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    Here’s how to back a winner at Menangle on Saturday night Here’s how to back a winner at Menangle on Saturday night

    BACK THIS ONE: Uptown Lad looks a winner, according to Mick Ko'cass.

    RACE ONE: With the benefit of an ideal draw, LETS GET ROCKIN (2) has the chance to collect his third win from his past... Here’s how to back a winner at Menangle on Saturday night


    With the benefit of an ideal draw, LETS GET ROCKIN (2) has the chance to collect his third win from his past four trips to the races. Prepared by Michael Doltoff, Lets Get Rockin won back-to-back races at Headquarters before recording a gallant head second to Defiant in the G1 Regional State Final a couple of weeks ago. The son of Mach Three will have the chance to secure a suitable role from the outset and, in what looks to be a competitive event, that will be a big plus for the talented four-year-old. GLIDING AWAY (7) was responsible for another solid showing last week when he failed by a narrow margin in pegging back the classy Focus Stride. Placed in all 13 runs this season, four of them converted into wins, the 5yo has drawn wider for this challenge, compared to last week, however, that won’t prevent the son of Betterthancheddar playing an active role in the finish. RED REACTOR (6), as per usual, worked to the line soundly in recording a 10m 7th to Boom last week, and although he was never a serious threat, the run was in keeping with his consistent displays over the past few months. The winner of a similar race four starts ago, the flashy 7yo chestnut is on the verge of another winning display so don’t take the David Thorn-trained son of Auckland Reactor lightly. HEZ DUSTY (11), despite the bad draw, can’t be dismissed from the main bracket of chances as the Brad Hewitt trained and driven son of For a Reason is also thereabouts when the judge calls a halt. Without a win since last November, the 4yo is capable of greeting the judge, without surprising. When it comes to the multiples, ALWAYS ROCKIN (3), SURF ACE (10) and CAMANCHI WARRIOR (8) are worthy of attention.

    LETS GET ROCKIN 1, Gliding Away 2, Red Reactor 3, Hez Dusty 4.


    Darren Binskin was responsible for a remarkable training performance when he combined with FOCUS STRIDE (3) in what was a superb return to racing by the classy son of Art Major. Off the scene for two years, following issues which required plenty of attention, the 5yo led throughout in defeating Gliding Away and Hez Dusty, with the front-running drive by DJ also worthy of high praise. Focus Stride will strip fitter for this challenge and with gate three an added bonus, the entire looks poised to continue on his winning way, with far higher profile races no doubt awaiting him. SUMMIT SPECIAL (6) heads a long list of candidates for the minor roles, with the 7yo again producing a solid effort last week when an 11m 3rd behind Jimmy Locke. Expect to see the son of Mr Feelgood again hitting the line with intent. HES CHIMING (10) has drawn deep but does drop in grade following a pleasing 12.6m 4th to stablemate I Cast No Shadow a week ago. The 7yo did defeat Alta Orlando and Mach Shard three runs ago, and on that run alone, he must be shown respect. COLLINA KAY JAY (9) finished a 14m 5th to I Cast No Shadow and with a hat-trick of wins next to his name prior to that effort, the 5yo is entitled to be included in exotic discussions. FOUROEIGHT (11) has drawn the deepest and is coming off two unplaced runs, however, in the latter the 9yo didn’t have the best of luck in posting a 6.7m 7th to Loorrim Lake, which has since won the Treuer in fine fashion. The veteran is at least a handy inclusion in multiple transactions. Also consider YIANNI (4), JUSTA LITTLE BIT (5) and SEND IT (8) as this should be a competitive contest from start to finish.

    FOCUS STRIDE 1, Summit Special 2, Hes Chiming 3, Collina Kay Jay 4.


    The Melanie Elder-trained ASHARK (3) appears to have found a suitable assignment and coupled with an ideal draw, the 7yo appeals as a suitable gamble. After greeting the judge at Headquarters four runs back, Ashark then posted two gritty placings behind Crunch Time and Alpine Stride, respectively, prior to a creditable 13.4m 6th to Whereyabinboppin at Menangle after being left facing the breeze. Back to a suitable assignment and with an ideal draw as an added bonus, Ashark is more than capable of devouring his opposition. THE IDEAL DANCER (1) was never a factor from a four peg role when a 12.4m 9th to Focus Stride. Drawing ideally in one and contesting a suitable race, The Ideal Dancer can be expected to be far more active in the finish, with his two previous efforts certainly indicating that a win here wouldn’t surprise. ROCK OF DELIGHT (5) has contested his past five races at Penrith from a back frow draw, so the move to gate five is a plus for the consistent son of Art Major. The 6yo has posted a win and two placings while in each of his past two unplaced efforts, Rock Of delight hasn’t had a great deal go his way. This time around the gelding will be looking to make his own luck and that should result in a solid showing. ROCKIN WITH ELVIS (8) hasn’t finished further back than sixth in 10 runs since greeting the judge at Goulburn last November. The Brad Hewitt trained and driven 5yo is coming off a solid-finishing 3.3m 2nd to Ultimate Hughey and although a slightly harder task awaits, Rockin With Elvis should chart well. When it comes to forming multiple transactions, FAZE OF GLORY (6) is a ‘must’ while ULTIMATE FORCE (10), WHATS YOUR SECRET (7) and MAN FROM BRAAVOS (4) all should be at an attractive quote when looking to add value.

    ASHARK 1, The Ideal Dancer 2, Rock Of Delight 3, Rockin With Elvis 4.


    Despite the presence of a wide gate, the classy BETTOR BE KEPT (11) will head around to the start as the one to beat. Prepared by Michael Doltoff the daughter of Bettors Delight has been freshened since recording a respectable 15m 6th to Tough Tilly in the G1 APG 4YO Mares Final on May 7. Prior to that run the mare had been placed on three-consecutive occasions, and although the path to victory won’t be easy, this does look her race. The consistent HEAVEN ISLAND (3) continues to be competitive and that was gain the case on Tuesday when she finished a gritty 2nd to Orchid Stride. This will be a harder test for the mare but the draw is a plus. LITTLE BLISS (6) is racing in fine fashion for the Troy Williams stable and with a win and a solid 5.6m 4th to Yoha last week to her credit, the daughter of Art Major should again be a factor when the judge calls a halt. ZANADU (5) is an ideal exotic type as the mare has been placed in all six races this season and the good draw will assist in that regard once again. SCOTTS RAIN (7) worked home stoutly when a 6.2m 4th to Little Bliss recently and claims as an exotic player should be noted. Others to consider when it comes to exotic combinations include OUR SOUTHERNSTAR (8) and CHERISHTHEMEMORIES (100, which is below her best of late, but she is capable of a better showing in this company.

    BETTOR BE KEPT 1, Heaven Island 2, Little Bliss 3, Zanadu 4.


    The interesting runner is the recent addition to the Amanda Turnbull stable in ONE TWO MANY (5), which arrives from Victoria with just one placing from his past eight assignments, however, along the way the 4yo has posted some handy efforts against quality opposition. Formerly under the care of Russell jack, One Two Many opened his latest term of racing on a winning note when he scored at Albury, taking out the Cup over Egodan and Nerano. The son of Captaintreacherous appeared poised for a promising campaign on that display, but he has lost his way to some degree. The change of scenery may result in One Two Many turning his form around in what is an open and tough race. GLENAVRIL KING (6), which is another former Victorian, scored first-up for the Trevor Munday stable at Penrith before working home stoutly here last week in finishing a solid 3.2m 6th to Boom. The added fitness is a plus and with a useful starting position, Glenavril King will make his presence felt. IMASPORTSSTAR (10) continues to be thereabouts and that was the case last time out when he was again doing his best work late in recording a 2.8m 3rd to Louis Litt. Costly on that occasion the 6yo son of Sportswriter has again drawn deep but he can’t be written off as a contender for the top spot. CHECK IN (4) hasn’t won since last July when successful at Geelong, but the 8yo is racing well enough of late to suggest he is capable of being involved in the finish. The son of Mach Three hit the line strongly when narrowly beaten into 3rd spot behind Boom and Faze Of Glory last week. With the benefit of a useful draw the Darren Hancock trained and driven gelding looms as a threat. exotic players should consider a fitter MASONS DELIGHT (7), which is coming off two tidy efforts since a spell, and the well-drawn and consistent ALLSET (1).

    ONE TWO MANY 1, Glenavril King 2, Imasportsstar 3, Check In 4.


    The Jason Grimson-prepared CRUZ BROMAC (5) will show the benefit of his first-up effort a couple of weeks ago by taking out the G3 Cordina Chicken Farms Golden Mile. Resuming from a spell and a sound trial, the classy son of Falcon Seelster led from his wide gate, but with the outing being his first since late February, the 10yo was one run short in posting a game 2.4m 2nd to Loorrim Lake, which confirmed the form in taking out the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown last Monday in fine fashion. Cruz Bromac just failed to gain a start in the Miracle Mile when a 5.8m 6th to the eventual three-time winner of the great race, King Of Swing. This time around a fitter Cruz Bromac will go one better. Also stripping fitter and looming as a major contender for the trophy is the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained ZEUSS BROMAC (10), with the wide gate just adding to the degree of difficulty. Spelled following his brilliant win in the G1 FFA on Miracle Mile night, the classy son of Bettors Delight resumed with a solid 4.7m 2nd behind Fire Fox, prior to again working home strongly in posting a 2.7m 3rd to Loorrim Lake at this venue. Nearing peak fitness, the 5yo will attack this race with a higher degree of confidence and greeting the judge is definitely well within his reach. ALTA ORLANDO (8) appears to be the only other runner capable of being seen in the winner’s circle. The veteran hasn’t had a great deal of luck of late, with a 5.2m 3rd to Fire Fox and a ‘must’ forget 6.8m 8th to Loorrim Lake the two runs in question. The son of Courage Under Fire will again leave the machine with plenty of zest and he will be in the thick of the action from the outset. Better luck in running will see Alta Orlando fighting out the finish. Multiple combinations should also include an improver WILDWEST (3), WHEREYABINBOPPIN (7) and ALPINE STRIDE (9).

    CRUZ BROMAC 1, Zeuss Bromac 2, Alta Orlando 3, Wildwest 4.


    Open and tough race when it comes to the trotters’ event over the mile, with the Belinda McCarthy-trained MAJESTIC SIMON (6) gaining the nod, but only just over a number of candidates. Since joining the stable from Queensland the 7yo has been gradually improving, creeping towards a winning display after a 4th to Illawong Stardust and an 11.4m 3rd behind Major Thomas. At Headquarters a week ago, Majestic Simon posted a gritty 6.7m 2nd behind the impressive Doff Your Cap and if he can repeat that effort against this opposition, then he should be able to go one better. RAVE ON HALL (5) is also on the verge of a winning display after finishing runner-up in each of his past two, the latter when narrowly beaten by Major Thomas. The James Rattray trained and driven 6yo looks ready to greet the judge so respect his claims. DANCE SECRET (7) is coming off a determined win and, as always, the Blake Fitzpatrick stable must be respected in races of this nature. ON ADVICE (10), which is also under the care of Blake, is worthy of a spot in exotic combinations, along with MAJOR THOMAS (8), GUS AN MAORI (9) and ALDEBARAN URSULA (4).

    MAJESTIC SON 1, Rave On Hall 2, Dance Secret 3, On Advice 4.


    WOW HES A ROCK STAR (9) has been mixing his form of late, but the 4yo indicated that he was finding his ‘mojo’ once again, courtesy of a pleasing display at Headquarters last week. Taken back off the gate, despite drawing four, Wow Hes A Rock Star settled five pegs before hitting the line with conviction, resulting in a 3m 5th to Boom. Contesting a race of many chances, the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven 4yo certainly has the talent to register the seventh win of his career. FOREVER YIN (8) contested the same race as Wow Hes A Rock Star, with the James Rattray trained and driven 5yo recording a 2.8m 4th, coming from a midfield role in the process. Forever Yin did draw close to the markers on that occasion and will launch his claim from a wider starting role, but his form of late is good enough to suggest another competitive display. SURFERS DELIGHT (10) will also need luck from a wide gate, however, the Roy Roots Jnr-trained 4yo can’t be taken lightly. The son of Bettors Delight has been around the money of late, and he could find this to be the assignment he requires to bounce back to winning form. TINDER SURPRISE (6), MILITARY MAN (1), WAHS FIRE BUG (3) and THE ANNOUNCER (7), which is resuming following a useful trial, all remain in the multiple mix.

    WOW HES A ROCK STAR 1, Forever Yin 2, Surfers Delight 3, Tinder Surprise 4.


    Following two impressive qualifying races for the Foundation Final, promising Victorian 2yo UPTOWN LAD (7) should have little difficulty going through the series unbeaten. Prepared by David Van Ryn the son of Sebastian K has won by margins of 21m and 29.2m, respectively, but he has been responsible for breaking in the score up on each occasions, both resulting in the start being aborted. The youngster also scored back home on debut and it will take a mighty turn around in form by one of won his rivals and for Uptown Lad do something wrong, to the trophy head anywhere else but back to the southern state. The spots behind Uptown lad will be keenly contested with VITELLIUS (5) leading the charge over BURKHARDT (4) and IM A GYPSY QUEEN (3) while DREAMBIGAIMHIGH (2) is also in the mix.

    UPTOWN LAD 1, Vitellius 2, Burkhardt 3, Im A Gypsy Queen 4.


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