It’s a classic country versus city four-year-old showdown at Scone on Tuesday, and the winner will be on target to claim a metropolitan scalp deeper into spring.
Lightly raced local Street Power locks horns with the exciting Randwick mare Salute To The Sun in a class 2 handicap over 1100m.
You could make a case for either depending on which form line takes your fancy. Salute To The Sun comes off a slashing first-up class 1 win at Nowra when she charged home from last to win by two lengths.
More impressive, though, was that she easily went past three-year-old Jerry, who won a Highway at Randwick on Saturday despite sitting wide. That was her first start for John Thompson stable since switching stables from Goulburn.
Leading Scone trainer Brett Cavanough saddles up Street Power for his first run since early April and will use a 3kg claim and blinkers on for the first time. And he has equal cause for optimism ahead of the gelding’s fourth start after he effortlessly won a trial at Muswellbrook by three lengths two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, two Tamworth stables are set to shake the life out of a benchmark 66 handicap over 1000m to close the meeting.
My Benalla finally returns to the track wearing front bandages for the Sue Grills yard nearly 19 months since the last of three wins from four starts when he blew away a handy field at Muswellbrook.
It’s been a long road back, but the now six-year-old gave warning that he can recapture his best with a smart trial win two weeks ago.
The Cody Morgan-trained mare Satin Ruby looms as the biggest danger. She resumes without an official trial but has a good fresh record and draws the inside barrier.