April 21, 2022 National Trotguide
Former Kiwi ROBYNS PLAYBOY (8) returns to the track following two disappointing Inter Dominion heat appearances, both resulting in the talented son of Shadow Play finishing at the rear of the field. Trainer KerryAnn Morris aborted the third round, electing to send the 6yo to the paddock. In readiness for his return, Robyns Playboy has contested two trials, the first resulting in a pleasing second, the latter a solid third behind Cash N Flow and Justa Little Bit. Contesting a race of many chances, the draw hasn’t been favourable, but Robyns Boy certainly has the class to be a factor in showing his true colours. The Bernie Hewitt stable is currently enjoying plenty of success and although MAKE MINE MEMPHIS (4) has been one of his reliable performers, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven hasn’t paid a visit to the winner’s circle since scoring at Albion Park last September. Placed third in six of his past eight encounters, Make Mine Memphis has been in the mix in races containing plenty of depth, the most recent being a three-way photo behind Rockin Marty and Atomic Red in the consolation of the Wagga Cup a week ago. From his suitable draw Make Mine Memphis will again be in contention so don’t ignore him. BAD TO THE BONE (3) line up for his 50th engagement and the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained 5yo is also in the mix when it comes to winning chances. But the son of Bettors Delight has also been camera shy as his latest win as this time a year ago. On a regular basis Bad To The Bone is facing the starter in quality events, with his latest outing being the G3 Wagga Cup a week ago when he posted a 6.5m 4th to Mach Shard. Apart from contesting an easier assignment, Bad To The Bone will also enjoy an improved starting role, compared to his latest bracket of outings. DELIGHTFUL DUDE (10) has a tricky gate to overcome, however, the Jarrod Alchin-trained quality 4yo is a definite threat. Contesting the Schweppes Renshaw Cup at Penrith, Delightful Dude recorded a solid 1.5m third to Stingray Tara, coming from a midfield role in hitting the line hard. Cam Hart jumps back into the bike, replacing Lleyton Green who gave the gelding every chance. EGODAN (5) has been thereabouts and is worthy of exotic involvement while SUMMIT SPECIAL (9) and TOTAL DIVA (11) also have claims in that regard.
ROBYNS PLAYBOY 1, Make Mine Memphis 2, Bad To The Bone 3, Delightful Dude 4.
The Cameron Ross-prepared CHERISHTHEMEMORIES (9) hasn’t been at her best in four runs since a spell, but the mare strikes a suitable assignment, despite the presence of a wide gate. The daughter of Sportswriter indicated that she was heading in the right direction when she posted a solid-finishing 1.4m second behind Pearl Harbour, which was three runs into her latest campaign. Contesting a G3 event during the Miracle Mile carnival, Cherishthememories was always prominent in recording a pleasing 7m fifth to Smooth Rye. While the draw is a concern, Cherishthememories is worthy of a high rating in this company. PEARL HARBOUR (8) will be in the thick of the action from the outset as the Blake Fitzpatrick-trained mare has the gate speed to take up a forward role. Since scoring at Headquarters five starts ago, the 5yo has been placed in her four subsequent engagements, on a couple of occasions having every chance to succeed. Such was the case last time out when given every chance in the lead by Sofia Arvidsson, only to see Smooth Rye and Bettor Be Kept overtake her. The Somebeachsomewhere mare will give this a big shake. VOODOO LOU (10) has been thereabouts in recent outings and while the draw is a hurdle, the 5yo mare should be included when it comes to the exotics. STELLAS DELIGHT (3) is an interesting runner as the former Kiwi will contest her first race since joining the astute Mark Callaghan team. The 6yo daughter of Bettors Delight arrives following a win at Ashburton on March 6, and although this will be an intriguing challenge, Stellas Delight should be kept safe after drawing well. When forming multiple combinations both ALLAMBIE (1) and GIGI BOB (7) will represent value.
CHERISHTHEMEMORIES 1, Pearl Harbour 2, Voodoo Lou 3, Stellas Delight 4.
Following two impressive wins since leaving New Zealand and linking up with Jack Trainor, TOWN ECHO (6) looks poised to complete the hat-trick, despite a slight rise in class. The mare led for an easy win when first-up from a two month break, prior to dashing across from a wide gate when she again dictated the terms from start to finish in defeating Lets Get Rockin and Schouten Island. Jack has had a glowing opinion of the Art Major mare, and that being the case, Town Echo will again take a power of running down. DANCEFORME (8) overcame a moderate start when she came from a rearward role in scoring here two starts back. That was the 4yo’s first run since leaving Victoria and coming under the care of Jason Grimson. The son of A Rocknroll Dance then led and had every chance when a fading 5.5m fourth behind Misterfreeze at Headquarters a couple of weeks ago. Despite the presence of the outside gate, which shouldn’t be a major factor with only seven rivals, Danceforme looms as a definite threat to Town Echo. LOCHIEL (4) had been racing in fine fashion at Headquarters before a 26.3m last to Mister Magic Man at Penrith. Never a serious threat on that occasion the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven son of Lincoln Royal has drawn nicely and a far more competitive showing is a distinct possibility. EVERYBODYLOVEDRAY (3) is coming off a solid finishing 1.3m second behind Crunch Time and on that effort the David Thorn-trained 7yo must be included when it comes to exotic transactions. BOYZHAVTIME (5) is capable of improving on recent efforts and remains in the multiple mix, which also applies to WAHS FIRE BUG (1).
TOWN ECHO 1, Danceforme 2, Lochiel 3, Everybodylovedray 4.
FIRE FOX (4) is entitled to another high rating, despite coming off a costly appearance at this venue a month ago. Formerly based in New Zealand, Fire Fox debuted for the Jason Grimson stable with an impressive win, dictating the terms in proving far too good for Lochiel and Ardens Ace, with a blistering 1:49.6 recorded by the son of Sweet Lou. Expected to repeat the performance a week later, Fire Fox was listed as a $1.33 chance, but was forced to settle for ‘second best’ behind his stablemate Stingray Tara, which has continued to greet the judge in subsequent starts. Gate four will result in Fire Fox finding the pegs and from that point onwards the 5yo will be well on his way to redeeming himself with punters. Once again, a stablemate could be the one to bring about his downfall, although ZOLIVER (6) is a grade below the likes of a Stingray Tara. However, the Mach Three 6yo is coming off an all-the-way win over Ardens Ace and Justa Little Bit. A wider gate awaits Zoliver but he should be in the mix from the outset. JUSTA LITTLE BIT (8) is always a tough competitor and despite drawing the outside gate the Cammibest 4yo will again be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. WOW HES A ROCKASTAR (2) produced a stylish win two starts ago, then worked at Penrith when a fading 10.3m seventh to Major Jarod. Suitably drawn, Wow Hes A Rock Star should be linked to exotic investments while IMASPORTSSTAR (7) and THE RACONTEUR (5) also have claims when forming multiple transactions.
FIRE FOX 1, Zoliver 2, Justa Little Bit 3, Wow Hes A Rockstar 4.
Unbeaten since arriving from Victoria to join the Jason Grimson stable, STINGRAY TARA (8) is entitled to top billing as the Bettors Delight gelding attempts to stretch his winning sequence to four. This will be his toughest to since heading north while the draw will add to the degree of difficulty. However, the 6yo has been most impressive, with back-to-back trip to the winners’ circle at Headquarters, followed by a tough, determined win in taking out the Schweppes Renshaw Cup when he led throughout in fighting off Petes Said So and Delightful Dude. While Stingray Tara has led in two of his three wins, he is also capable of coming off the pace and proving just as lethal. Jack Trainor has added PERFECT STRIDE (3) to his stable with the 5yo being involved with the Russell Jack stable when he recorded a 6.7m 5th to Gotta Good Reason in the 2579ss Tasmanian Cup back on March 19. The talented 5yo son of Bettors Delight has been freshened and with gate three a suitable starting point, Perfect Stride is capable of being actively involved in the finish. PAY ME SAM (2) has been off the scene since a 3.8m third behind Mach Dan at Menangle in mid-December, but two trials, although safely held each time, should have the consistent son of Pay Me Christian ready to produce a competitive effort, especially from his good draw. When last in work Pay Me Sam greeted the judge when first-up from a spell. Although below his best these days, CASH N FLOW (7) is still capable of being a threat, with his past two runs producing sound displays, the latter a 9.2m 5th to Jay OK. Exotic investments should include the 9yo while FAIRY TINKABELL (4), THE MUSTANG (5), TITIAN RAIDER (9) and ALPINE STRIDE (11) also warrant attention when it comes to exotic transactions.
STINGRAY TARA 1, Perfect Stride 2, Pay Me Sam 3, Cash N Flow 4.
Only eight runners but at least five have claims on leaving the track on a winning note. The David Thorn-conditioned RED REACTOR (3) appeals as the one to beat after the consistent son of Auckland Reactor drew nicely in three. Now four runs into his latest term of racing, Red Reactor had been in the mix in the opening three, prior to a 19.6m sixth to Stingray Tara in a G3 assignment at this venue a month ago. Freshened, the chestnut did finish a solid second behind Stingray Tara at his previous start and it is that run which attracts plenty of attention heading into this race. The 7yo is likely to stalk the tempo before making his presence felt when the winning post comes into sight. COLLINA KAY JAY (7) will contest this race under the care of Jason Grimson, following a 27.9m 3rd to Carlas Mach at Penrith six weeks ago. Boasting above-average ability, the 5yo hasn’t been at his best in seven starts at this venue, with just one minor placing coming his way. However, in an open race the son of Alta Christiano is capable of being in the mix when the judge calls a halt. SURFERS DELIGHT (5) didn’t have the best of luck when an 18.7m fourth behind the classy Mister Brazil at Newcastle last week. Prepared by Roy Roots Jnr, the 4yo, despite his consistent overall record, is yet to post a win in 10 starts at this venue, with five minor placings coming his way. This would be one of his best chances to visit the winner’s circle when it comes to Headquarters. Expect a bold showing from DOUBLE ACT (2), despite the Harry martin-trained 4yo coming off a 21m ninth behind Ideal Dan in a G1 event at Wagga a week ago. Returning to a suitable challenge, Double Act will be in the mix from the outset. UNCLE JAY (1), ALWAYS ROCKIN (6) and CHECK IN (8) remains in contention when it comes to multiple transactions.
RED REACTOR 1, Collina Kay Jay 2, Surfers Delight 3, Double Act 4.
Spelled following two failed attempts in the opening rounds of the Inter Dominion, which was later found to be courtesy of a throat issue, smart trotting mare FUNKY MONEY (11) is ready to ‘swing back into action’ on a winning note. Starting the series as one of the main fancies for the title after a sensational start to her career on this side of the Tasman, the former Kiwi has recorded three outstanding trial displays in readiness for her return, suggesting that Lucky Lodge and, the required medical treatment, has the 5yo daughter of Monkey Bones ready to show a return to winning form. Despite drawing the outside gate, the mare will attack this contest full of confidence. Also returning from a break is the James Rattray trained and driven RAVE ON HALL (5) which has been off the scene since last August. Following two solid wins at Wagga, Rave On Hall ended his previous term of racing with a close second to stablemate Araignee Flair when a short-priced elect. The 6yo has also trialled well and is bound to make his presence felt after drawing handily in five. The consistent ON ADVICE (7) will be in the mix for a long way as the son of Sebastian K looks to go one better after finishing runner-up in each of his past three starts. A rejuvenated SUNNY GEE (9) is worthy of attention when it comes to the multiples while SON OF PATRICK (10) is another definite player in that regard. Looking wider in search of value exotic runners and KYVALLEY BOOMERANG (2), QUICK CASH (3) and DANCE SECRET (4) should be linked to the investments.
FUNKY MONKEY 1, Rave On Hall 2, On Advice 3, Sunny Gee 4.
Returning to a suitable challenge and drawing ideally BE MAJOR THREAT (2) is capable of recording his first win since coming under the care of Jack Trainor. Formerly based in New Zealand then Victoria, the son of Art Major has also spent time in Tasmania, with his latest win recorded in that State last December. The 7yo has been mixing his form since calling Menangle home, with the gelding mixing his form, but he has also managed to post a few sound displays when competing against Alta Orlando on two occasions. When last produced three weeks ago, Be Major Threat was never a factor in finishing a 18.8m 7th to Ranger Bomb. In what appears to be an open contest to wrap up proceedings, Be Major Threat appears to be one of the major players. RAGNARR (1) is racing in fine style, despite missing out on a winning display since scoring at Maitland back on December 28. Commencing his latest challenge at Penrith from a back row draw, the 6yo worked to face the breeze before battling on stoutly in posting an 8m sixth to Mister Magic Man. Prior to that effort Ragnarr had been competitive in a number of Menangle assignments and with gate one a big plus, the Peter Russo-trained son of Bettors Delight can’t be takena lightly. ATOMIC RED (7) is coming off a gritty photo 2nd to Rockin Marty at Wagga and although the outside gate comes into play, that won’t be a factor with only six runners drawn inside of him. Expect DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (6) to be far more productive after finishing unplaced in his past eight starts. The 8yo is coming off a creditable 5m 6th to Rockin Marty at Wagga last week and that was a significant improvement on his recent Menangle encounters. JIMMY LOCKE (3) and a fitter PITCH PERFECT (5) remain in contention as exotic runners.
BE MAJOR THREAT 1, Ragnarr 2, Atomic Red 3, Double Encounter 4.
– MICK KO’CASS