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

    SUPERSTAR: Catch A Wave.

    RACE ONE: Carousel winner PORT AU PRINCE (4) will make his return to racing, and courtesy of drawing ideally, the KerryAnn Morris-trained 5yo should... Here’s all the winners for Menangle Saturday night

    RACE ONE:

    Carousel winner PORT AU PRINCE (4) will make his return to racing, and courtesy of drawing ideally, the KerryAnn Morris-trained 5yo should open an exciting card with a winning display. Following a quartet of winning performances, the son of Somebeachsomewhere had no luck when last in the Young Stars Drivers behind Unfazed, prior to heading to the paddock after a costly, but gritty 2nd to Rocknroll Runa at Menangle on Nov 5. With a solid trial win behind him, Port Au Prince is capable of dictating the terms, which should pave the way for the 8th win of his career. The threat will come from the former Kiwi NO TIME LIKE NOW (3), which is now under the care of Belinda McCarthy. With a pleasing career to date following five wins and eight placings from 25 starts, the 5yo son of Johny Rock has drawn well in three, which will become two if the reserve remains on the bench, prompting driver Luke McCarthy to suggest the entire will be in the mix from the outset. No Time Like Now finished a solid 2nd in the trial won by Port Au Prince. ESCAPE ARTIST (11) peaks in condition following two runs back, the latter resulting in an all-the-way win at this venue a couple of weeks ago. The draw has added to the degree of difficulty, but the Brad Hewitt team is in fine form of late so don’t ignore the 4yo when looking for possible dangers. TINDER SURPRISE (2) strips fitter and draws ideally so include him when forming exotic investments while THE STAIN (8), BLAZING BANNER (9) and CHAPPY STREETNORTYH (5), which is now prepared by Joe Conolly, also warrant exotic attention.

    PORT AU PRINCE 1, No Time Like Now 2, Escape Artist 3, Tinder Surprise 4.

    RACE TWO:

    Coming off an encouraging display, ITS ALL ABOUT FAITH (3) is worthy of another chance as the former Kiwi looks to strike winning form once again.

    Following a stylish all-the-way win for new mentor Jack Trainor last November, the son of Captain Treacherous disappointed in posting two costly defeats, the latter when a 4m 4th to Delightful Angel when he again led. Freshened, the 5yo resumed a couple of weeks ago in working home well, although never a threat, in recording a 17.6m 3rd to the classy Cantfindabettorman, with the winner scoring by a big margin. Suitably drawn Its All About Faith is capable of giving a good account. The class runner of the field is SICARIO (2), which will be having his fourth start since coming under the care of Jason Grimson. The former star opened his career with Grimson on a pleasing note when he posted a gritty 1.9m 2nd behind his new stablemate in Major Meister. The 8yo then finished a 17m 7th to Cranbourne in the Shepparton Cup before finishing last (field of seven) in the Casey Classic at Melton on Jan 28, beaten 22m by Hurricane Harley. This will be a big drop in grade and, coupled with his ideal draw, Sicario has the chance to be a major contender. It should be remembered that during various stages of his career, Sicario has won six and been placed six times in 17 starts at this venue. KINGMAKER (9) is in fine form, having won his past three, and although confronted by a tricky draw, the Belinda McCarthy-conditioned 7yo can’t be taken lightly. When it comes to forming multiple transactions, the consistent BLUE CHIP DELIGHT (1) is a ‘must’ from his ideal draw while JOE NIEN (6), WESTERN STYLE (7) and  MIGHTY JOE (8) also warrant consideration.

    ITS ALL ABOUT FAITH 1, Sicario 2, Kingmaker 3, Joe Nien 4.

    RACE THREE:

    Former Kiwi LAST TANGO IN HEAVEN (9) will debut for KerryAnn Morris, and despite the presence of a wide gate, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven should be a definite contender for the top spot. Leaving home with six wins and 13 placings from just 27 starts, the 5yo has been off the scene since mid-December when a gallant 4.2m 3rd to the champion Copy That in a 2200m stand-start challenge. Lucky Lodge has elected to dodge official trials, with Last Tango In Heaven tackling this assignment on the back of pleasing track work. Due for a change of luck is the Shannon Price-prepared SUMOMENTSOMEWHERE (8) which has managed to find ‘one better’ in each of his past four trips to the races, three at Albion Park, with the latest at this venue a couple of weeks ago when beaten a head by The Stain. A wide gate will await the 5yo, but he is entitled to be regarded as a definite threat. PUMP THE BRAKES (1) will appreciate both the ideal draw and the drop in grade, and that combination should result in the Sean Grayling trained and driven 9yo making his presence felt. Following a number of creditable efforts at Headquarters, Pump The Brakes posted a creditable 13.7m 4th to Zeuss Bromac in the 2550m Newcastle Cup a week ago. Without having much from wide gates of late, Pump The Brakes will be able to make his own luck this time around. ART TUTOR (70 led in scoring easily at Bathurst, then followed that effort with a gritty 1.5m 2nd to Perfect Stride last week when he again dictated the terms. Expect another bold showing, despite drawing wider. Multiple investors should include DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (2), courtesy of his good draw, BACK IN TWENTY (5), which had no luck last week and his odds should be generous, and GAME SET MAJOR (10), with the Dean Cernovskis trained and driven 7yo resuming following pleasing trials, but the draw is tough.

    LAST TANGO IN HEAVEN 1, Sumomentsomewhere, Pump The Brakes 3, Art Tutor 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    The G3 Paleface Adios in the final chance for spots in the prestigious Chariots of Fire, and in a star-studded line up, the exciting CATCH THE WAVE (11) is the one to beat, despite drawing closer to the marquee tents, than the white marker pegs. Prepared by Andy Gath and to be driven by his wife Kate, Catch The Wave has collected 15 wins and just one placing from his 19 starts, so it has been a matter of ‘winning’ and settling for nothing else for this star son of Captaintreacherous. The 4yo registered his third-consecutive win, and his fourth from five starts since a spell, when he produced a powerful finish in taking out the 1200m Mercury80 at Melton a week ago. From a wide draw Kate allowed Catch A Wave to ‘tread water’ through the early stages of the ‘dash for cash’ before timing her run to perfection. Due to the wide gate and abundance of ‘power’ drawn to her left, that scenario may again play out. But the wide open spaces and the long Menangle straight will suit Catch A Wave. Sorting out dangers and CANTFINDABETTORMAN (6) stands out as that threat to the Victorian. Highly-regarded by ‘Team McÇarthy’, the former Kiwi has had nine starts for the stable, winning five. Back from a spell with a 2.4m 3rd behind Our Money Rocks on Jan 21, the Sweet Lou 4yo then completely dominated his rivals a couple of weeks ago when he led in defeating Classicmajor and Its All About Faith by 16.2m, and under a hold in posting a blistering 25.6m final quarter. Handily drawn in six, Cantfindabettorman will be making his presence felt from the outset. HEZA SON OF AGUN (3) continues to be a consistent performer for Matty Craven and with gate three a big plus, the son of Art Major is bound to give a good account. The 4yo felt the full force of the super-star Captain Ravishing last week when a gallant 21.8m 2nd in the 4YO Bonanza at Melton. To be beaten by just that margin was a good effort. INVITATION ONLY (1) was having his first run for Jason Grimson when a 30.7m 4th to Captain Ravishing in the Bonanza, when he raced roughly early and also hung out when leading. The former Kiwi has drawn well in one, and with the benefit of last week’s outing, Invitation only should at least be included in exotic transactions. Other chances in that regard include TEDDY DISCO (8), which finished a 12.9m 3rd to Leap To Fame in the G1 NSWBC when last seen in action at this venue, MR IBIZA (2) and HES CHARLIES ANGEL (10), which has again drawn deep after finishing a 14.7m 9th to Republican Party in the G3 Hondo Grattan a week ago.

    CATCH A WAVE 1, Cantfindabettorman 2, Heza Son Of Agun 3,  Invitation Only 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    The Bay Johnny FFA is next up and the Matty Craven trained and driven CREDIT MASTER (9) is capable of resuming from a lengthy spell with a winning display. The 9yo son of Muscle Mass has been off the scene since last August when he recorded a 5.6m 3rd to Vacation Hill in the Maori’s Trot FFA at Melton. At the corresponding Miracle Mile carnival a year ago, Credit Master, when driven by Sofia Arvidsson, brilliantly won the Aquagait Equine G1 Mile. Credit Master has had the benefit of a trial, and although he may need this outing, his class will take him a long way towards greeting the judge. CHINESE WHISPER (5) is another highly-regarded Victorian, with Andy and Kate Gath having another definite winning hope on the card. The 7yo Sundon gelding scored in fine fashion at Ballarat and Melton before having little luck in a heat of the Southern Cross a week ago, which resulted in a 7.7m 5th to Plymouth Chubb. Chinese Whisper has drawn suitably and that should result in a competitive display. ALDEBARAN TESS (2) has been mixing her form of late, however, Sofia Arvidsson trained and driven mare should be kept safe from her good draw. The daughter of Muscle Hill has been freshened since a 19m 4th to Interview at Headquarters on Jan 14. With retirement just around the corner, TOUGH MONARCH (7) returns from a lengthy spell and a handful of pleasing trials. Trainer-driver Rickie Alchin has been allowing the 11yo son of Monarchy to take a ‘steady’ approach to his upcoming campaign as the veteran looks to trouble his younger rivals. Exotic transactions should also include VAN SANK (6) and DROP THE HAMMER (8).

    CREDIT MASTER 1, Chinese Whisper 2, Aldebaran Tess 3, Tough Monarch 4.

    RACE SIX:

    One of many highlights on the exciting is the G3 Sibelia Stakes, a race set aside for mares and an important lead into the G1 Ladyship Mile. Jack Trainor holds all the ‘trump cards’, courtesy of defending Ladyship Mile winner (the past two) STYLISH MEMPHIS (7) and BRAEVIEW KELLY (2), with the two star attractions joined by stablemate, the consistent B K SWY (5). Crossing the Tasman once again, STYLISH MEMPHIS had in three weeks when she finished a gallant 2nd to Expensive Ego, prior to working for the opening 600m, with the opening 400m in a slick 26.6, in eventually finding the top. With the final quarter left behind in 26.9, Stylish Memphis was left vulnerable and it was left to her brilliant stablemate Braeview Kelly, which enjoyed a far kinder run, firstly midfield, then in the one-one, to collect the prize, 1.7m clear of the champion mare. It was a typical, cool, calm collected drive by Cam Hart which sealed the victory. Trainor has the option of again attempting to dictate, with a slightly better draw a plus, or allow the 6yo daughter of Bettors Delight to secure a run off the pace and allow Stylish Memphis to use her speed to power past her rivals. BRAEVIEW KELLY (2) was first-up following her gritty 4.8m 3rd to Ladies In Red in the Queen of the Pacific at Melton last October when she greeted the judge in an impressive manner. Fitter and with an ideal draw, Braeview Kelly certainly has the opportunity to set the tempo. MADRID (6) was game in defeat once again when the mare finished a 6.7m 4th to Braeview Kelly. Prepared by Jarrod Alchin and to be driven by Jack Callaghan, the daughter of Bling It on will take a higher level of fitness into this contest, and, as per usual, the mare will make her presence felt. B K SWY (5) maybe a level of two behind her two ‘star’ stablemates, but her honesty always takes her a long way into the contest. The Big Jim 6yo should be included when it comes to the multiples. Runner-up to Our Princess Tiffany in the 2019 edition of the NSW Oaks, the Craig Hoban-trained TANGOINGWITHSIERRA (8) should also be a fixture when it comes to the exotics. Unplaced just five times in her outstanding career of 29 starts, which includes 15 wins, one here, that being her Oaks heat win, the Sportswriter 7yo had her first run since December/2021 when a solid 4.5m 4th to Amore Vita at Melton a week ago. Better for the run, Tangoingwithsierra is a ‘knock-out’ chance.

    STYLISH MEMPHIS 1, Braeview Kelly 2, Madrid 3, B K Swy 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    When it comes to candidates for the Miracle Mile trophy, the Belinda and Luke McCarthy training establishment are looking in good shape. Expensive Ego and Spirit Of St Louis head the list at this stage, but BONDI LOCKDOWN (10) will be looking to add his name to the list in a big way when he steps out for his second assignment for the star stable. Formerly with Aaron Dunn, the classy 5yo has always been highly-regarded and he certainly enjoyed a wonderful career before making the trip north. Spelled after a rare disappointing run when a 23m last to Torrid Saint at Melton last October, the well-named son of Somebeachsomewhere indicated he was on the way back with a solid trial display before stepping out for his first run since the Miracle Mile of 2022. Finishing a 33.7m last to King Of Swing, following a thrilling 2nd in the Chariots of Fire behind Better Eclipse, the entire indicated he was far more matured this time around when he finished strongly in recording an outstanding 3.5m 2nd to Spirit Of St Louis. Another wide gate will await Bondi Lockdown, but with a higher level of fitness, the winning post will be associated with his name. As always, JAY OK (9) will be in the mix when the judges calls a halt. The 6yo enjoyed the one-one when a determined 1.3m 3rd to the classy Kiwi, B D Joe a week ago. CRIME WRITER (6) has been consistent in feature events in Victoria, with his latest effort resulting in a 1.4m 2nd to Cranbourne in the Pure Steel at Melton. The 7yo is certainly capable of being involved in the finish. Suitable exotic players include TORRID SAINT (8), which has also been solid in the main events in Victoria, STINGRAY TARA (4), THE BLACK PRINCE (2) and WHEREYABINBOPPIN (11), although the draw hasn’t been kind to the James Rattray speedster.

    BONDI LOCKDOWN 1, Jay OK, Crime Writer 3, Torrid Saint 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    Following an unlucky appearance a week ago, against harder opposition, MAJOR JELLIS (9) is yet another top contender when it comes to taking out the major share of the prizemoney. Resuming from a respectable Victorian campaign, which culminated in an 8.5m 5th to Crime Writer in the Popular Alm FFA at Melton in early October, the 6yo resumed with a 36.8m last to Spirit Of St Louis when he faded from a three-peg role when outclassed. A week ago and competing from a three peg role once again. Major Jellis went for an inside run half-way down the straight, only to be baulked, and again, when Jack Brown looked to ease him away from the pegs. The end result was a 5.9m 7th to B D Joe. The run was more than pleasing in such company, particularly after having his momentum interrupted on two occasions. A wide gate will welcome a fitter son of Art Major and with Luke returning as his driver, Major Jellis will take a power of beating. ROCK OF DELIGHT (4) rarely runs a bad race and he is certainly due for a trip to the winner’s circle. The 7yo son of Art Major worked home stoutly from a rearward role when a 5.5m 2nd to He Bettor Step Aside last week. If Chris Geary can secure a role closer to the action, then Rock Of Delight will be a shade harder to roll. ULTIMATE FORCE (3) had been racing well for Shane Sanderson, prior to striking trouble in recording a 20.6m 9th to Dennis at Mildura on Jan 24. Suitably drawn, the 7yo is capable of being actively involved in the finish so don’t ignore his claims. An interesting runner is the former Kiwi TAIPO (5), which is now under the care of Brad Hewitt. A recent Goulburn trial winner, the 6yo son of American Ideal has been off the scene since a close 3rd to Harder Than Diamonds on Dec 31. With Brad’s team racing in fine fashion, Taipo should be kept safe. JIMMYJOE (2) remains in the multiple mix, along ROCK FISHERMAN (7), SURFERS DELIGHT (8) and KID MONTANA (11).

    MAJOR JELLIS 1, Rock Of Delight 2, Ultimate Force 3, Taipo 4.

    RACE NINE:

    What a race to end the card, with an outstanding array of three-year-old talent set to face the starter. Outnumbered, seven-to-one, the only filly in the 2300m contest is PEACEFUL (1). Drawing gate one for her first assignment since a gritty 6m 3rd to Major Delight and Sky Blu in the G1 NSWBC for 2YO Fillies back on Oct 29, the Cameron Ross-conditioned daughter of Sweet Lou recorded an impressive Menangle trial win, and although the distance is a testing trip at this stage of her preparation, her class and the prospect of receiving a good run from the outset, courtesy of a stalking, will assist in a bold showing. there are numerous dangers, with the Shane Sanderson-trained DANGEROUS (6) heading the list. The classy son of Sweet Lou did a big job in finishing a 4.5m 2nd to First Responder in the G1 NSWBC 2YO C&G’s Final at this venue last August, prior to resuming from a spell in recording back-to-back wins at Cobram and Swan Hill, respectively, in fine style. Expected to complete the hat-trick of wins at Melton two weeks ago, as a $1.15 elect, Dangerous hung, contacted a sulky and broke, losing all chance in finishing a 15.4m 6th to stablemate Catalpa Rescue. The colt will be driven by Shane’s son, Ryan, and the combination will be keen to make amends for that run. SURE THING CAPTAIN (8) has won his past three in good style, the latest being his all-the-way win in the Simpson Memorial at this venue on Jan 28. Adam Sanderson dictated the terms to perfection from gate two, and although the Queenslanders have drawn the outside gate in the field of eight, it would be wide to respect their claims as trainer Shannon Price has a huge wrap on this Captaintreacherous gelding. Former WA based colt ROCKOKOKO (3) was responsible for a huge effort when first-up into the Simpson Memorial and for the Belinda McCarthy barn. Caught facing the breeze and under pressure at the 100m, the American Ideal colt raised another effort over the final 50m to come again and claim second, beaten 7m. Fitter and suitably drawn this time, Rockokoko can’t be ignored. CATAPLA RESCUE (7), which will be driven by Abbey Sanderson, has won his part three, and although he started a $100.00 chance when last successful, has shown he is more than capable of holding his own in this company. The Jason Hewitt trained and driven CHISELLED (2) wasn’t disgraced in the Simpson Memorial, resuming from a spell with a gritty 9.4m fourth. The son of Huntsville is a value player for the multiples.

    PEACEFUL 1, Dangerous 2, Sure Thing Captain 3, Rockokoko 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

     

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