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    Finding you a winner for Menangle Saturday night Finding you a winner for Menangle Saturday night

    GOOD THING: Loorrim Lake scoring at Menangle.

    RACE ONE: Despite crossing the line in fifth spot, beaten 13.5m by his stablemate Loorrim Lake in the M. H. Treuer Memorial, ARDEN MESSI... Finding you a winner for Menangle Saturday night

    RACE ONE:

    Despite crossing the line in fifth spot, beaten 13.5m by his stablemate Loorrim Lake in the M. H. Treuer Memorial, ARDEN MESSI (4) was far from being disgraced and the end result wasn’t a true indication of the performance. The Kevin Pizzuto-trained son of Bettors Delight had his admirers on the day, but after being engaged with Stingray Tara in the early battle for supremacy, Arden Messi had no other option but to ‘park’ outside of the leader. The pressure was relentless for the majority of the keenly contested 2540m G2 event, with Loorrim Lake taking full advantage of the situation, powering clear as he continued his recent run of outstanding displays. Arden Messi was game in defeat and he will find this challenge to his liking, especially from the suitable draw. Prior to Bankstown, the 5yo had been mixing his Menangle appearances, however, if Josh Gallagher can secure the lead role, then the pair will prove hard to beat. COLLINA KAY JAY (6) is one of a few with early speed from the machine, and although unplaced in his past two encounters, the 5yo hasn’t been disgraced with the latter resulting in a 5.4m 4th behind stablemate Hes Chiming a week ago. Prior to those efforts the son of Alta Christiano struck winning form once again, chalking up a hat-trick of trips to the winner’s circle. YIANNI (5), which is a stablemate to Collina Kay Jay, has been placed in three of his past four starts and while he has been costly to some degree, the son of Changeover is capable of being pro-active in the finish. Forget the ‘nought’ next to the name of SEND IT (8) as the Brad Hewitt trained and driven son of Western Terror had little luck down the running, resulting in a 12.4m last behind Hes Chiming. A wide gate awaits the Goulburn visitor but the usual consistent 5yo is worthy of further consideration, particularly when it comes to forming multiple transactions. ALWAYS ROCKIN (2) was rated to perfection by Robert Morris in scoring last week, with Lets Get Rockin and Gliding Away filling the minors. The Joe Conolly-trained 8yo has drawn ideally in two for this harder test, but he can be expected to be in the mix for a long way. MAJOR OBAHMA (1) has also drawn perfectly in one so don’t dismiss the consistent 6yo as a threat.

    ARDEN MESSI 1, Collina Kay Jay 2, Yianni 3, Send It 4.

    RACE TWO:

    Former Kiwi BOOM (1) has gone ‘boom’ since joining the Dean Cernovskis stable and with gate one next to his name, the 5yo appeals as the one to beat again as he looks to complete a hat-trick of wins. A creditable 7m 5th to Gliding Away at this venue on May 17, when on debut for Dean, Boom then led in scoring at Wagga before again dictating the terms, and fighting on bravely when challenged in the straight, in defeating Faze Of Glory and Check In a couple of weeks ago. This will be a tougher test but the pole position will give him first crack of again setting the tempo. Drawn next to Boom is his main danger in ROSSINI (2), which has been a shade disappointing in each of his past two unplaced displays. The 6yo son of Mach Three drew seven on each occasion, with the latter resulting in a rearward role and a deep trip home from the 400m, which resulted in a useful 10.9m 7th to Focus Stride. The better draw and the open contest should result in a bold showing from Rossini. HEZ DUSTY (4) is one of a few bright prospects Brad Hewitt has on the card with the son of For A Reason bound to appreciate his return to a suitable draw. The 4yo drew wide last week, which resulted in a rearward role, prior to working home stoutly for a creditable 9.5m 7th to Always Rockin. Placed in four of his previous five runs since a spell, Hez Dusty is more than capable of greeting the judge with better luck in running. SURF ACE (7) followed back-to-back Penrith wins with a creditable 8.6m 5th to Always Rockin a week ago so don’t ignore his claims when it comes to forming multiple investments. ULTIMATE FORCE (3) has been around the mark of late and from the draw he remains an exotic contender while SHARK (6) is capable of a far better run, compared to his lack-lustre last to Rockin With Elvis a week ago. UNCLE CHAN (11) has drawn the outside gate and while that is a concern, don’t dismiss him as an exotic player.

    BOOM 1, Rossini 2, Hez Dusty 3, Surf Ace 4.

    RACE THREE:

    ONE TWO MANY (3) debuted for the Amanda Turnbull stable with a stylish win last week and while a tougher task awaits the son of Captaintreacherous, it is hard to past him as the one to beat once again. Formerly based in Victorian where his form was respectable, One Two Many was able to enjoy a comfortable five peg role during the early stages before launching his claim from a midfield role on the home turn. Joining in swiftly, the 4yo dashed clear in recording a 7.3m win over Benalong Valley and Glenavril King. A slightly better draw will also assist One Two Many and that will allow Amanda to present him with another suitable trip, en route to making it back-to-back wins. WOW HE A ROCK STAR (1) has always shown plenty of talent, but a few niggling hoof issues resulted in the son of Rock N Roll Heaven losing his way. However, the 4yo appears over those problems and has regained his confidence following a dominant display a week ago when he accounted for Surfers Delight and Forever Yin. Drawing wide, which resulted in a midfield role, Wow Hes A Rock Star hit the line strongly, and while a tougher test is on the agenda this time around, gate one will result in Blake giving the gelding a kind run, leaving plenty of energy for the run home. SURFERS DELIGHT (2) continues to race consistently and his move from nine to gate two will certainly be welcomed by the son of Bettors Delight. Despite the draw last week, Surfers Delight managed to secure a handy midfield trip, prior to attempting to match strides with Wow Hes A Rock Star over the final 200m. Despite being safely held, the son of Bettors Delight was game in defeat and from his ideal draw this time around, the 4yo is capable of being a tough opponent once again. Back on top of the charts following his strong win here a week ago, ROCKIN WITH ELVIS (5) must be given plenty of respect. The 5yo, which is another top drive for Brad Hewitt, easily accounted for The Ideal Dancer and Rock Of Delight. Another consistent performer from Hewitt’s Goulburn base, Rockin With Elvis is capable of leaving his rivals searching for Heartbreak Hotel. Exotic players should also consider SCHOUTEN ISLAND (9), UNCLE JAY (8), SPIRIT OF ANZAC (6) and GLENAVRIL KING (7) when looking for value runners.

    ONE TWO MANY 1, Wow Hes A Rock Star 2, Surfers Delight 3, Rockin With Elvis 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    After spending time between Victoria under the care of Joe Pace, and NSW as a member of the Jason Grimson team, DOUBTLESS BAY (5) finds himself back in the care of the latter after four runs back home. The 5yo has contested seven races at Headquarters, resulting in two wins and four placings, so he certainly enjoys competing at this venue. Doubtless Bay is coming off a gritty 6.4m 3rd to Sicario at Melton on June 11, with the son of Bettors Delight being claimed in the process, hence, the switch to Grimson’s stable. Handily drawn and to be driven by Jack Trainor, who returns from holidaying in Bali, Doubtless Bay looks suitably placed in this company. SUMMIT SPECIAL (1) hasn’t won in seven months but the David Thorn-trained son of Mr Feelgood continues to perform at a consistent level and he can never be taken lightly. Following a respectable 11m 3rd to Jimmy Locke two starts ago, with the winner adding the G3 Golden Mile to his list of credits a week ago, the 7yo then worked home stoutly in posting an 8.7m 6th to Hes Chiming last week. From gate one, which is a vastly better draw compared to his past four starts, Summit Special is capable of securing the 12th win of his career. The Harry Martin-trained DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (8) finds himself in a suitable engagement, however, the son of Village Jasper has been unplaced in five encounters since defeating Malcolms Rhythm and Pump The Brakes. The 8yo hasn’t been far away in the process as his latest effort two weeks ago, which resulted in an 11.8m 6th to Major Obahma, would indicate. Also thereabouts in recent assignments is SWAGGIE SHANNON (3) and from his good draw the 10yo stays under notice when it comes to the multiples. Others to warrant attention in that regard include ALPINE STRIDE (2), PITCH PERFECT (4) and LACEYS LAD (10). BACK IN TWENTY (7), which was formerly with Corey Peterson, steps out for Belinda McCarthy, following a safely held trial. Monitor any positive market move.

    DOUBTLESS BAY 1, Summit Special 2, Double Encounter 3, Swaggie Shannon 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    Racing in a ‘purple patch’ of form LOORRIM LAKE (9) is the one to beat again, despite the presence of a couple of classy rivals in ZEUSS BROMAC (10) and BUNDORAN (11). Prepared by Kevin Pizzuto and to be driven by Wes Komorowski, who is driving in career best form, Loorrim Lake is coming off a stylish win in the Treuer Memorial a couple of weeks ago when he powered to the line in defeating Ellmers Image and Mach Da Vinci. The 5yo son of Roll With Joe has drawn deep but his two main threats have drawn wider. With wins in three of his past four starts, Loorrim Lake is back racing in the form which resulted in a high rating during his opening two seasons of racing when based in Victoria. ZEUSS BROMAC (10) is on the verge of a winning display following three solid efforts since a spell. After securing G1 glory in taking out the Ainsworth FFA on Miracle Mile night, the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained 5yo opened his latest campaign with a couple of solid placings before an 11m 4th to Jimmy Locke in last week’s 11m 4th to Jimmy Locke. Gav Fitzpatrick has indicated that Zeuss Bromac is likely to be driven with intent from the outset. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven BUNDORAN (11) is back from a spell and while the outside gate is a concern, the son of Lincoln Royal is likely to drift back at the start, regardless. The 5yo has been off the scene since recording a solid 6.3m 5th to King Of Swing in the Miracle Mile, but two stylish Bathurst trials have Bundoran ready to take a power of beating. A vastly improved draw will assist FOUROEIGHT (2) in his quest for a competitive display. Fitter for recent racing the veteran has claims as an exotic contender, along with HES CHIMING (7) and Golden Mile winner JIMMY LOCKE (8).

    LOORRIM LAKE 1, Zeuss Bromac 2, Bundoran 3, Fouroeight 4.

    RACE SIX:

    The G3 Stylish Memphis is one of the feature events on the card and with an exciting array of female talent, the race is bound to be action-packed from start-to-finish. Spelled after a 9.2m 4th to her stablemate The Honey Queen back on May 14, the classy Belinda McCarthy-trained FAIRY TINKABELL (10) returns following an emphatic trial win. After winning the G2 Robin Dundee back on Feb 19, the daughter of Big Jim recorded four unplaced efforts, but was disgraced in races won by Stylish Memphis and Cash N Flow (twice) before her latest outing when she was looking for the paddock. Despite drawing out wide, the 6yo has the early speed to go in search of a forward role if Jack Callaghan so desires. Plan B would be to sit back and use her  sprint to bring about the downfall of her rivals. TOWN ECHO (8) won five-straight before working to the line in fine style, although safely held in the process, when a determined 5m 3rd to Yoha. The 4yo daughter of Art Major is now starting to meet stronger opposition but Jack Trainor has a big opinion of the mare and she must be treated with plenty of respect. Boasting three wins and five placings, all as runner-up, from her past eight starts, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven YARRAMAN BELLA (7) will be in the thick of the action from the outset. The main was a shade disappointing when she led in finishing second to Yoha last time out, but the daughter of Village Jolt is definitely entitled to another chance, with Brad bound to make use of her gate speed in finding the pegs, then dictating the terms from start to finish. B K SWY (6) has been off her game of late, but a recent blood test uncovered a problem, which has been rectified. Stand-in mentor Jack Brown gave the mare a glowing report in an interview for National Trotguide and he is confident that the 5yo will perform close to her best. WAINUI CREEK (11) also resumes but from the outside gate. The Paul Fitzpatrick-trained daughter of Bettors Delight produced a number of solid efforts during her first campaign under his care, the best being a 4.8m 6th to Stylish Memphis in the G1 Queen Elizabeth 11 Mile back on Feb 26. Safely held in a trial, Wainui Creek can’t be taken lightly and she could be the ‘value’ player in the field.

    FAIRY TINKABELL 1, Town Echo 2, Yarraman Bella 3, B K Swy 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    Runner-up in two of his past three encounters, BENALONG VALLEY (6) looks the testing material in what is a race of many chances. The Trevor Munday-trained son of Shadow Play posted a gritty 1.9m 2nd to stablemate Glenavril King at Penrith three runs ago, then wasn’t disgraced when a 15m 6th to recent G3 Golden Mile winner, Jimmy Locke at this venue. The 7yo contested a slightly harder challenge a week ago when he again hit the line with intent, which resulted in a 7.3m 2nd behind One Two Many. Despite drawing a few slots wider, Benalong Valley will have the chance to make his presence felt from the outset. FOREVER YIN (9) has drawn awkwardly out wide, but the 5yo stays under notice as a threat on the back of four-consecutive, competitive Menangle displays. The 5yo worked home stoutly in recording an 8.3m 3rd to Wow Hes A Rock Star last week, and although he is likely to go back at the start, The James Rattray-trained son of Western Terror is capable of being actively involved in the finish. MASONS DELIGHT (3) has had three runs since a spell and, all three have been pleasing displays, commencing with a 6.4m 4th to Glenavril King at Penrith, then a closing and unlucky 4.2m 3rd behind Oursouthernstar at that same venue. The son of American Ideal faced the starter at Menangle last week, with the 6yo coming from well-back on the pegs to secure 4th spot behind One Two Many, beaten 12m in the process. Apart from peaking in condition, the Billy Muscat trained and driven gelding has drawn much closer to the pegs in gate three. CHECK IN (2) has been thereabouts in recent starts and is capable of a solid showing after drawing well. Others to consider in multiple transactions include RAGNAAR (4), VINCENT VAN GONE (5) and MARTY MAJOR (8).

    BENALONG VALLEY 1, Forever Yin 2, Masons Delight 3, Check In 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    Despite the presence of a 20m hcp, the Belinda McCarthy-conditioned MAJESTIC SIMON (11) looks poised to make it back-to-back wins at Menangle. Contesting a 1609m mobile a week ago, Majestic Simon managed to dictate the terms in defeating Rave On Hall and Royal Glenferrie. Three runs back the 7yo contested a similar stand assignment, also from behind the 20m strand, and did a good job in posting an 11m 3rd to Major Thomas. With his form since that run heading in the right direction, the Majestic Son gelding again looks the one to beat. MAJOR THOMAS (4) was off the front line when he defeated Rave On Hall and Majestic Simon, and with the same mark awaiting him the 8yo son of Lawman will again prove hard to beat. RAVE ON HALL (6) has had limited stand experience with this outing being his third. The 6yo was responsible for a solid display in grabbing 2nd to Major Thomas, with the son of Andover Hall now looking to go one better after finishing runner-up in each of his past three outings. ONE APOLLO (5) has been below his best in three runs since coming from NZ, but he stays under notice when it comes to the multiples. A fitter ROYAL GLENFERRIE (1), KYVALLEY BOOMERANG (2) and LAW LEGEND (7) also have claims in that regard.

    MAJESTIC SIMON 1, Major Thomas 2, Rave On Hall 3, One Apollo 4.

     

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