Scone Race 7 No.10 Three Sheets – $6
An outstanding field lines up here for one of the Country Championship qualifiers with a plethora of different form lines but think we’ve found the one that is going to get the right run to be right in the finish. Three Sheets has been racing consistently well of late – two starts back beat a handy field at the Sunshine Coast, then had the three weeks off before finishing 4th to one of his rivals here in All Summer Long in a highway handicap in town. That was a strong effort as he carried 60kgs that day giving all his rivals weight and now meets them all much better off, plus that perfect run we mentioned will allow him to get a solid 1400m.
Scone Race 3 No.10 Trick Star – $3.20
Blue-blooded colt Trick Star comes out of a very good midweek maiden at Canterbury where he was first up and couldn’t go with the three placegetters from the turn before holding his place late. This is obviously infinitely easier and with premier jock Blake Shinn to steer he should be finally shedding his maiden status.
Ballarat Race 2 No.4 Montana – $2.70
Montana looks like a horse that’s eventually going to be better off over a mile and maybe beyond, but he can win what is only an average maiden to kick this campaign off. On debut he ran home well behind Iron Jake, a horse who whilst has his issues, does have some underlying ability. Montana then had five weeks off into a city midweek maiden and could only plug home into a midfield finish. Given a really good break and reappears here, draws fine, and wants the 1200m first up – he should be right in the finish here.
Ballarat Race 6 No.5 Spearhead – $4.80
A lovely winner on debut, Spearhead has been found out in town at his last few starts, but dropping back to a class 1 will do him the world of good and he looks a great chance here to nab his second career win. He’ll have to beat some older horses to do it (he’s three), but a couple of gear changes have been applied for this and a nice big circuit like Ballarat will be right up his alley.
Canberra Race 3 No.5 Brockman – $26
Going with a roughie in the Canberra Cup Prelude in Moruya trained gelding Brockman. This bloke has an outstanding record over the mile and ran on well last time out in the Bega Cup at the Sapphire Coast over the same trip. Yes this is slightly harder, but that last start suggested his back on track and if there happened to be any sting out of the ground it would be a huge plus for his chances. Chance at odds.