 8, No.12: PLEADING

She was super impressive first-up when winning in soft fashion. Her trainer feels she’ll go on with it on Friday even though she’s still a little green.


Race 7, No.4: MCNAIR

He should be even better getting out to 1400m now off a comfortable win last time over 1200m when doing it with a bit in hand. Ready to do it again.


Race 5: 3, 4, 8

Race 6: 1, 3, 4, 11

Race 7: 1, 3, 4, 7

Race 8: 3, 8, 12

Scott Singleton has a number of good chances at his home track on Friday. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph


Local trainer Scott Singleton has good hopes with Itasca, Reach Beyond and Baiyka.



Race 3, No.3: I LOVE LUCY

You don’t run in a Gimcrack unless you’re a natural talent and she’s placed both times this prep in much stronger races. This is hers to win.


Blaike McDougall might win four or more races today with good chances like Texcel, Kouklara, I Love Lucy, Rukita, Pyraminx and El Pradoes.



Spilt has turned the corner this time in with a couple of close placings including one at this track two runs back where he got beat in a very tight finish. He looks ready to win third-up. Prince Akeem won fresh and wasn’t all that far from the winner last time and he gets the gun run in behind the leaders so his hopes look bright. Swordsman looks the likely leader and any rain will help his hopes. Riva Rialto will appreciate 1300m now and is the each way hope after running above his odds at shorter trips this time in.

Bet: Swordsman to win


Reach Beyond is easily fit enough for the mile now but he did fall in over 1500m last time. The margin back to third significant though so that is a big plus. Imperial Grey is bred to get the trip and he’ll be a more confident horse after breaking through last time. And he’s got some form around him. Destacado has to be a better hope in this race after a couple of fair runs at the provincials this time in. This race will bring welcome relief to him. It would be a superb training performance if Ironic Miss can go from a 1000m debut run to 1600m today.

Bet: Reach Beyond to win

Ramornie Handicap winning jockey, Christian Reith, heads to Scone on Friday where he partners Reach Beyond for Scott Singleton. Photo: AAP ImageSource:AAP


McNair got the job done as expected last time in a Maiden race and he did it with ease and should be even better at 1400m now from a good draw. He just needs to get a clear run in the straight to be in the finish. Nowyunomi could have won his past four races but did get the job done last time and is in the same grade here so he’s got to be a hope. Ollivander will be the one they have to run down and as long as he’s sharp enough for 1400m he’s tough to beat. The Outcast has the last crack at them.

Bet: McNair to win


Pleading looks well placed here after a fairly easy win at start two off a long break. She had two solid trials so she was primed for that run. No second-up syndrome and she’s the one to beat. Baiyka should get the gun run behind the leaders and she’s ready to run 1100m now and is right at home on this track. Miss Kojiki has drawn the car park but does have the ability to sit back and come home well and spoil the party. Defiant Heart won very well at Gosford last time in what was a complete turnaround in form under a new stable.

Bet: Exacta 12, 3



Ballistic Moon was given a soft trial leading up to his fresh run from a 17-week spell and he will appreciate a country race to kick things off. He should go close on class alone. Agent Moon was a determined winner here first-up and he’s a consistent enough type to trust in a weak Class 1. Bleue’s Choice might actually be suited dropping back to 900m off a good 1000m win. He can lead them into the straight and it’s just a matter of holding on.

Bet: Ballistic Moon to win


Vee Eight has shown in the past that he’s able to win fresh here over 1400m. He hasn’t been seen publicly for three months since running second here over 1000m but his reputation under these conditions will ensure he as support. Heza Gentleman will likely push forward from a wide gate after a couple of close seconds of late but two wins from 27 starts will worry punters. Jonjo’s Comet pops up occasionally and surprises at odds and he doesn’t mind this track. Just Business put in an eye-catcher first-up and has won stronger races than this.

Bet: Just Business to win

Brodie Loy (pictured) rides the Wayne Carroll-trained Just Business at Goulburn on Friday. Photo: AAP ImageSource:AAP


Pyraminx likely runs here and not in the previous race and he’ll appreciate the drop back to country grade after some good provincial runs including a win at Hawkesbury first-up. Khaleej has been running on well this time in for a win and second at Canberra and he’ll sit in behind the speed again and rattle home. He’s one they’ll all be watching. Lemaire will put himself up on the speed and prove tough to get past while Huxton Creeper is another who will be coming home hard late.

Bet: Pyraminx to win


See how Heza Gentleman goes earlier in the day because El Prados, who runs here, beat it home last time as a $10 chance. He just needs to carry a bit of extra weight to win again. If Skyray is to win again it might just be this race. Chervil gets a much better gate this time and won’t have to work as hard and will be looking much better coming into the straight this time. Tickler didn’t get a clear shot at them first-up and can do better now.

Bet: Skyray to win

Originally published asScone, Goulburn tips: Promising filly makes an appealing case

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