Yard to the Post @ Scone

Race Day: Scone on Saturday, 13 May 2017

A couple of popular winners and plenty of happy punters out at Scone after the two day feature carnival, a huge success for the club on a track that held up very well to the sixteen races.

The most popular of all winners was the big-striding CLEARLY INNOCENT, who is now with Kris Lees over in Newcastle, but still holds a place in the hearts of Scone locals after spending most of his career there under the care of Greg Bennett. He had started at his former home track five times for five wins and that became six today as he strode right away from the chasing pack for a big win in the Luskin Star Stakes.

According to connections, the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap could be on the agenda.

In other races, the super tough DAYSEE DOOM kept fighting to win the Dark Jewel Classic and FRANCE, swept down the outside to grab favourite PRIZED ICON out wide in the Guineas.

Check out the review of key races below.

Track Info

ConditionsGOOD 4


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Lautaro Andrew Dale Andrew Adkins 5 55.5
2 Interlocuter James Cummings Tye Angland 4 58.0
3 Wu Gok Chris Waller Tommy Berry 12 56.0


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Ozark James Cummings Jason Collett 5 55.5
2 Hot Hit Mark Mason Christian Reith 19 56.0
3 Isorich Wayne Seelin Andrew Adkins 14 57.5


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Debonairly Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tommy Berry 2 57.0
2 Lipizzan Gary Portelli Deanne Panya 12 55.0
3 I Am Excited David Pfieffer Jay Ford 8 55.0


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Miss Debutante Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tommy Berry 20 53.0
2 Snitty Kitty Henry Dwyer Tegan Harrison 19 53.0
3 Smart Amelia Bjorn Baker Glyn Schofield 7 54.0


France flies home to sink the favourite

fair tempo
Bias: off-rails

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 France Peter & Paul Snowden Tye Angland 16 56.5
2 Prized Icon Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 9 56.5
3 Spright Garry Frazer Jay Ford 6 54.5

In The Running

CRITICAL THINKING led from DALMATIA PRINCE, JUST DREAMING three wide and BARBASS in the box seat. SPRIGHT and PRIZED ICON in midfield with CALANDA out wider no cover and FRANCE out the back. An honest FAIR tempo set up.

The Result

FRANCE $16 (1st) launched down the outside late to catch PRIZED ICON $2.8F (2nd 0.11L), who fought hard right to the line. SPRIGHT $5 (3rd 0.9L) running on and right there too. JUST DREAMING $26 (4th 1.61L) best of the on-pacers.

The Interest

Up to 1400m on the dry helped FRANCE turn around his form, a horse that was very aggressively ridden first-up and looked much more at home here with a quiet ride. PRIZED ICON and SPRIGHT (bounced back to form after a poor run) very solid and CALANDA $3.3F (6th 2.1L) didn't have much luck. It will be interesting to see how the on-pacers form stacks up too, JUST DREAMING looked pretty strong. Follow FRANCE, PRIZED ICON, SPRIGHT, CALANDA and JUST DREAMING. Forgive CALANDA and JUST DREAMING. Note: MR SNEAKY bolted on the rider and was scratched at the barrier.


The local crowd roars for the country hero

fair tempo
Bias: 2w+

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Clearly Innocent Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 6 57.5
2 Snoopy Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 7 56.5
3 Gold Symphony Peter & Paul Snowden Tye Angland 8 59.0

In The Running

SWEET SERENDIPITY sped to the lead from COOLRING and set a FAIR tempo. OLD NORTH slow, got out wide and over-raced. CLEARLY INNOCENT in midfield with SIR BACCHUS behind him.

The Result

CLEARLY INNOCENT $3.5F (1st) surged through the pack and strode clear for a big win. SNOOPY $7 (2nd 2.36L) fighting on a couple of lengths behind with GOLD SYMPHONY $11 (3rd 2.59L) and SIR BACCHUS $5 (4th 3.11L) hitting the line.

The Interest

Nothing more to say than this was the most popular win of the day, now '6 from 6' for CLEARLY INNOCENT at his former home track Scone. New trainer Kris Lees has him flying and he's off to the Group 1s in Queensland now. A bunch of OK runs in behind him. OLD NORTH $7 (11th 10.99L) up to his old tricks again and SWEET SERENDIPITY unfortunately in the report [vet: bled]. No Follows or Forgives.


Daysee gets her day in the sun

fair tempo
Bias: off-rails

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Daysee Doom Ron Quinton Andrew Adkins 3 56.0
2 Prompt Response Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tommy Berry 4 53.0
3 Serene Majesty Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee 9 53.0

In The Running

SWEET REDEMPTION slowish and then moved forward out wide to lead. KINSHACHI behind the leader and DAYSEE DOOM behind her with PROMPT RESPONSE on her outside. HEAVENLY ANNA out wide no cover. TSARITSA out the back over-racing. An honest FAIR tempo set up.

The Result

DAYSEE DOOM $4.8F (1st) and PROMPT RESPONSE $5 (2nd 0.18L) moved through to join in together, DAYSEE DOOM lifting to win nearer the inside. SERENE MAJESTY $26 (3rd 0.39L) and ELLE LOU $26 (4th 0.89L) ran on out wide.

The Interest

What a brave mare she is! DAYSEE DOOM moved through nearer the inside and you were sure PROMPT RESPONSE had the momentum, and the better outside ground, to win. But DAYSEE doesn't lie down easily and she got a much deserved win. EXTENSIBLE $9 (5th 1.63L) probably the next best run on the inside in the lesser ground too. An OFF RAILS bias at this stage of the day. SHILLELAGH $6.5 (15th 18.5L) in the report [vet: cardiac arrhythmia] along with ARTISTRY $6 (8th 2.1L) [vet: small laceration to the off foreleg]. Follow DAYSEE DOOM, PROMPT RESPONSE and EXTENSIBLE.


Kathy catches ‘Top Cat’ napping

steady tempo
Bias: off-rails

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Quatronic Matthew Dunn Ms Kathy O'Hara 12 53.0
2 Deploy Gerald Ryan James Innes Jnr 5 53.0
3 Dothraki Peter & Paul Snowden Tye Angland 9 60.5

In The Running

QUATRONIC jumped best to lead and stayed off the rails from DOTHRAKI on his outside, DEPLOY just behind and BIG MONEY back on the inside. No pressure and only a STEADY tempo set-up with NIETA in midfield out wide no cover. Tim Clark caught out as they sprinted not using much vigour on the short-priced fav'.

The Result

QUATRONIC $10 (1st) kicked for home and held off DEPLOY $5.5 (2nd 0.53L), who chased hard to the line and DOTHRAKI $7.5 (3rd 1.4L) just behind them. NIETA made some ground $2.45F (4th 2.77L).

The Interest

A smart ride from O'Hara to stack them up and kick for home and a lazy ride from Tim 'Top Cat' Clark on the fav' NIETA. He must have sensed the tempo was slower, but he didn't show any initiative. DEPLOY very strong to the line after being unbeaten last prep. The two horses with upside going into the race still seem like the two to follow. Don't be harsh on horses like LE CORDON BLEU $8.5 (8th 4.53L), who were too far back to figure. The last 600m was the fastest of the day by almost a second! Follow DEPLOY and NIETA.

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