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    Here’s all the winners for Menangle on Saturday night Here’s all the winners for Menangle on Saturday night

    LOOKS THE WINNER: Consistent performer I Am Serengeti.

    RACE ONE: Vastly improved eight-year-old RAYS CHOICE (6) appeals as the one to beat after his gallant effort behind the classy Cash N Flow... Here’s all the winners for Menangle on Saturday night

    RACE ONE:

    Vastly improved eight-year-old RAYS CHOICE (6) appeals as the one to beat after his gallant effort behind the classy Cash N Flow a week ago. Arriving at the stables of Jason Grimson, with a fair record of best following a win at Headquarters back in Sept/2019, Rays Choice was an immediate hit for his new team, prior to finishing a solid 6.6m 3rd to Loorrim Lake, prior to hitting the line with purpose in posting a 3.4m 2nd to the noted Menangle Mile performer. If, the race had been a shade longer, then it would have been interesting to see how close the son of Four Starzzz Shark would have got to the Belinda McCarthy speedster. On the basis of those three runs, Rays Choice is the top choice as he should dictate the terms and take a power of running down in the process. BUNDORAN (7) is also racing in fine fashion, having won three of his past four while finishing runner-up behind Loorrim Lake two starts, prior to turning the tables on that particular rival a week ago. Drawing one spot wider than Rays Choice, Amanda Turnbull may look to follow James Rattray across to the pegs in the hope of securing cover in the one wide lane. Following a strong heat win in the Riverina Championship over Whereyabinboppin and Major Roll, then a solid 4.8m 5th to Wolf Stride in the G1 Final, ROCKIN MARTY (5) was expected to prove hard to beat in his particular at this venue a week ago. However, the David Hewitt-trained son of Pet Rock wasn’t in the mood, missing the start by a big margin in recording a well-beaten last to Bundoran. If, Rockin Marty decides to be on his best behaviour from the outset, then he is more than capable of making a bold play for the top spot. Despite drawing the outside gate, MIGHTY FLYING DEAL (11) is entitled to be included when forming exotic transaction. The 8yo is coming off a solid 4.8m 3rd to Bundoran a week ago, when he led and had every chance in the process. Driving in superb form on the country arena, Blake Micallef has been booked by trainer, Jack Trainor for this assignment. Others to consider for the multiples include LETS GO TO BRAZIL (1), ELROY JETSON (2), ALWAYS ROCKIN (3) and LACEYS LAD (8) in what should be a competitive race.

    RAYS CHOICE 1, Bundoran 2, Rockin Marty 3, Mighty Flying Deal 4.

    RACE TWO:

    The Jack Trainer-conditioned MIGHTY FLYING ART (5) will be shooting for a hat-trick of wins at Headquarters and with the benefit of a handy draw, the son of Art Major is poised to make a bold bid for victory. Contesting four races for Trainor since coming over from NZ, the 5yo collected solid, consecutive placings to ‘kick off’ his career on this side of the Tasman, prior to accounting for Stun Gun and Skippys Delight. On that occasion Mighty Flying Art enjoyed a kind run behind the leader before hitting the line strongly over the final 100m. Trainor was then able to dictate the terms when Mighty Flying Art led throughout in comfortably defeating Make Mine Memphis and Our Lady Lara a couple of weeks ago. This will be a tougher assignment for Mighty Flying Art, but he is bound to be in the mix from the outset, and well into the straight from that point onwards. THE GENERAL (2) has been consistent in five runs from a spell, finishing no further back than fourth while winning once and finishing runner-up on three occasions. The son of Christian Cullen is coming off a pleasing 3.9m 2nd to his stablemate Kingmaker, coming from a five-peg role in the process. The General did draw two on that occasion, the same draw he has for this challenge, so he will need to show more urgency at the start to maintain a suitable role in transit. CHEWALLA (3) is one of a few handy drives for the in-form Josh Gallagher. Prepared by Kevin Pizzuto, who is also enjoying a good run, Chewalla returned from a spell in a confident frame of mind, greeting the judge in each of his opening three runs, the past two at this venue. In his attempt to continue on his winning way, the 5yo posted a respectable 9.4m 4th to the exciting prospect, Kingmaker, a week ago. Ideally drawn, the son of American Ideal will occupy a forward role in making his presence known when the final 200m comes into play. SEND IT (7) gave part-owner, Canberra Raiders star Jarrod Crocker, a reason to smile when he led for most of the 2300m in defeating Black Hawk Joe and Eye Can Run here recently. This will be a tougher test, but Send It is at least capable of making a bold play for a top four finish. SMOOTH BAHT (8) and ITZ GEORGIAONMYMIND (11) also warrant exotic attention. NOTA REPLICA (4) went around here last week under the care of trainer Lisa Miles and despite a kind peg run, finished a well-beaten last to Kingmaker. Now under the care of Kevin Pizzuto the Courage Under Fire 6yo is a lot better than that run would suggest. With the benefit of his first Menangle experience, Nota Replica could be worth including in the exotics.

    MIGHTY FLYING ART 1, The General 2, Chewalla 3, Send It 4.

    RACE THREE:

    After appearing a ‘certainty’ beaten here last week, I AM SERENGETI (1) is entitled to be looked upon as the one to beat, especially after drawing perfectly in the prized pole position. Another newcomer to the Jason Grimson team to enjoy immediate success, the seven-year-old followed his Menangle victory on May 4, with a head 2nd to Master Catch just four days later when he attempted to squeeze through a narrow peg run over the final 200m, only to strike one obstacle after another. Had the run appeared, without the drama, there is no doubt that Jack Callaghan would have guided I Am Serengeti to back-to-back wins. A longer trip awaits, along with a slightly harder challenge, but the draw is a big plus as I Am Serengeti has the option of dictating or taking cover. Regardless, the son of Art Major will again play an active role in the finish. MAKE MINE MEMPHIS (4) is the one to beat with the Bernie Hewitt team also enjoying plenty of success of late. Following a tough win at Forbes on Anzac Day, the talented 5yo then worked outside of the leader when a 7.7m 2nd to Mighty Flying Art. If Mighty Flying Art runs up to expectations in the second, then it will further highlight the claims of Make Mine Memphis. It is interesting to note that Bernie elected to give Make Mine Memphis a solid hit-out in winning a Bathurst trial in 1:54.9 on Monday. Gate four is appealing for the son of Rock N Roll Heaven. ROYAL GAMBLE (10) led easily from 10, then enjoyed a perfect front-running drive by Jack Callaghan, en route to a solid win over The Mustang and Makoa. Despite the presence of another wide starting role, and a tougher assignment, Royal Gamble, which rarely runs a bad race, is entitled to further attention. CARLO GAMBINO (6) strips fitter for two solid placings and claims as an exotic contender should be considered while ARDEN MESSI (9) resumed from a spell with a solid Penrith win and following a ‘push’ from driver Josh Gallagher, the Kevin Pizzuto-trained 4yo can’t be left out of the mix. OUR MADIBA (3) is on the improve since coming under the care of Jack Trainor so add him to the multiple mix.

    I AM SERENGETI 1, Make Mine Memphis 2, Royal Gamble 3, Carlo Gambino 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    Trainer Jason Grimson could be poised for a ‘PB’ as for the third time in four races his name appears next to the top selection. And, once again, like so many times in recent months, a newcomer to his stable will be looking to greet the judge at their first assignment. This time around the handy mare THE STUNNING NUN (2) will be hoping to continue the trend. Placed in three of her past four starts, mainly on the Wagga circuit, the mare attempted to lead throughout in her most recent challenge, which resulted in a solid 1.3m 2nd behind the talented B K Swy. Ideally drawn and dropping back to a mile assignment, compared to the 2270m of her latest outing, The Stunning Nun, which will be driven by Jack Trainor, is bound to be in the mix from the outset and it will come as a surprise if the daughter of Bettors Delight isn’t there when the judge calls a halt to proceedings. OUR LADY LARA (5) had every chance a week ago when a gritty 1.6m 2nd behind the talented La Bella Vita. The 4yo mare has been in contention in each of her past two encounters and she is more than capable of going ‘one better’ this time around. ZIGGY ROCKS (6) has been thereabouts on a number of recent occasions, and although the Mat Rue-trained and driven son of Pet Rock doesn’t win out of turn, a bold showing here is a distinct possibility. A kind run, around midfield, will assist Ziggy Rocks in his attempt to post the ninth win of his career. SI SI SENOR (10) will be backing up from a Newcastle challenge, just 24 hours earlier, and providing the son of Courage Under Fire comes through that run, then don’t ignore his claims. The Michael Formosa trained and driven 6yo will strip fitter for this outing, and while this is a tougher test from a tricky gate, Si Si Senor does have the talent to be considered when looking at possible threats. THE GOLDEN CROSS (8) and MILLWOOD TILLY (9) stay under notice as value exotic players.

    THE STUNNING NUN 1, Our Lady Lara 2, Ziggy Rocks 3, Si Si Senor 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    An intriguing G3 event is on the agenda, with ALTA ORLANDO (1), IGNATIUS (6) and STAR GALLERIA (9) all having a strong case for the top spot. Courtesy of drawing ideally in one, and stripping fitter for one run back from a break, ALTA ORLANDO (1) won’t be required to ‘burn’ up too much energy in occupying a favourable role from the outset. Rested after his respectable 8.6m 5th to King Of Swing in the Miracle Mile on March 6, the classy son of Courage Under Fire returned two months later for a 2300m assignment, and courtesy of a stylish drive by Jack Callaghan, it resulted in a solid win over Rubies For Tash and Ignatius. Crossing from gate six in finding the pegs, Alta Orlando was then driven with a ‘sit’, prior to emerging strongly for the final 200m in putting paid to Ignatius, then withstanding the late surge from the runner-up. Callaghan is likely to again present Alta Orlando with another kind run, en route to making their presence felt over the final few hundred metres. Stablemate STAR GALLERIA (9) emerges as the one to beat, despite drawing eight, which is less the reserve. After just failing to secure a role in the Miracle Mile when he finished a 2.7m 5th to Wolf Stride, Star Galleria posted a 4m 2nd to Mach Shard in the G1 2400m, which is conducted on Miracle Mile. The son of Art Major then recorded an impressive win over the 2300m of the Menangle circuit before heading to Melton for a 2240m challenge on May 1. From his back row draw the 7yo was sent forward by Luke McCarthy, resulting in the role outside of the leader coming his way. Despite the extra ground covered, Star Galleria was game in defeat, falling victim to a brilliant display from General Dodge. IGNATIUS (6) has emerged from his Miracle Mile 7th with a trio of solid efforts, which includes two stylish wins, prior to his 6.5m 3rd to Alta Orlando. Handily drawn in the middle of the pack, the six-year-old will emerge from behind the mobile as one of the main features, with the lead role likely to be his first plan of attack. Such a role will again result in Ignatius being in for the fight. Outside of the ‘big three’, the consistent ELLMERS IMAGE (8) heads the list of possible exotic contenders while JAY OK (3), despite his rise in grade, is also worthy of including in transactions as he should receive a handy run behind the speed. RUBIES FOR TASH (10) is racing in fine fashion and with the prospect of ‘dropping out’ and being saved for one shot at the leaders, the wide draw won’t be a factor. FOUROEIGHT (4) rarely runs a bad race, and he will again give a good account so don’t ignore him when it comes to the exotics.

    ALTA ORLANDO 1, Star Galleria 2, Ignatius 3, Ellmers Image 4.

    RACE SIX:

    This event looks to be a tricky affair, due to the fact that the nine runners have been shy about having their photo taken in the winner’s circle in recent times. BIRDY MACH (8) did achieve that honour two starts ago, but it starts and ends there. The gamble is with GOLDEN YEAR (5) which would take a power of running down on his form this time last year. Prepared by Detective Senior Constable Joe Conolly, Golden Year has had five runs since a spell, with a Newcastle win coming his way at his second run back. Drawing the inside of the back row for his next Newcastle challenge, the son of Art Major threw his chances away with a tardy beginning in finishing a 29m 8th to Birdy Mach, prior to a gritty 9.8m 5th behind Loorrim Lake in a harder task at this venue. The 6yo again came up with a back row draw for his next engagement at Penrith, resulting in a midfield role and a solid-finishing 1.5m 2nd to Lets Go To Brazil. His past two runs are encouraging when it comes to a race of this nature. Golden Year is at his best when allowed to dictate and if Will Rixon can secure the peg role, then it may well be a case of ‘smiling for the camera’. BETTOR VISION (6) will, as per usual, give a big sight, particularly in this company. The Belinda McCarthy-trained 7yo has finished 4th in each of his past two encounters, the latter when 5.3m behind Bundoran. This should be a suitable challenge for Bettor Vision and Ashley Hart will give him every chance to succeed. ZHUKOV LEIS (3) has been safely held in his past three, which is unusual as the James Rattray trained and driven 7yo would normally be looked upon as a consistent type, despite his lack of winning displays. Suitably drawn, Zhukov Leis has the chance to again be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. BRONSKI BELLE (2) posted a solid win here six runs ago but has been safely held since. The mare should be better suited in this field and from the good draw, a competitive showing should be forthcoming. BIRDY MACH (8) can’t be overlooked as a multiple player while DANCE FOR GLORY (9) is racing better than the numbers next to his name and he could be the one to spring a surprise.

    GOLDEN YEAR 1, Bettor Vision 2, Zhukov Leis 3, Bronski Belle 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    If MAJOR ROLL (2) heads around to the start and then faces the starter in a far better frame of mind, then this race is his for the taking. Formerly under the care of part-owner Stephen Maguire, the well-performed son of Roll With Joe didn’t want to play the game last week when he stepped out for the first time under the care of Belinda McCarthy. Maybe, he was missing Stephen? With Jack Callaghan in the sulky, Major Roll broke in the score-up and lost all chance in following the field around in posting a 109.8m last behind Cash N Flow. That was a tough first-up challenge for Major Roll, regardless, of missing the start or not. Back in grade and draw perfectly in two, the talented five-year-old should find the lead and the winning post. No doubt Luke will be looking to stamp his authority on this field from the outset. SHANNONSTHEMAN (5) posted a couple of unplaced efforts at this venue after returning from a creditable Queensland campaign, prior to bouncing back to form with a solid-finishing win at Newcastle last week. Back with Darren Elder and driven by Blake Hughes, Shannonstheman powered past Hickstead, and Laceys Lad and he is more than capable of doing the same to this field. JIGAMAROO (3) had been performing soundly before finding his latest challenge too tough, which resulted in a 23m 8th to Muscle Factory. Charlie Castles will be looking to give the 5yo a ‘smother’ in the hope of making a play for a role in the multiples. GLENN FORD (8) led and had every chance, as favourite, in the race won by Days End at Maitland last Monday. The six-year-old is worth another chance when it comes to exotic transactions. GOTTASHOPEARLY (1) also went around in the same race as Glenn Ford and finished an 11.3m 6th, but driver Josh Gallagher was pleased with the run as the eight-year-old  had little luck when posted three deep. A newcomer to the KerryAnn Morris team, Gottashopearly has drawn well in one and Josh is predicting a far better showing so don’t ignore the son of Rocknroll Hanover when it comes to the exotics.

    MAJOR ROLL 1, Shannonstheman 2, Jigamaroo 3, Glenn Ford 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    The trotters wrap up proceedings and, as per usual, the Blake Fitzpatrick stable must be respected with last-start winner CALIGULA (8) again looking to be the one to beat. Contesting three runs since a spell, the 5yo has been successful either side of a costly, but solid, 5.7m 4th to Arnold. On that occasion the Majestic Son 5yo galloped out and lost considerable ground so it was a big effort to be beaten by such a narrow margin. Two weeks ago, Caligula led and was never in danger of defeat in leaving Sobomba and Garland Greene to receive minor cheques. A wider gate, but a similar field, awaits Caligula and with the prospect of again dictating, the Fitzpatrick strike rate should continue to on its winning way. GARLAND GREENE (5) has been placed in each of his four starts for Belinda McCarthy since arriving from Queensland. Contesting a 2300m stand start last time out, Garland Greene stepped away well from his 10m hcp, and as a result found himself facing the breeze. The result was a handy 6.7m 3rd to Empire Bay in the Bulli Trotters Cup. With the benefit of a handy gate and the return to mobile conditions, the son Julius Caesar will have his chance to break through for a deserving win. ARNOLD (9) is another consistent type from the ‘Team McCarthy’ barn, and he will again leave the machine swiftly as he goes in search of a prominent roll. A creditable 9.4m 4th to Caligula a couple of weeks ago, the son of Muscle Mass won two of his previous three and must be given plenty of respect. Another Blake Fitzpatrick runner in MORE SHADES OF GOLD (10) will be facing the starter for the first time since late December when a 14.3m 7th to Empire Bay. The six-year-old broke soon after the start on that occasion, but his previous form was consistent, and he is a more-than-capable performer. A recent Penrith trial win has him ready to make a play for a role in the multiples. MONARO MIA (7) was in the market when she faced the starter for the G3 La Coocaracha a couple of weeks ago, only to lose all chance in the score up. The mare had been racing well in Victoria before making the trip back to the stables of Darren Hancock. Don’t dismiss the mare from exotic investments while IN THE VALLEY (2), GALLEONS GLORY (3) and HOTJANE BLING (4) are value players. The one to watch out for is SUPER FAST PAT (6) which has been off the scene since mid-November. Touted as a potential star after winning four of his last five starts since a spell, the six-year-old won two from six starts when last in work, however, outside of winning the KerryAnn Morris-trained son of Superfast Stuart was extremely disappointing. Heading into this assignment without an official trial, the market may be the best guide to his claims.

    CALIGULA 1, Garland Greene 2, Arnold 3, More Shades Of Gold 4.

     – MICK KO’CASS

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