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Australian Racing: Pfeiffer charge to shine at Scone

There are three meetings scheduled to take place on Tuesday, with action taking place at Scone, where an eight-race card is scheduled, as well as at Ballarat and Cairns.

A fourth meeting which was set to take place on Tuesday, at Kilcoy, has been called off.

Race 6 Scone

Overice @ 6.00

Race 5 Ballarat

Tequila Storm @ 3.80

Race 4 Cairns

Zi Win @ 3.00

Overice to salute at Scone

The sixth race on the Scone card is a competitive Benchmark 66 handicap set to take place over 1700m, with Rockbarton Ice expected to have his supporters, having demonstrated good form earlier this prep.

The three-year-old resumed with a one-and-a-half-length victory when contesting a 1400m maiden at Newcastle in early February.

The gelding followed that solid effort up with a third when beaten less than a length in a 1600m handicap at Quirindi later that month.

Both of those efforts came on good 4 tracks and the youngster encountered similar conditions when eighth over 1500m at Newcastle on 3rd April.

The son of Frosted had been freshened prior to that effort, however, he looks opposable tackling more experienced rivals.

The pick here is OVERICE for the David Pfieffer stable, with the mare having recorded top-four finishes in five of her six starts this prep.

The sole exception came when sixth over 1350m when contesting a wet track Benchmark 64 handicap at Beaumont first up.

The 6.00 selection came home two-and-a-half-lengths second when contesting a 1600m Benchmark 64 handicap at Hawkesbury when last in action on 28th March.

The eighth home that day, Frosbie, won next time and the pick should have no issue with barrier 11 given that she has performed well under a variety of tactics in the past.

Storm to blow home at Ballarat

The fifth race at Ballarat is an interesting 1000m Benchmark 58 handicap, with Miss Sunshine expected to jump a short-priced favourite.

The filly showed good form when third when racing at metro level in a 1000m maiden contest held on a soft 5 track at Morphettville Parks in July.

The three-year-old was spelled following that effort and justified short-priced favouritism when winning by two-and-a-half-lengths over track and trip last month.

Trained by Tony & Calvin McEvoy, the daughter of Snitzel won by two-and-a-half-lengths on that occasion, however TEQUILA STORM is the selection here.

The mare has registered two placed efforts from three starts this prep including when third over 1000m in a Benchmark 64 handicap at Moonee Valley.

The 3.80 pick raced at Moonee Valley once more when beaten two lengths into fifth having jumped at odds of $51 for a Benchmark 70 handicap held over the same distance.

The drop down from metro racing appeared to suit, with the six-year-old losing out narrowly when runner-up at Warrnambool on her only subsequent starts.

Regular rider Linda Meech was in the saddle for a Benchmark 58 handicap held over this distance on that occasion and she is again set to ride here.

Any drying of the ground would aid Adam Chambers’ mare’s chances here and she is taken to record her first win since March last year.

Zi looks good for Cairns victory

A soft 7 track is expected at Cairns, with the fourth race on the card a 950m Restricted 55 handicap event.

Trained by Trevor & Peter Rowe ZI WIN demonstrated good form at a higher level when a length third in a Benchmark 58 handicap over 1200m at Sunshine Coast last July.

The five-year-old has raced five times since, with three of those efforts coming at this venue including when runner-up over this distance here in September.

The 3.00 gelding was spelled following a slightly disappointing eighth in a 900m Class 1 handicap at Innisfail in November.

The selection resumed with a good fourth, beaten just over one-and-a-half-lengths in a 950m Benchmark 55 handicap here last week.

He has a good barrier here and looks up to registering a second up success.

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