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


    RACE ONE: When LOORRIM LAKE (10) steps out for the opening event, for the third week in a row, the phrase, “same bat channel-same... Here’s all your winners for Menangle Saturday night


    When LOORRIM LAKE (10) steps out for the opening event, for the third week in a row, the phrase, “same bat channel-same bat time”, in reference to the Batman show being screened on a weekly basis. And, hopefully, the same result will apply, and Loorrim Lake will again play a starring role in greeting the judge. The 4yo produced a powerful and dominant display in scoring three weeks ago when driven aggressively by Josh Gallagher, then Chris Alford was in the sulky last week when the son of Roll With Joe again worked, en route to defeating Bundoran and Rays Choice. Three runs into his career under the guidance of Kevin Pizzuto, Loorrim Lake has again drawn deep, but that won’t be a major problem, and the field this time around has a slightly stronger appearance but, once again it won’t be a major hurdle to overcome. Looming as the main threat, despite drawing the outside gate, is BUNDORAN (11), with the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven son of Lincoln Royal also racing with plenty of confidence. Following back-to-back wins at Headquarters, Bundoran raced in a midfield role before hitting the line strongly when beaten 1.7m by Loorrim Lake last week. The 4yo will again be giving Loorrim Lake a start, however, he is more than capable of bridging the gap. Ideally drawn in gate one, which is less the reserve, BETTER VISION (2) can give a good sight with Ashley Hart again taking the reins. The 7yo is rarely far away and with the benefit of a kind peg run, Bettor Vision is capable of causing, somewhat of an upset win. MIGHTY FLYING DEAL (5) has been just behind the placegetters in recent assignments won by Ignatius, Star Galleria and Loorrim Lake, respectively, and those effort were on the back of his solid 2nd to Ellmers Image in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith. The Jack Trainor-trained 8yo is capable of being in the mix for an extended period from his handy draw. In building exotic combinations, ROCKIN MARTY (7) must be included while ALWAYS ROCKIN (3) and VANDANTA (8) complete the chances.

    LOORRIM LAKE 1, Bundoran 2, Better Vision 3, Mighty Flying Deal 4.


    Unbeaten in four starts since crossing the Tasman and joining the Belinda McCarthy team, KINGMAKER (6) has answered each challenge in fine fashion, and although the bar goes up another notch, the son of Mach Three is entitled to top billing. Versatile in his racing pattern, as Kingmaker has greeted the judge from three different roles, the 5yo overcame the outside gate in comfortably leading throughout in defeating Triple VC and Our Madiba a couple of weeks ago. Handily drawn in the middle of the line, Kingmaker will create early pressure as he looks to stamp his authority on the race from the outset. There appears to be one major threat to Kingmaker and his continued reign since coming from New Zealand and that is NOTA REPLICA (3), which must be given plenty of respect. Trained and to be driven by Lisa Miles, Nota Replica has contested nine races this season for a win and seven placings, with his other outing resulting in a fourth. The 6yo son of Courage Under Fire has drawn ideally and will be in the mix from the outset, with Miles bound to be keen in finding the role behind Kingmaker, which will make him a definite factor over the final stages. The reliable RED REACTOR (8) is coming off a sound, but safely held 4th to Kingmaker, however, the David Thorn-conditioned chestnut is capable of being in the mix when the judge calls a halt so don’t ignore him as a contender. OUR MADIBA (10) was having his first run for Jack Trainor when a vastly improved 16m 3rd to Kingmaker a couple of weeks ago, and although confronted by a wider gate, the 7yo stays under notice as an exotic player. Others to consider in that regard include THE GENERAL (2), CARLO GAMBINO (1) and CHEWALLA (7).

     KINGMAKER 1, Nota Replica 2, Red Reactor 3, Our Madiba 4.


    Since making her way across the ‘ditch’ and coming under the care of Belinda McCarthy at Cobbitty, LA BELLA VISTA (9) has contested seven races of which five have resulted in wins while the other two have been solid placings. Throw in a win and two placings before catching her flight and the mare has been a model of consistency in 10-consecutive assignments. The daughter of Changeover has drawn out in gate nine, but she has been accounting for fields of this nature and she does have the gate speed overcome that hurdle. La Bella Vita has led in winning her past two, firstly accounting for Iolanta and Michelle Lee Mac, with the latter recording an important feature win at Melton last week, while the latter was over Vincenzina and Myra Dawn. Once in front, La Bella Vita will dictate the terms to perfection, courtesy of Luke McCarthy. VINCENZINA (10) is a game and talented mare, but she lacks that early ‘burn’ to take up a forward role. The Ross Adams trained and driven mare again hit the line with intent in finishing a 3m 2nd to La Bella Vita a couple of weeks ago, and, as per usual, she will give the favourite a start as heads are turned for home. LA LA BRON (1) has drawn ideally and is coming off two handy efforts, the latter a 19.5m 4th to Michelle Lee Mac at Melton last week. A kind run from the draw will assist the mare in being involved in the finish. BELLA CLARE (2) has posted three sound efforts since a spell and from gate two the Michael Xuereb-trained daughter of Art Major should be included in multiple discussions. Others to warrant attention when forming investments include OUR LADY LARA (3), BRONSKI BELLE (6) and ITZ GEORGIAONMYMIND (8).

     LA BELLA VISTA 1, Vincenzina 2, La La Bron 3, Bella Clare 4.


    The running of the Mick Gamble Bulli Trotters Cup has attracted a quality line-up and hopefully for punters, stress levels with be kept at a minimum, courtesy of the Brent Lilley-trained STRESS FACTOR (9). The Victorian has a 10m hcp to overcome, however, the 6yo has a fine record from behind the tapes, having won seven of his 18 engagements while posting a further seven minors, usually in fine company. Following a respectable 6.6m 3rd to Well Defined in the 2600m Mildura Trotters Cup when off a 20m hcp, the son of Majestic Son then recorded a 19.7m 2nd to The Penny Drops in the SA Trotters Cup. Prior to those commitments Stress Factor won stand events at Echuca and Warragul, respectively. Luke McCarthy has been booked to take the reins and that is another factor is Stress Factor’s favour. REVY JAY (12) will be the lone 20m hcp backmarker, however, the mare is racing in fine fashion and with four stand wins from seven attempts, the 6yo is bound to make her presence felt. After overcoming a similar hcp in winning here two starts ago, Revy Jay then posted a creditable 10.6m 5th to Aldebaran Crescent a week ago in the G3 La Coocaracha, which was a mobile event. GARLAND GREENE (8) enjoys the tape start and with a hat-trick of sound placings to his credit since joining the McCarthy’s from Queensland, the 6yo has been building towards a win. This will be his first stand assignment since heading south and that will enhance his claims so don’t write him off. GIMONDI (5) is due for better luck after finishing runner-up in each of his past five outings. Placed twice from four races under these conditions, the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven 4yo is capable of being a threat. ALL CASHED UP (1), SOBOMBA (3) and HOTJANE BLING (11) remain in the mix as exotic players.

     STRESS FACTOR 1, Revy Jay 2, Garland Greene 3, Gimondi 4.


    After bouncing back strongly after a 14.5m 9th to King Of Swing in the G1 Schweppes Sprint on Feb 27, CASH N FLOW (10) will again take a power of beating in the Bill Green Bulli Cup, despite facing the starter from out in gate 10, as per usual, in races of this nature. Unplaced in each of his two lead up races into the Schweppes Sprint, some of the gloss had been taken away from the son of Mach Three, which has a stranglehold on races conducted over the Menangle Mile. However, normal transmission was restored when Cash N Flow returned to racing on March 13. Electing to keep Cash N Flow out of the early speed battle, which resulted in a 25.9 opening quarter, Luke McCarthy positioned the 8yo into the one-one, a role he maintained until the home turn. In a hard-fought battle down the testing Menangle straight, Cash N Flow prevailed by a narrow margin over a gallant Escalera while Mach Da Vinci was close-up in third spot. A fitter Cash N Flow will face the starter but he may have another early speed battle to overcome. ELLMERS IMAGE (9) is racing in with plenty of confidence and although the draw is tricky, the son of Falcon Seelster is capable of getting the job done. Following his win in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith, Ellmers Image has finished runner-up in his next two assignments, the latter a gritty 7.9m effort behind Star Galleria over the 2300m of this circuit three weeks ago. Trainer-driver Amanda Turnbull will look to present Ellmers Image with a comfortable trip, prior to presenting the 7yo when the final 400m comes into play. MAJOR ROLL (2) has joined the Belinda McCarthy team and that will create a great deal of interest, especially after the former Stephen Maguire trained and driven 5yo drew ideally in two. The son of Roll With Joe is coming off two unplaced efforts, Wagga and Menangle, but he is capable of better and with in-form Jack Callaghan in the sulky, Major Roll should have plenty to offer. The speedy THUNDER DANCE (8) is bound to mean business from the moment the green light comes on, and a repeat of his latest effort would again see him giving plenty of cheek. Courtesy of an astute front-running drive by Glenn McElhinney, the 8yo accounted for Double Encounter and Mister Brazil. This will be a slightly harder task, but it isn’t out of his reach. When it comes to the multiples DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (4) and OUTRAGEOUS EL (5), which is resuming, could be the value players.

     CASH N FLOW 1, Ellmers Image 2, Major Roll 3, Thunder Dance 4.

     RACE SIX:

    Win, lose or draw, the story here is the return to the sulky of KerryAnn Morris, less than two weeks after giving birth to her lovely daughter, Stella. KerryAnn will partner ALDEBARAN URSULA (1), which won the G2 NSW Trotters Oaks a week ago, courtesy of an outstanding drive by husband, Robert. However, the Anthony Butt-Sonya Smith-trained HAVE NO FEAR (6) looks the one to beat. Boasting six wins and three placings from 11 starts, Have No Fear has been in fine form since resuming and is coming off a solid win at Kilmore on April 29, overcoming a back row draw and a three-deep trip, eventually finding the lead which paved the way for a comfortable win over Kyvalley Hotspur and Amour Fraternelle. Handily drawn, the son of Father Patrick is capable of being in the thick of the action from the outset and that will see him proving hard to beat. Fellow Victorian KYVALLEY HOTSPUR (7) is from the astute trotting establishment of Brent Lilley and the booking of Luke McCarthy is a strong lead. The Muscle Hill colt won three-on-end before finishing runner-up on consecutive occasions behind Have No Fear. The big Menangle circuit should suit Kyvalley Hotspur. ALDERBARAN URSULA (1) has always been a rising star and she confirmed that opinion with her Oaks win. The filly takes on the boys but KerryAnn is bound to have the daughter of Yield Boko stalking the tempo and with a ‘hunger’ to get back in the sulky and competing again, the mother of two will be ready to pounce when the opportunities come her way in the run home. CELEBRATION STRIDE (8) is an improving type and he is the value threat. A stablemate to Have No Fear, the former Kiwi has had just the four runs for his new team but has shown potential with a Maryborough win and two recent placings. The son of Love You gives the impression this track will suit him. WATTS UP MAJESTIC (2) will have plenty of support after drawing ideally in two. Prepared by Rickie Alchin, who will also jump in the cart, the 3yo is coming off a solid win over the 1609m of the Menangle circuit and, with the prospect of being in the mix from the outset, the Majestic Son gelding will give the locals plenty to cheer about. AFFAIRE DE COVER (3) is drawn to give a cheeky display for trainer Troy Williams while ON ADVICE (5) and MY USED TO BE (12) can’t be left out of exotic discussions.

     HAVE NO FEAR 1, Kyvalley Hotspur 2, Aldebaran Ursula 3, Celebration Stride 4.


    Most of the runners contested the same race on Tuesday. On that occasion DO BALL (3) managed to beat ROYAL GLENFERRIE (6) home and it would appear the same two will provide the quinella, but this time around in the reverse order. Left facing the breeze after drawing six, the same draw again coming into play, Royal Glenferrie fought on gamely, however, with Do Ball tracking him every step of the way, the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained 5yo was unable to fend off the challenge. The margin was 4m with Royal Glenferrie far from disgraced as the pair also proved the quinella in the previous engagement, with Royal Glenferrie greeting this judge. From his past 11 trips to the races, Royal Glenferrie has collected two wins and eight placings so it is safe to say he will again give a bold showing. DO BALL (3) has had three runs since a spell and each time he has performed better than the previous run. Boasting an ideal draw, the ‘Team Rando’ prepared 6yo is poised to again secure a kind run, with the in-form Chris Geary again taking the reins. PUMA ROAD (5) was found trouble in finishing a distant 8th to Do Ball on Tuesday but the 6yo is capable of a far better showing so include the 6yo in multiple transactions. FOX TROT HILL (7) has been mixing her form, but the John Ogden trained and driven daughter of Muscle Hill remains in the exotic mix, along with a fitter ROLLING SECRET (10), which strips fitter for two runs back, the latter a pleasing 7.3m 3rd to Do Ball on Tuesday. SALLY EM (1), LORD LOHKI (2) and ORLANDO STORM (4) also have claims when it comes to the multiples.

     ROYAL GLENFERRIE 1, Do Ball 2, Puma Road 3, Fox Trot Hill 4.


    Only a small field will face the starter for the last but there is depth and it is a tricky affair. The form of FEAR CRUISIN (7), one of three runners from Lucky Lodge, is certainly appealing enough to suggest the son of Christian Cullen can greet the judge. After solid placings behind Bettor Robyn and Check In, respectively, Fear Cruisin came from a deep, six peg role, in posting a solid 8m 4th to Rays Choice a couple of weeks ago. The fact that he has only seven rivals is a bonus and with a suitable trip, Fear Cruisin could be the one ‘sailing’ down the middle of the track. The fact that Robert Morris has elected to drive Fear Cruisin is a positive move. Stablemate WE SALUTE YOU (4) has been thereabouts in easier assignments and there was a lot to like about the way he found the line when a 4m 4th to Bettor To Be Tricky at Bankstown recently. Back to the bigger track and with the in-form Josh Gallagher in the sulky, the son of Well Said may well have a say in the finish. The ‘watch’ runner is I AM SERENGETI (1) which debuted for the Jason Grimson stable on Tuesday with a barnstorming win. Safely held in his previous three outings, the son of Art Major enjoyed a kind run behind the leader, up until the 500m where he struck trouble, en route to picking himself up again, then powering home along the marker pegs in defeating Elroy Jetson and Vinny Chase. Gate one awaits the 7yo and he is bound to take a powering of beating with an encore performance. MASTER CATCH (5) met with good backing at Newcastle last week when he faced the breeze in posting a gritty 1.9m 3rd to Laceys Lad and Si Si Senor. The Lisa McDonald-trained 6yo has been mixing his form but with the booking of Luke McCarthy, Master Catch stays under notice as a threat. Exotic combinations should also include GENTLE GIANT (2) and DEANO ROBYN (6), two potential value players.

     FEAR CRUISIN 1, We Salute You 2, I Am Serengeti 3, Master Catch 4.

       – MIKE KO’CASS


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