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    All the winners for Menangle Saturday night All the winners for Menangle Saturday night

    BACK TO HIS BEST: Bundoran

    RACE ONE: Only seven races, which is rare for a Saturday night, however, the events look competitive and there should be value on offer.... All the winners for Menangle Saturday night

    RACE ONE:

    Only seven races, which is rare for a Saturday night, however, the events look competitive and there should be value on offer. Joe Conolly will be represented by three runners, including DOUBTLESS BAY (2) who is coming off a couple of creditable efforts, with the ideal draw also a plus. The 6yo attempted to lead throughout when a 4.9m 4th to Blue Chip Delight, then the son of Bettors Delight enjoyed the one-one in recording a 5.7m 4th to Ananais. With the benefit of a couple of weeks off, Doubtless Bay will attack this race fresh, and with the prospect of being in the thick of the action from the outset, expect a bold showing. TITIAN RAIDER (1) lost his way in recent preparations and, as a result, the talented son of Sunshine Beach failed to secure a place in eight starts. However, the start to his latest campaign has been far more encouraging. Stepping out at Newcastle a week ago, the Harry Martin-trained 5yo raced without cover, suffered a gear malfunction, but still managed to post a gritty 7.7m 3rd behind Jimmy Locke and Ziggy Rocks. Fitter and also drawing ideally in one, a confident Titian Raider has the chance to show a return to winning form, 13 months after his last trip to the winners’ circle. WOW HES A ROCK STAR (6) was always well back before striking trouble and coming in at the rear of the field in the race won by Ananais at this venue a couple of weeks ago. The 5yo is entitled to another chance on his previous two, solid placings. PUMP THE BRAKES (4) returns to a suitable challenge and a good draw, with that combination likely to result in the Sean Grayling trained and driven veteran, making his presence felt. OLD LUKE (5) is usually thereabouts and is capable of greeting the judge, without surprising. SPIRIT OF ANZAC has had a name change and will now be known as SPIRIT AND SOUL (3). The 8yo has been below his best in recent months and will need to show sharp improvement to be a factor.

    DOUBTLESS BAY 1, Titian Raider 2, Wow Hes A Rock Star 3, Pump The Brakes 4.

    RACE TWO:

    Coming off a confidence-boosting win, BEACH VILLA (2) again appears to be the one to beat, especially after drawing ideally in two. The former Emma Stewart-prepared son of Somebeachsomewhere finished unplaced in his opening two starts for the Belinda McCarthy stable but did show improvement from one run to the next. With a higher level of fitness, the 4yo led and was untroubled in defeating Martini Stride and Radiant Amber at Headquarters a couple of weeks ago. Always boasting plenty of talent, Beach Villa is poised to go on his winning way. However, he will receive strong opposition from the polemarker, HEAVEN ON HIGH (1). Contesting four races for David Thorn since making the switch from NZ, the talented son of Rock N Roll Heaven won twice, with two solid placings sandwiched between those number one appearances. Both those placings were behind the highly-regarded Port Au Prince, the latter when a 4.6m 3rd in the Carousel. A sound trial has Heaven On High ready to give a good account. DOUBLE ACT (10) has drawn badly out in 10, however, the Harry Martin-conditioned 5yo has his share of talent, although he went through a period of displaying bad manners at the start. Given a few weeks off, Double Act resumed with a strong win at Newcastle, overcoming a wide gate, then a three deep trip in finding the lead and the winning post. Courtesy of the two main characters drawing ideally, the task has become a shade more difficult for Double Act, but he is capable of being competitive. GORDONS BAY (3) has been off the scene since a 6.2m 4th to Romanee at Leeton  on New Year’s Day, but he has the ability to give a good account from his suitable draw while MY ULTIMATE BYRON (4), IM BRUCE ALMIGHTY (5) and LOCHIEL (6) should be included in multiple investments.

    BEACH VILLA 1, Heaven On High 2, Double Act 3, Gordons Bay 4.

    RACE THREE:

    Jack Trainor will attack this race with three of the main players, with his choice of drives, BRAEDOS LAD (6) appearing to be the one to beat. Although Jack has booked Jack Callaghan to drive JOE NIEN (7) while Cam Hart will take the reins behind BLUE CHIP DELIGHT (9). Braedos Lad has been in fine form in recent months, apart from a 12m 9th to Kingmaker when he raced keenly. Following that run the son of For A Reason posted a gritty 4.5m 3rd behind Western Style before working home stoutly from a midfield role in recording a half-neck 2nd to Our Money Rocks, who was going through a ‘purple patch’ of form. Back from a spell and drawing ideally in gate one is the consistent GLIDING AWAY (1). Prepared by Kerry and Dean McDowell, the 6yo has contested 22 races at this venue for six wins and 14 placings, 12 as runner-up. Prior to heading to the paddock Gliding Away ran his typical honest race in finishing a metre 2nd behind Braedos Lad. With the benefit of a solid trial, Gliding Away is the one most likely in preventing the Trainor stable from dominating this race. BLUE CHIP DELIGHT (9) has drawn awkwardly, but he does have a versatile racing pattern, so it shouldn’t be a major concern. The 6yo managed to come from a midfield role in proving too good for He Bettor Step Aside and Wow Hes A Rock Star a few weeks ago. LOYALIST (10) has a tricky draw but Joe Conolly has the son of Bettors Delight competing in fine style. The 6yo struck trouble but still managed to finish a solid 9.9m 3rd to Port Au Prince, who then came out and posted a superb 3rd to Sicario and Jilliby Kung Fu on Miracle Mile night. Loyalist also did a fine job a week ago in recording a head 3rd to Betterzippit. This will be a suitable drop in grade so don’t ignore the son of Bettors Delight. JOE NIEN (7) worked for most of the trip when a fading 25m 7th to Sahara sirocco at Bathurst last time out. Consistent prior to that run, the 8yo son of Shadow Play is capable of a far more competitive showing. LETSROCKLETSROLL (5) remains in the mix when it comes to forming multiple transactions, along with HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (4).

    BRAEDOS LAD 1, Gliding Away 2, Blue Chip Delight 3, Loyalist 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    The Noel Hatcher-conditioned JIMARTEE (6) deserves another winner’s cheque following a recent period of solid displays. Following a win at Penrith in early January, the son of Sportswriter finished runner-up in each of his next four Menangle engagements, commencing with a gritty effort behind Our Money Rocks. Our Money Rocks again proved a shade too good when the pair clashed on Jan 21, with Mahomes and No Time Like Now keeping him out of the top spot at his next two encounters. Driven by Taylah Osmond in the Lady Drivers Invitational two weeks ago, Jimartee drew deep, which resulted in the 6yo being restrained to a five peg. Striking trouble, Jimartee was out four wide, with cover, as the field entered the home straight, with the gelding working home gamely in recording a respectable 10m 4th to Port Au Prince. That form should be good enough to secure him a win. ROCK OF DELIGHT (1) has drawn ideally in one and that will ensure that the Michael Doltoff-trained son of Art Major has every chance to make his presence felt. Contesting the final event on Miracle Mile night, the 7yo worked home strongly in recording a 6m 2nd to Blazing Home. Despite his consistency, Rock Of Delight hasn’t greeted the judge since last April. SMOOTH OVERARM (2) was never a threat in recording a 16.8m 5th to Blazing Banner a week ago, however, the 8yo son of Changeover had been racing well before that effort. Suitably drawn, Smooth Overarm looms as a threat. Runner-up at his past three starts, all at this venue, the David Thorn-trained EVERYBODYLOVEDRAY (5) can never be taken lightly, although it has been 10 months since he last greeted the judge. An ideal exotic player, Everybodylovedray should be linked to transactions of that nature, along with BOYD WRITER (9), TINDER SURPRISE (7) and ALLESUND (3).

    JIMARTEE 1, Rock Of Delight 2, Smooth Overarm 3, Everybodylovedray 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    Following a return to winning form, the Amanda Turnbull-trained BUNDORAN (4) is entitled to top billing for the running of the J E Binskin FFA. The son of Lincoln Royal had been building towards a winning display in recent times, courtesy of a gritty 3.2m 5th to B D Joe, which was followed by an eye-catching 5.3m 5th to Bondi Lockdown. Contesting a 1609m event at Headquarters a couple of weeks ago, the 6yo was driven aggressively in finding the lead, then the winning post in defeating Huli Nien and Fire Fox. Reserve out and the Bathurst visitor will launch his claim from gate three and that should allow Isobel Ross to stake a claim for the lead role once again, or at the very least, secure a spot in the mix from the outset. There is certainly no shortage of threats with the KerryAnn Morris-trained PETES SAID SO (10) worthy of a high-rating on his form in recent months. Following a 3rd to Zeuss Bromac in the Newcastle Cup, Petes Said So filled the same role in the Newcastle Mile when beaten by Mach Dan and Tasty Delight. In attempting to qualify for the Miracle Mile, the son of Well Said was safely held in crossing the line of 6th spot behind Honolua Bay. Beaten 6.3m in finishing 7th to Bondi Lockdown over the 2400m on Miracle Mile night, Petes Said So didn’t have the best of luck from the 400m marker. Despite drawing wide, the 7yo will make his presence felt. HULI NIEN (3) produced a pleasing effort when first-up for Jack Trainor at Menangle recently. From the one-one, Huli Nien worked home strongly in finishing a half-neck behind Bundoran and with that run under his belt and having the benefit of his first Menangle hit-out, the 7yo is capable of a competitive showing from his good draw. MACH SHARD (6) led and gave another good account when an 8.6m 4th to Sicario a week ago. The 8yo has recorded a number of sound efforts of late, but the winning post has remained out of reach. Expect another solid showing from the son of Mach Three while SAHARA SIROCCO (7) and STINGRAY TARA (2) can’t be taken lightly. The David Aiken-conditioned CRANBOURNE (11) has been safely held in each of his past two starts since scoring at Melton, the latter resulting in a 7th to Honolua Bay in the Allied Express Sprint. Darren Binskin will jump into the sulky and he will be keen to guide the son of Lincoln Royal to victory in the race named after his legendary father.

    BUNDORAN 1, Petes Said So 2, Huli Nien 3, Mach Shard 4.

    RACE SIX:

    This is a tricky race as the majority of the field are in the same boat, without no recent winning form to argue a case for the major share of the prizemoney. GLENAVRIL KING (6) hasn’t paid the judge a visit since last September when he produced a tough effort in scoring at this venue. The Trevor Munday-trained son of Courage Under Fire has been thereabouts on a number of occasions of late, including two sound placings at Penrith. Those efforts were followed by a sound 9.2m 6th behind Ananais at Menangle on Feb 28 when the 7yo didn’t have a great deal of luck from a five peg role. This is the type of assignment which should suit Glenavril King. MY ULTIMATE JOHNNY (4) is coming off a 17.7m 8th to Blazing Home a week ago, but the son of Sweet Lou should find this challenge more to his liking. The 4yo has been below the form shown as a 3yo, but from a suitable draw and in a far more comfortable race, My Ultimate Johnny should be in the mix for a long way. UNFAZED (2) has been a shade below his best of late, however, the son of Auckland Reactor is suitably placed in a race of this nature after finishing 7th to B K Swy and Port Au Prince, respectively. Gate two is a plus and if the 6yo finds the front, then he will take a power of running down. HIDDEN COURAGE (1) has been consistent of late and has exotic claims from the pole while CASSIUS DECK (3) and TRIPLE FOUR (5) should also be included in multiple transactions.

    GLENAVRIL KING 1, My Ultimate Johnny 2, Unfazed 3, Hidden Courage 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    Eight of the 10 runners will be backing up from Tuesday, when under mobile conditions, to handicap racing this time around. The Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven ONE MAJIC KENNY (9) didn’t go around and will be fresh for this assignment, despite the 10m handicap. Boasting five wins and six placings from his 28 strand starts, the 6yo has been ‘hit and miss’ since resuming from a spell, but his past two runs have been sound, the latter a 1.2m 3rd to Van Sank and Credit Master. That was under mobile conditions and with a suitable drop in grade, One Majic Kenny should be involved in the finish. LINDYS LOVE (5) is also under the care of Blake and the consistent daughter of Love You is two-from-two when contesting a stand. The mare is coming off a hat-trick of minor placings, the latest here on Tuesday when a gritty 10.5m 3rd to Jungle Eyes. From the front line the mare should be competitive. MELPARK MAGIC (4) is a veteran from behind the tapes as 127 of his 200 appearances have been in stand events, resulting in 13 wins and 35 placings. A last-start winner at Headquarters in a mobile event, the 9yo is worthy of attention from his front line draw. The David Lindon-trained THE GOLD STANDARD (7) is racing in peak form since a spell, with a solid 2nd to Majestic Trio coming his way on Tuesday. The stand won’t be an issue so expect The Gold Standard to again make his presence felt. Exotic investors should also include ROYAL GLENFERRIE (8), VALLEY STAR (3), VIKSUN (2) and SUNNY GEE (10), despite the tough 30m handicap.

    ONE MAJIC KENNY 1, Lindys Love 2, Melpark Magic 3, The Gold Standard 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

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