Without a Shadow heads to town

Canberra based trainer Nick Olive will head to Warwick Farm next Sunday in a bid to notch up a hat-trick of wins with progressive filly Without A Shadow.

Having resumed in great order when breaking her maiden status on the Acton track the daughter of Not A Single Doubt would go on to raise the bar at her next start when fighting back strongly to score after being headed 200m from home.

John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 13 September 2013

John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 13 September 2013 – Joseph & Jones Racing Race Day

Race 1:   7     2      4

Race 2:   1     5      2

Race3:   7      5      4

Race 4:  1      7      6

Race 5:   5      14     7

Race6:    9       2       5

Race7:    3      12       1

Race 8:   6      2        12

Best Bet Race 6    No.9  Without a Shadow

Joseph & Jones hold a strong hand

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is confident last start winner Don't Tell Morgan can acquit himself well when stepping up to tougher company at Canberra on Friday.

With a number of horses set to line up at their annual Joseph and Jones raceday it is the progressive Don't Tell Morgan who Jones has identified as one of their stables leading chances.

"I think he is probably one of our better chances tomorrow, I know he's racing slightly out of his grade but the way the horse is travelling I'm confident he can hold his own," Jones said.

Alluring Belle for Dale

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale will only have the sole runner at Canberra on Friday with the promising Alluring Belle set to make her debut for his stable.

Previously trained by Leon Corstens in Kyneton the well bred daughter of Encosta De Lago boasts some impressive formlines having finished third behind Let's Make Adeal at her last start.

"She's got some nice formlines as a three-year-old filly and from what I can gather she has matured a lot further from her maiden preparation," Dale said.

The awakening of Asclepius

A pleasing return at Canterbury on Wednesday leaves Canberra based trainer Len Hodgson bullish stable star Asclepius is in for another fruitful preparation.

Having made the successful rise to prove competitive in the Listed Canberra Cup the son of Reset was unsuited over the shorter trip on Wednesday but still proved solid in the run home.

"When the winner [That's A Good Idea] got away like he did and our horse wanted to relax in the race, the young bloke had to move on him from the 600m and I don't think it suited him," Hodgson said.

A clear future for Just A Blur

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is confident progressive filly Just A Blur is a horse to watch in the future as he rates her very similar to retired Canberra Cup victor Fill The Page.

While still a maiden after two starts Jones said they both had very similar characteristics at similar stages in their career.

"She has indicated to us so far that she will be a stayer down the track, she is very quick she reminds me of Fill The Page a fair bit," Jones said.

Olive confident in turn of foot for Capital Commander

Although she proved very disappointing last start Canberra based trainer Nick Olive is confident stable star Capital Commander can bounce back at Randwick on Saturday.

Having proven very impressive fresh at Moonee Valley behind Draw Forward the daughter of Commands would go on to turn in one of her worst career performances when finishing twelfth at Rosehill behind Single Style last start.

Candy Tuft set to thrill in Canterbury

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is confident Candy Tuft has what it takes to notch up her first metropolitan victory when she lines up at Canterbury on Wednesday.

 Having already proven herself competitive in similar company last preparation Jones felt her performance last start at Wagga had plenty of merit when finishing second in the testing heavy conditions.

"I thought she handled it well but definitely didn't quite excel in the going, you wouldn't say she was a mudlark," Jones said

John Scorse's Tips 2 August 2013

John Scorse's tips for Friday 2 August 2013 at Thoroughbred Park:

Race 1: 4 - 8 - 2

Race 2: 1 - 2 - 4

Race 3: 1 - 4 - 2 

Race 4: 1 - 2 - 6

Race 5:  2 - 4 - 1

Race 6: 2 - 1 - 12

Race 7: 1 - 6 - 4

Race 8: 3 - 1 - 11

Best Bet Race 8 No3 Aupose. First race start time 12.23pm 

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