Kensington preview: Donna Scott’s Incentive to test gelding in city

Donna Scott isn’t afraid to test her promising three-year-old against the big boys in town after a slashing win last start .Albury trainer Donna Scott knows she’s got an above average horse on her hands and she finds out just what she’s dealing with when Incentive runs on the Kensington track at Randwick on Wednesday.“I’m not sure, but hopefully I’ve got something good,” Scott said. Incentive, a Capitalist three-year-old, runs in arguably the most competitive race of the day on Wednesday.The Form: Complete NSW Racing thoroughbred form, including video replays and all you need to know about every horse, jockey and trainer. Find a winner here!He races over 1000m in an event for three-year-olds with every horse having already won a race, mostly very early in their careers.So, they are all up and comers and Incentive is one of them, having ran third on debut last preparation before coming back and smashing them by nearly five lengths at Albury three weeks ago over 905m.“I think that’s what he should have done and it also should have happened at his first start when he ran along too quick and burnt his energy early,” Scott said. “He has shown me that he might be a nice horse in time and we’ll find out how good his is now that we’re stepping up to city racing.“He could have gone to Canberra but would’ve been up against older, more seasoned horses, so we’re coming to town against horses that have only just won their maidens.“We’re throwing him in the deep end a little bit and it will give us a good guide on where he’s at and it won’t’ hurt him, mentally, to have a trip away. He’s only having his third start and this looks like a nice race.”Jockey Tyler Schiller has to ride him out of barrier 12 and that gives Incentive the opportunity to race off the speed for the first time.“He didn’t draw great so I think he’ll go back and that will suit him better. If he can happen to find a bum and switch off for the first bit that will be key for him,” Schiller said.“If he just begins nicely enough, Tyler will be told to sit and get him to switch off. Hopefully he can be three-deep with cover then we’ll find out what’s under the bonnet when they straighten.”Scott also runs Gusonic and La Sante against each other in the last race over 1300m.Both have drawn well and come into the race on the back of two second placings.But Gusonic is paying $7 to win and La Sante is rated only a $13 chance which isn’t right according to their trainer.“I don’t think that’s fair on La Sante because he’s got as much ability as anything in my stable,” Scott said. “Price-wise they should be about the same because I can’t split them.“La Sante just got a tough run from a bad draw last start.”Both have drawn single figure gates this time but Gusonic has to carry 3.5kg more.“They’ve been going really well these two horses and I don’t think they’ve found an overly strong race,” Scott said.“Their racing patterns are different. Gusonic will go forward and La Sante will take a sit and it will come down to luck and which horse is better on the day.”COYLKE CONFIDENT CHATEAUX IS NOT JUST A WET TRACKERTrainer Jason Coyle knows how good Chateaux Park is on dry tracks which is why he’s not worried about his horse performing in the Kensington track on Wednesday.The Ocean Park five-year-old has, like all horses of late, been racing on very wet tracks in Sydney and doing well on them.But he’s back on fast ground now for an 1800m race and has placed five times from 10 starts on Good-rated surfaces. He’s not just a mud runner.“His form reads like he appreciates those rain-affected surfaces but I’m not flustered. He shows a good turn of foot at home on tracks that are better than that,” Coyle said. “His current good track form might not be the perfect guide but he’s done well on good tracks. Sometimes they win on heavy tracks and all off a sudden they’re just a wet tracker.“I thought his win a few starts back on a real testing surface was good and he was probably a bit unlucky the other day.“Had we cut the corner instead of going around them we probably threaten the winner so he’s racing in good order and it looks like a nice race for him.”Going up to 1800m is also appealing for Chateaux Park and Jason Collett will ride him once again. “He’s won over 1800m and I always thought he’d get 10 furlongs (2000m) but time will tell,” Coyle said.“We’ve just been steady with him and he races like he’ll get 2000m but sometimes it’s a tempo thing with horses who just enjoy that more solid tempo.“The testing tracks he’s been on have made those mile races feel more like 1800m anyway.”Twice As Special runs in the sixth race for Coyle and she’s third-up after running three quarters of a length sixth at Randwick two weeks ago.“If we had any luck or had drawn a gate last start I don’t think we’d be back at the midweeks and that she’d be staying in Saturday company,” Coyle said. “She’s come back in really good order and holding her back to those shorter sprint trips has been good for her.“Those short sprint trips are giving her a better opportunity to hit the line.”Originally published as Kensington preview: Donna Scott is looking forward to seeing what her three-year-old is made of in his city debut