TAIKO BOOM - The Stephen Lee-trained Taiko Boom is another that has the early speed to take advantage of the inside barrier draw in the Crown Hotel Motel Class 3 Handicap (1206m). Yet to miss a place in four Grafton runs, Taiko Boom will be fitter second-up after finishing a length third at Grafton resuming on a soft track. With both career wins to date coming on good ground, Taiko Boom will appreciate getting back onto a dry surface on Monday and is the horse to beat with the first-up run under his belt.
WILD ABOUT HER - I know it’s a maiden and she has gone seven starts without winning but the Kylie Gavenlock-trained Wild About Her still looks grades above her rivals in the Celebrate Mother’s Day at Port Panthers Maiden Handicap (1506m). Before we have a look at Wild About Her’s form consider the opposition. 97 starts for nine placings is the combined record of the horses opposing Wild About Her on Friday. We couldn’t get the century with number of starts without winning but we did with the combined beaten margins from the last start, 115-lengths in fact. Compare that form to the former Chris Waller-trained Wild About Her who has been placed in four of her seven starts. Two of the placings came in metropolitan races at Canterbury and one at Newcastle whilst in Waller’s care with the daughter of Big Brown finishing third at Scone at her first run for Gavenlock. Wild About Her finished fifth at Newcastle last start beaten 2-1/2 lengths and a repeat of that run on Friday would win this race by panels.
LATIN LIGHT - The confidence grows when I find a horse I like with Jason Deamer as the trainer. Deamer has a winning strike rate of 20 percent over the last three racing seasons and his horses invariably race up to expectations. Latin Light represents the stable in the Scone Cup Carnival May 11 & 12 Class 3 Handicap (1600m) and is ready to win third-up. A four-year-old son of Ad Valorem out of the Zabeel mare Luminata, Latin Light’s only win in seven starts came at Cessnock over 1570m at his fourth career run and after finishing close-up in both runs this preparation at Cessnock and Muswellbrook gets his chance to return to the winner’s list stepping up to a mile for the first time this campaign.
DON’T DOUBT HER - The Rod Northam-trained Don’t Doubt Her looks well-placed back to her own sex in the Vinery “GR 1 Vendor” F&M Benchmark 56 Handicap (1300m). Although the winner of just two of her 19 starts, both wins have come on her home track at Scone including one over the 1300m. Don’t Doubt Her has been placed in three of her four runs this preparation and is down considerably in grade after taking on the boys in benchmark 65 and Class 2 set-weight company when placed at Scone in her latest two outings. The decision to take advantage of the 2kg claim for apprentice Robbie Dolan brings the mare into the race with a winnable 60.5kg and Don’t Doubt her won’t get a better chance to record career win number three.
VENTURE CAPITAL - The Brett Partelle-trained Venture Capital can handle the step up in grade chasing back to back wins over the 900m scamper at Scone after a decisive maiden win on March 8. Venture Capital has the advantage of the inside gate when the daughter of I Am Invincible lines up in the Iron Jack Class 2 Handicap (900m) with the figures recorded in her maiden win suggesting she can handle the class rise. The figures held up strongly against the class three winner on the day over the same distance when allowances are made for the difference in grade which augers well for Venture Capital’s prospects taking on Class 2 company on Monday.