July 22, 2021 National Trotguide
A rejuvenated JIMMY LOCKE (9), despite the presence of a wide draw, appears hard to beat once again. In recent months the Peter Russo-trained son of Rock N Roll Heaven has continued to be competitive and with the in-form Jack Callaghan again taking the reins, Jimmy Locke is poised to continue the good work. Despite being exposed to the role outside of the leader, Jimmy Locke accounted for two outstanding types in Burnham Boy and Tasty Delight at this venue two weeks ago. Tasty Delight has since greeted the judge while Burnham Boy was unlucky a week ago when a 4.5m 5th to Cash N Flow. Both Tasty Delight and Burnham Boy will be hard to beat in their respective assignments on the card. Jimmy Locke has been racing with versatility along the way, and although he may be forced to do the ‘hard work’ once again, the confident 6yo is capable of being actively involved in the finish. RAYS CHOICE (8) has drawn one spot better off than Jimmy Locke, which was the case when they last met on July 10. The Jason Grimson-prepared 8yo is coming off a couple of unplaced efforts, although he wasn’t disgraced two starts ago when an 8.4m 8th to Loorrim Lake after attempting to dictate throughout. When last produced on July 10, Rays Choice led out before taking cover, however, with 250m to run, Rays Choice off went off stride and as a result, drifted back through the pack in posting a 17m 8th to Jimmy Locke. Had the gelding remained in his gear, then a far better result would have been posted. Capable of being in the mix from the outset, Rays Choice should make his presence felt. OUR MADIBA (1) scored here four starts ago and has been competitive in each of his subsequent three assignments, the latest when a costly but gritty half-neck 3rd to Beau Cishlom and Tippitinya. The draw is a big plus as the Jack Trainor trained and driven 7yo should receive a cosy trip, which will allow him to play a role in the finish. PUMP THE BRAKES (6) is back in action after being spelled following a 10.9m 7th to Bad To The Bone at this venue on April 10. Trainer-driver Sean Grayling has given his talented 7yo two trials, both resulting in solid wins at Headquarters. Usually a consistent type, Pump The Brakes looks poised to give a good account. When forming exotic combinations, ZIGGY ROCKS (3) and MISTER MAGIC MAN (2) should be included, with the pair bound to enjoy their ideal starting roles.
JIMMY LOCKE 1, Rays Choice 2, Madiba 3, Pump The Brakes 4.
Racing in career best form, MIGHTY FLYING ART (6) will again face the starter with bright prospects of greeting the judge. From his past 10 trips to the races, Mighty Flying Art has collected four wins and the same number of placings, with his latest engagement resulting in a narrow win over Never Been Said and the ultra-consistent Nota Replica, which posted a deserving win at Menangle last week. Handily drawn in a middle role on the front line, the son of Art Major will have the chance to be involved in a forward position, with the role as pacemaker a possibility, although Trainor has been keen to drive him with cover of late, which he feels is his best role. ROCK OF DELIGHT (1) has been mixing his form of late, but the return to a bigger track and an ideal draw, will play a big role in what should be a bold showing. The Michael Doltoff-conditioned son of Art Major has been competing mainly on the Penrith circuit, with a trip to Newcastle four starts ago resulting in an 8.8m 9th to Hidden Delight. Rock Of Delight drew the back row on that occasion and had no luck from a rearward role. A Penrith win followed a week later, then another unlucky outing when a 7.5m 5th to Volando Denario. Rock Of Delight then competed from a three-peg role when a useful 7.9m 4th to Top The Ace, which was successful at Menangle on Tuesday. The prospect of a suitable trip will enhance the claims of Rock Of Delight. OLD LUKE (5) had every chance when a creditable 7.8m 4th to Gottashopearly a week ago. Rarely far from the action the 8yo is capable of being involved in the finish. VINCENZINA (2) hit the line with purpose last week in finishing an 11.5m 2nd to Nota Replica. Devoid of gate speed, the mare has drawn nicely in two, but she is likely to drift back in gaining a suitable run off the pace. Although without a win since last October, the Ross Adams trained and driven 4yo is nearing another visit to the winner’s circle. The list of exotic contenders includes PAY ME OVERS (3), JEDI MIND (7) and ALTA DOWNS (9).
MIGHTY FLYING ART 1, Rock Of Delight 2, Old Luke 3, Vincenzina 4.
Despite drawing the outside gate, and rising in grade, MASONS DELIGHT (10) again appeals as the one to beat in what should be an open and competitive contest. Since joining the stables of Jack Trainor, Masons Delight has posted a solid-finishing 3.9m 2nd to Prosecution Witness, although he did start an odds-on favourite, then a comfortable defeat of Prosecution Witness and Most Happy Cullen, this time justifying his $1.95 quote. Both Prosecution Witness and Most Happy Cullen ‘franked’ the form with solid placings behind Top The Ace here on Tuesday. The son of American Ideal is likely to drift back at the start as the early charge for roles at the ‘pointy’ end of the pecking order is likely to be competitive. That should suit Masons Delight in coming with a late surge, which should carry him to victory. The scratching of the pole marker will allow EYE CAN RUN (3) to leave the machine from gate two. Surprisingly, the talented daughter of Heston Blue Chip hasn’t saluted in six runs since claiming G1 glory. The 4yo showed improvement in posting a 12.5m 3rd to Island Fire Dance two starts ago, then was never a threat, although she was baulked for a suitable run, in finishing an 18.8m 9th to Nota Replica. This should be a suitable challenge for the Eye Can Run, and as a result, the mare is capable of being involved in the finish. ALWAYS ROCKIN (1) has drawn ideally, as well, and in a race which should suit the 7yo, he is also capable of improving on a run of unplaced displays. Since greeting the judge six starts ago, the Peter Russo-trained gelding has been safely held in races won by Loorrim Lake, Rays Choice, Arden Messi, The Stunning Nun and, more recently, Jimmy Locke when he finished a 16.3m 7th after being firmly entrenched, five back along the pegs. Expect Always Rockin to be in the thick of the action from the outset. BANKERS GOLD (5) provides the ‘x-factor’ with the former Kiwi now under the care of Darren Binskin. The son of Sweet Lou is one of several runners from across the Tasman for owner Anthony Bertwistle. The combination enjoyed success at Menangle on Tuesday when Queenofdance led throughout. Bankers Gold has a consistent record and although the 4yo hasn’t been to the trials, it is only seven weeks since his latest run and DJ will no doubt have him ready to give a good account. Multiple investors should also include SMOOTH BAHT (9), TRUE CONFESSIONS (8), HARRY OVENS (6) and MAJOR OBAHMA (4).
MASONS DELIGHT 1, Eye Can Run 2, Always Rockin 3, Bankers Gold 4.
The Jason Grimson-trained I AM SERENGETI (6) is coming off a disappointing effort, however, on his form prior the son of Art Major is more than capable of collecting the ‘lion’s’ share of the prizemoney. Runner-up at Penrith and Menangle, respectively, either side of a gritty win at Menangle when he led in defeating Our Money Rocks and Major Obahma, I Am Serengeti was able to dictate the terms, despite drawing wide, however, the opening quarter of 25.6 and a solid tempo from that point onwards, didn’t help his cause in recording a respectable 8m 8th to Mister Magic Man. The 7yo has drawn a couple of spots closer to the pegs for this challenge, and the same hectic tempo may not apply this time around, and that will assist in I A, Serengeti proving hard to beat this time around. BALDUCCI (9), with the benefit of one run back from a spell, appeals as the main threat. Prepared by Amanda Turnbull and to be driven by Isobel Ross, the talented son of Mach Three was responsible for a few fine efforts at Headquarters when last in work, culminating in a 10.8m 6th to Moreau Drive on March 6, Miracle Mile night. With a comfortable trial under his belt, Balducci resumed with a solid 1.2m 2nd to the talented Ronaldo, which will be hard to beat later in the night, at Young a week ago. While the wide gate is a concern, Balducci has been involved in similar draws at this venue and has been eased in coming with a late surge. NEVER BEEN SAID (7) posted a hat-trick of solid placings at Headquarters before defeating I Am Serengeti and Nota Replica on July 3, in what was a deserving win. However, the mare was confronted by a harder test a week ago, and as a result, the daughter of Well Said didn’t have a say in matters in finishing a 40/7m last to the classy, Tasty Delight. Never Been Said returns to a suitable engagement and a far more competitive showing is on the cards. Despite drawing the outside gate, don’t write off MADAZALWAYS (10). Following back-to-back wins at Bankstown, the 6yo has been unplaced in five subsequent outings, four at this venue. However, his latest run a week ago, should be excused when assessing his claims. After striking interference at the start and then settling five pegs, Madazalways also suffered from a flat tyre, en route to recording a creditable 9m 6th to Gottashopearly. The Sean Grayling trained and driven son of Always A Virgin is a ‘value’ threat. Exotic players should also consider ROCKY CREED (2), FOREVER YIN (3), and GOTTASHOPEARLY (8) when it comes to forming investments.
I AM SERENGETI 1, Balducci 2, Never Been Said 3, Madazalways 4.
It is hard to go past the classy BURNHAM BOY (10) as the one to beat, with the wide gate only a slight hurdle for the son of Bettors Delight. A high-profile member of the Kevin Pizzuto stable, the 4yo has hit peak fitness following four runs back from a spell and he is ready to record the ninth win of his career. Spelled after a solid 9.7m 3rd to Mach Shard in a G1 2400m event on Miracle Mile night, Burnham Boy collected a hat-trick of fine placings in races won by Arden Messi, Loorrim Lake and Jimmy Locke, respectively, prior to recording an unlucky 4.5m 5th to Cash N Flow at Headquarters last week. Drawing gate two, which was a vastly improved starting role, compared to his previous three runs, Burnham Boy was able to secure a kind run behind the leader, however, that is where the luck started and ended. Over the final 300m, Blake Fitzpatrick attempted to find suitable space for the gelding, only to be thwarted. A tight squeeze along the pegs became available, but too late, and as a result, Burnham Boy was unable to lengthen stride until the race was all over, bar the shouting. If, bigger and better things await Burnham Boy, then he must greet the judge. POCKET OF TERROR (11) will launch his claim from the outside gate but he is likely to be suited driven off the pace. The Jack Trainor trained and driven 6yo has been successful in two of his past three assignments, those wins coming either side of a solid 3.6m 5th to Loorrim Lake. When last produced two weeks ago, Pocket Of Terror competed from a midfield role, prior to charging home in defeating Ignatius and Max Delight, two smart performers. This challenge, compared to his latest outing, will be easier so expect to see the son of Western Terror giving Burnham Boy a run for his money. HIDDEN COURAGE (9) is racing in a ‘purple patch’ of form, with his latest effort resulting in a win over Power Of Red and Hickstead. The son of Courage Under Fire steps back in class, but he has shown he can handle the pressure, with a solid 3.3m 3rd to Pocket Of Terror and Cash N Flow coming his way just three starts ago. Former Victorian MAJESTIC CRUISER (8) enjoyed immediate success for new mentor Jason Grimson last week, courtesy of a fine drive by Corey Peterson. The Art Major 6yo faces a harder task, but don’t ignore him when it comes to forming exotic combinations. A fitter PITCH PERFECT (4) also warrants involvement in that regard, along with DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (7) and MAKOA (2).
BURNHAM BOY 1, Pocket Of Terror 2, Hidden Courage 3, Majestic Cruiser 4.
Punters will be hoping that after the running of this event, the ‘net’ result will be a trip to the winner’s circle by the David Kennedy-trained 4yo, RONALDO (10). That will be the ultimate goal. The sparingly-raced son of Alta Christiano has been in fine form over the past couple of months, following a slow start to his latest term of racing. Two unplaced efforts were followed by a tough and comfortable win at Wagga, which led to a big win at Menangle when Ronaldo charged home to defeat Just Ralph and Rocknroll Cruiser. Next stop was Cowra for the running of the Cup on June 20, and virtually from the outset, Ronaldo had excuses. From his back row draw the 4yo struck trouble, then worked to be outside the leader, en route to posting an unlucky but brave neck 2nd to the all-the-way winner, Rock Fisherman. With better luck and Ronaldo would have completed the hat-trick. Three weeks later and Ronaldo was again heading in the right direction with a gritty win coming his way at Young, despite a back row draw once again and a rearward role for most of the trip. Talented types in Balducci, which will be a factor in his assignment earlier in the night, and Rock Bottom filling the minors. The wide gate should result in Jackson Painting taking Ronald back to a rearward role once again, before allowing him to enjoy the wide-open spaces of the Menangle straight. CHUBBY CHECKER (8) has had his impressive stats take a hit of late, but the talented son of A Rocknroll Dance is capable of be a factor in this company. Unable to make his presence felt when a 21.5m last to The Stunning Nun, Chubby Checker contested the G3 Vic Frost FFA a week ago and, once again, the 4yo was never a threat from a deep peg role in posting a 15.7m 9th to Cash N Flow. be prepared to forgive that run as he was short of peak fitness in what was a far tougher assignment. The Jason Grimson-trained gelding has the gate speed to take care of the wide gate and if he can recapture his best form, then Chubby Checker is capable of charting highly. LETS GO TO BRAZIL (6) has been mixing his form of late but the Michael Doltoff-trained 5yo should be suited in a race of this nature. After posting back-to-back efforts as runner-up, Lets Go To Brazil has had plenty of luck in each of his past three starts, all bad. Forced to race without when a tiring 36.3m last to Smooth Sailor, Lets Go To Brazil settled six pegs when a closing 2.8m 4th to Mister Magic Man, prior to being four pegs, then three back in the running line on the turn, when held up for a suitable run in recording an 11m 8th to Gottashopearly last week. A winning display from Lets Go To Brazil won’t come as a surprise. A sneaky chance at odds is the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (4), due to his 13m 3rd to Nota Replica last week. Entrenched in a five-peg role, the 6yo worked to the line steadily after being held up for a clear passage. Suitably drawn and hitting peak condition, He Bettor Step Aside has the talent to surprise. PROSECUTION WITNESS (9) has been racing in fine form in suitable Tuesday assignments, and although a harder test awaits from a wide gate, the son of Well Said stays under notice as a potential threat. Include ROCKABELLA STARZ (7) when it comes to multiple transactions.
RONALDO 1, Chubby Checker 2, Lets Go To Brazil 3, He Bettor Step Aside 4.
Decorated 3yo, TASTY DELIGHT (6) will have little trouble collecting the 13th win of his exciting career, with the Brian Portelli-trained son of Bettors Delight also collecting six placings from his 19 trips to the races. After adding the APG 3YO colts and geldings’ title to his growing list of credits, Tasty Delight headed to the paddock after his May 29 success, prior to returning on July 10 for a 1609m assignment at Menangle. Drawing deep, Tasty Delight settled in a midfield role before stretching out boldly over the final 200m in recording a 2.9m 3rd to Jimmy Locke and Burnham Boy. The run was more than pleasing and just a week later, a fitter Tasty Delight had little trouble defeating Arden Messi and Ziggy Rocks, dictating the terms for the majority of the 2300m. Confronted by only five rivals, drawing gate six won’t be a factor and the 3yo definitely has class on his side. Blake Fitzpatrick and Tasty Delight have formed an exciting partnership, with five of their six encounters resulting in a trip back to the winner’s circle. When the judge calls a halt to his event, Blake and Tasty will have six wins to their credit. TITIAN RAIDER (4) will do his best in keeping Tasty Delight honest. The Harry Martin-trained son of Sunshine Beach also has a fine record which includes five wins and nine placings from 20 appearances. A game customer, Titian Raider was having his second run back from a spell in posting a brave win over Major Obahma and Long Weekend before again doing the bulk of the hard work when a gritty 2m 3rd to Machs Legacy and Chrissy Chic last week. While lacking the class of a Tasty Delight, Titian Raider doesn’t lack anything when it comes to sheer determination. CHERISHTHEMEMORIES (1) resumed from a break with placings at Penrith and Menangle, the latter a solid-finishing 9m 3rd to Island Fire Dance and Titian Raider, prior to recording a game win at Penrith a couple of weeks ago when she accounted for subsequent Menangle winner, Top The Ace. Ideally drawn in gate one, the Cameron Ross-conditioned Sportswriter filly will have every chance in filling a role in the exotics. MACHS LEGACY (3) followed a comfortable Penrith win with a solid win here last week in defeating Chrissy Chic and Titian Raider. Also prepared by Cameron Ross, the Mach Three filly is growing in confidence and should be linked to multiple investments. ARDENS ACE (2), which is another former Kiwi now under the care of Darren Binskin for owner Anthony Bertwistle, will be fitter for a creditable 6.5m 4th to Machs Legacy a week ago, so don’t ignore as an exotic player.
TASTY DELIGHT 1, Titian Raider 2, Cherishthememories 3, Machs Legacy 4.
A field of eight trotters will face the starter and under the stand conditions, most have a chance of greeting the judge. However, this lot don’t win out of turn. So, whose turn will it be? Most have been very shy having their photo taken with the winning post, including MAJOR THOMAS (3) who last experienced such a thrill back on August 2020. The 7yo son of Lawman has gone eight races without figuring in the placings, although on a handful of occasions he has been thereabouts. From 18 stand encounters the gelding has five wins and six placings so he knows what it takes to win under these conditions, especially when it comes to drawing the front line. Off a 20m hcp in an easier 2300m challenge at this venue a couple of weeks ago, Major Thomas stepped away cleanly in securing a midfield role before rounding the final bend out four deep. The result was a useful, but safely held 15m 4th to Right Moves. From this handicap Major Thomas should be able to settle closer to the action and that will go a long way towards a competitive showing. AGENT MAORI (4) is a veteran both in overall stats and from behind the tapes and he must be included as a top contender. From 72 stand appearances the 9yo has paid a visit to the winner’s circle on eight occasions, with a 20 as a minor player. The son of Federal Flex drew the front line for a 2300m stand start two starts ago in posting a gritty 10.8m 2nd to Right Moves, then of Tuesday, recorded a 3.7m 3rd to Indefensible over the 1609m under mobile conditions. Handily placed on the front line, Agent Maori will make things interesting for his rivals. CHAMPAGNE PRINCE (7) is the ‘x-factor’ as the former West Australian is now under the care of ‘Team Rando’. Well-beaten in his past two starts before crossing the Nullabor, the Mcardle 8yo has won seven of his 48 stand events while a further 18 have resulted in minor placings. Champagne Prince hasn’t trialled for his first outing since early June, but with Jack Trainor booked to handle the driving duties, the corks could be ‘popping’ so don’t ignore his claims. IN THE VALLEY (6) is racing well enough to suggest the Troy Williams-trained son of Muscle Mass could force his way into the mix, especially when it comes to the multiples. YMBRO WASTED (8) was in a foul mood last week in galloping for a good portion of the 1609m, only to be retired from the race at the 600m in the race won by Drop The Hammer. A noted stand performer back in Victoria the 7yo trialled at Penrith on Monday and was in a far better mood. The 10m hcp isn’t a harsh mark for the David Aiken trained and driven son of Majestic Son.
MAJOR THOMAS 1, Agent Maori 2, Champagne Prince 3, In The Valley 4.
- MIKE KO’CASS