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The national tour for popular galloper Tom Melbourne continues on Saturday when he heads back to Queensland leaving New Universe as the sole Chris Waller representative in the $180,000 Listed Darley Scone Cup (1600m) on Friday.

“Only New Universe will head to Scone while Tom Melbourne becomes Tom Brisbane on Saturday,” Waller said.

New Universe has been installed a $13 in Friday’s feature after resuming with tradesman-like first-up effort when finishing fourth behind Archedemus in the traditional main lead-up to the Scone Cup, the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.

“His first-up run was very good at Hawkesbury,” Waller said.

“The backmarkers didn’t really get into the race but he finished off well and has trained on well since.

“He’s drawn well on Saturday and Scone should suit.

“He’s no superstar but he’s earned his share of prizemoney along the way and looks well suited to a race like a Scone Cup.”

Tommy Berry takes the ride aboard New Universe while James McDonald will be aboard Tom Melbourne when he lines up in the Listed Members’ Handicap (1600m) at Doomben.

Tom Melbourne goes into the race off a second placing in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup and is the $6.50 second favourite behind Gem Song at $3 and Archedemus at $4.40.

“It’s a similar mile race and he’s drawn a bit better,” Waller said

“He could have easily run at Scone but from the better draw it makes it slightly easier for him to get some cover up there and that’s the key to him.

“Barrier four will help him get cover and he’s going well.” – Racenet.com.au