Jones' addition of blinkers to focus Heir Presumptive

Star: Now retired champion sprinter Chautauqua. His half brother Rouchel steps out for the first time at Scone on Tuesday. Picture: HKJC.
Star: Now retired champion sprinter Chautauqua. His half brother Rouchel steps out for the first time at Scone on Tuesday. Picture: HKJC.

Gerry Harvey had the pleasure of watching star filly Libertini cruise home in Saturday's Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick and her star shines as bright as any in the Australian gallops futures marketplace.

While not in the same league, Fisticuffs romped in at Ipswich last week as a long odds-on elect and, on Tuesday, Harvey's famous blue with white crossed sashes will be donned by Heir Presumptive in the Railway Hotel Muswellbrook CG&E Maiden Handicap over 1100m at Scone on Tuesday.

Trained locally by Stephen Jones, the gelding made has not managed a place in three outings yet Jones has a bit of an opinion of the five-year-old.

"I know he's a decent price in the paper, but I think he'll get a great run from that gate and he is a really good hope," Jones told Racing NSW.

"His form doesn't really suggest it, but I reckon he'll be racing very well."

Heir Presumptive's resume might not be polished but he did win a Muswellbrook trial over 900 metres in late June and, with blinkers added for the first time, he might well add to Jones and Harvey's recent excellent run of success.

Taking on Heir Presumptive is Rouchel, a half brother to champion sprinter Chautauqua.

The three-year-old More Than Ready colt heads to the races for the first time following two solid metropolitan trials for the Snowden camp.

Jones' other runner for Harvey is Palais De Louvre in the Commercial Hotel Aberdeen Fillies & Mares Benchmark 58 (1300m).

The six-year-old Smart Missile mare has been thereabouts of late and will appreciate walking across to the races rather than having to float elsewhere.

"She's a bit of a handful on the float and always plays up," Jones said.

"It will be beneficial to race on her home track and take travel out of the equation."

Jones also has the intriguingly named Shame Warned engaged in the Royal Hotel Murrurundi Class 1 and Maiden Plate over 1600m but will wait until Monday evening to decide whether to run or not due to the wide barrier.

With Racing NSW

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