It has been a ‘big news’ week for trainer Jarrod Alchin and Tumby Park, with My Ultimate Ronnie securing a ‘slot’ in the $2m Eureka, which will be staged at Club Menangle in early September, and the good time should continue in the opening event. Boasting wins in three of his past four starts, and finishing runner-up on the other occasion, MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON (1) appeals as the one to beat. The 4yo son of Sweet Lou was brave in defeat when left exposed outside of the leader, which resulted in a 1.3m determined effort behind Freddy Singh. My Ultimate Chevron enjoyed a kinder midfield role a week later and, as a result, Cam Hart timed his run to perfection, as the pair arrived in time to defeat So Much More and Lochiel over this course and distance. This will be a slightly harder assignment, however, the draw will give Cam the option of holding the inside running or secure a kind run, stalking the speed before unleashing his challenge in the run home. JALANEEL (2) has been mixing his form of late, but gate two is an ideal spot for the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven son of Heston Blue Chip. After opening his latest term of racing with three unplaced efforts, one through no fault of the horse after striking trouble, Jalaneel then accounted for Thats Art and Freddy Singh, prior to working to the line from a rearward role in posting a closing 6m 4th to Chevrons Bypass last week. The prospect of a role close to the action will result in the 4yo looming as a threat. The Joe Conolly-trained ROCKET BOY (9) completed a hat-trick of runner-up roles when he led in finishing a half-neck behind Chevrons Bypass last week. Launching his claim from the outset when taken to the lead by Seaton Grima, the 5yo son of Art Major was nabbed in the final couple of strides, just when he appeared poised for success. Rocket Boy has again drawn wide but Seaton is bound to push the ‘go button’ in attempt to have Rocket Boy in the thick of the action when again. Brad Hewitt has two runners engaged, TRIPLE FOUR (6) and TAIPO (7), with the former appearing to have the best chance of greeting the judge, although improvement will be required on his past two runs. The son of American Ideal was never a factor when a 16.2m 5th to Double Act five weeks ago, however, the 5yo has the talent to be a contender. JO AN JO (5) has been drifting ‘in and out’ of form, but the Jason Grimson-trained 4yo Bettors Delight mare can’t be dismissed as threat. IAM THE CAPTAIN (4) and HAS THE COURAGE (8) should be linked to multiple transactions.
MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON 1, Jalaneel 2, Rocket Boy 3, Triple Four 4.
Following an impressive performance in greeting the judge a couple of weeks ago, HEAVEN ON HIGH (3) is entitled to top billing, despite the presence of a number of serious contenders for the top spot. First-up after a slight setback when 7th to Port Au Prince in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith on April 6, the David Thorn-trained son of Rock N Roll Heaven experienced a different role than usual, with Jack Trainor driving him quietly back in the field. Sweeping around the bulk of the field on straightening for home, Jack had Heaven On High hitting top gear out six deep in powering down the middle of the track, which resulted in the pair racing past Rocket Boy and Emmas Boy, the latter winning since by a comfortable margin at Goulburn last Sunday. With the benefit of that outing, his first in six weeks, and a good draw, Heaven On High is likely to be a lot closer to the action this time around. The consistent Jason Grimson-conditioned pair of LIGHTNING DAN (4) and TEAGAN BANNER (2) loom as the main threats. Jack Callaghan will take the reins behind Lightning Dan, who is on the verge of another win. Runner-up to Eureka hopeful My Ultimate Ronnie in a heat of the APG Gold Bullion for 4YO E&G’s, then in the Final, when beaten 1.2m by the Jarrod Alchin-trained star, Lightning Dan drew wide when a closing 3.2m 4th to Romanee a few weeks ago. With the benefit of a better draw, the son of Captaintreacherous is likely to be prominently placed from the outset. Cam Hart will partner TEAGAN BANNER and with gate two an ideal number, the son of Art Major should be in the thick of the action from the outset. The consistent 8yo followed an easy win over Ardens Ace and Emmas Boy, with a costly but gritty 2m 4th to Chevron Art when he attempted to dictate the terms from start to finish. While that particular trio appear to be the major players, THREE RIVERS (1) is capable of bouncing back strongly, especially from the pole position, following a slightly disappointing effort last week. Drawing wide and settling midfield, The Gold Ace 5yo worked home fairly, without threatening, in recording an 11.2m 7th to Double Act. Prior to that effort the Belinda McCarthy-trained 5yo had been a consistent performer, with a nose 2nd to the classy Queenslander Speak The Truth highlighting his recent displays. From gate one Three Rivers should be kept safe. ROMANEE (8) has won his past two in fine fashion, but the wide gate, in this stronger assignment, may restrict his claims to a minor role in the multiples. If, the reserve LA CAPTAIN (9) gains a run then include the Jess Tubbs-trained 5yop in the exotics as the son of Captaintreacherous is rarely far away.
HEAVEN ON HIGH 1, Lightning Dan 2, Teagan Banner 3, Three Rivers 4.
Disappointing a month ago when a 17.5m 8th to Romanee, the Belinda McCarthy-conditioned JUST AS WELL (7) is worthy of another chance on her previous solid form. After leading out, then taking a sit, the Well said mare then rounded the home turn after being in the one-one at the spot of the track, but as no stage did she look to be a winning hope when Luke asked for an effort. Both Romanee and the runner-up Rocket Boy have been competitive since, so the slightly easier assignment should benefit Just As Well. Prior to that outing the mare did finish a photo 2nd behind Tin Tin Jo, and a repeat of that effort would see her proving hard to beat. SMOOTH OVERARM (6) has had 21 starts at this venue for just the on win, along with four minor placings, but the son of Changeover has also been in the mix on a number of occasions. After working and finishing last behind Heaven On High, the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven 8yo worked home strongly when a 5.5m 7th to Kingston Shannon a week ago. This will be his best chance for sometime to snare his second win at Headquarters. HEAVENLY HOLLY (8) followed a Newcastle win with a useful 8.4m 7th to Tin Tin Jo last week after working outside of the leader. The Michael Formosa trained and driven 5yo has again drawn deep, but her form is good enough to be involved in the finish. STICK MAN (4) was responsible for a creditable run in finishing a 4.8m 6th to Kingston Shannon and with a solid Newcastle win coming his way, prior to his Menangle engagement, the Darren Elder-trained son Shadow Play is worthy of more than a passing thought. Exotic players should consider SHADES OF HEAVEN (3), SKITTLE BOMB (5), CHARLIES ACE (9) and THE BACHELOR (1) when forming combinations.
JUST AS WELL 1, Smooth Overarm 2, Heavenly Holly 3, Stick Man 4.
In what appears an open contest, the Anthony Missen-trained GOTONEBETTOR (4) is worth the gamble, especially after the Tamworth visitor elected to book Cam Hart for the drive. The 7yo has turned his form around over the past couple of months, collecting three wins and a last-start second from his past six engagements, mainly on his home circuit. After recording back-to-back wins, the latter when he led, the son of Bettors Delight them worked home stoutly in posting a 6.9m 2nd to Cash Em In Shannon in a heat of this event. Reserve out and Gotonebettor draws slightly better and from gate three, Cam will have him in a competitive role from the moment the green light is activated on top of the mobile. The David Kennedy-conditioned CINOS LEGACY (1) will appreciate gate one after the mare drew the inside of the back row in her heat at West Wyalong. Three pegs for the majority of the contest, the American Ideal 5yo worked home well when clear, which resulted in a 1.7m 2nd to Hall Stitched Up. Although mixing her form prior to that run, Cinos Legacy will be thereabouts from the outset in receiving a kind run. PETES ART FOLLY (5) has been placed in his past four starts, with the son of Art Major finishing runner-up on three occasions. Always prominent in his latest assignment at Wagga, the Michael Prest-trained son of Art Major worked home stoutly when open space became available, which resulted in a 7.3m 2nd behind Ulaanbaatar. The 6yo has been unplaced in his previous three starts here, but he is racing with confidence. ULAANBAATAR (7) is coming off wins at Canberra and Wagga and that entitles the David Micallef-trained daughter of Hes Watching being included in the mix. POCKET BOOK (3) and RAINING ON RINGO (9) should be kept safe when it comes to the multiples.
GOTONEBETTOR 1, Cinos Legacy 2, Petes Art Folly 3, Ulaanbaatar 4.
With six placings from seven Menangle assignments it would be hard to deny MIST TRIUMPHANT (3) from being triumphant when she tackles this challenge. Prepared by David Kennedy, Most Triumphant usually faces stronger opposition when she heads to Headquarters, and that was the case four starts back when she finished a 3.78m 2nd to Promiseland in a heat of the APG Gold Bullion 3YO Fillies series on April 24. Checked and then posted wide on the final turn, the daughter of Highview Tommy was game in defeat. Five days later and the task was even harder, but in the Final the filly was again responsible for a bold display, this time finishing a 12.6m 3rd to two outstanding types in Peaceful and Jewel Melody. Leading throughout in scoring at Leeton, Most Triumphant then worked outside of the leader when a gritty 3m 5th to Rock The Nation at Wagga two weeks ago. Suitably drawn in three Most Triumphant will have the opportunity to take control of this race from the outset. The wide draw has slightly hindered the claims of the Rickie Alchin trained and driven IL BANDITO (10), but the son of Art Major remains a serious player. Il Bandito greeted the judge at Penrith, either side of a 36m 10th to Ourmatemenko at Shepparton on May 7, with the 3yo choking down. Contesting a 1609m assignment from gate one last week, Il Bandito enjoyed a kind run behind the leader before sneaking home, via the markers, when a 2.3m 4th to On Deadline after being baulked on a couple of occasions. The sparingly-raced NO DRAMAS (2) ended her first season of racing with a 27.5m 2nd to Peaceful at Menangle last August. Resuming with an easy all-the-way win at Penrith on May 11, the Troy Primmer-conditioned daughter of Betterthancheddar has the talent to be a factor after drawing ideally. David Morris, who is driving in fine fashion, will again takes the reins. KING OF HEARTS (9) has drawn wide and is coming off a costly 5.8m 5th to My Ultimate Major at Newcastle a week ago, but the son of Sweet Lou should be included when it comes to forming multiple transactions. KING TINTIN (11) has won six of his dozen assignments, and although a wide draw will await the Neil Day trained and driven son of Tintin In America, he is entitled to be seen as a contender, especially when it comes to the exotics.
MOST TRIUMPHANT 1, Il Bandito 2, No Dramas 3, King Of Hearts 4.
The J D Watts Memorial has attracted an exciting line-up and fresh from his trip across the Nullarbor, SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS (4) is the one to beat. Gallant in defeat when beaten a head by Betterzippit in the inaugural running of the $1m Nullarbor at Gloucester Park on April 14, the Belinda McCarthy-conditioned son of Sweet Lou brushed off the cobwebs with a solid Menangle trial win, indicating that he had taken no ill-effects of his trip across to the west coast and back. Drawing in three, if the reserve remains on the bench, the high-profile 6yo finished runner-up behind Catch A Wave in the Miracle Mile, just four runs back, and with wins in each of his past two starts when resuming from a let-up, Spirit Of St Louis will take a power of beating. With Jack Callaghan taking the reins, as per usual, Luke McCarthy will again be in the sulky when it comes to BONDI LOCKDOWN (5). The classy 5yo ended his previous campaign on a winning note when successful in the G2 Light Horse FFA on Miracle Mile night, before resuming with a solid win in the Coronation Cup at Headquarters on May 6. However, he had a fall from grace last week when a fading 10.5m 6th to his long-shot stablemate Artillery. Left facing the breeze before starting to slip out of contention on the home turn, the son of Somebeachsomewhere will strip fitter and with the benefit of a better draw, the 5yo is bound to be make an early move for a role in the thick of the action from the outset. I CAST NO SHADOW (1) is one of three runners from the powerful Jason Grimson stable, and his best hope of greeting the judge, although ABOUTTIME (10) and FIRE FOX (3) are capable of winning, without surprising. I Cast No Shadow has been off the scene since a 4.8m 5th to Bondi Lockdown in the Light Horse G2 FFA on March 4. Jason has elected not to trial the outstanding 7yo son of Shadow Play, but no doubt he will be ready to be involved in the finish, particularly from the pole position. Cam Hart will no doubt eye-off a stalking role behind the two Belinda McCarthy runners, prior to making his presence felt over the final 300m. ABOUTIME (10) led and following a perfect front-running drive by Josh Gallagher, fell victim to a superb display by Chris Geary in steering Artillery to a surprise win. Despite drawing wider for this assignment, Abouttime, who rarely runs a bad race, is entitled to attention when it comes to the multiples. Former Kiwi SOUTH COAST ARDEN (8) will make his Menangle debut now that he is a member of the Paul Fitzpatrick team. The classy 6yo had his first run for the team, following a couple of solid Menangle trial wins, when he overcame a back row draw and a role outside of the leader, in defeating Mymatepog and Faze of Glory at Bathurst. Boasting a fine record back home, South Coast Arden has the talent to make things interesting for his high-profile rivals. ARTILLERY (9) has drawn a lot wider this time, but would probably drift back any way, however, he made have used up all of his luck a week ago.
SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS 1, Bondi Lockdown 2, I Cast No Shadow 3, Abouttime 4.
The Aaron Goadsby-trained LUVARESCHS (6) looks poised to continue on her winning way. Following a respectable 7.2m 2nd to Eye believe in the APG 2YO Fillies Final at5 Headquarters on April 29, the daughter of Art Major returned to her home track of Newcastle, and was able to record back-to-back wins, the first of those wins a heat of this event. First to the pegs, then taking a sit, Luvareschs proved a shade too strong for El Franco De and Princess Remi. A comfortable all-the-way followed, with Mega Rage and Dunkem chasing the talented filly home. Josh Gallagher, who is driving in fine style, will again partner the juvenile filly, and although drawn wider than usual, Luvareschs will take a power of beating. EL FRANCO DE (7) has continued to improve with each assignment and the colt looks ready to make a bold bid for victory. A moderate opening to his career, was followed by an improving 3.7m 4th to Cabana, prior to the son of Always B Miki working across to take up the running when a solid 1.3m 2nd behind Luvareschs. The Belinda McCarthy-trained youngster will be a serious threat to the filly. EDWARD JAY (11) has a tricky draw to overcome, but the consistent Warrawee Needy colt is capable of being in the mix when the judge calls a halt. The Todd Day trained and driven Young visitor drew the back row at Wagga, which resulted in a midfield, prior to working home in a determined fashion to gran 2nd spot behind Cant Hear You. GOTTA LOCKHEED (8) has been placed in three of his four assignments and when it comes to exotic investments, the son of Bettors Delight is worthy of inclusion. The Bernie Hewitt trained and driven KICK THE SWITCH (10) debuted with a narrow, but pleasing win at Dubbo, and has since posted a solid trial effort at Bathurst on Monday in readiness for this challenge. The well-bred son of Lazarus appears to have plenty of talent and it may pay to keep him in multiple investments. Others to consider include PLATINUM JEWEL (1) and PRINCESS REMI (2).
LUVARESCHS 1, El Franco De 2, Edward Jay 3, Gotta Lockheed 4.
James Rattray has been enjoying plenty of success, both on and off the track, over the past few months and RAVE ON HALL (6) is capable of keeping the ‘good times’ coming. Enjoying fatherhood for the first time since the birth of his daughter Estelle, James will be hoping that Rave On Hall can break through for his first stand win after collecting four placings from his previous six attempts. After greeting the judge at Headquarters four starts ago, the 7yo son of Andover Hall has collected a hat-trick of placings, the latest in the G3 Bulli Trotters Cup when he left the stand challenge, safely, which allowed him to enjoy a kind, three peg role, before joining the leader on the home turn. However, the 7yo was unable to join or head Escape The Pace, with the Kiwi pulling clear for a stylish win. Rave On Hall was game in defeat, finishing a respectable 4.6m second. Rave On hall has again drawn the front tape, which is a big plus as most of the main threat will be giving him a decent start, providing he steps away in a confident manner. Despite the 30m hcp, the Jess Tubbs-conditioned ONE OVER ALL (13) must be included as a major contender. Boasting 10 wins and seven placings from 26 starts under these conditions, the classy Victorian won four straight, with the Horsham trotters Cup, Charlton Trotters Cup and the Trotters Cup at Ararat coming his way. The 5yo son of Angus Hall then missed out by the head margin in claiming the Bendigo Trotters Cup, when Ultimate Stride. Back to a mobile event at Melton last time out, and One Over All was badly away in recording a 52.2m 7th to Ultimate Stride. Blake Fitzpatrick, who is a master when it comes to the trotter, has been booked to guide One Over all to victory. The Jarrod Alchin-trained REGAL ATTIRE (14) will partner One Over all behind the 30m tape and with three wins and two placings from his past five starts, the 5yo son of Muscle Hill will again loom as a threat. The stand won’t be a concern as Regal Attire has five wins and nine placings to show for his 17 engagements from behind the strands. FUNKY MONKEY (12) appears to be regaining form and confidence after a lengthy, enforced, spell due to injury. The Elizabeth Heath-conditioned daughter of Monkey Bones is again capable of being involved in the finish, as the mare looks to break through for a win after three placings from five starts since resuming. MAJESTIC TRIP (11) broke at the start and lost all chance when a well-beaten 9th to Escape The Pace, with the Brad Hewitt trained and driven mare starting a short-priced favourite. Expect a better showing from the 5yo mare in respecting her claims, at least when it comes to forming exotic combinations. HOT TO TROT (1) is an interesting runner from the astute NZ stables of Mark Jones. Jack Trainor will take the reins behind the 4yo son of Creatine, who has eight stand starts to date in finishing unplaced on each occasion. While having his share of talent, Jack is hoping that Hot To Trot can show improved stand manners in the hope of being competitive.
RAVE ON HALL 1, One Over all 2, Regal Attire 3, Funky Monkey 4.
On the subject of Jack Trainor, and his star mare BRAEVIEW KELLY (8) returns to racing following a well-earnt spell. The classy daughter of Bettors Delight has been off the scene since a 14.7m 5th behind catch a Wave in the Miracle Mile back on March 4. Prior to that experience, Braeview Kelly won three-on-end on fine style, culminating with victory in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Mile. The 5yo has taken over the mantle from her, previous champion stablemate, Stylish Memphis as the stable star, and following a solid trial win, both Jack and her driver Cam Hart, were delighted with her progress. Despite drawing the outside gate in the field of eight, Braeview Kelly is bound to stamp her authority on the contest from the outset. B K SWY (5) was responsible for an eye-catching return to racing when a 3.6m 3rd to Polly Put Kettleon a couple of weeks ago. Also a member of the strong Trainor team, the mare, who will be driven by Jack, has always shown immense talent and she can be expected to record another bold effort. FAIRY TINKABELL (7) led and had every chance when a head 2nd to Elektra last time out, with the odds-on favourite beaten on her merits. The winner of a similar race three runs ago, albiet, with the likes of a Braeview Kelly, the 7yo daughter of Big Jim is rarely far away when competing against her own sex. DELIGHTFUL ANGEL (3) will be having her first run since the Queen Elizabeth II Mile on February 25, when a creditable 8.4m 4th behind Braeview Kelly. The consistent Jarrod Alchin-trained daughter of Bettors Delightis an honest and consistent competitor and on the back of a pleasing trial, the 6yo must be included when forming exotic transactions. TOTAL DIVA (6) did too much work when a fading 13.5m 7th to Polly Put Kettleon, but her previous sound form keeps her in the mix when it comes to the exotics.
BREAVIEW KELLY 1, B K Swy 2, Fairy Tinkabell 3, Delightful Angel 4.
- MICK KO’CASS