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    Let’s ‘Roll’ into another week with a ‘Sloy’ to score Let’s ‘Roll’ into another week with a ‘Sloy’ to score

    READY TO SCORE: Roll With Sloy.

    RACE ONE: Quality mare ROLL WITH SLOY (1) will make her return to racing against male rivals, however, the -trained daughter of Roll With... Let’s ‘Roll’ into another week with a ‘Sloy’ to score

    RACE ONE:

    Quality mare ROLL WITH SLOY (1) will make her return to racing against male rivals, however, the -trained daughter of Roll With Joe is worth the gamble. Prior to enjoying some R&R, Roll With Sloy won three of her final four starts, with an unlucky half-head 2nd to Hands On in the PJ Hall Memorial also in the mix. Following that display the mare, completed her 3yo career with a heat win, then a solid display in the NSWBC Eastern 3YO Kevin Pizzuto Fillies Final at Menangle in early December. Crossing from the middle of the line, Roll With Sloy, courtesy of Josh Gallagher, led throughout for a comfortable win in defeating Vinette and Harperville. A recent solid trial 3rd behind Ozzie Sunshine and I Break The Line, the latter recently resuming with a stylish win. From the pole role, Josh will have the opportunity to present Roll With Sloy with a kind, stalking role, if he so desires. That should allow Roll With Sloy to keep sufficient energy in reserve for the run home. GOLDEN BAY (7) looms as the one to beat with the 4yo looking to make amends for a last-start costly defeat. First-up for the Jason Grimson stable and the son of Downbythebeachside led for a big win before stepping up noticeably in grade when a creditable 9.4m 3rd to Better Be The Best. On the strength of that performance Golden Bay was expected to show a return to winning form at his next outing, however, after dictating the terms, Golden Bay was unable to hold off the ‘stalking’ Argent Peak. Golden Bay again looks the one most likely to dictate the terms of the 1609m contest. Named after multiple award winning actor NICHOLAS CAGE (3), the harness racing version may have to settle for a minor role in the finish of his upcoming role. The 5yo son of Art Major has collected the top prize in two of his past four performances, the latest being a couple of weeks ago when he upstaged Sheffield Sparky and Son Of The Shark. The Luke McCarthy trained and driven gelding has drawn ideally in three after drawing deep in his past three encounters. That should allow Luke to have Nicholas Cage in the mix from the outset. BLAZING HOME (5) is stepping out for the first time as a member of the Jarrod Alchin team. Formerly with David Kennedy, then Jackson Painting up until a couple of weeks ago, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven boasts a 50% winning strike after 20 starts, but just one minor placing in what has been a ‘win or nothing’ career to date. After recording a gritty win at Wagga, which qualified him for a start in the Waratah Final at Menangle a few weeks ago, Blazing Home lost all chance with poor manners in the score-up, resulting in him settling well off the pace. By the time the judge called a halt, Pas De Cheval was first past the post, with Blazing Home making up many metres in recording an eye-catching 13.9m fourth. The odds-on elect would have justified his quote had he begun on level terms with his rivals. Jackson Painting will again partner Blazing Home, which must be respected. Outside of the top four, exotic players should also BETTOR LISTEN (6), ARGENT PEAK (9) and SHADES OF HEAVEN (2) when looking to add some value into the mix.

    ROLL WITH SLOY 1, Golden Bay 2, Nicholas Cage 3, Blazing Home 4.

    RACE TWO:

    The Kevin Pizzuto-Josh Gallagher combination will be looking to strike in this race as well, courtesy of DOUGS PLATTER (6), which will be looking to make it back-to-back wins at Headquarters. After contesting the Hondo Grattan and Paleface Adios, qualifying events for a spot in the Chariots of Fire, resulting in a 5.9m 5th to Dont Stop Dreaming and a 14.2m 6th behind Better Be The Best, respectively, Dougs Platter appreciated the return to an easier assignment. Enjoying the one-one role, the talented son of Betterthancheddar comfortably accounted for My Ultimate Snowy and Glenledi Elvis, the latter winning the Wangaratta Pacing Cup in fine style at his next assignment. Drawing the middle of the line, Josh will be looking to secure a similar role for Dougs Platter and if that is the case, then the pair will again feature in the winner’s circle. PROMISELAND (1) is coming off a sound effort at Headquarters last week, which resulted in a 6.5m 5th to the former Kiwi, Manhattan, who debuted for Jack Trainor with a stylish win. Jack Trainor will take the reins behind the daughter of Bettors Delight and with gate one an ideal starting point, the promise of landing a kind role in running will enhance the claims of the consistent mare. MY ULTIMATE SNOWY (3) completed a hat-trick of placings when he posted a 4.9m 2nd to Dougs Platter last time out after sitting behind him in a midfield role. The 4yo son of Sweet Lou has drawn inside of Dougs Platter this time and from his ideal draw, My Ultimate Snowy will fancy his chances of reversing the result. The consistent Blake Fitzpatrick-conditioned HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (5) can’t be taken lightly as the 9yo is racing in fine form of late, resulting in three consecutive placings before his win at Bathurst, accounting for The Texas Ranger and Vamos in the process. This will be a harder challenge for the veteran but he can’t be taken lightly. Exotic investors should also consider LOCH LOMOAND (7), RYANS GANGSTER (8) and SMALTESE (9) when making an investment. SMALTESE (9) broke and failed to finish in the race won by Swell time at Newcastle two starts ago, then was in a bad mood when he finished a 73m 8th to Mister Robin Hood at Menangle on February 17. Trainer Brian Portelli gave his star pacer a solid hit-out in a recent Menangle trial, which resulted in Smaltese doing everything right as he powered to a convincing 23.5m win in 1:50.5. If Smaltese does everything right from start to finish, the 5yo son of Sweet Lou will give his rivals plenty to think about.

    DOUGS PLATTER 1, Promiseland 2, My Ultimate Snowy 3, He Bettor Step Aside 4.

    RACE THREE:

    Josh Gallagher again appears to be the driving seat to follow here, this time with the Michael Xuereb-conditioned I BREAK THE LINE (3). Contesting 15 races to date, I Break The Line had a mixed start to his career before posting six wins and three placings, all as runner-up from his past nine engagements. Included his ‘number one’ hits is the Golden Guitar Final at Tamworth two starts ago. Given a break after that effort in late January, I Break The Line finished 2nd in a Menangle trial before resuming with another stylish win at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago when he accounted for Dadndave and Bettor Listen. The lightly-raced 4yo will again be confronted by, mostly older rivals, but from gate three the son of Betting Line should receive the run required to again be a major player in the finish. ALIBERTO (2) is also racing in fine fashion for Luke McCarthy and from gate two the 5yo will again make a bold bid for the top spot. Contesting just five races to date, the son of Somebeachsomewhere has put the early setbacks behind him, justifying the big opinion Luke has in this gelding. Winning three of his five starts, Aliberto has won his past couple, the latter when he led in defeating American Hammer and Maluka Miss nearly a month ago. Fresh and ideally drawn in two, Aliberto is bound to make his presence felt from the outset and from that point onwards. CORBIE STUMBLER (5) stepped out for the first time under the care of Jarrod Alchin and produced a big effort to score, courtesy of a superb drive by Cam Hart. But, then again, what’s new? Snookered three pegs the son of Betting Line suddenly burst through an opening within 100m metres or so of the winning post, sprinted with intent and collected the prize over Sheffield Sparky and Ryans Gangster. The margin was the barest possible, but it was the manner in which he took full advantage of the situation. The 4yo has shown potential during his brief 14-start career and he may be ready to go to another level under Jarrod’s guidance. OUTSIDE FIGHTER (9) has shown plenty of improvement in recent starts since joining Jason Grimson. The association commenced with a win at Menangle before a 3rd to Maria Allegonda and a 2nd behind Bully Bourne at this venue a couple of weeks ago. This will be a harder challenge and from the outside gate, but it is hard to dismiss the 7yo son of Art Major. Jack Callaghan will replace Cam Hart as the driver, with Cam to drive Corbie Stumbler. CAULONIA COURAGE (7) is coming of a stylish all-the-way win at Newcastle, and although a harder task awaits, the son of Courage Under Fire can’t be overlooked when forming multiple transactions. DONEGAL HUNTER (6) is a former Kiwi who scored at Bathurst when on debut for Amanda Turnbull. The 5yo faces a far harder task, but the fact that Amanda has headed to Headquarters with the sparingly-raced son of Bettors Creek would suggest she has a decent opinion of him.

    I BREAK THE LINE 1, Aliberto 2, Corbie Stumbler 3, Outside Fighter 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    IM IN TROUBLE (7) has been untroubled in winning his past two, and although the task will be harder this time, the Seaton Grima trained and driven son of Art major is bound to be in the mix for a long way. After leading throughout in defeating Catalpa Rescue and Western Style at this venue, Im In Trouble repeated the effort when he accounted for Dadndave at Master Catch at Newcastle three weeks ago, posting a 26.8 third quarter, which had his rivals chasing hard as he completed the task in a 27.7 final 400m. Seaton, who thrives on the opportunity to dictate the terms, will again look to set the tempo in an effort to run his rivals ragged. Capable of taking full advantage of such a situation is the David Thorn-trained IDEAL IN DREAMS (1), with the talented mare stepping out for her first assignment since a 2m 4th to Its Ebonynivory at Menangle in mid-January. Always in last place in the nine-horse trial, Ideal in Dreams was allowed to run home from the top of the straight under her own steam in finishing a 13.7m 7th to Corbie Stumbler. The daughter of Warrawee Needy is more than capable of handling this challenge so keep her safe. LAST TANGO IN HEAVEN (6) has been thereabouts on a number of occasions of late, with a win coming his way four starts ago when he defeated Ardens Ace and Heavenly Holly. Following a 4th behind Frankie Ferocious, who then went on to win the Chariots of Fire before a pleading 4th to Leap To Fame in the Miracle Mile, and a safely held 7th to Brooklyn Bridge, the KerryAnn Morris-trained son of Rock N Roll Heaven started a 100/1 chance when he finished strongly in recording a 7.3m 4th to Don Hugo here last week. On that display alone, Last Tango In Heaven must be regarded as a winning chance. ITS EBONYNIVORY (8) has drawn the outside gate in the field of eight, however, that won’t be a major setback. Resuming with a win here three runs back, the Luke McCarthy trained and driven mare then finished a 19.8m 5th to Brooklyn Bridge before a solid 6.4m 4th to Manhattan here last week. The 7yo American Ideal mare peaks in condition and is bound to be in the mix when the judge calls a halt to proceedings. Exotic players should consider FREDDY SINGH (4), which is in fine form of late, and TALENT AGENT (2) when forming combinations.

    IM IN TROUBLE 1, Ideal In Dreams 2, Last Tango In Heaven 3, Its Ebonynivory 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    The Harness Breeders NSW Go Girlfriend Final is the feature event and it may well provide the ‘best bet’ on the card in MARIA ALLEGONDA (6). The former Kiwi-based mare is now under the care of the astute David Thorn, and in the space of just two runs the mare has created a big impression. Arriving with a win and 10 placings from 19 starts, the daughter of Sweet Lou came from a midfield role in defeating So Am I and Outside Fighter at this venue before contesting a heat of this Final at Penrith from the inside of the back row. The smaller track and tricky draw played a big part in her downfall, but she was definitely extremely unlucky. Competing from a three peg role while the favourite Youtakemybreathaway enjoyed all the favours in the lead role, Maria Allegonda, courtesy of Jack Trainor, managed to work away from the pegs around 300m from home, but still behind a wall of horse flesh. Three deep and stretching out boldly on the final bend, the 4yo powered to the line over the final stages, cutting back the winner’s margin to a mere 3.3 metres. Back to a far more suitable track and from a useful front line draw, Jack and Maria Allegonda will make their own luck so expect to see the pair charging home in greeting the judge. YOUTAKEMYBREATHAWAY (1) has drawn ideally in one and that will result in the mare setting the tempo if Jack Callaghan so desires. Disappointing in a couple of starts for Jason Grimson, Youtakemybreathaway then led throughout in defeating Maria Allegonda and Heavenly Belle at Penrith. With her confidence restored the daughter of Bettors Delight is capable of giving a bold showing. Jarrod Alchin has taken over the training of the sparingly-raced, but promising mare, DIEING ART (5), which will be facing the starter for just her fifth assignment at the age of seven. Commencing her career with a 2nd to Goodtime Cracker at Swan hill in mid-January, the daughter of Art major then peeled off a hat-trick of wins, the opening g two by big margins at Shepparton and Echuca, respectively, before covering extra ground in scoring at Wagga on March 1 in defeating Vin Number and Rocknroll Tallara. Cam Hart, who drove the mare on that occasion, will again partner the mare, which is a positive guide to her claims as the premier reinsman was in the sulky when Youtakemybreathaway scored at Penrith. AMERICAN BEAUTY (9) was having her first run for Sofia Arvidsson when the former SA pacer led throughout in scoring at Newcastle a week ago. With Bailey McDonough in the sulky, the American Ideal 5yo was untroubled in greeting the judge, and although the task becomes harder this time around, with a wide gate also being a concern, American Beauty remains in the mix as an exotic runner. HEAVENLY BELLE (7) followed a hat-trick of wins with a couple of gritty placings so don’t dismiss her from the list of exotic contenders while MORE GOODA (4) debuted for Jackson Painting with a 1.3m 2nd to Speed Dial at Bathurst recently, with the former bound to be improved by the outing.

    MARIA ALLEGONDA 1, Youtakemybreathaway 2, Dieing Art 3, American Beauty 4.

    RACE SIX:

    This appears to be a suitable assignment for the Jason Grimson-conditioned LOUS DREAM (4), with a good draw and a drop in grade boosting his claims of success. The 4yo scored first-up for the stable when he led in defeating Rockokoko and Swell Time, with the outing also being his first run since a spell. It was off to Melton for the running of the 4YO Bonanza couple of weeks later and the task proved to be out of his reach, although, in finishing a 14.4m 8th to his stablemate and subsequent Chariots of Fire winner Frankie Ferocious, the son of Sweet Lou wasn’t disgraced. Back to Menangle two weeks on and Lous Dream finished a game 6.8m 2nd this time Mister Robin Hood, another stablemate. A week later and after racing without cover for most of the trip, Lous Dream posted a tiring but useful, 8.4m last to Don Hugo. This time around and Lous Dream should be able to find the top and the winning post. The Michael Stanley trained and driven UBETCHA TIGERPIE (5) also contested the race won by Don Hugo and had little luck when checked and from his role, six back on the pegs. Despite a number of attempts to secure clear running in the straight, it wasn’t until the 100m when Michael finally obtained a run with the son of Betting Line. Over the final stages the 5yo hit the line with intent in recording a 10.6m sixth. Better luck and Ubetcha Tigerpie would have finished a lot closer to the action so don’t ignore him as a definite threat. Gate one is a plus for the Jarrod Alchin-trained MAJIC MOMENT (1), which drew out in nine last time out when a creditable 7.2m 4th to Dougs Platter when a $100.00 shot. The mare worked home stoutly on that occasion and with the prospect of a far kinder run, the 5yo daughter of Captaintreacherous is capable of being involved in the finish. ROCKOKOKO (8) had every chance last time out but disappointed when a fading 14.7m 8th to Wisper A Secret at Menangle a few weeks ago. Prior to that outing the Luke McCarthy trained and driven 4yo son of American Ideal had been consistently so respect his claims when it comes to forming multiple investments. SHEFFIELD SPARKY (7) has been consistent of late and represents value for the multiples while, despite drawing wide, NEPTUNE (9) is also capable of making a play for a role in the exotics. ITZMINEONTHELINE (6) has been placed in his past four encounters, the past three as runner-up. The Seaton Grima trained and driven 4yo so of Betting Line led when a gritty, but costly, metre 2nd to the long-shot Oursouthernstar last time out and while this will be a harder test, Itzmineontheline has claims as an exotic chance.

    LOUS DREAM 1, Ubetcha Tigerpie 2, Majic Moment 3, Rockokoko 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    With a huge drop in grade and an ideal starting point next to his name, MISTER ROBIN HOOD (3) should and will prove a suitable investment. Resuming from a spell with a solid 2.5m 2nd to Captains Knock, the talented son of Sweet Lou then peeled off back-to-back wins at Menangle, the latter defeating his more fancied stablemate Lous Dream while Carlo Gambino filled third spot. The 4yo was hen given his chance to secure a spot in the Chariots of Fire, via, the Paleface Adios Stakes. Nestled four back along the markers, Mister Robin Hood had little hope of stealing from his for more lucrative rivals and giving to those who supported him, when he finished a 17.4m 8th to Better Be The Best. Cam Hart will be keen to stamp his authority on this race from the outset with Mister Robin Hood and that should see the pair being on target for a winning display. The interesting threat is a newcomer to the Jarrod Alchin team in WARRANTEE (7), which was based in Victoria up until a week ago. Resuming from a lengthy spell at Boort on March 3, the sparingly-raced, but talented son of former star, Guaranteed, did his fair share of work from a back roe draw when a respectable 6m 3rd to Harryhoo. Drawing the inside of the back row for his next assignment at Birchip a week ago, Warrantee again had little luck when a 29.2m 7th to Outback Queenie. The run best forgotten when assessing his claims. Fitter and in a new environment and a track which suits him. It certainly agreed with his dad which won a number of feature races here, along with a gallant 3rd to Christen Me and Beautide in the Miracle Mile of 2014. Will Rixon, who is driving in superb touch, will take the reins. RICKOSHAY (5) is an honest type who doesn’t win out of turn. The last time he had a turn was back November last year when successful at this venue. Thereabouts in a number of his recent outings, the Blake Fitzpatrick-conditioned 6yo worked home stoutly in finishing a sound 5m 4th to Iam The Captain at Bathurst just over a week ago. The son of Bettors Delight should be linked to the exotics. DON LOU (9) leaves the Mark Rolfe team to join the stables of Seaton Grima. The son of Sweet Lou posted a couple of placings at Menangle and Newcastle, respectively, in late December then recorded an 8.6m last (seven runners) behind Major Statement at Penrith. The 5yo has since recorded an 111.8m 9th to Sight To See, again at Penrith, nearly a month ago. Drawing wide for this challenge, Don Lou goes into this contest fresh and stays in the mix when it comes to forming multiple transactions. GOA WAY AGAIN (6) strips fitter for a 14.6m 4th to Caulonia Courage at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago. From the in-form Rickie Alchin stable, the 4yo son of Captaintreacherous is a value player for the exotics.

    MISTER ROBIN HOOD 1, Warrantee 2, Rickoshay 3, Don Lou 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    Only eight runners, but an open contest to finish proceedings. Luke McCarthy appears to hold the key to the race with DANGERZONE (3) and MAJOR PERRY (5). Jack Callaghan will drive DANGERZONE and from gate three the son of Gotta Go Cullect may assist punters in doing exactly that. The 5yo has been competitive in all four runs since a spell, with the best of them resulting in a closing 6.5m 3rd to Fire Fox here two starts ago. Dangerzone then drew gate six when competing from a midfield role in recording a sound 7.3m 7th to Wavethebill at Headquarters a month ago. Freshened and suitably drawn, Dangerzone has the opportunity to show a return to winning form. The Blake Fitzpatrick-conditioned CHEVRON ART (5) has also been thereabouts in most of his recent encounters and is capable of playing a far more active role in the finish. Fourth to Hot And Treacherous here three runs ago, the 6yo had every chance when a 12m 5th to Im In Trouble before working home soundly in posting a 5.2m 6th to Iam The Captain at Bathurst. In an open and competitive race, the Art Major 6yo is worthy of attention. MAJOR PERRY (6) hasn’t won since scoring at Gloucester park last August, and his two runs for Luke have been reasonable. Resuming from a spell and his new mentor at Menangle on February 17, the NSW Derby runner-up in 2022, behind a horse which has carved out a handy career in Leap To Fame, posted a 12.5m 9th to Wavethebill when sent out favourite. The Art Major 5yo then worked home stoutly from a five peg role in finishing a pleasing 7.7m 4th to Im In Trouble three weeks ago. Stripping fitter and certainly contesting a suitable assignment, Major Perry will have the opportunity to show a return to winning form.  DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (8) recorded a last-start 14m 7th to Im In Trouble last time out, which was three weeks ago. However, the 244-start veteran is worthy of another chance on his previous three runs, commencing with an 8.3m 4th to Line Up, then a 9.4m 3rd to Mach Da Vinci and finally a 6m 8th behind Hot And Treacherous. A repeat of any one of those efforts would see Double Encounter giving this a big shake. TUPPENCE (1) greeted the judge in an easier race here on Tuesday, but from the pole should receive a kind run and that will enhance his exotic claims. DARK TERROR (2) has done enough of late to also stake a claims for a minor role in the finish from his good draw.

    DANGERZONE 1, Chevron Art 2, Major Perry 3, Double Encounter 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

     

     

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