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Australian Racing: Seeni the class of Scone field

There are three meetings set to take place on Tuesday, including at Scone, where they stage an eight-race card.

Race 6 Scone

Seeni @ 6.00

Race 8 Scone

Legolas @ 12.00

Race 5 Mackay

Brad @ 7.50

Seeni to score at Scone

The sixth race at Scone takes the eye with the 1200m Benchmark 58 handicap set to take place on a soft 5 surface.

Legolas will jump from next to the rail here and is expected to have his supporters following a fourth in an 1100m Class 1 handicap at Gosford August 24th.

The gelding was racing second up on that occasion, having faded into tenth when trying to make all the running in a 900m Class 1 contest at Newcastle when racing first up prior.

The three-year-old was tried in a couple of much stronger events following a Canberra win in February however preference here is for the five-year-old SEENI.

The gelding showed a liking for this venue when delivering a third-place finish in a 900m maiden on a soft 5 surface just under a month ago.

John W Ramsey’s representative has been kept busy since and delivered his first victory when recording a victory by nearly a length in a 1200m maiden at Quirindi August 29th.

The 6.00 pick was stepping up in distance on that occasion and, with a good alley three off the rail, he is taken to provide jockey Daniel Northey with a victory in what looks a competitive affair.

Legolas to take the Stud Gundy Cup

The eighth race on the Scone card is the Vinery Stud Gundy Cup - Sprint Series over 1100m.

The open handicap has attracted a good field including Temple Run, who returned for trainer Matthew Smith with a third in a 1000m Benchmark 64 handicap at Kembla Grange last month.

The veteran gelding was returning from nearly two years off the track that day, having performed well in the North when registering wins at Cairns and Townsville in 2021.

Rebecca Bronnett Prag takes three kilograms off here, but preference is for LEGOLAS, who represent the Bjorn Baker stable.

The three-year-old broke his maiden in a set weights affair over 1000m on a good 4 surface at Canberra back in February.

While unable to score since,  the 12.00 pick has been set some stiff tasks including when contesting the 1200m Group 3 Black Opal over 1200m at the same venue on his next start.

The gelding faded tamely when attempting to make all the running prior to finishing tenth of eleven in a 900m Class 1 handicap on a soft 5 track at Newcastle last month.

However, the pick suggested that a second win wasn’t far away when taking a step forward to finish fourth over 1100m at Gosford in a Class 1 handicap held on a good 4 surface August 24th.

Jockey Christian Reith should have options form an inside alley and his mount is selected to salute for the second time.

Brad backed for Mackay glory

The fifth race at Mackay is an interesting contest with the 1200m open handicap having attracted a field of ten including four from the John Manzelmann stable.

The Manzelmann quartet are all expected to jump at big odds, with course regular BRAD the pick to deliver a 12th victory at this venue.

While the eight-year-old has failed to make an impact in five starts here this spell, he showed signs of a return to form when runner-up over 1280m in a handicap at Bowen on his penultimate start.

The 7.50 pick followed that effort up with a one-and-a-half-length second in a 1460m handicap at Home Hill August 31st.

Ashley Butler’s mount is a versatile type tactics wise and dropping back in distance and tackling a weaker event than when eleventh over 1300m here in July he is taken to defy top weight.

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