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    All the winners on a mighty program at Tabcorp Park Menangle All the winners on a mighty program at Tabcorp Park Menangle

    KEEPING US GUESSING: Captain Ravishing.

    RACE ONE: Returning to a suitable assignment, star Queenslander TEDDY DISCO (7) is poised to show a return to winning form, following his appearance... All the winners on a mighty program at Tabcorp Park Menangle
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    Returning to a suitable assignment, star Queenslander TEDDY DISCO (7) is poised to show a return to winning form, following his appearance in the Paleface Adios (G3) at Menangle a week ago. From a midfield role in the running line, the Shawn Grimsey-trained, Nathan Dawson driven 4yo failed to make an impression over the final stages in posting a 24.3m 8th to Heza Son Of Agun. With the benefit of three runs since a spell, the son of Tintin In America is capable of turning the clock back to last October when he finished third in the G1 NSWBC 3YO C&G’s Final, beaten 12.9m by fellow Queenslander, Leap To Fame. RIPP (11) has had little luck in both runs following a spell, courtesy of drawing wide, and although confronted by another deep draw, a fitter Bathurst visitor is worthy of further attention. The Bernie Hewitt-conditioned 4yo indicated his latest campaign was gaining momentum when he finished a grinding 10.8m 5th to Heza Son Of Agun in the Paleface Adios. The son of Somebeachsomewhere enjoyed a quality 3yo season and he is more than capable of greeting the judge. HES CHARLIES ANGEL (5) capable of improving on two well-beaten efforts since arriving from Victoria. The Charlene Gusman trained and driven son of Sweet Lou has had no luck, the latter when working to find the role outside the leader, prior to finishing a tiring 35.2m last to Heza Son Of Agun. An improved draw will assist Hes Charlies Angel in finding a suitable role in running. NO TIME LIKE NOW (4) debuted for Belinda McCarthy last week, with the former Kiwi recording a pleasing 7.7m 2nd to Port Au Prince. That was his first outing in three months, and although up in grade, the 5yo son of Johny Rock can’t be taken lightly as there is scope for improvement. Exotic players should consider MY ULTIMATE BAXTER (9) and JIMARTEE (10) and a fitter and well-drawn CAPTN ME (1).

    TEDDY DISCO 1, Ripp 2, Hes Charlies Angel 3, No Time Like Now 4.


    This looks to be a race in two, and it will be a matter of pulling the right rein. Carousel winner PORT AU PRINCE (4) returned to racing last week with a stylish all-the-way win over No Time Like Now and Lochiel, completing his work in a solid 26.5 last quarter. With the benefit of his fist outing in three months, the quality 5yo son of Somebeachsomewhere will attack this race with a high degree of confidence, and with gate four being a suitable starting role, Port Au prince will again be a force from the outset. LOYALIST (2) is ‘flying’ and is primed for a bold first-up display. From his past dozen starts, the Joe Conolly-conditioned 6yo has collected five wins and seven placings, coming from various roles in doing so. The son of Bettors Delight has been off the scene since last December when he finished strongly, arriving in the ‘nick of time’ to defeat Little Demon and Whats Your Secret at Headquarters. Loyalist has been trialling in fine fashion and will give this a big shake. ITS ALL ABOUT TIME (3) is coming off a couple off steady placings and is drawn to again be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. The Shannon price-prepared SUMOMENTSOMEWHERE (10) broke through for a deserving win, following a run of runner-up appearances, when he led throughout last week. The consistent 5yo has drawn badly out in the outside gate, but when it comes to exotic runners, the Queenslander must be included. KINGMAKER (9) did too much work when a 14.9m 6th to Sicario last week, but with solid form prior, the 7yo remains in the multiple mix, along with OUR MONEY ROCKS (5), BRAEDOS LAD (6) and LOCHIEL (1).

    PORT AU PRINCE 1, Loyalist 2, Its All About Faith 3, Sumomentsomewhere 4.


    Heat one of the NSW Oaks and the exciting Cameron Ross-conditioned PEACEFUL (5) will go head-to-head with the star Kiwi filly KAHLUA FLYBYE (2). Following a rewarding start to her career, Peaceful opened her new season of racing last week, and it was a superb display in greeting the judge. In what was an outstanding training effort by Cameron, the beautifully bred daughter of Sweet Lou and the champion mare, Frith, was confronted by the 2300m and a field of classy  boys, but an ideal, kind drive by Jack Callaghan resulted in Peaceful posting a dominant 3.3m victory over Dangerous and Rockokoko. Fitter for the run and drawing reasonably in five, Peaceful will have no trouble with the extra 100m of this contest. KAHLUA FLYBYE (2), on the other hand, will be having her first experience of this trip, under race conditions at least. The classy Stephen Telfer-trained daughter of Bettors Delight had her first Menangle experience a couple of weeks ago, which resulted in a determined win over Tin Tin Jo and Montalbano. That was her first outing since early December/2022. Unplaced only once in her 12 -starts, and that was when she was on debut, Kahlua Flybye has drawn ideally in two, and that will result in classy Kiwi driver Tim Williams giving her every possible chance to be active in the finish. TIN TIN JO (6) won three-on-end before a gritty head 2nd to Kahlua Flybye so expect the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven filly to be thereabouts when the judge calls a halt to proceedings. Multiple investors should consider SKY BLU (10), which was responsible for a big effort when resuming recently, with the run resulting in a photo 2nd to Sweetheart Bart. Fitter, but badly drawn out wide, the David Thorn-conditioned filly should be included in investments. Others to consider include EVE CROCKER (1) and the consistent Victorian, ITSTHISJUSTFANTASY (9), which has won both her runs this time in, with a degree of authority.

    PEACEFUL 1, Kahlua Flybye 2, Tin Tin jo 3, Sky Blu 4.


    Despite being first-up since last November, classy filly JEWEL MELODY (2) will take a power of beating when it comes to heat two of the NSW Oaks. Ending her first season of racing with seven wins and five placings from 14 starts, with her win in the Bathurst Gold Tiara being the highlight, Jewel Melody didn’t have a great deal of luck in a semi-final, then the final of the Crown 2YO Fillies challenge, the latter resulting in a 17.3m 6th to Major Delight at Melton. Trainer-driver Bernie Hewitt has given the daughter of Captain Treacherous two solid trial hit-outs, the latter on Monday when she completed proceedings in 27.5m. There is little doubt that Bernie has Jewel Melody ready for a sparkling display. Looming as a threat is the well-performed Victorian SOHO SERAPHINE (8), which has drawn wide, but the edge in race fitness will help off-set that hurdle. Prepared and driven by Michael Stanley, and it is good to see him back in action after a recent serious back injury, the daughter of Betting Line has posted four wins and 10 placings from her 15 engagements, with her latest outing resulting in a 4.2m 2nd to Isthisjustfantasy at Melton on Feb 4, the race being the Gold Chalice. PROMISELAND (4) resumed with a comfortable all-the-way win at Penrith, and while this will be a harder assignment, the filly has always shown above-average talent so expect a competitive display. Victorian filly CHIRRIPO (9) has been consistent to date, but the Laura Crossland trained and driven daughter of Always B Miki has drawn deep, a slight disadvantage as the 2400m will certainly assist in finding a suitable role in transit. SAVEEON (6) is coming off a G1 win back in early November, however, dual code mentor Ash Grives has given her smart daughter of Warrawee Needy three Bathurst trials, the latest on Monday when beaten 7.2m by Jewel Melody. Expect Saveeon to be hitting the line with intent.

    JEWEL MELODY 1, Soho Seraphine 2, Promiseland 3, Chirripo 4.


    The G3 Robin Dundee Stakes appears to have two major players, the Jason Grimson-trained TAY TAY (2) and TOUGH TILLY (12), a star performer for the Emma Stable stable on a regular basis. The draw has given Tay Tay a vital edge of her Victorian rival and that should been enough to see her home. After a long run of competitive displays, Tay Tay ended her previous campaign, when back in the care of regular mentor Alex Ashwood, with a disappointing 45.8m last to Dougs Babe in the 4YO Mares Vicbred Final at Melton on Dec 31. A rare failure for this outstanding daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven. The 5yo resumed in the Ladyship Cup at Melton on Feb 4, and it was Tay Tay showing a solid return to form, with a titanic battle with Amore Vita down the straight. The end result was a gallant effort in defeat. Fitter for that assignment and drawing ideally in two, Tay Tay will be driven with confidence from the outset by Cam Hart, with an all-the-way win being the game plan. TOUGH TILLY (12), as her name suggests, is a tough, determined and classy mate. The last time the daughter of Captain Treacherous stepped out at Headquarters she raced without cover in proving too tough for her classy stablemate Ladies In Red and Joanna in the G1 4YO Mares Gold Bullion last May. Tough Tilly lost all chance in the Ladyship Cup at Melton on Feb 4, due to a bad beginning. And that has resulted in the ODM draw. Despite that early setback, Tough Tilly will be a threatening player from the outset. If, there is an upset result, B K SWY (10) is the one most likely to provide that outcome. Although, the classy Jack Trainor trained and driven mare isn’t far off being included in the top bracket of mares. The daughter of Big Jim wasn’t suited when left exposed, which resulted in a fading, but creditable, 12.8m 6th to her brilliant stablemate Braeview Kelly last week, with Madrid and Stylish Memphis filling the minors. The consistent Jarrod Alchin-trained DELIGHTFUL ANGEL (6) heads the list of exotic contenders, which also includes PUNT AWAY (1), ORCHID STRIDE (7) and CHEYELLA (11).

    TAY TAY 1, Tough Tilly 2, B K Swy 3, Delightful Angel 4.


    The Keystone Del Trotters Stakes is an open contest but following a pleasing effort at Menangle a week ago, and an ideal starting position, ALDEBARAN TESS (3) is worth an investment. Trained and driven by Sofia Arvidsson, the daughter of Muscle Hill drew two a week ago, which will be the same this time around without the first reserve, with the mare beginning well in settling three pegs. Four back in the running line on the home turn, Aldebaran Tess hit the line in fine fashion, resulting in a closing 3.7m 2nd to the record-breaking Tough Monarch. The mare has been on the improve of late and another kind run close to the action will result in another competitive showing. VAN SANK (7) went around in the race won by Tough Monarch and his 4.3m 3rd was also a solid pointer for this assignment. Contesting his second run following a break, the Shannon Price-conditioned son of Trixton also made up many metres in the run home and will take a higher level of fitness into this challenge. CALIGULA (10) had been racing in fine fashion at this venue before contesting a heat of the Great Southern Star at Melton on Feb 3. Breaking, the 7yo was never a factor in recording a 43.2m 8th to Im Ready Jet. Back to familiar surrounding and Caligula is capable of coming out, hard and fast, in proving the one to run down. The classy Mattie Craven trained and driven CREDIT MASTER (9) was too bad to be true last week when he recorded a 63.7m last behind Tough Monarch. Never a threat, the 9yo was gone a long way from home, but he is a vastly better horse than that. That was his first outing since last August so the added fitness will at least be of some benefit. The 9yo is entitled to another chance. When it comes to the multiples MAJESTIC HARRY (4) and ON ADVICE (5) should be linked to the main contenders.

    ALDEBARAN TESS 1, Van Sank 2, Caligula 3, Credit Master 4.


    The last time CAPTAIN RAVISHING (1) faced the starter at Menangle, the Victorian started a $15.00 chance in the G1 NSW Derby back in March/2022. Contesting just his fifth race, after opening his career with two promising wins, Captain Ravishing finished at the rear of the field, beaten 23m by the star Queenslander, Leap To Fame. From a horse with potential to a genuine super-star in just eight starts, that’s the pathway the 4yo has been on since coming under the guidance of Emma Stewart. Boasting seven wins from eight starts for the powerful Cardigan based mentor, the son of Captaintreacherous will head back to Menangle, the talk of harness racing, and a ‘red-hot’ favourite to greet the judge in the Cordina Chicken Farms Chariots of Fire. And, despite the exciting array of opposition, it is impossible to tip against the entire. The main talking point has been whether gate one with a plus or minus, but regardless, the same result surfaces –  and that is a win for Captain Ravishing. There is also a strong push from the southern state, which strongly suggests that Captain Ravishing will hold the lead, and ,if that is the case, the engraver will be able to commence his work on the trophy. An emphatic winner of the 4YO Bonanza at Melton a couple of weeks ago, when he had 21.8m to spare of Heza Son Of Agun, one of his potential threats, Captain Ravishing was having his first run in three months, so his level of fitness will go up a couple of notches. The prospect of seeing this headline act in action, in what is considered to be the heavyweight title bout for 4-year-old’s, is bound to be a talking point for the ages. Fellow Victorian CATCH A WAVE (7) is also a star for Andy and Kath Gath, as his record of 15 wins and a placing from 20 starts would suggest. Contesting the Paleface Adios from a wide gate a week ago, Catch A Wave was retrained at the start, resulting in a rearward role coming the way of the son of Captaintreacherous. Although never a threat, Catch A Wave worked home stoutly over the final 200m, and he wasn’t disgraced by his 10m 4th to Heza Son Of Agun. Reserve out and Catch A Wave will move in three spots and, that will result in Kath Gath showing more urgency when the green light is activated. REPUBLICAN PARTY (9) arrived from NZ with a glowing reputation and following his stylish all-the-way win in the Hondo Grattan, the son of Bettors Delight was adding to his legacy. Rated to perfect by young Carter Dalgety, Republican Party will driven by star Kiwi reinsman Blair Orange. With sufficient gate, Republican Party is likely to have a look at the start, with Blair having options. HEZA SON OF AGUN (4) has drawn ideally in three and following his strong display in taking out the Paleface Adios a week ago, the Mattie Craven trained and driven son of Art Major is bound to be in the mix for a long way. CANTFINABETTORMAN (10) has three solid efforts behind him heading into the race, however, the wide draw will be a concern. Regardless, the son of Sweet Lou remains in the mix as an exotic contender. TIMS A TROOPER (3) had little luck in the Hondo Grattan in finishing a 4.3m 3rd to Republican Party. Fitter and ideally drawn, and boasting a consistent record at this venue, the Queenslander represents value for multiple investors. MAHOMES (6) will be having his first run for Jack Trainor, and although this will be a tough test for the son Tintin In America, his famous namesake keeps finding a way to succeed,  so don’t write the equine version off when it comes to exotic transactions.

    CAPTAIN RAVISHING 1, Catch A Wave 2, Republican Party 3, Heza Son Of Agun 4.


    Former Kiwi BETTERZIPPIT (2) will be confronted by his most important assignment since crossing the Tasman when he faces the starter alongside a number of classy opponents. Kicking of another chapter of his career under the care of Jason Grimson, the 5yo son of Betterthancheddar led in scoring in fine style at Ballarat on Jan 21, prior to working three wide early, en route to finding the lead role, in proving too good for Curly James and Kosimo. Cam Hart, who had the reins on both occasions, has a big opinion of Betterzippit, and courtesy of drawing ideally in two, the gelding is poised to play a vital role in the finish. Peaking in condition following two excellent runs since a spell, REACTOR NOW (4) looms as the main threat. Resuming from a spell in the Oberon Cup at Bathurst on Jan 20, the Jack Trainor trained and driven 7yo broke at the start, losing considerable ground before hitting the line strongly in finishing an 11.5m 2nd to Cash N Flow. The son of Auckland Reactor was again doing his best work late when he powered home to just miss grabbing the classy Kiwi B D Joe at this venue two weeks ago. With a higher level of fitness and a suitable draw, Reactor Now is ready to go one better so respect his claims. JILLIBY KUNG FU (8) has been off the scene since a bold attempt to lead throughout in the G2 Shirley Turnbull Memorial on Dec 26, which resulted in a 2m 3rd to Smooth Baht and Petes Said So. With the benefit of a solid Menangle trial hit-out behind Loyalist, the star veteran is ready to again make his presence felt. As always JAY OK (11), despite his tough draw, will loom as a threat at some stage in the run home. Following a gritty 1.3m 3rd behind B D Joe, the 6yo then worked home bravely in recording a 3.3m 4th to Bondi Lockdown a week ago. Rarely far away, Jay OK won’t be far away when the judge calls a halt. MACH SHARD (9) was always in the mix when a gritty 4.2m 6th to B D Joe, and although a wider gate awaits the 8yo, a competitive showing should be forthcoming. CRIME WRITER (3) has drawn ideally, which is a plus for the Mattie Craven trained and driven son of Sportswriter. Runner-up to Cranbourne in the Pure Steel at Melton on Feb 4, the 7yo settled midfield before being left posted without cover when a useful 8.9m 8th to Bondi Lockdown last week. A kinder run will assist Crime Writer in his quest for a strong showing.

    BETTERZIPPIT 1, Reactor Now 2, Jilliby Kung Fu 3, Jay OK 4.


    This event is overflowing with winning chances and there should be value on offer. WOW HES A ROCK STAR (7) is no star, but he is a talented 5yo, with definite winning prospects. Following back-to-back wins here, the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven son of Rock N Roll Heaven has managed has contested five races, two resulting in placings while the other three have been creditable displays. Runner-up behind Western Style a couple of weeks ago, when nabbed in the final couple of strides, Wow Hes Rock Star is entitled to further attention. BLUE CHIP DELIGHT (6) is of a similar nature to the top pick, usually thereabouts on a regular basis, and pops up every now and then, which was the case four runs ago. To be driven by Jack Brown, the 6yo is more than capable of being a major player. Had PUMP THE BRAKES (10) drawn closer to the pegs and, not gate 10,  then the Sean Grayling trained and driven 9yo would have been the top pick. Last week the son of Dawn Ofa New Day drew the pole, which resulted in a good trip and a solid 10.6m 3rd to Sumomentsomewhere. Stepping out for start 150th , expect a strong showing from the veteran. HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (4) is another handy type from the stables of Blake Fitzpatrick and as a last start winner, the 8yo can’t be taken lightly. A fitter TRIPLE FOUR (1), has the right draw and with a creditable 3rd to He Bettor Step Aside, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven 5yo is capable of giving the Goulburn stable further success. CASSIUS DECK (3), ZIGGY ROCKS (8) and BACK IN TWENTY (9) should be included when forming multiple transactions.

    WOW HE A ROCK STAR 1, Blue Chip Delight 2, Pump The Brakes 3, He Bettor Step Aside 4.

      – Markets assessed by National Trotguide’s Mike Ko’cass


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