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Newcastle trainer Mick Dwyer admits to feeling a bit battered and bruised thanks to Another Sonette’s career-long drought but he isn’t giving up hope that an elusive win isn’t far away.

Dwyer’s six-year-old son of Dane Shadow remains a maiden 41 starts after he made his debut for original trainer Kris Lees in a Gunnedah maiden on May 7 in 2018.

Another Sonette will step out for a 43rd time today at Scone in the Newgate Maiden Handicap over 1300m with Clayton Gallagher to ride.

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Given a favourable set of circumstances, Sunday could be the day that “Camp Sonette’s” faith is rewarded with a win.

“I would like to think that,’’ Dwyer says.

“But it tends to knock your enthusiasm around when they get beat all the time.

‘’But if you have a look, he’s run a couple of Newcastle and Hawkesbury races and he’s beaten horses that have turned around and won in town. Anyway, that’s life.’’

Ten years ago, a horse like Another Sonette would be a drain of funds even for the most loyal owners.

For the record, the bay has won back almost double what Lees paid for him at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in 2016.

“He’s won a fair bit of prizemoney really. He’s won $60,000 and the way the prizemoney is going, as long as you’re paying for yourself all the time,’’ Dwyer said.

“The owner has had quite a few offers to sell him, they were offering 10 and $12,000 for him a few months ago, but the owner wants to stick with him, he said ‘I don’t buy them to sell them’.’’

Another Sonette has raced eight times since he resumed at Scone on January 28 and finished fourth in half of them, nearly always making up considerable ground after giving away a start.

“He has been missing the kick a bit and I have been doing some work with him,’’ Dwyer said “He is feeling well and his work has been good.’’

Another Sonette will be accompanied in the float from Newcastle to Scone by his lightly-raced stablemate, Sasil Esroh.

‘’She’s only a two-year-old and had her feet run off her in her first two starts but I got her up to 1400m last start and she was starting to come home nice,’’ Dwyer said.

“I am just thinking she is looking for more ground.’’

Dwyer also gave a quick explanation of the Stratum filly’s odd moniker.

“It’s Lisa’s Horse backwards,’’ he said.

“Lisa is the wife of my mate Mitch who I’m in the horse with and we submitted three names in and this was the one that came back.

“So what I’ve been telling everybody is that Sasil Esroh was one of (Ethiopian Emperor) Haile Selassie’s female generals and they believe me.’’



Race 2 No.10: SUPREME PLAY

Third-up today and gets to the mile on the big track which are precisely the two things that she has been looking for. Go well.



An absolute certainty beaten here first-up for local trainer Simon Casey. Only has to run up to that to ‘make amends’.


Race 7 No.2: TINKA’S LAD

Above average gelding from the Kim Waugh stable. Form reads well and he hasn’t bet let go in either of the two lead-up trials.


R5: 4,7,8,14

R6: 3,5,14

R7: 2,4,13

R8: 1,6,10


Ashley Morgan has a fabulous book of rides to keep his expanding tally of winners ticking nicely.

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Telfer is a Jeff Englebrecht-trained son of Arc winner Dalakhani who is back to country grade again after two runs at the provincials, one of those was a third at Kembla over 2000m on a Heavy track. Two of his three wins are on heavy. Go well. Kris Lees’s gelding Past Tense came from well back to win at Coffs last start over 200m. Small field and big track suits. Jazirat is a noted wet tracker who shapes well here after a visit to Canterbury.

Bet: Telfer win, quinella 1,2.


Supreme Play gets a mighty opportunity to break her maiden owing to a perfect set of circumstances. The Wayne Seelin-trained filly is having her third career start and has been building up for a crack at the mile which should be right up her alley. Front Row Ticket went very close indeed when she last ran over this same track and distance back in April. Drawn well if she can take advantage. Oakfield Warpaint is a better horse than what his form suggests.

Bet: Supreme Play win.


Just Like Lisa doesn’t do herself many favours given her pattern. She frequently gives away big head starts in her race but is usually the one finishing fastest. Gives the impression that Scone will suit her a lot more than places like Taree and Port Mac. Two-year-old Always Hapi is a Kris Lees-trained son of the US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. On debut here but his trials indicate that he is going to win races. Steplee is a local who tested his handy stablemate Mr Whitacre on debut. Must include.

Bet: Just Like Lisa win, box trifecta 2,6,12,13.


Miss Kingston is a valuable daughter of Pride Of Dubai out of Mark Minervini’s former bonny mare, the Group 2 winner Vormista. Miss Kingston was a certainty beaten when she had her first run for local trainer Simon Casey in a 900m maiden here on a Heavy 8 recently. Hard to hold out this time. Squeeak is another well bred type; this son of Rothesay indicated his readiness with an impressive trial win at Muswellbrook. Monitor market moves. Turning has looked good at the trials and has a favourable draw for the much anticipated debut.

Bet: Miss Kingston win.


Pretty Enuff is a Kim Waugh-trained daughter of Victorian iron-horse Rich Enuff on debut after two very good trials where she crossed the line each time with plenty in the locker. Gives every impression that she will measure up in better grade. Arcane Energy is the big watch. The Cody Morgan-trained, Neil Werrett-owned filly by Rubuck is only lightly-raced and her trial win at Tamworth was seriously impressive. Mydeel, the Paul Messara-trained Dundeel is a handsome horse who trialled up well here last month.

Bet: Pretty Enuff win, Arcane Energy each-way, box trifecta 4,7,8,14.


Oakfield Target is a Dundeel gelding from the Bruce McKenzie “Oakfield string”. This one is with Damien Lane and has been the proverbial model of consistency throughout his 21 starts with three wins and five placings. No issues on wet tracks, just needs some luck perhaps to compensate for the wide draw. Heredero swamped his rivals when he came home over the top to win at Quirindi last start. That win had been coming for a while and he might be able to go back to back now at a favoured venue. Market watch essential vis-a-vie the local Nothing’s Sacred who has trialled well since he last run in April.

Bet: Oakfield Target win, quinella 3,14.


Tinka’s Lad is another very strong winning chance on the Scone card for Kim Waugh bearing in mind that a few of them have also accepted for Wyong on Tuesday. Tinka’s Lad has a great draw here and looks ready to resume a winner off his form and trials. Nice horse. Sebrenco is a monumental obstacle; this Tracey Bartley trained two-year-old is a half-sister to his own crack mare Miss Redoble and has done nothing wrong in her two runs so far. Has obvious talent. Baiyka has run seven times here at home for two wins and three placings. Go well.

Bet: Tinka’s Lad win or if scratched, Sebrenco win.


Kim Waugh has another lightly-raced and highly promising type ready to resume in the shape of The Mistral. This son of All Too Hard’s father Casino Prince has raced twice including a debut win at Muswellbrook. Went straight into the Black Book after winning a trial at Gosford recently. Belle Of Portugal is close to being the value runner of the day. Trained by the astute Stephen Gleeson, she could come out here and ambush them late at odds. Free Rider is a talent but has to overcome both a wide draw and a fair share of weight.

Bet: The Mistral win, Belle Of Portugal each-way, exacta 6 to beat 10, quinella 6,10.

Originally published asScone tips: Trainer has faith in gallant maiden

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