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    RACE ONE: Despite being missing from the winners’ circle since last October, PUMP THE BRAKES (7) has been on the verge of a win... Pump ready to ‘brake’ drought
    Despite being missing from the winners’ circle since last October, PUMP THE BRAKES (7) has been on the verge of a win for sometime, and like most of his rivals which are in a similar situation, the Sean Grayling trained and driven gelding is capable of greeting the judge. Runner-up in four of his past six starts, Pump The Brakes hasn’t finished further back than fifth in his other two encounters, the latter a week ago when he worked home stoutly in recording a 7m 4th to Jazzy Star. With the reserve out and the 8yo will move in a couple of spots at the start, compared to last week, so Sean will be looking to secure a role close to the action, which in such an open and competitive contest, will enhance his winning prospects. The ‘x factor’, despite drawing the outside gate, is the former Geoff Webster-trained 4yo, TUPPENCE (11), which is now a member of the in-form Darren Binskin. Arriving from Victoria with solid formlines the son of Lincoln Royal has always been highly-regarded and is coming off a solid all-the-way win at Ballarat on July 16 when he accounted for Major Manbar and Yankee Gold. Tuppence has been prominent in recent outings, but he has been drawing a lot closer to the markers so it will be interesting to see how DJ attacks this race when the green light is activated. TOTAL DIVA (9) had been racing in fine fashion at this venue before heading to Penrith for a suitable assignment a week ago. The end result was a comfortable, and deserving win, despite commencing the race from a back row draw. The mare has drawn deep but is bound to be in the mix soon after the start. SUMMIT SPECIAL (5) continues to post consistent displays, but also continues to find greeting the judge out of reach. However, the 7yo son of Mr Feelgood must be included in the main bracket of chances while MAJOR JELLIS (1), JUSTA LITTLE BIT (8) and ROCK FISHERMAN (6) can’t be overlooked when it comes to forming multiple transactions.
    PUMP THE BRAKES 1, Tuppence 2, Total Diva 3, Summit Special 4.
    In another open contest, FAZE OF GLORY (6) is worthy of attention after posting back-to-back placings at this venue. The Nathan Turnbull stable has been enjoying plenty of success in recent months and Faze Of Glory is more than capable of through for his maiden Menangle win after recording three placings from his five starts at Headquarters. Recently, the 4yo son of Lincoln Royal has posted a 1.9m 2nd to Nerano, then a gritty 3.9m 3rd behind Boom. Faze Of Glory should be in, or near the lead from the outset and that will go a long way towards a winning display. Looming as the main threat to the Bathurst visitor is the Darren Hancock trained and driven CHECK IN (7), which has been beaten less than seven metres in each of his past three engagements. On each occasion the son of Mach Three has worked to the line with conviction, the latest a week ago when he posted a 4.5m 5th to Little Bliss, which is racing in a ‘purple patch’ of form. Darren has indicated that he will be easing the 8yo out of the early ‘hustle and bustle’ and save him for the final 200m. WOW HES A ROCK STAR (10), despite his talent, can be harder to follow than a shopping cart with a busted wheel. However, the 4yo must be included in the top bracket of contenders, although the outside draw has added to the degree of difficulty. Following a moderate last behind Nerano, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven then hit the line strongly from a midfield role when he comfortably accounted for Rock Fisherman and Louis Litt a week ago. From the wide alley Wow Hes A Rock star is likely to be kept for a late surge. The Clayton Harmey-trained DHAULAGIRI (9) will make his Menangle debut following a extended period of solid displays at both the Newcastle and Tamworth circuits. Boasting three wins and a couple of placings from his past five appearances, the American Ideal 5yo will create a great deal of interest. The wide gate shouldn’t be a major concern as Dhaulagiri has been getting back in races and charging home over the final stages. THE IDEAL DANCER (8), which scored here four runs back, has been unplaced since, but hasn’t been beaten far in the process, so don’t ignore his claims, especially as an exotic contender. Both Trevor Munday runners in GLENAVRIL KING (1) and BENALONG VALLEY (2) have drawn ideally and that will assist they exotic prospects.
    FAZE OF GLORY 1, Check In 2, Wow Hes A Rock Star 3, Dhaulagiri 4.

    This is certainly one of the toughest races on the card with a host of chances, including the Tony Bertwistle-trained ARDENS ACE (8), which hasn’t won since last November and that is a surprise as the son of Art Major has been a reliable performer. From his past five starts Ardens Ace has collected three placings while being in the mix in each of his two unplaced displays, the most recent being a week ago when he finished stoutly in recording a 6.4m 4th to Wow Hes a Rock Star. A wider gate awaits, but an easier


    contest so expect a strong showing from Ardens Ace, which has the chance to come up ‘trumps’. CAMANCHI WARRIOR (3) had been racing consistently both at this venue and Bathurst, prior to breaking in the score up, en route to working to be outside the leader when a tiring 22.9m 9th to Holy Camp Dillon. Back to a better draw, the 5yo son of Sunshine Beach will be competitive, providing he has his mind on the job from the outset. SO MUCH BETTOR (2) has an ideal draw and creditable form to suggest that the 7yo will run a bold race. The son of Bettors Delight was held up for a run at a vital stage when a 7.4m 6th to Little Bliss a week ago when competing from a four peg role. WESTERN STYLE(5) followed back-to-back Wagga wins with a handy 9.5m 7th to Ardens Reality a couple of weeks ago when he drew out deep. The Western Terror 5yo will appreciate his better draw and that will allow G1 winning reinsman Peter McRae to present him with a suitable role in running. Exotic players should also consider FEAR CRUISIN (9) and FOREVER YIN (10), which are both capable of winning, without surprising, and TOM THE CURIOUS (6).

    ARDENS ACE 1, Camanchi Warrior 2, So Much Bettor 3, Western Style 4.
    This is definitely a race overflowing with chances, as a high number of consistent performers on the country and provincial circuit come together for the Waratah Final. Courtesy of drawing gate one and the booking of Cam Hart, BEAU STEELE (1) gains the nod. Prepared by John Downey the son of Hes Watching has won two of his past four starts on the country arena, the latter a few weeks ago when he defeated Ulaanbaatar and Wally Blaster at Wagga. A week later the 5yo enjoyed a kind run behind the leader and eventual winner, God Bless You, when a gritty 4.5m second. With luck in running bound to be a vital ingredient for a successful encounter, Beau Steele will enjoy such luck from the outset. GOTTA KICK (2) will also appreciate his ideal starting role, with the Adam Ruggari-trained son of Roll With Joe also racing in fine form of late. After posting a creditable 11.8m 5th to the talented Mahomes at this venue, Gotta Kick then headed back home to Newcastle, and although commencing his latest assignment from the back row, Gotta Kick proved a shade too good for Sir Richard Lee and Nasholi. The prospect of landing a role closer to the action will allow Gotta Kick to launch his claim from a suitable position in transit. WESTERN RICKI (6) also had creditable Newcastle form before working home stoutly from a midfield role in defeating Brexitt and Dollarsign at Tamworth. The Western Terror 6yo has drawn the middle of the line, compared to recent back row draws, so expect him to be in the mix from the outset. VALIANT CHARGER (9) is coming off a solid win at Parkes and this assignment is certainly well within his reach while the consistent JESSEJAMES SHANNON (10) is bound to be thereabouts when the judge calls a halt, although the wide gate will be a hurdle. PIPPO NIEN (3) and SIR RICHARD (7) remain in the mix when it comes to multiple combinations.
    BEAU STEELE 1, Gotta Kick 2, Western Ricki 3, Valiant Charger 4.
    Despite drawing wide, gate eight with the reserve remaining on the sideline, ORCHID STRIDE (9) will take a power of beating as the classy mare attempts to make amends after finishing a beaten favourite a week ago. After greeting the judge on four-consecutive occasions, the Jack Trainor-prepared daughter of American Ideal then dictated the terms when a respectable 3.5m 4th behind a classy stablemate B K Sway, which gave 17yo Jack Brown his first metroplitan success, just two weeks after being granted his licence to drive at the Saturday night meetings. This time around Brown will replace Trainor, and although the mare has drawn deep, the 4yo does have the gate speed to stamp her authority on this race from the outset. While this will be a competitive assignment for Orchid Stride, it will be a shade easier, compared to last week. Gate one is a big plus for the consistent SOVIET STUNNER (1) which left her comfort zone of Tuesday racing, with a solid 4.3m 5th to B K Swy last week. The Mach three mare will again receive a cosy run, as she did last week, courtesy of John McCarthy and that will assist the 4yo in her quest for a trip to the winner’s circle. After recording a confidence-boosting win, the James Rattray-trained and driven KABIBI (4) can’t be taken lightly. Driven by Taylah Osmond, the 5yo mare was rated to perfection in defeating Radiant Amber, which has won since, and Stellina. Suitably drawn, Kabibi will also be keen to be in the mix from the outset. WATTLEBANK LASS (10) resumes from a lengthy spell from a tricky gate, however, the mare has been trialling nicely and the Amanda Turnbull-trained daughter of Art Major should be kept safe, especially when it comes to exotic investments. WHATS YOUR SECRET (11) has drawn the outside gate but remains an exotic contender, along with AUNTY BELLA (6), HIDDEN DELIGHT (5) and CHEVRONS BYPASS (7).
    ORCHID STRIDE 1, Soviet Stunner 2, Kabibi 3, Wattlebank Lass 4.

    Following his brief Winter carnival campaign in the ‘sunshine state’, ALTA ORLANDO (2) looks an ideal investment after the classy veteran drew ideally in gate two. Placed in four of his past nine starts, since opening his latest term of racing with back-to-back wins, the Belinda McCarthy-trained son of Courage Under Fire had little luck in the G1 Sunshine Sprint, which resulted in a 9m 8th to Bettor Eclipse. Next stop was the 2680m Blacks A Fake at AP on July, and courtesy of a handy three peg role, Alta Orlando managed to record a respectable 8m 4th to Majestic Cruiser. Ricky Thurlow was in the sulky for both those encounters, but regular reinsman Jack Callaghan will be back in the ‘bike’ and keen to see the 10yo strike winning form once again. The draw will allow Callaghan to set the tempo for the 2300m, if he so desires, and that would appear the


    likely scenario, although it will depend on the Jason Grimson duo of DOUBTLESS BAY (1) and HES CHIMING (4). DOUBTLESS BAY will have the chance to secure the back of Alta Orlando, and with this assignment being a rise in grade, compared to his past two wins, that will assist the 5yo son of Bettors Delight in completing the hat-trick. HES CHIMING has drawn suitably in four, and although his form has been mixed since scoring here five starts ago over this course and distance, the 7yo is coming off a couple of creditable displays, the latter a week ago when a 5.6m 3rd to Wainui Creek. With Cam Hart booked to handle Doubtless Bay, Sofia Arvidsson will continue her association with Hes Chiming. ONE TWO MANY (8) has drawn wide but the Amanda Turnbull-conditioned son of Captaintreacherous is poised to have the final shot at the prizemoney. The 4yo has won two of his past three in such a manner, and although up in grade the gelding is capable of making his presence felt, with Isobel Ross taking over the driving duties. Exotic transactions should also include PETES SAID SO (7) and value players such as LOORRIM CREEK (9) and PITCH PERFECT (10).

    ALTA ORLANDO 1, Doubtless Bay 2, Hes Chiming 3, One Two Many 4.
    Talented trotter DROP THE HAMMER (9) returns to the track after an enforced break, which resulted in minor leg surgery. Darren Hancock has been pleased with the 7yo and is expecting a bold first-up showing, although he feels that the son of Bettors Delight may need a run or two before he is ready to strike winning form. Drop The Hammer has been off the scene since breaking and then pacing when a distant last behind Tough Monarch over 3009ss last October. Prior to that below-par performance the gelding had been racing in fine form, and although there is a warning on his first run back, I’m going to stick with the track specialist. All 26 wins have been recorded here, and, 23 of his 24 minor placings have also been posted at this venue. With a pleasing trial behind him, Drop The Hammer is worth the gamble. The definite threat is MAJESTIC SIMON (10) which has been freshened since posting back-to-back wins at Menangle in mid-June, the latter defeating Rave On Hall and Royal Glenferrie. The Belinda McCarthy-trained 7yo has drawn out wide but his is bound to use his gate speed to his advantage in securing a role in the thick of the action from the outset. Kept fresh for his return, Majestic Simon will have plenty of admirers. PRINCESS FAITH (1) has drawn ideally in the pole position and that will give the Michael Doltoff-conditioned mare the opportunity to land an ideal stalking role. After working through the grades with a hat-trick of wins, the 6yo has since been placed in her subsequent two runs, with One Majic Kenny successful in each of those encounters. ONE MAJIC KENNY (8) now that he has found winning form once again, must be regarded as a definite contender for the top spot, despite the slightly harder challenge which awaits. The consistent ROYAL GLENFERRIE (3) will have plenty to offer as an exotic player while GUS ANMAORI (6) and ALDEBARAN URSULA (5) also fall into that category.
    DROP THE HAMMER 1, Majestic Simon 2, Princess Faith 3, One Majic Kenny 4.
    The final race is another with numerous contenders for the top spot, and although confronted by the outside draw, LOUIS LITT (10) is capable of mounting a strong case when it comes to his chance to greet the judge. Since scoring back on June 7, Louis Litt has contested a further five races, but has managed just the one placing, and that was a week ago when an eye-catching 6m 3rd to Wow Hes a Rock Star, coming from a six peg role in making up many metres over the final stages. In each of his unplaced cases, the Laurence Dawson trained and driven son of Art Major has been beaten 10m or less, so he has been around the money. From the outside gate the 5yo will again be excused from the early charge for roles close to the action, instead awaiting the 360m Menangle straight before attracting the attention of the judge. EVERYBODYLOVEDRAY (8) has also been unplaced since scoring six starts ago, but like Louis Litt, the 7yo son of Always A Virgin hasn’t been disgraced. Contesting the same race as Louis Litt last week, the David Thorn-trained gelding was hitting the line nicely in posting a 6.7m fifth. Expect to see Everybodylovedray avoid the early ‘hustle and bustle’, which will allow Jimmy Douglass the chance to keep Everybodylovedray saved for a late surge, which is usually to his liking. RICKOSHAY (9) ended his previous term of racing with some disappointing efforts after going through a period of stylish displays, both in enjoying success and recording minor placings. After trialling nicely for his comeback, the 4yo son of Bettors Delight started a well-supported favourite last week and, after dictating the terms, look poised to be pro-active in the finish. However, Rickoshay faded on his run in finishing a creditable 7m 5th to Tamanisha Terror. The Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven entire has again drawn deep, but this time around he will boast a higher level of fitness. With that in mind, Rickoshay is deserving of another chance. HANDS ON (1) should be in the mix as an exotic contender after drawing the pole while OUR MONEY ROCKS (6), which had no luck last week, and MACH DADDY (3) also warrant consideration when it comes to forming investments.
    LOUIS LITT 1, Everybodylovedray 2, Rickoshay 3, Hands On 4.
    – Selections by MIKE KOCASS

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