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    10 races – and here’s all your winners for Tabcorp Park Menangle 10 races – and here’s all your winners for Tabcorp Park Menangle

    READY FOR BACK-TO-BACK MENANGLE WINS: Spirit Of St Louis scores last weekend.

    RACE ONE: What a way to start the big 10-event card! Miracle Mile  runner-up and with a host of feature wins to his credit... 10 races – and here’s all your winners for Tabcorp Park Menangle

    RACE ONE:

    What a way to start the big 10-event card! Miracle Mile  runner-up and with a host of feature wins to his credit in SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS (11), taking on one of the Eureka’s major candidates in MY ULTIMATE RONNIE (9). The Belinda McCarthy-trained Spirit of St Louis has drawn the outside gate while My Ultimate Ronnie will start from two spots closer to the pegs. The plus for Spirit Of St Louis, and what could prove vital in the finish, is his higher level of fitness. Recently, Spirit Of St Louis has been runner-up in the inaugural $1m Nullarbor at Gloucester Park, prior to contesting the J D Watts Memorial two months later in finishing second once again, this time beaten a nose by South Coast Arden. The classy 6yo son of Sweet Lou led throughout in the Golden Mile at Headquarters a week ago claiming victory over the fast-finishing Taipo and Mahomes, which also hit the line with intent. Jack Callaghan returns to the sulky, following a suspension, replacing John McCarthy who guided the gelding to victory. Splitting Spirit Of St Louis and My Ultimate Ronnie at the start is ALTA ORLANDO (10), who is likely to show his usual gate speed and that will assist Spirit Of St Louis, as he will be able to follow the veteran across to the markers and, potentially the lead role. MY ULTIMATE RONNIE will be having his first run since taking out the APG 4YO Bullion E&G Final at Headquarters on April 29, defeating Lightning Dan and Allstarzzz Frankie. That was his fourth consecutive win and his 16th from 25 starts. Astutely prepared by Jarrod Alchin, the Eureka slot-holder has had two solid trials, firstly finishing a close 2nd to Spirit Of St Louis, with the final quarter posted in 26.5s while the second was a win, with the final 400m covered in 26.3. Although Jarrod has his sights firmly focused on September 2, the classy 4yo son of Bettors Delight will be poised to make a bold bid for victory. The Brad Hewitt trained and driven TAIPO (2) has come of age with his past three starts, all during the month of June, indicating his potential in the better class races. Following two wins, Taipo was responsible for an outstanding run last week, coming from a rearward  role in finishing a head 2nd to Spirit Of St Louis in the Golden Mile. Ideally drawn in two, the 6yo son of American Ideal has the opportunity to secure a role closer to the action. THE BLACK PRINCE (8) continues to perform at a consistent level and he warrants exotic involvement, along with ALTA ORLANDO (10), who is coming off a rare disappointing run when last to Spirit Of St Louis a week ago, and the consistent ROMANEE (3), who rises in grade but the draw and his solid form keeps him in the mix as an exotic runner.

    SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS 1, My Ultimate Ronnie 2, Taipo 3, The Black Prince 4.

    RACE TWO:

    HEAVEN ON HIGH (4) was responsible for a determined effort a week ago, and although confronted by a similar assignment, but with a slightly better draw, the 5yo is worthy of further attention. Restrained at the start after drawing six, Heaven On High found himself leading up the outside line, although back in a midfield role passing the 800m pole. Matching strides with the leader, Port Au Prince, on the home turn, the David Thorn-trained son of Rock N Roll Heaven battled on stoutly in finishing a 3.6m 4th to Gordons Bay, which enjoyed a far kinder run behind the leader. Blake Fitzpatrick will be looking to present Heaven On High with a kinder run and if that scenario unfolds, the pair will prove hard to beat. Jarrod Alchin has taken over the training of the consistent TEAGAN BANNER (1) after the son of Art Major performed consistently for Jason Grimson. Ideally drawn in gate one and to be driven by Amanda Turnbull, the 8yo is coming off a 9.8m 5th to Taipo on June 10. That was his fourth run back from a break and with the benefit of another ‘freshener’, Teagan Banner will loom as a contender in the home straight. IM PRESI BELLE (6) has been racing in the ’peak of her powers’ this season for Peter Rixon. The mare won her opening six-starts since resuming, culminating in a brilliant win in the Mares Championship at Melton in June when driven a treat by Chris Alford. The daughter of Mach Three had her winning run come to an end a couple of weeks ago, but she was brave in defeat when a 2.5m 3rd to B K Swy and Anna Love. Despite taking on the ‘boys’ this time around, Im Presi Belle will be competitive. One of the stars of the Jarrod Alchin team is MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON (3) and while he doesn’t command the headlines, the son of Sweet Lou has a deep desire to succeed. From his past 13 starts, My Ultimate Chevron has posted six wins and half-a-dozen placings, five as runner-up. His only unplaced effort resulted in a fourth last November. Suitably drawn in three and My Ultimate Chevron will again make his presence known. BLACK ONYX (2) showed a return to winning form last time out, and although a harder task awaits, the talented 4yo will give plenty of cheek from gate two so include the Kerry and Dean McDowell-trained son of Bettors Delight in exotic discussions. The Noel Hatcher-conditioned JIMARTEE (5) is back in action following an ultra-consistent campaign, and on the back of a solid trial effort behind My Ultimate Ronnie, the 6yo son of Sportswriter is deserving of a spot in the multiples. PORT AU PRINCE (9) has drawn wide but the consistent 5yo can’t be left out of the multiples while DELIGHTFUL ANGEL (10, which is another consistent member of the Jarrod Alchin team, remains in the mix, despite drawing the outside gate as the mare peaks in condition following two solid displays since a spell, the first resulting in a win over the brilliant mare Braeview Kelly.

    HEAVEN ON HIGH 1, Teagan Banner 2, Im Presi Belle 3, My Ultimate Chevron 4.

    RACE THREE:

    With Jason Grimson electing to place a number of his horses in various stables while campaigning in Queensland, a number of talented types have remained behind, including INVITATION ONLY (10), with the Bettors Delight gelding now under the care of David Thorn. The former Kiwi had three runs for Jason, commencing with a 30.7m 4th to Captain Ravishing at Melton on February 4. As a result of a solid 9.8m 3rd to Heza Son Of Agun in the G3 Paleface Adios Stakes, Invitation Only gained entry into the G1 Chariots of Fire, but the 4yo was never a factor in recording a 41.4m 9th to Catch The Wave. Two pleasing trials have Invitation Only poised for a bold showing, despite the presence of a wide gate. In a race overflowing with chances, talented mare BEAUTY PLAY (1) should be given more than a passing thought after drawing ideally in one. Resuming from a spell with a win at Canberra, the daughter of Sweet Lou had little luck when a 12.4m 5th to Emmas Boy at Goulburn, prior to a couple of recent placings at Menangle, the latter last week when she worked home stoutly in posting a 1.5m 2nd to Heavenly Holy. Prepared by Peter Rixon and to be driven by son Will, Beauty Play will have the chance to enjoy a kind run from the pole role. WAVETHE BILL (5) ended his previous campaign with back-to-back wins at Menangle in late January, prior to stepping out for his first assignment under the care of Elizabeth Heath last week. The end result was a pleasing 3.6m 3rd to Terryrama after Josh Gallagher dictated the terms. The 5yo will strip fitter and has improved four spots at the start so he can be expected to be a serious player once again. In the above-mentioned contest, SO MUCH MORE (7) had every chance in transit, but could only manage to finish a 14.4m 6th, which was below his usual consistent display in recent times. The 5yo is entitled to further consideration, especially when it comes to the multiples. Such is the depth attached to this race, SMALTESE (11), JALANEEL (9) and BERNIE JONES (8) are capable of greeting the judge, without surprising, with the trio all in the mix when it comes to forming exotic investments.

    INVITATION ONLY 1, Beauty Play 2, Wavethebill 3, So Much More 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    Goulburn mentor Brad Hewitt will launch a strong three-pronged attack on this race, and his decision regarding his drive, will be an important guide. Despite drawing wide, which will be eased slightly if the two reserves are not required, MICK DANGER (9) is entitled to top billing. The classy 3yo son of Captaintreacherous has had the benefit of two runs since a spell, the latter resulting in a comfortable all-the-way win at Young last week, with Always Be Ronnie and El Camino filling the minors. Boasting five wins from 13 starts, Mick Danger should be able to handle this assignment. The Michael Doltoff-conditioned ROLL WITH SLOY (4) is coming off a solid win at Penrith when Chris Geary dictated the terms. This will be a harder test, however, from her good draw the daughter of Roll With Joe should be prominently placed from the outset. SHEZ A REASON (3) is another member of the Brad Hewitt team and with the benefit of a good draw and two runs back from a spell, the 3yo daughter of For A Reason can’t be taken lightly. Resuming with a costly but gritty 2nd to Kaitoa at Wagga on June 9, Shez A Reason then led from start to finish in defeating Franco Forza and Birdy Gal at Penrith. With a lift in fitness, Shez A Reason should give plenty of cheek. FRANCO FORZA (12) has drawn awkwardly in the outside gate, but don’t dismiss the Trevor Munday-trained son of Live Or Die. The 3yo had little luck in the race won by Shez The Reason, with a three peg role resulting in the gelding having little room to stake a claim in the run home. Franco Forza was hitting the line better than any other running in cutting the margin back to a mere 2.8m. The bigger track will suit Franco Forza and there is also the Cam Hart factor, which is always a plus. There are a host of other runners with claims, including the unbeaten daughter of Fourstarzzz Shark in SMOKESHOW (5), which is also under the care of Brad Hewitt. The filly will be confronted by a harder task, but that applies to most of the runners, so don’t take her lightly. ULTIMATE RHAPSODY (6) has been consistent of late for Michael Formosa while BETTING RANGER (8) and CASH AND BLING (10) has won his past two for Bernie Hewitt.

    MICK DANGER 1, Roll With Sloy 2, Shez A Reason 3, Franco Forza 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    The two major players here appear to be the Nathan Turnbull trained and driven JONO B (8) and the Amanda Turnbull-prepared and driven R K FINN (9). Both have drawn deep, and both a last-start winners. In a toss of the coin, JONO B gains the nod following a solid display in overcoming a tricky draw at Dubbo last week in defeating Better Shush and Questro Queen. Prior to that assignment the 5yo son of Rock N Roll Heaven contested his first Menangle challenge in recording a 14m 6th to Smaltese after competing from a five peg role. The effort was more than useful under the circumstances and with this challenge being more to his liking, plus the experience gained from his outing here, Jono B should be competitive. R K FINN has had three outings at Headquarters with one minor placing coming his way. The son of Grinfromeartoear has finished unplaced in his past two starts here, however, he has been disgraced. After galloping out as an odds-on favourite, R K Finn circled the pack in finding the lead, but the early effort told as he faded to finish a useful 10.5m 6th to Hands On. The 6yo had little trouble in defeating Dragon Tattoo and Ulaanbaatar at Young in qualifying for this assignment. The Roy Roots Jnr-trained APACHE WHITESOX (6) has been in career best form since resuming from a spell, with a couple of wins and a last-start closing 2nd to Betterthanfederer at Newcastle a week ago. The 6yo son of Hurrikane Kingcole gives every impression the Menangle track will suit his style of racing. Roy will also have the consistent BETTERTHANFEDERER (2) engaged and from gate two the 6yo is again capable of ‘lobbing’, which has been the case in two of his past three starts. Betterthanfederer has been prominent on each occasion and with Cam Hart booked to take the reins, the son of Betterthanfederer will again be well-served from the outset. Exotic players should consider DARABONT (1), especially from the good draw, COUNTRY MAJOR (4) and DRAGON TATTOO (5).

    JONO B 1, R K Finn 2, Apache Whitesox 3, Betterthanfederer 4.

    RACE SIX:

    In an open contest, GOTTA LOCKHEED (8) is capable of greeting the judge for the second time in his fledgling career. Prepared by Brett Woodhouse at Wagga, the 2yo son of Bettors Delight opened his career with four placings from his opening five starts, with his latest placed run resulting in a determined neck 2nd to the talented Luvareschs in a HRNSW 2YO Bred Final on June 3. Gotta Lockheed was then able to post a deserving break-through win at Wagga two weeks later when he overcame a back row draw in defeating Edward Jay and Bolanalong, narrowly, but convincingly. Blake Micallef will again partner Gotta Lockheed. The Bernie Hewitt trained and driven KICK THE SWITCH (9) has won two of three, with a 5.3m 5th to Luvareschs at this venue sandwiched between those two trips to the winners circle. Despite the deep draw the son of Lazarus will take a power of beating. Bernie will also be represented by BEACHRIDE (10), another youngster who has enjoyed a bright start to his career. The son of Sunshine Beach is coming off a gritty win at Young, and although the draw adds to the degree of difficulty, the gelding has displayed a determined attitude. Continuing on the Bernie Hewitt theme and PLATINUM JEWEL (3) will also face the starter, with son Doug taking the reins. Ideally drawn, the Rock N Roll Heaven filly is the most experienced runner in the field, having faced the starter on 11 occasions for a win and four placings. After breaking at the start and settling in a rearward role, the filly worked home stoutly in recording a 5.5m 6th to Luvareschs, then followed that pleasing run with a 1.3m 3rd to Dont Tell Marty at Parkes, as a long odds-on favourite. From the god draw, Doug should have Platinum Jewel in the mix from the outset. ANNIE CROCKER (2) debuted with a handy 3rd to Kick The Switch at Penrith and with the benefit of that run the daughter of Art Major is capable of being in the mix when the judge calls a halt. EDWARD JAY (7) and NIRVANA PRINCE (6) stay under notice as exotic players.

    GOTTA LOCKHEED 1, Kick The Switch 2, Beachride 3, Platinum Jewel 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    Following a stylish win at Melton a few weeks ago, the Russell Jack-trained LETTUCE TROT (7) is on course to make it back-to-back wins after drawing suitably in six, providing the reserves remain on the bench. Already boasting a 50% winning strike rate at this venue, following four assignments, the son of Tintin In America overcame a tricky draw is defeating the classy NSW Derby winner of a year ago, Harry Stamper, while Courage Stride collected third spot. That form is first rate for a race of this nature. And, with Nathan Jack driving in superb touch, the pair should continue on their winning way. One of the main threats to Lettuce Trot is PARIS KAY (8), one of a number of top chances astute mentor Jarrod Alchin will produce on the night. The 4yo daughter of Sebastian K scored here four runs ago, and has been placed in three subsequent encounters, the latest a week ago when she worked home stoutly in recording a 6m 3d behind Thebestbourbon and Funky Monkey. This will be a more suitable challenge for Paris Kay so don’t ignore her as a winning hope. WATTS UP MAJESTIC (11) is from the in-form Rickie Alchin barn, with Will Rixon taking the reins behind the talented son of Majestic Son. The 5yo resumed with an impressive effort in defeating Regal Attire and Rave On Hall, prior to being prominently placed from the outset when a phot 2nd behind Hot To Trot. Peaking in condition, Watts Up Majestic has drawn deep, but he has the talent to play an active role in the finish. When it comes to the multiples, JUNGLE EYES (6), ON ADVICE (10), RIGHT OF REPLY (2) and AFFAIRE DE COVER (4) are capable of adding some value to the dividends.

    LETTUCE TROT 1, Paris Kay 2, Watts Up Majestic 3, Jungle Eyes 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    Boasting five wins and a second from his past six starts, LONDON TO A BRICK (6) is “London to a brick-on” to take a power of beating. After a patchy start to his career, the 3yo son of Bettors Delight has justified the faith that his trainer-driver James Rattray has had in him from the outset. In winning his past two starts at Menangle, London To A Brick has accounted for Watts Up Partytime on each occasion, firstly coming from a midfield role, prior to competing from outside of the leader, en route to pulling clear for a decisive win. While bad manners have hurt his chances in the past, if London To A Brock remains, cool, calm and collected, then this race looks his for the taking. SHES RUBY ROO (5) led and disappointed when a tiring 26.9m 7th to Kings Guard at Shepparton on June 16. Prior to that effort the Peter Hall-trained daughter of Creatine had registered three wins and the same number of placings from her previous six career starts, so the filly does have the talent to bounce back and make her presence known. TOUGHER (2) has drawn well and is rarely far away so expect another competitive showing while HOLD MY HAT DOUG (4) and DREAMBIGAIMHIGH (7) remain in contention as exotic runners. DREAMBIGAIMHIGH certainly has the talent to be a fixture in the finish, but has been his own worst enemy on a few occasions. The son of What The Hill hasn’t raced since breaking after the start when a distant last to The Locomotive in the Crown 2YO Trotters C&G Final last November. The 3yo finished down the track in his only trial, which isn’t an ideal way to prepare for your first run back.

    LONDON TO A BRICK 1, Shes Ruby Roo 2, Tougher 3, Hold My Hat Doug 4.

    RACE NINE:

    Just five runners will face the starter for the G2 NSW Trot Final, with just two major players in MAXIMUS MERIDIUS (4), the winner of his past three, and RACING EYES (3), which will go into the contest unbeaten in two runs. MAXIMUS MERIDUS (4) opened his career with a couple of costly defeats, both as an odds-on elect, but then the ‘penny dropped’ and the Kerry and Dean McDowell youngster started to justify their high opinion of the Sebastian K colt. Maximus Meridius completed the hat-trick of wins with a comfortable all-the-way win over Valtino and Sister Katie. Lleyton Green will again let the youngster to begin safely and allow him to become balanced before looking to secure the lead role and the win. RACING EYES (3) has a victory over Maximus Meridius when the son of Peak DNK was on debut. Prepared by Steven Lee and to be driven by his talented grandson James Locke, the 2yo was able to lead throughout in claiming his second win and with a slight advantage at the start, James may be keen to hold the inside running and make Maximus Meridius earn to earn the major share of the prizemoney. When it comes to the multiples, MALIBUU (2) must be included following three placings from six starts while Victorian visitor HILLWINSOME (5) could assist in adding some much-needed value to the return.

    MAXIMUS MERIDIUS 1, Racing Eyes 2, Malibuu 3, Hillwinsome 4.

    RACE 10:

    The final race for the trotters will provide a guide to future feature events, including the Inter Dominion later in the year. Jarrod Alchin is excited when it comes to DOFF THE CAP (8), which has thrived under his guidance, and another former Kiwi in HURRICANE HILL (7). DOFF YOUR CAP has been off the scene since last November when a determined 4.2m 4th to Majestic Harry in the G2 Trotters Sprint at Albion Park. HURRICANE HILL crosses the Tasman with eight wins and two placings to show for his 19 trips to the races. The 6yo son of Muscle Hill has been spelling following a narrow, but gritty win at Wyndham on January 6, with the gelding overcoming a 40m hcp. Both Doff Your Cap and Hurricane Hill will take their place behind the 10m strand, and with solid stand stats, that won’t be a major concern. Jarrod has been pleased with their trials and while in need of the outing, the pair should be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. MAJESTIC TRIO (5) is a progressive mare who is under the care of Brad Hewitt. Following a solid 14.3m 2nd to the classy One Over all over this course and distance on June 3, the daughter of Majestic Son then wo9rked home stoutly in recording a creditable 6.7m 3rd behind Hot To Trot and Watts Up Majestic. Drawing behind the front strand is a plus for Majestic Trio. Apart from Doff Your Cap and Hurricane Hill, Jarrod Alchin will also be represented by the consistent REGAL ATTIRE (11), but the 30m hcp will present the 5yo with a challenging assignment. However, Regal Attire has a wonderful record under these conditions, having recorded five wins and nine placings from 18 assignments. While the handicap is daunting, the son of Muscle Hill has a fitness edge over his two classy stablemates so don’t underestimate him. ONE OVER ALL (12) is certainly a classy performer and, as a result, the Jess Tubbs-conditioned son of Angus Hall will take his place behind the 40m tape. A daunting task awaits the Victorian, however, he did overcome a 30m hcp when successful at Headquarters two starts ago. One Over All has since finished a costly and disappointing 8.4m 6th to Hot To Trot, however, he has too much class to dismiss as a serious threat. THEBESTBOURBON (9) is coming off a solid win here a week ago and with a handy stand record, the mare is capable of again giving a good account for trainer-driver and owner, Grant Forrest. Exotic investors should also include FUNKY MONKEY (10), STRESS FACTOR (1) and WELL DEFINED (4), the pair both under the care of Sofia Arvidsson.

    DOFF YOUR CAP 1, Hurricane Hill 2, Majestic Trio 3, Regal Attire 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

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