Scone preview: Robert Agnew has high hopes for Talma I Love Her

Robert Agnew will maintain all choices open, together with a crack at a profitable $2 million Sydney function, 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 capability 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 towards some powerhouse Sydney yards earlier than getting carried away.

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However he plans to present 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 received within the race final yr so if he was to win, you would need to strongly think about it.

“But when not, he’ll go straight to the Scone Inglis Problem.

“I don’t need to go right 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.

“Every little thing come up so fast for him,” Agnew mentioned.

“It was not a lot raced however he simply picked it up so rapidly 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 received a bit of bit misplaced.

“The horse inside him shifted out a bit however he did a great job and can take a number 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 Calmly.

Press Calmly 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 may be a contact underdone for Scone on Friday however she is an above common horse and can win just a few races for me.

“At residence she has been going nice however the one factor is, she is a giant heavy horse turned on the legs.

“Accidents have plagued her for her complete life however contact wooden she has grown up now and we will put that right down to rising ache.

“If she will get a great little bit of luck and the velocity is on, I believe she will be able to run rather well.”

Press Calmly a tough barrier 14 to take care of.


Coach Colin Hughes is assured a win isn’t distant 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’s going to most likely 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 will likely be Friday from the draw.

“She will run a extremely 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 powerful gate in a race that may 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 take care of 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 distant 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 be able to win a race like that no issues however she hasn’t actually been settling kindly in her races.

“I’m making an attempt a few bits in the intervening time 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 greatest journey.”