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    A TROTTING MARVEL: Pacing-bred star London To A Brick scores at Menangle last weekend.

    RACE ONE: Drawing the outside gate won’t stop the consistent BLUTO (10) from greeting the judge in the opening event. A member of the... London To A Brick we’ll find you a winner here

    RACE ONE:

    Drawing the outside gate won’t stop the consistent BLUTO (10) from greeting the judge in the opening event. A member of the successful Brad Hewitt team, Bluto led throughout in proving too good for Tuppence and Stravinsky back on June 15, then a week later attempted to produce an encore performance, but after enjoying a kind run behind the leader, then looking the winner half-way down the straight, the 4yo was overpowered by Hector. Beaten, but game in defeat, the effort of Bluto was ‘franked’ after Hector produced another ‘power-packed’ display in finishing strongly to take out the Paul Fitzpatrick FFA last week in defeating Jay OK and Loyalist. The likes of Aardies Express, Captains Knock and Hot And Treacherous finished down the order. While the son of Sweet Lou has the gate speed to make his presence felt from the outset, Brad may decide to ‘keep his powder dry’ for the run home. Either-way, Bluto appears to be the one to beat. Drawing one spot better is JILLIBY NITRO (9), which has finished a 15.2m 9th to Bluto three runs back when he drew deep and raced in a rearward role. Returning to both a suitable draw and assignment following that contest, the Peter Rixon-conditioned son of Bettors Delight enjoyed a far better run and that resulted in a return to the top spot when he defeated Stravinsky and Ardens Delight. With Ellen Rixon rep[lacing brother Will in the sulky last week, the 7yo chased home the classy Blazing Home in recording a solid 5m 2nd to the short-priced elect. Expect a similar display from Jilliby Nitro in what should be a suitable challenge for the former Victorian. It has been a year since PORT AU PRINCE (6) greeted the judge, which is surprising for a horse of his talent. And, especially after winning races for fun at one point after arriving from NZ. The 6yo son of Somebeachsomewhere hasn’t been disgraced in his recent block of engagements, apart from a 14.8m 8th to Bluto two starts ago. Prior to that run the KerryAnn Morris-trained gelding posted a creditable 8.4m 4th to Captains Knock. At Newcastle last week Port Au Prince hit the line well when he made a late charge into 3rd spot behind Master Catch and Wavethebill, beaten 6.7m in the process. Port Au Prince is worth taking into account as a threat. TUPPENCE (3) ran his usual honest race in recording a 9.6m 5th to Blazing Home last week. When it comes to forming exotic investments the Darren Binskin trained and driven son of Lincoln Royal, while capable of winning, is a ‘must’ when it comes to forming multiple investments. LITTLE BLISS (2) returns to a suitable contest after being unplaced in races won by Hector and Millwood Bliss, respectively. A winner at this venue five runs ago, when she defeated Luvareschs and Theresa Love, with that pair both racing well since, the Troy Williams-trained daughter of Art Major is bound to giver a good account so don’t ignore her claims. A recent Newcastle trial winner, HEAVENLY HOLLY (1) has drawn ideally in one and following a run of unplaced efforts, the 6yo mare is capable of playing a far more active role in the finish. IM IN TROUBLE (8) led when a fading 11.2m 6th to Blazing Home, but he is worthy of another chance when it comes to the exotics.

    BLUTO 1, Jilliby Nitro 2, Tuppence 3, Port Au Prince 4.

    RACE TWO:

    Following a return to winning form at this venue a couple of weeks ago, TAIPO (8) is capable of making it back-to-back wins at Headquarters and in the process give the Brad Hewitt stable wins in the opening two events. After producing a tough and determined win four runs ago, when he accounted for Simply Sam and Malcolms Rhythm, the son of American Ideal finished down the track in each of his next two assignments, with the classy Hi Manameisjeff taking out both events. Returning to a suitable assignment, but drawing gate eight, the 7yo was taken to the front by Brad, with the pair taking control of the contest from that point onwards. The end result was a solid display in defeating Petes Said So and Jay OK, with the latter beaten narrowly by Hector last week. The pathway to success won’t be an easy one a number of quality performers will join Taipo at the start. Heading the list is the David Aiken-trained MAX DELIGHT {9), which had drawn one spot deeper, but will start from eight if the reserve remains on the sidelines. Contesting five races since he won the Renshaw Cup at Penrith, the 8yo has collected a couple of placings while also recording three creditable unplaced efforts in the Goulburn Soldiers Cup, the J D Watts Memorial and finally, the Treuer Memorial at Bankstown on June 10.  Facing the starter from a back row draw in the Treuer, the son of Bettors Delight contested the 2540m challenge from a midfield role, but at no stage did he threaten first and second, with District Attorney and Don Lou filling those roles, respectively. District Attorney then went onto end the winning run of Leap To Fame. Expect Max Delight to enjoy racing on the bigger Menangle circuit in proving a serious contender for the top spot. PETES SAID SO (11) has again drawn awkwardly out wide, however, the gritty son of Well Said can’t be taken lightly. Engaged in an early speed battle, then a thrilling three-way finish, which resulted in a nose 2nd to Star Major, with Stravinsky a further nose back in 3rd, the 8yo is again capable of making his presence felt when the judge calls a halt. Unplaced when resuming from  a spell, stablemates BROOKLYN BRIDGE (2) and MISSED THE TRUTH (4) are capable of vastly improved runs so don’t ignore their claims. BROOKLYN BRIDGE finished a 13m 6th behind Hector in the Paul Fitzpatrick FFA while MISSED THE TRUTH was a metre further back in claiming seventh spot. The Jarrod Alchin-trained duo both enjoyed outstanding campaigns when last in work and prior and from the respective good draws, and with the benefit of a higher level of fitness, the pair are bound to be poised for competitive performances. ARDENS ACE (1) has drawn ideally in gate one and when it comes to forming multiple transactions the consistent 6yo son of Art Major can’t be left out of the equation. The prospect of receiving a kind peg run will assist his exotic prospects. MALCOLMS RHYTHM (5) is coming off a creditable 11.7m 5th to Hi Manameisjeff in the Golden Mile a few week ago and he is also a worthy addition to multiple transactions.

    TAIPO 1, Max Delight 2, Petes Said So 3, Brooklyn Bridge 4.

    RACE THREE:

    The Chris Judd-conditioned SPECULATING (2) is racing in fine fashion of late and with another ideal draw next to his name, the son of Roll With Joe is capable of collecting his second Menangle win in the space of three starts. Starting from gate two in a similar event a couple of runs back, the 4yo was driven a treat by Cam Hart, three pegs, before securing a split in the home straight which paved the  way for a solid win over Chase The Stars and Jewel Melody. Chase The Stars managed to turn the tables on Speculating at Headquarters a week, with Bartello splitting the pair. The prospect of another kind trip will enhance the claims of Speculating in what appears to be a suitable assignment. BARTELLO (9), despite going from gate three to saddlecloth nine, remains the one to beat. Trained by Allan Ellul, the 5yo is racing in career best form, having won three on end before recording a determined half-neck 2nd to Chase The Stars. The son of Mr Feelgood is capable of again being in the mix from the outset, but he is also just as lethal coming off the pace, so Chris Geary will have options. GOLDEN BAY (7) drew wide in the race won by Chase The Stars, but Bailey McDonough managed to secure the one-one, prior to the 4yo fading on his effort in recording a 12.3m 5th, as favourite. Peaking in condition following three runs back, the son of Downbytheseaside is entitled to another chance. MY ULTIMATE SNOWY (8) continues to be in the mix, with his latest effort resulting in a grinding 5m 5th to Dance And Deliver. The 4yo son of Sweet Lou hasn’t been beaten far in each of his past four unplaced runs so don’t write him off. WAYOUTWEST (4) has been placed in his past two Menangle assignments, the latter a closing 3.7m 3rd behind My Ultimate Carter a week ago. Handily drawn, the David Caffyn-trained 7yo remains a threat while HAS THE COURAGE (3), DANCE AND DELIVER (1) and ROCLEA IMAGE (5) are also in the mix when it comes to forming exotic investments.

    SPECULATING 1, Bartello 2, Golden Bay 3, My Ultimate Snowy 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    Numerous chances will face the starter and with the benefit of an improved draw, LOUS DREAM (5) is entitled to another chance. Following consecutive placings at Headquarters, the 4yo son of Sweet Lou drew the back line for his next assignment, which was at Penrith, with a five peg role coming his way. Held up for a suitable run and striking some interference, Lous Dream eventually posted a creditable 8.6m 8th to Rickoshay. It is hard to dismiss a run, particularly when the horse is a short-priced elect but, the run is best forgotten when assessing the claims of Lous Dream this time around. Handily drawn, and with the in-form Ash Delosa taking over the driving duties, Lous Dream will be competitive. The Jarrod Alchin-conditioned CORBIE STUMBLER (6) looms as a serious threat after the 4yo showed a return to winning form at Newcastle last week. Driven by Cam Hart, who will participating in the big Albion Park meeting on Saturday night, the 4yo finished strongly in defeating Ultimate Bird and Ryans Gangster. Prior to that engagement the 4yp son of Betting Line had been mixing his form at this venue, but with his confidence restored Corbie Stumbler, who will be driven by Chris Geary, is capable of greeting the judge once again. IM ROCKIN IT (3) had been consistent, without winning, prior to breaking through for a deserving win at Wagga last week, with the son of Pet Rock proving too good for Jilliby Fabio and Harperville. Prepared by Alex Alchin and to be driven by Will Rixon, who is driving in superb fashion, the 5yo is capable of continuing the good work after drawing ideally in three. CAPTAIN RITCHIE (10) was having his first run since a creditable 22m 4th to Extreme Sea in the NSWBC Eastern 3YO C&G’s Final at Menangle last December, when he lost all chance shortly after the start, due to breaking. The end result was a distant last to Speculating. The ultra-consistent and usually well-behaved son of Captaintreacherous has drawn the outside gate, but will strip fitter and, on his best behaviour, the 4yo would take a power of beating so respect his claims. OUTSIDE FIGHTER (8) will be backing up after his engagement here on Tuesday, with the consistent son of Art Major being a worthy addition to multiple transactions while RYANS GANGSTER (7) and SHADES OF HEAVEN (1) representing value for exotic investors.

    LOUS DREAM 1, Corbie Stumbler 2, Im Rockin It 3, Captain Ritchie 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    Inter-state rivalry will be on show when the G2 4&5YO Trot NSW Final takes place. Representing the home state is LONDON TO A BRICK (5) while from south of the border, the classy mare SHES RUBY ROO (4) will be looking to win her second race at this venue. London To A Brick is a member of the James Rattray team at Exeter, with the pair looking to complete a hat-trick of wins. Resuming from a spell with a distant last to Royal Dan, when the 4yo broke and lost all chance, which he has done on the odd occasion or two in the past, the talented son of Bettors Delight has been ‘focused’ on the task at hand since that disappointing start to his latest term of racing. Working outside of the leader, then pushed one spot deeper on the final bend, London To A Brick kept gr8nding away gamely, which enabled him to defeat Caligula and Royal Dan in a tight, three-way run to the line. The victory a week ago was posted by a far more decisive margin, however, London To A Brick was still called upon to work early before securing the role outside of the leader. With only five rivals, James will be hoping to present his classy gelding with a kinder run, prior to greeting the judge once again. SHES RUBY ROO (4) is a quality daughter of Creatine and is under the astute care of Jess Tubbs. The mare scored here four runs back in proving too good for Toro Stride and Chief Running Cloud. Facing the starter for the G1 Macarthur Mile at here next start, the 4yo found the stronger assignment beyond her in recording a 25.2m 6th to Im Ready Jet. Returning home and Shes Ruby Roo then accounted for Watts Up Partytime and Hot To Trot, courtesy of a fine drive by James Herbertson before again drawing the back row when a solid 8m 5th to Aldebaran Vera at Melton a month ago. Shes Ruby Roo will be driven by Blake Fitzpatrick and it would appear that the pair will have first shot at the pegs, prior to London To A Brick arriving on the scene. The pair stand ‘head and shoulders’ above their rivals and will dominant the outcome. In readiness for this assignment, Shes Ruby Roo posted a solid trial 2nd to Susan Is Her Name at Melton on Monday. ONAWINGANDPRAYER (1) has managed a couple of placings of late, the latter when the mare posted a 2.3m 2nd to Tedesco at Penrith. The draw will give the John Ogden trained and driven daughter of Pegasus Spur the opportunity to secure a kind run in the hope of grabbing a minor role in the finish. The Steve Lee-prepared JUNGLE EYES (6) has drawn the outside gate but in such a small field that won’t be a factor. The 5yo son of Peak DNK has been hard to follow this preparation but there is no denying on his day the 5yo is capable of producing a big effort. Driven to victory be young George Lee at Canberra two starts ago, Jungle Eyes has moderate form either side of that display, with his latest effort resulting in a 23.5m 7th to Sunny Gee at this venue a few weeks ago. It is hard to see either ELLOWEN (2) and RAZZLEME DAZZLEME (3) being in the mix when the judge calls a halt.

    LONDON TO A BRICK 1, Shes Ruby Roo 2, Onawingandaprayer 3, Jungle Eyes 4.

    RACE SIX:

    Placed in his past five engagements, VICTREE HILL (14) should record a deserving win when he attempts to overcome a 20m handicap, but in what appears to be a suitable assignment. The Jarrod Alchin-conditioned son of Trixton end his previous term of racing with a game attempt to lead throughout in the Hares Des Trotteurs Cup at Goulburn on April 28, following a hat-trick of solid placings at Headquarters. Resuming two months later in a 2300m challenge at Menangle, the 7yo worked across from gate six in finding the role as pacemaker, with Cam Hart then dictating the terms to perfection. However, a slightly fitter London To A Brick managed to draw clear in posting a comfortable 7.3m win over a gritty Victree Hill while Toro Stride was next to cross the line. With the benefit of that a fitter Victree Hill will be confronted by an interesting challenge, due to the fact that he will be giving his 13 rivals a start when the field assemble behind the tapes. From 23 starts under these conditions Victree Hill has greeted the judge on five occasions while finishing in the placings on eight occasions, five as a runner-up. With Cam away of Inter-state duties, Will Rixon will take over the driving duties and, as per usual, these days, Will do a great job. The last time Victree Hill left the track on a winning note was back in late February when he overcame a 10m handicap in defeating Scruffy Doolan and Affaire De Cover over this course and distance. ONE MAJIC KENNY (13) will line up behind the 10m tape and with a sound stand record, the son of Majestic Son looms as a serious threat. Prepared by Blake Fitzpatrick, who will also handle the driving duties, One Majic Kenny has had the benefit of two runs back from a  spell, with the 7yo resuming with a gritty 8m 2nd behind Hot To Trot, prior to working home fairly in finishing a 13.5m 4th to London To A Brick last week. Although One Majic Kenny isn’t the most reliable type, this should be a suitable challenge for the bay. The Leon Jurd-trained VALLEY STAR (4) is the winner of nine races from his 61 starts under these conditions, with the veteran also picking up 14 minors. Unplaced in his opening four runs this preparation, the 9yo then posted a handy 2.5m 3rd to Tedesco at Penrith before a creditable 9m 4th to Aldebaran Belle at this venue. Valley Star went around on Tuesday in finishing a 25.6m 6th to Affaire De Cover, but from behind the front row tape, the veteran is capable of giving some cheek. With both the trainer and horse resuming from a holiday, the Russell Commens-trained VIKSUN (3) is capable of giving a good account. The daughter of Fling It has been off the scene since a 25m 5th to Shes Ruby Roo at this venue on April 28. The mare has a front line draw assisting her claims while a recent, solid 2nd to Have No Fear in a Menangle trial, has the 9yo ready to give a bold showing. The veteran of 53 starts from behind the strands, Viksun has seven wins and 10 placings so don’t ignore her claims as a potential threat to the major players. Brad Hewitt has been booked to take the reins. THEBESTBOURBON (1) did a creditable job from her 30m handicap when a 17.3m 3rd to Down Under Earl and Wynberg Watch in the Trotters Cup at Bankstown on June 10. The Grant Forrest trained and driven mare followed that effort with a 6.8m 3rd behind Sunny Gee and Sheza Pleasure. However, the daughter of Sam Bourbon was never a factor in finishing a 52.7m 7th to Caligula here a couple of weeks ago. The mare has won four races under these conditions and should be linked to exotic investments. SPEEDY LOVER (5) loomed up to win here on Tuesday when a grinding 3.9m 3rd to Affaire De Cover. The 5yo son of Love You has had just three stand outings, but has recorded a win so don’t dismiss when it comes to the multiples. KYVALLEY FINN (6), ITZFERGIETIME (8), CHIEF RUNNING CLOUD (10) and PHARISEE (9) are also in the mix as multiple players.

    VICTREE HILL 1, One Majic Kenny 2, Valley Star 3, Viksun 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    The G2 2YO Trot NSW Final will again see RAINBOW JESTER (6) take a power of beating after the Dennis Day trained and driven youngster won the HRNSW 2YO Foundation Final last week. The exciting Majestic Son colt powered clear of his rivals over the final stages, despite doing the bulk of the hard work from the outset. When asked to stamp his authority on his rivals, Rainbow Jester soon put the issue beyond doubt in comfortably accounting for a gritty Oria while Monty Monte wasn’t disgraced in his attempt to dictate the terms, although a further 12 metres away. In the process the youngster made it five wins from six starts and it will take a big effort from one of his rivals or Rainbow Jester beating himself, for the Goulburn visitor from collecting another feature win. MONTY MONTE (7) won back-to-back races in fine fashion before bumping into Rainbow Jest at his next assignments. The KerryAnn Morris-trained colt is also by Majestic Son and in defeat, the youngster hasn’t been disgraced. Monty Monte has led in each of his past two, as he did in winning, with a gritty 8.9m 2nd coming his way, prior to his latest display. Monty Monte has drawn the outside gate in the field of seven, but Josh Gallagher will no doubt be advised to attempt to take up the running when again after similar drives by Robbie Morris and Chris Geary. LUCIUS (5) has managed just the one placing from five encounters, with his latest effort resulting in a 23.6m 6th to Rainbow Jester a week ago. The Andover Hall colt has claims as an exotic runner, which also applies to SECOND TO NUN (2), with the Father Patrick filly being the only other winner in the contest. The filly managed to defeat Lucius at her second career outing, prior to a sound 2nd behind stablemate Monty Monte. Three safely held efforts have followed, however, from gate two the Lucky Lodge runner is a suitable exotic player.

    RAINBOW JESTER 1, Monty Monte 2, Lucius 3, Second To Nun 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    It was 1973 and Blue Swede had a huge hit with Hooked On A Feeling, with the words ‘’ooga chaka’’ included ion the introduction to the song. Fifty-one years later and OOGA CHAKA (5) is poised to go to number one again. After starting his career in Victoria before moving to the Sunshine State to be prepared by Ricky Thurlow, the son of Art major has been sent back across the border to join David Aiken for a short period. And, David is keen on his prospects when he it comes to greeting the judge, something Ooga Chaka hasn’t done since reaching the number one spot last October. The 5yo has been in the ‘top ten’ in eight runs since, with the gelding stripping fitter following two solid efforts since a spell. Resuming with a 2.7m 3rd to Hold Onto Ya Bling, prior to filling the same role, this time when beaten 4.7m by Regazzo Di Tilly at Albion Park a month ago. Ricky elected to send Ooga Chaka to his former Bankstown ‘buddy’ due to the handicapping system, which should suit the gelding. Handily drawn and contesting an open contest, Ooga Chaka is more than capable of justifying the decision by greeting the judge. PALATINO (8) has been racing well for the in-form Bigeni family, with trainer Simon having this veteran enjoying his racing of late. A Newcastle winner five runs ago, the son of Art Major has been placed in two of his four runs since, with his latest effort resulting in a creditable 8.7m 3rd to Reset The Bar, as a $101.00 chance. The 8yo has a wide draw once again next to his name, but Jake Bigeni will give Palatino every chance to continue the recent success the stable is enjoying. TITIAN RAIDER (4) has been unplaced in his past three, following two solid placings, but in the process the Harry Martin-conditioned son of Sunshine Beach hasn’t been far away. Such was the case a week ago when the 6yo posted a creditable 8.2m 7th to Star Major after striking some trouble in the process. Handily drawn and facing a more suitable challenge, Titian Raider is worthy of more than a passing thought. MAJOR STATEMENT (10) has drawn closer to the marquee than the pegs, however, the son of Well Said remains in the mix. Prepared by Troy Williams, who is enjoying plenty of success of late, the 7yo son of Well Said is coming off a couple of tidy efforts, the latest when a 2.6m 3rd to Rickoshay at Penrith. Luck will be required from this draw, but a bold showing won’t come as a surprise. WAVETHEBILL (9) hit the line well when a 5.2m 2nd to Master Catch at Newcastle last week, and although his form has been patchy of late, the 6yo is a winner at this venue two months ago so he warrants consideration, especially when it comes to forming multiple transactions. The Kristie O’Sullivan-trained KAITOA (7) is coming off a sound effort in finishing a 2.4m 2nd to Starzzz Reign at Wagga, with a 1.8m 3rd posted behind Lochiel at this venue recorded three starts ago. That form is good enough to warrant attention as a player for multiple transactions. SHEFFIELD SPARKY (6) is always thereabouts and should also be linked to the exotics while JOE NIEN (3), SUNDAY MORNINGS (2) and OUR UNCLE JIM (1) also fall into that category.

    OOGA CHAKA 1, Palatino 2, Titian Raider 3, Major Statement 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

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