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    Can our No. 1 form analyst tip the card? Can our No. 1 form analyst tip the card?

    NEW DIRECTION: Ash Hart.

    RACE ONE: WAVETHEBILL (6) has certainly provided punters with plenty of extra cash of late, and although the task becomes a shade more difficult,... Can our No. 1 form analyst tip the card?

    RACE ONE:

    WAVETHEBILL (6) has certainly provided punters with plenty of extra cash of late, and although the task becomes a shade more difficult, the Elizabeth Heath-conditioned son of Net Ten Eom remains the one to beat again. Placed in each of his opening two starts this term, Wavethebill settled into his work with back-to-back wins, prior to completing the hat-trick when he led in accounting for Fear Cruisin and Tinder Surprise. Each time the 5yo has been sent around to the start with ‘red figures’ next to his name, but a slightly more generous quote should be on offer. Looming as a threat is the Noel Hatcher-trained JIMARTEE (7), which has been responsible for two pleasing efforts since returning from a spell. First-up, and the son of Sportswriter recorded a closing 8m 6th behind Port Au Prince, circling the field out four deep on the home turn. Last week it was a similar story when the 6yo hit the line with intent, resulting in an 8m 4th to the in-form Faze Of Glory. Jimartee has drawn a couple of spots better and with his level of fitness nearing its peak, the gelding is ready to be involved in the finish. TEAGAN BANNER (8) also contested the race won by Faze Of Glory and, as per usual, the son of Art Major was responsible for a tidy display. Restrained at the start after drawing wide, Teagan Banner worked home stoutly, without being a serious threat, in posting a 9.8m sixth. The draw has been slightly kinder, but the 8yo is likely to be saved for one run, which is his usual racing pattern. After recording a quarter of stylish wins, GORDONS BAY (11) winning run came to an end when he finished a gallant 1.9m 5th to Firestorm Red a few weeks ago. The James Rattray trained and driven son of Captaintreacherous has drawn the outside gate, but it is hard to dismiss him as a winning contender on that basis. Numerous chances when it comes to forming multiple transactions, with MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON (2) a definite contender after drawing well, along with BLACK ONYX (4), BRAEDOS LAD (9) and FIRESTORM RED (10). If, THREE RIVERS (5) comes off the bench, don’t ignore the consistent son of The Gold Ace as a threat.

    WAVETHEBILL 1, Jimartee 2, Teagan Banner 3, Gordons Bay 4.

    RACE TWO:

    Quality 4yo, RIPP (3) made a pleasing return to racing a week ago in a much harder challenge, and with that run under his belt, plus an ideal draw, the Bernie Hewitt-trained gelding makes plenty of appeal. After ending his previous campaign on a winning note, courtesy of taking out the APG Gold Bullion 4YO E&G Final, Bernie primed his stable star for his return, courtesy of a couple solid Bathurst trials. Contesting the Alf Phillis FFA, Ripp settled four back in the running line, prior to easing out three deep as the field approached the final turn. Although Ripp never appeared to be a serious contender for a role in the placings, the son of Somebeachsomewhere continued to find the line in good fashion. The end result was a solid 6m 5th to Stingray Tara. Doug Hewitt will be looking to have a fitter Ripp in a far more challenging role from the outset after the Georges Plain visitor draw ideally in two, which will his starting role. Providing the reserve stays on the sideline.

    Entitled to more than a passing thought is the Robert Morris-trained KANENA PROVLIMA (9), despite the presence of a wide gate. The 7yo has been racing in fine fashion in races won by Spirit Of St Louis, South Coast Arden (twice), Cash N Flow and more recently, his talented stablemate, Port Au Prince. The son of A Rocknroll Dance finished runner-up behind Port Au Prince, which was the case when beaten 8.4m by Cash N Flow. Robert has engaged Jack Trainor to take the reins behind Kanena Provlima. Also poised to keep Ripp busy is the Nathan Turnbull trained and driven FAZE OF GLORY (6), which hasn’t been ‘fazed’ in winning his four in fine style. Win number four was the result of a solid display at this venue a week ago, with the previous three recorded on his home track of Bathurst. Taking control of the contest soon after the start, Nathan dictated the terms to perfection in guiding the son of Lincoln Royal to a comfortable 3m victory over Double Act while Firestorm Red was a further 2.4m in grabbing third. From the middle of the line, the Bathurst duo will again look to find the pegs, and that may assist Ripp in securing a kind run behind the speed. DOUBLE ACT (7) scored at Headquarters five runs ago, prior to recording four-consecutive placings, beaten 3m or less in the process. The consistent son of Heston Blue Chip worked when a brave 2nd to Faze Of Glory a week ago, and although a slightly wider starting role awaits, expect Double Act to make his presence felt once again. Exotic investors should include last-start winner, the consistent WOW HES A ROCK STAR (8), TUPPENCE (5) and MACH DA VINCI (10).

    RIPP 1, Kanena Provlima 2, Faze Of Glory 3, Double Act 4.

    RACE THREE:

    Unbeaten in two runs since crossing the Tasman to join the astute Jack Trainor stable, STELLAR ARDEN (4) is worth the gamble in what will be her toughest test for the team. Joining Jack’s stable on a winning note, following a gritty display at Addington in mid-June, the daughter of Bettors Delight overcome a moderate start in defeating Sir Simon and Starzzz Reign a month later, prior to comfortably accounting for Just As Well and Parked In Heaven. The 5yo mare appears to be a progressive type and, with Jack’s outstanding strike rate when it comes to mares, Stellar Arden should continue to thrive. Stablemate IM IN TROUBLE (1) has drawn ideally in one and that will allow Cam Hart to provide the son of Art Major with a kind run from the outset. Placed in four of his past five, the 4yo has been in the money in each of his past three, culminating in a 5.8m 3rd behind Ardens Ace. Although his wins are spaced these days, Im In Trouble is capable of being a contender this time around. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven ALTA BILLY (3) is coming off a comfortable all-the-way win last week, with the 5yo crossing from a wide gate to find the markers, prior to being rated to perfection in defeating Bertie Jones and Tinder Surprise. The consistent son of Alta Christiano has drawn ideally in two, which is less the reserve, so expect to see the Bathurst visitor making his presence felt from the outset. HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (5) crossed from the outside gate in dictating the terms when a gritty 2m 3rd to Triple Four and Theresa Love last week. Rarely far away, the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven 8yo has an improved draw so don’t write him off. The Seaton Grima duo of CRIME DON’T PAY(6) and LANOCH BOY (7) step up in grade but are racing well enough to be considered exotic players while R K FINN (8) also has claims in that regard.

    STELLAR ARDEN 1, Im In Trouble 2, Alta Billy 3, He Bettor Step Aside 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    Another Jack Trainor-conditioned mare in ARDENS DELIGHT (10) warrants plenty of attention, despite the presence of an outside gate. Also a former Kiwi, the daughter of Bettors Delight won her opening two starts on this side of the ‘ditch’, leading throughout on both occasions before leading out, then competing from a three peg role when a 1.9m 3rd to Makara. The deep gate is a concern, however. If the mare receives a suitable trip, then she has the ability to be involved in the finish. Trainer Kevin Pizzuto and driver Jack Brown combined in winning four of the seven races at Bankstown on Monday, and their successful run could easily continue here, courtesy of CONSTANTINA (5). A Menangle winner four runs ago, the daughter of Pet Rock hasn’t been far away in three subsequent outings, with a 22.9m 2nd to Wavethebill, followed by consecutive 5th’s behind Wavethebill and Alta Billy, with both efforts being more than useful. Handily drawn and returning to a suitable challenge, the 6yo mare can’t be taken lightly. The James Rattray-trained KABIBI (9) will be backing up from an assignment here on Tuesday, and providing the mare comes through that challenge without disappointing, then respect her claims. The mare has been racing consistently and with Taylah Osmond driving in fine fashion, the combination should be competitive, despite drawing wide. JUST AS WELL (11) has drawn the outside gate, but the mare does have plenty of gate speed so Bailey McDonough may allow her to stride freely when the green light is activated. Runner-up to Stellar Arden two starts ago, the 5yo daughter of Well Said then raced in a prominent role when a creditable 5.9m behind Im Presi Belle. Despite the draw the are remains a threat. MY SWEET SABRINA (6) and KATES VIRTUE (3) could provide some value in the multiples. BEAUTY PLAY (1) is the reserve, however, if she gains a run certainly include her as a chance for the major share of the prizemoney.

    ARDENS DELIGHT 1, Constantina 2, Kabibi 3, Just As Well 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    Back from a Queensland campaign, which resulted in three unplaced, but not disgraced efforts, B K SWY (9) will welcome competing on familiar surroundings when she faces the starter for the Ranji Bill. Heading north on the back of a solid win at Headquarters, the Jack Trainor prepared and driven daughter of Big Jim finished 5th behind Fairy Tinkabell and Uptown Beachgirl, respectively, before competing from a four peg role in posting a useful 10.8m 7th to Amore Vita in the Golden Girl at AP three weeks ago. The 6yo didn’t have the best of luck but kept creeping home nicely over the final 100m. Boasting a fine record at this venue, B K Swy should prove hard to hold out. It is hard to go past IM PRESI BELLE (8) as the main threat as Peter Rixon has the daughter of Mach Three in career best form. After taking out the Mares Championship at Melton on June 3, Im Presi Belle hasn’t finished further back than fourth in four starts at Menangle, with two placings and a last-start win over Oh Daddy and Cala Jane underlining her desire to succeed. The mare is versatile in her racing pattern, but from the wide gate Will Rixon may look to keep his ‘powder dry’ for a late surge. POLLY PUT KETTLEON (7) didn’t finish her latest assignment off, as well as expected, when an 11.8m 7th to Faze Of Glory a week ago. However, the Sofia Arvidsson trained and driven daughter of Courage Under Fire remains a threat on her previous solid form. The return to her on sex will be a big plus for Polly Put Kettleon. Reserve out and COMMON COURTESY (2) is capable of causing a minor surprise. Darren Binskin has the daughter of Tintin In America racing consistently and her latest effort, a 5.5m 5th to Im Presi Belle, was in keeping with her recent efforts. The prospect of securing a kind peg run will be a plus. PUNT AWAY (11) has drawn the outside gate after being placed on the ODM list, following a display of bad manners at the start, resulting in a 25.6m last to Im Presi Belle. The mare won in fine fashion prior to that outing, and although the draw is a hurdle, the Jack Trainor-trained daughter of Sportswriter has the ability to bounce back strongly. LITTLE BLISS (5) has been freshened by trainer Troy Williams and the gritty mare has exotic prospects, along with TOTAL DIVA (10).

    B K SWY 1, Im Presi Belle 2, Polly Put Kettleon 3, Common Courtesy 4.

    RACE SIX:

    Despite coming up with the outside gate, WINDY HILL TARA (11) should prove superior to her rivals. After ending her previous campaign with a 7.3m 7th to Major Delight in the Gold Bracelet Final at Bathurst on March 25, the Steve Turnbull-trained daughter of Betting Line, following two solid trials, headed to Albion Park for the G1 Queensland Oaks on July 22. Drawing the back row and settling in a rearward role, Windy Hill Tara worked home stoutly in recording a 9.8m 6th to Torque Like Motion. The run was certainly a pleasing way to start her latest term of racing. The talented 3yo filly will strip fitter and the drop in class is an important factor. Goulburn mentor Brad Hewitt is enjoying a good run of late and SHEZ THE REASON (9) could give him more reason to celebrate. The For a Reason filly found the task beyond her when a 26.8m 6th behind the brilliant, The Lost Storm at AP a month ago, prior to accounting for Bronski Delight and Remy Brown in a far easier challenge. The filly is capable of playing a role in the finish. Suitably drawn and coming off a handy all-the-way win at Penrith, FOR US ALL (4) will tackle this harder task with bright prospects of running a bold race for the in-form Paul Fitzpatrick stable. VINETTE (7) has been consistent of late and is also a last-start winner on the Penrith circuit. Claims as an exotic runner apply, with TINTIN MAGIC (6) also in the mix in that regard. Prepared by Nathan Turnbull, who will also take the reins, the filly won on debut at Dubbo before making it two- from-two when she scored at Parkes, each time as an odds-on favourite, and each time when driven by Nathan’s son, Jett. Showing potential, Tintin Magic is worthy of attention in the multiples.

    WINDY HILL TARA 1, Shez The Reason 2, For Us All 3, Vinette 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    With the benefit of a higher level of fitness and an ideal draw, the classy DEFIANT (2) is poised to record the ninth win of his career. After a disappointing end to his previous campaign, which resulted in a 36.5m 11t to Bettor Isolate in the G2 NSWBC 4YO E&G Final last October, the 5yo was found to have had a leg issue and that resulted in a lengthy period on the sidelines. Resuming with a determined head 2nd to Whats Your Secret at Menangle on July 29, Defiant indicated he was fit and ready to make his presence felt in a big way. Returning from his European vacation,  Cam Hart will be handed the reins by his Ash, who has done a wonderful job getting Defiant back to full health, along with some astute guidance from David Thorn. THREE RIVERS (4) has been runner-up in three of his past five encounters, the latest when he worked home well in finishing 1.5m behind Romanee. The 5yo son of The Gold Ace drew deep on that occasion, so the move into gate three, which is less the reserve, is a big plus. This will allow Bailey McDonough with the opportunity to have Three Rivers in a far more productive role from the outset. If, there is a danger to Defiant, then Three Rivers is that threat. STAR MAJOR (10) hasn’t won since September/2021, which is surprising as the son of Art Major is rarely far away. The James Rattray trained and driven 7yo is coming off a 3m 7th to Wow Hes A Rock Star, when he led after drawing well. A tougher draw awaits, but he will be an ideal exotic player. MAJR JELLIS (11) has also been consistent, without being a serious threat of late, with the 6yo recording a useful 7.9m 5th to Port Au Prince a couple of weeks ago. The outside gate will hinder his claims, however, the Belinda McCarthy-trained son of Art Major should be linked to the multiples. Others to consider include WESTERN STYLE (9), PITCH PERFECT (8), SURFERS DELIGHT (7) and the veteran DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (6).

    DEFIANT 1, Three Rivers 2, Star Major 3, Major Jellis 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    With the Eureka ‘puzzle’ coming together, NATURALLY GIFTED (9) will be to impress as he prepares for a possible role in the ‘Singo’. Placed in both the Redcliffe Derby and the South East Derby behind Rocknroll Hammer and On Deadline, respectively, the 3yo son of Sweet Lou wasn’t at his best when a 23m 6th to The Lost Storm in the G1 Queensland Derby. According to his trainer, Jack Trainor, Naturally Gifted just didn’t feel like his usual self, but has bounced back strongly since returning home and is ready to show a return to winning form. Poised to start well into the ‘red’, exotic betting will be the only way to tackle this race. JAKCAM FLYER (4) peaks following three sound runs since a spell, with a recent win at Penrith, followed by a creditable 10m 3rd to El Camino here a week ago. Handily drawn, Jakcam Flyer looks a suitable second leg for the multiples. OURTREACHEROUS REIGN (5) won two starts ago, when third-up for Paul Fitzpatrick since coming from NZ. The 3yo is backing-up following a 16m 3rd to Rakadan at Headquarters on Tuesday, and with a harder task on the agenda, minor claims again appear best. HORN PLAYER (3) resumed with a 2nd to Our Dickie Bart at Parkes, prior to a useful 10.5m 5th to El Camino a week ago. The son of Sweet Lou has shown potential and that will assist in his claims of being instrumental when it comes to exotic chances. KASH TIN (6) has won three of five on his home track of Bathurst and he will also being playing for a minor role in the exotics.

    NATURALLY GIFTED 1, Jakcam Flyer 2, Ourtreacherous Reign 3, Horn Player 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

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