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Hall of Fame trainer Gai Waterhouse has a strong contingent racing in the two-day Scone Cup Carnival this Friday and Saturday including The Great Snowman who she rates a livewire chance in the Scone Cup 2014.
The headline race at tomorrow’s meet, the $200,000 Listed Emirates Park Scone Cup (1600m) this year attracted a full field of 16 starters plus the Myron Cooper-trained Shadowofexcellence sitting as the first emergency.
Of those there are four dominating the Scone Cup betting markets, current $5.50 favourite being the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Mecir who won the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) two back.
The Great Snowman meanwhile is outside of the top six in the Scone Cup odds paying $15 to score an upset.
A five-year-old Brilliance gelding, The Great Snowman is after their first win since their effort in a Moonee Valley mile handicap in mid-September last year.
This campaign they’ve been steadily improving with their most recent effort being a fourth, beaten under two lengths, behind Doomben Cup fancy Leebaz in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m).
It was a performance that showed progression and Waterhouse believes they are now prime and fit to snare an upset in the Scone Cup.
“These older horses sometimes take a little longer to get fully fit but The Great Snowman is working his way back to form,” Waterhouse told The Daily Telegraph.
“He has three runs back now and I thought his run at Hawkesbury was excellent. He’s ready to fire now.”
Other notable hopes for tomorrow’s Scone feature include the Joe Pride-trained Destiney’s Kiss ($6) coming off a win at Warwick Farm, David Vandyke’s well tried Prince Cheri ($6) and Wistful ($7) drawn well in gate two as the John O’Shea-trained Tiger Hill mare looks to go one better than their Hawkesbury Gold Cup second last time out.
Waterhouse also has nice representation in the Saturday Scone features despite her preference for racing to stay in the city on the weekends.
“We have some nice horses for Scone, they are really good chances,’’ she said.
“I’m looking forward to the two days at Scone. It is a break from the normal routine in Sydney and it does give you the chance to go and see the sires and mares at the studs.
“But I’m not really a great advocate for Saturday racing being taken away from the city.
“I always feel it is a shame not to use city tracks, particularly Randwick.”
There are two features on the Scone card for Saturday including the $400,000 Inglis Scone Guineas (1400m) where Waterhouse will saddle up four chances with Woodbine, Liberty’s Choice, Ryker and Cosmic Endeavour.
Of the four the best fancied in the Inglis Guineas markets, that are led by Chautauqua ($2.80), is Northern Meteor filly Cosmic Endeavour ($3.60) who comes off a third to Aerobatics in the Group 3 Darley Crown (1300m) at Hawkesbury two weeks ago.
Then in the day’s sole Group race, Waterhouse saddles up Miss Stellabelle in the $200,000 Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m), the Dehere five-year-old out to improve on her third in the race 12 months ago.
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