Expert tips : Scone - 02/07/24

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RACE 1 - TORN (7) has race experience on his side and will appreciate the drop in grade after wilting sharply when 12th behind EMIRATE over 1300m at Rosehill on June 1. Kept up to the mark when fifth in a recent 1000m trial. No excuses here on his home track. Go close. COMIC CULTURE (4) Capitalist colt out of a USA mare on debut for the Waterhouse/Bott yard. Has looked sharp in his two recent trials and will take catching over the 1200m. BELLA CORAZON (3) has race fitness on her side and will appreciate this easier contest after placing in town at both runs. Will appreciate the good tempo and looks one of the leading players. The chances don't end there. PHOTOGRAPH (12) returns from a four month break. Two career runs were okay and since fitted with two sharp trials. Strengthened-up over the break and sure to be strong late.

RACE 2 - PUERTO BANUS (8) big improver at second race start when up in trip for a fast finishing third over 1280m at Muswellbrook on June 17. Claim helps and has solid top-three prospects. BARTOLF (3) So You Think colt from the O'Shea/Charlton yard on debut. Has looked promising in both his trials and expected to play a leading role today. ALWAYS SHINING (2) Savabeel gelding who steps out for the first time from the Waterhouse/Bott stable. Sure to be well educated and gets his chance from the good gate. THEBES (10) covered plenty of ground on debut when a plodding fifth over 1200m at Wyong on June 13. Strips fitter now and will appreciate the 2kg claim from the low draw. Improver.

RACE 3 - VIVEZZA (1) no excuses today fourth-up in this easier contest. Sat off the speed before launching late when a close second over 1550m at Canterbury on June 19. Maps to get the right run and should prove too good for these. BUFFETT (2) improving with racing and finally draws a low gate. Appreciated the rise in trip when a solid second over 1600m at Wyong on June 13. Can go on with the job in this easier affair. LOST ILLUSIONS (7) made up many lengthy late when returning for second prep when fourth over 1280m at Muswellbrook on June 17. Ready for this trip but bumps into some handy prospects. FIRE ISLAND (4) had mixed luck in two career runs and should find this easier on a firmer track. Failed to get into the contest when a dismal seventh over 1500m at Hawkesbury on June 18. Should appreciate the roomier Scone track and expecting more here.

RACE 4 - Tough contest. Group 1 placegetter PIER PRESSURE (11) is a talented filly coming back many grades after failing to get into the contest when eighth behind BASES LOADED over 1600m in the G3 Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm on June 15. Looks placed to advantage here with race fitness on her side. FERNAO (3) former import who ran on late at first Australian start when a plugging third over 1550m at Canterbury on June 19. Fitter now and will relish this trip and further. Group 3 placegetter ZAPHOD (8) is a three-year-old Irish gelding having his first Australian run for the Kris Lees yard. Gelded over the break and finished third in the G3 Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown over 1810m eight months ago. Fitted with two searching trials and market moves must be closely monitored. FLYBALL (6) ran on late in the heavy (10) conditions when a solid third over 1614m at Taree on June 25. Will appreciate the 3kg claim and has a fitness edge over most of these.

RACE 5 - ALVINA'S LUCK (3) promising mare who shouldn't be a maiden for too much longer. Ran on late at resumption with a solid second over 1200m at Wyong on June 13. Gets her chance today in this easier event with the strong tempo. PERSISTER (9) resumed for second prep with a tough on-pace third over 1000m at Kembla Grange on June 4. Strips fitter and gets the benefit of the 3kg claim. Shouldn't have and problem getting the 1200m. TIKIROO (12) Adam Duggan trained two-year-old colt by Xtravagant on debut. Has shown promise in two trials and has been heavily supported this morning. FINEST ART (5) returned from a lengthy break with a plugging sixth over 1100m at Wyong on June 13. Fitter now and gets weight relief with Roper's 2kg claim.

RACE 6 - PRESIDES (6) has race fitness on his side in this easier contest. Taken back from the outside gate when running on late to finish fourth over 1200m at Wyong on June 13. Maps well today and can take this out at start four. MONTY BE QUICK (5) former import who started a solid ($1.65 fav) at first Australian start when a plugging fifth over 1300m at Hawkesbury on June 18. Strips much fitter now and can take a hand in the finish. ENTERPRISE PRIVATE (2) returned from an 11-month break with a plodding fifth over 1300m at Newcastle on June 15. Blinkers come off and this looks easier. MYSTERIO (9) Godolphin filly who disappointed in her first prep and expecting more this time in. Fitted with two trials and can sneak into the minor money.

RACE 7 - RAPT (8) holding his form well in tougher company and reunites with his regular rider here. Motored late from well back when second over 1400m at Newcastle on June 22. Backs-up quickly and will be strong late. LET'S GO JOHNNY (3) starting to hit his straps and backs-up quickly after charging late to finish third over 1400m at Newcastle on June 22. On the quick back-up and can run into the minor money. COASTAL GROOVE (2) broke his maiden status at start five when a tough head winner over 1400m at Newcastle on June 15. Will hold a forward position and can run into the placings. ORDER TO CHARGE (5) third-up today and placed third-up in the past. Created a big impression when getting through the testing conditions with a slick 2 len victory over 1500m at Newcastle on June 15. Expected to play a leading role again.

RACE 8 - CURL CURL (1) racing in career best form and will prove hard to stop again with the claim from the good gate. Gave them a galloping lesson when a dominant 1.5 len victory over 900m at Newcastle as fav on June 15. Can measure up again in this similar contest. IN A STEP (10) never comfortable in the heavy (10) going when a tiring sixth over 900m at Newcastle two-and-a-half weeks ago. Go on run prior when assessing his prospects. Improver. OUTBACK RINGER (6) gelding returning from a four-month break after failing to come up last time in. Trained on the track and the blinkers go on and the winkers come off. Must be kept safe. OUTISHKA (2) resumes today and has excellent first-up stats. Sat on the speed with 58kg when a gritty third over 900m at Newcastle on March 21. Claim helps and expected to figure prominently.

RACE 9 - FLYING THINKER (5) big improver at second race start when ploughing through the heavy (10) conditions for a slick victory over 1300m at Newcastle on June 15. Maps well again and can make it two-in-a-row. EQUIPAGE (3) Godolphin filly who looks close to another victory but will have her work cut out from the wide draw. Powered late from well back when third over 1250m at Canterbury on June 10. Look for her late. CLIMATE CONTROL (18) hard fit for this and game effort again when second over 1200m here on June 23. Gibbons keeps the ride and saves his best for this track. LITTLE BIT FLASH (12) drops sharply in weight with the 3kg claim after sticking on well in the going when fourth over 1200m at Wyong on June 6. This looks easier and has the numbers to figure prominently.