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    Menangle Saturday: Form expert Mike Ko’cass finds you all the winners Menangle Saturday: Form expert Mike Ko’cass finds you all the winners

    LOOKS A WINNER: Zeuss Bromac and Gavin Fitzpatrick.

    RACE ONE: Former SA pacer ARTILLERY (3) will face the starter for the first time since joining the Belinda McCarthy and, with gate three... Menangle Saturday: Form expert Mike Ko’cass finds you all the winners


    Former SA pacer ARTILLERY (3) will face the starter for the first time since joining the Belinda McCarthy and, with gate three next to his name, the talented son of Art Major is ready to ‘fire’. From 22 encounters the 4yo has recorded 12 wins and nine placings, so he knows the meaning of competing and he has done so from various roles, usually when in the mix from the outset. Artillery has been off the scene since leading throughout when successful over the 1790m of the Mildura track, with Captain Confetti and Wild Man chasing him home. Apart from his past two Mildura engagements, Artillery has done all of his racing around Globe Derby, and as proven in the past, inter-state horses can find the larger Menangle circuit a daunting challenge at first. However, the draw will help in some regard and with Chris Geary in the sulky, Artillery is worth the gamble in an open and competitive event. SMOOTH BAHT (2) looms as the main threat after drawing suitably in gate two. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven 5yo wore the same number when he managed to stalk the leader, en route to landing a confident plunge in defeating Doubtless Bay and Ilikemebettor. Following that outing Smooth Baht has drawn gate nine on each occasion for a 6.5m 7th to Our Cowgirls N Lace, which has won impressively since, and Doubtless Bay, which has also won since. Last time out Smooth Baht posted a 13.5m 4th to Be My Rose and that particular mare could be one of the stars of the upcoming Miracle Mile carnival. IYLAC BEACH (7) also contested the race won by Be My Rose and overcome a wide gate in finishing strongly when beaten 4.2m by the former Kiwi mare. The 4yo Sunshine Beach entire has settled in nicely since joining the Jack Trainor team from Tasmania and he again warrants attention. WOW HES A ROCK STAR (4) resumed with a disappointing 98m last to Be My Rose a couple of weeks ago, but the 4yo is better than that and must be, at least, included when it comes to exotic transactions. Others to include in that regard are SHANLOU (1) and HANDS ON (11), with the pair both under the care of Tony Bertwistle. Also include MARATHON MAN (10) if the Graeme Watts trained and driven, former Kiwi, comes off the bench. Three runs back from a spell has him ready to produce a competitive showing.

    ARTILLERY 1, Smooth Baht 2, Iylac Beach 3, Wow Hes A Rock Star 4.


    Following an eye-catching effort when resuming from a spell at Headquarters a week ago, the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained ZEUSS BROMAC (8) is ready to go one better on his solid-finishing 1.4m 2nd to King Of Swing. After leading out, then taking a sit, the classy son of Bettors Delight was held up for a clear run at a vital stage, and may well have finished closer, although the ‘King’ did appear to have the situation under control. Since accounting for Stylish Memphis, a day shy of being exactly a year ago, the 5yo has contested just eight races, finishing runner-up on five occasions while finishing 5th on the other three occasions. Zeuss Bromac has drawn wider in eight for this 2300m assignment, but with a higher level of fitness, the entire is capable of being in the mix from the outset. While Zeuss Bromac is entitled to a high rating, there will be no shortage of serious threats with former Victorian ABOUTTIME (4) heading the list. Formerly with the powerful Emma Stewart stable and, now with Jason Grimson, the son of Art Major has enjoyed a productive career, with 12 wins and six placings from 22 trips to the races, with the majority of those encounters being against outstanding rivals. Facing the trial without an official trial, Abouttime will be having his first assignment since a solid 3.3m 2nd to Tangoingwithsierra at Melton on Nov 19 when the gelding drew the back row, which resulted in a three wide trip home. With gate four a suitable starting point, the classy 6yo will have his admirers. His new stablemate in I CAST NO SHADOW (5) also stays under notice as a danger following a three creditable efforts for the stable, the latest a 9.9m 8th to Malcolms Rhythm in a heat of the ID on Nov 27. Expect a bold showing from the son of Shadow Play. The Corey Peterson trained and driven ROMAN AVIATOR (3) is closing in on a winning effort following two big efforts since resuming from a spell. First-up since early October, the 7yo finished a fast-finishing 5.8m 2nd to Mister Magic Man, then managed to overcome interference when again hitting the line with intent when a 10.4m 2nd to Muscle Factory. Boasting a higher level of fitness, Roman Aviator will appreciate the extended trip of 2300m so don’t ignore his claims. BAD TO THE BONE (7) performed well below his best when a 16.9m 6th to Ellmers Image at this venue on Jan 15, the run his first since again crossing the Tasman to link up with Paul Fitzpatrick. Capable of a far better effort, Bad To The Bone should at least be linked to the exotics, along with MAKE MINE MEMPHIS (6).

    ZEUSS BROMAC 1, Abouttime 2, I Cast No Shadow 3, Roman Aviator 4.


    Since arriving on these shores and becoming a member of the Paul Fitzpatrick team, former Kiwi BE MY ROSE (4) has created a big impression as she prepares for an exciting Miracle Mile carnival. Accounting for Whats Your Secret and Fasika when first-up for the stable on Jan 1, the daughter of American Ideal again came from a midfield with a powerful finish, which allowed her to easily Iylac Beach and Surfers Delight. True, the mare hasn’t been quality opposition, with respect to previous rivals, but she has been scoring with authority and her ‘turn of foot’, when called upon by Gav, has been impressive. This will be another rise in grade, but a race like the G1 Ladyship on her radar, Be My Rose should continue to ‘blossom’, en route to maintaining her unbeaten record on this side of the Tasman. DIAMOND PARTY (9) has drawn awkwardly out deep but the Jason Grimson-trained daughter of Art Major will have plenty to offer. The 5yo has been freshened since being driven by Tom Ison in the NSW Young Drivers Invitational at Menangle on Dec 11, which resulted in a 6m 4th to Summit Special. The consistent mare has a versatile racing pattern, winning from a prominent role or charging home from a rearward position, so Cam Hart will have options when the arms fold back. The Jack Trainor prepared and driven B K SWY (8) is starting to focus at the right time with a stylish win two starts ago, backed-up by a 4m 3rd to Stylish Memphis and Fairy Tinkabell a couple of weeks ago. The daughter of Big Jim drew close to the pegs on that occasion, which allowed Jack to secure a kind peg role behind the leader. A wider gate awaits the 5yo this time, but the mare is also capable of sitting back and coming with a ‘rush’ over the final 200m. FASIKA (5) continues to race consistently, and although the mare is coming off a costly defeat as an odds-on chance here last week, the daughter of Sweet Lou didn’t shirk her task in posting a 3.8m 3rd to Our Cowgirls N Lace and Shanlou. Claims as an exotic runner should be respected while the Cameron Ross-trained CHERISHTHEMEMORIES (2) resumes from a spell with minor multiple prospects after drawing ideally. PEARL HARBOUR (1) was having her first run since last June and for Blake Fitzpatrick when the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere treated her rivals with contempt in scoring at Penrith on Jan 27. Fitter, but stepping up a great deal in grade, the 5yo is worth keeping in mind for the multiples after drawing one.

    BE MY ROSE 1, Diamond Party 2, B K Swy 3, Fasika 4.


    This appears to be an ideal challenge for the Brooke McPherson-trained TUNGSTEN TERROR (4), with the booking of Jack Trainor being an added attraction. Unable to make the trip, Jackson Painting has guided the son of Live Or Die to his past two wins on the Wagga circuit, each time leading throughout, the latter being a heat of this particular race on Jan 21 when he comfortably accounted for Headturner and Sports Bounty. Drawing suitably close to the pegs, Tungsten Terror should be able to dictate the terms, and although his record at this track isn’t great, just two minor placings from nine starts, this will be his best chance to place a ‘tick’ in the win column. The Michael Formosa trained and driven MILITARY MAN (8) looms as the main threat to the Henty visitor. Drawing the middle of the line, Military Man is coming off a game 2nd to Tallaringa Harms at Newcastle a week ago in his heat. Left facing the breeze, the son of Art Major fought on gamely and, once again, the reliable 5yo is bound to make his presence felt. Nathan Turnbull has KEY DEFENDER (9) racing in fine form with the combination coming off a solid all-the-way heat win at Parkes last week in defeating Dont Tell Phyllis and Bell River Boy. A tougher awaits, along with a wider gate, but the 6yo son of Bettors Delight is racing with plenty of confidence. DONT TELL PHYLLIS (7) has been consistent of late and he can’t be dismissed as a potential threat, but at the very least, he remains in the multiple mix. Others to keep in mind when forming such investments include MAJOR HUSS (5), ROCLEA RULER (10) and MIGHTY GEORGE (11).

    TUNGSTEN TERROR 1, Military Man 2, Key Defender 3, Dont Tell Phyllis 4.


    The running of the G2 Hondo Grattan Stakes heralds the start of the Miracle Mile carnival, although the official launch will be in two weeks when the Chariots of Fire highlights the card. The chance to secure a spot in the ‘4Y0 heavy-weight’ championship starts here. and although KRUG (12) has drawn next to the grandstand,  the Kiwi sensation remains the one to beat. Boasting a ‘movie star’ profile and the ability to match any ‘leading man’, the Cran Dalgety-trained son of Bettors Delight opened his latest term of racing on this side of the Tasman with a powerful display. Under the care of Cran’s son Carter, along with Jack Trainor, while campaigning for the carnival, Krug drew deep for his initial Menangle appearance, and although left exposed outside of the leader, multiple Derby winner was impressive in defeating Art Tutor and Bundoran in a time of 1:49.9, with the final 400m covered in 26.3 after the opening quarter was completed in 26.6. With his level of fitness going up a notch, Krug looks poised to add to his already impressive record which comprises of 17 wins and nine placings from 32 assignments. The Matthew Craven stable has been enjoying plenty of success in recent months and BETTOR CALL ME (8) has certainly been playing his part in that regard. The 4yo won a heat of the Carousel at Menangle on Nov 27, then battled on bravely when a 1.9m 2nd to Better Eclipse in the Final a week later. Returning to Victoria, Bettor Call me was forced to race without cover, but that didn’t prevent the son of Bettors Delight from comfortably defeating Radius and Major Assassin at Terang. Sofia Arvidsson, who is driving in superb form, will again take the reins behind Bettor Call Me, and with both reserves drawn inside of him, Bettor Call Me will be prominent from the middle of the line. Another Victorian visitor in SPRING IN HIS STEP (2) will appreciate gate two and that will allow Amanda Turnbull to present the 4yo with a kind run. David Moran had the reins when the Russell Jack-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere accounted for the classy Kimble and Bernie Winkle at Melton a week ago, the drive by Moran playing a big part in that win. Spring In His Step has always been highly-regarded, and although he is now starting to be involved in a tougher arena, he is capable of making his presence known. TITIAN RAIDER (7) returned from a spell with a gritty 1.3m 2nd to Doubtless Bay on Jan 29, with the lack of hard-race fitness being the major factor in that defeat. The classy Harry Martin-trained son of Sunshine Beach strips fitter and he won’t shirk the task. Gate one will assist ARDENS ACE (1) in making a play for a role in the multiples while a fitter DELIGHTFUL DUDE (5) is also more than capable of being in the mix when the judge calls a halt.

    KRUG 1, Bettor Call Me 2, Spring In His Step 3, Titian Raider 4.


    The return to a suitable draw, coupled with a suitable assignment, THE BLACK PRINCE (5) appeals as the one to beat in what appears to be an intriguing race. Following a more than respectable Inter Dominion campaign, which culminated in a 3.5m 4th to Pocket Of Terror in the consolation on Dec 11, the Roy Roots Jnr-trained son of Bettors Delight had six weeks off before recording a pleasing 11.9m 4th to Krug over this course and distance on Jan 22. The Black Prince drew the back row two starts ago before drawing the outside gate, so the move to gate five is certainly a plus. The fact that Robbie Morris has elected to stick with The Black Prince is a guide as he also had the choice of taking the reins behind last-start winner COLT THIRTY ONE (3). Like The Black Prince, the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven BUNDORAN (6) will also find this a more suitable challenge after chasing home two headline performers in Krug and King Of Swing, respectively, and each time the 5yo was responsible for respectable displays, commencing with a 10.4m 3rd to the Kiwi sensation. A week ago, Bundoran worked to the line gamely, and although hindered for a short period when he locked wheels with his stablemate Ellmers Image, the son of Lincoln Royal still managed to record a solid 5.4m 4th to the dual Miracle Mile winner. A comfortable stalking role will assist Bundoran in his quest of victory. COLT THIRTY ONE (3) will be stepping out for his 100th start as he attempts to collect win number 48. Boasting close to a 50% winning strike rate, when competing at a high level throughout his career is a top-notch effort and it would be fitting if he salutes in his milestone appearance. Prepared by Grant Dixon, but currently residing at Lucky Lodge, the 7yo son of Mach Three bounced back to winning form when he scored here a few weeks ago in defeating The Mustang and Make Mine Memphis. Enjoying a soft run behind the leader but remaining ‘holstered’ for most of the trip in posting a solid 8.2m 5th behind King Of Swing a week ago. Inter Dominion winning reinsman Josh Gallagher will jump in the bike so expect Colt Thirty One to be given every chance. THE MUSTANG (10) has a tricky draw but the Bernie Hewitt-trained son of Changeover is racing in fine fashion, despite failing to greet the judge. Each of his past three starts have resulted in The Mustang finding one better, with Art Tutor, Colt Thirty One and, more recently, Fouroeight being the horses in question. When it comes to the exotics, The Mustang should be included while the speedy ART TUTOR (1) should also be included in the mix after drawing ideally in one. Joe Conolly has booked Jack Trainor for his speedy Art Major 7yo, and with the Newcastle Mile on his agenda, a bold showing here would certainly help his cause. ROYAL GAMBLE (2) is another multiple player and if CRUZ BROMAC (7) comes off the reserve bench, then respect his claims as the comeback pacer has had the benefit of two runs back in Victoria, prior to joining Jason Grimson. On his day Cruz Bromac would test this field.

    THE BLACK PRINCE 1, Bundoran 2, Colt Thirty One 3, The Mustang 4.


    Another former Victorian now with Jason Grimson is IDEAL DAN (5), who enjoyed a respectable career when under the care of Emma Stewart. The 4yo had been mixing his form before making the trip north, with his latest outing resulting in a 3m 3rd to Knights Templar at Bendigo on Dec 30. Due to his talent, the son of American Ideal has been a regular in quality events and, as a result, he should find this assignment to his liking. Handily drawn, Ideal Dan should be in the mix from the outset, and although this will be his first Menangle experience under race conditions, a visit to the winner’s circle is well within his reach. Cam Hart will make sure that happens. MODERN ATTITUDE (1) looks the main threat after the son of Modern Art came up with gate one. Prepared and to be driven by Jack Trainor, the 8yo has been consistent of late, with his three runs for his new mentor all being competitive displays. Jack Brown has been in the sulky each time, the latest resulting in a 4m 3rd behind Loui and Gliding Away at this venue on Jan 25. Modern Attitude will receive a cosy run in his quest for the top spot. With three runs under his belt since coming from NZ, all pleasing efforts, the Graeme Watts trained and driven MARATHON MAN (10) should be ‘warming’ to the task of being pro-active in the finish. Placed in his opening two encounters on this side of the Tasman at Bankstown and Menangle, respectively, the son of Sweet Lou had three weeks off before recording a creditable 11.8m 5th to Chevron Art last week. The 5yo has drawn off the track but that assist him as gate one has been his starting role in both his starts at Headquarters, which have resulted in peg role. The prospect of using the wide open spaces of the Menangle track to his advantage in the run home, could make all the difference. IMASPORTSSTAR (9) is coming off a solid win in easier company, but the 6yo won with such authority it is hard to ignore him as being as threat. Wider exotic combinations should include ALLSET (8), HEAVENLY BELLE (3) and Tuesday’s placegetter, the Darren Binskin trained and driven veteran, JEDI MIND (2).

    IDEAL DAN 1, Modern Attitude 2, Marathon Man 3, Imasportsstar 4.


    While there appears to be a number of definite winning prospects on the card, the best of them would appear to be the Rickie Alchin-trained CRUNCH TIME (3). Apart from being a classy type, the 5yo has drawn ideally in three, which is a big improvement on gate 10, when the son of Somebeachsomewhere resumed from a spell a week ago in posting a ‘back me next time’ 2.4m 4th to Doubtless Bay, coming from well-back in proceedings. Instead of competing from a five peg role, Crunch Time will be the one setting the tempo and once in front, Will Rixon will ensure both he and Crunch Time stay there. Exotic investments will be the way to attack this race as Crunch Time will be at a ‘good things’ quote. The Melanie Elder-prepared ASHARK (5) appeals as a suitable runner in that regard, despite being unplaced in his past two outings, the latter a 13.4m 8th to Doubtless Bay a week ago. Leaving Crunch Time out of the equation and Ashark should be better suited in this contest. PROSECUTION WITNESS (7) has had every chance to make a statement in each of his past two but has failed to gain the judge’s attention. When it comes to the multiples the Well Said 6yo again has the opportunity to make a case for inclusion. ACCELERE (9) has drawn deep but he has been competing at a consistent level and he is again worthy of exotic involvement, ALTA DOWNS (8) brings sound country form to the contest and he is capable of adding value to the mix while BANKERS GOLD (4) and YOHA (10) are also worthy of consideration.

    CRUNCH TIME 1, Ashark 2, Prosecution Witness 3, Accelere 4.

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