June 15, 2023 Michael Court
Despite being confronted by the outside gate, quality mare B K SWY (11) will take a power of beating now that her level of fitness is reaching its peak. Prepared and driven by Jack Trainor, the daughter of Big Jim returned to racing with a fast-finishing 3.6m 3rd to Polly Put Kettleon, prior to filling the same role behind Delightful and her star stablemate Braeview Kelly a couple of weeks ago. Once again the mare hit the line strongly in finishing 4.8m behind the winner, and with her fitness no longer a factor, B K Swy will take a power of beating in this slightly more suitable assignment. ANNA LOVE (5) showed the benefit of recent racing when she took control of her latest assignment, 800m from home, before comfortably greeting the judge, leaving Beauty Play and Parked In Heaven to battle out the minors. Trained and driven by Brad Hewitt, although Will Rixon guided the daughter of Terror To Love to victory a week ago, Anna Love is handily drawn, compared to last week, so expect the 4yo to make her presence felt. IM PRESI BELLE (9) is racing in the best form of her career and is coming off one of her best wins at Melton a couple of weeks ago. Since resuming from a spell, the Peter Rixon-trained daughter of Mach Three has won six-straight, culminating in her stylish defeat of Heavenly Charm and Major Grace in the Melton Mares Championship. Im Presi Belle has drawn deep, but Hannah Rixon, who jumps back into the sulky after Chris Alford partnered her south of the border, is likely to drive the mare in a sedate manner before launching late. JUST AS WELL (4) has the gate speed to find the pegs, but is then likely to be driven with cover. Safely held last week when a fading 13.2m 6th to My Ultimate Chevron, the daughter of Well Said is worthy of being involved in exotic transactions. Also include WOODLEA BEAVER (2), despite the class rise, COMMON COURTESY (3) and CHEVRONS BYPASS (6).
B K SWY 1, Anna Love 2, Im Presi Belle 3, Just As Well 4.
In what appears to be one of the more open events on the card, trainer Joe Conolly holds the key, courtesy of ART TUTOR (7) and SOHO SINATRA (6). While the latter is ‘up and running’, ART TUTOR will create a great deal of interest as he prepares to face the starter for the first time since early February. Following a solid 2nd to Perfect Stride at Menangle, the 8yo then broke early, after jumping an object and tailing out a distant last, the son of Art Major was never a factor in the race won by Sumomentsomewhere. Joe has given Art Tutor three solid trials, all resulting in placings, which would indicate that Art Tutor was ready for action. It will be interesting to see which one stable driver Seaton Grima selects. SOHO SINATRA has been consistent of late, with the 6yo coming off an easy win at Bathurst when he proved far too good for Always Thunder and Joetomo, leading for most of the trip. Handily drawn in the middle of the line, Soho Sinatra will again be prominent from the outset. RANGER BOMB (4) has been in and around the placings of late and has certainly been on the verge of a winning display. Last week the Jack Trainor-trained 6yo was always prominent in recording a 12.8m 4th to Braedos Lad. The draw is suitable so Ranger Bomb will again have the chance to be in the mix from the outset. The draw has thrown a hurdle in front of ROMANEE (11), however, the 5yo son of Bettors Delight can’t be ignored as a threat. Following back-to-back wins in fine fashion, Romanee has posted a creditable 13m 4th to Heaven On High, prior to a useful 10.3m 6th to Taipo a week ago. Solid sectionals will allow Romanee to play the ‘waiting game’ in making a late charge for the top spot. When forming multiple investments, THREE RIVERS (10), TUPPENCE (8) and PUMP THE BRAKES (5) must be included.
ART TUTOR 1, Soho Sinatra 2, Ranger Bomb 3, Romanee 4.
Stepping out for his initial assignment for Jarrod Alchin a week ago, LOUTHARIO (3) is worthy of an investment in another race of many chances. Back row draws have plagued his recent appearances, which was the case in the Regional Final at Menangle two starts ago when the 5yo son of Sweet Lou posted a 26m 9th to Gordons Bay. Last week, courtesy of drawing five, the 5yo managed to enjoy the one-one for most of the trip, prior to battling on gamely in recording a 4.9m 3rd to My Ultimate Chevron and Jalaneel. Gate three is a plus for Louthario as he should be able to secure a kind run before making his presence felt. BLACK ONYX (6) has been off the scene since April when unplaced in all three runs following a spell. The talented son of Bettors Delight ended his previous term with a 27.2m 6th behind Eureka hopeful My Ultimate Ronnie in the APG 4YO Bullion E&G Final. Prepared by the inform team of Kerry and Dean McDowell, Black Onyx has trialled well and is capable of playing a major role in the finish. CARLO GAMBINO (5) continues to be thereabouts and a win display wouldn’t come as a surprise. Prepared by Chris Judd, Carlo Gambino hit the line strongly in finishing a 3.9m 5th to So Much More and Lochiel last week. That was a typical honest effort from the son of Mach Three, and although 9yo doesn’t win out of turn, the 13th win of his career isn’t far away. Following a solid 2nd to Just As Well two starts ago, SMOOTH OVERARM (2) posted another creditable display a week ago. Trained and driven by Amanda Turnbull, the 8yo son of Changeover worked to the line nicely from a midfield role in recording a pleasing 5.4m 4th to My Ultimate Chevron. The move from seven to gate two is a plus for the Bathurst-based gelding, who will be looking to secure his second win at Headquarters from 24 attempts. ED MENDES (8) can’t be dismissed as a threat, although the wide gate will be a hurdle. Include Ed Mendes in exotic investments, along with LOUIS LITT (9), who has a win at Bathurst and a photo 3rd to So Much More and Lochiel to show for his past two efforts since recently coming under the care of Jack Trainor. Louis Litt has a case to argue that he is racing well enough to greet the judge.
LOUTHARIO 1, Black Onyx 2, Carlo Gambino 3, Smooth Overarm 4.
Clearly one of the most reliable horses in work MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON (5) is again deserving of top billing. A member of the Jarrod Alchin team, the 4yo son of Sweet Lou has contested eight races this season for, resulting in four wins and the same number of placings, three as runner-up. Beaten 4.8m by Taipo, which has won since, My Ultimate Chevron overcame a tough run outside of the leader, prior to proving a shade too tough in the run home for Jalaneel and Louthario a week ago. Drawing one spot wider this time around in five, My Ultimate Chevron will again make his presence known from the outset in proving the one to topple when the judge calls a halt. Ideally drawn in one is the main threat, SO MUCH MORE (1). Another top chance on the card, which is prepared by Jack Trainor, the 5yo was rewarded for a hat-trick of placings when he accounted for Lochiel and Louis Litt last week. Enjoying the one-one, prior to timing his run to perfection, courtesy of Jack Brown, the son of Bettors Delight would have gained a great deal of confidence from that display. With the prospect of receiving an ideal trip, So Much More should have so much more to give. EMMAS BOY (3) followed two solid placings in good company, with a comfortable all-the-way win over Sweetheart Bart and So Much More. However, the Brad Hewitt-trained son of Terror To Love had a fall from grace last week when driven by Will Rixon. Having every chance in the lead role, Emmas Boy posted a disappointing 24.4m9th behind My Ultimate Chevron. The 6yo can throw in the odd disappointing run every now and then, so expect a better showing this time around. Brad will take over the driving duties and that may spark Emmas Boy into action. After posting a hat-trick of roles as runner-up, ROCKET BOY (4) failed to launch a claim a week ago in finishing a 17.9m 7th to Taipo. Drawing wide and racing in a rearward role, the Joe Conolly-conditioned son of Art Major crossed the line back in seventh spot, beaten 17.9m in the process. Rocket Boy has drawn a lot closer to the pegs, compared to last week, so don’t ignore the 5yo as a threat. Exotic players should also consider CHARLIES ACE, which has been consistent of late for Troy Williams, and BERTIE JONES (7), with the 6yo scoring at big odds in each of his past two.
MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON 1, So Much More 2, Emmas Boy 3, Rocket Boy 4.
Brave in defeat when beaten on her return to racing, champion mare BRAEVIEW KELLY (10) will be hoping to celebrate her 50th start with a winning display. Boasting 16 wins and 12 placings, nine as runner-up, the Jack Trainor-conditioned mare will be confronted by an intriguing challenge. Spelled after her respectable 14.7m 5th to Catch A Wave in the Miracle Mile back on March 4, Braeview Kelly recorded a gallant head 2nd behind Delightful Angel. Charging out with a fitter Fairy Tinkabell, the pair went through the opening 400m in 26.4, and that played a big part in the end result. Left posted outside of the leader, Braeview Kelly looked poised to return on a winning note, but the tough run, coupled with her lack of hard race fitness, left her vulnerable and that allowed Delightful Angel to pounce. While Braeview Kelly will strip fitter, the daughter of Bettors Delight will be required to overcome the outside gate, and an in-form SOUTH COAST ARDEN (9). But, with Cam Hart in the sulky, Braeview Kelly will have every chance to bounce back strongly. Since crossing the Tasman to join the Paul Fitzpatrick stable, SOUTH COAST ARDEN has been impressive in winning both starts. Overcoming a back row draw and a wide trip to the role outside of the leader, South Coast Arden proved too good for his rivals at Bathurst on May 23, the outing his first seven months. The 6yo son of Somebeachsomewhere then contested the JD Watts at Menangle on June 3 and was impressive in accounting for Spirit Of St Louis and I Cast No Shadow. Midfield, then four deep on sighting the winning post, South Coast Arden powered home for a narrow, but stylish win. The 6yo has drawn one spot closer to the pegs than the mare, with Gavin Fitzpatrick likely to allow the former Kiwi to settle into his work in the opening stages. While the pair appear to be the major contenders for the top spot, ALTA ORLANDO (8) can never be taken lightly as the 143-start veteran doesn’t know how to run a bad race. The 11yo son of Courage Under Fire hasn’t finished further back than fourth in his past 10 engagements, with a win and six placings, all as runner-up, coming his way. A week ago Alta Orlando was able to cross from gate 10 in finding the pegs, prior to taking a sit. Beaten 8.3m in recording a creditable 8.3m 4th to Nerano. When the judge calls a halt, expect to see Alta Orlando in the mix, which makes him an ideal exotic player. ARTILLERY (5) hasn’t been disgraced in two unplaced runs since scoring a surprising win over Abouttime and Mahomes. The stablemate to Alta Orlando is capable of staking a claim for an exotic role, along with another stablemate in CASH N FLOW (4). After the 10yo posted a 7.9m 4th to Kanena Provlima on June 6, as an odds-on elect, Luke McCarthy later said that he wasn’t disappointed with the run as the veteran still had more weight to shed following a spell. Cash N Flow will have his best draw for some time and with the benefit if four runs back, he might be ready to give some cheek. IZAHA (6) also has claims as an exotic runner while SAHARA SIROCCO (3), who finished third behind Nerano and Major Meister a week ago, when a $126.00 chance, should also be linked to the multiples.
BRAEVIEW KELLY 1, South Cast Arden 2, Alta Orlando 3, Artillery 4.
Classy square-gaiter ONE OVER ALL (9) is poised to make it back-to-back wins at Headquarters, despite the presence of a wide gate. Prepared by star Victorian mentor Jess Tubbs, and under the care of Blake Fitzpatrick while competing north of the border, the son of Angus Hall accounted for a similar field last time out June 3, overcoming a 30m hcp in defeating Majestic Trio and Rave On hall, with Blake driving him confidentially from start-to-finish, with the pair having a margin of 14.3m to spare when the judge called a halt. Back to a mobile and meeting his rivals on equal terms, despite the tricky draw, One Over All will again get the job done. Jarrod Alchin has his term operating in fine order and REGAL ATTIRE (7) has certainly been paying his for the astute Menangle mentor. Following a game 1.9m 2nd to Watts Up Majestic at Menangle last Saturday, the son of Muscle Hill backed up at Bankstown on Monday in posting an emphatic win. First to the pegs, the 5yo was driven in an aggressive and confident manner by Cam Hart and, as a result, the pair had 25.8m to spare over stablemate Paris Kay, which then had 19.5m to spare over Thebestbourbon. The race does appear to be a match in two. MAJESTIC TRIO (5) is coming off a handy, but safely held, 14.3m 2nd to One Over All when they met a few weeks ago. The 5yo daughter of Majestic Son has a more than useful record since coming under the care of Brad Hewitt. The return to a mobile start will suit Majestic Trio and with a handy draw, the Goulburn visitor will give a good account. Although beaten 45.3m in finishing 3rd to Regal Attire and Paris Kay at Bankstown, the run of THEBESTBOURBON (10) was full of merit. After striking trouble soon after the start and losing an enormous amount of ground, the Grant Forrest-trained daughter of Sam Bourbon hit the line with intent in making up many, many metres. The 5yo mare is racing with confidence of late, having won her previous two starts at Goulburn and Menangle. If, there is to be a surprise ending, Thebestbourbon is the one most likely to provide such a result. When forming multiple transactions, HOT TO TROT (3) is worth throwing in, as the 4yo is gradually finding some form after arriving from NZ to link up with Jack Trainor, although the son of Creatine remains under the training care of Mark Jones. After, again missing the start under tape conditions, which resulted in a poor 135m 11th to One Over All, Hot To Trot then appreciated the mobile conditions when a pleasing 9.7m 4th to Watts Up Majestic. Fitter and handily drawn, the gelding can’t be ignored by exotic players. WATTS UP PARTYIME (1) and WATTS UP MAJESTIC (6), both prepared by Rickie Alchin, also warrant multiple attention.
ONE OVER ALL 1, Regal Attire 2, Majestic Trio 3, Thebestbourbon 4.
Returning to a suitable assignment, the Tony Bertwistle-conditioned ARDENS ACE (7) warrants top billing in what appears to be a competitive race. Since greeting the judge back on April 15, the son of Art Major hasn’t been far away in nine subsequent starts, the latest in the G3 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown on Monday. In fact, Ardens Ace appeared a shade unlucky not to have played an active role in the finish after being behind the leader for the majority of the 2540m. The end result was a solid 5.6m 5th to Surfers Delight, which sneaked home, via the pegs in defeating Total Diva and The Black Prince, a stablemate of the winner. Darren Binskin, who guided Ardens Ace to his latest win, will return as the driver. The consistent LOCHIEL (2) has drawn suitably in two and that will be a plus in this field. Drawing wide last week the Leon Jurd-trained son of Lincoln Royal worked home stoutly from a midfield role in posting a determined head 2nd to So Much More. Placed in three of his past four runs, Lochiel will take a power of beating as he looks to greet the judge for the first time since mid-March. Sparingly-raced MOS LONDON (8) creates interest as the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven son of Somebeachsomewhere steps out for just his fifth start, and the third since November 2021. As a two-year-old, Mos London finished a 25m 7th to Catch A Wave in the Crown 2YO C&G’s Final at Melton in what was his last race for some time. Catch A Wave has been elevated to ‘super star’ status since. Mos London has had both his comeback races at Albion Park, the latter when he led in scoring by 14.6m. Stripping fitter, but drawing awkwardly out wide against tougher opposition, Mos London must be pleasing Amanda for her to bring him to town. IM IN TROUBLE (5) battled on stoutly last week in recording a gritty 1.9m 4th to So Much More. Although mixing his form, the 4yo son of Art Major is likely to be in the mix in giving a bold showing for trainer-driver, Jack Trainor. UNCLE JAY (4) did a good job in finishing a photo 2nd to Iam The Captain at Bankstown, with the winner gaining the verdict in the last stride. Handily drawn in four, the 11yo is capable of playing an active role in the finish. Former Victorian DADNDAVE (6) won on debut for Adam Ruggari when he finished strongly in defeating subsequent Treuer winner Surfers Delight at Newcastle on June 2. When formerly under the care of Andy Gath, the 7yo son of Bettors Delight contested harder races and did a good job, so don’t ignore his claims this time around.
ARDENS ACE 1, Lochiel 2, Mos London 3, Im In Trouble 4.
After contesting his past two starts at Penrith and Wagga, respectively, from back row draws, the James Rattray trained and driven TINDER SURPRISE (2) will appreciate facing the starter from gate two. Thereabouts in each of his past four starts, the 6yo son of Betterthancheddar worked home stoutly when a 10m 4th behind Some Chevron, prior to again closing nicely, without threatening, when a 11.6m 4th to Ideal Escape last time out. Since scoring at Penrith seven runs back, Tinder Surprise hasn’t had the best of luck and, with the benefit of this draw in what appears to be a race of numerous chances, the gelding is capable of the good run the stable is enjoying. HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (3), as per usual, is coming off a handy effort which resulted in a 5.7m 6th behind So Much More a week ago. On that occasion the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven 8yo drew out in gate eight, so the move to three will assist the son of Bettors Delight in his quest for a far kinder trip. That being the case and He Bettor Step Aside won’t be stepping aside for any of his rivals. HANDS ON (1) overcame a wide gate in scoring two starts back, but that was against easier opposition, prior to working outside of the leader when a useful 8.5m 6th to Iam The Captain at Bankstown on Monday. The prospect of a suitable peg role will assist Hands On to be involved in the outcome. TRIPLE FOUR (7) drew wide and was never a serious player when a 9m 8th to So Much More last week. The Brad Hewitt trained and driven 5yo has drawn just one spot better, but is capable of being far more active in the finish so don’t write him off. Both FAR OUT BRO (5) and RED REACTOR (6) stay in the mix when it comes to exotic transactions.
TINDER SURPRISE 1, He Bettor Step Aside 2, Hands On 3, Triple Four 4.
– FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS