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    Finding all the winners for Menangle Saturday night Finding all the winners for Menangle Saturday night


    RACE ONE: Despite coming off two costly defeats, when suitably drawn on each occasion, the Darren Binskin trained and driven LINE UP (10) is definitely... Finding all the winners for Menangle Saturday night


    Despite coming off two costly defeats, when suitably drawn on each occasion, the Darren Binskin trained and driven LINE UP (10) is definitely worthy of further attention, although the son of Bettors Delight will need to overcome a tougher draw this time around. Game in defeat when beaten a head by Alta Orlando, the classy 5yo then dropped back to a suitable assignment and, as a result, headed around to the start as a $1.65 chance. Left exposed outside of the leader and eventual winner, The Honey Queen, Line Up continued to find the line with purpose, which resulted in a head 3rd, with The Croupier knocking him out of the runner’s up role. Due to the wider starting role, and the speed drawn inside, DJ may decide to keep his ‘powder dry’ with Line Up, allowing him to make his presence felt over the final 300m. SUMMIT SPECIAL (7) appeals as a threat following two sound efforts since a spell, with the David Thorn-trained son of Mr Feelgood improving with each outing. After a deep peg role and also striking trouble, the 7yo opened his latest term of racing with a pleasing 10.2m 7th to Doubtless Bay, prior to posting a 6.9m 5th behind Cash N Flow. With his level of fitness no longer a concern, Summit Special has peaked in that department and should be ready for a competitive showing. Kiwi BAD TO THE BONE (9) is now six runs into his latest term of racing under the care of Paul Fitzpatrick and is yet to register a win, in fact, the last time the 5yo saluted was back in early April, a year ago, and that is on either side of the Tasman. The son of Bettors Delight has been thereabouts on most occasions, with his latest effort resulting in a gritty 7.2m 5th to Mighty Looee. The gelding has again drawn deep but expect him to be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. Although confronted by a harder challenge, last-start winner RANGER BOMB (6) is bound to be involved from the outset and remains in the multiple mix while the Peter Russo-trained duo, ALWAYS ROCKIN (1) and JIMMY LOCKE (11) are also worthy of attention in that regard.

    LINE UP 1, Summit Special 2, Bad To The Bone 3, Ranger Bomb 4.


    The number 10 saddlecloth will also carry the hopes in this race, as well, courtesy of the Jarrod Alchin-conditioned JUST A LITTLE BIT (10), which is racing in peak form. The Cammibest entire managed to account for Artillery and Stravinsky two starts ago, then enjoyed a handy run before working into a challenging role on the point of the home turn. However, this time around Artillery was able to ‘out-gun’ Just A Little Bit, with the margin very similar to their previous encounter, 1.3 metres. The 4yo has been drawing suitably of late so the outside draw is a slight concern, however, with Cam Hart in the sulky, that problem has been eased considerably. The Roy Roots Jnr-trained SURFERS DELIGHT (11) has a difficult draw as well, but the consistent 4yo remains in contention for a role in the finish. Following a run of 12 consecutive top-three finishes, Surfers Delight then led and appeared to have every chance when a fading 8.9m 6th to Mighty Looee two starts ago. After drawing in a midfield role and racing three back in the running line, Surfers Delight was back on track with a solid-finishing 6.7m 3rd to the classy Delightful Dude a week ago. The draw will dictate the racing pattern of Surfers Delight, but Robert Morris will have him ready to strike when heads are turned for home. FAR OUT BRO (5) has been off the scene since a gallant 1.3m 2nd to Chevron Art in the Inter City Pace Final at Maitland back on Jan 2. The Adam Ruggari-trained 5yo son of Mach Three trialled strongly at Newcastle, suggesting that a bold first-up showing was on the cards. The booking of Jack Callaghan could also be seen as a positive move. When it comes to exotic combinations, ARDENS ACE (7), ZOLIVER (4), which is capable of a vastly improved showing on his previous disappointing effort, CHECK IN (8), ALLSET (6) and HAZELNUTS (9) should be considered.

    JUST A LITTLE BIT 1, Surfers Delight 2, Far Out Bro 3, Ardens Ace 4.


    Now that he has regained his composure and at the start, CRUNCH TIME (8) is poised to make it back-to-back wins and in the process continue the outstanding run of success currently being enjoyed by his mentor, Rickie Alchin. After a display of moderate manners in the score-up, which proved costly, and then a couple of tough encounters, Crunch Time displayed all of his outstanding qualities when he began swiftly from a wide gate, en route to leading throughout in recording an emphatic 19.2m victory over La Puddie and Smooth Sailor two weeks ago. With Alchin confident that he has ‘ironed’ out the problems, the son of Somebeachsomewhere will take a power of catching once again, particularly if he posts another time around the 1:50 mark. IMASPORTSSTAR (2) scored at Goulburn four runs back with his subsequent three runs all producing tidy efforts, the latest a week ago when a 9.3m 5th to Delightful Dude. Suitably drawn close to the pegs, which should assist in securing a handy run behind the speed, the 6yo son of Sportswriter is capable of playing an active role in the finish. ASHARK (5) is coming off a solid all-the-way win just a week ago when he comfortably accounted for Smooth Sailor and Cant Refuse. The consistent Melanie Elder-trained 7yo will again be in the thick of the action from the outset so don’t ignore his claims. Apart from Imasportsstar, which will be driven by Cam Hart, trainer David Thorn will also be represented by a fitter EVERYBODYLOVEDRAY (7), with Jim Douglass taking the drive. The 7yo has contested three runs since a spell, the latest being an improved 7.5m 4th behind Delightful Dude a week ago when he worked home stoutly over the final stages. JERULAS GRIN (1) appeals as an exotic chance after drawing gate one while GIVE ME A MINUTE (10) also has claims in that department, despite the fact that the son of Raging Bull has drawn the outside gate. With a hat-trick of wins next to his name, Give Me A Minute has been drawing ideally, so the tough gate will be a hurdle. BANKERS GOLD (9) and THE RACONTEUR (6) are also in the multiple mix.

    CRUNCH TIME 1, Imasportsstar 2, Ashark 3, Everybodylovedray 4.


    Triple G1 winning reinswoman Sofia Arvidsson has commenced her association with the Blake Fitzpatrick stable on a ‘high’ and the winning run may continue, courtesy of PEARL HARBOUR (3). Successful in scoring at Headquarters four starts ago, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has recorded a hat-trick of placings since, the latest a week ago when the mare battled on stoutly in finishing a 1.9m 3rd to Total Diva. Prior to that outing, Pearl Harbour again enjoyed a kind run behind the leader in posting a gritty 7.6m 3rd to Stingray Tara, which has confirmed the form with another stylish win. With the scratching of the pole runner, Pearl Harbour will launch her claim from gate two, and that will allow Arvidsson with the opportunity to send the 5yo to the lead, at least during the opening stages. If allowed to dictate, Pearl Harbour will take a power of beating. A fitter BETTOR BE KEPT (5) appeals as the main threat as the classy mare should be ready to make her presence felt. Spelled after a productive three-year-old term of racing, which culminated in an 8.3m 2nd to Anntonia in the G1 NSWBC 3YO Fillies Final in late October, Bettor Be Kept resumed a week ago in posting a useful 8.8m 5th to Total Diva. With the benefit of that outing, Bettor Be Kept should be kept high on the list of priorities this time around. The Corey Peterson trained and driven SMOOTH RYE (6) will find this challenge to her liking, compared to her latest outing which resulted in a 36.4m last to Fire Fox. Always well back and unable to work into the contest, due to a blistering 1:49.6 being posted, the daughter of TinTin in America won her previous two, in similar races to this, in fine fashion and if she can secure a suitable stalking, further success could come her way. PLATINUM REVOLUTION (8) is coming off a solid return to winning form and must be included as a threat while the reliable SHANLOU (1) is bound to give a bold showing from her ideal draw. A fitter ELEKTRA (7) is also capable of assisting when it comes to the multiples.

    PEARL HARBOUR 1, Bettor Be Kept 2, Smooth Rye 3, Platinum Revolution 4.


    Champion mare STYLISH MEMPHIS (8) will be looking to go better this time around after a gallant 2m 2nd behind Zeuss Bromac in the G1 Ainsworth 2400m FFA a month ago. Following her success in the G2 Sibelia and the G1 Queen Elizabeth 11 (Ladyship Mile), the Jack Trainor prepared and driven daughter of Bettors Delight produced a valiant effort in search of further success but found the Paul Fitzpatrick star a shade too good on the night. The scratching of Mister Brazil will allow Stylish Memphis to launch her claim, one spot closer to the pegs, and that should assist the 5yo in launching a claim on the lead role as her speedy stablemate BALRAJ (6) has the chance to be first across to the markers. Boasting eight wins and three placings from her 13 engagements at Headquarters, Stylish Memphis will be looking to head back across the ‘ditch’, on a winning note. MAJESTIC CRUISER (9) looms as the major threat to the mare following an outstanding effort in the Miracle Mile. Gaining entry with a solid 4.6m 2nd to Spirit Of St Louis in the G1 Schweppes Sprint, the son of Art Major produced an outstanding effort in overcoming an issue or two, en route to recording a 6.2m 4th behind King Of Swing. The 7yo has drawn wide, but he should be able to follow the mare across to a role close to the markers and if Trainor elects to take cover over the 2300m, Majestic Cruiser could prove hard to catch. ALTA ORLANDO (10) also has the gate speed to be in the early battle for supremacy, however, when he dictated the terms a week ago in a 1609m event, the son of Courage Under Fire faded in finishing a 7m 4th to Jay OK. Prior to that display the 10yo produced two gallant efforts in victory and he is certainly entitled to another high rating. ALPINE STRIDE (1) appeals as an exotic runner after coming up with gate one while MACH SHARD (4) and BALRAJ (6), despite coming off safely held efforts, remain in the mix as exotic players.

    STYLISH MEMPHIS 1, Majestic Cruiser 2, Alta Orlando 3, Alpine Stride 4.


    It is hard to go past the Rickie Alchin trained and driven WATTS UP MAJESTIC (5) as the one to beat as the classy son of Majestic Son looks to collect another feature title. Beaten as an odds-on elect when resuming, when he broke at the start in finishing a 20m 4th to Son Of Patrick, the 4yo made amends a week later when he led in defeating On Advice and Majestic Trio in a heat of this particular race. With a higher level of fitness and a suitable draw, Watts Up Majestic looks poised for further success. ON ADVICE (4) has been game in defeat in each of his past two starts, firstly behind Son Of Patrick, the latter when beaten 3m by Watts Up Majestic. With the benefit of drawing one spot closer to the makers, the son of Sebastian K will have the opportunity to cross to the makers, then allowing Watts Up Majestic to take up the running. The consistent 4yo will then look to issue a strong challenge to the favourite down the lengthy Menangle straight. SON OF PATRICK (6) has been mixing his form but he is capable of giving this a big shake while AFFAIRE DE COVER (7) and DREAM INCEPTION (2), which are both under the care of Troy Williams, are in the mix when it comes to exotic investments.

    WATTS UP MAJESTIC 1, On Advice 2, Son Of Patrick 3, Affaire De Cover 4.


    Apart from Just A Little Bit in the second event, trainer Jarrod Alchin also has bright prospects of securing a double, courtesy of AQUA SANCTA (8). The talented 5yo son of Bettors Delight has drawn the outside gate, but with only seven rivals, that won’t be a major concern. Following an easy win at Penrith, Aqua Sancta then recorded a solid 4.6m 4th behind The Mustang in the 2260m Lion Nathan Cup at Bathurst during the carnival. With speed drawn inside, Cam Hart is likely to look for a suitable stalking role, allowing Aqua Sancta to have the final say. LA PUDDIE (6) has had four runs at this venue since leaving Victoria, the past couple for Blake Fitzpatrick since leaving the Jess Tubbs stable. Beaten 19.2m by Crunch Time two starts ago, which was a creditable effort, the 5yo then battled on stoutly in recording an 8m 5th to The Honey Queen a week ago. Although he doesn’t win out of turn, La Puddie does appeal as a threat. ROMAN AVIATOR (3) is coming off a solid-finishing 2m 4th to The Honey Queen and with a better draw assisting his claims, the Corey Peterson trained and driven 7yo is more than capable of being in the thick of the action when the judge calls a halt. MISTER MAGIC MAN (5) will be backing up from an engagement at Penrith on Thursday night, and providing he runs up to expectations, them consider the Joe Conolly-trained 9yo as a potential threat. UNDER WORKED (5), DANCE FOR GLORY (7) and DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (2) should be considered by exotic players.

    AQUA SANCTA 1, La Puddie 2, Roman Aviator 3, Mister Magic Man 4.


    Sticking with Jarrod Alchin and his exciting trotting prospect DOFF YOUR CAP (5) looks the one to beat after a huge effort in a stand event at Bathurst last time out. Confronted by a 50m handicap, the son of peak DNK made up many metres down the home straight in posting a 3.2m 2nd to Affaire De Cover, which had the benefit of a front line draw. The former Kiwi has had three runs for Jarrod, commencing with an effortless win, then an eye-catching 2.5m 2nd to Credit Master in the G1 Aquagait Equine Mile during the Miracle Mile carnival. With his mentor having a huge opinion of his talent, Doff Your Cap should end the night on a bright note for punters. Apart from the great unknown, the only danger to Doff Your Cap is another former Kiwi, ANDOVERLOV (4), which is also coming off three runs for his new mentor, Jack Trainor. The 5yo contested the G1 event won by Credit Master, with a solid 4.5m 3rd coming his way. That was his first run for Trainor, with two costly efforts then posted, the latter when a 1.8m 2nd to Sunny Gee. The son of Andover Hall has his share of talent and must be regarded as a threat. VATICAN HILL (3) has been mixing his form but appears to be a suitable exotic runner, along with the rejuvenated SUNNY GEE (7), REVY JAY (6) and AGENT MAORI (1).

    DOFF YOUR CAP 1, Andoverlov 2, Vatican Hill 3, Sunny Gee 4.

      – MICK KO’CASS


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