Exeter mentor James Rattray hold the key to the opening event, courtesy of three definite contenders, with ROSSINI (4), WHEREYABINBOPPIN (5) and the intriguing newcomer to the stable, former Victorian TINDER SURPRISE (10). Dean Cernovskis has been booked to drive Whereyabinboppin and he goes on top after some recent handy displays in stronger fields. After scoring here back in January, the 6yo then finished runner-up behind Line Up and Cruz, respectively, before a couple of handy unplaced efforts in races won by Alta Orlando and Mach Da Vinci. The son of A Rocknroll Dance then contested the G3 Wagga Cup and en route to finishing a respectable 7m 5th to Mach Shard, he found trouble which added further merit to the performance. Handily drawn and with the gate speed to be in the mix from the outset, Whereyabinboppin is certainly worth the gamble. TINDER SURPRISE (10) has been off the scene since last August when his form was consistent while under the care of Kerryn Manning. The 5yo has had his issues, which has resulted in just 14 starts, six resulting in wins while four have been placed efforts. Unable to officially trial the son of Betterthancheddar, due to the recent wet weather playing havoc with the trials, Rattray is still expecting a bold showing. Hannah Rixon, who is driving in good form, will take the reins. The fact that Rattray has selected ROSSINI (4) has his drive is no doubt a strong pointer to his prospects. The son of Mach Three resumed from a spell with a solid win over Yianni and Forever Yin at Wagga a few weeks ago and will strip fitter as a result. Suitably drawn, Rossini will be prominently placed from the outset and that will assist in another competitive showing. ROMAN AVIATOR (3) broke through for a deserving win last week and although a harder task awaits, the son of Mr Feelgood is capable of being a threat from his good draw. ASHARK (7) is coming off a solid 2nd to Alpine Stride a week ago so don’t ignore him as a threat while LA PUDDIE (8) had no luck securing a clear run when a luckless 3.5m 4th in the same race. The wider gate is a concern but the 5yo is racing with plenty of confidence.
WHEREYABINBOPPIN 1, Tinder Surprise 2, Rossini 3, Roman Aviator 4.
The David Aiken-trained MALCOLMS RHYTHM (7) scored here last November when he proved a shade too good for Spirit Of St Louis, which went on to bigger and better things, and Line Up, but has managed just four placings from his subsequent 11 starts. However, some of those unplaced efforts where in quality company and he certainly wasn’t disgraced. The 6yo looks suitably placed in this field, despite drawing wide, and with his latest effort resulting in a solid 2.6m 3rd behind Bulletproof Boy and Shortys Mate at Melton a week ago, the son of Art Major should take a power of beating. MAKE MINE MEMPHIS (8) had every chance last week when a 3.8m 4th to Mach Shard, and while he hasn’t managed to greet the judge since last September, the consistent 6yo must be included in the top bracket of chances. The wider gate is a concern but the Bernie Hewitt trained and driven son of Rock N Roll Heaven is capable of being actively involved in the finish. Following three solid trial wins in readiness for his return, LACEYS LAD (6) posted a sound 7.6m 6th to Roman Aviator last week when first-up from a two month spell. Prepared by Mark Callaghan the 7yo son of Lis Mara drew wide and hit the line nicely from a midfield role, and with the benefit of that run and a better draw, Laceys Lad is worthy of keeping safe. A fitter PUMP THE BRAKES (3) has drawn suitably and is ready to give a good account while DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (2) and JIMMY LOCKE (9) have claims when it comes to the multiples.
MALCOLMS RHYTHM 1, Make Mine Memphis 2, Laceys Lad 3, Pump The Brakes 4.
Following a dominant performance in scoring here two weeks ago, track specialist CASH N FLOW (9) looks the one to run down once again. Showing his usual high-level of intent when the mobile pulls clear of the field, Cash N Flow had little trouble crossing from five in dictating the terms of the Bill Green Cup, en route to comfortably accounting for The Mustang and Stingray Tara, with Jack Callaghan allowing the 9yo to dash up the straight in a 26.9 final quarter. The scratching of Mister Brazil will allow Cash N Flow to occupy gate eight and that will further assist in his quest to cross to the markers and dictate the terms to perfection. BAD TO THE BONE (4) broke through for a deserving win two starts ago, then ran on stoutly from a midfield role when a solid 3.2m 3rd behind Mach Shard last week. With the benefit of a better draw the 5yo will again be a threat as the son of Bettors Delight should occupy a favourable role from the outset. ALPINE STRIDE (5) drew wide when a handy 11.7m 7th to Cash N Flow, prior to greeting the judge a week ago in defeating Ashark and Send It. The Darren Binskin trained and driven 8yo will appreciate a kinder draw this time around and he can’t be ignored as a threat. THE MUSTANG (3) is drawn to again make his presence felt while PERFECT STRIDE (8) recorded a creditable 7.3m 4th to Cash N Flow when having his first run for Jack Trainor. The 5yo certainly has the ability to be involved in the finish so don’t write him off. ROCKIN MARTY (2) has the chance to stake a claim as an exotic player after drawing ideally.
CASH N FLOW 1, Bad To The Bone 2, The Mustang 3, Alpine Stride 4.
Despite being the least experienced runner in the field and drawing deep, ALWAYS THUNDER (11) is poised to carry on the good work being enjoyed by the ‘high-flying’ Bernie Hewitt stable. The Georges Plain mentor has been collecting trophies on a regular basis of late and Always Thunder is ready to post the third win of his career. Boasting wins in two of his past three starts, the 4yo son of Courage Under Fire is coming off a comfortable all-the-way win at Coolamon on April 18, with Killara Eagle and Our Lady Lara filling the minors. Bernie elected to send Always Thunder around at the Bathurst trials on Monday, which resulted in a stylish win, ensuring that gelding was finely tuned for this challenge. MOSSMAN (5) looms as the main threat to Always Thunder after drawing suitably. Runner-up on three consecutive occasions, the past couple behind two smart types in Arma Renegade and Sugar Apple, respectively, the 5yo son of Terror To Love has posted back-to-back wins, the latter defeating Lydia Loveday and Im Ok at Wagga in a qualifying event of this race. Trainer Paul Brown has made the important booking of Luke McCarthy and that is a significant guide to Mossman’s claims. BURNS BAY (6) has won three of his five starts since a spell and while this will be a tougher test, the 6yo is capable of making a play for a role in the finish. KULARNI COURAGE (8) is a consistent type with definite exotic prospects while IM OK (1), WAYOUTWEST (7) and GLENN FORD (12) also fall into that category.
ALWAYS THUNDER 1, Mossman 2, Burns Bay 3, Kularni Courage 4.
The G1 La Coocaracha will see the return to racing of the Belinda McCarthy-trained ALDEBARAN REVANI (7). The former northern hemisphere mare created a big impression when she recorded six-straight wins at this venue, the latest on October 9 when she defeated Funky Monkey. Spelled after that run the daughter of Donato Hanover headed to Victoria for her next assignment, three months after heading to the paddock. However, in three assignments south of the border, the 5yo mare failed to make her presence felt, culminating in a 34.4m 8th to Temporale in a heat of the Great Southern Star. Aldebaran Revani hasn’t officially trialled but it can be taken for granted that the stable have her ready to be a serious contender for the trophy. HOPEFUL BEAUTY (9) was in a challenging position when she broke in recording a 10.5m 4th to the exciting prospect Mufasa Metro at Melton a week ago. There is little doubt that the classy Anton Golino-trained mare should have played a far more pro-active role in the finish. Prior to that mishap the daughter of Brillianttissime posted a couple of stylish wins and although this will be her first Menangle experience, Hopeful Beauty will be suited here so respect her claims. Astute trotting mentor Brent Lilley will be represented by QUEEN ELIDA (11), with the outstanding daughter of Love You to be driven by Chris Alford. When last in work the mare contested seven races and greeted the judge on each occasion, the latest on November 21 when she accounted for Keayang Xena and Banglez in the 3YO Crown for fillies. Resuming a week ago at Melton, Queen Elida was brace in defeat when a closing 5.6m 2nd to Mufasa Metro, which is highly-regarded by trainer John Justice. Despite coming up with a wide gate, Queen Elida will take a power of beating. When forming exotic investments ALDEBARAN CRESCENT (12) should be included, along with ILLAWONG STARDUST (8).
ALDEBARAN REVANI 1, Hopeful Beauty 2, Queen Elida 3, Aldebaran Crescent 4.
Champion mare LADIES IN RED (10) will face the starter for the first time in her brilliant at Menangle, and although a wide gate appears next to her name for the running of the G1 APG Gold Bullion for her age and sex, the Emma Stewart-trained daughter of Mach Three will collect the 19th win of her career from just 22 starts. The other three runs resulted in Ladies In Red finishing second. Spelled after claiming another feature event, the final of the Vicbred 3YO Fillies at Melton on December 31, Ladies In Red overcame a back row draw and a three deep trip in finding the lead when too good for her two classy stablemates in Joanna and Tough Tilly, with the trio again poised to fill the top three spots. Nathan Jack, who has returned from an enforced stint on the sidelines in outstanding form, will again takes the reins behind Ladies In Red. JOANNA (4) has finished runner-up to Ladies In Red in three of her past five starts and her record of 29 starts for 12 wins and 11 placings is certainly of the highest quality. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, as per usual, tried hard when a 3.3m 2nd to Ladies In Red at Ballarat. That was also her first run back from a spell and with gate four an appealing starting point, Joanna will again be in the mix from the outset in the hope of turning the tables. TOUGH TILLY (7), like Joanna, can boast wonderful stats, but will again be forced to fill a minor role. Resuming in the same race as Ladies In Red and Joanna, the daughter of Captaintreacherous was held up for a run when a closing 7.2m third. While stripping fitter, Tough Tilly will need to produce a big effort to upset her illustrious stablemate. Outside of the likely Emma Stewart trifecta, Queensland Oaks winner MOMENTSLIKETHESE (11), SOHO ALMASI (1), HEAVEN ISLAND (9) and BETTOR BE KEPT (5) appeal as likely contenders for a minor role.
LADIES IN RED 1, Joanna 2, Tough Tilly 3, Momentslikethese 4.
The G1 4YO Entires and Geldings trophy is up for grabs and once again, the powerful Emma Stewart stable will provide the two major contenders in BEYOND DELIGHT (9) and ACT NOW (12). If the two reserves don’t come off the bench, then Beyond Delight will launch his claim from seven and, that will be a suitable starting point for the outstanding son of Bettors Delight. The 4yo has contested two races at this venue, finishing unplaced on each occasion, but far from being disgraced. Following a 7.3m 5th to Rock N Roll Doo in the G2 Paleface Adios, Beyond Delight recorded a respectable 11.8m 4th behind Better Eclipse in the G1 Chariots Of Fire. Spelled on returning home, the classy 4yo resumed with an easy win at Ballarat before heading back to that particular venue on April 27 in proving too good for Act Now and Treacherous Rock. Peaking in condition, Beyond Delight will attack this challenge with a high degree of confidence. ACT NOW (12) is also overflowing with plenty of class and while the draw is a hurdle, the son of Somebeachsomewhere is more than capable of stretching the neck of his stablemate. Act Now also contested the Paleface Adios, with his effort resulting in an unlucky 8m 7th after competing from behind the leader and having little luck in the run home. There is little doubt he should have been far more involved in the finish. Act Now attempted to lead throughout when beaten 4m by Beyond Delight at Ballarat, but his stablemate was able to enjoy a kind stalking role. IDEAL DAN (3), which was formerly a stablemate of Beyond Delight and Act Now, is unbeaten in five runs for Jason Grimson, and although this will be a tougher test since heading north, the son of American Ideal is capable of a bold showing after drawing ideally. MIGHTY RONALDO (10) arrives from WA as the winner of his past three, but this will definitely be a harder test. Just the same, the Justin Prentice-trained 4yo stays under notice when it comes to the multiples. ARTILLERY (1) is drawn to make a play for exotic players while DRAIN THE SWAMP (5) and DANCEFORME (4) are also capable of adding some value to pay-out.
BEYOND DELIGHT 1, Act Now 2, Ideal Dan 3, Mighty Ronaldo 4.
We all need some ‘tough love’ at some stage in our lives and punters will be banking on TOUGH LOVE (3) when it comes to the running of the NSW Trotters Derby. The Rickie Alchin trained and driven daughter of Love You has drawn ideally in gate two, which is less the first reserve, and that will allow the Menangle-based duo to take control of this event from the outset. Since resuming from a spell the filly has been impressive winning all three assignments and although the opposition will be harder, courtesy of the Victorian’s, Tough Love is clearly the one to beat. The Brent Lilley stable will provide an interesting opponent for Tough Love when TAIMATE SASS (5) takes to the track. The chestnut filly is coming off a gritty win at Bendigo and with a suitable draw assisting her, the 3yo, which is also a daughter of Love You, is capable of keeping Tough Love honest. PARIS KAY (7) tried hard to peg back Tough Love when they clashed a couple of weeks ago, but the Jarrod Alchin filly was far from being disgraced in posting a gritty 2.3m second. expect to see the consistent daughter of Sebastian K give another good account while AMANDINE (4), which is another of the southern raiders, continues to show potential for the strong Anton Golino stable and her claims can’t be denied when it comes to the multiples. ITZFERGIETIME (9) and ALDEBARAN MISTY (8) are also worthy inclusions when it comes to exotic transactions.
TOUGH LOVE 1, Taimate Sass 2, Paris Kay 3, Amandine 4.
In what appears to be one of the more, if not the toughest races on the card to sort out, the Blake Fitzpatrick-trained BREIVIKA (3) appeals as the one to beat after the mare drew suitably close to the markers. Following a stylish win at Bathurst, Breivika then recorded a 12.3m 7th to Elektra two weeks ago after enjoying a cosy run behind the leader. Sofia Arvidsson, who is driving in superb touch, will again takes the reins after Blake had the driving duties last time out. From the good draw, Sofia will have the chance to place the 4yo in, or near the lead, from the outset and that will lay the foundations for a bold showing. CAPTAIN CRUSADER (6) returns to a suitable challenge after an 18.4m 5th to Ideal Dan. Although without a win since last October, Captain Crusader has been thereabouts on most occasions and this should be a suitable test of his talent. MAJOR JAROD (9) is racing in the best form of his career, and although the draw hasn’t been kind, the Stephen Farrugia-trained son of Art Major will make his presence felt. VANISH HANOVER (4) has been handy in four runs back and draws to be a threat, which leaves MACH DADDY (5), CHAMPONIX (10) and BRIDGE COIN (11) as value exotic contenders.
BREIVIKA 1, Captain Crusader 2, Major Jarod 3, Vanish Hanover 4.
This looks to be an ideal assignment for the Anton Golino-conditioned ALWAYS READY (7), with the classy son of Ready Cash to end the night by getting the cash for his supporters. Runner-up in the Scotch Notch and the Uncle Petrika FFA behind Sundons Courage and Credit Master, respectively, Always Ready overcame a 20m hcp, firstly working three deep, then secondly when he found the top, en route to defeating Illawong Stardust and Robbie Royale in the Bendigo Trotters Cup a month ago. Despite a ‘touch’ deep, Always Ready will prove too good for his rivals. ON ADVICE (5) broke through for a deserving win last week over Dance Secret and Son Of Patrick. The consistent 4yo will again give a good account, along with his new stablemate GUS AN MAORI (9), which has been off the scene since December 2020. The former Victorian is now under the care of Blake Fitzpatrick and on the back of a sound trial win, his second under Blake’s care, the 10yo is worth keeping safe. A favourite of Sofia Arvidsson’s when based in Victoria, Gus An Maori will be reunited with the in-form reinswoman. KYVALLEY CHIEF (6) is better than recent numbers would suggest so consider the Victorian when forming exotic transactions, along with RAVE ON HALL (4).
ALWAYS READY 1, On Advice 2, Gus An Maori 3, Kyvalley Chief 4.