June 10, 2021 National Trotguide
Consistent, without being a major threat in recent assignments, SMOOTH BAHT (4) returns to a suitable draw and that should be enough to see the Steve Turnbull entrant play an active role in the finish. Placed just once in five starts since a spell, the son of Somebeachsomewhere hasn’t greeted the judge since last September when successful at Parkes, but the Bathurst-based gelding has always shown above-average talent. Smooth Baht’s best effort of late was a gritty 8.5m 3rd behind Send It, which has gone on to take out a G1 event. A solid 4th to Red Reactor followed, with his most recent effort being a 7.9m 7th behind Always Rockin two weeks ago after he drew wide and was never a contender from rearward role. This time around Amanda should have Smooth Baht closer to the action, and in a race of many chances, that will assist his claims. LONGUEVAL (1) has drawn ideally in gate one and that will enhance his claims of greeting the judge. A strong all-the-way winner at Headquarters two starts ago, the recent addition to the Jack Trainor then enjoyed a cosy run behind the leader and event winner, Vincent Van Gone, en route to a useful 11.7m third. In this grade and from the draw, Trainor will have the option attempting to dictate or once again take cover, the latter being the likely plan over the longer trip of 2300m. SHANNONSTHEMAN (10) is bound to enjoy the extended trip following his solid 2nd to Major Roll in a similar assignment two starts ago, which was followed by a 7.3m 6th, again behind Major Roll a week ago over the sprint trip. The Darren Elder-trained 7yo can come with a ‘rush’ or doing it tough in a forward role, and with 2300m events usually a ‘walk’ during the first half of the contest, Brad Elder may look to have the son of Rocknroll Hanover in a challenging role before the speed goes on. ROYAL GAMBLE (11) has the outside gate but, as always, the Mark Callaghan-trained 6yo can never be overlooked as a threat. An all-the-way winner here four starts ago when he speared across from the outside gate, Royal Gamble was then runner-up to Arden Messi and Bundoran, respectively, prior to again drawing wide, but in a far tougher test, in finishing a creditable 11.6m 7h to Loorrim Lake. That form is certainly good enough to see him paying a visit to the winner’s circle. Exotic players should respect the likes of BEAU CISHOLM (9), which is up in grade and from a deep, LETS GO TO BRAZIL (8) and ROCK FISHERMAN (6). If, the reserve TRUE CONFESSION (7) enters the fray, include him as well as his strips fitter for two sound runs, the latter and unlucky 3rd to Bankstown last Monday.
SMOOTH BAHT 1, Longueval 2, Shannonstheman 3, Royal Gamble 4.
RED REACTOR (1) is racing in fine fashion and with gate one set to welcome him, the David Thorn-conditioned son of Auckland Reactor again looks poised to take a power of beating. Following a handful of solid displays, Red Reactor recorded a deserving win here last time out, courtesy of a stylish drive by the in-form Blake Fitzpatrick. Gate two allowed Blake to present the 6yo with a kind peg role, which will again be the likely scenario, prior to ‘threading the needle’ over the final 100m, which resulted in Red Reactor comfortably defeating Arden Messi and Jimmy Locke. This assignment won’t be any harder and Red Reactor appeals as the one to beat. Reserve out and JIMMY LOCKE (4) will launch his claim from gate three, which is a plus in this race as it will give Cam Hart the opportunity to have the gelding settling close to the action. Following a couple of solid placings at Headquarters, Jimmy Locke was able to take full advantage of a perfect drive by Jack Trainor a week ago when the Peter Russo-trained son of Rock N Roll Heaven powered to a 7.2m victory over the classy Chariots of Fire runner-up, Zeuss Bromac. ROCKIN MARTY (9) enjoyed a kind run behind the leader when he proved too good for Arden Messi and Chubby Checker a couple of weeks ago. Racing in what could be described as the best form of his career this season, courtesy of five wins and three placings from 12 starts, the David Hewitt-conditioned 5yo will be confronted by a wider gate, but with Brad Hewitt driving in superb fashion, Rockin Marty will be given every chance to continue his good strike rate. CHECK IN (2) is coming off a creditable 7.4m 2nd to Spirit Of St Louis at Goulburn last time out, and with the former Kiwi joining a number of Belinda McCarthy runners heading to Queensland for the upcoming carnival, the effort of the runner-up was pleasing. Ideally drawn, Check In remains in the multiple mix. Others to consider in that regard when placing an investment include LACEYS LAD (5), which looked a shade unlucky a week ago when a 5.6m 4th to Major Roll. Driver Chris Geary gave the Mark Callaghan-trained 6yo a good push so respect his praise. MAKOA (10 and DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (8) also have prospects.
RED REACTOR 1, Jimmy Locke 2, Rockin Marty 3, Check In 4.
Although confronted by the outside gate, CHUBBY CHECKER (11) is capable of coming up with another number hit. After topping the charts on four-consecutive occasions, the son of A Rocknroll Dance resumed from a six week lay-off when he came crossed the line in 3rd spot behind Rockin Marty and Arden Messi. Contesting the 2300m challenge as an odds-on favourite, Chubby Checker drew gate one, which allowed Cam Hart to position him in a three-peg role after the 4yo did a bit of a ‘twist’ in the opening stages when the mobile pulled clear of the field. Chubby Checker has managed to dictate the terms in three of his four victories, but his most impressive display was when he came from a midfield role, albeit in an easier assignment, when he powered past his rivals in defeating Pacman Hammer and Titian Raider. The opening stages will be interesting but with Cam driving in the ‘peak of his powers’, Chubby Checker can make the best of either situation. FAIRY TINKABELL (5) was never a serious threat a week ago when she posted a 7.6m 4th behind The Stunning Nun, however, the mare did work home strongly from a rearward role. A winner here three starts ago, Fairy Tinkabell has drawn handily and this time around a roll closer to the action is likely to come her way. MIGHTY FLYING ART (4) was rated to perfection by Ashley Hart last time out in finishing a slightly disappointing 1.3m 3rd to Nota Replica and Mustang Milly. The winner of three of his previous four and striking trouble when unplaced, the Art Major 4yo is at least worthy of attention when forming multiple transactions. ZIGGY ROCKS (8) stalked the speed in scoring two starts ago, then set the tempo when a fading 7.5m 7th to Major Roll a week ago. The draw may force the 5yo into looking for cover and that will assist his exotic prospects. NOTA REPLICA (10) is racing well and although the wide gate in this grade is a hurdle, don’t dismiss him from multiple discussions. LOMBO HEAVEN (3) and IM BRUCE ALMIGHTY (70 are value players while MAKE MINE MEMPHIS (9) is entitled to consideration if he gains a run.
CHUBBY CHECKER 1, Fairy Tinkabell 2, Mighty Flying Art 3, Ziggy Rocks 4.
Unplaced just once from her past 14 starts, and that was a gallant 1.9m 4th behind Maajida in the G2 Robin Dundee back on February 20, champion mare BETTOR ENFORCE (9) returns to the racetrack as the one to beat, as per usual. Spelled after her gritty 3.6m 3rd to Stylish Memphis in the G1 Ladyship Mile on Miracle Mile night, February 21, the 8yo daughter of Bettors Delight has headed to the Menangle trials on two occasions, with the first resulting in a win while the latter on June 2, saw the mare record a 6.8m 3rd to King Of Swing and Bright Energy in a time of 1:52.4. The outside gate awaits Bettor Enforce, and that isn’t not unusual, so Luke McCarthy is bound to be pro-active at the start in looking to stamp his authority over his rivals from the outset. While race fitness will be a slight concern, Bettor Enforce will prove too classy for her opponents. ROCKNROLL ANGEL (7) is one of two top contenders trainer Jason Grimson will send around to the start, the other being THE STUNNING NUN (5). Rocknroll Angel has been off the scene since posting a determined, but costly, photo 2nd to Rubies For Tash, which has continued to race in fine style in quality company, back in mid-April. The 8yo has raced strongly in two of her past three first-up assignments and she will give Bettor Enforce plenty to think about. Cam Hart will take the reins behind the veteran while Jack Trainor will continue his successful partnership with The Stunning Nun. Since joining Grimson the mare has won three from three, and although this will be a tougher test, the 5yo is bound to be in the mix for a long way. LA BELLA VITA (6) doesn’t know how to run a bad race and her claims as an exotic prospect must be respected. MAKE MINE HEAVEN (8) can add value to the multiples while the talented BELLADONNA GIRL (2) is open to a vastly improved effort after finishing at the rear of the field in the race won by The Stunning Nun a week ago. Both trainer Greg Norman and driver Chris Geary stated in interviews on the National Trotguide website, that the mare would benefit from her first outing on the Menangle circuit, which can be daunting for inter-state runners.
BETTOR ENFORCE 1, Rocknroll Angel 2, The Stunning Nun 3, La Bella Vita 4.
The ‘King’ is back in town and ready to rule over his subjects once again. KING OF SWING (8) will be the star attraction on the card with the back-to-back Miracle Mile winner stepping out for his first assignment since collecting his second title when he proved too good for Expensive Ego and Wolf Stride. The 6yo son of Rocknroll Hanover rounded off a brilliant term of racing in adding his name into a special category in Miracle Mile history. Trainer Belinda McCarthy sent the champ around in a Menangle trial a couple of weeks ago, with the strongly-built entire posting a narrow but comfortable win over Bright Energy and Bettor Enforce. With only seven rivals, King Of Swing will cruise across the face of the field in finding the pegs and from that point inwards the race will be on for the minors. Following this assignment King Of Swing, along with a dozen or so of his stablemates, will head to Queensland for the upcoming winter carnival where he is bound to leave his rivals out in the cold. After sharing the same address as King Of Swing for an extended period, POCKET OF TERROR (4) has performed strongly in two runs for Jack Trainor. Resuming from a spell and for Trainor on May 22, Pocket Of Terror posted a dominating win over Jay OK and Mister Brazil, prior to battling on stoutly when an 8m 4th to Loorrim Lake a week ago. Fitter and suitably drawn, the 6yo of Western Terror is poised to play a role in the finish. STAR GALLERIA (6) recorded a gallant 1.6m 2nd to the classy General Dodge at Melton on May 1, overcoming a back row draw and a tough run to be involved in the finish. However, on returning home the Art Major 7yo was a shade disappointing when a 9m 6th to Ignatius on May 15. Chris Geary will take the reins behind Star Galleria and he is expecting a far better showing from the gelding. BUNDORAN (7) had his winning run come to an end here last week in finishing a respectable 8.2m 5th to Loorrim Lake. Following a hat-trick of wins the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven 4yo stepped up in grade on that occasion and while he will be required to go up another notch, the son of Lincoln Royal is a value player in exotic discussions. BRIGHT ENERGY (5) will be looking to back up his solid 2nd to King Of Swing in a recent trial, with a bold first-up showing. The 6yo was unplaced, but far from being disgraced in both the G1 Schweppes Sprint and the G1 Ainsworth 2400m event, respectively, during the Miracle Mile carnival. Brad Elder will take the drive behind Bright Energy and from gate five the pair will be looking to be involved in the 2300m challenge from the outset.
KING OF SWING 1, Pocket Of Terror 2, Star Galleria 3, Bundoran 4.
Only eight runners will head around to the start, however, this will be an intriguing contest. VINCENT VAN GONE (7) will place his unbeaten record on the line following five-straight trips to the winner’s circle since coming under the care of Kevin Pizzuto while ALADDIN (6), which is two from two since joining the Greg Norman team at Charlton, will be keen to continue on his winning way. After winning his opening four starts for Pizzuto by ‘double figures’, the first by 37m, the promising 3yo son of Sportswriter scrambled in by a mere 1.6m on Tuesday. Crossing easily from the outside gate, Vincent Van Gone was rated to perfection by Andrew Bourke, but on straightening for home the $1.15 chance looked in danger of defeat but rallied in defeating Watchmedazzle and Sweet Jemma. Regular driver Josh Gallagher, who has described the gelding as a ‘serious racehorse’, will be back in the sulky for this assignment as Andrew’s claim was required for Vincent Van Gone on Tuesday. HEZ DUSTY (4) is a lightly-raced 3yo son of For a Reason and with three of his five starts resulting in wins, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven 3yo is displaying a high-level of potential. Spelled after a win at Wagga back in December, Hez Dusty resumed with a solid win at Headquarters in May, prior to recording a stylish and soft win at Goulburn a couple of weeks ago when he went to the line under a hold after being in a rearward role approaching the home turn. This is a rise in grade for Hez Dusty, which was bred by Brad, who also owns the gelding, but he looks to have that ‘x-factor’ about him so don’t ignore his prospects. ALADDIN (6) is also a ‘serious’ performer with the Sweet Lou 3yo coming off a stylish, all the-way win in the SA Pacers Derby over the highly-regarded Bondi Lockdown, with his stablemate Apieceoflou coming in third. In readiness for his first outing in just under two months, Aladdin had his first look at Menangle in a trial on June 2, and in posting a comfortable win, Aladdin looked at home in his new surroundings. Aladdin is en route to Queensland for the Derby and with that in mind you would expect to take a power of beating in this company. HY VOLTAGE (3) has been a handy performer during the early stages of his career and although a harder task awaits, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven has exotic claims for new mentor Jason Grimson. FREASON (8) adds to the intrigue as the David Hewitt trained and driven youngster has a hat-trick of wins also next to his name, the latest when he resumed with a strong win at this venue. Up in grade and drawing the outside gate is a hurdle, but Freason appeals as another promising prospect facing the starter.
VINCENT VAN GONE 1, Hez Dusty 2, Aladdin 3, Hy Voltage 4.
Boasting wins in each if his past three trips to the races, SAINT VERAN (6) is entitled to top billing in the G3 Allied Express Rod and Fran Fitzpatrick Tatlow Stakes. A member of the Steve Turnbull team, the 2yo son of Betting Line won the Goulburn Sapling Stakes just over a week ago when he power to the line from a five-peg role, resulting in a comfortable win over Promising and Allstarfrankie. The small field will suit Saint Veran, which has shown versatility in his racing patterns to date, so whether Amanda looks to make an early charge for supremacy or wait until straightening for home, the result should be the same. MACH ASSASSIN (3) is on the quick back-up after a costly head 2nd to Cobber at Bendigo on Wednesday night. Dictating the terms and appearing to have every chance when he ‘kicked’ clear soon after straightening, Mach Assassin was run down in the shadows of the post. Suitably drawn and boasting plenty of talent, Mach Assassin is bound to be in the mix from the outset so expect him to again give plenty of cheek. PROMISING (2) will appreciate his good draw and although still a maiden after eight starts, the Bernie Hewitt trained and driven For A Reason gelding has shown sufficient promise to be included as a possible threat. That leaves ALLSTARZZZ FRANKIE (4) and NOBLE TRICK (1), which a costly and disappointing 4th to Saint Veran at Goulburn, as a multiple players.
SAINT VERAN 1, Mach Assassin 2, Promising 3, Allstarzzz Frankie 4.
After bouncing back to winning form, following a disappointing display, CALIGULA (5) will face the starter as the one to beat once again. Following a couple of dominant displays the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven 5yo started a $1.75 chance in his quest to complete the hat-trick, only to let down his fans in posting a 15.9m 4th to Monaro Mia, despite having every chance in the lead role. Two weeks later and the son of Majestic Son turned the tables on Monaro Mia, this time converting his role as pacemaker into a comfortable victory. From gate five Caligula will again be keen to stamp his authority, en route to again greeting the judge. MONARO MIA (7) again looks the main threat to Caligula, although the mare has drawn wider this time around. With the gate speed to offset that slight setback, Monaro Mia won’t be too far from the action when the field settles into formation. A fitter MORE SHADES OF GOLD (4), which is another Fitzpatrick runner, is coming off a gritty 2nd to All Cashed Up so don’t ignore him as a threat while ALL CASHED UP (3), which gives Blake another winning hope, can’t be taken lightly, although the 5yo is proving hard to follow. ROYAL GLENFERRIE (1) is an ideal exotic player after drawing one while GALLEONS GLORY (9) is racing well enough to cause a surprise. GARLAND GREENE (6) has been safely held in each of his past two but warrants further exotic attention on the strength of six placings prior to this displays.
CALIGULA 1, Monaro Mia 2, More Shades Of Gold 3, All Cashed Up 4.
In what appears to be a tough and open contest to end proceedings, MAKE MINE MEMPHIS (4) should find this to be a suitable assignment, compared to his recent Menangle encounters. Since taking out the Forbes Diggers Cup on Anzac Day, the 5yo has contested five races at Headquarters for a couple of stout placings while finishing just behind the placegetters on the other three occasions. A week ago, Make Mine Memphis drew wide and settled back in the pack, prior to entering the home straight out four wide in recording a determined 5.8m 5th to Major Roll. A kinder draw should enable Bernie Hewitt the opportunity to position Make Mine Memphis into a suitable role and, in this easier challenge, that should encourage the 5yo into being actively involved in the finish. RAGING SEA (2), which is under the care of Bernie’s brother David, has been mixing his form, but to be fair to son of Western Terror, he hasn’t had a lot of luck in some of his unplaced displays. Such was the case a couple of weeks ago when the 4yo struck trouble, resulting in a distant last behind Kash Us Back. Prior to that Raging Sea posted a few handy efforts in races won by Muscle Factory, Ilikemebettor and Eye Can Run, respectively. A repeat of those efforts, against this opposition, would result in Raging Sea proving hard to beat. CHASING THE WIND (7) was never a threat from a rearward role last time out, but he certainly wasn’t disgraced in working to the line nicely for a 4.8m 4th to Ronaldo. Chasing The Wind has been around the mark in most of his recent assignments and this challenge isn’t beyond him. A fitter WAHS FIRE BUG (10) has drawn deep but a bold showing wouldn’t surprise while exotic players should include BENALONG VALLEY (3), TRIPLE VC (5) and MOST HAPPY CULLEN (8).
MAKE MINE MEMPHIS 1, Raging Sea 2, Chasing The Wind 3, Wahs Fire Bug 4.