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    Primed and ready to score ‘touchdown’ Primed and ready to score ‘touchdown’

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    RACE ONE: Placed in all seven races since a spell, three successfully, MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON (4) will again play an active role in the... Primed and ready to score ‘touchdown’

    RACE ONE:

    Placed in all seven races since a spell, three successfully, MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON (4) will again play an active role in the finish after drawing suitably in position behind the mobile. Prepared by Jarrod Alchin and to be driven by Cam Hart, the son of Sweet Lou followed a narrow, but determined win, with a respectable 4.8m 2nd behind Taipo a week ago, with the Brad Hewitt trained and driven Goulburn visitor dictating the terms after Cam elected to take a sit with My Ultimate Chevron. The 4yo will again be in the thick of the action, but, once again, Brad Hewitt will again provide the main threat. Last-start Goulburn winner EMMAS BOY (3) is more than capable of going on his winning way after drawing one spot better. The 6yo son of former star Kiwi, Terror To Love, was untroubled in greeting the judge after crossing from a wide gate in dictating the tempo. Brad will again look to produce ‘çabon copy’ performance with the Emmas Boy, which is part-owned by Canberra Raiders legend Jarrod Crocker, who will celebrate his 300th game for the ‘green machine’ just 24 hours earlier. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven SMOOTH OVERARM (7), who is a son of another former Kiwi star in Changeover, caught the eye with a fast-finishing 3m 2nd to Just As Well last week, and apart from one recent failure when he had no luck, the 8yo is racing well enough  to again be involved in the finish. LOUTHARIO (5) has joined the Jarrod Alchin team after competing at Menangle two weeks earlier as a member of the David Kennedy team. That particular assignment resulted in a 26m 9th to Gordons Bay after commencing the race from the back row , which resulted in a rearward role. Also a son of Sweet Lou, the 5yo is capable of better and he can’t be taken lightly from his useful draw. JALANEEL (9), despite the presence of a wide gate, can’t be taken lightly as the 4yo is racing well for the Blake Fitzpatrick stable while JUST AS WELL (10) remains in the multiple mix following a return to winning form last week. The mare showed gate speed in crossing to the markers before Jack Callaghan elected to take a sit on The Bachelor. The daughter of Well Said had the last say in scoring by 3m, however, the task will be harder, especially after drawing the outside gate. The Belinda McCarthy-trained NO TIME LIKE NOW (8) will be having his first outing since a 19.8m 7th behind Double Act back on April 1. The son of Johny Rock has posted two, mixed trials and has drawn deep, but don’t rule him out as an exotic contender.

    MY ULTIMATE CHEVRON 1, Emmas Boy 2, Smooth Overarm 3, Louthario 4.

     

    RACE TWO:

    With back-to-back impressive wins next to his name, HEAVEN ON HIGH (9) will face the starter as the one to beat in what will another step up in grade for this talented son of Rock N Roll Heaven. Astutely prepared by David Thorn, the gelding was given some time off after a creditable 8m 7th to Port Au Prince in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith on April 6, due to a slight setback, the 5yo resumed with a powerful display on May 20, coming from a rearward role in defeating Rocket Boy and subsequent winner, Emmas Boy. Stepping out last week, and after settling three pegs for the majority of the contest, Heaven On High then joined the leader before the home turn, prior to leaving the balance of the field fighting out the minors when he opened up a winning break passing the 200m marker. The end result was a comfortable 5.5m win over Three Rivers and King Tiger. Confronted by gate nine, which will improve one spot if the reserve isn’t required, Heaven On Heaven is likely to be driven off the speed before unleashing his winning run when heads are turned for home. The consistent Jason Grimson-trained TEAGAN BANNER (8) looms as a definite threat, despite also drawing deep. An all-the-way winner at this venue two starts back when too good for Ardens Ace and Emmas Boy, the 8yo son of Art Major then dictated the terms when a gritty 2m 4th to Chevron Art. Despite the wider starting role, Teagan Banner is bound to make his presence felt from the outset. The consistent ROMANEE (2) on the other hand will appreciate returning to a suitable draw after starting his past four from gate six and wider. Following back-to-back wins the 5yo worked home stoutly, without threatening, from a midfield role when a useful 13m 4th to Heaven on High last week. The Jarrod Alchin-trained son of Bettors Delight will have the opportunity to secure a kinder and closer role and that will boost his winning prospects. Another Jason Grimson representative in LIGHTNING DAN (10) can’t be taken lightly due to drawing out wide. Rarely far from the action when the judge calls a halt, the 4yo son of Captaintreacherous is coming off a 15.2m 5th to Heaven On High a week ago when he started favourite. The entire did have every chance, but he recently finished runner-up behind Eureka hopeful My Ultimate Chevron on two occasions, the latter when beaten 1.2m in the APG Bullion E&G’s Final. That form must be respected. Exotic players should also consider THREE RIVERS (6), which is racing consistently, and PUNT AWAY (7), with the Jack Trainor-prepared mare stepping out for her first assignment since a 9m 6th to Tay Tay back on March 18. The daughter of Sportswriter hasn’t been to the trials, but she is overflowing with talent and she does go well fresh.

    HEAVEN ON HIGH 1, Teagan Banner 2, Romanee 3, Lightning Dan 4.

     

    RACE THREE:

    In what appears to be an open contest, CARLO GAMBINO (5) is worthy of an investment. Prepared by Chris Judd and to be driven by David Morris, the 9yo son of Mach Three is yet to post a win at Headquarters following 11 attempts, with three minors placings coming his way. Following an unlucky 1.3m 4th to Kingston Shannon at this venue two starts ago, when he hit the line strongly, Carlo Gambino then hit the line with intent in posting a 2m 2nd to Some Chevron at Penrith. After drawing the back row, Carlo Gambino, courtesy of Cam Hart, enjoyed the one-one in having his chance to greet the judge. The prospect of securing a role close to the action should result in Carlo Gambino being involved in the finish. TRIPLE FOUR (9) has a tricky draw to overcome, and although safely held of late, the Brad Hewitt trained and driven 5yo should be included in the mix. The son of American Ideal showed improvement last time out when a 13.2m 4th behind stablemate Taipo a week ago and, in what appears to be a race of many chances, the Goulburn visitor is one of them. LOCHIEL (7) continues to be thereabouts with the Leon Jurd-prepared 6yo coming off a creditable 9m 6th to Bertie Jones on Tuesday. The task here looks to be a suitable assignment for the son of Lincoln Royal so don’t ignore his claims. HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (8) was also involved on the same race as Lochiel, with the 8yo always in a rearward role, prior to finishing 7th, beaten 10.2m in making steady ground over the final stages. The deep draw is again a hurdle, but He Bettor Step Aside is capable of making his presence felt. SO MUCH MORE (4) has been placed in each of his past three, the latest when he worked home stoutly when a 4.7m 3rd to Bertie Jones. The suitable draw will again assist his claims of being in the mix when the judge calls a halt. RED REACTOR (1) hit the line with intent when a narrowly beaten by Smaltese on Tuesday and with a good draw next to his name, the 8yo is another possible winning contender.

    CARLO GAMBINO 1, Triple Four 2, Lochiel 3, He Bettor Step Aside 4.

     

    RACE FOUR:

    Another member of the Brad Hewitt team building towards a win is the talented mare ANNA LOVE (9), and, once again the Terror To Love bloodlines come into play. Successful at this venue back on April 1, Anna Love has finished fourth in her past two engagement, firstly behind Polly Put Kettleon when beaten 6m in closing strongly, then Tin Tin Jo a couple of weeks ago. Drifting back in the field from a wide gate, Anna Love was again doing her best work over the final 200m in finishing 3.9m behind the winner. With the benefit of those two outings, following seven weeks off, the 4yo mare will strip fitter, and although confronted by a wide gate, Anna Love makes plenty of appeal. One spot wider when the starter calls the field in to position will be TIN TIN JO (10), with the Jason Grimson-trained daughter of Tintin In America looming as the main threat. Rated to perfection by Cam Hart a couple of weeks ago, the 3yo filly proved a shade too good Swell Time and Cover Girl. While the draw has added to the degree of difficulty, Tin Tin Jo is bound to be involved in the finish. Fitter for two runs back from a spell, BEAUTY PLAY (6) will loom as a threat at some stage in the run home. Prepared by Peter Rixon, who is enjoying plenty of success of late, the daughter of Sweet Lou resumed from a spell with a solid win at Canberra, the mare then finished a useful 12.4m 5th to Emmas Boy at Goulburn after being ‘snookered’ in a four peg role. With the benefit of a higher level of fitness and a useful draw, Beauty Play should be kept safe. A confidence-boosting win by KOWHAI BLAZE (4) at Goulburn keeps the mare in the mix when it comes to exotic combinations. When it comes to forming multiples, the Troy Williams-trained CHARLIES ACE (2) is a value player in that regard as the daughter of The Gold Ace has been responsible for a couple of handy efforts at Menangle in recent weeks. The 6yo is coming off a 4.2m 5th behind Just As Well and with the benefit of a vastly improved draw, a kinder run should come her way. PARKED IN HEAVEN (11) has drawn badly but is worthy of consideration while OUR PRINCESS KENNEDY (7) resumes from a spell for new mentor Trevor Munday, and although safely held in a trial, the daughter of Hes Watching should be kept safe as an exotic runner.

    ANNA LOVE 1, Tin Tin Jo 2, Beauty Play 3, Kowhai Blaze 4.

     

    RACE FIVE:

    Following an effortless win at this venue a week ago, the classy Jess Tubbs-trained ONE OVER ALL (10) should take a power of beating once again, despite the switch from the stand to a mobile start. Confronted by similar opposition last time out, the son of Angus Hall overcame a 30m hcp, which he had little trouble making up, before converting the one-one into an stylish 14.3m defeat of Majestic Trio and Rave On Hall. This time around the Victorian will meet his rivals on level terms, and although a wide gate comes into play, it is hard to see them turning the tables on One Over All. REGAL ATTIRE (9) was standing next to One Over All behind the 30m tape, with a safe beginning eventually resulting in the Jarrod Alchin-conditioned son of Muscle Hill finding the role outside of the leader. Fading over the final stages, Regal Attire posted a 21.6m 5th, however, the 5yo will appreciate returning to the mobile. Boasting consistent form prior to his latest run, Regal Attire will play a far more active role in the finish. As per usual, the James Rattray trained and driven RAVE ON HALL (5) will be in the mix from the outset in proving a tough competitor once again. The son of Andover Hall scored here five starts ago, and has been in the placings in four subsequent engagements, the latest when he led out before taking a sit, prior to finishing a creditable 16.8m 3rd to One Over All.  Expect to see Rave On Hall prominently placed from the outset in producing another cheeky showing. FUNKY MONKEY (8) began safely from his 10m hcp last week in finding the front from Rave On hall, en route to recording a useful 20.4m fourth. The mare has been placed in three of her six runs since an enforced lay-off, and although confronted by a wide gate, don’t ignore the daughter of Money Bones when it comes to the multiples. Blake Fitzpatrick will have ON ADVICE (6) and CALIGULA (11) engaged, with the former stripping fitter for a couple of runs while the latter steps out for his first engagement since finishing last in the G1 Hammerhead Mile at Menangle on Miracle Mile night, March 4. Caligula has won a trial in good fashion and a bold showing wouldn’t come as a surprise, although the outside gate will be a hurdle. The Kate Hargreaves-prepared WELL DEFINED (4) has been safely held of late but from his good draw the 8yo is worthy of keeping in mind as a value exotic chance. JUNGLE EYES (3) has won his past six, but this will be a far harder assignment while HOT TO TROT (2) wasn’t a factor last week under the stand conditions, but is open to a vastly better showing when it comes to mobile racing.

    ONE OVER ALL 1, Regal Attire 2, Rave On Hall 3, Funky Monkey 4.

     

    RACE SIX:

    The return to racing of MAHOMES (4) a couple of weeks ago was simply superb. First-up since a 15m 6th to Catch A Wave in the G1 Chariots of Fire on February 18, the classy 4yo was responsible for an eye-catching run in coming from a six-peg role in recording a 5.5m 3rd to Artillery and Abouttime. Now under the care of jack Trainor, Mahomes had trialled well before his return and with a higher level of fitness and a suitable starting position, the gelding, who is in the mix when it comes to the Eureka in September, should make a bold statement in proving hard to beat. However, he must overcome the might of the Jason Grimson stable, with MAJOR MEISTER (6), MAJESTIC CRUISER (9), NERANO (3) and SICARIO (8) facing the starter, along with strong representation from the Belinda McCarthy barn in ALTA ORLANDO (11), MACH SHARD (10) and ARTILLERY (5). MAJOR MEISTER (6) has been off the scene since finishing a 5.6m 6th to Bondi Lockdown in the G2 Light Horse FFA at Headquarters on Miracle Mile night. Prior to that assignment the son of Art Major just failed to secure a start in the Miracle Mile when a 4.3m 3rd to Honolua Bay in the Allied Express Sprint. With the benefit of two solid trials, Major Meister looks primed for a strong first-up showing. MAJESTIC CRUISER (9) also trialled well on two occasions before opening his latest term of racing with an 18.2m 4th to stablemate Swayzee in the Goulburn Soldiers Club Cup on May 28. The Art major 8yo didn’t have the best of luck and it may pay to overlook that effort when assessing his claims. That was his first engagement since an 18m 9th to Copy That in the Ballarat Cup back on January 21, so Majestic Cruiser will attack this race with a higher level of fitness. As always, the ultimate professional, better known as ALTA ORLANDO (11) can’t be taken lightly. After defeating his high-profile stablemate Expensive Ego a few weeks ago, the 11yo son of Courage Under Fire was brave in defeat when beaten 1.2m by Swayzee in the above-mentioned Goulburn race. While the outside gate is a hurdle, Alta Orlando will make his presence known from the outset. MACH SHARD (10) worked home stoutly in finishing an 8.2m 4th to South Coast Arden last week, and although confronted by a wider gate, the 8yo should be kept safe in exotic transactions. A fitter BUNDORAN (7) is also a contender in that regard while ARTILLERY (5) who managed to power past a similar field in scoring two starts ago, before a creditable 8.9m 5th to South Coast Arden, can’t be ignored when forming multiple transactions.

    MAHOMES 1, Major Meister 2, Majestic Cruiser 3, Alta Orlando 4.

     

    RACE SEVEN:

    After a slow start to his career, although trainer-driver James Rattray never lost faith in LONDON TO A BRICK (6), with the son of Bettors Delight now having won four of his past six assignments. His only failure came in his biggest challenge, the G1 NSW Trotters Derby when he broke after the start and was never a factor in posting a tailed off last behind Rockingwithattitude. Two weeks later and the 3yo was back in the top spot following a narrow win over Watts Up Partytime and Tougher. With only five rivals, London To A Brock shouldn’t be hindered by the outside gate. James will have the option of pressing forward in search of the lead or allowing London To A Brick to settle into his work, prior to saving him for one run. Either-way, London To A Brick should be greeting the judge. WATTS UP PARTYTIME (2) has drawn ideally in two and that will ensure that the Rickie Alchin-trained son of Majestic Son will be a factor from the outset. With Rickie campaigning in Queensland, Cam Hart has been booked to handle the 3yo, who has been mixing his form since resuming. MOONWALKA (5) was going to play a role in the finish, although not as a threat to the winner, when he broke in the straight, resulting in a 32m 5th to London To A Brick. The 3yo also went off stride when an 18.3m 6th to Rockingwithattitude in the G1 NSW Trotters Derby, but two solid wins prior to that appearance should re taken into account. ALDEBARAN JENSEN (4) worked when he accounted for Oh Nova Love and Tougher, then he was again asked to lead up the outside runners when a 23.5m 4th to London To A Brick. A kinder run should assist the 3yo colt in making his presence felt in a bigger scale. TOUGHER (3) has been placed in his past two engagements and appears to be the only other player for the multiples.

    LONDON TO A BRICK 1, Watts Up Partytime 2, Moonwalka 3, Aldebaran Jensen 4.

     

    RACE EIGHT:

    Following a  stylish win at Headquarters on Tuesday, the Robert Morris-trained KANENA PROVLIMA (9) is more than capable of making it back-to-back wins in the space of five days. Contesting the race from a reward role, the 7yo swept around the home turn and three deep before surging clear of the final stages for a comfortable win. Double Encounter managed to cut the margin back to 2.5m, but Josh Gallagher, who is driving in superb form, had the situation under control. The son of A Rocknroll Dance has again drawn deep, which is likely to see him again sit back in the pack, however, that was a confidence-boosting display by Kanena Provlima and is a wide-open race, the gelding is again capable of featuring in the finish. The Jack Trainor-prepared BRAEDOS LAD (5) returns to racing, without a trial, but he should be regarded as a definite contender for the top spot. The son of For A Reason headed to the paddock following a 13.5m 7th to Gliding Away at Menangle on March 24. Prior to that outing the 5yo had been in fine form and with a handy draw assisting him, Braedos Lad, who will be driven by Cam Hart with Jack on the sidelines due to a seven day suspension, should be in the mix from the outset. PUMP THE BRAKES (4) posted a typical, honest effort, when a 5.2m 6th behind Chevron Art a few weeks ago. Suitably drawn, which will assist trainer-driver Sean Grayling in his quest for a forward role, the 160-start veteran should make his presence felt again. A drop in grade will be a plus for MAJOR JELLIS (10), however, the outside gate will be a hurdle. The Belinda McCarthy-conditioned 6yo is coming off a 9.9m 5th to stablemate Artillery a couple of weeks ago, and although his previous form had been mixed, Major Jellis can’t be ignored as a threat. When it comes to exotic investments the Jess Tubbs-prepared LA CAPTAIN (7) is worthy of attention as the 5yo is capable of improving on his 17.7m 8th to Heaven on High last week. RANGER BOMB (3) has drawn well and his past two placings have been more than useful.

    KANENA PROVLIMA 1, Braedos Lad 2, Pump The Brakes 3, Major Jellis 4.

     

    • MICHAEL KO’CASS

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