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    RACE ONE: Far from being disgraced in his two attempts to gain automatic entry into the G1 Chariots of Fire, DOUGS PLATTER (5) has... Dont Stop Dreaming for a Chariots win

    RACE ONE:

    Far from being disgraced in his two attempts to gain automatic entry into the G1 Chariots of Fire, DOUGS PLATTER (5) has the chance to secure a consolation prize in what should be a suitable assignment. Formerly under the care of Geoff Webster, the talented 4yo son of Captain Treacherous resumed from a spell as a member of the Kevin Pizzuto team, with his first assignment being the Hondo Grattan a few weeks ago. Drawing wide and drifting back to a rearward role, Dougs Platter worked home nicely in posting a closing 5.9m 5th to the exciting Kiwi, Dont Stop Dreaming. Facing the starter in his quest to gain outright entry into the Chariots of Fire, Dougs Platter again drew deep, but raced in a midfield role when a 14.2m 6th to Better Be The Best in slick time. Despite contesting a race with numerous chances, so a win won’t be served up on a platter, Dougs Platter is capable of greeting the judge. MY ULTIMATE SNOWY (7) has been placed in his past two Menangle encounters, the first resulting in a 5m 2nd to Stravinsky while the latter was a gritty 2.2m 3rd behind Wisper A Secret and Tuppence a week ago when he dictated the terms. Despite drawing wider for this assignment, My Ultimate Snowy will again be in the mix from the outset and then well into the straight. The Michael Stanley trained and driven SOHO MOONRAKER (10) has had three runs since a spell, placed fourth each time, the opening two back in Victoria while the latest was a sound 6.8m effort behind Carlo Gambino at Menangle three weeks ago. Drawing wide on that occasion, the talented 4yo son of Sweet Lou has another deep draw to overcome, but this class of race should be well within his reach so don’t take the Victorian lightly. NEPTUNE (2) draws suitably in two and that will assist his claims of being involved in the finish. The KerryAnn Morris-trained 4yo worked to the line nicely when a 5.4m 5th to Don Hugo and Chariots of Fire hopeful, Sooner The Bettor, last week. The son of Bettors Delight should be competitive. With the benefit of one run back and an ideal draw, FASHION ICON (1) is capable of being a threat. Spelled after a win at Shepparton last August, the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven son of Betting Line resumed here a weeks ago with a gritty 9.9m 4th to Better Be The Best after being caught without cover. A far kinder run will be on offer for a fitter Fashion Icon. Chris Judd has CARLO GAMBINO (4) racing consistently and from his handy draw the Will Rixon-driven veteran is capable of again being in the mix while ZAMBIA (3), which is resuming from a good draw, and SHADES OF HEAVEN (8) remain in the mix as exotic players.

    DOUGS PLATTER 1, My Ultimate Snowy 2, Soho Moonraker 3, Neptune 4.

    RACE TWO:

    This will be a competitive event with the brilliant mare BRAEVIEW KELLY (8) looming as the hardest to beat, as per usual. Astutely prepared by Jack Trainor, who will also handle the driving duties, the multi-award winning daughter of Bettors Delight ended her previous campaign with s stylish win over Double Encounter and South Coast Arden back on December 16, prior to resuming with a solid-finishing 5.5m 3rd to Illavabubbles and Promiseland on February 17. Stripping fitter, but again drawing wide, Braeview Kelly will prove hard to hold when the final 200m comes into play. BETTERZIPPIT (5) had a mixed ending to his previous term, culminating in a 36m 11th to Leap To Fame in a heat of the Inter Dominion at AP back in early December. Resuming at this venue a couple of weeks ago, the 6yo son of Betterthancheddar posted a pleasing 4.9m 4th to Fire Fox, following a comfortable three peg role. With that run under his belt and a handy draw, Betterzippit certainly has the talent to be involved in the finish. The durable PETES SAID SO (4) continues to be in the mix no matter how tough the challenge. Third to Curly James in the Shepparton Cup, the veteran has been unplaced in four subsequent appearances, but he hasn’t been disgraced in feature races won by stablemate Kanena Provlima, Triple Eight, Leap To fame and again behind the champion Queenslander in the Newcastle Mile in finishing an 11.9m seventh. Handily drawn, so a useful trip should come his way, Petes Said So is capable of greeting the judge, without surprising. LETSROCKLETSROLL (6) did a fine job in hitting the line well when a 6.9m 4th to Dont Stop Dreaming last week and he is capable of again making his presence felt. Exotic players include MAGICIAN (11), along with the Jarrod Alchin-conditioned duo of MISSED THE TRUTH (10) and BROOKLYN BRIDGE (1).

    BRAEVIEW KELLY 1, Betterzippit 2, Petes Said So 3, Letsrockletsroll 4.

    RACE THREE:

    Following a welcome return to winning form, and peaking in condition, BLAZING HOME (9) appeals as the one to beat, despite drawing a touch worse than midfield. With 10 wins from 19 starts and just one minor placings, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven has adopted an ‘all or nothing’ attitude to his racing. Unplaced in his three runs leading into a spell, the latest when a 16m 9th to Perfect Class in the 3YO C&G’s Breeders Crown Final at Melton last November, Blazing Home resumed with a further hat-trick of unplaced efforts at Wagga and Albury (twice), prior to working from a back raw draw in proving too good for Beer Money and Works For Me in a heat of this event at Wagga last week. As the winner of two of his four Menangle encounters, the Jackson Painting trained and driven 4yo, despite his two main threats drawing ideally, again appears the one to beat. One of those dangers is the Brad Hewitt trained and driven BEER MONEY (2), the winner of just two of his 17 starts, but as the name might suggest, he continues to keep his owner and supporters with enough in reserve for a shout or two. Placed in four of his past five, the son of For A Reason finished a solid 1.2m 3rd to The Ex Horseist at this venue before working home stoutly from a midfield role when a 1.7m 2nd to Blazing Home at Wagga. The move from the back row into gate one, which is minus the first reserve, is a big plus for the Goulburn visitor and that will give him the chance to turn the tables. Former Kiwi WORKS FOR ME (3) commenced his association with Anthony Frisby on a whirlwind note when she greeted the judge in her   opening four starts for the Bathurst resident, including the Soldiers Saddle at Bathurst and the Red Ochre at Dubbo. The daughter of Bettors Delight won by big margins on each occasion. Drawing the inside of the back row at Wagga for a heat of this Final, Works For Me was able to secure the one-one, en route to recording a solid 2.8m 3rd to Blazing home. Similar to Beer Money, the switch to a far more favourable draw will enhance the claims of Works For Me. JUNGLE BABY (6) has won her past two Bathurst engagements and appears a suitable exotic player while ADMIRABLE (8), PAS DE CHEVAL (7) and ALWAYS THUNDER (11), which finished unplaced in a Bathurst trial on Monday, all have claims in that regard.

    BLAZING HOME 1, Beer money 2, Works For Me 3, Jungle Baby 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    It is hard to go past CONSTANTINOPLE (6) as the one to beat in the Tough Monarch Trotters FFA. The Luke McCarthy trained and driven 7yo has bounced back strongly from a failure here three runs ago, winning his past couple in fine fashion, albeit, by a narrow margin when he finished strongly in defeating Funky Monkey and Majestic Trio, prior to leading when he easily accounted for Funky Monkey and Sunny Gee a few weeks ago. Drawing the middle of the line, Luke will again have the son of Trixton prominently placed, with a bid for the lead role no doubt on the table. MAJESTSIC TRIO (4) has been mixing her form since resuming, following three unplaced efforts prior to the spelling paddock. To be fair to the Brad Hewitt trained and driven daughter of Majestic Son she didn’t have the best of luck when resuming when a distant 8th to Have No Fear, prior to leading for most of the trip when successful over Funky Monkey and Sunny Gee. The mare then battled on stoutly when a 3.2m 3rd to Constantinople before finding a 30m too daunting when a 34.9m 7th to Victree Hill last week. Back to the mobile and handily drawn, Majestic Trio certainly has the talent to be a serious player. SCRUFFY DOOLAN (2) scored here four starts ago before recording two, safely held placings. Beginning well from a 10m handicap last week, the 8yo led when a gritty 1.6m 2nd to Victree Hill a week ago. From his ideal draw the Queensland-owned, Lucky Lodge prepared gelding should be competitive once again. FUNKY MONKEY (11) has drawn the outside, which will make her task that much harder, but the mare is racing with plenty of confidence, although she keeps falling one spot short of greeting the judge. The KerryAnn Morris-trained daughter of Monkey bones has finished runner-up in her past three engagements, firstly behind Majestic Trio and twice behind Constantinople. Each time the 7yo mare has fought gamely to the line. The draw is a hurdle, but Funky Monkey will again give a good account as she goes in search of a deserving win. Troy Williams has AFFAIRE DE COVER (10) in fine form at present so include the 6yo in exotic investments while VAN SANK (8) must be given another chance after his 22.4m 6th to Victree Hill last week, with a 30m hcp proving too steep a mountain to overcome. The 7yo won his previous two starts at Albion Park and this challenge isn’t beyond him. SUNNY GEE (7) has been in the mix on a regular basis and is a value player for exotic investors.

    CONSTANTINOPLE 1, Majestic Trio 2, Scruffy Doolan 3, Funky Monkey 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    Brilliant mare LADIES IN RED (3) will make her return to the racetrack and while confronted by an intriguing challenge, the Emma Stewart-trained daughter of Mach Three is primed for a bold showing in her attempt to qualify for the Miracle Mile. Contesting 30 races to date, Ladies In Red has greeted the judge on 24 occasions while finishing runner-up in her remaining six encounters. A remarkable record no matter how you look at it. However, this will be a completing different assignment as the mare prepares to take on an exciting collection of male performers. In readiness for her shot of further glory in a weeks’ time, Ladies In Red, who has been off the scene since taking out the 2760m Queen of the Pacific at Melton last November, has had the benefit of two solid trials. The first resulted in a well-beaten 2nd to one of her opponents in the Cordina Sprint, Rock N Roll Doo. The Michael Stanley-trained star recorded the final 800m in 54.55, the final 400m in 26.8. The mare then accounted for Mach Dan and Blitzern in a Melton trial, recording a final 400m in 26.7. Drawing gate three, Ladies In Red, who will be driven by David Moran, will have the opportunity to make a play for the top spot. Something the mare hasn’t had in the past from back row draw when competing against her own sex. The mare’s sheer brilliance and great ‘will to win’ will result in her again playing an important role in the finish. SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS (9) has drawn eight, with the reserves remaining benched, but Jack Callaghan is likely to allow the classy son of Sweet Lou to make his presence know from the outset. The 7yo has been on the wrong side of ‘lady luck’ in each of his past two starts, the former resulting in a 9.7m 6th to Leap To Fame in the AG Hunter Cup, when four pegs and held up for a run, then in recording a 7.2m 7th to Fire Fox at this venue a couple of weeks ago. Once again, Spirit Of St Louis found himself competing from a deep peg role  this time five back, before working home nicely in finishing 7.2m behind the winner. Jack and Spirit Of St Louis will be out to make their own luck this time. Emma Stewart will also be represented by BEYOND DELIGHT (5), with Mark Pitt taking the reins. The 6yo son of Bettors Delight, surprisingly for a horse of his class, hasn’t greeted the judge since July 2022. The sparingly-raced entire resumed with placings in four of his opening five assignments, but has managed just one from his latest group of four encounters. Following a solid 5.7m 2nd to Kanena Provlima in the Ballarat Cup, Beyond Delight then posted a 16m 9th to Leap To Fame in the Hunter Cup after striking some interference. From a back row draw in the Terang Cup, Beyond Delight had every chance when a 5.2m 5th to Jilliby Willow, as the $2.90 favourite. Suitably drawn and capable of securing a stalking role, Beyond Delight will have the chance to be in the mix. ROCK N ROLL DOO (2) has drawn ideally in two and the 6yo has been building towards this assignment in fine fashion for his astute mentor Michael Stanley. Following an imposing trial win Rock N Roll Doo had little go his way when a 13.2m 5th to Mach Da Vinci at this venue on February 10, his first outing since a couple of disappointing ID heat appearances at Albion park last December. With the benefit of that outing, Rock N Roll Doo hit the line strongly when a 4.6m 3rd to Fire Fox and Taipo two weeks ago. Anthony Butt will again be in the sulky and from his ideal draw, Rock N Roll Doo will have every chance to stake his claim.  SOUTH COAST ARDEN (4) is coming off a disappointing 9.3m 9th to Fire Fox, however, prior to that run the 7yo had been a model of consistency. Drawing well, South Coast Arden is capable of bouncing back strongly so at least consider his claims when it comes to the exotics. HOT AND TREACHEROUS (7) blew his chances in the Newcastle Mile with a poor display of manners after the start, resulting in an 80.5m last to Leap To Fame. Resuming with a determined win prior to that display, the 6yo should be kept safe in the multiples as there is the Jason Grimson and Cam Hart factor to consider. The Shannon Price-conditioned SPEAK THE TRUTH (12) resumed with a strong win at AP a week ago, and although the 5yo is overflowing with talent, as his record would suggest, the outside gate has harmed his claims of being a serious threat.

    LADIES IN RED 1, Spirit Of St Louis 2, Beyond Delight 3, Rock N Roll Doo 4.

    RACE SIX:

    Despite drawing the outside gate for the Allied Express Sprint, HI MANAMEISJEFF (10 remains the one to beat. Since joining the Jason Grimson team, the 7yo has contested eight races at this venue and is unbeaten. The son of Art Major has had nine runs in total for the team, with an unlucky 6.2m 10th to Act Now in the Victoria Cup a ‘forgive’ run. The gelding des possess explosive gate speed and Cam won’t be afraid to use it, despite the class of his opposition. Following his hard-fought win over South Coast Arden on January 20, when he recorded a time of 1:48.6, following a 26.3 opening 400m and a 26.8 third sectional, Hi Manameisjeff went back to the trials and posted a comfortable 7m 2nd to Fire Fox, which led in posting sectionals of 26.7, 27.7, 28.8 and 26.9. Cam didn’t place Hi Manameisjeff under pressure in the straight, allowing him to complete the trial under his own steam. While the draw is always a concern, with Hi Manameisjeff it isn’t a major problem. CANTFINDABETTORMAN (2) has had the benefit of two runs back from a spell and builds into this race nicely. The Luke McCarthy trained and driven 5yo won the Inter Dominion Consolation at AP back on December 16, heading for a break following that win. Resuming with an eye-catching 6.6m 3rd to Taipo and Spirit Of St Louis five weeks ago, when he drew 10 and raced in a rearward role, the son of Sweet Lou has since recorded a 10.4m 5th to Leap To Fame in the Newcastle Mile. Four pegs settling, then in the running line on straightening, Cantfindabettorman continued to hit the line with intent and that run would have been of great benefit. Luke has always had a big opinion of this fellow so respect his claims, especially after drawing well. MACH DAN (1) will be looking to secure his third Miracle Mile invite and after drawing the prized pole position the Emma Stewart-conditioned son of Mach Three will have every opportunity to do so, courtesy of Mark Pitt. Never in the mix when a 23.4m 10th to Leap To Fame in the Hunter Cup, the 7yo then led in holding on bravely to defeat a gallant Catch A Wave and La Captain in the Geelong Rocket a week ago. The speedster will be given his cue by Mark from the outset and he will be a serious contender once again. BETTER ECLIPSE (7) has a more than useful record at this venue, always in elite company, so his claims can’t be overlooked. Prepared by Jess Tubbs and to be driven by husband Greg Sugars, the son of Betterthancheddar did an outstanding job during the Inter Dominion carnival at Albion Park, culminating in his gallant 10.6m 2nd to Leap To Fame in the Final. Contesting two races since a break, Better Eclipse has a narrow victory over Dont Stop Dreaming and Triple Eight to boast about, prior to a quality effort in the Hunter Cup, which resulted in a 9.4m 4th behind Leap To Fame. The abundance of speed in this race will suit Better Eclipse, and Greg is just the driver to take full advantage of such a situation unfolding. MACH DA VINCI (9) was brave in finishing 2nd to Leap To Fame in the Newcastle Mile and while this will be another challenging assignment, the Peter Hanson-trained 7yo is at least, worthy of exotic involvement.  LOYALIST (8) has resumed from a serious illness after his WA Pacing Cup appearance in early November, with stylish wins at Bathurst and Menangle. The 7yo has since recorded a gritty 10m 4th to Leap To Fame in the Newcastle Mile. The son of Bettors Delight is another who will be suited by the slick tempo. EXPENSIVE EGO (6) appears to be at the crossroads of his career, with the former Chariots of Fire winner resuming from a spell with a 7.9m 5th to Dont Stop Dreaming here a week ago. Fitter, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven should be included when forming exotic transactions. CURLY JAMES (3) is racing in fine style back in Victoria and is another exotic player while LINE UP (4) and KANENA PROVLIMA (5) could also make a case for their inclusion, but someone has to miss out.

    HI MANAMEISJEFF 1, Cantfindabettorman 2, Mach Dan 3, Better Eclipse 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    The original Chariots of Fire was released in 1981 and was based on the true life story of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, two British athletes who competed in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Fast-forward to  2024 and, once again the Paris Olympics will take centre stage, but not before the 2024 Chariots of Fire, the harness racing version, which will be run at Club Menangle on Saturday. Unlike the movie version, which featured two main characters, the harness racing screening will be a star-studded attraction, with 10 superbly-gifted and exciting athletes facing the starter. Add, an outstanding cast of trainers and drivers, and this showing of the Chariots of Fire is more than capable of winning a number of awards. And, with such an abundance of exciting talent, those awards won’t stop any time soon. With an abundance of leading characters looking to play a starring role, picking the leading character won’t be an easy task. However, the role goes to the exciting Kiwi, DONT STOP DREAMING (2) from the powerful Mark and Nathan Purdon, star-studded, All Star team. Contesting four races on this side of the Tasman, Dont Stop Dreaming recorded a gallant 2nd to Better Eclipse before underling his exceptional talent with a strong 1.6m 2nd to Leap To Fame in the A. G. Hunter Cup. Back to his own age and the classy son of Bettors Delight converted the perfect run, one-one, courtesy of a superb drive by Jack Callaghan into a stylish win in the Hondo Grattan, thus, booking his spot in the Chariots of Fire. To round off his preparation, Mark jumped back into the sulky and in what was a mere ‘walk in the park’, Dont Stop Dreaming accounted for older rivals, Magician and Line up at Menangle last week. Allowed to enjoy the run home, the 4yo entire completed his work in an effortless 25.7. Gate two awaits the potential super-star, and that leaves mark open to options. And, as per usual, the champion reinsman usually makes the right one, with a stalking role bound to be on offer with so much power and speed to drawn around him. The long run home will allow Dont Stop Dreaming to prove a nightmare to his rivals. FRANKIE FEROCIOUS (4) had always shown plenty of potential when under the care of Queensland trainer Bill Crosby, who maintains the ownership, following the transfer to the Jason Grimson stable. The wraps continued to grow heading into the 4YO Bonanza at Melton, and, as it turned out, the confidence in the son of Captaintreacherous were spot on. Nestled three pegs coming to the home turn, Cam Hart, displaying the skill of a surgeon, had Frankie Ferocious out three deep on straightening and building momentum with every stride. The margin was only 2m in favour of Frankie Ferocious, but it was an impressive display as he went to the line with plenty in reserve, leading Perfect Class and Captains Knock playing for the minors. A ‘stroll in the park’, all-the-way win at Menangle, which resulted in a 25.8 final 400m, had the gelding earmarked as an exceptional talent. Cam Hart was in awe of the performance as he covered the final sectional, with plenty left in the locker. Gate four is suitable and Cam will be keen to have Frankie Ferocious building up the ‘revs’ as soon as the green light is activated by starter Todd Clarke. With four Chariots of Fire trophies already on the mantlepiece, legendary trainer Barry Purdon, along with his star protégé Scott Phelan, will be looking to add another award to his great career. And, with ITS MERLIN (7) and SOONER THE BETTOR (1) representing the stable, his prospects look bright. ITS MERLIN, who will be driven by Zac Butcher, who guided Our Sky Major to victory in the 2015 edition of this race, will take the reins behind Its Merlin. Back home and the brilliant son of Art Major featured in a number of enthralling battles with Dont Stop Dreaming in particular, but also his stablemate Sooner The Bettor and established big names such as Self Assured and Mach Shard. Reigning supreme on a number of occasions. The 4yo drew wide in the Paleface Adios last week, resulting in being trapped three deep as he worked across to sit outside of the leader and eventual winner, Better Be The Best. Despite a 26.6 opening 400m and a final split of 26.6, Its Merlin continued to stride bravely to the post, finishing a gallant 2.6m second to the star Bathurst pacer. Scott Phelan was delighted with the effort and was more than confident that Its Merlin would be a major factor with that run under his belt and his first outing on the Menangle track. SOONER THE BETTOR (1) hit the line well when a 3.8m 4th to Dont Stop Dreaming in the Hondo Grattan, prior to starting favourite here last week in a suitable contest. With Gavin Fitzpatrick dictating the terms, the son of Bettors Delight had every chance, but was collared late by Don Hugo, who enjoyed a kind three peg run. Although slightly disappointing, Sooner The Bettor did appear to ‘switch-off’ over the final stages. With the tempo bound to be frantic from the outset that won’t happen this time around. The prospect of securing a peg role, just off the pace, will allow Sooner The Bettor to allow the other major characters in this intriguing race to make the race for him. The prospect of having something left for the final 100m or so, should assist Sooner The Bettor to arrive, sooner than later. BETTER BE THE BEST (3) has drawn ideally and the son of Shoobees Place has bounced back strongly with two impressive wins. Trainer-driver Nathan Turnbull won’t leave anything to chance and will be keen to stamp his intentions on this race from the outset. But can the Bathurst duo maintain the rage with so much firepower being present ? CAPTAINS KNOCK (9) has a tricky draw and the Goulburn based star is usually at his best when able to set the tempo. His mentor and driver Brad Hewitt may have to revert to ‘plan B’ this time. While the task will be a tough one, Captains Knock won’t shirk his responsibilities. If and it is a big if, there is to be a shock result, CAPTAIN HAMMERHEAD (5) could be the one to provide such a result. Trained and driven by David Moran, the Victorian resumed with a pleasing 7m 4th to Frankie Ferocious in the 4YO Bonanza before again posting a gritty 8.3m 5th to Better Be The Best in the Paleface Adios. David will be looking to secure a kind run and wait until the final, testing 200m comes into play, before taking advantage of any run which may come his way. SURE THING CAPTAIN (6) has done nothing wrong and isn’t the roughest when it comes to forming exotic combinations. What a cast of characters and with this year’s edition being a classic line up, it is back to the start and like the Oscars. And the award goes to !

    DON’T STOP DREAMING 1, Frankie Ferocious 2, Its Merlin 3, Sooner The Bettor 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    Three heats of the NSW Derby will wrap-up the card, and the opening heat will see the sparingly-raced, but exciting prospect BAY OF BISCAY (4) face the starter. Contesting just six races, Bay Of Biscay has won three while finishing runner-up twice. The Emma Stewart-conditioned colt recorded his only unlaced effort in a heat of the VSS 2YO C&G’s semi-final won by stablemate Stormryder. Bay Of Biscay drew the back row and worked home three deep in posting a 13.9m fifth. The son of Somebeachsomewhere commenced his latest term of racing from the second row grid when he stepped out at Melton a couple of weeks ago, against older rivals. Starting a $1.12 chance to return on a winning note, Bay Of Biscay came from a rearward role, with a three wide run in posting a solid 5m 2nd to Layden. The run was full of merit and a pointer to his claims here, especially from his handy draw. The booking of Cam Hart is significant with the State’s leading reinsman boasting a fine record when called upon by Emma. ROYAL CRUISER (7) will throw down the strongest challenge to Bay Of Biscay, despite being first-up since taking out the NSWBC Western Regional 2YO C&G’s Final at Bathurst last December. Like his Victorian counterpart, the Bathurst star has been unplaced just once in his career, which includes six and four placings. The son of Sweet Lou finished down the track in his first trial, but was a lot sharper in taking out his next at Bathurst on Monday. Trained and driven by Bernie Hewitt, Royal Cruiser is ready for action. NATHAN STREET (1) has drawn ideally in gate one and according to his driver Jack Trainor, the son of Lazarus will benefit greatly from his first run back from a spell and, more importantly, a gear change. Drawing wide against older rivals at Menangle a couple of weeks ago, the Freddy Taiba-trained colt was never a factor, but did work home stoutly from a rearward role in finishing a 10.8m 4th to Aliberto. The extra fitness and the above mentioned reason offered by Jack, should result in a competitive showing from the talented, Nathan Street. The Aaron Dunn trained and driven DEE ROE (5) scored at Bendigo four runs back and has been runner-up in three subsequent outings, twice behind the outstanding prospect, Sergeant Lou. The most recent effort was in the Simpson Memorial at Menangle when he sat behind Sergeant Lou in running the classy youngster to an 8.5m margin. The Art Major colt should be linked to the multiples, along with WIPEOUT (9) and I DIDNT KNOW THAT (2).

    BAY OF BISCAY 1, Royal Cruiser 2, Nathan Street 3, Dee Roe 4.

    RACE NINE:

    The Mark and Nathan Purdon-trained WE WALK BY FAITH (8) has drawn the outside gate in a field of eight, but the outstanding Kiwi appears to be the one to beat. Arriving from NZ with four wins and two placings, both as runner-up, We Walk By Faith is just another exciting from the All Stars team of ’all-stars’. Successful at Addington a couple of days before Christmas, the Bettors Delight 3yo resumed with a strong display when he accounted for another quality type in Duchess Megxit at Alexandra Park a few weeks ago. The small field will certainly assist We Walk With Faith while the spacious Menangle circuit will also be a plus. Another former Kiwi, who now calls Queensland home, looms as the main threat. IN EXCESS (3) recently joined the astute stables of Darrel Graham after facing the starter on 10 occasions back home fir two wins and four placings. The Bettors Delight colt commenced his association with Darrel at Menangle a couple of weeks again in the Simpson Memorial. Drawing wide and settling four pegs, In Excess worked to the line in a pleasing manner, resulting in an 11.3m 3rd to Sergeant Lou. With the benefit of that run and a far better draw, In Excess should be a serious threat. HES FROM HEAVEN (4) posted back-to-back wins at Geelong and Bendigo, justifying his odds-on quote each time, prior to working outside of the leader when a creditable 2.6m 2nd to Champagne Delight at Melton on February 16, once again as the popular pick. The son of Sweet Lou is under the care of Jess Tubbs and with Greg Sugars handling the driving duties, Hes From Heaven will again be competitive. CHICAGO BART (5) and MIKI BE GOOD (2) have both enjoyed a handy start to the careers after just three starts apiece. This will be the toughest test of their character, but claims as exotic runners should be considered. THE GREEK GENERAL (7) has shown potential and his effort in the Simpson Memorial, which resulted in a 12.5m 5th to Sergeant Lou was useful. The Kerry Towers-trained son of My General Lee has since recorded a sound Goulburn trial placing so don’t dismiss him from the multiples.

    WE WALK BY FAITH 1, In Excess 2, Hes From Heaven 3, Chicago Bart 4.

    RACE 10:

    The final heat looks a suitable assignment for FIGHTER COMMAND (9), another promising type which is prepared by Jess Tubbs. Unplaced when commencing his career, Fighter Command then won his next four, two either side of a spell, the latest when he worked from a back row draw in finding the lead. The race then became a one act affair, as the son of Always B Miki powered home in defeating Popcornfriday and Our Bella Lucia at Melton. Greg Sugars was able to dictate the terms from outset at Melton a couple of weeks ago, however, Fighter Command, despite a good run, faded in recording an 11.7m 3rd to Mitzi Said and Stir Me Up. Boasting a higher level of fitness and returning to his own age group, Fighter Command is poised to return to winning form. RAVISHING SLOY (3) is coming off a ‘forget’ effort and is entitled to further attention, especially after drawing handily in three. Prepared by Luke McCarthy, who will also handle the driving duties, the 3yo son of Bettors Delight ended his first year of racing on a winning note when he accounted for My Ultimate Buddha and Major allegiance in the NSWBC Eastern 2YO G&G’s Final at Menangle in early December. Drawing wide for his first run back, the Simpson Memorial a few weeks ago, Ravishing Sloy struck trouble, raced wide, then outside of the leader when a fading 16.2m 7th to Sergeant Lou. The gelding is a lot better than that so don’t ignore his claims. KOMODO (5) also contested the Simpson Memorial and was in trouble as well, resulting in a rearward role before posting a 15.5m sixth. The Aaron Dunn trained and driven has shown promise in winning a couple at Melton before three consecutive unplaced displays in races won by Sergeant Lou, the latest at Menangle. The son of Fear The Dragon should be suited by the 2400m and is a possible threat. Definitely, a player when it comes to the multiples. SOHO SPECTRE (7) is back in action after a win at Bendigo last September. Facing the starter for the Vicbred 2YO C&G’s Silver trophy, the Rickie Alchin trained and driven son of Art major proved too good for Balboa Rock and The War wolf, overcoming a back row draw in the process. The colt finished a well-beaten 2nd to Smaltese in a Menangle trial, however, the effort was pleasing as Brian Portelli was keen to get the trial ‘done and dusted’ as quickly as possible. With six wins from his 11 racetrack appearances, Soho Spectre can’t be taken lightly. That leaves BEACHRIDE (8), MAJOR ALLEGIANCE (6) and FLIPTOP BOTTLESHOP (2) as chances when it comes to looking further afield when it comes to the multiples.

    FIGHTER COMMAND 1, Ravishing Sloy 2, Komodo 3, Soho Spectre 4.

      – FIELDS ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

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