June 3, 2021 National Trotguide
Now that MAJOR ROLL (9) and the winning post have been, as Peaches and Herb famously stated “reunited”, the talented son of Roll With Joe is capable of going back-to-back, despite the presence of a wide gate. Stepping out for his first assignment for the Belinda McCarthy after being under the care of part-owner Stephen Maguire, Major Roll wasn’t in the mood when the starter called the field up behind the mobile, resulting in the gelding badly missing the start which resulted in a distant last behind Cash N Flow. A week later and Major Roll, although shaky in the score up, managed to dictate the terms in defeating Shannonstheman and Most Happy Cullen. Covering the final 400m in 26.8, Major Roll was never in danger of defeat and if the same role comes his way again, and that is a distinct possibility, then Major Role will take a power of beating. MAKE MINE MEMPHIS (8) will certainly make his presence felt, which was the case a week ago when the 5yo was left exposed outside of the leader. Despite the extra workload, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven battled on stoutly in recording a 3.8m 3rd behind Always Rockin and Jimmy Locke. With the Bernie Hewitt stable enjoying plenty of success in recent months, Make Mine Memphis can add another ‘tick’ to the win column. Coming off a solid return to the winners’ circle, OUR MONEY ROCKS (2) stays under notice after drawing ideally in two, which will help offset the slightly harder assignment. Josh Gallagher dictated the terms to perfection behind the Grant Fuller-trained 4yo, who had been racing, without luck, prior to defeating Prince Potter and Jedi Mind. SHANNONSTHEMAN (11) has the outside to overcome, but the Darren Elder-conditioned 7yo is likely to settle back in the pack and charge late. When a gritty 8.9m 2nd to Major Roll last time out, Shannonstheman drew gate five and worked his way to the role outside of the leader and eventual winner. Whether Brad Elder decides to ‘pull the pin’ and look to follow Major Roll across to the pegs is another possibility. When it comes to exotic transactions the pole-marker in ZIGGY ROCKS (1) is entitled to be included, along with POWER SURGE (6), SMOOTH SAILOR (7) and LACEYS LAD (10).
MAJOR ROLL 1, Make Mine Memphis 2, Our Money Rocks 3, Shannonstheman 4.
JAZZY STAR (7) appeals as one of the ‘better bets’ on the card as the former Kiwi attempts to break his maiden status on this side of the Tasman. Runner-up in both outings when under the care of Tim Butt, the son of Auckland Reactor the joined the powerful Belinda McCarthy team and once again, the 6yo had to settle for being ‘second best’, but not before putting up a brave fight. Stepping out for his first assignment in just over two months, and on the back of a solid trial win, Jazzy Star worked three deep for an extended period in eventually finding the lead, however, from that point onwards he had little peace. Despite the pressure Jazzy Star tried hard but was vulnerable in the run home, and that was the case as Ziggy Rocks zipped past him in recording a 14.4m victory after enjoying the ‘run of the race’ on his back. Fitter and likely to enjoy a kinder run this time around, Jazzy Star looks poised to record his first win since greeting the judge at Addington last September. THE GENERAL (6), which is a stablemate of Jazzy Star, looms as a potential threat. In seven runs this season the son of Christian Cullen has only finished out of a top four role once, and that was after striking trouble when a useful 12.7m 7th to Send It a few weeks ago. Usually a good beginner, The General will be looking to occupy a forward position from the outset in his attempt to salute the judge. TRIPLE VC (4) is drawn to also be in the mix, and although his recent Penrith form has been creditable in slightly easier assignments, the 7yo is worthy of more than just a passing thought as he will appreciate the return to a suitable draw. CHASING THE WIND (9) has drawn awkwardly but the 4yo remains in the mix when it comes to multiple transaction. Veteran JEDI MIND (3) is a value player in that regard from his good draw while ROCKY CREED (5), which will be having his first Menangle outing, also has claims in exotic discussions.
JAZZY STAR 1, The General 2, Triple VC 3, Chasing The Wind 4.
THE STUNNING NUN (10) is certainly enjoying the move to the Jason Grimson training establishment and the pair, along with driver Jack Trainor, will be looking to complete a hat-trick of wins since joining forces. After defeating subsequent winner Ziggy Rocks a few weeks ago, the 5yo daughter of Bettors Delight again led throughout a week later, this time bringing to an end the winning run of the ultra-consistent La Bella Vita. The mare has been creeping out wider for each start and will face the starter from gate nine, which is less the reserve at this stage, but she has the gate speed to overcome that hurdle, and Trainor has the ability to have his runners leaving the machine with plenty of confidence. The outside gate will be occupied by LA BELLA VITA (11), and like The Stunning Nun, the Changeover mare has the speed to follow her main rival across to the pegs. With Luke McCarthy electing to drive the stablemate FAIRY TINKABELL (7), Ashley Hart will take the reins. As honest as the day is long, La Bella Vita will again make her presence felt in a big way. Ashley drove Fairy Tinkabell to a surprise win over her more fancied stablemate Shadow Minister a few weeks ago, prior to Luke occupying the sulky when the Big Jim mare recorded a gritty 1.3m 2nd to Yoha. The fact that Luke has elected to stick with Fairy Tinkabell is a good guide. However, just ahead of Fairy Tinkabell, as far as, dangers are concerned, both BELLADONNA GIRL (4) and YOHA (5) must be given plenty of attention. Prepared by Greg Norman, Victorian-based mare BELLADONNA GIRL (4) strips fitter for two runs back from a spell, the former resulting in a solid win on at Charlton while the latter was a determined 5.8m 5th to Iolanta at Melton. Suitably drawn in four and with the in-form Chris Geary in the sulky, the daughter of Hes Watching is well-worth watching. YOHA (5) is coming off a solid win and from her good draw the mare is capable of again giving a good account in this stronger company. VINCENZINA (9) continues to be around the mark so don’t ignore her as an exotic contender.
THE STUNNING NUN 1, La Bella Vita 2, Belladonna Girl 3, Yoha 4.
In more of the more open contents on the card, VIRGINIA COOL (9) is entitled to top billing, despite the mare drawing out deep. After a moderate start to her career, the David Kennedy-trained daughter of Mach Three has gone to another level since making the trip across the Tasman. Since coming under the care of the Narrandera-based mentor, Virginia Cool has collected three wins and two placings, both as runner-up, from just six assignments. The 5yo will head to Headquarters for her first challenge at this venue on the back of a solid heat win over Yum Cha and Baker Creek at Wagga. On that occasion Jackson Painting allowed the mare to settle midfield, courtesy of a back row draw, prior to timing his run to perfection. The mare is capable of working forward from the start, however, being saved for one shot at the ‘cash’, courtesy of the long run in, may be the game plan. OLD LUKE (7) is also enjoying a fine season with the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven 8yo winning three of his six starts while finishing runner-up of two occasions. The son of Bettors Delight qualified for the Final with a solid all-the-way win at Bathurst and although he has drawn a shade deeper for this tougher test, Old Luke is bound to be pro-active from the outset. CC JONES (6) was rewarded for his recent run of consistency with a solid win at Newcastle and the 6yo son of Christian Cullen isn’t out of his depth in this field. The sparingly-raced YUM CHA (8) remains on the menu on the basis of four sound efforts to commence his career, the latest when a creditable 3.7m 2nd behind Virginia Cool. The well-named son of Heston Blue Chip will be confronted by a slightly harder challenge, but he strips fitter and race experience becoming a plus. ROCK DE ARK (1), NIFTY ROCKET MAN (3) AND BUDDY CLAYDON (4) are all worthy of exotic involvement.
VIRGINIA COOL 1, Old Luke 2, CC Jones 3, Yum Cha 4.
The classy Paul Fitzpatrick-trained ZEUSS BROMAC (10) is by far the ‘best bet’ on the card as the son of Bettors Delight returns to the track after a wonderful campaign, which resulted in four wins and the same number of placings from his eight assignments. Along with his brilliant victory in the 3YO C&Gs Breeders Crown at Melton last November, Zeuss Bromac posted his best effort in defeat when he recorded a gallant 2.9m 2nd behind Expensive Ego in the Chariots of Fire back on February 20.
In readiness for his return, Zeuss Bromac posted a comfortable trial 5th at this venue before scoring by a big margin at Penrith in what was a far more serious outing in shaking off the cobwebs. The outside gate awaits Zeuss Bromac, and with respect to his rivals, that won’t be a sufficient hurdle for this outstanding 4yo. However, the battle for the roles behind Zeuss Bromac will be keenly contested and a number of horses can fill those spots. Leading the way is the Kevin Pizzuto-trained ARDEN MESSI (9), which is racing in peak form, having won back-to-back events to open his latest term of racing, prior to finishing runner-up to Red Reactor and Rockin Marty, respectively, each time dictating until the final stages. Expect to see the Bettors Delight 4yo giving another bold showing. JIMMY LOCKE (8) is racing consistently for Peter Russo and although this will be a tougher test, don’t ignore the 6yo has a definite player for a role in the exotics. GOLDEN YEAR (7) is also competing with a high degree of determination and he will be in the mix for a long way while BETTOR VISION (5) also has claims when it comes to multiple investments.
ZEUSS BROMAC 1, Arden Messi 2, Jimmy Locke 3, Golden Year 4.
The running of the Best In Beds JD Watts Memorial has attracted a quality field for the G3 challenge, and rightly so. topping the list of contenders for the honour of taking out the race named after one of the Legends is the James Rattray trained and driven star IGNATIUS (9). Since competing in the Miracle Mile and finishing a respectable 12m 7th to King Of Swing, Ignatius has contested four races, resulting in three wins and a 6.54m 3rd to Alta Orlando and Rubies For Tash, with the latter greeting the judge since. The son of Roll With Joe was able to turn the tables on both Rubies For Tash and Alta Orlando when he powered to an all-the-way win on May 15. A wider draw awaits the 6yo, however, Rattray will be pro-active from the outset as he goes on search of the lead role once again, although with speed draw inside, it has the potential to become crowded through the opening 200m. Following an extended and successful career under the care of Craig Cross, POCKET OF TERROR (7) debuted for Jack Trainer and what a debut it was. From a midfield role, and four deep on the final bend, Pocket Of Terror powered past his rivals half-way down the straight, which resulted in an emphatic 6.7m win over Jay OK and Mister Brazil, with Alta Orlando and Balraj filling the next two spots home, respectively. There certainly didn’t appear anything ‘fluky’ about the win and Trainor was pleasantly surprised by the win and confident there was still plenty of improvement left in the locker. JAY OK (3) is bound to run another bold race from his good draw and a win in this type of challenge isn’t beyond this talented son of A Rocknroll Dance. BUNDORAN (2) is racing in the ‘peak of his powers’ after collecting his fifth win from his past six starts, the other resulting in a gallant 2nd to Loorrim Lake. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven 4yo has been enjoying sitting back and coming with a late surge, usually down the middle of the track. This time around the 4yo has drawn closer to the pegs, which is a plus in this far harder challenge, and that should allow him to look for a soft role, probably on the pegs, in hoping the breaks come his way over the final 200m. Whether he is up to winning a race of this nature is the big question, but as an exotic chance Bundoran is certainly in the mix. ROCKIN MARTY (1) is also racing in fine fashion and along with LOORRIM LAKE (4) and RAYS CHOICE (5), the trio must be included when it comes to exotic investments. This will be a keenly contested race from the time the green light is activated and the judge calls a halt.
IGNATIUS 1, Pocket Of Terror 2, Jay OK 3, Bundoran 4.
After bouncing back to winning form with a strong win at Headquarters a couple of weeks ago, the Darren Hancock trained and driven MONARO MIA (4) appeals as the one to beat in the trot. Breaking the line first and finding the pegs, the talented daughter of Imperial Count then allowed Caligula to take up the running, with Hancock electing to take a sit on the favourite and biding his time until the final 300m came into play. The plan worked to perfection as Caligula had no answer to the surge from Monaro Mia, which went on to win the race by a commanding margin of 11.3m over In The Valley and Empire Bay. This time around Monaro Mia has a far better draw next to her name, and that will give Darren the choice of holding out his dangers, which have drawn wider or again playing the waiting game. Either way, Monaro Mia looks the one to beat now that her confidence has been restored. ALL CASHED UP (5) overcame his stand start phobia in scoring here last week in fine style. Prepared by Blake Fitzpatrick, who also enjoyed success as a galloping trainer 24 hours earlier, All Cashed Up was driven a treat by Luke McCarthy. The 5yo has always shown above-average ability but his form since has been patchy, however, the win indicated he may be focused once again. If, that is the case, All Cashed Up is poised to give Monaro Mia plenty to think about. ROYAL GLENFERRIE (6) is an honest performer and his effort in working home stoutly from a rearward role in claiming 3rd spot behind All Cashed Up was full of merit. While he may not be able to turn the tables on the winner, as per usual, Royal Glenferrie will give a bold showing for exotic players. CALIGULA (8) had won three of his opening four starts since a spell and was an odds-on chance to continue on his winning way last week. And, after finding the lead with a great deal of fuss, the 5yo looked well on his way to completing a hat-trick of wins. However, on straightening and ‘push comes to shove’, Caligula folded in posting a safely held fourth. There is no doubt that he is better than that run and his claims can’t be taken lightly. A fitter MAJOR THOMAS (1) has the draw to make a play for an exotic role, along with GARLAND GREENE (3).
MONARO MIA 1, All Cashed Up 2, Royal Glenferrie 3, Caligula 4.
In what appears to be open contest, LETS GO TO BRAZIL (5) appears to have found a suitable assignment and, as such, the Michael Doltoff-trained 5yo should take a power of beating, with Luke McCarthy jumping back into the sulky. A comfortable Penrith winner three starts ago, Lets Go To Brazil was never a factor when a 15.9m 9th to Bundoran while his latest effort, a 17.m 3rd behind Ziggy Rocks and Jazzy Star, was a far more pleasing display. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven drew deep on that occasion and drifted back to a rearward role, however, in this company and with a better draw, Lets Go To Brazil is bound to occupy a role much closer to the ‘pointy’ end and that will pave the way for a winning performance. ROCK BOTTOM (6) has had 15 previous attempts to greet the judge at Headquarters but has only managed to secure five placings. The Wendy Turnbull-trained 6yo enters this contest with three solid efforts behind him, with a win a tough and determined win coming his way, followed by a 2.2m 2nd to Bettor Jiggle at Bathurst being is most recent assignment. Rock Bottom looked a shade unlucky on that occasion in finding the line strongly over the final stages. A repeat of his past two efforts would see Rock Bottom finishing nowhere near ‘rock bottom’ but in a far more major role. BEAU CISHLOM (3) is handy, without jumping out at you, but his past two runs have been steady, the latter a useful 9.2m 4th to Hidden Courage last Tuesday. Suitably drawn and likely to be cuddled by Jack Trainor, the Peter Russo-trained son of Elsu could surprise. THE GOLDEN CROSS (7) was a safely-held 5th to Nota Replica here on Tuesday but the 8yo is at least an exotic contender while MOST HAPPY CULLEN (1) and ALTA EQUUS (4) should also be in the mix when multiple investments are placed.
LETS GO TO BRAZIL 1, Rock Bottom 2, Beau Cishlom 3, The Golden Cross 4.