This afternoon the major race held at the NSW Hunter Region’s Scone Racecourse takes centre stage with the Scone Cup 2015, markets for the mile feature still a super close affair with six horses paying between $7 and $8.50 for the win.
A total of 16 gallopers make up the field for the $200,000 Listed Emirates Park Scone Cup (1600m) this year, the handicap clash running as Scone Race 7 at 4:05pm (AEST).
Two currently share top spot in the latest Scone Cup odds with Tales Of Grimm and Strawberry Boy both at $7 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Tales Of Grimm is a Craig Williams’ mount drawn a treat in barrier three and getting in on the 54kg minimum, Sam Kavanagh’s imported Distorted Humor gelding set to appreciate the step up to a mile after two unplaced runs over less distance.
Sydney’s best Chris Waller then prepares Strawberry Boy who jumps from gate seven today with ‘The Pumper’ Jimmy Cassidy in the saddle.
In flying form last spring – summer season, six-year-old Redoute’s Choice gelding Strawberry Boy was runner-up to Spurtonic over 1400m in the Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup back in January before a first-up fifth in the Royal Randwick 100, also run over 1400m, on April l18.
His second-up record is very good with three wins, a second and a third from six attempts and the bookmakers are predicting he could add to that in the Scone Cup.
There’s been little change to the Scone Cup betting markets since they opened earlier in the week, the only notable drift in the top half of the markets being the former $7 shot San Diego now out to $7.50 after drawing wide with barrier 15.
While he’s got a mile to overcome the awkward gate, the price on the John O’Shea-trained Exceed And Excel four-year-old has eased as San Diego looks to improve on his last start second to You’ll Never over 1350m in a Benchmark 95 only last Saturday at Rosehill.
Also at $7.50 for the win is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pheidon and Races.com.au tip to win.
The flying Blake Shinn has the ride on the Al Maher four-year-old, Shinn having won five Doomben races in Brisbane last weekend including the Doomben Cup – BTC Cup Group 1 double.
Pheidon is second-up after beating Rugged Cross home on May 6 over the mile in the mud at Warwick Farm, good form leading into his Scone debut over the same distance.
Rounding out the single figure hopes are then O’Shea’s ATC Cup winning Teofilo four-year-old Malice ($8) and Bede Murray’s last start winner over the Randwick mile on April 25 Darci Magic ($8.50).
The early Scone Cup betting market mover for this afternoon meanwhile firming in from $13 to $12 for an upset is the rails-drawn Kourkam who Brenton Avdulla rides on 54.5kg.
American Post five-year-old Kourkam has had 14 starts for five wins to date, his latest turf triumph being in the Albury Cup (2000m) on March 27 before his failed 16th when dead last in the Listed Wagga Wagga Cup (2000m) on May 1.
It seems the punters are willing to forgive him that run however and are tipping improvement when dropped back to a mile at a track he’s won his only other start over.
The only other moves in the Scone Cup markets are a tickle for Peter & Paul Snowden’s consistent Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Great Esteem ($21 to $19) to improve on a first-up fifth at Hawkesbury and return to the winner’s stall at good odds, Waterhouse’s other runner Frespanol ($13 out to $14) and the roughie of the field Ode To Caitlin firming in from $151 to $101.
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2015 Scone Cup Betting