December 5, 2021 Michael Court
Jack Trainor holds the key to this particular G3 NSWBC Eastern Regional for 3YO C&G’s, with the stable represented by STRAVINSKY (2) and ROCKET BOY (6). The duo are racing in fine fashion and Jack’s decision on who he will partner may influence betting trends at this stage. Rocket Boy, despite drawing four spots deeper on the track, gains the nod. The Art Major 3yo hasn’t finished further back than 4th from his past nine engagements, with four wins and three placings in the mix. During the NSWBC Challenge series, which was conducted at Menangle during October, Rocket Boy finished 4th to Titian Raider and Bar Room Banta, respectively, in his semi-final and ultimately the Grand Final. Following that series, the Regional’s commenced and Rocket Boy led in defeating Lets Get Rockin and Heston Zoolander. Rocket Boy will again be looking to dictate the terms, providing his stablemate is kind enough to take a trail. STRAVINSKY (2) was formerly under the care of James McPherson, however, when the Sunshine Beach colt stepped out at Penrith a couple of weeks ago, Jack was down as the trainer. Despite having little luck from a wide gate, Stravinsky greeted the judge in fine fashion, leaving Our Action Man and The Poobah to fill the minors. LETS GET ROCKIN (7) resumed from a spell with a solid win at Penrith, prior to finished in the placings in four of his subsequent five starts. Prepared by Michael Doltoff and to be driven Jack Callaghan, Lets Get Rockin is coming off a gritty 2nd behind Rocket Boy and another competitive showing can be expected. OUR ACTION MAN (10) will launch his claim from the 2nd row, and although that is a hurdle, the Rickie Alchin trained and driven 3yo will at least follow out the pole runner. The prospect of receiving a kind peg role will enhance the claims of Our Action Man in his quest to be pro-active in the finish. When forming multiple transactions MANNHO (1), courtesy of his ideal draw, will assist in that regard, along with POPS BOY (8) and THREE IN HEAVEN (12) which are also worthy of consideration.
ROCKET BOY 1, Stravinsky 2, Lets Get Rockin 3, Our Action Man 4.
The 3YO Fillies step out for their shot at G3 glory and heading the list of chances is the Paul Fitzpatrick-conditioned ELEKTRA (7), with Sean Grayling booked to guide the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark to victory. Unplaced just twice during her 15-start career, Elektra has won her past two starts at Penrith, the latter a heat of this series when she proved too classy for Parked In Heaven and Girl From OZ. A wide gate will welcome the filly, although it will be improved by one of the front line reserve remains benched. Versatile in her racing pattern, Elektra should be in the mix from the outset in her quest for further success. Launching her claim from the back is CHERISHTHEMEMORIES (11), another consistent filly who is looking to extend her winning sequence to four. Either side of a comfortable all-the-way win at Menangle on Nov 5, the Cameron Ross-prepared daughter of Sportswriter has managed to greet the judge at Penrith, the latter accounting for Sioux Rainbow and Im Presi Belle. While the draw will be a hurdle, the presence of Jack Callaghan in the sulky will ensure that Cherishthememories has the chance to do exactly that for all concerned. Apart from Elektra, Paul Fitzpatrick will also be represented by SIOUX RAINBOW (2), with gate one a big plus in such a competitive contest. Although the American Ideal filly has been mixing her form since a spell, the prospect of being in a forward position from the outset will allow Sioux Rainbow to issue a determined challenge. BREIVIKA (12) has also been mixing her stats of late, but the filly is capable of staking a claim for a role in the multiples, despite a back row starting role. IM PRESI BELLE (8), PARKED IN HEAVEN (6), HEAVENLY HOLLY and GIRL FROM OZ (5) are all in the multiple mix.
ELEKTRA 1, Cherishthememories 2, Sioux Rainbow 3, Breivika 4.
The countdown towards a spot in the Inter Dominion Final begins now, with the final round of heats. Belinda and Luke McCarthy, along with the hard working team at Cobbitty, have completed dominated the series and are poised to go within ‘ace’ of a clean sweep of all nine heats. A remarkable performance. After missing out by a narrow margin of allowing the clean sweep to be possible, when he finished a photo 2nd to Malcolms Rhythm at Menangle, SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS (3) produced an outstanding effort in scoring at Bathurst on Wednesday. Trapped wide, courtesy of a wide gate and a competitive opening to the 1730m contest, the 4yo drifted back to a rearward role before again coming with a determined run out deep. Hitting the line with a surge, Spirit Of St Louis snatched victory from his game stablemate Alta Orlando in the last couple of strides, en route to gaining the verdict by the metre margin. Malcolms Rhythm was also game in defeat, finishing a head further back in 3rd spot. The classy 4yo, who has always been held in high esteem by Luke since coming from NZ, has drawn ideally in gate three and that will enhance his claims of gaining maximum points once again. The David Aiken-conditioned MAX DELIGHT (2) will appreciate his best draw, gate two, after contesting both heats to date from back row draws. Following a creditable 16.8m 4th behind Expensive Ego, the classy 5yo again worked to the line in fine fashion when he recorded a closing 2.8m 3rd to dual Miracle Mile winner, King Of Swing. Chris Alford will have the son of Bettors Delight a lot closer to the action, allowing him to give this heat a big shake. BONCEL BENJAMIN (11) has gone down fighting in both his heats, the latter when he led until the last stride or two, when a brave head 2nd to King Of Swing at Bathurst. The switch to a back row draw will hinder his claims, but the 6yo is racing in outstanding form and he won’t be far away when the judge calls a halt. LINE UP (10) lost all chance at Bathurst when he broke in the opening stages, resulting in a 257m last to King Of Swing. The classy 4yo was responsible for a gallant effort in his opening heat, which resulted in a half-neck 3rd to Malcolms Rhythm and Spirit Of St Louis. Despite the presence of a back row draw, Line Up remains in contention. LOORRIM LAKE (4) has been responsible for two solid heats efforts, the latter a solid-finishing 4.6m 4th to King Of Swing. If, there is to be a surprise result, the 4yo son of Roll With Joe could be the one to provide such a finish. BUNDORAN (2) draws well and stays under notice when it comes to the multiples while WESTERN SONADOR (8) went nicely in finishing a 5.8m 6th to King Of Swing, and although the draw has added to the degree of difficulty, the 5yo could be a value exotic player.
SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS 1, Max Delight 2, Boncel Benjamin 3, Line Up 4.
Number one seed and back-to-back Miracle Mile winner KING OF SWING (5) is building nicely towards adding an important trophy to his list of outstanding credits. Resuming from a break with a solid heat win on opening night at Menangle, a fitter King Of Swing called upon all his class in making it two-from-two in the series at Bathurst on Wednesday night. With defeat staring him in the face, King Of Swing brushed aside the possibility of defeat in claiming victory over a gallant Boncel Benjamin, with Max Delight doing his best work late in grabbing 3rd, a further head away. With his preparation for the ID carnival timed to perfection, the 6yo son of Rocknroll Hanover will take a higher level of fitness into this race. Suitably drawn in five and with a daunting presence, King Of Swing will again dominant this heat from start to finish. The draw has given the Jack Trainor trained and driven BALRAJ (1), a former roommate of King Of Swing, the perfect opportunity to book a place in the main event. Gate one will welcome the 5yo son of Art Major, who was responsible for a respectable run at Bathurst, overcoming a 2nd line draw and a midfield role in posting a 5.6m 5th to Spirit Of St Louis. Trainer, Jack Trainor will be able to hold the pegs and then the back of King Of Swing in gaining important points. TRIPLE EIGHT (9) has drawn the inside of the back row, allowing Greg Sugars to follow Balraj through, and at the very least, grab a kind three peg role. The Victorian followed his close 4th to Malcolms Rhythm with a respectable 7.9m 2nd to Expensive Ego at Bathurst, courtesy of a ‘stalking’ peg role. Prepared by Jess Tubbs, the 6yo American Ideal gelding will cement his spot for the final with another solid showing. The ultimate professional, ALTA ORLANDO (11) will be confronted by his hardest test in the series after securing a place on the back row. The 9yo son of Courage Under Fire has been placed in his past five encounters, the past four as runner-up, which includes his ID appearances. A gallant 12m 2nd to Expensive Ego on opening night, Alta Orlando led until the shadows of the post when nailed by another stablemate in Spirit Of St Louis at Bathurst on Wednesday night. Despite the hurdle, the veteran will again give a wholehearted performance. THE BLACK PRINCE (4) will be in the mix from the outset after drawing handily, and he may also look to secure that role behind King Of Swing. The Roy Roots Jnr-trained 6yo gave plenty of cheek in recording a 10m 3rd to Expensive Ego and Triple eight at Bathurst. The local, home track star, will be out to make his presence felt once again. REACTOR NOW (8), ALPINE STRIDE (10) and RUSTY CRACKERS (60 could assist in adding value to the exotic returns.
KING OF SWING 1, Balraj 2, Triple Eight 3, Alta Orlando 4.
Skyhooks said it all when their stated that “ego’ wasn’t a dirty word. In fact, having an ‘Ego’ has been the talk of the ID carnival so far, and that takes some doing when your stablemate is a dual Miracle Mile winner. However, the explosive and exciting nature that is EXPENSIVE EGO (4) is rapidly stealing the ‘hype’ from King Of Swing. The Chariots of Fire winner and Miracle Mile runner-up has been widely spruiked by Luke McCarthy as ‘something special’ and his words are certainly coming true. The 4yo led in easily taking out his heat on night one, then overcame a 2nd line draw, a tough, three wide run at various stages, prior to breaking clear of the pack in easily defeating Triple Eight and The Black Prince. And there appears to be more to come from this expensive, ego-driven entire. From his ideal draw, will cross and set the terms of the race, and it will be on his terms. MAJESTIC CRUISER (3) has drawn one spot closer to the pegs and Cam Hart will be keen to find the markers before taking the back of Expensive Ego in the hope of giving him a ‘run for his money’. Majestic Cruiser opened his account with a 4m 2nd to King Of Swing, then drew the back row in settling in a deep peg role, en route to collecting 4th spot, beaten 11.7m by Expensive Ego. The draw has certainly given the 6yo bright prospects of being involved in the finish. After collecting maximum points on the opening night at Menangle, the David Aiken-trained MALCOMS RHYTHM (12) produced a gritty effort at Bathurst which enabled him to post a 1.7m 3rd to Spirit Of St Louis, with the 5yo showing plenty of fight over the final 200m. While the draw presents the son of Art Major with a tricky task, don’t ignore him when forming multiple transactions. MACH DAN (5) has been unplaced in both his heats, but not disgraced and he stays in the multiple mix, along with back row runners, POCKET OF TERROR (9) and IGNATIUS (10).
EXPENSIVE EGO 1, Majestic Cruiser 2, Malcolms Rhythm 3, Mach Dan 4.
PINK GALAHS (4) has been brave in each of her assignments to date, and with another positive draw next to her name, the Mattie Craven trained and driven mare is again poised to stake a determined claim on the top spot. After being on the wrong side of ‘lady luck’ in her opening heat, which resulted in a 5.8m 3rd to Timothy Red, the daughter of Sky Valley then was trapped three deep at various stages of her Bathurst encounter, prior to launching her claim from the one-one. Grinding away gamely as heads were turned for home, Pink Galahs faded slightly on her run over the final 50m, with Timothy Red charging late to secure victory, with Māori Law splitting the pair. Craven will be hoping to ‘fly’ the machine with Pink Galahs and secure a forward, stalking role with one of the major players for the title. The pressure will be applied from the outset as there are a handful of runners who will be anxious to be present from the outset. Heading that list is the classy Kiwi MAJESTIC MAN (7) which is coming off a sub-standard display at Bathurst. After dictating the terms and greeting the judge at Menangle, the highly-rated 6yo was expected produce a ‘carbon copy’ performance in round two, however, after setting the tempo Majestic Man was the first horse beaten on the home turn. The long odds-on favourite could only manage to cross the line in 6th spot, beaten 36.2m by the tough Victorian, Lotamuscle. Boasting an outstanding record, Majestic Man must be forgiven for one poor run. HUMBLE LADD (2) led and gave plenty of cheek in recording a 3.5m 4th to Timothy Red. That outing will certainly lift his level of fitness as the Majestic Son 6yo was resuming from a spell when he contested the first round at Menangle, although he was never a factor after breaking in the early stages of the 2400m challenge. Suitably drawn in gate two, Humble Ladd will also be looking to secure a kind run, close to the action in readiness to pounce when the home straight comes into play. MAORI LAW (1) backed up his solid 5.4m 5th to Majestic Man on night one, with a grinding 1.4m 2nd to Timothy Red, with the Victorian looking home, only to be robbed of victory due to the sprint lane. From the 2nd line to the prized position that is gate one, Maori Law is capable of going one better. TOUGH MONARCH (6) showed he still had plenty to offer when he just kept on grinding away, eventually posting a brave 4.2m 3rd to Lotofmuscle. The multi-award winning 9yo will again look to be involved in the thick of action from the outset. Despite drawing deep, ROBBIE ROYALE (8) can’t be ignored when looking at ‘value’ players for the exotics.
PINK GALAHS 1, Majestic Man 2, Humble Ladd 3, Maori Law 4.
Tough, talented and boasting an ideal draw, THE PENNY DROPS (2) has the chance to make a bold bid for victory in the final heat for the trotters. After working overtime in recording a brave head 2nd to Majestic Man at Menangle on opening night, The Penny Drops drew deep for round two at Bathurst, resulting in Grant Campbell easing the 5yo out of the early ‘hustle and bustle’ for positions. Well back on the pegs, the Ray Harvey-prepared son of Danny Bouchea kept finding the line with intent, resulting in a 6.8m 5th to Timothy Red. Not a noted performer over the sprint trip, the slightly longer trip of 2030m will assist The Penny Drop. From his good draw, The Penny Drops will be hoping to ‘cash’ in on a role close to the action so he can grind his way to success. The Mattie Craven trained and driven LOTAMUSCLE (9) was able to take full advantage of a comfortable run behind the leader at Bathurst, prior to snatching victory from Just Believe and Tough Monarch. The 5yo son of Muscle Hill has drawn awkwardly on the inside of the back row, but with any luck in running, expect to see Lotamuscle charging home. TIMOTHY RED (8) has emerged as one of the ‘real’ finds of the series, with Joe and Mary Rando enjoying an exciting journey as they head towards a date with destiny. Also, a son of Muscle Hill, but a year younger than Lotamuscle, Timothy Red has taken the shortest way home in each of his heat wins, the latter accounting for Maori Law and Pink Galahs at Bathurst on Wednesday. The outside gate will welcome Timothy Red, and that will present the entire with an interesting challenge, however, Cam Hart will plot a safe course, as he does on a regular basis. The prospect of being required to come around rivals, instead inside of them, presents Timothy Red with a new challenge. JUST BELIEVE (1) will give a good account from the pole and he warrants exotic involvement while ILLAWONG STARDUST (3) and KYVALLEY CHIEF (4) also have claims in that regard.
THE PENNY DROPS 1, Lotamuscle 2, Timothy Red 3, Just Believe 4.
Suitably drawn and racing in peak form, ROCKNPENNY (4) appeals as the one to beat in an open and competitive G3 Final for 2YO C&G’s. Prepared By Paul Fitzpatrick and to be driven by son Blake, Rocknpenny is coming of a costly head 2nd behind Sugar Apple at Penrith, with the son of A Rocknroll Dance thwarted in his attempt to secure the third leg of a hat-trick of wins. Blake will have the opportunity to dictate the terms and that will go a long way towards Rocknpenny greeting the judge. Runner-up in four of his past five trips to the races, MY ULTIMATE COBBER (7) is deserving of a trip to the winner’s circle after finding one better in four of his past five encounters. A member of the in-form Jarrod Alchin team, the son of American Ideal led and had every chance when a 6m 2nd to Ideal In Dreams at this venue over a week ago. A wider gate will come into play but My Ultimate Cobber has the necessary speed to again be in contention from the outset. BLACK ONYX (11), after a moderate start to his career, has blossomed with experience and that has resulted in the Bettors Delight youngster posting three wins from his past four starts. Despite the 2nd line draw, the Kerry and Dean McDowell-trained gelding must be treated with respect as he will be the one most likely to emerge from the pack with a whirlwind finish. The consistent TONY SLOY (2) has drawn two and that enhances his prospects of making a play for a role in the multiples. Also performing consistently is RUNFROMTERROR (10) so respect his exotic prospects while BAT MATSON (6) and IM ALL BLING (3) are also worthy of consideration in that regard.
ROCKNPENNY 1, My Ultimate Cobber 2, Black Onyx 3, Tony Sloy 4.
Despite drawing awkwardly on the inside of the back row, the Cameron Ross-trained STENO (9) is still the one to beat when it comes to the 2YO Fillies G3 title. After commencing her career on a winning note at Menangle , the Sweet Lou filly then posted a hat-trick of sound placings at Headquarters, culminating in a 15.9m 3rd to Martini Stride in a heat of the NSWBC series. Never a threat, as an odds-on elect, Steno made amends for that disappointing effort with a big win at Penrith, this time justify the ‘red’ figures next to her name. Jack Callaghan has been with the filly from the outset and he will again give Steno every possible chance to succeed. The Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven LA VISTA (11) also has her fair share of talent and despite the back row grid, the daughter of Captaintreacherous must be given a high rating. The last-start Penrith winner has won from various roles and she is more than capable of working and still proving superior to her rivals. LETS PARTY BABY (2) is yet to enjoy the thrill of winning, but with six placings from 10 starts the Bettors Delight filly has been competitive. Courtesy of drawing ideally in two, the Michael Doltoff-trained juvenile stays under notice, especially with Luke McCarthy holding the reins.
FLARE UP (8) has collected six wins from her nine starts, and although tackling a harder challenge from a tricky draw, the Darren Elder-trained Warrawee Needy youngster is worthy of more than a passing thought. When it comes to forming multiple combinations SUGAR FOR MY HONEY (4), PAINTMEAREASON (5) and TWILIGHT IN HEAVEN (3) are capable of assisting in that regard.
STENO 1, La Vista 2, Lets Party Baby 3, Flare Up 4.