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    RACE ONE: Following an unlucky appearance at Menangle a couple of weeks ago, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven BLUTO (7) should prove hard... Jeff to continue dominance


    Following an unlucky appearance at Menangle a couple of weeks ago, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven BLUTO (7) should prove hard to hold out this time around. The son of Sweet Lou officially finished a 7.5m 4th to Pas Guarantee, when a clear-cut favourite for the 2300m challenge, however, the 4yo should have finished a lot closer. Contesting the event from a three peg role, Bluto failed to secure clear air until the 100m marker was reached and, as a result, only become mobile over the final stages in working to the line steadily. Boasting a hat-trick of wins and a couple of solid placings prior to that display, Bluto will be out to make amends in what appears to be a suitable assignment for the Goulburn visitor. STRAVINSKY (5) won with ease at Newcastle before working home gamely in recording a gallant 1.9m 2nd behind the classy Eureka hopeful, Captains Knock last week. The Seaton Grima trained and driven son of Sunshine Beach has again drawn the middle of the line, however, the 6yo is capable of occupying a forward role in again making his presence felt. WINDY HILL TARA (2) has drawn suitably in two and that will be a big plus for the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven mare. The daughter of Betting Line was able to overcome the outside draw in finishing strongly to defeat Has The Courage, which then scored in fine style subsequently, and Titiwha at Headquarters a couple of weeks ago. The NSW Oaks winner of two seasons ago has is more than capable of making it back-to-back wins so respect her claims. PORT AU PRINCE (11) has gone 11 months without a win, but the Lucky Lodge-prepared 6yo son of Somebeachsomewhere continues to be thereabouts when the judge calls a halt. Such was the case last week when he worked home stoutly in recording an 8.4m 4th to Captains Knock. The wide draw is a hurdle but Port Au prince remains in the mix when it comes to forming multiple combinations. JILLIBY NITRO (8) has been mixing his form since a win here back in early May, but don’t dismiss the 7yo from exotic investments while CHEVRON ART (6) and TUPPENCE (4) also warrant attention in that regard.

    BLUTO 1, Stravinsky 2, Windy Hill Tara 3, Port Au Prince 4.



    Co-mentors Anthony Butt and Sonya Smith have a couple of interesting runners on the nine-event card, with STIR ME UP (9) being the first and a definite contender for the top spot, despite the presence of a wide gate. Successful at Melton four runs ago when he finished too well for Dance Away and Jillibyjacksparrow, the son of Auckland Reactor has been unplaced since, but hasn’t been disgraced in the process. Contesting a 1720m challenge at Melton two weeks ago, the 6yo struck some interference in posting a useful 7.3m 8th to the classy Keayang Tokyo, which greeted the judge since in stretching his winning sequence following a strong display in taking out the Warragul Pacing Cup last Monday. A wide draw will await Stir Me Up when he faces the starter, however, the gelding is worth the gamble in this class of field. And, with Anthony Butt taking the reins, that is always a positive factor. DONEGAL LUTHER (6) led in posting a comfortable win at Parkes before tackling a tougher test at Menangle just under a month ago. Enjoying a kind run behind the leader, the 5yo son of Bettors Creek worked to the line strongly in failing by the narrowest of margins to peg back Classy Operator, which is racing in fine fashion. The 5yo is again capable of playing an active role in the finish. ANGUS INDIANA (7) is another Victorian which must be given more than a passing thought. Prepared by Scott Rains and to be driven by Lleyton Green, the son of Heston Blue Chip arrives with four-consecutive wins next to his name , the third being a tough display in overcoming a second row draw and a three wide trip home in scoring at Melton. Angus Indiana then led in defeating The Beach Fantasy, which has been racing well, and Arnies Army when an easy winner at Shepparton. This will be a marginally harder task for the gelding, but it is hard to ignore winning form. OURTREACHEROUS REIGN (1) is coming off a 17.2m 8th to Has The Courage a week ago, however, a far more competitive showing can be expected from this far better draw so at least include the 4yo in multiple transactions. HAVEYOUCHECKEDIN (2) was never a factor in finishing a 21m 8th to Watchmedazzle at Bathurst last time out, however, the Ty Robson-trained 4yo is better than that so don’t ignore him as an exotic runner. BARTELLO (3) and WAYOUTWEST (4) have both won their past two, the former at this venue while the latter has posted his on the Newcastle circuit. Both have claims as value exotic players. OUTSIDE FIGHTER (8) went around here on Tuesday and was responsible for a creditable display so include the 7yo in multiple discussions.

    STIR ME UP 1, Donegal Luther 2, Angus Indiana 3, Ourtreacherous Reign 4.



    Suitably drawn in five, the same marble he had when successful last time out, GOLDEN BAY (5) is poised to maker it back-to-back wins at Headquarters while collecting his third victory from his past four starts. Taken straight to the front by Jack Callaghan the son of Downbytheseaside was in total control of the situation in greeting the judge with a margin of 6.3m to spare over Hez Dusty while Sheffield Sparky was a further neck away in claiming third. The 4yo will again look to target an all-the-way win and that does appear to be a distinct possibility. Drawing a couple of spits wider looms one of the main threats in MY ULTIMATE SNOWY (7), with the Jarrod Alchin-trained son of Sweet Lou to be driven by the in-form Will Rixon. Following back-to-back wins at this venue, the talented 4yo then bumped into Extreme Sea, which was at his devastating best in winning the Regional Championships. My Ultimate Snowy finished a game 3rd, beaten 27.3m, then finished one spit further back when 30.2m behind the David Hewitt-trained Eureka contender. Drawing the outside gate when he went around here last week, My Ultimate Snowy was left out in the cold, courtesy of racing outside of the leader, in posting a gritty 4.6m 4th to Has The Courage. Better luck in running will result in My Ultimate Snowy playing a bigger role in the finish. The interesting runner is EL CAMINO (4), which is now a member of the David Aiken team. The winner of eight of his 15 starts, with five placings in the mix, the son of American Ideal has been off the scene since last October when a 47.4m last behind Captains Knock in a semi-final of the NSWBC for 3YO C&G’s. The 4yo has been to the trials on two occasions, once for former trainer James McPherson, which resulted in a solid Coolamon win while the latter was an impressive effort at Menangle when in the brief care of Jack Trainor. Suitably drawn, El Camino looks primed for a bold showing so respect his prospects. The fact that Cam Hart has elected to drive the entire over My Ultimate Snowy is an important lead. ideally drawn in one and racing consistently on a weekly basis, ITZMINEONTHELINE (1) looks an ideal type to add when forming multiple investments. Prepared by Joe Conolly and to be driven by Seaton Grima, The 4yo son of Betting Line is coming off a solid effort at Bankstown last Monday when a closing 2.9m 2nd to Turbo Tommy, which gained a late split in charging home to score. Seaton will have Itzmineontheline perfectly placed from the outset so expect a competitive showing. FOXY DADA (2) has also drawn ideally in two and the Brian Portelli trained and driven 5yo should be given consideration when it comes to the multiples. NICHOLAS CAGE (6) played a starring role here two starts ago, then had to settle for a lesser part when a fading 22.2m 5th to Van Basten two weeks ago. The 5yo son of Art Major stays in the multiple mix while the ultra-consistent HAS THE COURAGE (8) which recorded a deserving win at Headquarters last week, courtesy of an outstanding drive by Robbie Morris, is also a suitable runner for the multiples, despite drawing wide in this slightly harder contest. CORBIE STUMBLER (9) was a solid 10.9m 3rd to Van Basten recently, and although the wide gate is a concern, the 4yo is a value player for the exotics.

    GOLDEN BAY 1, My Ultimate Snowy 2, El Camino 3, Itzmineontheline 4.



    MINOS (9), despite the presence of a wide starting role, warrants top billing following another quality performance at Menangle last week. Taken straight to the front by Robert Morris, Minos was untroubled in greeting the judge with a margin of 6.7m to spare over Oursouthernstar while American Hammer was a further 8.7m away in grabbing third spot. The 3yo son of Bettors Son has been a punter’s delight as the gelding has collected four wins and six placings from just 11 starts. Robert has driven Minos with an aggressive attitude and that will again be in all likelihood the game plan once again. The sparingly-raced EVER ART (2), a 3yo daughter of Art Major, is entitled to be looked upon as a potential threat to the Lucky Lodge representative. Prepared by David Thorn and to be driven by the in demand Will Rixon, Ever Art has contested just five races for three wins and two placings, both as runner-up. Off the scene since last august, the filly resumed with a solid photo 2nd to Sir Knight at Penrith on May 16, prior to heading back to that particular track in overcoming a back row draw in defeating Sweet Chappy Lou and Aquila Castello. Fitter and drawing ideally, Ever Art should be in the mix from the outset as this will be her best starting position so far. AMERICAN SPIRIT (7), which is a stablemate of Minos, is also racing in peak form, having won three of his past four while finishing a solid 2nd to Bartello as well. The American Ideal colt collected his latest win at Headquarters on Tuesday, and although this will be a harder test, the return to racing against his own age will be a plus. EDWARD JAY (8) has a wide gate to overcome, however, the Todd Day-conditioned son of Warrawee Needy has won two of his past four starts on the country arena. The colt was able to account for Chart Topper and Hez Harrywho at Wagga a couple of weeks ago when he was able to lead out before taking a sit. Peaking in condition following four runs back, Edward Jay should be considered when it comes to the multiples. FORCE FULL (10) will be required to overcome the outside gate, but the Rickie Alchin-trained son of Sweet Lou has won three of his five starts this term, the latest by a big margin at Newcastle, so don’t write him off as a serious player. The consistent CABANA (1) has drawn ideally and that will ensure that the son of Downbytheseaside enjoys a comfortable run and that will enhance his claims of filling a role in the finish.

    MINOS 1, Ever Art 2, American Spirit 3, Edward Jay 4.



    Boasting 10 wins from his 11 starts on the Menangle circuit, the feature being the G2 Allied Express Sprint earlier in the year, HI MANAMEISJEFF (11) will be looking to continue his amazing strike rate at this venue by taking out the Club Menangle Golden Mile. Spelled after his 15m 7th to Leap To Fame in the Miracle Mile back on March 9, the outstanding son of Art Major was back in action on June 1, and once again the 7yo had little trouble greeting the judge. From the middle of the line Hi Manameisjeff was able to find the lead role when the dust settled, with Jack Callaghan then dictating the terms to perfection before allowing the gelding to cover the final 400m of the J D Watts Memorial in 26.2 seconds. The end result was a 9.4m winning margin over a game Montalbano while Kanena Provlima grabbed 3rd a further half-back away. Due to breaking in the score up when resuming, Hi Manameisjeff has been listed as an ODM runner, however, the speedster has overcome assignments of this nature with the minimum of fuss after drawing the outside. This won’t be any different. HOT AND TREACHEROUS (3), which is a stablemate of Hi Manameisjeff, looms as a possible threat to his Menangle dominance. The 6yo son of Captaintreacherous has been off the scene since crossing the Nullabor back in mid-April for two assignments. The first was for the second running of the G1 $1,2m Nullabor which was conducted at on the Gloucester Park track on April 19. Forced to work home out three wide, Hot And Treacherous recorded a respectable 12.7m 7th to Catch A Wave. A week later and the G1 Fremantle Cup, which was also staged at Gloucester Park, was next up and the 6yo again produced a sound display in finishing a 6.5m 5th to the multi-award winning, Andy and Kate Gath represented, Catch A Wave. Hot And Treacherous hasn’t been to the trials, but from gate three the gelding will attack this race fresh and ready to make a bold play for the top spot. Talented mare ILLAVABUBBLES (1) will compete against her two star male counterparts, but the daughter of Always B Miki has the draw to see the stablemates fill the trifecta spots. Following a gritty 2nd to the classy and exciting Aardies Express in the G2 Sibelia Stakes, the 5yo mare then did an outstanding job when a 4m 3rd to Aardies Express and Ladies In Red in the G1 Queen Elizabeth 11 at Headquarters on May 4. Illavabubbles was again confronted by Aardies Express at Menangle last week, with the 5yo working home stoutly, while never threatening the winner, in finishing 7.4m third. The prospect of a kind peg run will at least give Illavabubbles to safe enough energy for the final 200m and a shot of securing a minor role. TAIPO (8) followed a determined win over Simply Sam and Malcolms Rhythm with a disappointing 25.6m 7th to Hi Manameisjeff in the J D Watts two weeks ago. That was a rare miss for the Brad Hewitt trained and driven son of American Ideal as the 7yo is usually in the mix when the judge calls a halt. Despite drawing wide the Goulburn visitor must be included in exotic transactions. PETES SAID SO (6) strips fitter for two unplaced efforts since a spell, the latter when also well back on the pegs in finishing a 28.2m 7th to District Attorney in the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown on Monday. The KerryAnn Morris-trained son of Well Said, apart from the higher level of fitness, will also enjoy being returning to the bigger track. Handily drawn, Petes Said So should be included in multiple investments. WHEREYABINBOPPIN (7) hit the line with intent in finishing a 10.6m 2nd to Swayzee last week so don’t ignore him when it comes to the multiples while MALCOLMS RHYTHM (4) is bound to produce another honest effort at odds.

    HI MANAMEISJEFF 1, Hot And Treacherous 2, Illavabubbles 3, Taipo 4.



    Victorian training combination of Anthony Butt and Sonya Smith will be represented by the consistent YOUNGGIFTEDANDBLACK (8), and although a wide draw awaits the mare, the southern raider will prove hard to beat. With solid stats since resuming from a spell, Younggiftedandblack recorded the eighth win of her career when she was able to dictate the terms in scoring at Shepparton in late May. Talented types in Roryville and Ourmatemenko filled the minors. The daughter of Betting Line was again taken to the lead by Anthony when they contested a stronger event at Melton a couple of weeks ago, but this time around the promising Keayang Tokyo proved superior while Lincoln River split the winner and Younggiftedandblack. Despite the draw, Younggiftedandblack will again be in the thick of the action from the outset. And, that should ensure that the Victorian is the one to beat. CARRERA SUNSET (4) has had four starts on this side of the Tasman, with two early wins followed by a 9.2m 2nd to Girl From Rosedale then a creditable 11.3m 4th to Millwood Bliss at Goulburn back on April 28. The daughter of Downbytheseaside started the race from a second line draw, plus struck some interference, so the run was better that it may first appear. The move back to a suitable starting role on the front line should result in the 4yo playing a far more active role in the finish. YOUTAKEMYBREATHAWAY (5) struck trouble in finishing an 8.6m 5th to Turbo Tommy at Bankstown on Monday after having a kind run behind the leader. Competitive on a regular basis, prior to that run, the 8yo mare should be able to occupy a role close to the lead, which should result in the daughter of Bettors Delight being involved in the finish. AMORE INFIDA (9) raced in a forward role last week, which resulted in a solid 4m 3rd to Has The Courage and Outside Fighter last week. The Captaintreachous mare has drawn the inside of the back row and that will assist in securing a possible, comfortable peg role and the chance to again be in the mix when the race comes to an end. MAJOR ENVY (11) has drawn the outside gate but the filly can’t be ignored as a threat. Down the track in a heat of the NSW Oaks, which was taken out by Lux Aeterna, back in April, the daughter of Art Major has won her next three, twice at Bathurst while also greeting the judge at West Wyalong. This will be a tougher test for Major Envy, however, the Steve Turnbull-trained youngster should be included in exotic transactions. MY STELLA ROSE (1) had been racing consistently before a 17.5m 5th to Bartello at Menangle recently, and with the benefit of the pole position, the 4yo Warrawee Needy mare should be given another chance in multiple transactions. WINONA WRITER (2) scored here four runs back, but has been unplaced since with her latest outing resulting in a 16.6m 7th to Bartello. With the benefit of a better draw the Sofia Arviddson trained and driven daughter of Sportswriter warrants another chance when it comes to the exotics. HEAVENLY SIGN (6) is capable of being a contender for a minor role in the finish as well.

    YOUNGGIFTEDANDBLACK 1, Carrera Sunset 2, Youtakemybreathaway 3, Major Envy 4.



    With the benefit of his best draw for sometime, gate one, the Seaton Grima trained and driven LOUS DREAM (1) has the chance to show a return to winning form. Stepping out for his fifth assignment since joining Seaton’s team, the son of Sweet Lou has been in the mix on a regular basis, with the gelding collecting a couple of placings in the process. After finishing 4th to his talented stablemate Classy Operator on a couple of occasions, Lous Dream drew out in gate nine when a 13.6m 5th to Classy Operator once again, just a week ago. Apart from the ideal draw, Lous Dream will also appreciate this far more open contest, one that is certainly well within his reach. The prospect of securing a role a lot closer to the action will be a big plus for the 4yo gelding. Following a run of seven minor placings, RICKOSHAY (7) has since finished a 6m 4th to Turbo Tommy at Bankstown on Monday after starting the 2140m challenge from a back row draw. Prepared by Blake Fitzpatrick, who will replace daughter Zara in the sulky, the 6yo son of Bettors Delight has drawn a touch wide, but in what appears to be a suitable assignment, Rickoshay is more than capable of picking up a deserving win. ULTIMATE BIRD (6) accounted for Shez The Reason and Ryans Gangster two starts ago, then worked home stoutly when a 9.9m 4th to Golden Bay two weeks ago. The Sportwriter 6yo gelding has a slightly better draw so don’t write him off. TITIAN RAIDER (2) led and had every chance here last week when a gritty 1.2m 2nd to Lochiel, which enjoyed a kind run on his back. The Harry Martin-conditioned 6yo has again drawn ideally and with the prospect of Glenn McElhinney having him in the mix from the outset, the son of Sunshine Beach will again be competitive. SHEFFIELD SPARKY (9) has drawn deep but is racing well enough to be a threat. Prepared and driven by Darren Binskin, who produced a 100/1 winner on Tuesday, the 8yo has been knocking on the door of late and this is a race well within his scope, despite the tricky draw. Both MAYOR OF ELWOOD (4) and HEZ DUSTY (5) have drawn handily so don’t ignore their exotic prospects.

    LOUS DREAM 1, Rickoshay 2, Ultimate Bird 3, Sheffield Sparky 4.



    Despite drawing the outside gate, LEAF STRIDE (1) should improve one spot on his past three engagements and record a deserving win in the process. Prepared by Joe and Mary Rando and to be driven by the in-form Will Rixon, the lightly-raced 6yo overcame a 30m handicap four runs ago, prior to posting a determined neck 2nd to the talented Victorian Revelstoke in the Bulli Trotters Cup, which was conducted at Menangle on May 11. The son of Love You followed that performance with an 8.7m 2nd behind Speedy Lover before again finding one better when Chief Runningcloud finished the better in scoring at big odds. This appears to be a suitable challenge for Leaf Stride. Looming as the main threat is DOWN UNDER EARL (2), which has been in fine form of late. The Leon Jurd-trained 9yo celebrated his 100th start in style when he scored at Bankstown last Monday, courtesy of an astute drive by Will Rixon. The combination accounted for Wynberg Watch and Thebestbourbon in taking out the Trotters Cup.  Ideally drawn in gate two, the son of Down Under Muscles will have the opportunity to again secure in or near the lead from the outset. Jack Callaghan has been booked to handle the veteran. AFFAIRE DE COVER (6) also went around in the Trotters Cup at Bankstown with the Troy Williams-prepared son of Love You recording a distant last after breaking on a couple of occasions. At no stage did the 6yo appear comfortable and the return to his favoured track, with 11 of his 13 wins posted on this circuit, means that Affaire De Cover is entitled to another chance. SUNNY GEE (9) was off a 40m handicap in the above-mentioned Bankstown race and his effort in finishing a 19.5m 4th was creditable. The return to a mobile event will suit the 7yo, so expect a competitive showing from the Majestic Son gelding, SHEZA PLEASURE (7), like Sunny Gee, is prepared by KerryAnn Morris and with the scratching the mare now gains a run. After placings in three of her previous four, the daughter of Bacardi Lindy managed to finish stoutly in greeting the judge at Menangle on Tuesday. This will be a slightly harder assignment, however, Sheza Pleasure is racing with plenty of confidence so don’t ignore her claims. CHIEF RUNNINGCLOUD (8) scored at big odds at this venue two starts ago, then started favourite in defeating Electrojet and Kyvalley Finn at Canberra. The Leon Jurd-trained 9yo is again in the mix while JUNGLE EYES (10) and ELECTROJET (4), which are both under the care of Steven Lee, are also worthy of exotic involvement. Jungle Eyes was able to account for Pharisee and his stablemate at Canberra on Monday and, in the process give 16yo newcomer George Lee his first success in the sulky after just handful of drives. And, it won’t be his last.

    LEAF STRIDE 1, Down Under Fire 2, Affaire De Cover 3, Sunny Gee 4.



    This would appear to be a suitable engagement for the Tony Bertwistle-conditioned ARDENS ACE (6), with Will Rixon again in the sulky. The son of Art Major has been unplaced in his past four starts, but he has been contesting races won by Whereyabinboppin, Taipo, Swayzee and more recently Pas Guarantee a week ago when he finished a useful 12.3m sixth. The 6yo hasn’t been disgraced in the process and with the prospect of being prominently placed from the outset, Ardens Ace is more than capable of coming up trumps. Boasting nine of huis 11 career wins at this venue, Ardens Ace knows how to get the job when he races at Headquarters. ROCKET BOY (1) is starting to build towards a bold showing after an improved effort in finishing a 6.8m 2nd to Prince Of Peace at Penrith a couple of weeks ago. That was his fourth run back from a spell and with gate one assisting his claims, the Joe Conolly-trained son of Art Major should be able to launch a strong challenge from the outset. Former Queenslander L L COOL J (8) is the intriguing runner as he faces the starter for his third assignment since joining the Darren Binskin team. Following an 18.8m last to Whereyabinboppin at his first outing on this circuit, the 8yo then showed improvement with his 19.9m 4th behind Swayzee last week, coming from a four peg role in working home steadily. With the benefit of those runs and a suitable drop in grade, L L Cool J may have another one hit in his sights. Stepping out for start 255, DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (7) is also worthy of attention. Prepared by Miracle Mile winning trained Harry martin, the 10yo greeted the judge here six starts ago, but has been safely held since in finishing unplaced, the latest a couple of weeks ago when a 20.7m 8th to Pas Guarantee. This challenge will be more in his range and a competitive showing is on the cards. HECTOR (4) strips fitter for his 12m 6th behind Captains Knock a week ago after calling the shots. The 6yo had a patchy career in WA of late after enjoying plenty of success when under the care of Emma Stewart. The son of Bettors Delight is open to improvement so don’t write him off.

    ARDENS ACE 1, Rocket Boy 2, L L Cool J 3, Double Encounter 4.


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