By Neil Evans
It’s rare in winter that the two-year-olds steal the market focus from their three-year-old rivals in a country maiden, but a trio of juveniles are set for a showdown at Scone on Monday.
Over the scamper 900m trip on a much improved and firmer track, a provincial gelding having only his third start locks horns with a pair of well-touted rivals on debut.
Pariah two-year-old Garside chased home smart winner Oakfield Duke at this track 13 days ago, and trainer Paul Perry is confident he can go one better this time around back 100m in distance.
But most market watchers will be focused on striking Dream Ahead gelding Headwall, which makes his debut for the Matthew Smith yard at Warwick Farm.
Stepping out after a recent impressive trial win, Headwall is drawn wide but is bred to get over much more ground.
The other leading two-year-old in the fight is Super One gelding Dastani, which debuts for the local Cameron Crockett stable off a Muswellbrook trial win. Dastani also jumps from a wide gate and with blinkers on.
Meanwhile, the star of the show might well be an emerging Newcastle three-year-old who is shooting for back-to-back wins at the track. Beautifully bred Kayobi, which is a son of Japanese super sire Maurice and out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, swept home after sitting wide to easily beat a handy maiden field 13 days ago.
That came a month after he was narrowly edged out in heavy ground after having a torrid run.
Kayobi has been given no favours again, drawing wider out in a class 1 handicap but will have that little bit of extra time to settle stepping out to the 1400m journey. Connections are likely to target a provincial race or a Midway assignment if Kayobi wins.
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