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    Finding you a winner at Menangle Saturday night Finding you a winner at Menangle Saturday night

    WINNING TEAM: Dean and Kerry McDowell welcome Lleyton Green and Maximus Meridius back after a Menangle win. They're hoping for a repeat success on Saturday night.

    RACE ONE: Placed in just one of his five starts at Headquarters, ALTA BILLY (3) has the chance to break his maiden status when... Finding you a winner at Menangle Saturday night


    Placed in just one of his five starts at Headquarters, ALTA BILLY (3) has the chance to break his maiden status when he confronts the starter, firstly from a suitable draw, and,

    secondly in an open contest. Trained and driven by Amanda Turnbull, the son of Alta Christiano drew the back row, which was the case for the running of the TAB Regional Final on May 27, which left Alta Billy competing from a four peg role. Jack Callaghan had the driving duties on that occasion, which resulted in Alta Billy posting a useful 16.5m 4th behind Gordons Bay. The 5yo then contested the G3 Treuer Memorial, and while it wasn’t one of the strongest field on record, it was still an even line-up of talent, with numerous chances involved. At the completion of the 2540m, Brad Elder guided the Roy Roots Jnr-trained  Surfers Delight to victory over Total Diva and The Black Prince, which gave Roy further joy. Close-up in fourth spot was Alta Billy, beaten 5.4m in hitting the line in fine fashion from his three peg role. From gate three Alta Billy should secure a favourable role, close to the action and with good fortune in the home straight, Alta Billy should be competitive. Ideally drawn in gate one, and a definite threat, is the Bernie Hewitt-conditioned ALWAYS THUNDER (1). Following a hat-trick of wins, the final leg being an all-the-way win at this venue, Always Thunder the finished 2nd behind Kingston Shannon, again at Headquarters, prior to recording a 14.8m 2nd to Soho Sinatra at Bathurst, once again when always prominent. The 5yo son of Courage Under Fire will again be in, or the very least behind the leader, so expect him to be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. Whether Always Thunder sets the temp will depend on SMALTESE (2) and his trainer-driver Brian Portelli. The son of Sweet Lou and Bran enjoys the role of pacemaker and that was the case when the pair scored here two starts ago on June 6. Drawing wide next time out and Smaltese worked in eventually finding the role outside of the leader, prior to finishing a determined 2.4m 3rd behind Nick Of Time. Smaltese will certainly be making his presence felt from the outset. HANDS ON (6), a winner here three starts ago, has since finished unplaced in his next assignments, the latter here a week ago when a creditable and unlucky 6m 6th to Far Out Bro. Settling three pegs and held up for a suitable run over the final 300m, the 5yo son of Bettors Delight could have finished closer with a clear passage. The consistent BERTIE JONES (4) stays in the mix when it comes to forming multiple transactions, along with SAINT JULIAN (5), CHAP DADDY (9) and PROMISING (10).

    ALTA BILLY 1, Always Thunder 2, Smaltese 3, Hands On 4.


    In what should be a keenly contested event, the David Thorn-trained HEAVEN ON HIGH (6) appeals as the one to beat. Impressive in winning back-to-back races at Menangle, the 5yo then posted a superb 6.4m 3rd to Taipo when he drew wide. Restrained at the start in settling in a rearward role, before launching his claim from a midfield role, Heaven On High hit he line strongly over the final 200m. Drawing a couple of spots better, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven will have the opportunity to secure a role closer to the action, which will be vital to his claims as a couple of his major threats have drawn slightly better. Back from a mixed Queensland campaign, PORT AU PRINCE (4) is poised to make his presence felt now that he is back on home soil. Now under the care of Elizabeth Heath, the talented son of Somebeachsomewhere has a solid record at Headquarters and with his confidence renewed, courtesy of a recent win at Albion Park, then a solid 10m 3rd to Blacksadance and Cantfindabettorman, again at that particular venue, Port Au Prince is bound to be in the mix from the outset. GORDONS BAY (3) must be shown plenty of respect as the James Rattray trained and driven 5yo looks to stretch his winning sequence to four. The 5yo son of Captaintreacherous completed the hat-trick with a dominant display in the TAB Regional Final when he led in easily defeating Oratorio and Brooklyn Bridge. From gate three James will again be keen to dictate the terms from start to finish. DELIGHTFUL ANGEL (1) has drawn ideally in gate one and that will ensure that the Jarrod Alchin-conditioned mare receives a kind run. That was the scenario a couple of weeks ago when the 6yo enjoyed the one-one, prior to finishing a  shade too well for the brilliant mare, Braeview Kelly. Fitter for that assignment, the talented daughter of Bettors Delight is more than capable of greeting the judge once again. Exotic investors should consider the consistent and well-drawn KING TIGER (2), FAR OUT BRO (7), which is coming off a deserving win here last week, TUPPENCE (8 ) and BRAEDOS LAD (11), another last-start winner, but the draw has turned this into a much harder engagement.

    HEAVEN ON HIGH 1, Port Au Prince 2, Gordons Bay 3, Delightful Angel 4.


    Boasting a win and four placings, two by narrow margins in defeat, SO MUCH MORE (8) is deserving of top billing, despite the presence of a wide gate. Prepared by Jack Trainor, who will be on duty at the big Redcliffe meeting on Saturday night, the 5yo will be driven by Jack Brown, who guided the consistent son of Bettors Delight to victory two starts back. On that occasion Jack had So Much More ideally placed in the one-one, en route to proving a shade too good for Lochiel and Louis Litt. With the ‘boss’ back in the sulky last week, So Much More enjoyed a kind run behind the leader when a photo 2nd behind the in-form My Ultimate Chevron. In an open contest, So Much More will hopefully, have so much more to give in his quest for further success. The main threat is the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven JALANEEL (7), and like So Much More, is racing with a high level of consistency. Successful at Headquarters four  runs ago, the 4yo finished an unlucky 6m 4th to Chevrons Bypass, when he struck trouble, prior to a couple of solid placings, the latter when he drew deep in recording a solid-finishing 1.4m 2nd to My Ultimate Chevron. The son of Heston Blue Chip will likely settle in the second-half of the field, but he will be hitting the line with intent. Former Victorian DADNDAVE (2) won first-up for Adam Ruggari at Newcastle, then worked home stoutly, without threatening, when a creditable 7.6m 3rd to Im In Trouble last week. Improving a number of positions when it comes to his starting role, the 7yo is capable of being a far more serious contender this time around.  LOCHIEL (3) continues to be a presence, but he certainly doesn’t win out of turn. Placed in four of his past five, three as runner-up, the sparingly-raced 6yo is coming off a gritty 2.9m 2nd to Im No Trouble when three pegs early before matching strides with the leader. When it comes to multiple transactions ALLSTARZZZ FRANKIE (5), IM IN TROUBLE (9) and LOUTHARIO (11) should be included while WAVETHEBILL (10) will create interest at his first run back from a six-month spell. The 5yo ended his previous term of racing with back-to-back wins, and with the benefit of two creditable trials for Elizabeth Heath, Wavethebill, despite the tough draw, is worthy of attention.

    SO MUCH MORE 1, Jalaneel 2, Dadndave 3, Lochiel 4.


    The Brad Hewitt-condition ANNA LOVE (10) was responsible for a superb effort last week in finishing a 1.7m 2nd behind the classy B K Swy. A stylish winner here two starts back, when she took control of the race 800m from home in proving too good for Beauty Play and Parked In Heaven, the Terror To Love mare worked her way to the front in the un home, but was unable to fend off the powerful finishing burst of B K Swy. The 4yo has drawn deeper this time around, so that will be a hurdle, however, Anna Love is capable of going one better this time. Whether that plays out will depend on another daughter of Terror To Love, THERESA LOVE (2), who like B K Swy, is prepared by Jack Trainor. Jack Brown will again partner the 5yo after the pair posted an eye-catching half-head 2nd behind Skye Mary Mac a couple of weeks ago. Drawing out in gate eight for her first run in two months, the former Kiwi powered home from the top of the straight. Fitter and drawing gate two, Theresa Love has the talent to go one better so respect her claims. The Peter Rixon-trained BEAUTY PLAY (5) hits peak fitness following three runs back, the latest when she worked home stoutly in recording a solid 5m 2nd behind Anna Love. The reliable daughter of Sweet Lou has drawn one spot better in five and that will assist in the mare landing a role closer to the action. Will Rixon will replace sister Hannah in the sulky. Will had the reins when Beauty Play resumed on a winning note at Canberra. SHES A CARIBBEN (4) will be backing up from her assignment at Menangle on Tuesday, and although this will be a harder task, expect the daughter of Caribbean Blaster to be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. Courtesy of drawing the pole, the Troy Williams-prepared CHARLIES ACE (1) is a suitable, value player for the multiples, while HEAVENLY HOLY (9) and PARKED IN HEAVEN (11), despite the p[air drawing wide, also warrant consideration when forming combinations.

    ANNA LOVE 1, Theresa Love 2, Beauty Play 3, Shes A Caribbean 4.


    Peaking in condition following three runs back, the latest resulting in success, the Nathan Turnbull trained and driven FAZE OF GLORY (2) warrants attention, especially after drawing suitably in two. Safely held in finishing 4th in the race won by Swayzee when first-up six months, the son of Lincoln Royal started an odds-on favourite when a respectable 7.7m 3rd to South Coast Arden, which was first-up from NZ and as a member of the Paul Fitzpatrick team. South Coast Arden has since been impressive in winning his next two at Menangle. The 5yo then finished strongly in defeating Soho Sinatra and Ranger Bomb at Bathurst and in the process lifted his level of fitness to an acceptable level. From his ideal draw, Faze Of Glory will have the opportunity to stamp his authority on this contest from the outset. The James Rattray trained and driven STAR MAJOR (7) will loom as a definite threat as the son of Art Major has been building towards a winning display. Placed third in three of his past five stars, and close-up on the other two occasions, Star Major posted a pleasing 12.8m 3d to Swayzee, prior to again working to the line in fine fashion when a 2m 3d behind Romanee and Three Rivers. That form is good enough to result in Star Major playing an important role in the finish. KANENA PROVLIMA (10) accounted for Double Encounter and The Black Prince, which then finished 3rd to Surfers Delight in the Treuer Memorial, prior to making up many metres when a creditable 12.2m 3rd to Braedos Lad at this venue. The wide draw is a concern, however, the 7yo is more than capable of looming as a threat when the home straight comes into play. LETS GET ROCKIN (3) has drawn nicely for his third run back from a spell, and although unplaced in both runs since a break, the 5yo has been thereabouts, the latter when an 8.9m 8th to Surfers Delight in the Treuer Memorial. Veteran CASH N FLOW (11) has drawn the outside gate and, when in the ‘peak of his powers’ that wouldn’t have been a factor, however, the son of Mach Three has been unplaced in all five runs back. Although dropping in grade, it is hard to recommend Cash N Flow on recent form, despite his higher level of fitness.

    FAZE OF GLORY 1, Star Major 2, Kanena Provlima 3, Lets Get Rockin 4.


    Runner-up in three of his past trips to the races, the classy Belinda McCarthy-conditioned SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS (3) is ready to go one better when he faces the starter for the Golden Mile. Second to Catch A Wave in the Miracle Mile back in early March, the 6yo had two further assignments before heading to the west coast to tackle the initial running of the $1m Nullabor at Gloucester Park. Brace in defeat, Spirit Of St Louis again had to settle for being ‘second best’ as Betterzippit proved a shade too good, courtesy of a dashing drive by Cam Hart. Stepping out for his next challenge, following two months off, the son of Sweet Lou was again into second spot, this time after a brave effort when beaten a nose by South Coast Arden. A recent solid trial win has Spirit Of St Louis facing the starter with a higher level of fitness and, just as important, and ideal as the gelding will leave the machine from gate three. That will ensure that Spirit Of St Louis will be a major factor from the outset, and that will result in him being the one to beat. MAHOMES (7) will be stepping out for his third encounter since a spell and for new mentor Jack Trainor. Blake Fitzpatrick, who was in the sulky when the classy 4yo recorded a pleasing 8.6m 5th to Nerano a couple of weeks ago, will again take the reins with Jack in Queensland for the big Redcliffe card. While the son of Tintin In America has drawn wide, he will have the opportunity to be a factor from the outset and at this stage of his preparation, Mahomes will be looking to be a factor as he attempts to put his name forward for potential slot holders, regarding the $2m Eureka on September 2. Since joining the stables of Hall of Famer Paul Fitzpatrick, former Kiwi SOUTH COAST ARDEN (10) remains unbeaten following three stylish performances. After opening his career on this side of the Tasman with a solid win at Bathurst, the son of Somebeachsomewhere posted a hard-fought win over Spirit Of St Louis and I Cast No Shadow, two star performers, before lading throughout last week in defeating Alta Orlando and the brilliant mare, Braeview Kelly. Zipping home in a 26.8 final quarter, South Coast Arden proved a handful at times for Gavin, and although the pair will line-up one gate wider, compared to last week, the combination will again take a power of beating. ALTA ORLANDO (9) is coming off another determined and honest effort when beaten 1.3m by South Coast Arden. The 11yo son of Courage Under Fire has again drawn wide but he remains ‘fleet of hoof’ despite his 144-starts. David Morris will again have the veteran in the mix from the outset and once again, he will show courage when under fire. Treuer Memorial winner, SURFERS DELIGHT (1) has drawn ideally in gate one and that will assist Brad Elder present the Roy Roots Jnr-trained 5yo with a kind run, which was the case at Bankstown. This will be a far harder test for the son of Bettors Delight, but he will represent value for exotic players. ARTILLERY (2) draws well and has been thereabouts on a regular basis so don’t overlook him when it comes to the multiples.

    SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS 1, Mahomes 2, South Coast Arden 3, Alta Orlando 4.


    Co-trainer Dean McDowell has always had a ‘big wrap’ when it comes to MAXIMUS MERIDIUS (7), even when he did a few things wrong in finishing last when having his second outing. With wife and co-mentor Kerry, the pair have the 2yo son of Sebastian K living up to the high praise and it will take a mighty effort from one of his rivals to prevent the colt from completing a hat-trick of wins. Maximus Meridius has been dominant against similar opposition and if he repeats those efforts, then Lleyton Green is poised for another armchair drive in dictating the terms from start to finish. Blake Fitzpatrick will provide the two main threats, if there is to be one, with VALTINO (6) looming as the main danger and Blake’s potential steer. The Love You colt scored three starts ago, when having his third outing, prior to recording two creditable placings behind the Allied Express runner. MALIBUU (5) is a Sebastian K filly with three placings to show for her five encounters. The youngster continues to try hard, but is hard to see her turning the tables at this stage. ERICA (8) has two placings, both as runner-up, to show for her four starts, the latter when she made up good ground in running 2nd to Maximus Meridius, beaten 5.3m in the process. The daughter of Centurion ATM has drawn the outside gate in the field of eight, which is likely to see her competing from a rearwards role. A suitable exotic player, Erica is joined by SISTER KATIE (2) as value players for multiple investors.

    MAXIMUS MERIDIUS 1, Valtino 2, Malibuu 3, Erica 4.


    Placed in his past five outings since scoring here back on March 24, RAVE ON HALL (7) should play an active role in the finish. Trained and driven by James Rattray, the 7yo always plays from a role close to the action, which was the case last time out when a creditable 7.2m 3rd to Watts Up Majestic and Regal Attire. With only four unplaced performances from his past 17 starts, the son of Andover Hall will again give a big sight. FUNKY MONKEY (8), while consistent since resuming from a long and enforced spell, has been a shade below her best. However, the daughter of Monkey Bones is more than capable of ‘swinging into action’ and playing a role in the finish. PARIS KAY (4) is coming off a 25.8m 2nd to stablemate Regal Attire at Bankstown, and although never a threat, the mare beat the rest of the field by a convincing margin. A reliable member of the Jarrod Alchin stable, Paris Kay is bound to be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. THEBESTBOURBON (10) finished third in the above mentioned Bankstown race, beaten 43.5m in the process. However, the run was a lot better than it appears on paper. The Grant Forrest-conditioned daughter of Sam Bourbon, struck plenty of early trouble, resulting in the loss of an enormous amount of ground. The mare did a fine job in making up that ground and more in finishing where she did. Previous wins at Goulburn and Menangle, respectively, she be noted when assessing her prospects. ON ADVICE (6) hasn’t done a great deal in three runs back, however, the 5yo is capable of much better and Seb Piltz, who has been working with Blake for the past few months, indicated in an interview with National Trotguide online, that the gelding had been working well and a cheeky effort wouldn’t come as a surprise.

    RAVE ON HALL 1, Funky Monkey 2, Paris Kay 3, Thebestbourbon 4.

      – Form assessed by MIKE KO’CASS

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