June 25, 2021 Michael Court
An outstanding event to start proceedings with at least seven or eight genuine chances. Following his success in the Treuer Memorial a couple of weeks ago, LOORRIM LAKE (10) appeared certain to be heading off to the States to continue his career, however, a deal was done during the week and as a result, former Parramatta Rugby League star Jersey Komorowski is now the proud owner of the smart son of Roll With Joe. Following a slow start to his career under the care of Kevin Pizzuto, which resulted in a safely held last behind Golden Year, the former Victorian has won four of his next six, culminating in his win at Bankstown over a gallant stablemate, Arden Messi. The classy 4yo has also finished runner twice behind Bundoran and Rubies For Tash, respectively. This will be Loorrim Lake’s toughest test as the race is overflowing with exceptional talent, with BUNDORAN (9) entitled to top billing on his recent, explosive form. From his past nine starts the Lincoln Royal 4yo has been unplaced only once, en route to collecting six wins and two placings, the latter a sensational 2nd to King Of Swing. Trainer Amanda Turnbull has found the key to Bundoran in allowing him to settle back in the pack before bringing him to the middle of the track, then giving him every opportunity to unleash his powerful sprint. STAR GALLERIA (8) is coming off a solid 3rd to King Of Swing and Bundoran and, with the prospect of a keenly contested race from the outset, his ability to sit off the pace and come with a rush should result in a competitive display. HIDDEN COURAGE (6) won four on end in fine style then had little luck when a 5.4m 6th to Bundoran a week ago. Striking trouble and competing from a four-peg role, the 7yo son of Courage Under Fire found the line strongly and if there is to be, somewhat of an upset, then Hidden Courage could be the one. Jack Trainor is expecting a bold showing from POCKET OF TERROR (4) following his 6.4m 8th to Bundoran a couple of weeks ago, with the multiple G1 winning driver indicating the 6yo had no luck and is entitled to further attention. Such is the depth of this race, CASH N FLOW (7) and Chariots of Fire runner-up ZEUSS BROMAC (11) have not figured in the top bracket, however, both are bound to be in the thick of the action when the judge calls a halt. Cash N Flow was disappointing last time out but is capable of bouncing back while a fitter Zeuss Bromac is on the verge of another win following his role as runner-up in both outings since a spell.
LOORRIM LAKE 1, Bundoran 2, Star Galleria 3, Hidden Courage 4.
The return to an ideal draw should be sufficient for the in-form SEND IT (1) to show a return to the winner’s circle. Racing in career best form the Brad Hewitt trained and driven son of Western Terror commenced his previous assignment from gate 9, which resulted in the Goulburn visitor competing from a midfield role. Rounding the home turn out four deep, Send It continued to find the line with intent, however, Rays Choice and Zeuss Bromac broke clear in fighting out the finish, leaving the gelding to post a gritty 6.7m third. Certainly, far from being disgraced in continuing his run of consistent displays. Prior to his latest encounter, Send It drew gate three which allowed Hewitt to dictate the terms of the G1 Regional Metro Final, accounting for Keayang Kreuzer and Ilikemebettor, the latter greeting the judge at Albion Park during the week. With wins in three of his past five starts, Send It will again take a power of beating, regardless of whether he dictates, which appears likely or takes a sit on Treuer Memorial runner-up ARDEN MESSI (2). The Kevin Pizzuto-trained son of Bettors Delight was rated to perfection by Josh Gallagher in the Bankstown 2540m feature event, only to be denied the winner’s cheque by stablemate Loorrim Lake, which was also driven to perfection by Luke McCarthy in greeting the judge. Gallagher will have the option of leaving the machine swiftly and looking to set the tempo or break the field up sufficiently in securing the role behind Send It. The charge into the first turn will be intriguing and may well decide the outcome. While Send It and Arden Messi have drawn ideally and appear the main players, as a result, another Kevin Pizzuto runner in BURNHAM BOY (11), despite drawing next to the grandstand, may hold the key to the race. Contesting his first race since a 9.7m 3rd to Mach Shard and Star Galleria in the 2400m G1 Ainsworth FFA on Miracle Mile night, Burnham Boy has always been highly-rated by his mentor. The son of Bettors Delight will face the starter without a trial, but he is bound to be ready to make his presence felt while Blake Fitzpatrick is also driving in superb form, and that is a plus. RAYS CHOICE (8) is coming off a strong win over Zeuss Bromac and Send It so his claims can’t be denied. Vastly improved since coming under the care of Jason Grimson, Rays Choice will again be driven by Cam Hart, who continues to perform at the highest level. When it comes to exotic investments, JIMMY LOCKE (6) must be included as Peter Russo has the 6yo racing with plenty of confidence while his stablemate ALWAYS ROCKIN (9) also warrants more than a passing thought. RED REACTOR (10), as per usual, is always a player when it comes to exotic transactions.
SEND IT 1, Arden Messi 2, Burnham Boy 3, Rays Choice 4.
With a win and three-consecutive placings to his credit NOTA REPLICA (4) gives Kevin Pizzuto another winning chance. The former Victorian contested his first start at this venue back on May 8, finishing a lack lustre 46m last behind Kingmaker. With the benefit of that run and competing at this testing venue on a regular basis, Nota Replica continues to build a solid bracket of work, commencing with a gritty win over Mustang Milly and Mighty Flying Art. Since then, placings behind Delightful Dude, Ziggy Rocks and more recently, Chubby Checker a week ago, have all been determined efforts. In each of his three placings, Nota Replica has started from gate 10, and gate nine (twice), so wearing the number four saddlecloth will be welcomed by the son of Courage Under Fire. MIGHTY FLYING ART (6) looms as a definite winning contender, just one of many, Jack Trainor has on the nine-event card. The 5yo enjoyed a kind run behind the leader when a solid 1.6m 2nd to Chubby Checker last week and with another kind run on the cards, Mighty Flying Art will be active in the finish. NEVER BEEN SAID (1), another member of the Jack Trainor team, will also create interest on his past two runs, both for Trainer, with gate one also bound to enhance her claims. The mare is coming off two sound placings and with the booking of Blake Fitzpatrick, Never Been Said is capable of having a say in the finish. EYE CAN RUN (2) has been unplaced in three subsequent runs since claiming a G1 title, however, the mare stays under notice as a potential threat after drawing well in two. When building multiple transactions, MADAZALWAYS (5), LOMBO HEAVEN (7) and BEAU CISHOLM (10) are worthy of involvement, especially when looking to add some ‘spice’ to the payout.
NOTA REPLICA 1, Mighty Flying Art 2, Never Been Said 3, Eye Can Run 4.
The Bernie Hewitt stable has been enjoying plenty of success of late and MAKE MINE MEMPHIS (5) can keep the trend heading in the right direction, despite mixing his form in recent months. Following his success in the Forbes Diggers Cup on Anzac Day, Make Mine Memphis has contested his past six starts at Headquarters, resulting in three placings and three handy unplaced efforts, although he has had the odd chance or two to greet the judge. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven hasn’t had a great deal of luck of late in being fair to the 5yo. Forced to work when a gritty 3.8m 3rd to Always Rockin, Make Mine Memphis entered the home straight out four deep when a grinding 5.8m 5th to Major Roll, then from a nine-peg role, Hewitt allowed Make Mine Memphis to slide up towards the leaders, resulting in the role outside of the leader coming his way for the trip home. The result was another game effort, although a costly one, in posting a 5.6m 2nd to Wahs Fire Bug, which had by far the easier trip. Handily drawn in five, Make Mine Memphis just needs a kinder run to go one better. SMOOTH BAHT (3) has been mixing his form of late, with a disappointing 16.6m 9th to Royal Gamble coming his way after finding the lead, then followed by a 2m 3rd behind Rocky Creed a week ago when he hit the line with purpose. The good draw is a plus and that should allow Nathan Turnbull to present the 4yo with a suitable trip. CHASING THE WIND (4) had been racing well prior to a 20.3m 7th to Smooth Sailor last week. Amanda Turnbull, who has been driving Smooth Baht, will take the reins behind Chasing The Wind, due to training the son of Fly Like An Eagle. MONDOOLEY HEAVEN (8) is coming off two solid efforts at this venue, the latter a neck 2nd to Rocky Creed. The Peter Hedges trained and driven 7yo hits peak fitness following a spell and he is the ‘value’ runner. Exotic investors should also consider WAHS FIRE BUG (6), ROCK FISHERMAN (7) and EVERYBODYLOVEDRAY (10) while the reserve MACH LE MORE (1) is also worthy of attention, courtesy of the ideal draw and his solid 8.5m 6th to Mister Magic Man here on Tuesday.
MAKE MINE MEMPHIS 1, Smooth Baht 2, Chasing The Wind 3, Mondooley Heaven 4.
Ideally drawn in gate one and also striking a suitable assignment, MAKOA (1) looks poised to take a power of beating and prove one of the ‘better bets’ on the card. The Jack Trainor-prepared 7yo has been thereabouts in each of his past four, with a couple of solid placings coming his way, commencing with a 6.4m 3rd to Royal Gamble. A solid-finishing 3.9m 5th behind Rockin Marty followed, prior to his latest effort a week ago when the son of Art Major hit the line with interest, resulting in a 4.9m 3rd to Laceys Lad and Elroy Jetson. Jack Callaghan, who drove Laceys Lad to victory, will take the reins behind Makoa, one of two runners in the race under the care of Trainor, the other being MIGHTY FLYING DEAL (10), which has drawn awkwardly, but remains a threat. ELROY JETSON (5) completed a hat-trick of solid placings at Headquarters when he worked to the line in fine fashion in grabbing 2nd spot behind Laceys Lad. The 10yo has drawn handily and is bound to be in the mix when the judge calls a halt. SHANNONSTHEMAN (8) has been mixing his form but his latest effort, a solid-finishing 9.4m 2nd to Master Catch at Newcastle last week, keeps the Darren Elder-prepared 7yo in the mix when it comes to forming multiple combinations. OUTRAGEOUS EL (9) has caught the eye with a couple of big efforts of late, the latter a 6.3m 7th to Bundoran a week ago. Ash Hart will again take the reins and she is confident the veteran will again be charging home, and again look a winning hope over the final 200m.
MAKOA 1, Elroy Jetson 2, Shannonstheman 3, Outrageous El 4.
Since Ash Hart jumped in the sulky, BENTLY BULLET (10) has suddenly turned his form around, and a result the Phillip Willis-trained son of Major In Art will contest the Country Series Final as one of the major players. With Ash in the charge of the reins, Bently has collected three wins and two placings from his past five starts, with his past two wins being the key to his prospects this time around. Driving the 5yo in a ‘cold’ fashion, hart has timed her run to perfection in greeting the judge, firstly, at Menangle, the at Goulburn when the pair powered to the line in defeating Angelic Miss and Braeview Fella. This will be a slightly harder challenge for Bently Bullet, however, the spacious Menangle circuit, coupled with the prospect of another, cool, calm and collected drive by Ash, will see Bently Bullet flashing down the middle of the track, just like a ‘shot out of a gun’. Courtesy of coming up with the prized pole position, BLAZING SHANNON (1) is bound to make his presence felt for Darren and Brad Elder. Following a hat-trick of Newcastle placings, Blazing Shannon enjoyed a soft run behind the leader in securing victory in the final stride a week ago, again on his home track. Elder (Brad) is bound to present the 5yo with another kind run and that will go a long way towards the pair being actively involved in the finish. BAKER CREEK (12) has the outside gate to overcome, but the Ellen Bartley-trained mare stays under notice as a threat, despite also having her first outing at Headquarters. The daughter of Betterthancheddar has been racing in outstanding form on the country arena, culminating in a narrow but game win at Wagga a couple of weeks ago. BOMANI (6) has won his past two at Cowra, the latter a qualifying event for this contest. The Roll With Joe 4yo pounced late in defeating Im Major Harry and Abercrombie Flash, and although he started at a big quote, there was a lot to like about the manner in which he found the line. The Nathan Turnbull trained and driven gelding is likely to be at a generous price again, but, he is worthy of further attention as this track is likely to suit his style of racing. METAKI MAJIC (3), IDEAL ESCAPE (4), ABERCROMBIE FLASH (2) and BRACKEN WARRIOR (8) should be linked to multiple transaction in a race of depth and value.
BENTLY BULLET 1, Blazing Shannon 2, Baker Creek 3, Bomani 4.
The field for the running of the G3 Garrards Horse and Hound Ladyship Stakes wouldn’t be out of place on any feature race meeting, with the bulk of the runners more than capable of facing the starter in the G1 Ladyship Mile while the Miracle Mile carnival rolls around once again. SPELLBOUND (3) is Queensland bound for the big winter carnival, maybe, depending on border restrictions, however, the Nathan Purdon-trained mare will definitely attract plenty of attention as she faces the starter for the first time at Headquarters. The daughter of Art Major joined Nathan on the back of a highly successful career in New Zealand, with the new partnership enjoying success in each of their opening three starts, all at Melton during late April into early May. The winning run came to an end on May 22 when the mare failed by the nose margin in pegging back a gallant Iolanta in the Richmond Lass staged over the 1720m of the Melton circuit. Purdon has kept his star attraction fresh for this challenge, and with a kind draw coming her way, Spellbound is likely to park off the pace, prior to joining in the fun over the final, testing 200m. Another former Kiwi in OUR PRINCESS TIFFANY (7) is no stranger to this venue, having won four of her six starts while being placed twice. One of those trips to the winner’s circle, came courtesy of her brilliant win in the NSW Oaks. Under the care of Dean Braun since October 2020 has continued to compete in fine fashion, as she did during a sensational period of racing for Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. The 5yo has been off the scene since contesting the 2698ss Easter Cup on April 3, with a daunting 30m hcp resulting in a game 11.6m 6th to Scooterwillrev. Amanda Turnbull, who is driving in superb form, has been booked and the pair will be looking to commence their partnership on a bright note. While the two sensational Kiwi born mares will attract attention, the Jason Grimson stable will provide the three main threats and potential winners in THE STUNNING NUN (2), ROCKNROLL ANGEL (5) and RUBIES FOR TASH (6). Of the trio THE STUNNING NUN appeals as the toughest to beat, courtesy of her ideal draw and recent run of four wins, the latest being a career best performance in posting a time of 1:49.7. On that occasion the mare led out before taking a sit, prior to dashing clear over the final stages in defeating Rocknroll Angel and Belladonna Girl. Jack Trainor will again take the reins and at this stage, will be looking to again look for a sit, although the opening stages will determine whether he holds and dictates, with The Stunning Nun more than capable of adjusting to either situation. ROCKNROLL ANGEL (5) will be in the mix from the outset and can never be taken lightly while RUBIES FOR TASH (6) is coming off a ‘forget’ effort in the Treuer Memorial when a 25.9m 5th to Loorrim Lake, as a $3.40 favourite. The mare, according to Trainor who had the reins in the G2 feature, said that the mare wasn’t suited by the back row or the smaller track, and warned of a far stronger display this time around. Certainly, her form prior to Bankstown was of the highest order and a win here is a distinct possibility. Jack Callaghan, who is another ‘young gun’ driving in fine form, will jump in the bike.
SPELLBOUND 1, Our Princess Tiffany 2, The Stunning Nun 3, Rocknroll Angel 4.
The HRNSW 2YO Trotters Foundation Final is one of the toughest on the card to sort out, but when it comes to the squaregaiter, look no further than the Blake Fitzpatrick stable, and as a result, GARDENA RONDA (8) faces the starter as the one to beat. Commencing her career with a promising 6.9m 3rd to Itzfergietime and Van Doren on June 1, the Used To Me filly then showed the benefit of race fitness and experience by easily accounting for Florencita and Jessies Son two weeks later. The youngster has drawn deeper for this challenge; however, Gardena Ronda appears to be a progressive type and she will again take a power of beating. JESSIES SON (4) has been placed in his past four trips to the races, the past two while under the care of KerryAnn Morris. The former Victorian has been safely held in collecting third spot behind So Vogue and Gardena Ronda, respectively, but he hasn’t been disgraced and the experience gained by racing here should assist in another bold showing, particularly, after drawing suitably. ITZFERGIETIME (10) has drawn deep but the Kerry Towers-trained Creatine filly can’t be left out the mix. After opening her career with two wins and a couple of sound efforts as runner-up, the 2yo then worked when a gritty 21.8m 4th to Gardena Ronda. A kinder role in the contest will assist Itzfergietime in being far more active in the finish. CLES LEGACY (1), FLORENCITA (2), ONAWINGANDAPRAY (5), MAJOR CREATION (9) and SO VOGUE (12) have done enough to warrant exotic involvement.
GARDENA RONDA 1, Jessies Son 2, Itzfergietime 3, Major Creation 4.
In what should be a wide-open contest, with plenty of value on offer, the Paul Fitzpatrick-conditioned TRUE CONFESSIONS (2) is worthy of a ticket with his name displayed. Resuming from a spell with two sound placings, each time receiving a good run from Lucas Rando, True Confessions then struck trouble, again from a back row draw, when a 31.8m 6th to I Am Serengeti at Bankstown on June 14. That run isn’t a factor when assessing a fitter True Confessions this time around. With the benefit of an ideal draw and the booking of the in-form Sean Grayling, the 6yo son of Western Terror should find this encounter to his liking.
The prospect of receiving a kind run in stalking the tempo, will certainly assist True Confessions, and coupled with the roomier circuit, he looks poised to be a factor in the finish. OUR MADIBA (11) has a tricky draw to overcome and while his recent form been patchy, the recent addition to the Jack Trainor stable stays under notice in such a tough and open race. The 7yo is coming off a vastly improved run when a 4m 5th to Tippitinya a couple of weeks ago, and although he will need luck from the draw, this is a race well within his reach. CHRISTMAS TOYBOY (7) resumed with a solid 5m 6th to Tippitinya in the above-mentioned race and he will strip fitter so don’t ignore his claims while TRIPLE VC (6) is capable of better in this grade so expect a far more competitive showing. One to watch out for is MACH LE MORE (10) which had his first run for Dean Braun on Tuesday in posting an 8.5m 6th to Mister Magic Man. From a rearward role the 5yo didn’t have much luck until the final stages, and as a result he found the line in a pleasing manner. JEDI MIND (1), HAS THE COURAGE (8), VINCENZINA (9) and BOLTA (5) are all in the multiple mix.
TRUE CONFESSIONS 1, Our Madiba 2, Christmas Toyboy 3, Mach Le More 4.