STRICTLY Concert might just play his way into Country Championship contention at Scone.
The Tamworth gelding lines-up in Friday’s $20,000 Country Championship Preview Class 4 Handicap (1300m).
The seven-year-old gelding son of Oratorio, trained by Mark Mason, has won four of his 19 starts, but hasn’t run since last October when he was fourth to Greg Bennett’s Pro Consul in an open 1400m at Scone.
Mason has been enjoying a good run too with De La Hoya winning at Tamworth last Monday and earning a crack at the March 5 Country Championship qualifier at Scone that Mason hopes Strictly Concert will also make.
Mason also won the inaugural Stacks Law Firm Tamworth Walcha Lightning on Friday as well and will find a track in outstanding order, advised Scone CEO Heath Courtney.
Invienna is one of three Greg Bennett horses entered in Friday’s Preview, the leading HNWRA trainer also nominating all Summer Long and Sassaby.
Also launching a Country Championship tilt is Tamworth trainer Cody Morgan, who has nominated unbeaten Art D’Amour for the Preview.
The four-year-old gelding has had just the three starts for wins at Gunnedah, Armidale and Newcastle.
Muswellbrook trainer Mark Schmetzer is another looking for far greater spoils with four-year-old gelding Whirlwind Ascent.
The son of Artie Schiller has had eight starts for two wins, his maiden at Mudgee and second success at Tamworth.