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    Finding you a winner (or eight) at Menangle Saturday night Finding you a winner (or eight) at Menangle Saturday night

    LOOKS A WINNER: The talented square-gaiter Doff Your Cap.

    RACE ONE: While the wide gate is a concern, OUR MONEY ROCKS (8) appeals as the one to beat on the back of his... Finding you a winner (or eight) at Menangle Saturday night

    RACE ONE:

    While the wide gate is a concern, OUR MONEY ROCKS (8) appeals as the one to beat on the back of his recent hat-trick of solid placings against quality opposition. Just behind the place-getters on two occasions in races won by Hi Manameisjeff, the David Thorn-prepared 6yo then recorded a 5.6m 2nd behind Swayzee, prior to again hitting the line hard when a 1.3m 2nd behind Mach Da Vinci, which is currently racing in the peak of his powers. Stepping out at Headquarters two weeks ago, the son of A Rocknroll Dance drew gate one, which resulted in Our Money Rocks settling in a four peg role. Approaching the home turn and Chris Geary managed to have Our Money Rocks in the running line, three back, prior to the gelding again finishing the race off in fine fashion, which resulted in a closing 14m 3rd behind Hi Manameisjeff and Nerano. While still meeting quality opposition, there is no Hi Manameisjeff or Swayzee. Chris will allow Our Money Rocks to settle in a comfortable role back in the field before the pair start to power home from the top of the straight. JOE NIEN (1) has also been a reliable performer late, finishing no further back then fifth following a win at Newcastle six starts ago. Three of those assignments have resulted in solid placings, the past a 2.8m 3rd to Firestorm Red while the latter was a week ago when beaten a nose by Red Right Hand when he attempted to lead throughout. Gate one will help offset the rise in grade, so expect Jack Callaghan to have the 8yo son of Shadow Play poised to pounce from the outset. THE CROUPIER (5) has been racing with plenty of confidence of late, which has resulted in two wins from his past four starts. The 8yo Belinda McCarthy-trained son of Roll With Joe enjoyed a kind run behind the leader and eventual runner-up in Bubba Scrub a week ago, and with the prospect of again being in the mix from the outset, The Croupier is capable of again being a fixture in the finish. PETES SAID SO (11) has drawn he outside gate, however, it is hard to ignore his claims as he has been racing in stronger events. Last time out the 7yo posted an 11.7m 4th to Hi Manameisjeff a week ago, coming from a rearward role. JAY OK (10) has been below his best in three runs back, but a recent solid trial effort from the 6yo may have him ready to give a far better showing. Include Jay OK is exotic investments, along with KANENA PROVLIMA (9), STAR MAJOR (6) and ROLL UP (3).

    OUR MONEY ROCKS 1, Joe Nien 2, The Croupier 3, Petes Said So 4.

    RACE TWO:

    Although he has been off the scene since late September, OUR COSMIC MAJOR (5) will contest this event as the one to beat, and the ‘best bet’ on the card. Prepared by Belinda McCarthy and to be driven by Luke, the son of Art Major is unbeaten in three runs for the stable since coming from NZ, with his latest win coming in the 2300m carousel Final at Headquarters when he accounted for Janarty and Our Uncle Jim. Contesting a recent trial, Our Cosmic Major posted an 8.8m 4th to star stablemate Cantfindabettorman in a time of 1:52.9, with the final 400m wrapped-up in 25.8. Less the reserve and the 4yo son of Art Major will launch his claim from gate four, which should result in Luke looking to dominant this contest from the outset. Rated to perfection by Jack Brown a week ago, last-start winner RAKADAN (3) will also be in the mix from the outset in looking to be the only serious threat. Crossing from a wide gate, Rakadan proved too good for Mister Robin Hood and Lochart Shard in posting back-to-back wins at Headquarters. Trainer, Jack Trainor will take over the driving duties so respect the son of Hes Watching when it comes to forming multiple transactions. SMALTESE (8) gave a bold showing when leading for most of the trip in finishing a neck behind Janarty. The Brian Portelli trained and driven 4yo has drawn deeper this time around but the son of Sweet Lou won’t waste any time making his presence felt. The consistent SIR RICHARD LEE (2) is coming off a deserving win at Newcastle, and although the task this time will be a lot harder, the ideal draw will assist the 5yo in enjoying a kind run. RIVEERED (10), ROCKNROLL GIG (6) and JAMES CAGNEY (7) also have claims when it comes to exotic transactions.

    OUR COSMIC MAJOR 1, Rakadan 2, Smaltese 3, Sir Richard Lee 4.

    RACE THREE:

    Without a lie, the run of MISSED THE TRUTH (6) was hard to miss when the former Victorian stepped out for the first time under the care of Jarrod Alchin a week ago. Arriving with as a last-start Melton winner over Our Vincent Can Gogh and Hes Charlies Angel, the son of Somebeachsomewhere settled near the rear of the field, prior to working home strongly over the final 300m in recording an eye-catching 10.4m 3rd to The Croupier and Bubba Scrub. Boasting plenty of talent, Missed The Truth will be confronted by a similar assignment and now that he has had the benefit of an outing on the Menangle circuit, the 4yo looks ready to greet the judge. Placed in both his opening two runs this campaign, and for new mentor Paul Fitzpatrick, UNFAZED (5) posted a solid win last week, courtesy of a superb drive by Gavin Fitzpatrick. Contesting the race from a midfield role, Unfazed joined in swiftly on straightening before pulling clear for a decisive win over Im In Trouble and Emmas Boy. Peaking in condition and drawing handily, the 6yo son of Auckland Reactor is definitely capable of making it back-to-back wins. The reliable SAGINAW (7) is coming off a sound 10.7m 4th to The Croupier, the effort in keeping with his recent run of solid efforts. Trained and driven by Seaton Grima, the 7yo son of Well Said will again be hitting the line with intent and he is capable of again being in the mix when the judge calls a halt. The Ellen Jones-prepared BROOKLYN BRIDGE (3) will create interest after drawing suitably in three and also peaking in condition following three solid displays since a spell. Spelled after a 14.8m 3rd behind Gordons Bay in the TAB Regional Final at Menangle on May 27, as an odds-on favourite, the 4yo resumed with placings at Wagga and West Wyalong behind Boom and Terryrama, respectively, before contesting the Swan Hill Cup on November 3. From behind the leader, Brooklyn Bridge went off stride when going back to a three peg role, prior to recovering in finishing a 14.4m 4th to Serg Blanco. Ideally drawn the son of Sweet Lou is ready to make a bold bid for the top spot. DANGERZONE (10) has drawn badly out wide, but the 4yo can’t be dismissed as a threat, despite coming off a disappointing 11.2m last to Firestorm Red when he led. Prior to that run the son of Gotta Go Cullect had been racing well so don’t ignore his claims as an exotic runner. RED RIGHT HAND (8), courtesy of a fine drive by Taleah McMullen, scored narrowly a week ago, and although a wider gate awaits the Queenslander’s, the 5yo can’t be taken lightly.

    MISSED THE TRUTH 1, Unfazed 2, Saginaw 3, Brooklyn Bridge 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    Open as the Sydney Heads is the best way to assess the Waratah Final. Runner-up in his past four encounters, including three as runner-up. ROCKANDANCE (10) has only two wins to his credit from 31 attempts, but he is worth the risk. Without a win since scoring back in February 2022, the Ronny Calleja-trained 4yo did have every chance at Wagga on Tuesday when a 3.2m 2nd behind Raging Sea, which was rated to perfection in the lead role. Costly on that occasion as a $1.35 elect, Rockandance has drawn deep, however, he is capable of again playing an active role in the finish. Wade Judd has MAN MOUNTAIN (9) peaking at the right time as the 4yo is coming off a couple of solid winning displays at Bathurst, the latter when he easily defeated Laurie Dee and Bolzana, courtesy of a clever drive by Wade. This time around Glen Judd will take over the driving duties, hopefully, with the same result for the family. BAKER CREEK (7) followed back-to-back Newcastle wins with a solid 2m 2nd behind Sir Richard Lee at the same venue a week ago. The 8yo daughter of Betterthancheddar is in fine form and must be respected. The pole position is a big plus for the David Micallef-conditioned BERANI (1), which has had a few convictions of late, but there is no doubting that the 5yo son of Sweet Lou has the necessary talent to be involved in the finish. DRIVE TO THE BEACH (6) scored well at West Wyalong last time out and is another contender while ADMIRABLE (12), despite the outside gate, also stays in the mix when it comes to chances of grabbing the major share of the money, especially when Cam hart was booked to handle the driving duties. If, the second reserve in BOLZANO (4) comes off the bench, then elevate the 6yo son of Sunshine Beach into the main body of contenders. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven gelding has been in fine touch since a spell, with three wins and two placings coming his way. Bolzana was an odds-on favourite when a 14.9m 3rd to Man Mountain at Bathurst recently in a heat of this event, however, he did looked a shade unlucky not to have finished a lot closer after competing from a three peg role.

    ROCKANDANCE 1, Man Mountain 2, Baker Creek 3, Berani 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    Trainer Jarrod Alchin and driver Cam Hart have been in an outstanding form and the trend looks set to continue with the talented trotter, DOFF YOUR CAP (5). Resuming with a tidy 8.9m 4th behind the in-form Constantinople on September 30, the 7yo then peeled off stylish wins over this course and distance, firstly, accounting for Aldebaran Tess and Sunny Gee, then Caligula and Toro Stride. The son of Peak DNK has improved two spots when the field are called up, with gate four his starting position, providing the reserve remains benched. Cam will again be looking to have Doff Your Cap prominently placed from the outset and that will lay the foundations for further success. Following a period of five wins and four placings, three as runner-up, FUNKY MONKEY (7) has been off her game in each of her past two. However, the talented daughter of Monkey Bones is entitled to be regarded as a major contender. Breaking soon after the start in finishing a distant and costly last to Doff Your Cap, Funky Monkey was under pressure on the home turn in posting a 16m 5th, again behind Doff Your Cap, and again as a short-priced elect. Drawing the middle of the line, the 6yo is more than capable of being a major factor from the outset so expect a far more competitive showing. MAJESTIC TRIO (4) was withdrawn from her previous assignment due to a minor problem, but trainer-driver Brad Hewitt has his highly-regarded, G1 winning mare ready to give plenty of cheek. Disappointing when a 21m 9th to Constantinople, the 5yo then broke on the home turn in finishing a 55.4m 7th to Doff Your Cap. Four starts back Majestic Trio won the G1 Queensland Trotters Cup at AP, so expect that type of performance this time around. TORO STRIDE (1) accounted for the classy London To A Brick before running on stoutly in posting a creditable 5.8m 3rd behind Doff Your Cap. The draw is ideal for the ‘Team Rando’ runner and at the very least the son of Love You warrants exotic attention. ALDEBARAN TESS (3) has been placed in two of her past three and is also a worthy type to include when it comes to multiple transactions. THEBESTBBOURBON (9) strips fitter for two pleasing efforts, the latter a week ago when she recorded a 1.4m 2nd behind One Majic Kenny. On the subject of the ’hard to follow’ ONE MAJIC KENNY (10), the Blake Fitzpatrick 6yo is also in the mix as an exotic runner while POWDERKEG (11) is coming off a well-beaten 9th to Blue Coman in the SA Trotters Cup at globe Derby recently. Prior to that effort the 6yo had been racing soundly and despite the difficult gate, the new addition to the Roy Roots Jnr stable warrants exotic consideration.

    DOFF YOUR CAP 1, Funky Monkey 2, Majestic Trio 3, Toro Stride 4.

    RACE SIX:

    The Rod and Fran Fitzpatrick 2YO Tatlow Stakes, as always, proudly sponsored by Allied Express, has numerous contenders for the trophy, however, it is the Bernie Hewitt trained and driven ROYAL CRUISER (5) who looks the one to beat. Unplaced just once in eight trips to the races, with three wins in the mix, the classy son of Sweet Lou brilliantly won a semi-final of the NSWBC for his age and sex before recording brave 8.3m 3rd behind Nathan Street and War Dan Buddy in the G1 decider at Menangle on October 29. This will be an easier challenge for Royal Cruiser and he also benefits from a better draw. All that should add up to Royal Cruiser ‘sailing‘ his way to another win. MY ULTIMATE BUDDHA (4) has been off the scene since May 20 when he posted a 4.5m 3rd to Quik Change and Bronski Zulu in the Qbred Breeders 2YO Classic Final. Prior to that assignment the Jarrod Alchin-trained son of Lazarus recorded a gritty 2.8m 2nd to Cabana in the APG 2YO Gold Bullion Consolation, which was conducted at Menangle. The youngster has won both his trials, the first by 42.8m,  so he is ready to attack this race with confidence, especially after drawing handily. BEACHRIDE (8), which is also under the guidance of Bernie Hewitt, followed a quartet of solid placings, prior to his 16.8m 7th to Nathan Street in a semi-final of the NSWBC. A wide gate will await the son of Sunshine Beach, but he warrants more than a passing thought. Also under the care of Bernie is OUR GOAT (10), with the outside alley being his starting point. The young son of Warrawee Needy had been racing with plenty of style before his semi-final 25.2m 8th to his stablemate, Royal Cruiser. Despite his awkward role at the start, Our Goat is capable of being involved in the finish. RAVISHING SLOY (6) has resumed from a spell with two solid wins, the first when he narrowly accounted for Royal Cruiser in a heat of the NSWBC series for his age and sex. Another narrow win came his way at Penrith and with the benefit of a higher level of fitness, the son of Bettors Delight will again give a bold showing. An interesting runner is MONTGOMERY BURNS 1) who was ‘excellent’ when he debuted with a big win at Wagga on October 27. Despite working three wide to be prominently placed, Montgomery Burns found the required energy, without the hounds being released, in comfortably defeating Thanks Be To God and Significant Laz. Gate one will be a plus and he will be better for the experience, so include the son of Our Sky Major in the mix as a multiple chance. ALWAYS BE CHAPS (2) resumed with a solid win at Newcastle so also consider his claims when it comes to exotic transactions.

    ROYAL CRUISER 1, My Ultimate Buddha 2, Beachride 3, Our Goat 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    Classy mare IDEAL IN DREAMS (10) will be required to overcome a wide gate to be successful, however, she is more than capable of doing exactly that in this suitable assignment. The David Thorn-prepared daughter of Warrawee Needy won a couple in outstanding fashion, powering home on each occasion in greeting the judge, the latter defeating Captains Queen and Kates Virtue in a NSWBC semi-final for 4YO mares. Ideal in Dreams again hit the line with intent in the Final, however, this time she failed by a margin of 3.8m to peg back another classy type in Captains Queen, which enjoyed a kinder run a lot closer to the action. The mare will again be occupying a role back in the pack, but if close enough on the final bend, then she will take a power of holding out by the time the winning post comes into play. THERESA LOVE (7) has been unplaced in her past two engagements, following an extended period of consistency. Prepared by Jack Trainor, who will jump back into the bike after Travis Bullock and Hannah Rixon have driven the mare recently, the daughter of Terror To Love is bound to be in a challenging role from the outset. That will certainly give Theresa Love every chance to be productive in the finish. The mark Callaghan-prepared SWELL TIME (11) has drawn badly out deep but the mare has returned from a spell in fine fashion. First-up and a strong came her way when Tom Callaghan guided her to victory, then older brother Jack was in the sulky when the 7yo daughter of A Rocknroll Dance worked to the line strongly in recording a 1.6m 4th to Stellar Arden at Headquarters a week ago. Fitter, Swell Time can’t be taken lightly, with Tom indicating last week that the mare was capable of winning a similar assignment. It may pay to heed his advice. SPLASH OF CRIMSON (6) followed a few sound placings on the country circuit before leading in recording a deserving win at Bathurst on November 1. The task will be tougher this time, and her record of one minor placing from seven starts is a concern, but include the mare in the multiples. REMY BROWN (2) resumed with a nice win at Newcastle and also warrants exotic involvement, along with ARABELLA STAR (4), SAILOR GIRL (5) and POLKA DELIGHT (8).

    IDEAL IN DREAMS 1, Theresa Love 2, Swell Time 3, Splash of Crimson 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    Now that he has regained winning form and his confidence, DEFIANT (4) is capable of continuing on his winning way for the sister and brother combination of Ash and Cam Hart. The quality 5yo son of Roll With Joe scored seven starts back, then went through a period of being thereabouts, without a great deal going his way. However, returning to a suitable assignment, despite drawing wide, which turned out to be a blessing, Defiant produced a tough effort in defeating Sheffield Sparky and Talent Agent. A slightly harder task will be on the agenda for Defiant, but a handy draw will await, and that will allow Cam to have Defiant in the mix in the hope of producing another gritty effort on his way to posting another win. The race contains numerous chances, including the veteran DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (7), which continues to perform consistently for Miracle Mile winning trainer-driver, Harry Martin. The 9yo son of Village Jasper has been in the mix in each of his past five assignments, the latest a week ago when he finished stoutly in recording a 3.2m 5th to Red Right Hand at Headquarters. Double Encounter won a similar event to this back in August, so respect the 231-start veteran. ROYAL GAMBLE (5) has been gradually building towards a winning display for Mark Callaghan. The 8yo has been solid in each of his past three encounters, the latest when he closed strongly in posting a 2.5m 4th to Red Right Hand. The 8yo has a useful record at this venue and a winning display wouldn’t come as a surprise. ITS EBONYNIVORY (8) has been mixing her form this term, with a sound 3rd to Little Bliss three runs ago, followed by a retirement at Goulburn, which required an electrocardiograph to be passed before continuing her campaign. The Belinda McCarthy-trained daughter of American Ideal then finished a 9.7m 3rd to Surfers Delight at Newcastle on October 29, five weeks after her previous issue. The 6yo, despite drawing wide, is worthy of another chance. STINGRAY TARA (10) has been safely held of late, but did show improvement last time out in recording a 6.9m 4th to Sahara Sirocco. The 7yo hasn’t won since he produced a huge effort in defeating South Coast Arden and Port Au Prince back in early August. If Blake Fitzpatrick can have that type of effort coming from Stingray Tara, then the pair could be in the thick of things when the judge calls a halt. Exotic players include WESTERN STYLE (1), IDEAL DAN (2), which strips fitter for two runs back from a lengthy spell, and TUPPENCE (3).

    DEFIANT 1, Double Encounter 2, Royal Gamble 3, Its Ebonynivory 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

     

     

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