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Worth a closer look…

The ThoroughbredNEWS team look at different aspects of the form ahead of another great weekend of domestic and international action. There may or may not be winners, but there are definitely some interesting points of view worth a closer look…

Odds with TAB.com.au as at Friday 8.00am. Race times are all Australian Eastern Standard Time

Friday

Scone Race 8 - 4:00pm Darley Listed Scone Cup (1600m)

DR DRILL (GB) hasn’t won a race for a couple of years and was last successful in this very same event back in 2020. Since placed in a host of feature contests ranging from 1600m-2400m, the 7-year-old import has rarely run a bad race and slowly slipped down the handicap to the extent that he’ll carry a winning weight of 56.5kg in Friday’s renewal of the popular country mile. Dr Drill (GB) caught the eye on resuming over 1400m and gets the services of James McDonald in his attempt to land the Scone Cup for the second time in three years. — PF

TAB.com.au Odds - $5.00

Saturday

Scone Race 5 - 1:25pm Westopac Rescue Helicopter 3 & 4YO Benchmark 72 Handicap (1300m)

SUBTERRANEAN drops back in class appreciably on his previous campaigns and is an interesting runner in this Benchmark 72. A stakes winning 2-year-old by sire of the moment Rebel Dane, the 3-year-old has raced against the likes of Anamoe and Paulele in more recent time — albeit without being able to lay a glove on either one of them. Trained by the very astute Matthew Dunn, Subterranean also had an entry for Flemington but heads to Scone instead in an attempt to regain something like his very handy winning form he showed this time last year. — PF

TAB.com.au Odds - $26.00

Morphettville Race 3 - 13:17pm Group 3 South Australian Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m)

There was plenty to like about the last start effort of TWIN STARS and this strapping 2-year-old son of Zoustar appeals as a genuine winning chance in this juvenile black-type feature. Allowed to settle at the tail of the field in the Group 3 Breeders’ Stakes two weeks ago, the Tony & Calvin McEvoy trained colt made up ground all the way down the straight over the 1200-metre trip and seems certain to be ideally suited by an extra 200m. Twin Stars drew three and looks to posses the stature to have little trouble carrying his 57.5kg impost. He seems certain to be there or thereabouts at the finish — PF

TAB.com.au Odds - $2.90

Scone Race 7 - 2:35pm Listed Scone Equine Hospital Luskin Star Stakes (1300m)

Godolphin’s ANDERMATT is double accepted for Scone on Saturday, however, we will stay with the Luskin Star with the four-year-old Snitzel gelding where he has 54.5kg under Rachel King, but barrier 14. Not that the wide barrier should be a problem for this machine who has become a serious racehorse since being gelded. His run at Canterbury over 1100m in the Benchmark 88 on April 6th was a sight to see, effectively a track gallop under James McDonald with the winning margin 6 1/4L without slotting into top gear. It was then onto better company in the Benchmark 94 over the same distance at Randwick on April 23rd and the winning margin was just under 3L. This fellow is shaping as a top-class racehorse for the stable over the coming seasons and Saturday will be another step. - RB

TAB.com.au Odds: $2.30

Eagle Farm Race 8 - 4:02pm Group 1 TAB Doomben 10,000 (1200m)

We thoroughly enjoyed the rampaging return of KEMENTARI to win the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on April 16th. Rider Nash Rawiller incurred the wrath of the RNSW stewards’ for the bullocking ride and only now is he back and reunited with Kementari. The determination of Kementari in the Hall Mark to take the narrow gap Rawiller aimed at, bouncing off the rails and still maintaining momentum was that of an experienced and tough racehorse.  We have to watch their joint exploits once again on Saturday. – RB

TAB.com.au Odds: $7.00

Sunday

Tokyo Race 11 - 4.40pm AEST Grade 1 NHK Mile (1600m) - Sky Racing2

Grade 1 racing again at Tokyo on Sunday and this time the older fillies and mares step out for the Grade 1 Victoria Mile. Famous names are on the honour board of the Victoria Mile, Vodka, Buena Vista, Apapane, Almond Eye in 2020 and Gran Alegria last year. RESISTENCIA has a pedigree expected of top line Japanese runners being by the Sunday Silence sire Daiwa Major with Danehill and Sadler’s Wells on her dam side. She has winning 1600m form earlier in her career including running second in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the 2020 NHK Mile Cup. Sixth in the Victoria Mile last year she has been kept to sprinting since with her last start in the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen over 1200m at Chukyo in March. Her sixth place after leading and being caught was just 0.3 of a second off the winner. Perhaps Restistencia might find the stretch out again to 1600m a big step from the sprint distance, however, it will certainly be worth a watch. - RB

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