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Fabrizio coming off the Hawkesbury Cup win is the clear favourite in Scone Cup 2017 betting to get the job done again on Friday but there’s also attention in the markets on Moher to turn the tables.
Due to run as Scone Race 7 at 3:57pm (AEST), this season’s $200,000 Listed Darley Scone Cup (1600m) is shaping up as a competitive affair by the best milers out of the traditional lead-up.
Held a fortnight ago, the Group 3 Hawkesbury Cup (1600m) is tipped as the form line to follow into the Scone Cup this week and the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Fabrizio is out to do the double.
The five-year-old son of High Chaparral carted 56.5kg to a one length win in the April 29 feature and even going up to Friday’s 59kg top weight, leads the Scone Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $4.20.
Jockey Jason Collett retains the ride on the well-drawn favourite who only needs to handle the weight to keep the wins going.
Runner-up in the Hawkesbury Cup was the Darren Beadman-trained Lonhro four-year-old Moher and this week he occupies the second line of Scone Cup betting at $6.50 to get the better of his last start conqueror.
Going up a kilo to 54kg with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle again, the progressive gelding will be better for the lead-up run and should be peaking third-up and is well-weighted to be competitive over this distance.
Despite the capacity Scone Cup field, just three other runners are under $10 for the win including Duca Valentinois ($7) on the 53kg lightweight and out to improve on a 10th in the Hawkesbury Cup.
Next best are the in-form Royal Tudor ($8) whose lead-up run produced a close fourth to Redzel in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 15 and the widely-drawn Chris Waller-trained Amovatio ($9.50) first-up over his pet distance.
The value then could lie further down the markets with a host of double-figure fancies boasting genuine claims at the title.
Only needing one scratching to make the starting line-up is Fabrizio’s stablemate Supply And Demand who has firmed in from $14 to $12 after the withdrawal of first emergency Mishani Warrior.
On the improve this campaign, the Sebring four-year-old has winning form at a mile and will relish getting back up to the distance second-up after crossing only a half-length third behind the winner over 1400m at Randwick under 60kg on April 22.
This will be a rise in grade should he make the field, but the drop right back to 53kg will see him flying.
Around the same price are the likes of the reigning Scone Cup winner Pajaro ($14) who shapes-up as a chance again off a Hawkesbury Cup eighth and God’s In Him ($14) who gets the inside run from barrier one for Team Hawkes.
2017 Scone Cup Odds
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