Form student, RIC CHAPMAN, previews Day 2 of Scone’s big annual two-day carnival. Here are his thoughts for all 10 races on the card. Good luck, punters!

Rail Position: Out 3m from 800m to winning post; true remainder

Track Condition: Soft 5

Interesting race to start the program. KEEN CONTRIBUTER has run a lot of placings this prep. Up in class but looks more than handy. Respect.

THE DRAMATIST is pretty handy and improving. Has won two of past three starts and finishes very hard. Suited here.

SUNGBLUE is 4th up and ready to win. Chased home The Dramatist last start and should finish near him again here.


The way DR EVIL lumped a huge weight around on a very heavy track last start and just raced away from a BM64 field says he loves the mud a lot and is in great touch. Drops 4kg here, yes it’s harder but the very wet track suits him more than most.

OUTLOOK is 2nd up and did find form quickly last prep. If so, can win this.

COLOUR SERGEANT is very honest at around this level so must be considered. Rates a show also.


ARABOLINI is revelling in the wet of late winning 2 of past 3 starts. Will lead and take catching again.  Can again.

BONNY EZRA is working towards a win. Has placed at past two, is now super fit and bound to run on.

AVION FURY will get back but is about picture perfect now so should hit the line hard. The form is standing up so looks capable.



DEEP EXPECTATION, after a series of 2nd placings, finally found her way to the winner’s circle last start. And often that kick starts them to bigger things. She is very fit and in form. Gets a great draw here and looks hard to beat.

SOARING AMBITION is too good to overlook. Yes she did zero when resuming in Qld last start running a well beaten 10th, but in her first prep she looked very smart. Have in your numbers.

IN SECRET has raced just once for a runaway win. Chasing her home that day was Deep Expectation and she has drawn the fence here. Might be rather special.



DYNAMIC IMPACT won first up last prep and resumes here. Money for him too.

SUBTERRANEAN has been disappointing for some time but should improve a lot on his poor run when resuming over 1400m. Down in trip and class this time and is fitter.

DIFFERENT STROKES is very smart at this level. Terrific 2nd this grade with big weight last start and looks rather hard to beat here.


ZAPATEO has the bad draw but that should;d be off set by the fact she is extremely game and honest and the track is very wet. Came with a rush late for second at Group 3 level last start. Is very fit and will run on.

AUTHENTIC JEWEL is just so honest. Likes to get up on speed and be there at the end too. That’s a great quality. Has placed on a heavy and last start when resuming led and held on well for 3rd. This is a little harder but she is fitter and doesn’t mind the mud.

I AM ME is on the improve every start. Well bred and has won past 3 on the trot. This is harder but finds the line well and has been heavily backed.



BANDERSNATCH likes it wet and seems back in great heart. Stormed away under 62kg to easily win the Tamworth Cup last start. Fitter now. This is harder but he is flying.

TYCOONIST is so consistent and showed that again last start when resuming and proving too tough in slightly weaker company. Is up to this.

ANDERMATT is a dual acceptor and a recent impressive multiple winner. Up in class but is absolutely flying of late.  Sure to rattle home again here.



MIRRA VISION is a talented mare and despite the big weight here she looks well placed. the inside draw is a massive help too. is very fit, is a Gr 1 place getter and loves the heavy going.

MAJESTIC SHOT has also drawn well and is very fit. In form too having placed at two of three runs this time up and is up to this grade with this weight.

BROOKSPIRE did nothing despite being very heavily backed when resuming last start. Is better than that. Overlook past few runs.


Lots of intrigue in this race. MALKOVICH was backed all day and led round the turn, led down the running and was nabbed on the line last start. Has the inside draw here and no doubt drives to the lead and tries same tactics. Big field helps his cause and could lead all the way here.

ROHERYN resumes here and can come hard when his mind is on the job.

SURREAL STEP loves the mud and ran a cracker when resuming. Fitter now. No weight here, so should fly late.


Interesting race. ATHELRIC is on a tear also winning his past two starts brilliantly and he gets a 3kg allowance today. That makes him nearly a weighted certainty as he is very smart at this level.

HULK resumes here. He is smart and goes well fresh. Trialled nicely too.

AMERICAN PRESIDENT has been revelling in the wet of late winning past three races easily. Comes with a powerhouse burst. Harder here but winning form and love of the wet are very much in his favour.