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    All the mail you need to back eight winners at ‘The Big M’ All the mail you need to back eight winners at ‘The Big M’

    Fresh from a big night at Bathurst, Brad Hewitt is ready to strike again at Tabcorp Park Menangle. PHOTO: Courtesy Coffee Photography.

    RACE ONE: In-form mentor Seaton Grima has STRAVINSKY (4) finely-tuned for further success and with gate three, which is less the reserve, being an... All the mail you need to back eight winners at ‘The Big M’

    RACE ONE:

    In-form mentor Seaton Grima has STRAVINSKY (4) finely-tuned for further success and with gate three, which is less the reserve, being an ideal starting point, the son of Gotta Go Cullect will have his supporters heading off to collect once again. The 6yo has won three of his past four starts since his recent move to the Llandilo mentor. Following back-to-back wins at Menangle earlier in the year, Stravinsky’s winning run came to an end when he worked in posting a gritty 3.9m 3rd to Sir Richard Lee and Hands On at Headquarters. However, following a six week break, the 6yo son of Sunshine Beach returned with a dominant display of speed and power when he accounted for Master Catch and Ashark at Newcastle on March 30. Although meeting stronger opposition, Stravinsky will again take a power of beating and with Seaton on the sidelines for another week, Jack Trainor will be in charge of guiding Stravinsky to the 13th win of his career. The Jason Grimson-conditioned MAJOR MAJOR (6) looms as the one to beat as the 5yo has been in superb form since resuming from a spell. Boasting three wins and five placings from his past nine starts, the son of Art Major will attack this assignment with plenty of confidence. After having his consistent record interrupted with a tiring 16m 7th to Don Hugo, Major Major then worked home stoutly in recording a 4.7m 3rd behind the talented mare Dream Maze at this venue a couple of weeks ago. Cam Hart will be looking to have Major Major contesting this race from a role close to the action from the outset. DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (10) is coming off two solid efforts, the first resulting in a 6.3m 4th to Major Perry while the latter was a gritty 8m 4th to Hot And Treacherous. The Harry Martin-conditioned 10yo has drawn deep but he will be driven back in the pack, which has been his racing pattern in this grade. The 246-start veteran won’t be far away when the judge calls a halt. Also drawing awkwardly in the outside gate is IM IN TROUBLE (11), which is a stablemate to Stravinsky. The consistent 5yo son of Art Major led when a solid 5.4m 4th to the classy Victorian mare Dream Maze, and although his best work of late has been in the role as ‘dictator’, Im In Trouble is capable of making his presence felt. The in-form Harry Ross will handle the driving duties. When forming multiple transactions ARDENS ACE (9) is always a useful type to have in the mix. After finishing runner-up on four-consecutive occasions at Menangle, all by narrow margins, the Tony Bertwistle-trained 6yo had a few weeks off before recording a 15.5m 7th to Max Delight in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith a couple of weeks ago. The wide draw is a concern but Ardens Ace is worth the gamble. TUPPENCE (7), FREDDY SINGH (8) and LITTLE BLISS (1)  are also in the mix when it comes to the exotics.

    STRAVINSKY 1, Major Major 2, Double Encounter 3, Im In Trouble 4.

    RACE TWO:

    A wide gate will await the Luke McCarthy-conditioned ALIBERTO (9), but in an open and tough race, the son of Somebeachsomewhere warrants more than a passing thought. Contesting just seven races to date, following a late start to his career due to issues, the 5yo has won three from seven while recording a couple of placings as well. Following a couple of solid winning displays the gelding posted a 5.3m 4th to I Break The Line before recording a slid 3.2m 3rd to Bluto and Corbie Stumbler, with the form turning out to be first-rate. Bluto went on to win the Wagga Pacers Cup last Sunday while Corbie Stumbler won the final event on the card. Both were impressive in doing so. Taking that into account and Aliberto looks to have the right form heading into this challenge. ZAMBIA (3), which finished a determined 4.2m 4th to Bluto in the Wagga Pacers Cup, following his solid win in the Canberra Cup the start before, looms as the main threat. The Dean Atkinson-trained 7yo son of Bettors Delight has drawn ideally in three and that should allow Will Rixon, who is driving in superb form, the opportunity to secure a role closer to the action, which will be a plus in this competitive field. NICHOLAS CAGE (2) has also drawn ideally in two as the 5yo looks to play a far bigger role in the finish this time around, compared to his latest appearance. From his midfield role the son of Art Major recorded a 17.9m 7th to Golden Bay. A decisive display in defeating Sheffield Sparky and Son Of The Shark, which won the last race on Tuesday’s card, should be considered when assessing the claims of Nicholas Cage and whether he can play a starring role and not just a supporting part. OUTSIDE FIGHTER (8), since joining the Jason Grimson team, has been a consistent performer, having won five starts ago, prior to placings in each of his past four. The 7yo son of Art Major is coming off a determined effort in recording a 4.8m 3rd to Dougs Platter and Blazing Home in the Autumn Gift Final at Menangle a few weeks ago. A repeat of that effort would see him giving this a big shake. When it comes to exotic transactions DONEGAL LUTHER (6) warrants attention after the former Kiwi worked home stoutly in finishing a neck 2nd to Don Lou at this venue. VULENTEER (5), RAKADAN (4) and MONTALBANO (7) are all coming off disappointing efforts, but the trio are also capable of being definite contenders on their best form.

    ALIBERTO 1, Zambia 2, Nicholas Cage 3, Outside Fighter 4.

    RACE THREE:

    Former Kiwi SUPER DUPER DUDE (7) is bound to come in for plenty of attention as he steps out for the first time as a member of the Seaton Grima team. The 6yo son of Lincoln Royal has faced the starter on 19 occasions for four wins and three placings, with his latest effort resulting in a win at Cambridge on March 7 when he overcame a back row draw in defeating Eastwood Dream and Hesashorething. Super Duper Dude recorded a ‘super-duper’ trial win at Penrith recently when he scored by 27.5. Jack Trainor will be in charge of guiding the gelding to his first win on this side of the Tasman, and with the stable enjoying plenty of success in recent time, Super Duper Dude is bound to be primed for a big showing. LOUS DREAM (9) has been mixing his form of late after opening his latest term of racing on a winning note. The 4yo has been placed in two of his subsequent five runs, with his latest outing resulting in a creditable 4.8m 3rd to Don Lou and Donegal Luther a few weeks ago. The son of Sweet Lou will be confronted by a wide gate 4yo, however, on his best form this would appear to be a suitable challenge. Of course, there is always the Grimson-Hart factor to consider. HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (10) has drawn the outside gate but it is hard to ignore the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven 9yo as a serious threat. The son of Bettors Delight registered a win and four placings in the space of five starts before a respectable 5.9m 5th to Don Lou. Blake will again drive the 91-start veteran in a rearward role, but He Bettor Step Aside will be hitting the line with intent over the final stages. The Harry martin-trained TITIAN RAIDER (1) emerged from a slump, which resulted in 11 unplaced efforts since a spell, when he led throughout in defeating Neptune and Celestial Gossip at this venue back on March 26. On that occasion the 6yo son of Sunshine Beach crossed from gate 10 in taking up the running, prior to being well rated by Glenn McElhinney. The far better draw is a plus in this stronger challenge, however, Titian Raider is capable of giving a good account. DON LOU (2) is coming off a gritty win when having just his second run for the Seaton Grima stable. The 5yo has drawn well and that should result in Robert Morris placing the son of Sweet Lou in a forward roll. Don Lou should be linked to the multiples, with SHEFFIELD SPARKY (5) also worthy of attention in that regard.

    SUPER DUPER DUDE 1, Lous Dream 2, He Bettor Step Aside 3, Titian Raider 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    The Jason Grimson stable holds the key to this event, courtesy of NERANO (7) and HOT AND TREACHEROUS (8). Contesting his first assignment since finishing a creditable 17m 5th to Leap To Fame in the ID Grand Final at Albion Park on December 16, the classy son of Tintin In America resumed at Penrith last week for the running of the Renshaw Cup. Sent out favourite for the 2525m feature event, Nerano worked from his back row draw in finding the role outside of the leader, prior to battling on stoutly in recording a pleasing 6.4m 3rd to Max Delight and Spirit Of St Louis, with the pair both boasting a higher level of fitness. The 7yo will tackle this assignment with a higher level of fitness and that entitles him to top billing, although, Cam’s decision on whether he drives Nerano or Hot And Treacherous must be respected. HOT AND TREACHEROUS (8) has won his past two starts in a determined fashion, leading throughout on each occasion in scoring over the Menangle 2300m. The first was a dominant display in defeating Bondi Lockdown and Cantfindabettorman while the latter was by a 2m margin over Expensive Ego and Fire Fox. The slightly wider draw, compared to those two appearances, won’t be a concern for the son of Captaintreacherous. FIRE FOX (5), which was formerly under the care of Grimson, has been in fine form since resuming from a break under the guidance of Seaton Grima. The 7yo son of Sweet Lou worked home gamely in finishing a 2.9m 3rd behind Hot And Treacherous here back on March 23, and with the prospect of another suitable role in running, Fire Fox is capable of turning the tables. WHEREYABINBOPPIN (6) has been off the scene since recording a 36m last behind Braeview Kelly at Menangle in mid-December. Prior to that disappointing display the James Rattray trained and driven 8yo had been racing well. With a fine first-up record, he did win when resuming last time in, the son of Sweet Lou is coming off a sound Goulburn trial win so another cheeky display isn’t beyond him. ZEUSS BROMAC (9) has been thereabouts in his four runs back from a spell, but has been placed only once, and that was a gritty 5.5m 2nd to Line Up at this track on February 3. Four runs into his latest campaign and the 7yo son of Bettors Delight recorded a creditable 9.7m 5th to Max Delight in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith. The Paul Fitzpatrick-trained entire can’t be taken lightly. LETSROCKLETSROLL (4) worked home stoutly in finishing a 1.8m 2nd to Dream Maze last time out and remains in the mix as an exotic runner, along with BOOM (3), with the stablemate of Whereyabinboppin also back from a break after finishing a 17.3m last to Fire Fox on February 17. The son of Alta Christiano finished a useful 4th to Whereyabinboppin in the Goulburn trial.

    NERANO 1, Hot And Treacherous 2, Fire Fox 3, Whereyabinboppin 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    This event is one of the feature events on the card, if not, the main attraction due to the presence of two wonderful mares from the Jack Trainor stable. BRAEVIEW KELLY (6) is already an established star while another Kiwi mare in MANHATTAN (7) was most impressive when debuting for Jack at this venue back on March 9, Miracle Mile night. Contesting the baby bling Stakes, as an $8.50 chance, don’t expect those odds any time soon, the daughter of Bettors Delight enjoyed the one-one, courtesy of Jack Brown, when she powered past her rivals in defeating Braeview Kelly and Illavabubbles in a time of 1:49.6. That was her first outing in a month and with her subsequent work the 6yo will strip fitter. Both Jack’s Brown and Trainor were delighted with the run and about the future. With Jack Brown on the sidelines, another Jack in Callaghan will take the reins. The small field will help off-set the wide draw. BRAEVIEW KELLY (6) scored here four runs back and has been placed in her three runs since, the past couple as runner-up behind Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan, respectively. The 6yo has won 11 of 22 at this venue, with eight placings thrown in for good measure. As always, the classy daughter of Bettors Delight will take a power of beating. ILLAVABUBBLES (2) has been in superb form since leaving Queensland to link up with Jason Grimson. Resuming with a 7th back in the Sunshine State, the 5yo mare headed south, then went on a winning spree, which resulted in five number one hits, prior to a game 4m 3rd to Manhattan and Braeview Kelly. The daughter of Always B Miki wasted no time bouncing back to winning form when she led in easily defeating Maria Allegonda and Maluka Miss over this course and distance a few weeks ago. Drawing ideally in two, Cam hart will be keen to take full advantage of that positive in again dictating the tempo. The remaining runners will be engaged in a battle for the remaining exotic spot on offer with TIN TIN JO (3) and IM PRESI BELLE (5) heading the charge, just ahead of ITS EBONYNIVORY (4). TIN TIN JO will be having her first outing since a disappointing 23.6m 9th to Eye Keep Smiling in the G1 NSWBC 3YO Fillies Final at Menangle back in late October. The quality daughter of Tintin In America had been racing in fine style prior to that run and with a couple of trials under her belt, albeit, two well-beaten outings, the 4yo is capable of running a bold race from her good draw. IM PRESI BELLE is rarely far away and is always capable of being involved in the finish when it comes to competing against her own sex.

    MANHATTAN 1, Braeview Kelly 2, Illavabubbles 3, Tin Tin Jo 4.

    RACE SIX:

    With the Brad Hewitt team enjoying plenty of success, talented filly MILLWOOD BLISS (4) will keep the ‘good times’ coming when she looks to make it ‘two from two’ since resuming from a spell. After ending her first season of racing with a gallant 7.6m 3rd to Very Pretty in the Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final at Melton last November, the daughter of Sweet Lou commenced her latest term of racing on a bright note when she produced a tough effort in defeating Libby Lou, which subsequently finished a solid 2nd to Soho Honey Rider in the G2 Gold Bracelet at Bathurst last week, and Soho Vesper Lind, the Victorian claiming 3rd in the above-mentioned race. So in taking out the G3 Raith Memorial, Millwood Bliss accounted for two quality fillies. Apart from stripping fitter, Millwood Bliss will also start from gate four, compared to the outside marble when resuming, plus, the opposition this time will be slightly easier. That adds up to the classy Goulburn-based 3yo proving hard to beat. In fact, Millwood Bliss will be the stand-out investment on the card. The main threat to that happening is OUR ULTIMATE EBONY (5), a sparingly-raced 3yo filly, which is also a daughter of Sweet Lou. Prepared by Jarrod Alchin and to be driven by Cam Hart, Our Ultimate Ebony debuted with a 3rd to Flying Colours last June before winning her next three, the latest when she led in defeating Miss Lilliromar and Warrawee Flyer at Newcastle in October. This will be a harder task for the filly, however, the Alchin-Hart combination must be respected, as always, and Our Ultimate Ebony has had the benefit of two trials, the latter resulting in a solid win. Brad Hewitt will also be represented by SURPRISE LANDING (2) which has had just the three starts for a debut 6th to Forever Skyfall at Bathurst in mid-March when she worked and raced greenly, prior to winning her next two on the Wagga circuit. This will be a step up in grade for the Art major filly, but she has been improving with racing and the kind draw will at least strengthen her claims as an exotic runner. EYE CAN TRY (8) has drawn the outside gate in the field of eight, however, the KerryAnn Morris-trained filly has the talent to again make her presence felt. Also a daughter of Sweet Lou, Eye Can Try produced a big effort in coming from the rear of the field in defeating Stylish Lazarus and Dream Melody at Bathurst last Saturday. The small field and the return to her home track will assist Eye Can Try in her quest for further success. SARA TA SLOY (6) has been mixing her form of late and the My General Lee filly  did strike trouble when a 39.2m 9th to Soho Honey Rider in the G2 Gold Bracelet at Bathurst last week. Expect a better showing from the filly while MAJOR ENVY (1), which debuted for the Steve Turnbull stable with a win at Wagga, also stays under notice when it comes to the multiples.

    MILLWOOD BLISS 1, Our Ultimate Ebony 2, Surprise Landing 3, Eye Can Try 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    MY LIGHTNING MCQUEEN (6) will be looking to bounce back to winning form when the Adam Ruggari-trained What The Hill mare faces the starter for what should be an ideal assignment. The former Kiwi mare won her opening two starts for the Sawyers Gully mentor, both in fine style, before breaking when a well-beaten 9th to Rakero Warrior in a 2300m stand-start challenge at Headquarters back on March 12. That particular event had My Lightning McQueen commencing the contest from a 30m hcp, so the mobile conditions will be to her liking this time around. That being the case, the 4yo should prove too good for this field. SALUTE STRIDE (4) continues to show plenty of promise under the care of Joe and Mary Rando. Debuting as a member of the Chris Lang team, the son of Father Patrick recorded a 23.5m 4th to Mipersonaljet at Bendigo back in September/2022. Transferred to the Rando’s following that run, the 4yo gelding then had a long period away from the track, but in the process contested 10 trials as his educational process was put into place. Runner-up to My Lightning McQueen when resuming on February 27, Salute Stride again finished 2nd when he led in going down I the last stride or two to Rakero Warrior a month ago. With the benefit of those two runs, Salute Stride then greeted the judge at Menangle on Tuesday when he accounted for Should Beabarca and Dancingallalone, and looked good in the process. Handily drawn, Salute Stride will again play an active role in the finish. ELLOWEN (5), which is a daughter of Father Patrick, recorded a hat-trick of placings before a 23.5m 5th to Should Beabarca on March 26. The Simon Ellul-trained 4yo mare has just the one win to show for her 12 appearances, but she is at least entitled to be included when it comes to sorting out multiple transactions. TRIUMPH STRIDE (3), which is also under the care of Joe and Mary, has had the benefit of two runs following a lengthy spell, the latter resulting in a 43.2m 7th to Rakero Warrior. The What The Hill 4yo is capable of a better display and is also a suitable exotic player. In cricketing terms and not referring to any particular horse, this race contains a ‘long tail’ so the remaining’ runners will need to show plenty of improvement to be involved in the finish.

    MY LIGHTNING MCQUEEN 1, Salute Stride 2, Ellowen 3, Triumph Stride 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    Despite resuming from a 10m handicap, HAVE NO FEAR (11) appeals as the one to beat for Joe and Mary Rando. Following four wins from his previous six encounters, Have No Fear ended his previous term of racing with a gritty 3.6m 5th to Majestic Trio in the Bay Johnny FFA at Menangle on January 27. The 6yo son of Father Patrick is coming off a solid trial appearance and despite the handicap, which shouldn’t be a major concern as he has won four of his seven races under these conditions, Have No Fear should be feared by his rivals. VICTREE HILL (10), which will also commence the 2300m challenge from behind the 10m tape, looms as the main threat. From 22 starts under the strand start, the son of Trixton has collected five wins and seven placings, so he won’t be concerned when he heads around to the start. The Jarrod Alchin-conditioned son of Trixton scored here three runs ago, then posted a 16.4m 3rd to the exciting Victorian, and former French performer, Callmethebreeze in the G1 Hammerhead Mile at Menangle on Miracle Mile night, prior to a 15.3m 4th to Constantinople on March 23. Victree Hill will be looking to celebrate his 50th start with a win. The third and final member of the three 10m handicap runners is SUNNY GEE (12) and while the 130-start veteran doesn’t win out of turn, the 7yo is at least a suitable exotic runner. Boasting four wins and 11 placings from 29 starts under stand conditions, Sunny Gee is coming off an 18.3m 5th to Constantinople. GUNNER (5) will be confronted by a slightly harder task, but with back-t-back solid wins next to his name, the Howard James trained and driven 7yo is again capable of being in the mix for a long way. The son of Quaker Jet has a useful record from behind the tapes. THE BESTBOURBON (4) overcame a 40m hcp in scoring at Bathurst during the carnival and from her front line draw, the Grant Forrest trained and driven mare is more than capable of giving this a shake. VIKSUN (3), CHIEF RUNNINGCLOUD (6) and the ‘hard to follow’ RED HARBOUR (9) also fall into the category as exotic players. Red Harbour has contested 117 races from behind the tapes, resulting in 11 wins and 16 placings.

    HAVE NO FEAR 1, Victree Hill 2, Sunny Gee 3, Gunner 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

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