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    Mike Ko’cass’s in-depth analysis of Menangle Saturday night Mike Ko’cass’s in-depth analysis of Menangle Saturday night

    BACK IN TOWN: Big Jack Hammer.

    RACE ONE: The meeting will commence with an enthralling contest between two ‘rising stars’ with the Kevin Pizzuto-trained 4yo BURNHAM BOY (10) and the year younger... Mike Ko’cass’s in-depth analysis of Menangle Saturday night


    The meeting will commence with an enthralling contest between two ‘rising stars’ with the Kevin Pizzuto-trained 4yo BURNHAM BOY (10) and the year younger TASTY DELIGHT (11), which has been destined for the big time’ ever since he greeted the judge in the Bathurst Gold Crown as a youngster for his mentor Brian Portelli. BURNHAM BOY (10) may well be on a path towards the Inter Dominion in December, and judging by his two runs since a spell, the son Bettors Delight is more than capable of making the list of contenders for the heats. After ending his previous campaign, and by far his toughest, with a pleasing 9.7m 3rd to Mach Shard in the G1 Ainsworth FFA (2400m) on Miracle Mile night, Burnham Boy resumed on June 26 with an eye-catching 3.8m 3rd behind his stablemate Arden Messi, who has also taken his performances to another level in recent months. Last week Burnham Boy again hit the line with intent, this time coming from a rearward role in posting a solid 2.2m 3rd to another stablemate, Treuer winner Loorrim Lake. Both runs were superb and with the added level of fitness, Burnham Boy, despite being confronted by a tough draw, is ready to greet the judge. Josh Gallagher, who is driving in fine fashion, has been booked for Burnham Boy as regular reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick, as expected, will jump in the sulky behind TASTY DELIGHT (11). The pair face the starter with an unblemished record, ‘five from five’, the past three cementing their association. With Brian electing to stand down in favour of Blake, Tasty Delight posted two solid APG heat wins at Menangle, then produced a stylish all-the-way win in the 3YO C&G’s Final at Melton on May 29. The exciting son of Bettors Delight hasn’t been to the trials and draws closer to the outside fence than the pegs, but he will be competitive. The consistent JIMMY LOCKE (8) appeals as a suitable exotic contender for in-form mentor Peter Russo while RAYS CHOICE (7) will again be in the mix from the outset so he must be included in transactions. The likes of DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (2), which is coming off a solid win here on Tuesday, ZIGGY ROCKS (9) and ALWAYS ROCKIN (5), another Russo runner, are worthy of attention in seeking value.

    BURNHAM BOY 1, Tasty Delight 2, Jimmy Locke 3, Rays Choice 4.


    Over the past month or so, NOTA REPLICA (7) has been selected on numerous occasions to greet the judge, and although Mr Consistency continues to be in the fight, he hasn’t managed to produce that knock-out blow. The Kevin Pizzuto-conditioned gelding has again roped me in, but he must produce a winning performance to warrant further attention. Since greeting the judge on June 1, Nota Replica has contested five races for as many placings, each time being actively involved until the final 50m or so. His biggest defeat was a week ago when he posted a 6.8m 3rd to Never Been Said and I Am Serengeti after enjoying a kind run behind the leader. Less the reserve and gate six will be his starting roll, and that should result in the 6yo being involved in the contest from the outset and hopefully, the one to beat from that point onwards. SWAGGIE SHANNON (4) has posted a few solid efforts for trainer Cameron Ross and from his improved draw, the veteran is worthy of a high rating. Runner-up to Smooth Sailor three starts ago, the 9yo then recorded a sound 4.3m 4th to Mighty Flyin Art, prior to a gritty 8m 4th behind Never Been Said a week ago. The move from nine to three should encourage Swaggie Shannon to play an active role in the finish while having Cam Hart in the sulky once again, is a huge plus as he continues to enjoy returning to the winner’s circle on a regular basis. I AM SERENGETI (9), apart from one run, has been racing in fine fashion and he will again make his presence felt, despite the wide draw. Like Cam Hart and Jack Trainor, young Jack Callaghan has been in superb touch and he will ensure that the 7yo son of Art Major is given every chance. OUR MADIBA (11) has a tricky draw but remains a player for the exotics, along with LETS GO TO BRAZIL (5) and MISTER MAGIC MAN (8).

    NOTA REPLICA 1, Swaggie Shannon 2, I Am Serengeti 3, Our Madiba 4.


    The highlight event on the card is this event with several outstanding performers facing the starter. Former NSW Derby winner MAX DELIGHT (9) has made the trip from Victorian, one of a few runners master mentor David Aiken has entered for the meeting. David will also take the reins behind his outstanding 5yo, which has collected three wins and four placings from his 12 Menangle assignments. The son of Bettors Delight has been is competing in tip-top form at Melton, with his past four starts resulting in three wins and a solid 3m 3rd behind Sonny Weaver. Since that display Max Delight has defeated Boncel Benjamin and stablemate Malcolms Rhythm, prior to leading throughout in accounting for Shadow Sax and Vandanta, the latter winning since in fine fashion. Max Delight has drawn deep in eight, which is less the reserve, but he is bound to leave the machine with intent in the hope of securing a role close to the action. LOORRIM LAKE (11) bounced back from an ‘out of character’, distant last when he didn’t want to play the game when last behind Pocket Of Terror, with a barnstorming win here last week in defeating Major Roll and Burnham Boy. The Treuer winner has the outside gate to overcome, apart from several classy opponents, but his form is hard to ignore, and he must be respected. IGNATIUS (10) has been off the scene since a costly 8.9m 6th to Loorrim Lake in the JD Watts G3 back on June 5. The James Rattray trained and driven 6yo had been racing in great heart prior and although he hasn’t raced in six weeks, the son of Roll With Joe has been kept up to the mark with a sound Goulburn trial win. POCKET OF TERROR (8) had every chance when a grinding 3.6m 5th to Loorrim Lake last week, but he wasn’t disgraced, and he did win two of his previous four in good style so don’t ignore him as a threat. With all the major characters drawing deep it has added further intrigue to the race. When forming multiple transactions, MAJOR ROLL (7), ROCKNROLL ANGEL (6) and STAR GALLERIA (5) should be included.

    MAX DELIGHT 1, Loorrim Lake 2, Ignatius 3, Pocket Of Terror 4.


    Compared to his past three engagements, HIDDEN COURAGE (7) should find this assignment to his liking and, as a result, the Jason Grimson-prepared 7yo should take a power of beating. After winning four-straight in fine fashion, Hidden Courage then posted a solid and slightly unlucky 5.4m 6th to Bundoran, a determined 3.3m 3rd to Pocket Of Terror before coming from a rearward roll in recording a pleasing 7.5m 7th to Loorrim Lake a week ago. If the son of Courage Under Fire takes that type of commitment into this easier contest, then he should be having his photo taken in the winner’s circle. REPLACED EYE (8) gave a far better sight a couple of weeks ago after resuming from a spell with four lack-lustre efforts, which well below his usual consistent standard. The Belinda McCarthy-trained 8yo, who last greeted the judge back in October 2020, showed gate speed from his wide draw in finding the back of his stablemate and eventual, all-the-way winner, Lets Katchmeifucan. The son of Rocknroll Hanover, on his best form, would find this to be a suitable challenge. SUMMIT SPECIAL (1) has drawn ideally in gate one for his first assignment since a 12.4m 5th to Chubby Checker back on April 17. Trainer David Thorn has elected to keep the son of Mr Feelgood fresh, and he will face the starter without a trial. However, the same plan worked last time and there is no doubt that the 6yo is capable of being involved in the outcome. POWER OF RED (6) will be having his first outing since a lengthy spell and for new mentors Joe and Mary Rando. The 8yo headed to the paddock after a 40.6m 9th to Vandanta at Headquarters last September, but two recent solid trials has the 8yo son of Rocknroll Hanover poised for a bold first-up showing. Exotic players should also look to HICKSTEAD (2) and BROCKS TERRITORY (4), both runners from the KerryAnn Morris, when looking to build on exotic investments.

    HIDDEN COURAGE 1, Replaced Eye 2, Summit Special 3, Power Of Red 4.


    Rickie Alchin’s classy trotter TOUGH MONARCH (8) scored with authority when resuming from a spell last week and although confronted by a slightly harder challenge this time around, the son of Monarchy will again reign supreme. Dictating the terms of the mile event from the outset, Tough Monarch was never in danger of defeat, and had something in hand as he greeted the judge, 11.8m clear of his nearest rival, Caligula while Drop The Hammer was a further 1.3m astern, but certainly not disgraced in his first challenge from a spell. That was Tough Monarch’s first outing in four months, and he will strip fitter for this longer challenge over 2300m. Robert Morris, who is two from two behind the star squaregaiter, will again take the reins. The David Aiken-trained BIG JACK HAMMER (5) will loom as the main threat to Tough Monarch. The 8yo has won two of his 12 starts at this venue, both G1 events, so he is a ‘big time’ performer and one to respect. The son of The Pres has been mixing his form of late, with a Geelong win coming his way three starts ago when he defeated Tornado Valley, prior to two recent unplaced efforts, commencing with a 16.3m 7th to Sparkling Success. Last time out Big Jack Hammer contested the Noopy Kiosk over the 1720m of the Melton circuit on June 19, which resulted in a 12m 5th to Sleepee. Suitably drawn in five, which is a plus, as it will give Jack Trainor first shot at the pegs. DROP THE HAMMER (6) has also drawn inside of Tough Monarch and Darren Hancock will be keen to have his star performer in the mix from the outset. The 6yo resumed with a tidy 13m 3rd to Tough Monarch last week, with his work over the final 200m suggesting he has returned to fine fettle. The son of Bettors Delight is bound to enjoy the extended journey. Stablemate MONARO MIA (7) wasn’t in the mood last week when she broke in the score up and finished a tailed off eighth. Prior to that display of bad manners, Monaro Mia had been racing in outstanding form, and although she lacks the class of the ‘big three’, the mare can assist exotic players. CALIGULA (9) has also been moody of late, but the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven 5yo did show plenty of ‘ticker’ last week when an 11.8m 2nd to Tough Monarch so respect his exotic prospects.

    TOUGH MONARCH 1, Big Jack Hammer 2, Drop The Hammer 3, Monaro Mia 4.


    The ‘best bet’ on the card is ISLAND FIRE DANCE (3), however, the Jason Grimson-conditioned filly will start at a short quote, so standing her out in the exotics is the way to go. The filly has won three on end since since joining the Grimson team, the opening two in April, prior to resuming with a stylish and comfortable all-the-way win last week in accounting for Titian Raider and Cherishthememories. Ideally drawn in three, the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance should again take control of this race from the outset and it should be a matter of how far Cam Hart wishes to greet the judge. Since securing G1 glory five starts ago, the KerryAnn Turner-trained mare EYE CAN RUN (6) has finished out of the placings. A couple of weeks ago the Heston Blue Chip 4yo finished at the rear of the field in the race won by Mighty Flying Art. This challenge looks far more suitable and the small field should also benefit Eye Can Run. Expect a far better showing this time around. DIVINE DIVA (4) has also made the trip for David Aiken and although she has been safely held in each of her past four, the mare has been competing in stronger company. Last time out the daughter of Mach Three posted a 16.7m 6th to She Will Rock at Bendigo a week ago when never a threat from a deep peg role. From five Menangle outings, Divine Diva has managed just one minor placing, but at start number 50, the mare will be looking to celebrate with a bold showing. PAY ME OVERS (8) and stablemate BRONSKI BELLE (5) give Lucky Lodge further exotic chances.

    ISLAND FIRE DANCE 1, Eye Can Run 2, Divine Diva 3, Pay Me Overs 4.


    He certainly doesn’t win out of turn, but this race is certainly well within the reach of ROYAL GLENFERRIE (10). Prepared by Paul Fitzpatrick and to be driven by Sean Grayling, who is driving in fine touch, the son of Bettors Delight has been a model of consistency this season, with his 17 outings resulting in three wins and 11 placings. One of his three unplaced efforts was due to being knocked out of business. Following placings in races won by All Cashed Up, Caligula and Monaro Mia, with anyone of those runners starting in the ‘red’ in winning this, Royal Glenferrie then posted another game effort in finishing a 17.7m 4th behind Tough Monarch last week. Barring bad luck, Royal Glenferrie will take a power of beating in recording a deserving victory. SOBOMBA (9) is definitely a contender for the major share of the prizemoney, despite mixing his form in recent months. After some patchy efforts the son of Majestic Son managed to lead throughout in defeating Do Ball and Viksun, prior to a 14.8m 5th to Ball Park. If the 5yo remains focused from the outset, then he will give Royal Glenferrie something to think about. SALLY EM (7) is one of four runs for Grant Forrest, and his choice of drives, which is also a good lead to her claims of greeting the judge. The daughter of Bacardi Lindy has struck a ‘purple patch’ of consistency and she is capable of again being involved in the finish. ORLANDO STORM (8) gives Forrest another ‘positive player’ as the Orlando Vici mare has been racing with far more purpose this preparation. STRONG DESIRE (2) has drawn well for John Ogden and is worthy of attention as an exotic chance, along with CRITICAL ADVANTAGE (1) and CHARTEAUBRIANT (3), as far as, value players are concerned.

    ROYAL GLENFERRIE 1, Sobomba 2, Sally Em 3, Orlando Storm 4.


    Only seven runners and just two chances in LETTUCE TROT (5) and TOUGH LOVE (6). The pair clashed back on June 15 when LETTUCE TROT (5) was facing the starter for the first time while Tough Love was stepping out for her sixth assignment. Driven by Luke McCarthy and enjoying a kind run behind Tough Love from shortly after the start, the Russell Jack-trained daughter of Tintin In America swept past the odds-on favourite over the final 100m in posting an impressive and decisive 1.3m victory. Fitter and also gaining invaluable racing experience, Lettuce Trot again looks the one to beat. TOUGH LOVE (6) has three wins and a placing to show from her previous five starts, which entitled the Rickie Alchin-trained daughter of Love You to be listed as an odds-on favourite. The odds quoted this time around will be a lot closer. Jack Trainor will take over the driving duties and he will look to dictate from the outset in the hope of keeping Lettuce Trot at bay this time around. The battle for the remaining exotic roles should be fought out by CHARLIE THE GREAT (1), VAN DOREN (4) and ONAWINGANDAPRAYER (3).

    LETTUCE TROT 1, Tough Love 2, Charlie The Great 3, Van Doren 4.


    This time around just the five runners and once again, just two feature contenders for the honour of greeting the judge. The Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven ON ADVICE (4) takes top billing on the strength of five wins and eight placings from 17 starts. The son of Sebastian K will be shooting for a hat-trick of wins after two comfortable trips to the winner’s circle, the latter defeating Illawong Moonbeam and his main threat this time around, Affaire De Cover. AFFAIRE DE COVER (3) is under the care of Troy Williams whose stable is currently enjoying plenty of success. The 3yo son of Love You continues to perform at a consistent level as he shows more maturity. The pair will fight out the finish, which leaves the remaining three runners, REGENCY (2), PAPELA (1) and IMPERIAL POET (5) to battle out the final two exotic spots.

    ON ADVICE 1, Affaire De Cover 2, Regency 3, Papela 4.

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