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PROVINCIAL Racing NSW form analyst Allen Hardes hit the target at last Saturday’s The Coast stand-alone meeting at Gosford.

His two tips in Provincial Pointers, Turning and Flag Of Honour, both saluted – paying $4.80 and $5 respectively.

Since Provincial Pointers was introduced, choosing Pprovincial-trained horses only, a $50 investment on each selection would have returned $1560 for a $1100 outlay – a profit of $460 and 41.8 per cent profit on turnover.

Watch out for Provincial Pointers posted on Twitter before all Provincial meetings.

Provincial stables are well represented in the two main features at this weekend’s $2m Scone carnival.

There are 12 provincial entries for Friday’s $200,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m), and five for Saturday’s $200,000 Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) for fillies and mares.

The Cup carries eligibility for the $2m The Big Dance (1600m) at Royal Randwick in November, and Newcastle’s Kris Lees won both races last year with Rustic Steel, who had earlier also landed the $500,000 The Coast (1600m) at Gosford.

Not surprisingly, he has eight of the 12 provincial entries for this year’s Scone Cup. They are Acquitted (54kg), Baltic Coast (54), Bellatrix Black (54), Gem Song (59), Hosier (55.5), Luncies (57), Rogue (Bear (54), and Sailor (54).

Wyong’s Sara Ryan has entered Money From The Sky (54kg), recently transferred from Sydney trainer Mark Newnham’s yard prior to his impending move to Hong Kong, Newcastle’s Mark Minervini and Micheal Rinkin have Super (54), and Tough Case (54) nominated, as does Kembla Grange’s Brett Lazzarini with Wild Chap (54).

Scone Race Club received 40 nominations for the Cup, and can start a maximum of 16 with provision for four emergencies.

The five provincial nominations for Saturday’s Dark Jewel Classic are Barossa Rosa, French Bonnet and Oakfield Arrow for Wyong’s Tracey Bartley, Kim Waugh and Kristen Buchanan respectively, Short Shorts for Hawkesbury’s Brad Widdup, and Never Talk for Kris Lees.

*Words John Curtis - May 8, 2023*

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