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    Here’s an in-depth look at Menangle’s big Saturday night meeting Here’s an in-depth look at Menangle’s big Saturday night meeting

    TOPICAL TIP: Kingmaker

    RACE ONE: As the saying goes, ‘In for a penny – in for a pound’, and although the currency is different, TUPPENCE (4) is... Here’s an in-depth look at Menangle’s big Saturday night meeting

    RACE ONE:

    As the saying goes, ‘In for a penny – in for a pound’, and although the currency is different, TUPPENCE (4) is capable of adding some extra ‘folding money’ to the pocket. Prepared by Darren Binskin, the former Victorian has been racing consistently since leaving the southern state, but has been unable to greet the judge since defeating Gliding Away and Total Diva at this venue last September . From his past seven starts the son of Lincoln Royal hasn’t finished further back than fifth, with three of them resulting in third prizemoney. That was the case last time out, two weeks ago when Tuppence worked home nicely from a three peg role in recording 3.2m 3rd to Major Jellis, when also held up for a suitable run at a vital stage. From gate four, DJ should have the 5yo handily placed from the outset, ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. No doubt ONE TWO MANY (2) will play a pro-active role in the finish, with the Amanda Turnbull-trained 5yo starting to peak in condition following two runs since last November. The first resulted in a gritty 14.6m 4th to the classy Bettor Isolate at Wagga, the latter a 21.8m 10th to My Ultimate Ronnie in the Final at Wagga last week when little went his way after drawing the inside of the back row. Apart from the fitness factor, the 5yo son of Captaintreacherous has drawn ideally in two, which will enable Amanda to eye off a role a lot closer to the action. PUMP THE BRAKES (5) did a fine job in finishing an 11.8m 2nd to Jay OK in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith last week. Suitably drawn in five, the Sean Grayling trained and driven 9yo will again be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. SEND IT (9) has been mixing his form since a spell, but the Brad Hewitt trained and driven 6yo is coming off a determined 2m 3rd to Don’t Need An Excuse and Old Luke at Bathurst recently. Despite drawing wide the son of Western Terror is capable of making his presence felt. When it comes to the multiples. THE STAIN (3), SPIRIT AND SOUL (8), which is a lot better than his latest run, and RANGER BOMB (10) should be considered.

    TUPPENCE 1, One Two Many 2, Pump The Brakes 3, Send It 4.

    RACE TWO:

    Following a ‘mini’ form slump, which involved in three unplaced displays, KINGMAKER (5) regained his composure with a stylish win last time, and if the son of Mach Three brings that attitude to this assignment, then the Belinda McCarthy-trained gelding should again reign supreme. After leading throughout in defeating Delight Angel and Lets Get Rockin, the 7yo had completed a hat-trick of wins before his run of outs kicked-in. First to break the line, then handing over the role as pacemaker to Abouttime, an astute drive by Luke McCarthy saw Kingmaker quickly draw alongside of the favourite, prior to drawing clear over the final 100m for a solid win, 4.8m clear of Abouttime. Handily drawn in five, Kingmaker has the gate speed to find the pegs, and in this company, Luke will be keen to dictate. As per usual, WOW HES A ROCK STAR (4) is capable of playing an important role in the finish, especially from his handy draw. Prepared by Blake Fitzpatrick, who will also handle the driving duties, the 5yo has been placed in five of his past six starts at Headquarters, with his unplaced run the result of striking trouble in finishing last in the race won by Ananais. Placed in races won by Doubtless Bay and Last Tango In Heaven, respectively, Wow Hes A Rock Star then worked to the line gamely in securing a 12.5m 3rd to Kingmaker last time out. While Kingmaker is entitled to top billing, it won’t come as a surprise of Wow Hes a Rock Star turns the tables. The Jack Trainor-prepared CHEVRON ART (7) is the interesting runner as the consistent son of Art Major will tackle this contest ‘fresh’ following nearly a six month spell. The 5yo ended his previous term with an 11m 6th to stablemate Stingray Tara at Menangle. Although without a win since last July, a recent solid trial placing has Chevron Art ready to give a bold showing. JOE NIEN (9), despite the wide gate, is also a threat, although he was safely held by Kingmaker when they  met, with the son of Shadow Play finishing a 16.2m fifth. Prior to that outing the 8yo had been performing consistently, finishing runner-up behind Loyalist and Abouttime, finishing second on both occasions. That type of form would see Joe Nien in the mix when the judge calls a halt. When forming exotic transactions the consistent OLD LUKE (10) must be considered while LAST TANGO IN HEAVEN (2), which has drawn suitably in two, is also capable of giving plenty of cheek. HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (8) doesn’t win out of turn so keep him safe in the exotics while LOCHIEL (6) is another with more than useful form of late, which entitles him to multiple attention.

    KINGMAKER 1, Wow Hes A Rock Star 2, Chevron Art 3, Joe Nien 4.

    RACE THREE:

    It is hard to go past JUST AS WELL (10) as the one to beat, despite the presence of a wide gate. Prepared by Belinda McCarthy, the former Victorian has had three runs for the Miracle Mile winning mentor, striking trouble and finishing last at Penrith, prior to coming out and winning back-to-back races at Menangle in fine style. Each time the mare has had little trouble showing gate speed and dictating the tempo, firstly, accounting for Watch Me React and Freddy Singh, the latter when the daughter of Well Said proved too good for the consistent Big End Of Town and Smaltese, with the Sofia Arvidsson trained and driven runner-up scoring in fine fashion since. A wider gate awaits Just As Well and a harder task, but the 5yo should be in the thick of the action when the judge calls a halt. The Dean and Kerry McDowell-trained BLACK ONYX (8) will make his return to the track after a spell which commenced following his 9.4m 2nd to Jalaneel in the 3YO C&G’s NSWBRC Eastern Final at Newcastle back on December 9. The quality son of Bettors Delight has been trialling well, suggesting that he is ready to make his presence felt in a big way so don’t ignore his prospects. SAINT CRUSADER (6) is also resuming, and has also trialled soundly in readiness for his first run since breaking gear in the above-mentioned Final at Newcastle, which resulted in the son of Courage Under Fire being retired. Expect the Clayton Harmey-prepared 4yo to face the starter as a possible threat. CARLO GAMBINO 97) has been racing consistently since coming under the care of Chris Judd. Back-to-back wins at Penrith were both narrow, but gritty displays, with the 9yo then posting a creditable 3m 3rd to Im Presi Belle and Ardens Ace at Menangle on Tuesday. The Mach Three veteran is certainly capable of giving this a shake. In the mix when it comes to the multiples are THATS ART (1), MAGIC MATTEO (2) and ARDENS ACE (10) who finished a closing photo 2nd to Im Presi Belle at Menangle on Tuesday.

    JUST AS WELL 1, Black Onyx 2, Saint Crusader 3, Carlo Gambino 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    The scratching of HEAVON ON HIGH will pave the way for IDEAL IN DREAMS (6), who is now under the care of Adam Ruggari, following a 21-start career with Cam Ross, who recently made the move to WA to further his career, to make her return on a winning note. The smart daughter of Warrawee Needy has contested 21 races for seven wins and six placings, with her 3yo career ending with a run of consecutive roles as runner-up, four in total, following a win in the Pink Bonnet back on October 1. The 4yo hasn’t raced since a 13.6m 2nd to another classy type in Madrid, and that was in the NSWBC G1 Blue Series Final for her age and sex. Ideal In Dreams has trialled in a fashion that would suggest a competitive first-up showing. ROCK OF DELIGHT (2) has drawn ideally in two and that should assist the consistent 7yo in enjoying a kind run behind the speed. Coming off a solid 7m 5th to Port Au Prince in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith, Rock OF Delight is rarely too far away when the judge calls a halt. TRIPLE FOUR (10) has a tricky draw, however, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven 5yo is racing well of late so don’t discard the 5yo as a threat. ROMANEE (7) ran on strongly in scoring last time out and is capable of making his presence felt while THREE RIVERS (11) landed a plunge when first-up for Belinda McCarthy and despite the tougher task, the former Queenslander remains in the mix, especially when it comes to the multiples. A fitter KING OF TIGER (3) has drawn well so also keep safe when it comes to sorting exotic investments.

    IDEAL IN DREAMS 1, Rock Of Delight 2, Triple Four 3, Romanee 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    Only seven runners will face the starter, however, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see anyone returning as the winner. However, the classy Paul Fitzpatrick-trained JAY OK (6) does appear to be the one to beat. Following a game 3.3m 4th to Bondi Lockdown in early February, then a closing 3rd behind our Money Rocks, when beaten 3.7m, the 6yo was given some time off before heading to Penrith for a 2525m assignment on April 6. Ideally graded, the long-odds favourite had little trouble accounting for Pump The Brakes and Foxy Dada. Recording 10 of his 16 career wins at Headquarters, Jay OK has drawn gate six, but Gavin Fitzpatrick is unlikely to contest the early ‘hustle and bustle for roles close to the action. Jay OK will then settle in a stalking role, waiting for his chance to unleash his winning run when heads are turned for home. The Belinda McCarthy stable will provide three of the runners, ALTA ORLANDO (5), MAJOR JELLIS (2) and MACH SHARD (4), with all three warranting plenty of respect. The 11yo ‘warhorse’, ALTA ORLANDO (5) may appear to be a shade below his best these days, but the son of Courage Under Fire doesn’t give in without a fight. Such was the case a couple of weeks ago when he broke the line first in taking a sit, en route to a 13.7m 2nd to Betterzippit, who will contest the $1m Nullarbor at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Once again, Alta Orlando will be in the thick of the action in making a bold bid for the top spot. As always, PETES SAID SO (7) will be competitive, and although the Lucky Lodge representative has drawn the outside gate, that hurdler won’t be a major concern for Robbie Morris. Boasting the gate speed to be prominent or sit back and wait for a final assault, Petes Said So has the versatility to handle the situation. The 7yo drew the back row for the Renshaw Cup at Penrith recently, resulting in a three wide move to obtain the role outside of the leader and eventual winner, Port Au Prince. The end result for Petes Said So was a creditable 6.4m fourth. MAJOR JELLIS (2) has drawn well in two, with the 6yo coming off a return to winning form, courtesy of a solid-finishing display over Double Encounter and Tuppence. This is a harder task, but the Art Major gelding is capable of being a threat. That leaves STINGRAY TARA (1), THE BLACK PRINCE (3) and the reliable MACH SHARD (4), all capable of greeting the judge without surprising.

    JAY OK 1, Alta Orlando 2, Petes Said So 3, Major Jellis 4.

    RACE SIX:

    Boasting an impressive strike rate in recent months with her small team, Sofia Arvidsson will be hoping the trend continues when her classy mare ALDEBARAN TESS (5) steps out for the trotters mobile. Handily drawn in four, and that is with the reserve remaining benched, Aldebaran Tess will be looking to go back-to-back after a stylish win against similar opposition back on April 1. Settling four pegs, and allowed to be comfortable in that role, the 6yo daughter of Muscle Hill was gradually eased around the carts of the leaders, as heads were turned for home. Charging down the middle of the track, Aldebaran Tess joined, headed and edged clear of Funky Monkey, which appeared to have the race in her keeping. Sofia will be looking for a carbon copy performance. FUNKY MONKEY (8) will again take a power of beating ,especially after coming through her first assignment since injury, which left her sidelined after a 5th to On Advice back in April 2022. The KerryAnn Morris-trained daughter of Monkey Bones has always been highly-regarded by the stable, with Robbie delighted with her comeback display. MAJESTIC TRIO (3) has won three of her four starts since a spell and her future continues to look good. Trained and driven by Brad Hewitt, the Majestic Son mare had no trouble overcoming a 20m hcp last time out, and although meeting a stronger line-up this time, courtesy of drawing ideally in two, the 5yo is bound to make her presence felt once again. A fitter REGAL ATTIRE (7) did a fine job when resuming, with a solid 4m 3rd to Aldebaran Tess and Funky Monkey. Despite drawing wider, the Jarrod Alchin-conditioned 5yo can’t be ignored as a threat. PHOEBE ONYX (6) resumed on a winning note following a tough Inter Dominion campaign. The Wishing Stone 7yo has exotic prospects while HUMBLE LADD (11) is back with Team McCarthy after a patchy period off racing in Qld. The 8yo is worthy of exotic attention, along with SUNNY GEE (10) and ALLURING TYRON (4).

    ALDEBARAN TESS 1, Funky Monkey 2, Majestic Trio 3, Regal Attire 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    Despite being below her best these days, classy mare FAIRY TINKABELL (8) looks ideally placed to show a return to winning form. Successful over this course and distance on January 14, the Belinda McCarthy-prepared daughter of Big Jim has been placed once in her subsequent five starts, but it was in G1 company. The 7yo managed to record an 8.2m 3rd to Braeview Kelly and Amore vita in the Queen Elizabeth 11. Following that outing Fairy Tinkabell hasn’t had a great deal of luck in the Bathurst Mayors Cup and the Wagga Pacing Cup, respectively, the latter when she was badly checked and broke in finishing a 22.4m 6th to Izaha. The small field suits and although Fairy Tinkabell will be confronted by some talented mares, this does look her race. COMMON COURTESY (5) caught the eye with a solid, first-up, display for Darren Binskin when a 5.2m 4th to Anna Love at this venue a couple of weeks ago. The 6yo mare had previous been prepared in Victoria and left that state with a pleasing record. Fitter and handily drawn, the daughter of Tintin In America is worthy of more than a passing thought. TOTAL DIVA (7) tried hard when a 3.3m 2nd to Port Au Prince in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith. Rarely too far away when the judge calls a halt, the Terror To Love mare is bound to make her presence felt at some stage in the straight. LITTLE BLISS (6) was also game in her latest outing on Tuesday. In a blanket finish, the Troy Williams-trained 6yo was beaten into 3rd spot by Titian Raider and Major Obahma, with the margins being a nose by a nose. The tough daughter of Art Major won’t be far away when the judge calls a halt. SHANLOU (2) and OH DADDY (4) remain in the mix as exotic runners.

    FAIRY TINKABELL 1, Common Courtesy 2, Total Diva 3, Little Bliss 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    While in search of ‘fame and fortune’ in the west, Joe Conolly will be looking to DOUBTLESS BAY (9) to give him some joy at Menangle. Joe will be represented by his stable star Loyalist in the inaugural running of the $1m Nullarbor at Gloucester Park on Friday night, with Robert Morris booked to take the reins. Doubtless Bay has drawn the outside gate, however, with the important scratching of Unfazed, the 6yo son of Bettors Delight will leave the machine from gate eight. The son of Bettors Delight has been safely held in each of his past three assignments, following a solid win at Headquarters over Spirit And Soul and Wow Hes A Rock Star. Coming off a 25.2m 4th to Jay OK at Penrith a week ago, Doubtless Bay will find this challenge more to his liking. TITIAN RAIDER (8) led and battled on bravely in defeating Major Obahma and Little Bliss on Tuesday in a thrilling three-way finish. The 5yo has been mixing his form since resuming, but he is entitled to be regarded as one of the major players. MR BOHANNON (7) is also under Joe’s care and with Seaton Grima electing to drive the son of Washington VC, which could be a guide good to his prospects. After winning back-to-back braces at Newcastle during March, the 7yo then finished last behind Gliding Away, but had an excuse, then hit the line with intent when a 3.6m 4th to Major Jellis. Back to a comfortable assignment, Mr Bohannon is bound to be in the mix. FIRESTORM RED (5) has been thereabouts of late and has claims when it comes to forming multiple transactions. Others to consider in that regard include SO MUCH MORE (2) and the 286-start veteran DON BOSTON, who is drawn to give plenty of cheek.

    DOUBTLESS BAY 1, Titian Raider 2, Mr Bohannon 3, Firestorm Red 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

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