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Seven-up fizz for trainer | The West Australian

Esperance trainer Fiona Scott will be fielding a horse in each of the seven races run at the Esperance Bay Turf Club today.

The 58-year-old is no stranger to the local racing scene, but said it had been “a while” since she last had a runner in every race.

“It’s just the way it worked out,” she said. “It’s good, I would prefer that than to have them doubled up.

“I tend not to have too big a team now. We used to have quite a few but, now the whole team is in on Friday.”

Scott has spent the past 30 years in Esperance after growing up in Salmon Gums.

Although she has held a licence for about 15 years, she has been involved in racing all her life and her husband Kevin is vice-president of the EBTC.

The rich racing heritage in her family is widespread. Her father raced horses across the Goldfields, and her uncle was a professional trainer in Perth, as was her great-uncle.

Scott has enjoyed reasonable success in recent meets but said the season had got off to a slow start.

“We knew we were a little slow getting into it but the horses are sort of shaping up now,” Scott said.

“A little late in the season, but better late than never.”

At the last Esperance event on January 4, Scott had five horses across five races and notched up two wins.

Crown Choice won the 1200m Freight Lines Group Handicap and Malawi romped home for her first win in the 1600m Esperance Fire Services Maiden.

Scott said it would be pleasing to replicate the form of the past few outings. “I never try and look too high but I do feel Crown Choice should run a good race and should be very competitive, as will Axel Foley, I think, and Penthouse Pet.

“She never lets us down but I do feel it’s a very strong field for her and she’s getting on a bit too.”

“I’d say Crown Choice is our best hope and Axel Foley — he’s always a hope.”

Today’s meeting has attracted a large field with 77 horses across seven events.

Racing will start at 2.22pm.

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