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    RACE ONE: The major contenders for the top spot have all drawn wide, but the 2300m will assist in sorting out their respective racing... Mahomes top of the pops on eight-race Menangle program


    The major contenders for the top spot have all drawn wide, but the 2300m will assist in sorting out their respective racing roles. Usually, races over the 2300m are conducted in a sedate tempo, with the ‘indian file’ formation also a common sight. The in-form Jarrod Alchin stable holds the key as he will be represented by the three top chances in ROMANEE (9), MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON (10) and TEAGAN BANNER (11) and, that is the order of choice. Following a determined win over this course and distance, when he drew 10 and competed from outside of the leader, Romanee then enjoyed a kind, three peg role, before being responsible for a solid effort in recording a 10m 4th to the multi-award winning Spirit Of St Louis last week, again over this assignment. The 5yo son of Bettors Delight will return to a suitable engagement, making him the one to beat. MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON posted his first unplaced effort of the season when a gritty 5.8m 5th to Port Au Prince here a week ago. Prior to that encounter the Sweet Lou 4yo had contested nine races for five wins and four placings. My Ultimate Chevron has been versatile in his racing patterns, and although rising in distance, expect him to be in the mix when the judge calls a halt to proceedings. TEAGAN BANNER (11) drew the pole last week in recording a solid 4m 2nd to Port au prince. The 8yo son of Art Major has a far trickier draw to overcome, however, his form can’t be faulted and he may well be the one having the final say in matters. KING TIGER (5) posted a respectable 8.6m 7th to Surfers Delight in the Treuer, prior to working home nicely in posting a 5.8m 6th to Gordons Bay at this venue. Handily drawn and bound to be prominent from his handy draw, the son of former champ, Tiger Tara, is likely to be competitive once again. Exotic combinations should also include SOHO SINATRA (6), with the 6yo being Seaton Grima’s first runner since taking out his licence to train a couple of weeks ago, TUPPENCE (3) and BRAEDOS LAD (8).

    ROMANEE 1, My Ultimate Chevron 2, Teagan Banner 3, King Tiger 4.


    This time around Bathurst trainer-driver Amanda Turnbull appears to be the one holding the top hand, courtesy of ALTA BILLY (5), R K FINN (10) and IAM THE CAPTAIN (1). Of the trio, ALTA BILLY looks the way to go, following a run of solid displays in defeat, after greeting the judge at Bathurst five runs ago. Th 5yo son of Alta Christiano recently posted a solid 5.4m 4th to Surfers Delight in the Treuer, prior to a respectable 2.2m 3rd to Chap Daddy at Headquarters a couple of weeks ago. Handily drawn in the middle of the line, Alta Christiano will have the opportunity to secure a role close to the action and, in what appears to be a race of numerous chances, that will assist Alta billy in his quest of being first past the post. ROCKET BOY (6) has been runner-up in four of his past six starts, the latest when beaten 1.4m by Art Tutor at Newcastle. Gate six isn’t a harsh starting position for the Joe Conolly-trained 5yo son of Art Major, who is on the verge of another win. R K FINN (10) scored at Yung before posting a determined neck 2nd to Betterthanfederer last week. Also under the care of Amanda, the 6yo has again drawn awkwardly out deep, which is concern in this harder challenge, but it is hard to ignore his recent run of consistent displays. The third member of the Turnbull team is IAM THE CAPTAIN (1) and while he may be the captain, he will be confronted by a harder task, compared to recent assignments. However, the draw is a big plus for the 4yo son of Captaintreacherous who had no luck here two runs back in finishing last behind Taipo. Following that outing Iam The Captain recorded a determined win over Uncle Jay and Selsey Bill at Bankstown. Isobel Ross, who is driving in superb fashion, will partner Iam The Captain and with the prospect of a kind run, the pair can’t be taken lightly. SO MUCH MORE (9) continues to be thereabouts, which was the case last week when the 5yo posted a creditable 7.7m 5th to Smaltese. The wide gate will be off-set to some extent by the slightly easier assignment. INVITATION ONLY (11) was never a factor in the race won by Smaltese, but he 4yo will strip fitter and despite the tough draw, he is capable of a better showing so don’t dismiss him from exotic combinations.

    ALTA BILLY 1, Rocket Boy 2, R K Finn 3, Iam The Captain 4.


    Talented mare ANNA LOVE (6) appears ideally suited to this assignment and, as a result, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven daughter of Terror To Love looks the stand-out investment on the card. A stylish all-the-way winner at Headquarters three runs ago, Anna Love has been a beaten favourite in each of her next two outings, but she hasn’t been disgraced in finishing a 1.7m 2nd to B K Swy, then a gritty 5m 3rd to Heavenly Holly. On each occasion Anna Love has worked to the line in a solid fashion, and with the benefit of a handy draw, Brad will have the opportunity to have Anna Love in a far more influential role from the outset. That will be enough to see Anna Love first past the post. Fresh from a break, POLLY PUT KETTLEON (9) looms as the main threat. Trainer-driver Sofia Arvidsson will also be fresh following her recent trip back home to witness the running of the Elitloppet. Polly Put Kettleon was having her first run for Sofia when she powered home for a solid win at this venue on May 20, leaving Chevrons Bypass and B K Swy to fill the minors. The consistent daughter of Courage Under Fire has been a model of consistency in recent campaigns and while confronted by the outside gate, the smaller field will at least hep off-set that hurdle, although the 6yo does race best when held up for one run. Ash Hart, who, along with Jack Brown, is looking after Jack Trainor’s team while the ‘boss’ is campaigning in Queensland for the Winter Carnival, is quietly confident that PUNT AWAY (8) will run a big race. The 8yo daughter of Sportswriter has had two runs from a spell, safely held when 8th to Taipo, then led in giving plenty of cheek when a 5.7m 4th to her classy stablemate B K Swy. With the benefit of those two runs, Punt Away is more than capable of playing a far more pro-active role in the finish. BEAUTY PLAY (2) is one of a number of consistent types under the care of Peter Rixon. Runner-up behind Anna Love and Heavenly Holly, respectively, the daughter of Sweet Lou was disgraced when an 8m 6th to Smaltese last week. Returning to a race against her own sex, and also drawing kindly, Beauty Play is capable of giving this a shake. REMY BROWN (1) has won four of her past five, while finishing 2nd on the other occasion to recent Menangle winner Betterthanfederer, who managed to ‘lob’ here last week. The 3yo is a daughter of the former star in Vincent. This will be her toughest test and she will be giving away age and experience, but from the pole keep her safe in exotic investments. COMMON COURTESY (3), JUST AS WELL (4) and HEAVENLY HOLLY (7) are all capable of being in the mix at the completion of the 1609m challenge.

    ANNA LOVE 1, Polly Put Kettleon 2, Punt Away 3, Beauty Play 4.


    This looks a race overflowing with chances, but the draw has given the James Rattray-trained TINDER SURPRISE (1) to post a deserving win, following a consistent period of form. From his past six starts the 6yo hasn’t finished further back than fifth, and in the process has been beaten 11.6m or less. The son of Betterthancheddar is coming off a half-neck 3rd to Nick Of Time and Kissmeelvis at Headquarters a week ago. On that occasion Tinder Surprise drew out in gate one, so the move to gate one is a plus, albeit, against a stronger line-up. Taylah Osmond is driving with plenty of confidence and she will again be in charge of steering Tinder Surprise, who should receive a kind run this time around. TRIPLE FOUR (11) will have to overcome the outside gate to record the 10th win of his career, and while that looks tough from the tricky draw, the 5yo is capable of making a bold bid for victory. Thereabouts, without threatening on a handful of occasions, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven son of American Ideal is coming off a solid 4.4m 3rd behind Far Out Bro and Red Reactor and while this will be a slightly harder test, don’t ignore his claims. JALANEEL (4) will appreciate the return to a favourable draw, which will assist the 4yo in obtaining a role close to the action. From a midfield role, courtesy of a wide gate last week, the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven son of Heston Blue Chip worked home steadily in recording an 8.8m 7th to Smaltese. Prior to that outing and Jalaneel had been in the mix in each of his previous five starts, which included a win. LOCHIEL (7) was safely held when a 14.9m 7th to Terryrama a couple of weeks back, but the 6yo had been racing well prior to that effort, with the role as runner-up coming his way in three of his previous four starts. This type of assignment is well within the reach of the Leon Jurd-trained son of Lincoln Royal. Multiple investors should consider HE BETTER STEP ASIDE (3), LOCHINVAR JAG  (5) and RED REACTOR (10).

    TINDER SURPRISE 1, Triple Four 2, Jalaneel 3, Lochiel 4.


    Peaking in condition and handily drawn in six, which is less the reserve, Eureka hopeful MAHOMES (7) has the chance to make a statement in attracting attention for the $2m challenge. Since resuming from his 15m 6th to Catch A Wave in the Chariots of Fire back on Feb 18, the son of Tintin In America has contested three events, with the 4yo finishing third on two occasions and a creditable 8.6m 5th to Nerano sandwiched between those displays. Each time the Jack Trainor-prepared 4yo has been finding the line with intent, the latest resulting in a 2.4m 3rd behind Spirit Of St Louis and Taipo. That assignment was in the Golden Mile and from a four peg role, Mahomes closed the margin with every stride. Blake Fitzpatrick will again take the reins with Jack in Queensland, and it may be the ideal time to push the ‘go button’ from the outset to be in the mix from the outset. Looming as the main stumbling block for Mahomes is the Paul Fitzpatrick-conditioned SOUTH COAST ARDEN (11) who has certainly enjoyed the move from across the ‘ditch’ to join the stables of the legendry trainer. After the pair opened the new partnership with a hat-trick of stylish wins, the winning sequence came to an end in the Golden Mile when the 6yo posted a brave 3m 4th behind the Spirit Of St Louis after working to fill the role outside of the leader. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has the outside gate to overcome, but in his current frame of mind, that won’t be a major issue for this talented, former Kiwi.  ARTILLERY (10) has also drawn wide, just one spot better than South Coast Arden, however, the Belinda McCarthy-trained 5yo remains a threat. Successful five runs ago, when he surprisingly accounted for Abouttime and Mahomes, the son of Art Major has been just behind the placegetters since, with his latest effort resulting in a creditable 10.5m 7th to Spirit Of St Louis in the Golden Mile. Chris Geary will most likely avoid the early ‘hustle and bustle’, keeping his powder dry for a late shot at the top spot. PORT AU PRINCE (2) steps up in grade after scoring here last week over Teagan Banner and Delightful Angel. Rated to perfection in the lead role, after crossing from nine, the Elizabeth Heath-trained 5yo fought off all challengers in the run home, courtesy of Jack Brown’s smart drive. This will be a harder task for Port Au Prince, however, from the pole he will receive a cosy trip. CASH N FLOW (5) bounced back to winning form last time out and from his handy draw the veteran will again be in the mix from the outset so don’t leave him out of the multiples. KANENA PROVLIMA (6) was responsible for a pleasing effort in the Golden Mile, which resulted in a 10.5m fifth, following a five peg role in having some obstacles in gaining a clear run. The 7yo should be linked to exotic investments, along with THE BLACK PRINCE (4) and SURFERS DELIGHT (9), the pair both under the care of Roy Roots Jnr.

    MAHOMES 1, South Coast Arden 2, Artillery 3, Port Au Prince 4.


    Two former Kiwis are poised to create a major share of the attention as they prepare to step out for their first Menangle assignment. JAMES CAGNEY (5) and JANARTY (4) are the two runners in question, with the pair both unbeaten in three runs on this side of the Tasman. Gaining the nod is JAMES CAGNEY (5), who opened his career under the guidance of Aaron Goadsby, with a win at Tamworth before continuing on his winning way with back-to-back wins at Newcastle, both by a convincing margin of five metres and change. The 4yo Art Major gelding accounted for Songbird and Matai Meghan a week ago, with the role outside of the leader of little concern. Tom Callaghan, who drove James Cagney to victory at Newcastle, will be replaced by Josh Gallagher, and he will be the fourth reinsman in as many starts for Goadsby. And, by the way, James Cagney never said those famous and well-known words in any of his movies, ‘you dirty rat’. JANARTY (4) is trained and driven by Jackson Painting, and although his wins have been by narrow margins, the 7yo son of Art major has been game in greeting the judge. Two of his wins have been at Wagga, with a win at Shepparton sandwiched in between his local wins. Gate four is an improvement on his past two engagements and that maty assist Jackson in attempting an all-the-way win. SHES A CARIBBEAN (6) was never comfortable in competing from the role outside of the leader when a fading 20.5m 8th to Heavenly Holly at this venue a couple of weeks ago. A dominant winner prior to that encounter, the Caribbean Blaster mare is worthy of another chance. ED MENDES (3) had been racing consistently prior to his past two safely held unplaced efforts, but from the good draw and in a slightly easier contest, the Peter Rixon-trained 5yo is capable of a better showing. The prospect of Ellen Rixon presenting Ed Mendes with a kinder run, due to the draw, will certainly boost his chance of being involved in the finish. GEE EF CEE (2), MOS LONDON (1) and GOD BLESS YOU (8) stay under notice when it comes to the multiples.

    JAMES CAGNEY 1, Janarty 2, Shes A Caribbean 3, Ed Mendes 4.


    Jarrod Alchin will unleash a powerful three-pronged attack on this race, with DOFF YOUR CAP (9), REGAL ATTIRE (9) and HURRICANE HILL (6) all poised to make a bold bid for the major share of the prizemoney. Resuming a week ago, following eight months on the sidelines, DOFF YOUR CAP (7) appeals as the one to beat. The classy son of Peak DNK created a big impression under Jarrod’s care after commencing his career in NZ. Prior to spelling, Doff Your Cap recorded a solid 4.2m 4th behind Majestic Harry in the G2 Trotters Sprint at AP last November. Resuming in a handicap event at Menangle last week, Doff Your Cap stepped away from his 10m hcp with plenty of confidence, which allowed Cam Hart to take him to the front, where he remained until a much fitter Funky Monkey comfortably had his measure over the final 100m. Fitter and back to a mobile over the shorter trip of 1609m, Doff Your Cap is ready to go one better. REGAL ATTIRE (9) also contested the race won by Funky Monkey, with a daunting 30m hcp coming into play. A swift beginning resulted in a suitable trip coming his way, prior to the one-ne being on offer. The consistent son of Muscle Hill continued to work home stoutly, and, like Doff Your Cap, returning to a mobile will certainly enhance his claims. HURRICANE HILL (6) was having his first run for Jarrod and early January when he opened his career on this side of the Tasman with a safely held 19.4m 6th to Funky Monkey. The 6yo son of Muscle Hill will strip fitter and with his mentor having a good opinion of his talent, a vastly improved showing is a distinct possibility. FUNKY MONKEY (8) showed a welcome return to winning form, following a number of consistent efforts since resuming from a long, enforced lay-off. The mare is bound to run boldly once again, but this time she will be meeting her main rivals on level terms. MAJESTIC TRIO (5) was enjoying a kind run behind the leader when she broke at the 400m and lost all chance when beaten 27m by Monkey Bones in running eighth. The mare was poised to be in the finish and with that rare display of bad manners behind her, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven 5yo is capable of giving this a shake so excuse her for one mistake.

    DOFF YOUR CAP 1, Regal Attire 2, Hurricane Hill 3, Funky Monkey 4.


    The meeting comes to and end with one of the toughest races on the card. Runner-up in his past two, KISSMELVIS (8) can send punters home with a number one hit, or, heading off to Heartbreak Hotel. In each of his past two efforts the 9yo has been hitting the line well, the latter when beaten a half-neck by Nick Of Time at this venue. Another wide gate awaits Kissmelvis, which is likely to see him competing from a rearward role once again. Hopefully, trainer Trevor Munday will have the chance to celebrate a win on Saturday. STICK MAN (7) is coming off a couple of useful efforts, the latter an 8.4m 4th to Themighty Miki at Newcastle. A member of the Darren Elder stable, which has been enjoying an outstanding run of late, the 7yo is capable of taking this out. CHARLIES ACE (2) will appreciate the good draw and this suitable assignment. The Troy Williams-conditioned daughter of The Gold Ace will be backing up from an engagement at Penrith on Thursday and providing she performs up to expectations, then respect her claims. UNCLE JAY (4) has been thereabouts of late and from his handy draw the 11yo is capable of being in the mix at the completion of the 1609m challenge. POPS BOY (6), BAKER CREEK (3) and SONGBIRD (1) stay under novice when it comes to exotic transactions.

    KISSMELVIS 1, Stick Man 2, Charlies Ace 3, Uncle Jay 4.

      – Form assessed by Mike Ko’cass

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