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    Mike Ko’cass with all the winners for Tabcorp Park Menangle Saturday night Mike Ko’cass with all the winners for Tabcorp Park Menangle Saturday night

    WATCH HIM GO: The Croupier is Mike Ko'cass's tip for Menangle Saturday night.

    RACE ONE: Although first-up from a frustrating term of racing, and without a trial, BURNHAM BOY (4) has both an ideal draw and a... Mike Ko’cass with all the winners for Tabcorp Park Menangle Saturday night


    Although first-up from a frustrating term of racing, and without a trial, BURNHAM BOY (4) has both an ideal draw and a suitable assignment to ‘kick-off’ his upcoming campaign. Following four-consecutive roles as runner-up, the Kevin Pizzuto-trained four-year-old recorded a disappointing 13.4m 6th to Majestic Cruiser, prior to posting a creditable 7.7m 7th behind Max Delight. Previously, Burnham Boy has performed strongly when ‘fresh’ and with gate three, which is less the reserve awaiting him, the son of Bettors Delight could prove to be exactly that so respect his claims. Also resuming from a break is the David Hewitt-conditioned BOYD WRITER (9) which will be driven by his son Brad. The talented six-year-old has been off the scene since a 13.2m 6th to Cash N Flow in the G3 Golden Mile back on June 13. The Goulburn-based mentor has given the son of Sportswriter three trials on his home track, with each outing better than the previous, with a solid trial win just over a week ago lifting his fitness to an acceptable level for this challenge. The wide draw is a concern but Boyd Writer has the ability to make a bold bid for a first-up win. Also drawing deep is another Kevin Pizzuto runner in NOTA REPLICA (10). The son of Courage Under Fire was rewarded for his consistency with an easy win back on July 17 when he accounted for Vincenzina and Bettor Step Aside. Like his stablemate the 6yo hasn’t been to the trials, but he is bound to be ready to give a good account. LACEYS LAD (3) has drawn ideally for his first outing since scoring here back on June 19. Trainer Mark Callaghan will send the son of Lis Mara around to the start with three solid Newcastle trial wins under his belt so expect the 6yo to be ready to run a big race. JIMMY LOCKE (5) has been mixing his form but draws well and is an exotic contender, along with SOHO TSUNAMI (11), NEVER BEEN SAID (2) and a fitter ALPINE STRIDE (6). A tough and open race to commence what is a quality card.

     BURNHAM BOY 1, Boyd Writer 2, Nota Replica 3, Laceys Lad 4.

     RACE TWO:

    This appears to be a suitable assignment for the Jack Trainer trained and driven MIGHTY FLYING ART (8), despite his tricky draw in the middle of the line. Following back-to-back wins at Headquarters in late June and a month later in July, Mighty Flying Art has since contested six races for a couple of placings and a few sound efforts in defeat. A week ago, the son of Art Major drew the outside gate, which resulted in the 5yo settling nine pegs, due to the speedy Don Boston being engaged, prior to being four back in the running line on the final bend. Working to the line with creditability, Mighty Flying Art recorded a sound 10.8m 4th to The Croupier. With a slightly easier challenge on the table, Mighty Flying Art will occupy a forward role this time around in proving hard to beat. OLD LUKE (10) drew handily and enjoyed a kind peg role, four back, last week in posting a handy 11m 5th to Major Obahma. Theeight-year-old has drawn out wide and that will see him drift back in proceedings, with Amanda Turnbull again looking to ‘cuddle’ him for a lengthy period before exposing him in the straight. The consistent son of Bettors Delight is capable of being involved in the finish with such a run. Next in line is BETTOR TO BE TRICKY (6), which scored at Penrith back in mid-August, but has been unplaced in six harder races since. The seven-year-old is coming off a couple of handy efforts at Headquarters, the latter a week ago when he posted a 5.3m 4th to Rocky Creed. A repeat of that effort would see him being in the mix when the judge calls a halt. MADAZALWAYS (4) contested the same race and also recorded a creditable 6m 6th, with the six-year-old locking wheels with Bettor To Be Tricky, which didn’t help their cause. When it comes to the multiples STARZZZINTHEMAKIN (5), which lost all chance with a tardy start in the race won by Cassius last week, is also in contention for a minor role on his good form prior to that appearance while JEDI MIND (9) is racing well and can’t be dismissed from the equation.

     MIGHTY FLYING ART 1, Old Luke 2, Bettor To Be Tricky 3, Madazalways 4.


    Former Kiwi OUR COWGIRLS N LACE (9) continues to impress and although tackling her toughest test to date since crossing the Tasman and joining the astute Brad Hewitt team at Goulburn, the daughter of Bettors Delight remains the one to beat. Following a stylish win at Wagga on Sept 24 when first-up from a spell and for Brad, the mare then greeted the judge in style at Menangle last week when she powered to the line from a midfield role. The end result was a comfortable win over Shanlou and Sweet Heaven. Speaking to Brad later in the night and he was glowing in his praise and is confident that the daughter of Hes Watching has the makings to go onto ‘bigger and better’ things. The wide draw won’t be a concern as Our Cowgirls N Lace will drift back before taking full advantage of the wide open spaces of the Menangle home straight. The main threat to the mare will be B K SWY (11) but the daughter of Big Jim must overcome the outside gate. Prepared by Jack Trainor and to be driven by Jack Callaghan. The 4yo has been costly in two runs for the stable, the latter when a gritty 6.3m 2nd to Fairy Tinkabell, which is racing in fine form at present, so B K Swy wasn’t disgraced by her effort. SHANLOU (1) has drawn ideally in the pole position, which will ensure that the consistent Tony Bertwistle-trained 3yo receives every chance. The Sweet Lou filly led last week in finishing a game 4.7m 2nd to Our Cowgirls N Lace and she will no doubt give plenty of cheek once again. SWEET HEAVEN 6) worked home gamely from a midfield role in finishing a 10.3m 3rd in the above-mentioned contest and the Bathurst visitor is again worthy of exotic involvement. Last-start Wagga winner SILENT RAPTURE (8) is joined by GOOD CHEDDAR THIS (3), which is coming off wins at Bathurst and Parkes, and DIVINE DIVA (5) when it comes to forming multiple transactions.

     OUR COWGIRLS N LACE 1, B K Swy 2, Shanlou 3, Sweet Heaven 4.


    Still a Menangle maiden after 13 attempts to greet the judge, FAR OUT BRO (10) has another suitable assignment awaiting, courtesy of drawing the pole position in a tough and open contest. Placed in four of his assignments at this venue, recorded a few handy, but unplaced efforts, before scoring by a big margin at Penrith. On that occasion Far Out Bro overcame a 2nd line draw in defeating Southbound Train and Major Statement. However, he was unable to overcome another back row draw at his next encounter when a safely held 7th to the talented Rickoshay. In-form reinsman Jack Callaghan has the chance to present the Michael Doltoff-trained four-year-old with a kind run from the outset and that should lay the foundations for a winning display. The main threat appears to be OUR MADIBA (6), with Jack Trainor booking Cam Hart to take the reins behind the son of Bettors Delight. After narrowly defeating Dee Double You and The Golden Cross, the seven-year-old recorded a solid 1.8m 2nd to My Ultimate Star, the latter when he hit the line strongly from the one-one. BRACKEN KNIGHT (4) also did a fine job in the race won by My Ultimate Star, with the five-year-old posting a 5.3m third. Handily drawn, Bracken Knight is one of a number of threats in a race of numerous contenders. POWER SURGE (9) has been trialling well for her return and despite the wide gate the Mark Callaghan-trained mare is worthy of attention, especially when it comes to the exotics. Jack Trainor has elected to drive MASTER CATCH (3) and although he has been mixing his form since joining the stable four runs ago, the six-year-old is coming off a couple of sound efforts and with an ideal draw assisting his claims, a competitive showing is a distinct possibility. QUEENOFDANCE (7) and SOUTHBOUND TRAIN (10) also remain in the multiple mix.

     FAR OUT BRO 1, Our Madiba 2, Bracken Knight 3, Power Surge 4.


    THE CROUPIER (8) will be looking complete a hat-trick of winning displays when he faces the starter for the G3 Club Menangle Country Club Final. Prepared by Belinda McCarthy and to be driven by Luke, the 6yo followed an effortless win with a comfortable heat win a week ago when he proved too good for Wattlebank Lass and Are Doubleyou. Compared to those two assignments, The son of Roll With Joe will be confronted by a harder task, but the six-year-old is racing with plenty of confidence and he should prove hard to hold out when ‘things’ get serious and the money is up for grabs. Drawing one spot closer to the pegs is CASSIUS (7), which is bound to come out fighting from the outset. Contesting four races since joining the Jason Grimson stable, Cassius has posted wins either side of a couple of solid placings, his first win coming via the Steward’s room. The four-year-old son of Lincoln Royal managed to overcome the outside gate in scoring narrowly over Taroona Bromac and Jedi Mind last week. On that occasion Cam Hart allowed Cassius to settle in a midfield role, but the gelding is likely to be more pro-active from the outset this time around. MAJOR OBAHMA (3) is racing in the ‘peak of his powers’ and with the benefit of a good draw the ‘Team McDowell’ trained son of Art Major is again poised to make his presence felt. ROCKY CREED (9) is coming off a solid win over Viva Las Vegas and Muscle Factory in his heat, and although the task will be tougher, the Pet Rock 5yo is capable of coming off a solid tempo and springing a surprise. At the very least, the James McPherson-trained gelding should be coupled with Cassius in a quinella. MUSCLE FACTORY (12) has drawn the outside gate, but the talented five-year-old will strip fitter for two runs, and although costly last week, the Belinda McCarthy-trained son of Roll With Joe is capable of being actively involved in the finish. The decision by Luke on whether he drives The Croupier or sticks with Muscle Factory should be a guide so respect his choice.

     THE CROUPIER 1, Cassius 2, Major Obahma 3, Rocky Creed 4.

     RACE SIX:

    This is the ‘tricky’ race on program, courtesy of the lack of winning form, with POWER OF RED (7) being the only runner to greet the judge in recent times, and that was at Headquarters last Tuesday. Fitter for three runs following a stint of racing in Queensland, SMOOTH SAILOR (8) is worth the gamble, as part from his higher level of fitness, the David Hewitt-conditioned son of Sportswriter drops significantly in grade. Resuming with a useful 16m 4th to Star Major at Wagga, Smooth Sailor then battled on soundly when a 15.5m 3rd to Ignatius and Send It at Goulburn. When facing the starter, a week ago at Menangle, the eight-year-old was listed as a $100 chance, but he was contesting the open class event and a handy ‘neddy’ that goes by the name of King Of Swing was also involved. The dual Miracle Mile winner had little trouble adding to that race to his list of credits, but Smooth Sailor wasn’t disgraced in posting a 15.9m 5th, coming from a five peg role in making up handy metres over the final stages. This will be a far more enjoyable challenge for a fitter Smooth Sailor so expect him to be actively involved in the finish when the judge calls a halt. ITZ MY GENERATION (5) has now had the benefit of two runs back from a spell since leaving the Belinda McCarthy stable and linking-up with Jason Grimson. Following a useful and unlucky 8.3m 7th to Under Worked, the seven-year-old entire then posted a 13.7m 3rd to Power Of Red here on Tuesday, with the son of Bettors Delight working from the 400m. Fitter and suitably drawn, Itz My Generation should be ready to give a bold showing. POWER OF RED (7) was able to take a sit on Don Boston before taking control of the contest with 400m to run. Never in danger of defeat, theeight-year-old proved far too good for Hidden Courage and Itz My Generation and he is bound to be a major player again. ARMA NAUGHTY (6) enjoyed a useful Queensland campaign before returning with two unplaced efforts at Wagga and Goulburn but claims as an exotic runner should be noted while RUM DELIGHT (1), GOTTASHOPEARLY (2) and IM COMPLIANT (3) also fall into that category.

     SMOOTH SAILOR 1, Itz My Generation 2, Power Of Red 3, Arma Naughty 4.


    Despite being off the scene since mid-July and drawing a ‘touch’ deep, outstanding four-year-old LOORRIM LAKE (9) is worth the gamble in what is another quality open-class contest over 2300m. After enjoying a productive period of racing, which resulted in five wins and three placings from just 11 starts, Loorrim Lake ended his previous campaign with a solid half-neck 2nd behind Cash N Flow. After enjoying plenty of success while under the care Stephen Maguire, Andrew Vozlic and then Emma Stewart, the son of Roll With Joe has continued to thrive since coming under the care of Kevin Pizzuto. Driver Wes Komorowski is likely to avoid the early ‘hustle and bustle’ for positions, particularly over the longer trip, prior to presenting Loorrim Lake at the top of the home straight. His two main opponents both have race fitness assisting their claims, with the Belinda McCarthy duo, STAR GALLERIA (10) and ALTA ORLANDO (11) bound to attract plenty of attention. STAR GALLERIA (10) certainly caught the eye with a fine display when resuming from a spell. Following a ‘mixed’ bag of efforts last campaign, which culminated in a costly 25.7m 8th to Pocket Of Terror at this venue on July 10, the Art Major 7yo resumed with a solid finishing 5.3m 3rd to Majestic Cruiser and Spirit Of St Louis in the G3 Sutton McMillan on Sept 25. Ash Hart did a fine job in guiding Star Galleria on that occasion, with the pair coming from a midfield role in doing so. One of three runners Belinda McCarthy has in the race, husband Luke is likely to occupy the driver’s seat. ALTA ORLANDO (11) has drawn the outside alley as the 9yo attempts to bounce back strongly following an 8.6m 5th to Majestic Cruiser after enjoying a kind run behind the leader. After ending his Queensland sojourn with back-to-back Albion Park wins, Alta Orlando strips fitter for his two runs since returning home, and although he is in the ‘twilight’ of his career, the son of Courage Under Fire can’t be taken lightly. ROCKIN MARTY (2) wasn’t disgraced when a 15.4m 4th to King Of Swing last week and with the benefit of an ideal draw, plus a higher level of fitness, the 5yo is a suitable addition to exotic transactions. RAYS CHOICE (10) tried hard when 2nd to King Of Swing and with gate one a big factor, the 8yo again has exotic prospects. MY ULTIMATE STAR (4) and BONCEL BENJAMIN (5), which had been racing well prior to his latest effort when last behind Majestic Cruiser a couple of weeks ago, also can’t be ignored when multiple discussions are taking place.

     LOORRIM LAKE 1, Star Galleria 2, Alta Orlando 3, Rockin Marty 4.


    Exciting squaregaiter ALDEBARAN REVANI (8) is poised to stretch her winning sequence to ‘six’ following a rapid rise to potential stardom since making the move from the northern hemisphere. Runner-up when on debut for the powerful Belinda McCarthy stable, the daughter of Donato Hanover continues to impress with each outing, and in doing so, the mare keeps posting smart times as she goes about her work with a high level of professionalism. Contesting her toughest challenge since appearing at Menangle, Aldebaran Revani led from start to finish, with ease, when posting a comfortable 8.2m win over Funky Monkey and Drop The Hammer on Sept 18. Jack Callaghan will again set his sights on dictating the terms and with only seven runners drawn to his left, that task should be completed with the minimum of fuss. And so should the end result. FUNKY MONKEY (7) had her fans going ‘bananas’ when she galloped out from her 10m hcp, en route to tailing off and finishing a 50.9m 7th to Tough Monarch over 3009m a week ago. Prior to that ‘forgive’ appearance, the mare had posted a gritty 2nd to Aldebaran Revani, with seven wins appearing next to her name prior to that outing. Back to the mobile and with three runs lifting her level of fitness, Funky Monkey will run boldly. INDEFENSIBLE (6) was responsible for a big effort when a 7m 4th to Tough Monarch a week ago. The four-year-old struck plenty of trouble with 800m to run, and, then made up many metres in finishing as close as he did. Racing in peak form the Rickie Alchin-trained driven son of Armbro Variable is a ‘must’ for the multiples. GIMONDI (4) also went around in the race won by Tough Monarch, with the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven son of Pet Rock striking trouble, as well, in recording a ‘forget’ 96m 10th. The quality four-year-old  finished runner-up in six-straight races before spelling, and he will give a good account, especially under the mobile conditions.

     ALDEBARAN REVANI 1, Funky Monkey 2, Indefensible 3, Gimondi 4.


    Off the scene for a month, following a return to racing, SUMMIT SPECIAL (3) is capable of playing a pro-active role in the finish, despite competing against fitter rivals. Prepared by David Thorn and to be driven by Blake Fitzpatrick, the son of Mr Feelgood resumed from a spell with a solid finishing 3m 3rd to Under Worked and Hidden Courage, prior to being withdrawn from an assignment a couple of weeks ago. With the benefit of further work a fitter 6yo will face the starter and with a good draw also being a plus, Summit Special certainly has the ability to give this a shake. ZIGGY ROCKS (6) should appreciate this challenge, compared to his recent encounters in harder races. Safely held in races won by Boncel Benjamin and Majestic Cruiser, respectively, Ziggy Rocks then hit the line with intent when a 2.7m 4th to The Stunning Nun a week ago. A repeat of that effort should result in the 5yo son of Pet Rock making his presence felt. ELROY JETSON (1) will be stepping out for his first run since posting a 3.9m 3rd to Rockabella Starz at Menangle on Aug 28. The veteran posted a solid period of racing before the break and despite his veteran status, another bold showing can’t be expected. BEAU CISHOLM (2) draws ideally and he is poised to be in the mix from the outset and for the majority of the contest from that point onwards. Jason Grimson has two solid chances, both drawn wide, in RUSTY CRACKERS (8) and HIDDEN COURAGE (9). RUSTY CRACKERS posted an improved effort when he was first past the post only to lose that role in the Steward’s room to Malcolms Rhythm. That was a month ago and if over that disappointment, the seven-year-old will have plenty to offer once again. HIDDEN COURAGE has been placed in his past four encounters, the latest on Tuesday when he made up good ground in recording an 8.2m 2nd to Power Of Red. The pair are bound to be competitive in an open and tough race to wrap up proceedings.

     SUMMIT SPECIAL 1, Ziggy Rocks 2, Elroy Jetson 3, Beau Cisholm 4.


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