April 28, 2022 National Trotguide
With the benefit of one run back from a lengthy spell, former Victorian YIANNI (2) is poised to post his first Menangle win, following two previous unplaced efforts when under the care of Emma Stewart. The son of Changeover had excuses when a 94.6m last to Diamonds N Cash at Ballarat last September, prior to his move north which resulted in Jason Grimson taking over his training routine. Contesting his next assignment at Wagga a couple of weeks ago, Yianni worked from his 2nd row draw, resulting in the favourite facing the breeze, en route to recording a game 1.2m 2nd behind the talented James Rattray-trained Rossini. With the benefit of that run and a vastly improved draw, gate two, Yianni should have punters on the right side of the ledger from the outset. Local mentor Jarrod Alchin has a number of outstanding chances on the big card, with DELIGHTFUL DUDE (4) a definite contender for the top spot. The quality 4yo drew wide in working home stoutly for a respectable 3m 5th to Bad To The Bone at this venue a week ago. A vastly improved draw will assist the son of Bettors Delight securing a favourable run, which in turn will enhance his prospects of greeting the judge. Despite the presence of a wide gate, ALPINE STRIDE (10) is capable of playing a role in the finish. The Darren Binskin trained and driven 8yo is coming off an 11.7m 7th to Cash N Flow a week ago, once again from a deep starting role. Rarely far from the action these days, Alpine Stride posted a solid 3.4m 3rd to Majestic Cruiser and Alta Orlando, with the pair then heading to NZ for the invitational race. LA PUDDIE (3) has collected all-the-way wins in each of his past two starts at Bathurst and Penrith, each time courtesy of a dashing front-running drive by Sofia Arvidsson. The 5yo has again drawn ideally and although the task will be tougher this time around, La Puddie is worthy of exotic involvement. On the subject of the exotics and SMOOTH BAHT (5) is bound to give a good account from his improved draw while SEND IT (8), ASHARK (11) and JIMMY LOCKE (9) also fall into that category. Keep a watch on betting moves when it comes to the former Kiwi SOMEKINDAWONDERFUL (1). Now with Blake Fitzpatrick the 5yo is a last-start winner at Ascot Park, but that was last October. Arriving with good stats, the son of Somebeachsomewhere has been safely held in two trials.
YIANNI 1, Delightful Dude 2, Alpine Stride 3, La Puddie 4.
This race is overflowing with chances and while MAKE MINE MEMPHIS (4) has been unable to greet the judge since scoring at AP last September, the Bernie Hewitt-trained son of Rock N Roll Heaven is going in as the main pick. Placed in seven of his nine encounters this season, one being a retirement, Make Mine Heaven has had his share of mixed luck along the way. A week ago, the 6yo enjoyed a cosy, three peg run, prior to gaining a late peg run, which resulted in a fast-finishing 2nd to Bad To The Bone, beaten a half-neck in the process. A couple of more strides and the result would have been reversed. Bernie Hewitt will take over the reins from his son Doug, who will partner THE MUSTANG (8), which also a definite winning chances. Make Mine Memphis will have the chance to secure another kind run and that will result in another competitive performance. MISTER BRAZIL (10), due to illness on the verge of the Inter Dominion carnival, was forced to spend time on the sidelines. After nearly six months away from the track, the Adam Ruggari-trained 10yo made a successful return to racing with a stylish win at Newcastle two weeks ago. The veteran will strip fitter and courtesy of two early scratchings, Mister Brazil has drawn eight and that will at least be a plus. Courtesy of a brilliant drive by Jack Callaghan, MACH SHARD (11) was able to account for Balraj and Max Delight in the G3 Wagga Cup on Apr 16, with the classy 7yo coming from a three peg role after drawing the inside of the back row. Mach Shard has drawn the outside gate and while that is a concern, Luke McCarthy will no doubt give the son of Mach three every chance to continue on his winning way. Now that he found where the winning post is, BAD TO THE BONE (9) is more than capable of going back-to-back, while BALRAJ (5) indicated a win wasn’t that off when he finished 2nd to Mach Shard in the Wagga Cup. This is one of the highlight races on the card.
MAKE MINE MEMPHIS 1, Mister Brazil 2, Mach Shard 3, Bad To The Bone 4.
Following a determined display when first-up for the Jason Grimson stable a week ago, COLLINA KAY JAY (2) is worthy of further attention after drawing ideally. Providing the reserve isn’t required, Collina Kay Jay will start the 2300m assignment from gate one, and that will Jack Callaghan, who replaces Jack Trainor, the choice of dictating or taking a sit over the longer trip. The son of Alta Christiano was collared late by the talented Double Act, with the run being his first in six weeks. With the benefit of that outing the 5yo is capable of going one better. JUSTA LITTLE BIT (3) is another winning chance from the stables of Jarrod Alchin. Ideally drawn close to the pegs, compared to gate eight a week ago when a solid-finishing 12.3m 4th to Fire Fox, the 4yo son of Cammibest is a reliable performer and in this company, he is more than capable of being involved in the finish. RED REACTOR (7) continues to tease with solid displays on a weekly basis, the latest when he again hit the line with intent, which resulted in a 6.3m 3rd behind Double Act. The longer trip will suit the David Thorn-trained 7yo, which is looking to record his first win since scoring at Headquarters last May. WOW HES A ROCK STAR (9) has drawn deep but the talented Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven 4yo is racing well and he certainly has the ability to figure in the finish. Exotic players should also consider ZOLIVER (4) and UNCLE JAY (5) while IMAJOYRIDE (8) steps up in grade on recent country displays, but the mare is racing well and can’t be overlooked when it comes to the multiples.
COLLINA KAY JAY 1, Justa Little Bit 2, Red Reactor 3, Wow Hes A Rock Star 4.
Despite drawing out deep, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven OUR COWGIRLS N LACE (10) is entitled to top billing as the classy mare will appreciate the return to competing against her own sex. Following a 2nd to Stylish Memphis in the G2 Sibelia Stakes, then an outstanding 3.2m to Stylish Memphis in the G1 Queen Elizabeth 11 Mile, the daughter of Bettors Delight then faced the starter for the running of the G3 Wagga Cup, nearly two months after posting a career best performance. Striking some trouble and racing in a midfield role, Our Cowgirls N Lace was game to the line in recording a solid 7.2m 6th to Mach Shard. With her level of fitness going up a notch, Our Cowgirls N Lace will take a power of beating, despite the quality of her opposition. B K SWY (11) has drawn the outside gate, but like Our Cowgirls N Lace, the Jack Trainor trained and driven mare will enjoy being back in a race involving her own sex. The daughter of Big Jim did a marvellous job in finishing a 1.7m 3rd behind her champion stablemate Stylish Memphis in the Queen Elizabeth, prior to posting a 13.8m 7th to Mister Magic Man at Penrith a couple of weeks ago when she appeared to have every chance in the one-one. Back to the bigger track where she can settle back in the pack and come with her ‘typical’ big sprint, B K Swy is bound to make her presence felt. The Michael Stanley-conditioned LET IT LINGA (2) arrives from Victorian with wins at Stawell and Maryborough, respectively, on each occasion dictating the terms. Only lightly-raced, the 4yo daughter of Captaintreacherous has drawn ideally and with Luke McCarthy taking over the driving duties, Let It Linga is bound to be in the mix from the outset and well into the straight. SMOOTH RYE (6) had been racing in fine style before a disappointing 14.4m 8th to Yarraman Bella in the G1 Mares Championship at Wagga on Apr 16. The daughter of Tintin in America is definitely worthy of another chance, especially when it comes to the multiples. The ‘x-factor’ is TOWN ECHO (7) which is unbeaten in three runs since coming from NZ to be prepared by Jack Trainor, who speaks in glowing terms of the daughter of Art Major. Although this will be her toughest test since being with Jack, Town Echo must be treated with plenty of respect. Exotic combinations could also include the ultra-consistent PEARL HARBOUR (4), but this will be a harder test, while TOTAL DIVA (9) is also capable of adding some value.
OUR COWGIRLS N LACE 1, B K Swy 2, Let It Linga 3, Smooth Rye 4.
The first of four-consecutive APG Gold Bullion G1 Final’s will feature two exciting prospects in MY ULTIMATE BYRON (1) and RIPP (2), with the draw ensuring an intriguing clash from the outset. Following a brilliant start to his career, which resulted in seven-straight wins as a 2yo, My Ultimate Byron then recorded four-consecutive roles as runner-up, commencing with his performance in the G1 NSW Breeders Challenge when he was unable to repel the late surge of Tims A Trooper. The Jarrod Alchin-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere then posted his first unplaced effort, a fading 16.8m 7th to Leap To Fame in the G1 NSW Derby back on March 5. The doubters then started to appear, however, My Ultimate Byron looked sharp in leading throughout in his heat of this particular challenge, posting a comfortable all-the-way win over Iam The Captain and Uncle Miki. The pole is a big plus and the classy 3yo will be keen to take full advantage of the situation. RIPP (2) was equally impressive in defeating Muscle Bart and My Ultimate Levi in a slower time, however, Doug Hewitt didn’t press the ‘go’ button. A member of the Bernie Hewitt team, Ripp enjoyed G1 success when he led throughout in taking out the Gold Chalice during the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival back in late March. Also, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, Ripp will also be looking to make a statement as soon as the green light is switched on. IAM THE CAPTAIN (3) has the chance to secure a kind peg run after drawing next to the two ‘power players’. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven colt made up many, many metres when a closing 5.9m 2nd to My Ultimate Byron last week, and if there is to be a surprise ending to the Final, the Iam The Captain is the one most likely to provide that result. MY ULTIMATE LEVI (10) has drawn awkwardly out wide but the son of Betting Line remains in the multiple mix, along with MUSCLE BART (12), UNCLE MIKI (4), BLACK ONYX and SMALTESE (11), which has been struggling to find his true form.
MY ULTIMATE BYRON 1, Ripp 2, Iam The Captain 3, My Ultimate Levi 4.
Once again, the Jarrod Alchin stable will provide one of the main chances when his exciting filly MADRID (10), despite drawing deep, goes in search of G1 glory. Boasting nine wins from her 13 starts, which also features three placings, the daughter of Bling It On spoilt her record when the filly recorded a respectable 9m 4th to Soho Rhapsody in the G1 Gold Bracelet at Bathurst on March 25 after being called up to race wide, en route to finding the role outside of the leader. Madrid, as expected, had little trouble progressing to the Final, courtesy of a comfortable all-the-way win over Smooth Bon Bon and Zenxena, with Cam Hart allowing her to complete the last 400m in 26.8 while still under a hold. The early battle for supremacy will be interesting as Madrid will be looking to stamp her authority from the outset. However, the Cameron Ross-trained STENO (5) will also be just as keen to take full advantage of gate four, which is less the reserve. A daughter of Sweet Lou, Steno has also been productive throughout the course of her 13 trips to the races, converting six of them into wins while being placed on a further five occasions. Following effortless wins at Young and Penrith, respectively, Steno was never extended in defeating Te Quiro and Miss Ex, with Jack Callaghan dictating the terms with the minimum of fuss. No doubt Callaghan will be looking to ‘park’ Madrid and that will certainly enhance the winning prospects of Steno. It is hard to see the winner coming outside of Madrid and Steno, so exotic investments should include TE QUIRO (8), MISS EX (7), ZENXENA (3) and LA VISTA (11).
MADRID 1, Steno 2, Te Quiro 3, Miss Ex 4.
All four of the feature events appear to have just the two major contenders and the 2YO C&G’s Final is no exception. With the benefit of an ideal draw, which will become one if the two reserves remain on the bench, MY ULTIMATE SNOWY (3) is yet another outstanding chance which is under the astute care of Jarrod Alchin. Unbeaten in three starts, the Sweet Lou colt is spoken about in glowing terms by Jarrod and rightly so. My Ultimate Snowy booked his spot in the G1 challenge, courtesy of an effortless all-the-way win over Captains Knock and Ambiguous, both game in defeat, but no match for the winner. The classy colt will again set the tempo and it will take a big effort to take the trophy away from him. The main threat to the local star is the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained CAPTAIN RITCHIE (9) which appears to be destined for a bright future. Captain Ritchie looked good in scoring at Goulburn two starts ago, the outing being his third appearance, but he certainly went to another level in his heat. Following a kind ‘stalking role’ behind the leader, Captain Ritchie comfortably went past the leader and runner-up Sweetheart Bart, leaving Robert Morris, who drove the second horse, to comment after the race he was surprised the winner beat him in such a manner. Despite the wider gate, Captain Ritchie will ensure that My Ultimate Snowy doesn’t have the race presented to him on a plate. When forming exotic combinations AMBIGUOUS (7) and SWEETHEART BART (10) must be included while HAPPY REG (4), PRINCE LOUIE (6) and CAPTAINS KNOCK (12) should also come in for attention.
MY ULTIMATE SNOWY 1, Captain Ritchie 2, Ambiguous 3, Sweetheart Bart 4.
The Bernie Hewitt trained and driven JEWEL MELODY (5) will be looking to add the 2YO Fillies trophy to her collection after the youngster drew suitably in gate five. After opening her career with a couple of promising placings, Jewel Melody then overcame a back row draw and, a tough run outside of the leader, when she powered to the line for an exciting 26.5m win in a heat of the Gold Tiara. Another 2nd line awaited Jewel Melody in the prestigious G1 event, but an early check resulted in Jewel Melody again being called up to cover extra ground in search of the winning post. And, once again the daughter of Captaintreacherous responded in fine style, en route to a narrow but quality win over Eve Crocker and Call Me Millie. The far better draw and the big track will be a welcome sight for Jewel Melody. PROMISELAND (7) certainly has her share of talent, and then some. Prepared by Michael Doltoff and to be driven by Luke McCarthy, the daughter of Bettors Delight led throughout in her heat, which resulted in a comfortable 27.3 final 400n in accounting for Most Triumphant and Goodtime Libby. The filly is bound to leave the machine with intent as to keep Jewel Melody well within reach from the outset. However, whether she can give the Gold Tiara winner a start and a beating, will take a big effort. Multiple investments should include GOODTIME LIBBY (8), AVYANNA (1), MOST TRIUMPHANT (2) and JAZZMIN (4).
JEWEL MELODY 1, Promiseland 2, Goodtime Libby 3, Avyanna 4.
ROMAN AVIATOR (5) hasn’t made a trip to the winner’s circle since December 2020, one day before Christmas and, that was at Gloucester Park. The Corey Peterson trained and driven 7yo will be contesting his ninth start since crossing the Nullarbor, his eighth at Menangle, and in an open race, the son of Mr Aviator won’t get a better chance than this to land his first win at Headquarters. After posting a gritty 2m 4th to The Honey Queen two starts ago, Roman Aviator again hit the line with intent when a 7.7m 3rd to Aqua Sancta back on April 2. With so many ‘ifs and buts’ attached to this field, Roman Aviator is worth the gamble. SUMMIT SPECIAL (9) has been thereabouts in each of his past three starts, the latest being a solid 2m 4th to Bad To The Bone. Prepared by David Thorn, the 7yo son of Mr Feelgood will find this challenge more to his liking and although the draw is a bit tricky, Summit Special is likely to go back at the start in any case and await for his opportunity to pounce over the final 200m. Had LACEYS LAD (10) drawn suitably, then the Mark Callaghan-trained son of Lis Mara would have been the main pick. Spelled after a win at Newcastle back in late February, Laceys Lad has won three trials in fine fashion and he looks ready to make a bold bid for victory. Andrew Bourke, who guided Laceys Lad to his most recent win, will again take the reins. PUMP THE BRAKES (7) resumed from a creditable Inter Dominion campaign with a useful 12m 9th to Marc Shard in the G3 Wagga Cup so don’t ignore his claims of greeting the judge. ALWAYS ROCKIN (2), DANCE FOR GLORY (4), and SWAGGIE SHANNON (8) are not of the mix when it comes to winning, but they certainly will assist when it comes to the multiples.
ROMAN AVIATOR 1, Summit Special 2, Laceys Lad 3, Pump The Brakes 4.
A week ago, FUNKY MONKEY (8) accounted for a similar field when the classy mare overcame a wide gate in finding the lead and the winning post with the minimum of fuss. The KerryAnn Morris-trained daughter of Monkey Bones strips fitter and draws closer in eight, albeit the outside gate for this challenge. The margin last week was only a neck, and the 5yo didn’t have a lot left, but it is hard to see her rivals turning the tables. DANCE SECRET (5) was exposed outside of Funky Monkey and battled on stoutly in finishing a 10.4m fourth. The 5yo will again give a good account and a kinder run will see him figure closer to the action. SON OF PATRICK (3) worked home stoutly in finishing third, beaten 5.6m, with the 4yo drawing a closer to the pegs this time. ON ADVICE (6) has been runner-up in his past four encounters, the latest behind Funky Monkey and no doubt he will again be in the mix from the outset. SUNNY GEE (7) looks the only other chance when it comes to the multiples.
FUNKY MONKEY 1, Dance Secret 2, Son Of Patrick 3, On Advice 4.
- MICK KO’CASS