Ashley Morgan combines with Mark Minervini and Exo Angel at Scone on Monday

Mark Minervini predicts a much better result for his well-bred filly Exo Angel when she meets top NSW jockey Ashley Morgan at Scone on Monday.

Mark Minervini was only too happy to accept the rider imprimatur of Exo Angel after her debut without a place at Gosford given that it came from New South Wales’ top jockey, Ashley Morgan.

Morgan, fresh from his triumph at Royal Randwick on Saturday, heads to Scone on Monday for another action-packed day in the saddle.

One of the Wales-born hoop engagements in the nation’s horse capital is Minervini’s three-year-old filly Exo Angel, whom Morgan rode on her May trial win and again on her first start at Gosford on June 9th.

“She drew a little sticky, but the long run will suit her,” the coach said.

“She tried very well and I thought there was merit in her first race at Gosford.

”Ashley Morgan has a pretty good opinion of her and is pretty optimistic about her potential. He rode a lot of winners so he would know.

Exo Angel is straight off the Exosphere assembly line, a bay or chestnut colored horse with a smooth action.

The filly’s dam, Donna Intelligente, won three times in the city for her owner, Nick Moraitis, and has since become a worthy broodmare.

Half of the mare’s eight foals are winners, including Sense And Reason who took in around $350,000 as well as Belieber who finished fourth in the 2019 Breeders’ Plate.

“Exo Angel is a nice guy and is well mannered,” Minervini said.

“We bought her online for $15,000 in the middle of Covid and have been very patient with her, but I think it will pay off.”

Joining Exo Angel on the Newcastle float at Scone is Media Man who sports Gerry Harvey branding after being foaled at Baramul Stud in the spring of 2017.

Minervini first laid eyes on Press Statement’s son at the Magic Millions Yearling in Adelaide, his former stomping grounds.

“He was the last horse I bought in Adelaide before meeting and setting up the stable in Newcastle,” said Minervini.

Media Man only managed to win once in his 18 starts, but thanks to the prize money offered in New South Wales, he more than doubled Minervini’s initial $20,000 outlay.

Media Man sent signs that a second victory was near after an eye-catching fourth when he first visited Scone in a Class 1 1100m on June 14.

Monday’s mission is the Yarraman Park Class 1 Handicap, this time over 1400m.

“He took a bit of a slow step first, which he can do, and that’s why I went straight to 1400m,” Minervini explained.

“There was like 1200m Benchmark 58 there the same day, but I thought they might still be a bit chilly for him.

”Media Man won his maiden in the 1500m so the 1400m will be no problem and the long straight suits him.

“I think he’s as good as he’s ever been.”

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