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


    RACE ONE: Despite going from the pole position to the extreme outside gate, the consistent Tony Bertwistle-trained ARDENS ACE (10) remains a suitable investment... All the winners for Menangle Saturday night


    Despite going from the pole position to the extreme outside gate, the consistent Tony Bertwistle-trained ARDENS ACE (10) remains a suitable investment in what appears a race of numerous chances. The son of Art Major saluted the judge five runs back, and although placed one since that display, Ardens Ace has been beaten 5m or less in the process. One of those efforts was a solid finishing 5m 6th behind the classy 4yo, Ripp. At Headquarters last Sunday, the 5yo drew gate one which allowed David Morris to secure a comfortable role, three back on the pegs. However, that’s where the luck started and finished as Ardens Ace failed to secure a clear passage from that point onwards. When the judge called a halt to proceedings, David still had a tight grip on the veins as Ardens Ace posted an unlucky 4.8m 6th behind Firestorm Red. Had Ardens Ace been able to stretch his legs over the final 300m, there is little doubt that he would have been in the finish. The draw makes this assignment a difficult one as Ardens Ace will compete from a rearward role, however, if an opening appears or if David swings wide, then expect the pair to make their presence felt. The Jarrod Alchin-trained JANARTY (6) also contested that particular event and he was also held up for a suitable run. Four pegs, the 7yo ended the contest back in 9th spot, beaten 9.9m, but he should have finished closer of the opportunity to do so came his way. Prior to that run the Art Major gelding had been performing consistently so he is entitled to another chance. CRIME DON’T PAY (1) has been mixing his form since a solid win five back, but he hasn’t had things go his way on a couple of occasions. Driven by Jett Turnbull in the Rising Stars last Sunday, the Seaton Grima-trained 6yo worked home stoutly from a midfield role in recording a 12.8m 4th to Foxy Dada. Seaton jumps back into the bike and from the pole the son of Sportswriter should receive a kinder run and one that should result in a competitive showing. OUR UNCLE JIM (2) steps out for his first challenge under the care of Ash Delosa and with a good draw next to his name the son of Western Terror will be looking to make it back-to-back wins. The 7yo converted the one-one into a gritty win over Lightning Dan and Theresa Love and with the prospect of a similar run, Our Uncle Jim will have the chance to again be in the mix. After resuming with a win and two roles as runner-up, ZAMBIA (9) has been unplaced in three subsequent outings, but he has been thereabouts in the process. The wide draw is a concern, but the 6yo is capable of being a threat. Others to consider in exotic investments include FREDDY SINGH (5) and SMALTESE (4).

    ARDENS ACE 1, Janarty 2, Crime Don’t Pay 3, Our Uncle Jim 4.


    IDEAL IN DREAMS (9) was simply superb in winning two on end before her game effort in finishing a 3.8m 2nd to Captains Queen in the NSWBC 4YO Mares Final at Menangle last Sunday. Back in the pack during the early stages of the 1609m contest, then into the one-one approaching the final bend, the mare worked home stoutly but was unable to peg back the classy winner, who enjoyed a kind run in stalking the leader after being first to the pegs. Ideal In Dreams has drawn deep, but the 4yo is likely to drift back anyway, prior to coming with a barnstorming finish. Although meeting a number of opponents with winning claims, Ideal In Dreams is worthy of further attention with Chris Geary booked to take the reins. Jack Trainor will provide three definite threats with ARDENS DELIGHT (4) heading the list of contenders for the top spot. Driven by Jack Chapple in the Rising Star last Sunday, the daughter of Bettors Delight worked home stoutly, but without threatening, finishing a 12.9m 5th to Foxy Dada. Prior to that effort the mare posted a pleasing 7.5m 4th to her classy stablemate Braeview Kelly, which came on the back of a hat-trick of stylish and determined wins. Suitably drawn in three, which is less the reserve, Ardens Delight will be in the thick of the action from the outset, courtesy of Jack Brown, who has an astute understanding of the 5yo, as he has been in the sulky for all of her recent victories. STELLAR ARDEN (7) is another runner under the care of Trainor, with Cam Hart booked to handle the driving duties. Unplaced just twice in her past 11 starts, which includes four wins, Stellas Delight is coming off a gritty 4.8m 2nd behind Janarty a few weeks ago. Expect another solid showing, which also applies to the third member of the Trainor team in THERESA LOVE (2). The 5yo daughter of Terror To Love had been racing well before a 16.5m 7th to Foxy Dada in the Rising Stars. The 5yo mare drew deep on that occasion so with gate two being a plus, Hannah Rixon will have Theresa Love competing from a role a lot closer to the action. SWELL TIME (6) resumed with a solid Newcastle win and stays in the mix when it comes to forming multiple transactions while ANNA LOVE (8) is also a player in that regard after her confidence-boosting win at Bathurst. POLLY PUT KETTLEON (11) has drawn the outside gate but the 6yo daughter of Courage Under Fire is coming off a fast-finishing win over Fire Fox and Alta Orlando. The return to a race against her own sex is a plus and while the draw is a concern, trainer-driver Sofia Arvidsson will have Polly back in the field, allowing her to build up steam before charging home out wide.

    IDEAL IN DREAMS 1, Ardens Delight 2, Stellar Arden 3, Theresa Love 4.


    Another open contest with at least half-a-dozen chances, including the Jarrod Alchin-conditioned ROMANEE (3), which returns to a suitable draw. A determined winner here three runs back, the 5yo son of Bettors Delight then finished a costly 6.5m 5th to Roll Up when he drew deep, prior to a photo 2nd behind stablemate Firestorm Red at Headquarters last Sunday. From gate six to three behind the mobile, Romanee and Cam Hart and likely to secure a suitable run and that will be vital to their success. SAGINAW (5) looms as a serious threat as the Seaton Grima trained and driven 7yo is racing in top form. Prior to his outing here last Sunday, Saginaw had posted three wins and the same number of placings from his previous six engagements, and he certainly wasn’t disgraced last time out, in fact he should have finished closer than his 4.7m 5th to Firestorm red would suggest. Five pegs for most of the trip, Saginaw worked home stoutly, with his work over the final 80m or so, catching the eye. Expect a bold showing from the son of Well Said. ONE BIG SHEW (8) will be backing up for his third run, since resuming from a spell, when he faces the starter at Menangle on Tuesday. Placed in his opening two runs, the latter being an eye-catching half-neck 3rd to Firestorm Red and Romanee last Sunday. Trained and driven by Rickie Alchin, the 5yo son of Rock N Roll Heaven has drawn deep, but providing everything goes well Tuesday, he must be included as a contender once again. Also engaged on Tuesday is THE CROUPIER (1) who will certainly enjoy the pole position. A recent Menangle winner the 8yo son of Roll With Joe will be in the thick of the action from the outset in making his presence known. Expect another competitive showing from the Belinda McCarthy-trained gelding. BUBBA SCRUB (2) has drawn well in two and Mitch Ford will be keen to have the Jason Grimson runner in a prominent role as a result. The 4yo had been performing consistently before a last-start 17.2m 8th to Mach Da Vinci after he crossed from the outside gate in dictating the terms. The son of Hes Watching drops in grade and draws a lot better so expect a cheeky display. IDEAL DAN (4) resumed with a disappointing 19.5m last to Firestorm Red a few weeks ago, but he is better than that and with added fitness the 5yo son of American Ideal is capable of a far more competitive showing. At least include Ideal Dan in multiple investments. FEAR CRUISIN (7) also has claims in that regard while the former Victorian, MISSED THE TRUTH (9) will create interest, despite drawing the outside gate. The 4yo is coming off a determined win at Melton on October 20 when he accounted for Our Vincent Can Gogh and Hes Charlie Angel. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is now under the care of Jarrod Alchin and is enough to suggest a strong showing.

    ROMANEE 1, Saginaw 2, One Big Shew 3, The Croupier 4.


    An evenly matched and consistent field will face the starter, but due to the lack of winning form, the race does take on an open appearance. The consistent son of Auckland Reactor is now under the care of Sofia Arvidsson and while he doesn’t win out of turn, the same can be said about his rivals. Since scoring here back on July 8, the 8yo has contested 12 races and has only finished further back than fifth on two occasions. Two starts back Red Reactor came from a five peg role in posting a solid-finishing 4.4m 5th to the classy mare Ideal In Dreams before again coming from a rearward role in recording a pleasing 11.8m 4th behind Fire And Sword. That form is good enough to see Red Reactor play an active role in the finish. Peaking in condition following two runs back from a spell for new mentor Paul Fitzpatrick, UNFAZED (6) is bound to make his presence felt. Also, a son of Auckland Reactor, Unfazed resumed with a solid 2.5m 3rd to Ardens Ace before again coming from a rearward role in recording a 3.2m 2nd to Fire And Sword. Apart from a higher level of fitness, the 6yo has also drawn a few spots closer to the pegs, and that is an added plus. ALTA BILLY (8) scored here back I early August and has been unplaced in six subsequent starts, but on numerous occasions the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven 5yo has been thereabouts when the judge calls a halt. Prominent from the outset in the Pacers Cup at West Wyalong a few weeks ago, Alta Billy finished an 8.9m 4th to Terryrama. The son of Alta Christiano has drawn wide, which has been the case in recent starts at this venue, but he will also be confronted by a slightly easier assignment so don’t ignore his claims. EAGLE WATCH (9) has now had three runs since a spell, all for new mentor Bailey McDonough, and while the draw hasn’t been kind, the 6yo stay in the multiple mix. The 6yo so of Hes Watching is coming off a respectable 4.9m 5th behind Riveered at this venue and he is capable of another competitive showing. Exotic players should also consider LOORRIM CREEK (7), IN IN TROUBLE (10) and MAJOR OBAHMA (3).

    RED REACTOR 1, Unfazed 2, Alta Billy 3, Eagle Watch 4.


    Peaking in condition following three runs back, LIGHTNING DAN (4) is worthy of an investment in another open race. Resuming with two unplaced efforts in races won by Ripp, the Jason Grimson-trained 4yo indicated that a win was just around the corner when he registered a gritty half-neck 2nd to Our Uncle Jim after competing from the role outside of the leader. Always a highly-regarded type the son of Captaintreacherous has drawn handily in four and a role close to the action should be forthcoming, courtesy of Cam Hart. Drawn one spot closer to the pegs is the main threat in JOE NIEN (3), which has recently joined the stables of Darren Binskin. Since greeting the judge at Newcastle on September 8, the 8yo son of Shadow Play has been in the mix in each of his subsequent five starts, all at this venue. Recently, Joe Nien posted a 4m 5th to Ripp, followed by a tough 2.8m effort when 2nd to Firestorm Red a couple of weeks ago, with the winner again greeting the judge since that performance. The good draw is certainly a plus for Joe Nien. Reliable veteran DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (6) can’t be left out of the mix as the Harry Martin-trained 9yo is always capable of rising to the occasion in a race of this nature. The son of Village Jasper worked home stoutly in recording a 4.3m 4th to Polly Put Kettleon at Headquarters a couple of weeks ago, the effort in keeping with his solid displays of late. Steph Morris, who has a wonderful understanding of Double Encounter, will again give him every chance to play a role in the finish. KHAFAJI (7), a former quality performer for Emma Stewart, debuted for Rickie Alchin at Wagga recently in recording a 10m 4th to the classy Max Delight. The 4yo worked early in finding the top, and with that run lifting his level of fitness, the son of Somebeachsomewhere is bound to be more active in the finish. Another former Victorian in PAS GUARANTEE (5) also warrants more than a passing thought as he steps out for another Alchin in Jarrod. Both brothers are enjoying a wonderful run of success and Pas Guarantee is capable of adding to the joy. A son of former exciting performer in Guarantee, the gelding has been placed in three of his five starts since a spell, with his most recent outing resulting in a creditable 9.8m 8th behind Pull The Other Leg at Melton. Little went his way on that occasion and it won’t be a surprise to see him greeting the judge. RED RIGHT HAND (1) will be backing up from a Tuesday engagement at this venue and providing he produces another consistent effort, in keeping with his recent form at AP and this track since trainer Trent Lethaby started campaigning south of the border, then the 5yo son of Art Major should be linked to the exotics after drawing gate one.

    LIGHTNING DAN 1, Joe Nien 2, Double Encounter 3, Khafaji 4.


    This race is named in honour of Nick Robin, who was a class-act in every sense of the word. Sadly, Nick passed away 19 years ago, way too young. Nick was a former Sky Channel host who had a voice, the envy of many, and knowledge of numerous sports, particularly racing, and could easily call any sport if required. More importantly Nick was admired as a gentleman and a friend. He also loved a bet on any sport at any time or place, and in particular he loved a short-priced favourite. In honour of Nick there is a short-priced elect and it will be saluting. HI MANAMEISJEFF (8) returns home following a solid, and somewhat unlucky display in the Victoria Cup won by Act Now. Contesting the prestigious event from a back row draw, the Jason Grimson-trained 6yo had a wall of horse flesh ahead of him down the running, with the son of Art Major hitting the line with intent. However, he was unable to secure the right passage in posting a 6.2m 10th behind the star Emma Stewart-conditioned runner. Prior to heading south H Manameisjeff recorded a quartet of emphatic wins at Menangle, the first in a time of 1:48.9. A wide draw awaits Hi Manameisjeff, but that won’t stop him powering his way across the main body of the field in finding the lead, then the winning post. Just how Nick would have liked, short, but sweet. TASTY DELIGHT (5) strips fitter following two respectable runs back from a spell, the latter when he finished a 20m 5th to Swayzee at Menangle last Sunday. Five pegs, then midfield and three deep nearing the home turn, the classy 5yo worked home stoutly. Peaking in condition and handily drawn, the Brian Portelli trained and driven stable star is ready to run a big race. KANENA PROVLIMA (2) will certainly appreciate the good draw after starting from the outside gate in the race won by Firestorm Red last Sunday. Drifting back to a rearward role the 7yo worked home stoutly out wide in posting a solid 2.7m 4th, with the run in keeping with his recent run of solid displays. This will be a harder task, compared to that field, however, the son of A Rocknroll Dance has been competing consistently in races of this nature, winning one back in mid-September. MACH A VINCI (7) scored in fine fashion two starts back when he recorded a personal best in stopping the clock at 1:49.4 in defeating Our Money Rocks and Tasty Delight. Contesting the 2400m Battle of Beersheba here last Sunday, the Peter Hanson-trained 6yo was never a factor over the final stages in finishing a 20.2m 6th to Swayzee, then again, most of the runners were in a similar situation. The speed will be on and that will suit Mach Da Vinci so don’t ignore his claims as an exotic contender. A fitter FIRE FOX (3) has drawn well and he has claims as a sound exotic player while PETES SAID SO (4) also fits into that category. Classy 4yo RIPP (9) has drawn the outside gate, which is a setback, but the Bernie Hewitt-prepared son of Somebeachbeachsomewhere can’t be left out the multiples. Following stylish back-to-back wins at Headquarters, Ripp had no luck in the Kevin Robinson FFA a couple of weeks ago in recording a 17.2m 9th to Mach Da Vinci, following a tough run outside of the leader. Doug Hewitt will be hoping to have the chance to present the stable star with a kinder run, and that will at least open up the chance to secure a role a lot closer to the winner.

    HI MANAMEISJEFF 1, Tasty Delight 2, Kanena Provlima 3, Mach Da Vinci 4.


    Former Kiwi MISTER ROBIN HOOD (2) debuted in fine style for the Jason Grimson stable, and although the son of Sweet Lou will target a tougher challenge, the draw will assist the gelding in his quest to remain unbeaten on this side of the Tasman. Arriving on these shores with one win from 18 assignments, along with three placings, Mister Robin Hood, the mister added on arrival to avoid confusion with the former Grand Circuit performer, Robin Hood, the 3yo led in comfortably accounting for Dat Lou and Vinkie B, the latter scoring at Menangle on Tuesday. Gate two will await Mister Robin Hood and Cam Hart, who is coming off five winners at Headquarters earlier in the week, will again be in a position to dictate the terms. Mister Robin Hood will also strip fitter following his first engagement in a month. Runner-up in his past three outings, PRINCE OF PEACE (6) is bound to again make his presence known from the outset, then the balance of the contest. The Kerry and Dean McDowell-trained 5yo led when run down late by Riveered at Headquarters a couple of weeks ago. In his current frame of mind, Prince Of Peace will be a worthy opponent. Not wanting to ‘blow his own trumpet’ SATCHMO STRIKES (10) has the ability to play a role in the finish. Formerly based in Victoria, the 6yo ended his previous term of racing with a win at Bendigo last December before returning under the care of Bailey McDonough at Menangle on October 24. Courtesy of the one-one, Satchmo Strikes worked home stoutly in recording a 3.4m 3rd to Riveered and Prince Of Peace. While the son of Sweet Lou will take a higher level of fitness into this contest, the wide gate will make things a shade more difficult. RAKADAN (11) has drawn the outside gate, but the son of Hes Watching remains in the mix of potential threats. Three wins and two placings have been posted by the 3yo from his past six starts, with his latest engagement resulting in a solid all-the-way win at this venue three weeks ago when he defeated Prince Of Peace and Magic Matteo. Despite the degree of difficulty, Rakadan should be competitive with Jack Brown taking the reins for trainer, Jack Trainor. When it comes to building exotic combinations, LOCHART SHARD (1), which has been consistent racing at Penrith of late, has claims courtesy of drawing the pole, TISBURY ROCKS (5), with back-to-back Menangle wins to her credit, FRANCO FORZA (7) are worthy of attention, the latter having no luck at Penrith last start when he suffered a flat tyre.

    MISTER ROBIN HOOD 1, Prince Of Peace 2, Satchmo Strikes 3, Rakadan 4.


    With two runs from a spell raising his level of fitness, former Kiwi KING OF LOVE (1) appeals as the one to beat in the trot. The 5yo son of Love You was contesting his first race since late June when he faced the starter at Menangle a few weeks ago as the latest member of the Joe Conolly team. With Seaton Grima in the sulky, King Of Love led throughout for a decisive victory over Mocca Francy and Aldebaran Yahtzee, despite wanting to drift about in the straight as he had a look at the new surroundings. King Of Love again led in his latest outing on October 24, however, this time around the gelding found Itzfergietime too good. Once again, King Of Love wanted to shift his ground. With a stable name of Spooky, due to his quirky nature, King Of Love will contesting his first race under lights, but Seaton is confident that won’t be a concern in rating him the one to beat, especially from the pole position. SCRUFFY DOOLAN (5) scored here two starts ago in defeating Sunny Gee and Affair De Cover, prior to working home stoutly again, this time finishing a creditable 6.4m 4th behind Doff Your Cap here last week. Trained and driven by Taleah McMullen, the 7yo son of Majestic Son should find this a slightly easier contest so respect his claims. ALDEBARAN TESS (7) has been mixing her form since resuming, with a solid 8.6m 2nd to Doff Your Cap, sandwiched between two unplaced displays. Breaking soon after the start when a 68.3m 8th to Doff Your Cap, the daughter of Muscle Hill certainly has the ability to play a role in the finish. The Grant Forrest-prepared THEBESTBOURBON (10) resumed with a creditable 5m 4th to Scruffy Doolan recently and with the benefit of that outing the mare is worthy of more than a passing thought when looking for the winner. Although, the outside gate has added to the degree of difficulty. ONE MAJIC KENNY (9) has been up to his usual tricks of late, but prior to his past two displays, the 6yo was responsible for a couple of solid performances. If he behaves, then he’s a threat. Others to consider for the exotics are SUNNY GEE (6), ITZFERGIETIME (2) and SIMONE LINDENNY (3).

    KING OF LOVE 1, Scruffy Doolan 2, Aldebaran Tess 3, Thebestbourbon 4.



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