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    All the winners on Bathurst’s night of the year All the winners on Bathurst’s night of the year

    THE ONES TO BEAT: Nathan Jack and Fox Dan at Bathurst. PHOTO courtesy Coffee Photography.

    RACE ONE: Fitter for two creditable runs since a spell, EYE CAN TRY (8) is capable of overcoming a tricky draw in an open... All the winners on Bathurst’s night of the year

    RACE ONE:

    Fitter for two creditable runs since a spell, EYE CAN TRY (8) is capable of overcoming a tricky draw in an open and tough contest to ‘kick-off’ Gold Crown night. Prepared by KerryAnn Morris and to be driven by ‘hubby’ Robert, the Sweet Lou filly ended her 2yo career on a winning note when she led throughout at Penrith in late October, prior to resuming with a 6.7m 4th to Ima Queen Bee, again at Penrith on March 14. Contesting a heat if the Gold Bracelet, Eye Can try was left posted outside of the leader when a useful 12.8m 5th behind the Michael Stanley trained and driven Soho Vesper Lind on Monday. Although Eye Can Try has drawn the outside gate, the filly will take a higher level of fitness into the challenge and, the easier task will also assist her pathway to success. DREAM  MELODY (2) ended her previous campaign with four unplaced runs, prior to resuming with a 10.6m 6th to Intrusion, then a creditable 8m 4th to Soho Vesper Lind on Monday. The Bernie Hewitt trained and driven daughter of American Ideal enjoyed a kind three peg role and after coming up with gate two for this engagement, the filly will again be poised to receive a handy and kind run. The added fitness will also be a plus so expect a competitive showing. Scott Hewitt will be represented by FAY IRENE (1) and like her heat on Monday, the daughter of Captaintreacherous has drawn ideally in one. Dictating the terms the filly faded to finish a 16.7m 7th behind Soho Vesper Lind. Prior to that disappointing effort, Fay Irene led throughout for a gritty win at Canberra and that display keeps her in the mix once again. STYLISH LAZARUS (3) showed plenty of early potential, but the daughter of Lazarus has failed to rise to the occasion during the second-half of her 10-start career. Formerly with jack Trainor and now Blake Fitzpatrick, the filly was resuming from a spell when a 31m 5th to star filly Lux Aeterna in her Gold Bracelet heat on Monday. The filly strips fitter and has a kind draw so she at least warrants consideration when it comes to the multiples. NIGELLA BLING (5) wasn’t disgraced by her 20.3m 4th to Libby Lou in her heat and remains in the mix as a potential threat, with the Olivia Frisby trained and driven daughter of Bling It On posting a sound 12.4m 5th to Millwood Bliss in the Raith Memorial at Menangle on March 9. DREAMTIME NALA (9) and PENCIL ME IN (120 have exotic prospects from the back row draws.

    EYE CAN TRY 1, Dream Melody 2, Fay Irene 3, Stylish Lazarus 4.

    RACE TWO:

    The Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven colt DEBONAIRE (11) has drawn the back row for the running of the Gold Chalice Consolation, however, that won’t be enough to prevent the son of Sweet Lou from greeting the judge. After ending his first season of racing with a win at Penrith, Debonaire resumed with an emphatic 27.7m winning display at this venue on March 6, then repeated the dose when Zara Fitzpatrick guided the 3yo to a dominant win at Newcastle a week later. Dictating the terms of his Gold Chalice heat on Monday, the colt faded on his effort, but wasn’t disgraced when a 5.2m 3rd to the classy Nathan Street while Dashing collected second prizemoney. Hitting peak fitness for this assignment, Debonaire certainly has the class to show a return to winning form. Looming as the one to beat is Debonaire’s stablemate MAURLEN BOY (3), which has drawn ideally in three. At this stage Blake is yet to decide on his preferred drive. Respect his choice. Maurlen Bay contested his Gold Chalice heat from a four peg role, prior to be one spot closer on the home bend. Held up for a clear passage the entire length of the straight, Maurlen Bay almost galloped within 50m of the post due to be restrained by Blake, as the son of Always B Miki was climbing over those ahead of him. The consistent 3yo strips fitter for his first run since late October and with the good draw next to his name, Maurlen Boy will be in the finish. The Brad Hewitt trained and driven LETTUCE NIPYA (12) has drawn the back row but the Goulburn visitor remains in the mix. Resuming from a spell with a pleasing 2.4m 3rd to Wipeout at Wagga on March 15, the son of Tintin In America was left exposed outside of the leader when a gritty 3.5m 4th to Ravishing Sloy in his heat on Monday. Lettuce Nipya will strip fitter and with a consistent record to date, the gelding remains a threat. WINGMAN LOU (6) resumed from a spell with a solid Penrith win before working home nicely when a 1.8m 3rd to Ravishing Sloy at Bathurst on Monday. The Ross Adams-trained son of Sweet Lou has drawn reasonably in five, which is less a reserve, and he is worthy of more than a passing thought, especially when it comes to exotic investments. SIR KNIGHT (4) was responsible for a tidy 6.3m 4th to Nathan Street in his heat appearance and with a reasonable draw assisting his claims, don’t ignore the son of Lazarus when it comes to exotic investments. KNOW THE SCORE (1) and IDEAL TIMING (9) also warrant consideration in that department.

    DEBONAIRE 1, Maurlen Bay 2, Lettuce Nipya 3, Wingman Lou 4.

    RACE THREE:

    MICK DANGER (6) has always shown immense talent with the 4yo boasting six wins and eight placings from his 21 starts. Based at Goulburn where he is under the care of Brad Hewitt, the son of Captaintreacherous will face the starter for the running of the Honouree Stakes and everything being equal, the 4yo looks hard to beat. Ending his 3yo career with an unlucky 10.6m 6th to El Camino in the 3YO NSW Bred Final at Menangle last August, Mick Danger resumed with a solid-finishing 2.9m 3rd to Donegal Luther at Bathurst before running out a comfortable winner on his home track. Drawing the inside of the back row for his heat assignment, Mick Danger hit the line strongly in finishing a head 2nd to Sports Narrator, which will again loom as his toughest opponent. Apart from the added fitness, the 4yo will also benefit from the move into gate six. As a result, Mick Danger will go one better this time around. SPORTS NARRATOR (1) has drawn ideally in gate one and that is a big plus for the Rickie Alchin-conditioned son of Sportswriter. The colt has won his past two, Newcastle and Bathurst, respectively, the latter when he led in defeating Mick Danger. Ash Delosa, who is driving in superb form, will again take the reins behind Sports Narrator and she will give him every chance to stretch his winning sequence. Brad Hewitt has also qualified BEER MONEY (9) for the Final, with the For A Reason gelding drawing the inside of the back row. Just two wins from 20-starts appears next to the name of Beer Money, but the 4yo has been a model of consistency in finishing in the minor placings of a dozen occasions. Currently boasting placings in his past five starts, Beer Money is coming off a solid 5.8m 2nd to Court On The Edge when he worked three deep in a mid-race move, which enabled him to take up the running. With the prospect of a stalking role on the pegs, Beer Money will have the chance to celebrate his 21st in style. MOS LONDON (5) had no luck when resuming from a spell, but bounced back strongly in his heat, overcoming a back row draw in finishing strongly in proving too good for Yes You May and Satellite Simba. Fitter and with an improved starting role, Mos London can’t be taken lightly. PACING HOPE (2) is a consistent 6yo son of Art Major, which has exotic claims, with SATELLITE SIMBA (3), COURT ON THE EDGE (8) and TOSSIES SON (10) also falling into that category.

    MICK DANGER 1, Sports Narrator 2, Beer Money 3, Mos London 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    The ‘best bet’ on the card appears in the Bathurst Mayors Cup, courtesy of the Luke McCarthy-trained CANTFINDABETTORMAN (11). After performing well throughout the ID series at Albion Park, and just missing out on the final, Cantfindabettorman had little trouble taking out the consolation, with Blacksadance and Targaryen filling the minors. Fifth to Leap To Fame in the Newcastle Mile at his second run back home, the classy 5yo then finished a 15m 8th to Hi Manameisjeff in the G2 Allied Express Sprint, prior to recording a solid 6.5m 3rd to Hot And Treacherous over 2300m at Menangle on Miracle Mile night. That form and his previous impressive stats are ‘head and shoulders’ above his upcoming rivals. Despite the back row draw, the son of Sweet Lou is on target to secure the 15th win of his career. Talented mare IM PRESI BELLE (10) will also commence the 2260m challenge from the second line, but the Peter Rixon-trained daughter of Mach Three is capable of figuring in the finish. Taking out the Teeny Teeny at Menangle last December. The mare has been placed in two of her subsequent three starts, the latest when she worked home stoutly in recording a 1.7m 3rd to Dadndave at Newcastle on March 22. The 6yo is a wholehearted performer and she will again make a bold bid for the top spot. OLD LUKE (8) has a solid record on his home track, boasting six wins and 16 placings from 38 engagements. Prepared by Amanda Turnbull and to be driven by Isobel Ross, who has a fine understanding of the 11yo, Old Luke scored here three runs back and has been game in defeat in each of his two runs since. The veteran has drawn wide, but should be included when it comes to multiple transactions. The consistent CASSIUS DECK (5) has been placed in each of his past four, three as runner-up, and is worthy of including while HEAVENLY HOLLY (4), a fitter MYMATEPOG (9) and ON DEADLINE (6), which is coming off a disappointing effort for a horse of his talent, all are capable of fighting out the minor positions. PORT AU PRINCE (70 has been safely held for some time, but, if he could find something like his old form, then he would certainly be in contention. Take the 6yo on trust and include him in the multiples.

    CANTFINDABETTORMAN 1, Im Presi Belle 2, Old Luke 3, Cassius Deck 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    The first of the feature G1 events is the Gold Bracelet Final for the 3yo Fillies. The all-important draw has given some of the contestants the opportunity to dream big after the star filly LUX AETERNA  (9) drew the inside of the back row. However, the star Rickie Alchin trained and driven daughter of Captaintreacherous remains the one to beat. The only difference is that a slightly better quite maybe on offer, just maybe. Thirteen starts to date for 10 wins and three placings, two as runner-up, underlines her talent. And, the outstanding job Rickie has done with this filly. Lux Aeterna wrapped up her brilliant first season of racing with placings in her heat and semi-final of the 2YO Fillies Breeders Crown at Melton behind Draw A Dream and Very Pretty, respectively, before again being placed behind the Emma Stewart-prepared filly Very Pretty in the Final. Stepping out for her first engagement this season at Bathurst on Monday, Lux Aeterna led in defeating Eureka Jo and Boulevardofdreams, with the margin a mere half-neck over the runner-up. However, Rickie, as you would expect, was kind to his filly over the final stages. Doing what was required to get the job done and keep plenty in the locker for the Final, when it counts. The tricky draw is intriguing and it will require Rickie to sum up the situation at the start in whether he tempts fate and follows his main danger LIBBY LOU (1), which has drawn ideally in one, in the hope of pouncing via the sprint lane, or vacant the pegs as soon as possible in search of clear air. The second option is likely to be Plan A. LIBBY LOU (1) resumed from a spell with a determined 2.9m 2nd to Millwood Bliss in the G3 Raith Memorial at Menangle on March 9, then led throughout for a comfortable heat win of this event on Monday, defeating Aromet Girl and Mammals Heart. The consistent daughter of Sweet Lou has always been a promising talent and from her ideal draw, trainer-driver Blake Fitzpatrick will be out to produce one of his astute front-running drives. SOHO VESPER LIND (2) was able to take full advantage of a kind run behind the leader when she comfortably accounted for Sara Ta Sloy and Centofellie here on Monday. Trained and driven by Michael Stanley, the Art Major filly has gate two, compared to the inside of the back row when successful. The opportunity to again occupy a prominent role and in a stalking role, will certainly enhance the chances of Soho Vesper Lind receiving the run required to feature in the finish. EUREKA JO (7) qualified for the Final with a determined half-neck 2nd to Lux Aeterna after being behind the winner. The Emma Stewart-conditioned daughter of Bettors Delight is yet to greet the judge after nine attempts, but the filly has been placed on seven occasions, usually in races boasting an abundance of talent. Usually behind some of her star stablemates back home. Eureka Jo has drawn deep but her honesty keeps her in the mix, especially when it comes to the multiples. SARA TA SLOY (4) also has claims when forming exotics while MAMMALS HEART (5), AROMET GIRL (6) and SOHO HONEY RIDER (11) should also come in for attention.

    LUX AETERNA 1, Libby Lou 2, Soho Vesper Lind 3, Eureka Jo 4.

    RACE SIX:

    The G2 Gold Chalice Final now takes centre stage and once again the draw has opened the door, slightly, for a few other runners to grab the major share of the $100,000 on offer, with $50,000 going the way of the winner. Once again Rickie Alchin will be required to ‘weave his magic’ after his star colt, NSW Derby winner, SOHO SPECTRE (10) came up with a back row starting position. The Art Major colt produced an outstanding effort in the Derby, coming from a three peg role with late a rush to snatch victory from Bay Of Biscay while Minos grabbed third. Rickie was able to produce an excellent steer in guiding his star colt to victory and there is no reason why the ’Menangle marvel’ can’t replicate that display. As for Soho Spectre and the 3yo has won eight of his 14 starts while finishing runner-up twice, so he knows how to get the job done. Drawing two and dictating the terms from start to finish, Soho Spectre had little trouble accounting for Royal Cruiser by a margin of 13.6m while Humble was a further 7.7 astern in grabbing third. While the back draw is always a concern, especially in a feature race, Soho Spectre has earnt the right to be billed as the one to beat. But he will be required to bring his ’Á game’ as there is no shortage of threats, which are capable of going home with the trophy. The classy Victorian WAR DAN BUDDY (7) led in defeating Novanta Rising and Minos in his qualifying heat on Monday, and although the margin was a mere 1.4m, the son of Art Major had plenty in reserve. That was his first outing since striking trouble in the 2YO Breeders Crown at Melton last November when recorded a 12m 6th to his stablemate Timmy Rictor. Stripping fitter but drawing wide, War Dan Buddy will again be in the mix for an extended period. Another Victorian in NATHAN STREET (12) will launch his claim from the back row, but this classy son of Lazarus is more than capable of playing an important role in the finish. Always touted as a potential star in the making, Nathan Street has won six of 14, but has managed just one minor placing, which was a 2nd to Bay Of Biscay in a heat of the NSW Derby. A week later and in the feature event, Nathan Street produced a display of bad manners in posting a distant last to Soho Spectre. The colt can be ‘hit and miss’ when it comes to his manners, however, on his day he is overflowing with natural ability. On Monday Nathan Street did everything right in working home stoutly in defeating Dashing and Debonaire, two quality rivals. Driver Jack Trainor has a huge opinion of the Freddy Taiba-trained black colt, and if Nathan Street remains focused from the outset, that confidence in his ability could be easily justified. DASHING (8) has drawn the outside gate but the Luke McCarthy-conditioned colt is bound to run another honest race. The Art Major colt worked home gamely in cutting the winning margin back to a half-head when he recorded a gritty 2nd to Nathan Street. Jack Callaghan will again look to drive Dashing ‘cold’ from this draw, in the hope of making his presence felt over the fin al 200m. ROYAL CRUISER (9) is also a quality Sweet Lou colt, which enjoyed an outstanding 2yo career, prior to resuming this season with a 15.8m 7th to Bay Of Biscay in a heat of the NSW Derby. The Bernie Hewitt trained and driven gelding worked early in obtaining the role outside of the leader when a 13.6m 2nd to Soho Spectre in his heat on Monday. Fitter and drawn to receive a cosy run behind the speed, Royal Cruiser is an ideal type for exotic players. HUMBLE (2) has drawn well and strips fitter for his first-up effort in posting a 21.3m 3rd to Soho Spectre. The lightly-raced American Ideal colt is also a welcome addition to the multiples while MINOS (1) and RAVISHING SLOY (4) can’t be ignored from the good draws.

    SOHO SPECTRE 1, War Dan Buddy 2, Nathan Street 3, Dashing 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    Unbeaten following three stylish and effortless displays, BITTERSWEET (1) has the $150,000 G1 Gold Tiara Final at her mercy after drawing perfectly in gate one. Regardless of the draw, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven 2yo daughter of Captaintreacherous would have headed around to the 1730m starting point as the one to beat. Now that the filly has drawn the ’prized’ position behind the mobile, her grip on the trophy has tightened considerably. Debuting with a solid 5.4m all-the-way win at Bathurst on February 21, Bittersweet continued on her winning way when she again dictated the terms in defeating The Swift One and Windy Hill Tara. On that occasion Bittersweeet drew the inside of the back row in obtaining a midfield role, prior to powering past her rivals in the run home. The best was yet to come as Bittersweet greeted the judge with a margin of 38.7m to spare over Shes Cruisin, which certainly applied to the Goulburn visitor, with Freedom Art back in third spot. It will be a simple case of Brad and Bittersweet dictating the terms from the moment the starter activates the green light, and right up until the time the judge calls a halt. If, there is to be a boilover, and it is a big if, the Luke McCarthy trained and driven KIMA (5) could be the one to cause such a shock result. The Captain Crunch filly debuted with a stylish display in coming from a three peg role in finishing strongly to defeat Wicked Susan and Dolly Rocket. The margin was six metres and it did appear the filly had something in reserve. Better for the experience and with a suitable draw, which will be gate four with one of the reserves out, Kima is bound to give a good account. OUR SPECIAL MEMORY (7) debuted with a handy 7.3m 3rd to Springfield Amoore at Wagga before showing the benefit of that outing with a solid 4m defeat of Personified and Upstream in her heat. Prepared by Russell Jack and to be driven by Nathan, the daughter of Bettors Delight will give a good account. PEACE OUT (9) has drawn awkwardly on the inside of the back row, but remains a suitable exotic player as the Dean and Kerry McDowell-trained daughter of Bettors Delight will have every opportunity to secure the run on the favourite’s back. Debuting with a tough win  at Menangle, Peace Out worked in defeating Spicyshannon and Drama Chick in her heat win. SPICYSHANNON (2) has drawn well in two and will be at a suitable quote for the exotics while OUR ULTIMATE JESSY (3), SENSATIONALIZE (8) and THE SWIFT ONE (12) also have claims at the value when it comes to forming multiple transactions.

    BITTERSWEET 1, Kima 2, Our Special Memory 3, Peace Out 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    To the G1 Gold Crown for the 2YO Colts & Geldings and once again the all-important draw has presented the Clayton Tonkin-conditioned colt FOX DAN (1) with the golden opportunity to add his name to the prestigious Honour Roll. The son of Art Major made his debut in his heat assignment a week ago, and from a wide draw had little luck in working across to race without cover. Joining the leader, then heading Soho The Real Deal in straightening for home, Fox Dan pulled clear to score with authority and it did appear Cam Hart had something in reserve in allowing the colt to pull clear, virtually under his own steam in scoring by 9.6m. Fitter and better for the experience, Fox Dan is poised to take control of this challenge from the outset in proving the one to beat. Cam is also down to drive MY ULTIMATE BARNEY (3), with the Jarrod Alchin-conditioned colt unbeaten in two starts. After debuting with an 18m win at Penrith the son of Downbytheseaside again led in defeating Sanchez and Wamboyne Machete in his heat. Gate three will await the colt and that will ensure that he is applying his trade from a role close to the action, which will allow him to stake a string claims for the major share of the prizemoney and the trophy. SOHO THE REAL DEAL (9) will have the chance to obtain a suitable and economical peg run after drawing behind the pole runner, Fox Dan. Trained and driven by Michael Stanley, the son of former star performer, Soho Tribeca, scored on debut at Menangle before an 8.9m 4th to Hezatreacherous in the G3 Sapling Stakes at Headquarters on Miracle Mile night. Michael was able to dictate the terms with Soho The Real Deal in his heat, which resulted in a 9.6m 2nd to Fox Dan. While it is hard to see the colt turning the tables on the winner, claims as an exotic runner must be respected. The Nathan Jack trained and driven SANCHEZ (2) started an odds-on elect in his appearance, with a gritty 2.9m 2nd to My Ultimate Barney coming his way. With the benefit of his initial outing and a good draw, Sanchez is also a suitable addition to the multiples. SOHO FURY (4) is coming off a solid heat win and is also entitled to exotic involvement while SWEET LEXY (8) greeted the judge with a margin of 22.4m to spare over Wazza and Dance With Carmer. As a member of the Bernie Hewitt team, that automatically entitles the son of Sweet Lou the utmost respect when it comes to this particular carnival.

    FOX DAN 1, My Ultimate Barney 2, Soho The Real Deal 3, Sanchez 4.

    RACE NINE:

    Although coming off a costly defeat, HEZATREACHEROUS (1) remains the one to beat when the Gold Crown Gold Consolation is ‘run and won’. The KerryAnn Morris-trained colt has drawn ideally in gate one and that will allow Robert to dictate the terms. After debuting with a close 2nd to Sweet On Lexy at this venue in late February, the son of Captaintreacherous drew wide, worked and displayed plenty of grit in accounting for Springfield Amore and Ultimate Cruza in the G3 Sapling Stakes at Menangle. Looking to qualify for a position in the Gold Crown, Hezatreacherous was on target to do exactly that, however, he found one better in Jacks Ultimate Fury. Hezatreacherous will at least receive some consolation with a win this time around. SPRINGFIELD AMORE (4) also led in his heat and also had to settle for being ‘second best’ when Soho Fury finished the race off strongly in lowering the colours of the odds-on elect. Trained and driven by Brad Hewitt, the son of Sweet Lou has the talent to prove hard to beat once again. STAY FOOLISH (3) led on debut in scoring on his home track, prior to the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven Stay Hungry colt dictated the terms when a fading 7m 3rd to Soho Fury and Springfield Amore. With a suitable draw assisting his claims, Stay Foolish will again be in the mix for a long way. OHOKA DREAM (6) has claims when it comes to multiple combinations while LA CAVALLETTA (9), MAC BON (10) and DANCE WITH CARMER ( 12) also warrant consideration in that department.

    HEZATREACHEROUS 1, Springfield Amore 2, Stay Foolish 3, Ohoka Dream 4.

    RACE 10:

    The Gold Tiara Gold Consolation appears to be a slightly more open affair, and although the Michael Stanley-conditioned SOHO AMERICANO (7) has drawn wide, the filly will starter from gate five if the two reserves remain on the sidelines. After opening her career with placings at Bathurst and Menangle, both as runner-up, the American Ideal filly then drew the inside of the back row in her heat, resulting in a midfield role coming her way. Three deep for the run home, Soho Americano kept grinding her way to the line in recording a creditable 7.3m 4th to Our Special Memory. The return to a front line draw will assist Soho Americano in occupying a role closer to the action from the outset and that should be a big plus in an open race. The draw does favour the Steve Turnbull-trained DRAMA CHICK (1), which will be driven by his son Mitch. The Always B Miki filly has been placed in all three assignments to date, the opening two as runner-up, while the latest as a creditable 10.8m 3rd to Peace Out in her heat. With gate one being a big plus in this field, Drama Chick will have options and if one of those is to lead, then Drama Chick should have little drama in greeting the judge for the first time in her career. Trainer Peter Payne will be represented by his promising Captaintreacherous filly UPSTREAM (11), which will be competing against the tide after drawing the back row. Placed in all three runs to date, Upstream worked home stoutly in her heat, resulting in a solid 4.3m 3rd to Our Special Memory. Upstream should be given more than just a passing thought. WICKED SUSAN (6) has shown promise for Keith McDeed, with the McWicked filly dictating the terms in finishing a determined 6m 2nd to Kima. Reserves out and gate four is appealing for Wicked Susan so expect to see Robert Morris having her in the mix from the outset. Exotic investors should also consider AVA LEANNE (3), which debuted for Temora mentor Garry Harpley with a pleasing 6.9m 2nd to The Swift One in her heat. GUNNA RELOAD (9), a filly by Sweet Lou, debuted with a pleasing 5.3m 3rd to Sensationalize and is bound to be better for the experience while SOMETHING FOR LEXY (10) is also in contention for a role in the placings.

    SOHO AMERICANO 1, Drama Chick 2, Upstream 3, Wicked Susan 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

     

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