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    Chances galore in Club Menangle’s Waratah Final Chances galore in Club Menangle’s Waratah Final

    KNOCKING ON THE DOOR: The consistent Max Delight.

    RACE ONE: With the benefit of one run back from a spell, and a recent solid trial win at Goulburn, UNFAZED (7) is a... Chances galore in Club Menangle’s Waratah Final

    RACE ONE:

    With the benefit of one run back from a spell, and a recent solid trial win at Goulburn, UNFAZED (7) is a suitable gamble in the opening event. Prepared by Paul Fitzpatrick the son of Auckland Reactor drew the outside gate for his opening assignment this term, which was back on June 8, when he started a $151.00 chance. Midfield, then out three wide but with cover for the run home, Unfazed was responsible for a tidy effort in recording an 11m 5th behind the multiple Group One winner, Captains Knock. The 7yo has drawn a few spots closer to the pegs so Sean Grayling will be looking to secure a similar midfield role. However, this time around the higher level of fitness will be the key to Unfazed playing an active role in the finish. Boasting nine of his 12 career wins at this venue, Unfazed, hopefully, will be unfazed in his quest in making it ten wins at Headquarters. ARDENS ACE (8) looms as the main threat to Unfazed, with his last-start 9th behind Taipo last week, a ‘forget’ run as the Tony Bertwistle-conditioned 6yo had no luck. From gate one the son of Art Major enjoyed a kind run after leading out, then being shuffled back to a four peg role. However, at no stage down the long Menangle straight did Ardens Ace receive clear running, with Bailey McDonough maintaining a firm grip on the reins. Placed in his previous three starts behind Hector, Jilliby Nitro and Blazing Home, respectively, Ardens Ace should find this assignment to his liking. With good gate being one of his assets, the wider gate shouldn’t be a serious concern. BOOM (9) has been mixing his form, with a win and two placings included in his past five runs here, along with two safely held efforts. Following a win over Im In Trouble and Saginaw, the James Rattray-trained 7yo then failed to make his presence felt when a 29.6m last behind Swayzee. The drop in grade will be a big plus for Boom, and with the stable enjoying plenty of success of late, Boom is capable of exploding in this field. LITTLE BLISS (2) posted a solid 4.9m 3rd to Jilliby Nitro and Bluto last week, courtesy of a comfortable run behind the leader. The mare has again drawn ideally and with the prospect of again being in a ‘stalking role’ from the outset, the Troy Williams-trained daughter of Art Major again appeals as a suitable runner when it comes to forming multiple transactions. A fitter ROLL UP (6) posted an improved 11.7m 5th to Jilliby Nitro last week so consider the 6yo as an exotic player while CASSIUS DECK (4) and OLD LUKE (5) have been consistent in their recent Bathurst outings and they represent value for the multiples. BOOTS ELECTRIC (11) is the query runner with the 7yo son of Somebeachsomewhere resuming from a disappointing campaign, which resulted in five unplaced runs from as many starts. Joe and Mary Rando have given Boots Electric a solid base for his return, courtesy of three trials, the latest being by far the best, a 1.7m 2nd behind Double Act. At this stage it is hard to recommend Boots Electric, particularly from the outside gate.

    UNFAZED 1, Ardens Ace 2, Boom 3, Little Bliss 4.

    RACE TWO:

    The Geoff Harding-prepared CRAFTSMAN CHARLIE (6) appeals as one of the ‘better bets’ on the card with a far better starting position, comparted to his latest engagement here back on June 29, being a vital plus. Resuming with back-to-back wins on his home track (Newcastle), the talented 4yo then finished a 4m 4th to The Cid in the Regional Hunter Final before a solid neck 2nd to Van Basten in the Regional Championship at Menangle. Five weeks later and Craftsman Charlie returned to Headquarters, with the outside gate awaiting the Novocastrian. Restrained early before working to contest the 2300m challenge from outside of the leader, Craftsman Charlie battled on stoutly in posting a 9.8m 4th to Chase The Stars. Adding further merit to the effort was the fact the final four sectionals were covered in 29.6 or less, with the final 4oom posted in 27.5. From the middle of the line Matthew Harding will go in search of the lead role and if that scenario plays out, then Craftsman Charlie will prove hard to beat. THE EX HORSEIST (8) scored at Wagga three runs back when young 16yo George Lee guided the 5yo to victory. The pair have finished runner-up in two subsequent runs, the first when beaten a neck by Captain Tom in the Temora Cup, prior to being beaten in a photo by Alwaysbmypony at Bathurst. The important booking of Nathan Jack will ensure that the Simon Locke-conditioned 5yo receives every chance to greet the judge. MY ULTIMATE CARTER (9) resumed with a costly 2nd to Metallica Man at Newcastle before making amends with a gritty win at Menangle in defeating Mick Danger and Wayoutwest. With Cam Hart required to drive at the big meeting at Albion Park, Jarrod Alchin has called upon the in-form Chris Geary to take the reins. The wide draw is a concern, but to offset that hurdle is the higher level of fitness. HEZ DUSTY (1) will appreciate the pole position as he looks to continue his recent run of consistent displays. The Brad Hewitt-trained son of For A Reason has been runner-up in three of his past four starts, the latest when beaten 1.5m by OId Luke at Bathurst,. Recently resuming from a bad elbow injury, Harry Ross will handle the driving duties as Brad will be heading to Albion Park with a number of important engagements. With the prospect of receiving a kind run from the outset, Hez Dusty is capable of again playing a role in the finish. CAPTAIN TOM (2) is coming off a solid all-the-way win in the Temora Cup, courtesy of an astute drive by Ky Bloomfield. For his first Menangle assignment the 4yo son of Captaintreacherous will have by driven by Blake Jones, with the pair being worthy of exotic attention. KING TIGER (3) will be having his first outing since finishing last behind Unfazed at Menangle back in early February. The 5yo son of Tiger Tara won a trial and from his good draw he remains in the multiple mix. LOCHIEL (5) scored here five starts back and has been unplaced since. However, his latest effort in finishing a 5.6m last to Im Rockin It at this venue a week ago, should be overlooked when assessing his claims. At no stage in the run home did Blake Fitzpatrick place the 7yo under any pressure as a wall of horse flesh blocked their path. Handily drawn, a competitive showing from Lochiel won’t come as a surprise. The consistent CHASE THE STARS (7) is coming off a solid Menangle win, and although the Steve Turnbull-trained 4yo has drawn wider in a tougher assignment, he can’t be overlooked as a threat.

    CRAFTSMAN CHARLIE 1, The Ex Horseist 2, My Ultimate Carter 3, Hez Dusty 4.

    RACE THREE:

    The Vic Frost FFA is next up and MAX DELIGHT (9), despite the wide draw, is ready to go one better on his effort at Headquarters a week ago. Restrained at the start after drawing eight, the David Aiken-trained son of Bettors Delight contested the 1609m challenge from a midfield role, but the 8yo was hindered after casting a plate. Making his move down the middle of the track, Max Delight was unable to peg back a gallant Taipo, which led from start to finish. When the judge called a halt Max Delight managed to reduce the margin to just over a metre. A model of consistency during the course of his past 19 starts, which has resulted in five wins and eight placings while finishing no further back then sixth, Max Delight will face the starter from gate eight once again, providing the reserve remains just that. MISSED THE TRUTH (7) will represent the main threat to Max Delight after a solid display last week. Contesting his second race since resuming. The 5yo son of Somebeachsomewhere enjoyed the one-one, prior to battling on gamely over the final 300m after looking a serious contender for the top spot. The end result was a gritty 2m 4th behind Taipo and with that run lifting his level of fitness to an acceptable point, Missed The Truth is ready to show a return to winning form, something he did on a regular basis when last in work. JAY OK (3) was responsible for a brave effort in finishing a nose 2nd to Hector in the Paul Fitzpatrick FFA a couple of weeks ago. The 7yo moves from nine to three for this challenge and that will be a big plus for the son of A Rocknroll Dance. With a win at Newcastle, followed by four solid placings, which includes a 15.2m 3rd to District Attorney in the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown, Jay OK is more than capable of producing another number one hit. PETES SAID SO (4) will also benefit by a far better starting position with the 8yo moving from gate nine into four. The son of Well Said has been involved in a 26 and change opening quarters in each of his past three starts in his quest to secure a role close to the action. Game in defeat when 2nd to Taipo and Star Major, respectively, the son of Well Said then finished a gritty 2.5m 6th to Taipo a week ago when he was first to the pegs before being shuffled back to a three peg role. The Lucky Lodge representative will again be in the mix from the outset, but with more energy in reserve for the run home. JILLIBY NITRO (6) has been in fine form of late winning faces either side of a solid 5m 2nd to Blazing Home. Prepared by Peter Rixon, the 7yo son of Bettors Delight accounted for a Bluto and Little Bliss last week, and although a harder task awaits, Jilliby Nitro is racing with plenty of confidence and his claims can’t be ignored. The speedy WHEREYABINBOPPIN (10) has had just over a month off following his solid finishing 10.6m 2nd behind the classy Swayzee. Usually a swift beginner the 8yo has been driven off the speed in his past engagements, however, the 8yo is capable of showing his gate speed once again due to the slightly easier challenge this time. ON DEADLINE (2) has been well-below his best of late, resulting in the 4yo son of Sportswriter finishing at the rear of the field in his past two assignments. Beaten 29.7m in the race won by Hi Manameisjeff at Menangle, the Nathan Turnbull trained and driven entire then worked and disappointed when 41.8m behind the winner Karloo Louie at Parkes. On Deadline won a Bathurst trial on Monday in fine fashion and from gate two he is worth considering as an exotic player. STAR MAJOR (1) and MALCOLMS RHYTHM (5) also fall into that category.

    MAX DELIGHT 1, Missed The Truth 2, Jay OK 3, Petes Said So 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    MORE GOODA (7) appeals as the one to beat with the Jarrod Alchin-trained mare to be driven by Jackson Painting, who became a father for the second time a week ago. The daughter of Highview Tommy has been in the best form of her career in recent months, with three wins and nine placings coming her way from 15 starts. Following a solid display in scoring at Wagga, More Gooda has been placed in her past three Menangle engagements, the latest a couple of weeks ago when beaten 1.9m by the classy Millwood Bliss. This would appear to be a suitable assignment for More Gooda and with the reserve out, gate six will be a suitable starting point for the mare. Jarrod has bright prospects of preparing the quinella as DIEING ART (8), which has drawn one spot wider, looms as the one to beat. The Art Major 7yo has contested just the 11 races, with five wins and four placings coming her way. The mare posted three wins from her previous four starts before recording a deserving win at Penrith back on May 16 when she proved too good Ourtreacherous Reign and Killara Samurai. A comfortable Menangle trial outing has Dieing Art ready to again make her presence felt. WINONA WRITER (4) is worth more than a passing thought following creditable placings in her past two engagements. Striking some trouble before working from the 400m, the Sportswriter mare battled on gamey in finishing a head 3rd to Red Reactor and Roclea Image. Sent out with a triple figure quite next to her name a couple of weeks ago, the Sofia Arvidsson trained and driven 6yo worked home stoutly in recording a creditable 19.3m 3rd to Millwood Bliss and More Gooda. Handily drawn, Winona Writer is again capable of playing a role in the finish. SWEET COCO (5) has been a costly conveyance since arriving from NZ. However, the mare did show improvement last time out in finishing a neck 3rd to Lettuce Nipya and Power Up at Menangle just over a week ago. The daughter of Sweet Lou should be included in exotic investments. THREEBUSHELSOFOATS (2) was looking to complete a hat-trick of Tamworth wins when a nose 2nd to Rosberg recently. The 4yo Art Major mare has drawn ideally in two for Michael Formosa so expect another bold showing. Michael will also have HEAVENLY HOLLY (9) going around with daughter Chloe taking the reins behind the 6yo mare. Since scoring at Newcastle five runs back, Heavenly Holly has been safely held in subsequent Menangle encounters, but in this company she is capable of being in the mix when the judge calls a halt so don’t rule her out when forming exotic combinations. PAS DE CHEVAL (10) and a fitter JUST AS WELL (11) occupy the outside two gates but in an open race, outside of the two main picks, they also have exotic prospects.

    MORE GOODA 1, Dieing Art 2, Winona Writer 3, Sweet Coco 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    The Club Menangle Waratah Final is overflowing with chances and the market should reflect that and, as a result, there will be value across the board. Formerly with Blake Fitzpatrick and now under the care of Ellen Jones, STARZZZ REIGN (6) gains the nod after showing a return to winning form. Disappointing when stepping out for his first assignment for his new mentor, the 6yo has won two of his past three, both on the Wagga circuit, the latter a couple of weeks ago when he finished strongly in defeating Kaitoa and Petes Big Jim. The son of Four Starzzz Reign has drawn handily in six and that will present Blake Jones with options when the starter releases the field. Unlike the bulk of his opponents, Starzzz reign has had plenty of experience racing at Headquarters while with Blake, with two wins and five placings posted from 21 starts. That experience could prove to be a big plus. A MAJOR STARR (3) will be stepping out for his initial Menangle experience but, from gate three, the Nathan Turnbull trained and driven son of Art Major should play a role in the finish. A Bathurst winner five runs back, the 4yo has also been placed five of his past seven starts, with his only unplaced run the result of striking trouble when a 20.3m 7th to Delightful Star at Parkes. Poised to be prominent from the outset, A Major Starrr must be rated highly. PETER FORSBERG (2) is also in fine form and draws well so the son of Well Said should be regarded as a threat. Prepared by Adam Ruggari the 8yo has won three of his past five Newcastle engagements while filling a minor role in the other two outings. Jack Callaghan guided Peter Forsberg to a narrow, all-the-way win, then Cam Hart produced a carbon copy display when the gelding defeated Conor McGregor and Popstaromar a few weeks ago. Gate two is a plus and the booking of Nathan Jack to complete the hat-trick is also a big plus as both Jack and Cam will be involved in the big Albion Park meeting. The consistent IMPERIAL SNAPPER (4) has drawn well for trainer-driver and owner Sarah Rushbrook so include the 5yo in multiple transactions while HELLO I TEA (5) and KAITOA (10) have done enough of late to attention as well.

    STARZZZ 1, A Major Starr 2, Peter Forsberg 3, Imperial Snapper 4.

    RACE SIX:

    This event appears to be a race in two, with HUMBLE (12) and OUR GOAT (10) being the runners in question. The Brad Hewitt-trained HUNMBLE produced a big effort when he finished strongly to defeat Bolanalong and Major Allegiance at Wagga a couple of weeks ago. Restrained from his wide gate the 3yo son of American Ideal still had plenty of work to do as the field approached the final bend, but once eased to the open spaces, Humble stretched out in fine style in making his presence felt. The margin was only a head, but it was the manner in which he gathered in the leaders before greeting the judge. Brad did have a firm hold on the reins, suggesting the classy youngster had plenty in reserve, had it been required. The outside gate again awaits Humble, and in a bigger field, but with a stylish Menangle win already to his credit, the Goulburn visitor will again get the job done. Formerly with Bernie Hewitt and now under the astute guidance of Peter Rixon, who is enjoying a good run, OUR GOAT has been in sparkling form since resuming from a spell. Always boasting plenty of talent, and highly thought of by Bernie and Doug, who did the driving, the son of Warrawee Needy resumed with an all-the-way win at Parkes, romping home by 14.9m, prior to defeating stablemate Denny Rocks by 10m at Penrith. Once again, dictating the terms from start to finish. The 3yo will carry the number 10 saddlecloth, but, if the two reserves remain on the sidelines, Our Goat will launch his claim from eight and Amanda Turnbull, who will take over the driving duties from Will Rixon, is bound to go in search of the lead role. It will then be up to Humble to get pass him. OUR ULTIMATE LUKA (3) will occupy the pole position, with the reserves drawing one and two, and that will be an important plus for the consistent Jarrod Alchin-trained filly. The winner of just one race from a dozen starts, the daughter of Downbytheseaside  has collected six minors, with her past four resulting in such a finish. Expect another competitive showing from the filly in making her a ‘must’ for placed exotic investments. BETTINE (4) is also a reliable filly with the daughter of Betting Line collecting minor prizemoney in three of her past four starts. Also drawing well the Ross Adams-trained 3yo appeals as a suitable player when it comes to the multiples. DOLCE DRAMA (6) is a sparingly-raced 3yo daughter of Sweet Lou, which has three wins and a second to show for her six trips to the races. Prepared by Troy Primmer and to be driven by Jim Douglass, Dolce Drama headed to the paddock following a distant last to Luvareschs at Newcastle last September, then resumed with a solid display in defeating Snakeskin and Protagonist at Menangle on March 26. Troy didn’t produce the 3yo until June 21 and, once again, Dolce Drama greeted the judge at Newcastle in a heat of this event. There is no doubting her talent so don’t ignore the claims of Dolce Drama.

    HUMBLE 1, Our Goat 2, Our Ultimate Luka 3, Bettine 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    The Nathan Jack-trained and driven SANCHEZ (10) will make his Menangle debut and despite the presence of a wide gate, the son of Captaintreacherous will play an important role in the finish. Sanchez commenced his career in a heat of the Gold Crown at Bathurst back on March 22, with a gritty 2.9m 2nd to My Ultimate Barney coming his way. Contesting the G1 Gold Crown Final a week later, the 2yo colt performed well-below expectations in finishing a 45.5m 9th to Foxy Dan, resulting in a trip to the spelling paddock. Resuming at Wagga on June 28, and without an official trial, Sanchez justified his odds-on quote when he worked over from a deep draw in finding the lead, then the winning post in defeating Our Triple Major, who will again loom as his main danger. Nathan has a fine opinion of Sanchez and with the benefit of one run back, the Victorian combination appear poised for further success. OUR TRIPLE MAJOR (5), less the two reserves, will face the starter from gate three and that is a big plus over Sanchez for the Brad Hewitt-trained filly. A daughter of Art Major the youngster has finished runner-up in both her starts, commencing with a costly 8.2m effort behind Jungle Dragon when she led out before taking a sit in a 1720m challenge at Young. The filly then led and again took cover when beaten 1.8m by Sanchez at Wagga, with the run more convincing than the first, courtesy of race experience and a higher level of fitness. Our Triple Major will again occupy a favourable close to the action and that will lay the foundations for another competitive display. MANHATTEN CHICK (8) has won two of her four starts for the father and son combination of Geoff and Matthew Harding, with her latest win underlining her potential. Working from a three wide role early in proceedings, the daughter of the former high-class performer Soho Tribeca, found the lead and from that point onwards dominated the race, running out an emphatic 22m winner over Miki Be Free and Moonlight River at Tamworth. Despite being confronted by a tougher test, Manhatten Chick appears to be well above-average so respect her claims. MISS RAVISHING (2) debuted with a 15m 6th to Peace Out at Menangle on March 5, then resumed with a solid win at Penrith on June 27, accounting for Lockitineddy and Kasbah. Fitter and with an ideal draw, gate two, a fitter Miss Ravishing will give plenty of cheek, which should see the Art major filly being included in exotic investments. MIKI BE FREE (6), which is a consistent stablemate of Manhatten Chick, also stays under notice when it comes to the multiples as the Always B Miki filly has been placed in three of her four assignments to date. DOLLY ROCKET (7) has won her past two in fine fashion with Dean Cernovskis in the sulky for trainer Bernie Hewitt. Dean has since taken over the training duties and with a recent Goulburn trial win keeping the filly up to the mark, the daughter of For A Reason is a suitable exotic player in what will be a tougher challenge. JUNGLE  DRAGON (1) has a tough draw to overcome but the Fear The Dragon gelding has returned from a spell with a win at Young and a close 3rd to Merrywood Tony and Applied at Penrith. Exotic claims again apply.

    SANCHEZ 1, Our Triple Major 2, Manhatten Chick 3, Miss Ravishing 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    Confronted by a suitable assignment the Joe and Mary Rando-prepared TORO STRIDE (6) is ready to greet the judge. Following a stylish win two starts again, when he led for the majority of the 1609m, the 5yo then faced the starter for a slightly harder encounter a couple of weeks ago. The chestnut son of Love You again found the pegs, but this time around Jim Douglass elected to take a sit over the longer trip of 2300m. Battling on stoutly over the final stages, Toro Stride posted a sound 7.4m 3rd behind the classy London To A Brick while the consistent Victree Hill split the pair. Handily drawn in six, Toro Stride will again be prominently placed from the outset and that will be a big plus as his main threats will all start with higher numbers on their saddlecloths. VICTREE HILL (8) ended his previous term of racing with four-consecutive placings before resuming with another solid effort when a 7.3m 2nd to London To A Brick. Prepared by Jarrod Alchin, who continues to enjoy success on a regular basis, the 7yo son of Trixton was confronted by a 20m handicap at Menangle last week, however, after going off stride soon after the tapes were released, Victree Hill was never a factor in finishing a 160m last to Sunny Gee. Fitter and back to a mobile event, Victree Hill will have plenty to offer so don’t ignore his claims. It will then be a case of the Fitzpatrick family providing the next two contenders in CALIGULA (9) and ONE MAJIC KENNY (10). Both talented types but also harder to follow then a shopping trolley with a ‘wonky’ wheel. We’ve all be there! CALIGULA , which is prepared by Paul Fitzpatrick, will be driven by son Blake, with that particular combination greeting the judge two starts ago. Gav had the reins when the son of Majestic Son was in one of those moods in breaking early and finishing a well-beaten last to London To A Brick. The winner of 21 races, Caligula again due to make his presence felt. Lisa Fitzpatrick is in charge of ONE MAJIC KENNY and brother-in-law Gav will jump in the cart. Resuming with a solid 8m 2nd to London To A Brick on June 18, the 7yo, which is also a son of Majestic Son, then drew wide and competed from a rearward role in finishing a 13.5m 4th to London To A Brick. With a higher level of fitness assisting him, One Majic Kenny, like Caligula, is capable of producing a big effort so keep him safe. SUNNY GEE (7) overcame a 10m handicap when he raced prominently before proving a shade too good for Speedy Lover and Itzfergietime. The 7yo is again capable of playing a role in the finish while ITZFERGIETIME (2), courtesy of drawing well, should also be considered when it comes to multiple combinations.

    TORO STRIDE 1, Victree Hill 2, Caligula 3, One Majic Kenny 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

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