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    All the winners for Menangle’s massive APG meeting on Saturday night All the winners for Menangle’s massive APG meeting on Saturday night


    RACE ONE: The all-conquering combination of trainer Jason Grimson and driver Cam Hart will be looking to continue on their winning way, courtesy of... All the winners for Menangle’s massive APG meeting on Saturday night


    The all-conquering combination of trainer Jason Grimson and driver Cam Hart will be looking to continue on their winning way, courtesy of quality mare JO AN JO (3), with an ideal draw adding further appeal to her claims of greeting the judge. Following a stylish win in the Go Girlfriend Final at Menangle on March 18, defeating Patsy Valentine and Captains Queen, the daughter of Bettors Delight recorded a costly 2nd to Anna Love a few weeks later, also at Headquarters. After missing the start, then working to take up the running, Jo An Jo was brave in defeat, going down by just over a metre to the Brad Hewitt trained and driven mare. Providing the mare does everything right this time, and that should be the case, the seventh win of her career will be on offer. Looming as a serious threat will be the Jarrod Alchin-prepared ROMANEE (7) who is definitely on the verge of another win. The 5yo son of Bettors Delight scored three runs ago, with two solid placings coming his way since, the latter a week ago when he worked home strongly in finishing a neck behind Three Rivers, coming from a rearward role in the process. Despite drawing out wider for this challenge, Romanee must be respected. JUST AS WELL (4) posted back-to-back wins at Headquarters, prior to finishing fourth in each of her past two engagements. The latter, which was a week ago when beaten 6.2m by Bridwood Bella, was an unlucky display as the Belinda McCarthy-trained daughter of Well said galloped out, resulting in the mare settling well-back on the pegs. The 5yo did work to the line in fine fashion and if focused from the outset, Just As Well should be in the firing line from the outset in making her presence felt. JALANEEL (8) returned to racing a week ago, with a pleasing 12.8m 8th to Rocket Boy, coming from a rearward role in the process. The Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven son of Heston Blue Chip strips fitter, and although confronted by another wide gate, a competitive showing wouldn’t surprise. When forming multiple transactions, LOCHIEL (9), TIN TIN JO (5) and ROCKET BOY (11), which scored in fine fashion last week, but faces a tougher task and a tricky draw, should be considered. If ROCK OF DELIGHT (6) is always a suitable addition as the son of Art Major, while he doesn’t win out of turn, is always around the money.

    JO AN JO 1, Romanee 2, Just As Well 3, Jalaneel 4.


    This event has been named after one of Australia’s champion lady cricketers, Julie Stockton, who will be on-course for a special interview, which will be on the National Trotguide website on Monday. Julie had a remarkable and record-breaking career, both for the iconic Baggy Green and NSW. PORT AU PRINCE (7) doesn’t know how to run a bad race, with the Carousel and Renshaw Cup winner, entitled to top billing in a tough and competitive race. The classy son of Somebeachsomewhere was game in defeat last week, when the 5yo found Cantfindabettorman a shade too classy. And that isn’t surprising as the Belinda McCarthy-prepared 4yo did finish a gallant 3rd to Catch a Wave and Captain Ravishing in the Chariots of Fire. Port Au Prince has drawn a ‘touch’ deep, but Robbie Morris will have the Lucky Lodge entrant, out and running from the outset, in search of a prominent role. The clash between Port Au Prince and the classy Queenslander, SPEAK THE TRUTH (3) is likely to decide the outcome. The Shannon Price-trained son of Bettors Delight has contested 13 races, winning eight while grabbing four placings along the way, three as runner-up. Speak The Truth resumed from a spell at Albion Park last week and was responsible for a tough and smart win over another fine performer in Tims A Trooper. Striping fitter for his first assignment since May/2022, Speak The Truth will have a big say in the outcome. As per usual, WOW HES A ROCK STAR (6) ran his usual honest race when a creditable 9.8m 5th behind Cantfindabettorman. The 5yo will be in the mix from the outset in proving a worthy exotic contender and a possible surprise winner. THREE RIVERS (2) is coming off a solid win a week ago, accounting for Romanee and Bettor Step Aside. Luke McCarthy has a good opinion of this 5yo son of The Gold Ace so expect another bold showing from his ideal draw. Gallant mare LITTLE BLISS (5) posted a deserving win a week ago, and although a harder task awaits, the mare remains in the multiple mix, along with MR BOHANNAN (1), STAR MAJOR (4) and SUMOMENTSOMEWHERE (10), which is a stablemate of Speak The Truth, and a consistent performer at this venue on previous visits.

    PORT AU PRINCE 1, Speak The Truth 2, Wow Hes A Rock Star 3, Three Rivers 4.


    This will be the first of seven feature events conducted under the APG Gold Bullion banner, with the 3YO Fillies, first-up. Already with four ‘majors’ to her credit, JEWEL MELODY (1) will have first shot at the title after the Bernie Hewitt trained and driven filly drew ideally in gate one. The daughter of Captaintreacherous qualified for this event with a tough, determined and stylish win at Menangle on Monday. Caught outside of the leader and, odds-on elect in Peaceful, Bernie remained cool, calm, collected and confident as Jewel Melody powered past her talented rival. Courtesy of drawing the pole, Jewel Melody has the chance to dictate from the outset, and that will certainly go a long way towards greeting the judge for the 10th time from just 21 starts. The only threat to Jewel Melody, apart from the ‘great uncertainty of racing, ‘which happens every now and then, will be another classy filly in PEACEFUL (6). Formerly with Cam Ross, and now under the care of Belinda McCarthy, the daughter of Sweet Lou has had two runs for the stable, resulting in a win and a last-start 2.5m 2nd to Jewel melody. Jack Callaghan gave Peaceful every opportunity to snare the 6th win of her career, but the winner had all the answers. Less one of the reserves and Peaceful will occupy gate five, which will allow Jack to have her off the arm in a confident manner. The pair will fight out the finish. PROMISELAND (5) is an honest filly with a last-start all-the-way to her credit at this venue on Monday. The Michael Doltoff-trained daughter of Bettors Delight will again be driven by Luke McCarthy and with the draw being a positive, Promiseland won’t be far away when the judge calls a halt. Another Sloys runner in ROLL WITH SLOY (8) has been racing in a confident frame of mind over the past couple of months and the Roll With Joe is worthy of attention when it comes to the multiples. When it comes to exotics, CASTELLA DELLACQUA (4) is a suitable type for such a transaction as the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven daughter of Captaintreacherous has been placed in five of her eight encounters. MOST TRIUMPHANT (10) has a tough draw for this harder challenge, but the Highview Tommy filly will be a value player.

    JEWEL MELODY 1, Peaceful 2, Promiseland 3, Roll With Sloy 4.


    The 3YO Colts & Geldings Final should go the way of the Belinda McCarthy-trained SWEETHEART BART (1), who has both the form and the draw to ensure that he claims the major share of the prizemoney. Four starts back and Sweetheart Bart finished a solid 6.3m 3rd to Naturally Gifted in a heat of the NSW Derby and, followed that display with a 14.8m 4th to Better Be The Best in the G1 ‘blue ribbon’ event. A repeat of those runs would be enough to see the Sweet Lou colt cruise to victory in this field. However, following an all-the-way win at Bathurst in a heat of the Gold Chalice, Sweetheart Bart was safely held when a 7.3m 6th behind Bainbridge at the same venue at Bathurst. Attacking this race fresh, Sweetheart Bart is poised to dictate the terms from start to finish. The main threat will come from stablemate DON HUGO (8) who has an acceptable record to date, with two wins and six placings from 13 starts. Formerly based in Victoria where he was under the care of Emma Stewart, the Art Major 3yo finished a useful 13.7m 5th to Alta Meteor in a heat of the NSW Derby, prior to commencing his career for ‘Team McCarthy’ with a 1.5m 2nd to the classy Naturally Gifted in a heat of the Gold Chalice at Bathurst on March 20. Drawing the inside of the back row for the final, which resulted in a kind run behind the leader, Don Hugo posted a handy 9m 7th behind Bainbridge. With the benefit of a recent solid trial win at Menangle, Don Hugo is primed for a bold showing. The Alistair Copps-conditioned ITS DOWN TO DIGGER (6) is coming off an all-the-way win at Newcastle in a far easier assignment. The Always B Miki 3yo has always shown above-average talent so don’t ignore his claims when sorting out exotic investments. AGIFTFROMTHEANGELS (2) had been racing consistently before his latest run, so from the good draw include the son of Sweet Lou in the multiples, along with HORN PLAYER (3), which has been trialing well enough for his return, and ENSTEIN (5).

    SWEETHEART BART 1, Don Hugo 2, Down To Digger 3, Agiftfromtheangels 4.


    If both reserves remained benched, then the Nathan Jack-trained EYE BELIEVE (6) will take a power of beating. To be driven by Amanda Turnbull, Eye Believe will launch her claim from gate four, and that will present the daughter of Captaintreacherous with the opportunity to dictate the terms. The 2yo filly has led in all three of her engagements to date, which resulted in finishing runner-up in both a heat of the Gold Tiara and the G1 Final when beaten 2.3m by the exciting prospect Lux Arterna from the Rickie Alchin barn. Spelled after that challenge on March 25, Eye Believe resumed with a solid all-the-way win in a heat of this event, comfortably accounting for Eureka Jo and Decree Of Force. As per usual, when it comes to feature events, the powerful Emma Stewart will provide outstanding contenders for the title. On this occasion DECREE OF FORCE (10) and EUREKA JO (12) will fly the flag. The pair debuted in the same race won by Eye Believe, with Decree Of Force finishing an 8m 3rd, four metres behind Eureka Jo, which split the winner and her stablemate. Decree Of Force will be driven by Miracle Mile winning reinswoman Kate Gath. Working to occupy the role outside of the leader, after being restrained at the start, the Art Major filly battled on stoutly and she will derive a great deal from her maiden voyage. It will be a slight advantage to Decree Of Force over Eureka jo, who will leave from the outside gate. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Eureka Jo , who will have the services of Mark Pitt, started her career from gate one, which resulted in a kind run behind the leader. This will be a tougher test, but the fully will be tough to beat, regardless of the draw. A couple of inter-state visitors will provide the ‘x-factor,’ with the Shannon Price-trained Queenslander MORE SASS (9) and the WA based XCEPTIONAL ARMA (4) bringing strong form to the table. MORE SASS is unbeaten in three starts and has led each time, the latest at AP two weeks ago when she greeted the judge in fine fashion. XCEPTIONAL ARMA (4) is a member of the astute Colin Brown team, and has recorded three wins and three placings, all as runner-up, from her six assignments. The daughter of Xceptional Arma has led or raced outside of the leader, so from her good draw, Colin is bound to have one thought in mind and that is to be in the mix from the outset. This will be a harder test for both visitors, but they know how to get the job done. LUVARESCHS (2) is an honest filly and from the pole, Robert Morris will have the Aaron Goadsby-trained daughter of Art Major going about her business in a comfortable, stalking role. That will assist her exotic prospects. The Michael Stanley trained and driven SOHO VESPER LAND (8) finished 4th to Eye Believe in her heat, but a wide gate will likely restrict the filly to a minor role in the exotics. The likes of BOLERO (11), AELLA BY (7) and LIBBY LOU (3) have commenced their careers with promising efforts, however, this may be a tough task.

    EYE BELIEVE 1, Decree Of Force 2, Eureka Jo 3, More Sass 4.


    Trainer Jarrod Alchin has always had a big opinion of MY ULTIMATE RONNIE (1) while driver Cam Hart is also a huge fan of the 4yo son of Bettors Delight. And, with 15 wins and four placings from 24 starts, it is not hard to see why they have so much respect for the entire. Following a 5m 4th to Republican Party in the G3 Hondo Grattan, then a gallant 11.5m 4th behind Catch A Wave in the Chariots of Fire on February 18, My Ultimate Ronnie headed to the paddock for a few weeks of rest, prior to resuming with a gritty win at Wagga on March 31, accounting for Tasty delight and Curly James. A week later and despite drawing the back row, a fitter My Ultimate Ronnie circled the field in taking up the running, en route to defeating Curly James and Bettor Isolate in the $100,000 Final of the Milbrae Quarries. To qualifying for his upcoming challenge, My Ultimate Ronnie led in defeating Lightning Dan and Chap Daddy at Menangle on Monday, with Cam allowing him to wrap up his work in a blistering 25.6. Peaking in condition and drawing ideally, My Ultimate Ronnie looks ideally poised to dictate from start to finish. Looming as the main threat is another strong heat winner in RIPP (3). Following a highly-successful career as a two and three-year-old, the Bernie Hewitt-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere had a slow start to his latest season of racing, managing just one win from seven starts, with his other outings all resulting in unplaced appearances. However, the 4yo bounced back strongly with a determined win here on Monday and with Doug Hewitt in the sulky, Ripp looks to be back on track. Suitably drawn in three, Doug will be keen to have My Ultimate Ronnie well-within his sights from the outset. LIGHTNING DAN (2) did a fine job in running My Ultimate Ronnie to a 1.7m margin on Monday after enjoying a kind run behind the short-priced favourite. Jack Callaghan will again be keen to grab the back of My Ultimate Ronnie and after hitting the line strongly last time out, the Jason Grimson-trained son of Captaintreacherous is capable of reversing the result. With the ‘big three’ all drawing ideally, it will make the task for the remaining runners a lot more difficult. SMALTESE (9) was game in running 2nd to Ripp, but he wide gate is a hurdle. The Brian Portelli trained and driven son of Sweet Lou must be included in exotic discussion while BLACK ONYX (10), ALLSTARZZZ FRANKIE (7) are also worthy of attention in that department.

    MY ULTIMATE RONNIE 1, Ripp 2, Lightning Dan 3, Smaltese 4.


    The 2YO C&G’s final will feature three strong candidates from the Emma Stewart stable, with STORMRYDER (5) appearing to be another exciting prospect from her Cardigan training establishment. The son of Captaintreacherous made a bold statement on debut that he was a talent, leading throughout in winning by 35m at Maryborough on April 10, with Mark Pitt still having a good hold of the reins as they crossed the line. A week later, and contesting a heat of this series at Melton, Stormryder again led, and again greeted the judge, this time by 11.5m over Hammer Dan and Carramar Olam. And, once again, the youngster appeared to have plenty in reserve as he covered the final 400m in 27.1. With the 2nd reserve remaining on the sidelines and Stormryder will face the starter from gate four, so Mart Pitt will again have the opportunity to set the tempo. This will be a harder task for Stormryder, courtesy of stablemates WAR DAN BUDDY (6) and PRIORITISE (2). Cam Hart has been called upon by the stable to take the reins behind War Dan Buddy who was impressive in winning his heat at Melton when Pitt guided him to a 13.7m win. Runner-up to Dangerous Threats in the consolation of the Gold Crown Silver contest at Bathurst on March 22, the Art Major colt will benefit a great deal from his latest run. Prioritise debuted with a pleasing 13.7m 2nd to War Dan Buddy and with gate two next to his name, the Bettors Delight colt is bound to give a bold showing. Andy and Kate Gath return to Menangle, following their Miracle Mile success, with HAMMER DAN (12) representing the stable. The son of Vincent has two wins and a couple of placings to show for his five engagements so far, with his latest appearance resulting in a game 11.5m 2nd to Stormryder. The outside gate is a concern, but the colt can’t be ignored when it comes to the multiples. SOHO SPECTRE (9) has won four of five for Rickie Alchin and while this a harder test, the Art Major youngster is bound to make his presence felt. TEN TO THE DOZEN (3) will represent WA and the Bond family. Luke McCarthy has been booked to the reins and with four wins and two placings from seven starts, the son of Art Major can’t be taken lightly, especially from gate three. Ten To The Dozen has led in each of his wins so the early battle for prominent spots will be intriguing. RAVISHING SLOY (7) and VITE MONET (11) have displayed potential in their brief careers to date so at the value on offer, keep them safe in exotic transactions.

    STORMRYDER 1, War Dan Buddy 2, Prioritise 3, Hammer Dan 4.


    Following an impressive debut performance at Menangle on April 18, Queensland-based youngster AGENT BLACK (7) will take a power of beating. Trained and driven by star Queenslander Shane Graham, the son of Sebastian K started an odds-on elect and, at no stage did the colt look in danger of defeat. Dictating the terms from the outset, Shane dictated the terms to perfection, resulting in a comfortable 10m win. It could have been more if so desired. Agent Black will again stamp his authority on the race from the outset and that will ensure that the youngster takes out the Gold Bullion event for young trotters. The Matthew Craven-trained THE FIERY SUNSET (6) has been placed in two of her three starts, the latest when a pleasing 6.4m 2nd to Star Of Patrick at Melton. Doing her best work over the final stages, the daughter of Aldebaran Eagle appears to be improving with experience and with Luke McCarthy booked to handle the driving duties, the filly is bound to give Agent Black something to think about. STAR OF PATRICK (9) has drawn the outside gate, but the Brad Angove-conditioned son of Father Patrick has had a promising start to his career. Following a couple of placings to commence his career, the gelding greeted the judge at start number four when led in taking out his heat at Melton over The Fiery Sunset and Stately Salome. The outside gate will await Star Of Patrick and Ryan Duffy, but the pair and bound to be in the mix from the outset. STATELY SALOME (2) is coming off a promising, but costly effort when a 6.7m 3rd, in a field of three, behind Star Of Patrick at Melton. With the benefit of an ideal draw, the Peter Manning-trained daughter of Im Stately should be linked to exotic combinations. Darren Hancock has been booked to handle the driving duties. MYTHICAL RAINBOW (3) and GIN TONIQUE (4) were safely held behind Agent Black but could provide plenty of value if they happen to sneak a minor role in the finish.

    AGENT BLACK 1, The Fiery Sunset 2, Star Of Patrick 3, Stately Salome 4.


    The APG Gold Bullion Final for Mares requires little discussion as the classy MADRID (7) will lead, coast through the majority of the 1609m before sizzling home over the final 400m in greeting the judge for the 16th time in her exciting career. The Jarrod Alchin-trained and Jack Callaghan-driven daughter of the champion Bling It On, will start the shortest-priced elect on the card, so exotic transactions will be the only way to play this race. The battle for being ‘next best’ will keenly contested, so with the prospect of receiving a kind run, courtesy of gate two, SMOOTH BOB BON (2) looks the way to go. Resuming from a spell, the Steve Turnbull-trained mare recorded a pleasing 3rd to Madrid on Monday, however, the margin was 31.8m fitter, Smooth Bon Bon and Mitch Turnbull will be hoping to land the back of Madrid and follow her home. The Scott Hewitt trained and driven ZENXENA (3) is also a definite player when it comes to the multiples. The Art Major finished a well-beaten 6th in the above-mentioned race; however, she is a more than useful type and a better showing wouldn’t be a surprise. LADY DELIGHT (6) has been placed in two of three runs since a spell, the latest when a 30.4m 2nd to Madrid. The Narelle McCarthy-trained Bettors Delight mare has drawn wide but John McCarthy will find a suitable role in running so that mare can figure in the placings. DANCE WITH SOMBODY (5) finished 4th on Monday and is the other exotic contender.

    MADRID 1, Smooth Bob Bon 2, Zenxena 3, Lady Delight 4.

    RACE 10:

    With a far higher level of fitness assisting her, classy mare FUNKY MONKEY (6) looks ready to greet the judge. Following an enforced lay-off, the 6yo daughter of Monkey Bones resumed with a solid metre 2nd to Aldebaran Tess on April 1, then followed that game display with a 6.8m 3rd, to Aldebaran Tess and Phoebe Onyx two weeks ago. This looks to be an ideal assignment for Funky Money, who has nine wins and four placings to show for her 17 assignments on her home track. REGAL ATTIRE (7) showed the benefit of recent racing when he overcame a 20m hcp, and a tough run outside the leader, in defeating Stress Factor and Sunny Gee a week ago. The son of Muscle Hill attacks this race as one of the major contenders. CREDIT MASTER (9) may be a shade or two below his brilliant best, but the Mattie Craven-trained son of Muscle Mass can’t be taken lightly. The 9yo has shown more commitment of late, chalking up a couple of placings at Melton, either side of a 31m 4th to Bullion Harry. A G1 winner at this venue back in March 2022, Credit Master stays under notice. VAN SANK (8), another member of the Shannon Price team, also has enjoyed success at this venue, having won twice from six starts while collecting a couple of placings. The son of Trixton finished a 15.5m 5th behind Aldebaran Zeus in the G1 Hammerhead Mile back on March 4, with a recent 28.6m trial win at Albion Park having him ready to run a bold race. SUNNY GEE (10), PHOEBE ONYX (5), RAVE ON HALL (4) and VALLEY STAR (2) can’t be ignored as exotic players.

    FUNKY MONKEY 1, Regal Attire 2, Van Sank 2, Credit Master 4.


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