KANGA’S EYE - The John Ramsey-trained Kanga’s Eye was immediately spelled after finishing less than a length from the winner Jorda when runner-up in last year's Gimcrack Stakes at Randwick on debut and arguably should have won after blowing the start by three-lengths and being held-up at the 220m. Big things were expected of Kanga’s Eye when the daughter of Denman returned to racing at Rosehill on June 3, but the filly didn’t fire and went back to the spelling paddock. Kanga’s Eye resumed at Newcastle and wound up late when a close third on December 3. With the run under her belt and stepping up in distance in the Ausure Scone Maiden Plate (1100m), Kanga’s Eye looks set for a confidence boosting win.
LA PONT - La Pont from the Kris Lees stable did enough on debut when a close second at Scone to suggest the three-year-old is the horse to beat in the Morgan & English Commercial Lawyers Maiden Plate (1100m). La Pont was forced to race three-wide without cover but finished his race off in a manner that indicates the step up in distance on Friday will be to his advantage. Aaron Bullock retains the ride and expecting La Pont to go one better on Friday.
TYCOON STREET - Tycoon Street makes it a trifecta of three-year-old’s as our star bets on Friday with the statistics tell us we are on solid ground putting our faith in the age group. Three-year-olds win 26 percent of all class two races at Scone with last-start winners producing a profit on turnover. A stablemate of La Pont from the Kris Lees stable, Tycoon Street finished in the placings at Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook at her first two career starts but showed she was a filly with above-average ability winning a Kempsey maiden by over seven-lengths at her third career start before overcoming a wide barrier to go back to back in a fillies and mares class one at Scone last start. Tycoon Street has another awkward barrier to overcome but the daughter of Written Tycoon has the early speed to cross and lead and should find the fence reasonably comfortably. If that’s the scenario Tycoon Street will take plenty of running down in the Segenhoe Stud Class 2 Handicap (1300m).
SPELLOLOGY - The Brad Widdup-trained Spellology will be striving to remain unbeaten when he takes on provincial grade for the first time in the Santa Claus Class 2 Handicap (1600m). Both of Spellology’s wins have come at country tracks but the merit of the wins shouldn’t be under-estimated. Spellology won his maiden on debut at Bathurst producing figures comparable to the benchmark 70 winner on the day racing over the same journey before making a mess of a class one field on Mudgee Cup Day winning by over four-lengths and producing speed figures superior to the benchmark 65 winner Shadow Affair. Spellology is drawn to get all the favours in the run launching from the inside gate and I am confident he will prove right up to provincial class and rates as the standout bet of the day.
ALMIGHTY CROWN - Birdsong is a $3.10 equal favourite in early betting for the Reindeer Maiden Plate (1500m) which occupies 32 percent of the betting market and if I am rate with the assertion about her genuineness that leaves plenty of value around the rest of the field. Almighty Crown representing the Chris Waller stable is the one I like. Although unplaced in his three runs to date Almighty Crown has improved at each start culminating with a 1-1/2 length fourth at Wyong last start over 1350m working home in a manner that suggests the three-year-old son of Street Cry is ready to win stepping up to 1500m on Saturday.