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Lightly raced five-year-old Polylithic has always shown trainer Stephen Jones that he possesses good ability but a niggling issue held him back.

Now that has been remedied, the gelding was able to show his true colours with an explosive 4½-length win on his home track first-up and Jones is confident he can repeat that effort.

“He was very impressive the other day; running away and winning easily and I think he will do the same again on Sunday,” Stephen Jones said.

“That was his first run back from a big spell after having bone chips removed from his knees.

“He wasn’t finding the line last time in but now, after that operation and a good spell, he has come back a different horse.”

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Prior to his break, the Gerry Harvey-bred and owned son of Swiss Ace placed in his first four starts at Newcastle and Tamworth before fading after leading when seventh at Newcastle last September.

“Pain will stop them but now that he’s over that, he has taken plenty of confidence from the win,” he said.

“He has gone ahead since then and I really think he will win again.

“After this, I think we will head to a Highway in Sydney with him.”

Jones saddles up another runner for long-time owner Gerry Harvey in The Mitchell Snail who is out to make it two from two when he tackles the Class 1 over 1280m.

The gelding showed good speed to and toughness to score a narrow win on debut at Gunnedah over 1000m and will appreciate the step up in distance according to Jones.

“He did his job and did it well on debut,” he said.

“It was a sprint race first-up and he looked like he wanted a bit further so stepping up to 1280 metres should suit him.

“He has gone ahead since that win and he should be very competitive again here.”

The Mitchell Snail was green in that run which showed when he tended to lay in for jockey Aaron Bullock in the straight and he didn’t know how to put his rivals away but he has taken plenty out of the experience according to Jones.

“Everything has improved since then,” he said

“He has to step up here but I think he will take that next step into this race.

“He has cleaned up in the coat and looks great. His work has been good.”

Jones’s other runner for the day, Mezinjit, is also a last start and he can’t find any reason to suggest she too can go home a winner again.

The daughter of More Than Ready dug deep to get her nose in front at Scone when resuming back on June 14.

“She ended up with a stone bruise after her win so she comes into this race off a break but she is a horse who races best fresh,” he said.

“I can’t see any reason why she can’t win again.”

ADAM SHERRY’S TOP SELECTIONS

BEST BET

Race 8, No.2: POLYLITHIC

The gelding was absolutely explosive when resuming with a four and a half length win at Scone on July 25. Has been freshened and ready to make it two in a row.

NEXT BEST

Race 5, No.3: RUSSIAN STANDARD

Placed at his last three in provincial grade before a change of stables and makes his debut for new trainer Cody Morgan here. Showed he is ready to go first-up with two solid trials.

VALUE BET

Race 6, No.9: WHISPERING CATE

Had a tough run but didn’t shirk her task when second behind Air To Air at Newcastle last time out. That followed a second at Scone after winning there two starts earlier. Will give this a shake.

QUADDIE

Race 5: 3, 8, 10, 12

Race 6: 2, 3, 7, 9

Race 7: 2, 4, 7, 8

Race 8: 2, 8, 10, 11

JOCKEY TO FOLLOW

Rory Hutchings has four rides for and provided all run, he could come away with multiple winners and claim the Jockey Challenge.

INSIDE MAIL

RACE 1

Snizzi, the brother to stakes winners Sweet Idea and Showtime, was good on debut when third over 1280m here on July 31. Had to come across heels to get to the outside before running on late. Will appreciate the step up in distance. Smart Vengeance came from last and was strong late when fourth in the same race. Likely gets well back again from the wide gate. Kamea will find this easier that her first-up run at Hawkesbury. Placed at Canterbury last campaign. Jubilant was $71 into $26 last start and ran a cheeky race for fourth after having to change course in the straight

Bet: Snizzi to win

RACE 2

Unforgiven drops sharply in grade from a Midway last start when well back throughout. Led all-the-way at Newcastle before a handy run in the Grafton Guineas. Drawn to be on speed and can give this a shake. Osman scored his breakthrough win at Coonamble three runs back before a stylish win at Forbes last time out over 1400m. No problem with the extra distance here. Adelsun was $1.60 into $1.45 and won accordingly at Scone on Monday. Strong chance again. Leading Lady was racing consistently before a break including a win coming from last this track and distance on May 9.

Bet: Unforgiven each-way

RACE 3

The Mitchell Snail was green but did a good job to put his head in front when it counted on debut over 1000m at Gunnedah on July 12. Has taken improvement from the run and will appreciate stepping up in distance. Reggie’s Boy was very good in his first campaign notching a win and three placings from five runs. Trialling well and will go close. Dimensions battled away for fourth when resuming at Tamworth, August 2. Had handy Victorian prior to his break. Blinkers go back on. Tick Tock Boom will find this easier than his recent fourth placings at Canterbury and Newcastle.

Bet: The Mitchell Snail to win. Quinella/trifecta 1, 2, 3, 6

RACE 4

Red Cobra showed nice ability in his first campaign, placing at each of his three runs. Latest was third to One Way Street at Wyong on April 28. Was never off the bit when locked away in finishing second in a recent Wyong trial. Dispute was a handy third on debut at Quirindi then should have finished closer than ninth after behind checked in the straight behind Voldemort at Scone in March. Recent trial wasn’t flash but blinkers back on for race day should sharpen him up. Les Girls struck interference last when resuming. Can do better. Keep Me Loyal isn’t without a chance.

Bet: Red Cobra to win

RACE 5

The Darby Racing-owned Russian Standard showed handy provincial form with placings at his last three starts with Mark Newnham. Makes his debut for the astute Cody Morgan stable after two handy trials and can break his maiden. Former Victorian Dynamic Artist will find this a bit easier than his two runs to date in heavy conditions. Drawn nicely. Ranhita makes her debut here and was good in her Wyong trial last week. Speed To Succeed was ninth to big winner Polylithic on debut before a third at Taree last start.

Bet: Russian Standard to win

RACE 6

Whispering Cate is racing in great form with two wins and three second from her last six starts. Raced wide without cover before finishing a two length second behind Air To Air Newcastle last time out. Genuine chance again. Verzenay finished strongly to score her maiden win at Wyong two starts ago before being found lame after finishing last at Hawkesbury on August 9. Drawn well and can bounce back here. Yulong Monoceros stormed home to score at Grafton two runs back and is not without claims. She’s Independent is racing well and must be kept safe.

Bet: Whispering Cate each-way

RACE 7

Mezenjit had handy form as a two-year-old. The now four-year-old resumed from a spell and showed good determination to get her nose in front on the line. Will benefit from the run and can win again. Noble Pluck improved with each run this campaign culminating in a win at Gosford last time out. Will figure prominently again. Timerox was good in his first preparation notching two wins. Has been gelded since his last at Mudgee back in February and is trialling well ahead of his return. Eliseo should be included in the multiples.

Bet: Mezenjit to win

RACE 8

Polylithic returned after surgery with a brilliant all-the-way win over 900m at Scone on July 25. From the draw, will go forward and will be tough to beat again. Destined for better things. Memoria sat midfield and ran home strongly to score a smart win at Tamworth at his debut. Has drawn ideally. Iron Hat had a tough run out wide without cover when resuming. Form past preparation was very good and is a major player. Sammiballerini went to Rockhampton for her first two starts and claimed Capricornia Yearling Sale Classic on April 9. One of the main players.

Bet: Polylithic to win