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Powerful Perry stable can get the early jump on Hunter rivals

Despite coming back in trip, four-year-old mare Fashion Icon looks well placed fourth-up this prep after coming over from WA earlier in the year.

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Later in the card, the Crocket stable will be sweating on some luck for promising five-year-old gelding The Warlord, who has had very little of it in three runs this preparation, including a weakening effort last start in a Rosehill Highway when he was caught wide the entire trip.

Back at home, he should be able to either lead or sit just outside and be very strong in the run home.

While Lees saddles up two older runners – Oakfield Monarch and resuming Cullingworth – who are both better suited over longer trips, the big danger is likely to be smart Wyong mare Belle De Vega, who comes out of a strong form race two weeks ago.

Scone runners are likely to have it all to themselves in a benchmark 58 for the boys over 1100m, with talented geldings Mr Snowman and Marokawa and lightly raced three-year-old Golden Avenger set to dominate.

But the class and headline act should come in the final race, where four-year-old gelding Mr Wong is a pronounced favourite and only runner all day for local trainer Stephen Jones.

After progressing quickly through two dynamic Highway runs  in June, Mr Wong was close to a good thing beaten just over two weeks ago at Randwick when badly held up along the inside all the way down the straight.

Back at home, and from an ideal trailing draw, he looks the bet of the day anywhere in Australia.

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