IN what appears to be a tough and open card of racing, BETTOR SPORT (4) is worthy of another chance after an out-of-character display of bad manners at the meeting here on April 1. A member of the highly successful Bernie Hewitt team, the 4-y-o son of Sportswriter drew the inside of the back row, however, he added to his tricky draw by breaking, and as a result Bettor Sport did the bulk of his racing, six back along the pegs. When the judge halted proceedings, the usually consistent gelding recorded a 20.7m last to Carinya Gold. Prior to that failure, Bettor Sport led throughout over this course and distance (1730m) and with this gate a suitable point to launch his claim, expect the bay to give plenty of cheek in the hope that his latest effort was just an April Fool’s ‘prank’. The testing material is from the Greg Rue stable in the shape of SCARAMUCCI (7), who steps out with his confidence on a high following two wins from three starts since a spell. The 3-y-o led throughout last start in defeating Presidential Dude and Why Not Surf in a comfortable mile rate. This will be a harder challenge but is hard to ignore his claims. WHY NOT SURF (9) has drawn awkwardly on the inside of the second row, but worked home nicely in the race won by Scaramucci, posting a 7m third. A winner at Young a few weeks earlier, the sparingly-raced 6-y-o son of Surfing Safari is likely to receive a handy peg run, leaving him available for a competitive finish. ARMA AUGUSTUS (8) has the outside gate but the 9-y-o has been around the mark of late, courtesy of a hat-trick of placings, twice at Penrith while the latest was a closing 1.3m 2nd to Arty Pharty here on April 1. MOTU ZEST FOR LIFE (5) has been placed in four of her past five starts, her only failure was at this venue on Feb 16, with the mare recording the placings at Tamworth. Keep her safe in exotic transactions, along with SQUATTER SHANNON (1) and PRINCESS DANICA (6).
BETTOR SPORT 1, Scaramucci 2, Why Not Surf 3, Arma Augustus 4.
THIS is a tough race to assess as the entire field have been shy in having their photo taken with the winning post, apart for FOUR FOR THE ROAD (6) four runs ago, however, his form has been patchy since. The gamble is with the Gary Eyre-trained ROYAL FEELING (3) who has not greeted the judge since scoring at Terang back in July, 2018. When last in work the 6-y-o son of Mr Feelgood collected six placings, prior to having a break after a well-beaten 8th to Meraviglia at Bathurst on Jan 17. Resuming as favourite in a 2100m event at Young on March 17, Royal Feeling was left exposed outside the leader, prior to battling on stoutly for a respectable 1.8m 5th to Corporal Jujon. With the benefit of that run and a slightly better draw, the gelding warrants further attention and Emma Turnbull is bound to give him every chance to succeed. LET THE SUNSHINE (8) is from the powerful Steve Turnbull barn and despite the wide gate the 3-y-o warrants more than a passing thought. Stepping out for his first run just a week ago, the son of Sunshine Beach broke after the start but still managed to post a sound 6.3m 5th to Rockslide. The effort was pleasing and with natural improvement and better manners Let The Sunshine is capable of giving this a big nudge. JUST WON MORE (10) has been thereabouts of late but has drawn the back row this time around. The 4-y-o enjoyed a kind run when a sound head 2nd to Renee Dale 10 days ago. The draw has been off-set by the easier challenge. SNOOP STRIDE (9), like his rivals, has been hard to follow in recent times but stays in the mix as an exotic player while MATAMUA (7), SHOOBEES MAGIC (1) and FOUR FOR THE ROAD (6) also have claims in that regard.
ROYAL FEELING 1, Let The Sunshine 2, Just Won More 3, Snoop Stride 4.
THE Amanda Turnbull-trained RANIERI (10) has been off the scene since a costly 4m 3rd to Kash Us Back at Dubbo on Nov 24, however, the 4-y-o is worthy of a high-rating on his return to racing. The consistent son of Art Major proved frustrating to punters when last in work. claiming just the one win from six starts, mostly as the popular pick. The 4-y-o trialled nicely here during the week and although the back row draw is a concern, he is bound to be ready for a bold first-up showing. Fellow back-marker and last-start winner DUKKAH (9) is the one to beat, despite his return to another awkward draw. Also a son of Art Major, the Bernie Hewitt trained and driven 3-y-o led throughout when untroubled in scoring here earlier in the week, accounting for Gotta Party Doll and The Mustang, two talented types. Despite the draw, Dukkah must be treated with plenty of respect. HAMMERTIME HARLEY (6) has been runner-up in both starts since a few months off, the latter when she worked home stoutly in finishing a half-neck behind Yarraman Bella on Apr 1. Fitter and handily drawn on the front row, the mare is again capable of being involved in the finish. TULHURST TERROR (7) , YARRAMAN BELLA (3), MY MELS PLACE (1) and TERRYRAMA (8) are capable of adding value to the multiples.
RANIERI 1, Dukkah 2, Hammertime Harley 3, Tulhurst Terror 4.
COSTLY in defeat here last Sunday, GOTTA PARTY DOLL (2) is poised to make amends after the Amanda Turnbull-trained mare drew ideally in gate two, after coming up with seven, when she last stepped out. With victories in four of her previous five starts, the 6-y-o started a $1.50 chance, however, she was no match for Dukkah, with the winner enjoying a kind run in the lead. Gotta Party Doll kept grinding away gamely over the final 200m, and although meeting some handy times this time around, the draw will present the mare with every chance to go one better this time. RENEE DALE (3) is looking to complete a hat-trick of wins and with gate three an ideal starting point, the Mat Rue-trained mare is bound to make her presence felt in a big way. After overcoming a back-row draw in scoring at Young, Renee Dale led and just managed to hold a narrow advantage to the winning post in defeating Just Won More and Camanchi Warrior at this venue two weeks ago. THE MUSTANG (4) caught the eye here last week when he worked home stoutly in finishing a 10m 3rd behind Dukkah. The 3yo son of Changeover drew the back row on that occasion, and the move to a far more favourable front-line draw will enhance his claims of being a threat. JOETOMO (6) did a fine job when a 4.5m 6th to Molly Kelly at Menangle two starts ago, then was doing his best work over the final 100m when a solid 1.2m 2nd to Myra Dawn here two weeks ago. Although mixing his form of late, Joetomo should be a suitable inclusion in exotic investments. SMOOTH CASH (7), KASH US BACK (8) and RING THE TILL (9) also have claims in that regard.
GOTTA PARTY DOLL 1, Renee Dale 2, The Mustang 3, Joetomo 4.
THE time has arrived for ARTISTIC HUMMA (4) to shed the role as playing ‘second fiddle’ and breaking through for his initial visit to the winners’ circle. Runner-up in five of his 35 starts, Artistic Humma has been placed in four of his past five starts, three as runner-up, both over the 1730m of the Bathurst circuit. Following a creditable 8.2m effort behind Bettor Sport, the Nathan Turnbull trained and driven 4-y-o did a sound job in finishing within 1.9m of Eagle Commander last week. In a tough and open contest, Artistic Humma only needs to hold his form in proving the one to beat, with the useful draw an added plus. GETALOADOFTHISGIRL (9) has also been consistent in recent times, posting three placings from her past four starts. The 4-y-o mare had every chance when a 4.8m 3rd to Negative Nancy at Young, prior to drawing the inside of the back row, the same draw she has here, enroute to running on nicely for a 5.5m 3rd behind Eagle Commander. It has been sometime since her last win, but Getaloadofthisgirl is worthy of more than a passing thought. LIMBO LARRY (10) will launch his claim from the 2nd line, and with a number of consistent efforts of late, the 7-y-o is capable of making a bold bid for his first win since last June. KHAWAJA (5) has failed to open his winning account following 27 trips to the starting grid. Placed on four occasions the gelding returned from a spell with a 12.2m 5th to Squatter Shannon last week and with the benefit of added fitness, Khawaja has claims as an exotic contender. Others to consider in that regard are POPPY FRANCO (1) and LLANFAIR RUMOURS (8).
ARTISTIC HUMMA 1, Getaloadofthisgirl 2, Limbo Larry 3, Khawaja 4.
THE consistent TURBO TOMMY (1) will carry the number one saddlecloth, which is appropriate, as he attempts to convert his eighth appearance into a winning display and break his maiden status in the process. Placed on five occasions, the 3-y-o son of Art Major has finished runner-up in three of his past four, the latest when he drew wide, enroute to recording a gritty metre display behind Squatter Shannon last week. It hasn’t been for the lack of trying for Turbo Tommy, with the prospect of dictating the terms a distinct possibility. Such a role will go a long way towards the Leigh Davis-trained gelding greeting the judge. Drawn directly behind Turbo Tommy is his main threat in WIGGLE WIGGLE WOO (9), who is also looking to go one better on his past two starts. The lightly-raced 5-y-o opened his career back in May, 2017, recording a well-beaten 5th to Art Series. Three years later and the son of Million Dollar Cam continued his career with a head 2nd to Jack Rocks here, prior to drawing the back row when beaten a half-neck by Rockslide a week ago. Stripping fitter, Wiggle Wiggle Woo only needs some ‘wiggle’ room over the final stages to be a major threat. YES EYE SEE (8) found a heat of the Gold Tiara far too demanding before posting an improved 2nd to Speed Of Sound over this course and distance on Mar 30 when favourite. The filly had no luck from a wide gate in finishing a creditable 6.5m 5th to Eagle Commander last time out. Despite another wide starting role the youngster can’t be taken lightly. JERULA ROSE (10) returned from a spell with three-consecutive minor placings before being safely held in two subsequent unplaced outings. The 2nd line has added to the degree of difficulty but the mare stays under notice as an exotic contender. A fitter PAY ME SMART (5) also has claims in that area, along with PANAREA (7) and) TAMANISHA TERROR (6).
TURBO TOMMY 1, Wiggle Wiggle Woo 2, Yes Eye See 3, Jerula Rose 4.
TRICKY race as the entire field are yet to have their picture taken with the winning post in the background. Following a few handy efforts of late, the Ashlee Grives-trained and driven ALIBI (2) won’t have an excuse this time around. Placed in just three of her 26 starts, the 5-y-o mare led last time out when a useful 9m 3rd to Squatter Shannon and Turbo Tommy. Suitably drawn in two and contesting what appears to be an easier challenge, the daughter of Auckland Reactor is again capable of dictating. ALPHA XENA (9) is also coming off a useful effort, but that was three months ago when an 8.4m 3rd to Better Than Grange at this venue. The Gary Seve-trained mare has had the benefit of two trials, the first resulting in a win while the latter was a safely held fifth. Although awkwardly drawn on the inside of the back row, the daughter of Changeover is worth keeping in the mix. SHEZ ON TARGET (7) has been mixing her form and returns from a break as a contender for a role in the multiples. SPORTY (5) resumes from an extended spell and although that is a concern the mare posted some handy efforts last time in, so keep her in the multiple mix. BABY BEE MINE (1), WATCH AND WEEP (8) and UROC N WARRIOR (6) also stay under notice.
ALIBI 1, Alpha Xena 2, Shez On Target 3, Sporty 4.
A MIXTURE of newcomers and some encouraging form makes this event an intriguing contest. IGOTCHA (4) hails from the Parkes stables of Andrew Cassell, with the 8-y-o son of Village Jasper contesting his first race in five years. His record stands at four starts for four unplaced efforts. However, despite those stats, Igotcha is worth the gamble as Cassell has left no stone unturned in his quest to have the gelding back up and racing. Since December 3, 2019, Igotcha has turned up at the Parkes trials on five occasions, winning one while being placed on the other four occasions, the latest on March 17. With so many ‘ifs and buts’ attached to this race, where playing a favourite number could be the way to go, Igotcha will be an interesting runner. As always, the Steve Turnbull stable will be represented by one of the main players, with the newcomer IM DESIRABLE (6) bound to create plenty of interest. The 2-y-o daughter of Betterthancheddar faces the starter on the back of a trial win, and although the filly has drawn a ‘touch’ deep she is bound to be poised for a bold first-up showing. LINCOLN CULLEN (8) has been safely held in two runs to date, but in this field the 3-y-o is open to improvement while DRIVE TO THE BEACH (9) is also looking to improve on his moderate two runs to date in playing a far more positive role in the finish. SKYZ ABOVE (10) is worth keeping in mind after posting a handy trial effort at Menangle during a brief period with KerryAnn Morris, prior to being returned to part-owner and previous mentor Phillip Thurston. The 3-y-o filly has finished a useful 4th in a recent Parkes trial. THE ALFIE (2) and ME AN YOU (5) debut with minor exotic prospects.
IGOTCHA 1, Im Desirable 2, Lincoln Cullen 3, Drive The Beach 4.