Robert Agnew will maintain all choices open, together with a crack at a profitable $2 million Sydney characteristic, if Talma I Love Her can break his maiden in Friday’s opener at Scone.
The Port Macquarie coach believes the son of Sooboog has above common potential for a rustic horse as his juvenile prepares to line up for his second begin within the Darley Scone Cup Carnival Could 12 and 13 2YO Handicap (900m).
Agnew will use his second-up take a look at to see how his juvenile measures up in opposition to some powerhouse Sydney yards earlier than getting carried away.
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However he plans to provide Talma I Love Her each alternative to place his hand up for larger issues within the coming weeks.
“If he was to win at Scone, he’s paid up for the Inglis Millennium,” Agnew mentioned.
“He would have about $20,000 in prizemoney and a few first starters bought within the race final 12 months so if he was to win, you would need to strongly take into account it.
“But when not, he’ll go straight to the Scone Inglis Problem.
“I don’t wish to go all the way down to Sydney to run tenth but when he was to win, he would benefit from the 1100m there.
“With that mentioned, it wouldn’t shock me if he did blow them away.”
Agnew’s sprinter completed two and 1 / 4 lengths off the promising Gerety in his solely race begin when second in an 808m scamper at Coffs Harbour earlier this month.
“The whole lot come up so fast for him,” Agnew mentioned.
“It was not a lot raced however he simply picked it up so shortly that I hadn’t given him a lot floor work as they often get.
“He was beating Class 1 horses up on the bridle so he by no means actually had that chance to be take off it.
“That was the primary time he has been take off it at Coffs Harbour and he bought just a little bit misplaced.
“The horse inside him shifted out a bit however he did a superb job and can take a variety of enchancment.”
Brooke Stower will pilot Talma I Love Her and also will hyperlink up with Agnew’s different runner of the afternoon, the returning filly, Press Evenly.
Press Evenly completed third in her solely begin at Taree final preparation and contests the Welcome Scone RSL Maiden Plate (1100m) in her first begin again from a spell.
“She is a very nice horse,” Agnew mentioned.
“She is perhaps a contact underdone for Scone on Friday however she is an above common horse and can win a couple of races for me.
“At residence she has been going nice however the one factor is, she is an enormous heavy horse turned on the legs.
“Accidents have plagued her for her entire life however contact wooden she has grown up now and we are able to put that all the way down to rising ache.
“If she will get a superb little bit of luck and the velocity is on, I believe she will run very well.”
Press Evenly a tough barrier 14 to cope with.
HUGHES HOPING GRAHAM’S EXPERIENCE CAN GET HIS FILLY HOME AT SCONE
Coach Colin Hughes is assured a win isn’t far-off for lightly-raced filly Keep Tonight however was apprehensive one other poor gate will scupper her probabilities in Friday’s XXXX Gold Maiden Handicap (1600m) at Taree.
After ending a reputable second at Tuncurry from barrier 12 final begin, Keep Tonight has been set a process from gate 10 in her pursuit of a breakthrough success.
“We’ve drawn terribly but once more however she is going to in all probability return and hit the road like she did at Tuncurry,” Hughes mentioned.
“She’s going to win one at one stage, I simply don’t know if it is going to be Friday from the draw.
“She will be able to run a very good race and the fitting man is on, it’s simply the barrier.”
Hughes will belief the expertise of jockey Peter Graham to navigate a path from the robust gate in a race that can see Keep Tonight stretch out to the mile for the primary time.
The gray Tremendous One filly landed among the many emergencies for a 1300m occasion on the identical afternoon the place she has drawn extra beneficial in barrier two.
Stablemate Wokenwithakiss might want to cope with a equally difficult draw after pulling gate 12 within the AG Mowers Benchmark 58 Handicap (1600m).
Wokenwithakiss has missed the placings in any respect three begins this preparation however wasn’t far-off when fourth at Tuncurry final time.
“She is the one which wanted to attract a barrier simply to get her to settle and race in behind one thing,” Hughes mentioned.
“She has been racing a bit fierce.
“If she settles she will win a race like that no issues however she hasn’t actually been settling kindly in her races.
“I’m attempting a few bits in the meanwhile to see what works and what doesn’t.
“It wasn’t a nasty run at Tuncurry, she was plugging once more late however the 1400m is her finest journey.”
Initially revealed as A win at Scone might pave the best way for Talma I Love Her to go to city for a $2 million characteristic