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    Finding you eight winners for Menangle Saturday night Finding you eight winners for Menangle Saturday night

    ON TRACK FOR ANOTHER WIN: Lizzy Heath, Funky Monkey and Robbie Morris. PHOTO: Jess Watkins.

    RACE ONE: With a vastly better draw next to her name, POLLY PUT KETTLEON (1) will have very chance presented to her by trainer-driver... Finding you eight winners for Menangle Saturday night
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    RACE ONE:

    With a vastly better draw next to her name, POLLY PUT KETTLEON (1) will have very chance presented to her by trainer-driver Sofia Arvidsson. Drawing out in nine a week ago, the consistent daughter of Courage Under Fire worked home stoutly in recording a solid 1.6m 4th to Wow Hes A Rock Star. Since joining Sofia, the former Victorian has enjoyed competing at Menangle, with all four runs being quality efforts, the opening two both resulting in a trip to the winners’ circle. The prospect of receiving a kind run behind the speed will leave Polly Put Kettleon with the energy required to be a serious contender. The one to beat is the Nathan Turnbull trained and driven FAZE OF GLORY (3), which has won four on his past five, all on his home track of Bathurst, with a last to Cash N Flow at Headquarters included in the mix. The 5yo son of Lincoln Royal will be looking to make it four-on-end after his latest success and from his good draw, the chance to do so, appears bright. Nathan will replace his talented son Jett in the sulky, with the teen sensation guiding Faze Of Glory in each of his past two wins. The consistent TEAGAN BANNER (9) has again drawn wide but it is hard to ignore his consistent run of form. Overcoming gate 10 in scoring here two starts ago, when Brad Hewitt timed his run to perfection, the Jarrod Alchin-trained 8yo then hit the line with intent in recording a neck 4th to Firestorm Red a couple of weeks ago. A competitive contest from the outset will certainly boost the claims of Teagan Banner. DOUBLE ACT (5) drew the outside gate a week ago when a gallant 1.4m 2nd behind Wow Hes A Rock Star. Ending his previous term of racing on a winning note, the Harry Martin-trained son of Heston Blue Chip has been placed in all three runs since resuming and he will again be competitive. MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON (4) has drawn suitably and, as per usual, has exotic prospects while a fitter JIMARTEE (8), which resumed with a pleasing 8m 6th to Port Au Prince, is more than capable of making his presence felt in an open race to begin proceedings.

    POLLY PUT KETTLEON 1, Faze Of Glory 2, Teagan Banner 3, Double Act 4.

    RACE TWO:

    Despite drawing deep, TINDER SURPRISE (10) is worthy of a ticket and a change of luck, as the James Rattray-trained 6yo looks to break back into the top spot after placings in four of his past five starts. Drawing well and enjoying a kind run last week, Tinder Surprise battled on stoutly in recording a 4.3m 3rd behind Wavethebill and Fear Cruisin. The son of Betterthancheddar didn’t have the best of luck in the process. Taylah Osmond, who is driving in fine fashion, will again take the reins. ALTA BILLY (9) has drawn just one spot better than Tinder Surprise, but warrants plenty of attention, despite just two minor placings from seven starts at this venue, although this will be a far more suitable challenge. Fourth in the Treuer Memorial three runs back, the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven 5yo has since posted a 2,2m 3rd to Chap Daddy and an 11m 4th behind Firestorm Red, respectively, at this venue, the latter when he found trouble. Alta Billy should be pro-active in the finish. PATSY VALENTINE (2) has drawn ideally in two and that will assist the consistent Alex Alchin-trained mare in her quest for success. Rarely far away when the judge calls a halt, the daughter of American Ideal is coming off a gritty 3.8m 4th to Im Presi Belle a week ago. Robert Morris will have the 4yo in the mix from the outset. CONSTANTINA (1) has drawn one and that keeps the daughter of Pet Rock in the mix following a solid 4.6m 5th to Wavethebill last week. Jack Brown will have the mare receiving a kind run from the outset and that will assist the 6yo making her presence felt. MIGHTY ATOM (4), WESTERN BILL (6) and ROSBERG (8) stay in the mix as exotic players.

    TINDER SURPRISE 1, Alta Billy 2, Patsy Valentine 3, Constantina 4.

    RACE THREE:

    The David Hewitt-conditioned GUILTY PARY (1) appeals as the one to beat, with the pole position giving the 4yo an important edge over his rivals in what appears to be an open contest. The 4yo son of Village Jolt has greeted the judge in each of his past two assignments, both over the 1740m of the Wagga track, the latter leading throughout in defeating Mighty Jolt and Thee Old Bomb. David guided Guilty Party to the first of those wins while son Brad had the reins last time out. Brad will again be in the sulky and no doubt, dictating the terms may be his first plan of attack. NEXT TO ME (8) has been racing in the best form of his career in recent months and despite the tricky gate, the Clayton Harmey-conditioned 4yo is bound to be a threat. In-form veteran reinsman Glenn McElhinney will again be in the sulky after guiding the son of Bettors Delight to a solid-finishing neck 2nd to J R Bromac at Newcastle a week ago. Although TYGAR (7) has greeted the judge since December/2019, don’t dismiss the son of Safari as a potential winning hope. The Melanie Elder-trained veteran has been thereabouts on a regular basis in recent months when it comes to his Newcastle assignments, with his latest effort resulting in a 7.6m 7th to My Ultimate Skeeta a week ago. To be driven by Joe Taaffe, Tygar will be at an acceptable quote for a race of this nature. ART LINCOLN (12) failed here five runs back but, his past four runs on his home track of Bathurst, have resulted in three wins. Prepared and to be driven by Amanda Turnbull, the 4yo will be confronted by a tough test from the outset gate, but a typical kind run back in the pack by Amanda, may well see Art Lincoln being heavily involved in the finish. When forming exotic investments MISTER HAYWOOD (11), UNSULLY (9), J R BROMAC (6) and MIGHTY JOLT (5) should be linked to multiple investments.

    GUILTY PARTY 1, Next To Me 2, Tygar 3, Art Lincoln 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    A number of talented types will clash with the nod going the way of EL CAMINO (8), a son of American Ideal which is under the care of James McPherson, with Jack Trainor booked to handle the driving duties. Unplaced only once in 11 starts to date, with five wins and the same number of placings coming his way, the colt worked home strongly when a 3.8m 2nd to the talented Captains Catch at Wagga, prior to overcoming an issue at the start, prior to working home impressively in easily defeating Mick Danger and A Real Gentleman at Young nearly a month ago. The 3yo has drawn handily in the middle of the line, providing the two reserves remained benched, and that should allow Jack to have El Camino in the mix from the outset. Drawing the outside gate and looming as the main threat is the Brad Hewitt-trained MICK DANGER (12), which will be hoping for a change of fortune after being runner-up in his past three encounters. El Camino and Kaitoa, which is also engaged in this event, accounted for the son of Captain Treacherous, respectively, prior to the talented 3yo working, as an odds-on elect, in finishing a head 2nd behind Dance Addition at Wagga on July 28. Despite the tricky drawing, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven gelding must be respected. The Trevor Munday-trained FRANCO FORZA (9) has won his past two at Penrith and Bathurst, respectively, and with his confidence surging the son of Live Or Die is capable of giving this a shake. I BREAK THE LINE (6) has won his past three for Michael Xuereb and while this will be a harder task, the Betting Line 3yo can’t be taken lightly. KAITOA (10) is coming off a gritty win over Mick Danger and despite the deep draw, the Kristie O’Sullivan-conditioned 3yo is racing well enough to again be involved in the finish. JAKCAM FLYER (5) has returned to racing in fine fashion for in-form legendary mentor Paul Fitzpatrick, with a sound win at Penrith coming his way when stepping out for his second run since a break. Fitter and handily drawn, the sparingly-raced son of Art Major remains in the mix.

    EL CAMINO 1, Mick Danger 2, Franco Forza 3, I Break The Line 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    Following an emphatic start to her career, I TOLD YOU (2) is clearly the one to beat. A member of the astute Brad Hewitt team at Goulburn, the 2yo daughter of Captaintreacherous started in ‘red’ figures when she debuted at Parkes on July 21. And, as it turned out, the $1.60 was very generous as I Told You led and greeted the judge by 22.9m in defeating Iron Bark Road and Artful Prince. Under the care of part-owner Phillip Thurston for that assignment, and driven by Mat Rue, I Told You then headed to Brad’s training establishment. Perfectly drawn, I Told You looks destined to maintain her unbeaten record. The Belinda McCarthy-trained DASHING (10) resumed from a spell with a solid win at Penrith a weeks ago, with the son of Art Major easily justifying his odds-on quote in overcoming a back row draw in defeating Our Goat and Bettine. Fitter and with plenty of talent, Dashing is bound to take a power of beating. SWEET HAYLEY JANE (12) will be required to overcome the outside gate but with so much potential, the daughter of Sweet Lou is bound to be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. After opening her career with back-to-back Newcastle wins, the filly then added to her 2nd line draw, when she broke soon after the start in recording a costly neck 2nd to Flying Shard, again at Newcastle, a couple of week ago. Trained and driven by Rickie Alchin, Sweet Hayley Jane faces a harder test, but not an impossible task. PARADISE POINT (11) debuted with a solid win at Newcastle before being placed in his subsequent three starts, all at the same venue, the latest when a 3.5m 2nd to Always Be Chaps a week ago. This will be a harder engagement, but the For A Reason colt is a suitable inclusion in exotic investments. SNAKESKIN (5) tried hard when a 4m 2nd behind Force Full at Menangle on Tuesday and the colt stays in the multiple mix, despite the step up in grade, while SHES GOT A REASON (4) and MODERN SHEEN (3) also fall into that category.

    I TOLD YOU 1, Dashing 2, Sweet Hayley Jane 3, Paradise Point 4.

    RACE SIX:

    Since crossing the Tasman to come under the care of legendary mentor Paul Fitzpatrick, SOUTH CAST ARDEN (10) has done nothing but impress and, as a result, the combination have been successful on five occasions from just six starts. And Paul’s son Gavin has been superb in the sulky. The trio will take a power of beating, despite the presence of another wide gate, and a number of classy opponents. After taking out the Vic Frost FFA, South Coast Arden , fittingly greeted the judge in the Paul Fitzpatrick FFA a couple of weeks ago, leading from gate nine in defeating Port Au Prince and Romanee. Dictating the terms in the Alf Phillis FFA will be slightly difficult, courtesy of CASH N FLOW (9). However, South Coast Arden has been versatile in his racing patterns and Gav will have him poised to make his presence felt at the right time. PORT AU PRINCE (8) continues to impress with the Elizabeth Heath-trained 5yo finishing second behind South Coast Arden on two occasions before a stylish all-the-way win over Kanena Provlima and The Croupier a week ago, courtesy of a superb drive by Josh Gallagher. Confronted another wide gate, the son of Somebeachsomewhere should be prominently placed by Robbie Morris in his bid to get one back on South Coast Arden. CASH N FLOW (9) has found his ‘mojo’ once again, with the 10yo winning two of his past three while posting a solid 6.3m 3rd to South Coast Arden in between those victories. No doubt Luke McCarthy will have Cash N Flow off the gate with his usual flare in an attempt to dictate the terms. RIPP (4) will be having his first outing since scoring here back on April 24 when he finished strongly in defeating Smaltese and Allstarzzz Frankie. The classy Bernie Hewitt-trained 4yo has trialled well for his return and with a handy gate assisting, Ripp, despite the rise in class, remains in the multiple mix. MAHOMES (3) has been rested since a disappointing 13.5m 8th to South Coast Arden a month ago, with Jack Trainor electing to bypass the trials in keeping the 4yo ready for a fresh start. Suitably drawn, and boasting an abundance of talent, Mahomes should at least be included in multiple transactions.

    SOUTH COAST ARDEN 1, Port Au Prince 2, Cash N Flow 3, Ripp 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    Former Kiwi THERESA LOVE (2) has been disappointing in her past two starts for Jack Trainor, following an eye-catching photo 2nd to Skye Mary Mac at Headquarters when on debut for the stable back on June 13. The daughter of Terror To Love has been responsible for bad behaviour each time in finishing last, the latter when beaten 31m by Kabibi on July 4. Drawing ideally in a tough and open race, the mare has trialled well and if she is on her best behaviour, then expect a strong showing. HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (11) has drawn the carpark, however, the 8yo can never be taken lightly as he is capable of bobbing up at any time. The Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven son of Bettors Delight drew wide a week ago in working to the lead in posting a gritty neck 2nd behind stablemate Jalaneel. This race is slightly easier and He Bettor Step Aside is capable of going one better. RED REACTOR (4) is coming off a typical handy effort in recording a 6.2m 5th to Ardens Ace. With the assistance of a better draw, Red Reactor is capable of being actively involved in the finish. R K FINN (3) should have finished closer than 4th, beaten 5.9m, when 4th to Ardens Ace here a week ago. Suitably drawn in a slightly easier task, the 6yo is capable of taking this out. WHATS YOUR SECRET (1) accounted for Defiant and Kabar here a week ago, coming from a midfield peg role  in doing so, courtesy of an outstanding drive by Robert Morris. The mare has drawn the pole and that should see her receiving another cosy trip on the markers. POPS BOY (6) and TRIPLE FOUR (5) stay in the mix as exotic runners while CRIME DONT PAY (8), despite the tougher task, also warrants attention in that regard.

    THERESA LOVE 1, He Bettor Step Aside 2, Red Reactor 3, R K Finn 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    FUNKY MONKEY (8) has been ‘swinging’ from one success to another in recent weeks, and with a couple of important withdrawals already, the classy daughter of Monkey Bones is poised to complete a hat-trick of wins. Confronted by a 30m handicap, which, while daunting, is less of a hurdle due to have just five rivals. Consistent during the first half of her latest term of racing, Funky Monkey has regained her confidence and composure. Overcoming a 10m handicap in scoring four runs back, the 6yo has won three of her next four, while finishing a close 2nd to Majestic Trio. A safe beginning will result in an aggressive drive by Robert Morris, who will look to stamp his authority on the race, as soon as possible. From that point onwards it will be a case of follow the ‘monkey’. DONTOUCH THE DUCO (2) has a handy standstart record and with the benefit of the front line and one run from a spell, the recent addition to the Belinda McCarthy stable should be ready to give a good account. VALLEY STAR (3) has eight wins and 12 placings from his 50 starts from behind the tapes. A winner here on Tuesday in an easier mobile event, the Leon Jurd-trained 8yo is capable of giving a cheeky display, as Jim Douglass should have him tucked away in a forward role. ROYAL GLENFERRIE (5) is a consistent type and is always capable of being a threat while Troy Williams has AFFAIRE DE COVER (4) racing well enough to be a suitable ‘value’ player. PHOEBE ONYX (6) loves these conditions but hasn’t done a great deal of late. Don’t ignore in the small when it comes to the multiples.

    FUNKY MONKEY 1, Dontouch The Duco 2, Valley Star 3, Royal Glenferrie 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

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