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    Put Ego first as we find you a winner at Club Menangle Put Ego first as we find you a winner at Club Menangle

    WINNING PARTNERSHIP: Luke McCarthy and Expensive Ego.

    RACE ONE: At least six or seven runners are capable of greeting the judge, and it will come as no surprise. The Sean Grayling... Put Ego first as we find you a winner at Club Menangle

    RACE ONE:

    At least six or seven runners are capable of greeting the judge, and it will come as no surprise. The Sean Grayling trained and driven PUMP THE BRAKES (9) continues to be thereabouts on a regular basis, and with a last-start, deserving win next to his name, the 158-start veteran is capable of giving this event a big shake. Driven a treat by Sean, despite starting the Penrith challenge from the inside of the back row, Pump The Brakes proved a shade too good for Tinder Surprise and Soho Sinatra. Peaking in condition, following three runs back, SEND IT (6) is capable of making his presence felt. All three runs have been creditable, the latest at Headquarters on Tuesday when he raced in a midfield role in posting a gritty 3m 3rd to Wow Hes A Rock Star and Surfers Delight. Trainer-driver Brad Hewitt will again be looking to secure a suitable role in the running line before presenting Send It. ARTILLERY (11) also contested the race won by Wow Hes A Rock Star and his effort in finishing a 5.6m 4th was good enough to suggest that the 5yo was ready to make his presence felt. The son of Art Major has been a shade below the form he displayed when last in work, however, he is more than capable of being a serious threat, despite drawing wide. With the benefit of two runs from a spell, the Jack Trainor trained and driven CHEVRON ART (7) is ready to stake a claim for the top spot. Safely held behind Kingmaker at his first run back in finishing 7th, the 5yo then worked home steadily in recording a pleasing 5.2m 6th behind Pump The Brakes at Penrith. Despite being absent from the top spot for nearly 10 months, Chevron Art is worthy of attention. When it comes to building exotic investments ALWAYS ROCKIN (2), TUPPENCE (4) and DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (10) can’t be ignore, and either one is capable of being successful.

    PUMP THE BRAKES 1, Send It 2, Artillery 3, Chevron Art 4.

    RACE TWO:

    Since joining the powerful Belinda McCarthy team, former Queenslander THREE RIVERS (7) has been most impressive in posting two wins and gallant second from his four engagements. Following a gritty display in defeating subsequent winner, Romanee, the son of The Gold Ace then recorded a photo 2nd behind another Queenslander, Speak The Truth, a potential star in the making from the astute Shannon Price stable. The 5yo will be confronted by a tougher assignment, however, Three Rivers has drawn slightly better than his main threats, which have all drawn wider. LIGHTNING DAN (9) has drawn two spots wider and that will be a hurdle, however, the Jason Grimson-conditioned son of Captaintreacherous is on the verge of another win. The 4yo has finished runner-up in each of his past two starts, and on each occasion the winner has been My Ultimate Ronnie. Beaten 1.7m in finishing a heat of the APG 4YO Bullion Gold when he finished the race off in fine fashion, Lightning Dan was able to secure a ‘çarbon copy’ run from behind the leader in again hitting the line with intent. This time around the margin was cut back to 1.2m in the lucrative Final. ROMANEE (8) is racing in fine style, as well, and is coming off a deserving win a  week ago when he drew deep, which will again apply, in racing without cover for a good portion of the 2300m. The 5yo son of Bettors Delight refused to throw in the towel over the final stages, lifting himself off the canvas in pulling clear of Rocket Boy and Ardens Ace in scoring by a convincing margin. Add the Victorian Arggghhh to the mix, which has drawn the outside gate, and a thrilling finish should unfold. The talented son of Rock N Roll Heaven chased home the classy Cantfindabettorman a week ago, courtesy of a good draw and a kind run behind the eventual winner, which dictated the terms from start to finish. Prior to crossing the border, the 7yo posted back-to-back wins at Melton, and although the draw is a concern, David Miles will be keen to have Arggghhh ready to make his presence felt. The clash of the drivers will be a highlight as they battle for supremacy and the major share of the prizemoney. When forming multiple transactions WOW HES A ROCK STAR (2) is a must after the 5yo drew ideally in two, which should result in a kind run while a fitter SOHO SINATRA (3) has drawn suitably and that will assist his prospects in adding value to the mix. STAR MAJOR (5) did a reasonable job in finishing a 10.4m 5th to Cantfindabettorman last week, the outing his third run since November/2012.

    THREE RIVERS 1, Lightning Dan 2, Romanee 3, Arggghhh 4.

    RACE THREE:

    Freshened since his latest assignment a month ago, the Jason Grimson-conditioned TEAGAN BANNER (3) appeals as the one to beat after drawing suitably in three. With four runs next to his name for the stable, the former Queenslander has collected a win and three placings, with his win coming two starts back when he proved too good for Double Act and Heaven On High. A week later Double Act managed to turn the tables on the son of Art Major, with He Bettor Step Aside splitting the pair. On that occasion the 8yo drew the outside gate, so the far better draw will allow Cam Hart to secure a role closer to the action. ARDENS ACE (2) has also come up with and ideal draw and that will result in the 5yo using his gate speed to occupy a favourable role. Following his success four starts ago, Ardens Ace has been in the mix since, with a last-start 5.2m 3rd to Romanee a week ago, a good guide to his prospects. Brad Hewitt has a few chances on the card, with EMMAS BOY (4) being one of them. The former Kiwi has won two of his four starts for the Goulburn mentor, but this will be his toughest challenge. The 6yo son of Terror To Love disappointed when a 29.5m last to Double Act on April 1, but a suitable draw should result in the gelding giving a good account, although he was safely held in a recent Goulburn trial. A wide gate is a setback for the consistent HE BETTOR STEP ASIDE (10), but the Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven 8yo is always a suitable inclusion in the exotics. COVER GIRL (6) tried hard when a head 2nd to Herecomessassy last week so don’t ignore the mare when it comes to the exotics while SHES A CARIBBEAN (5) broke nearing the 400m and lost all chance when last in the above-mentioned race. The daughter of Caribbean Blaster has the talent to be in the mix when the judge calls a halt.

    TEAGAN BANNER 1, Ardens Ace 2, Emmas Boy 3, He Bettor Step Aside 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    LOUBOWSKI (3) has made a big impression in just five starts for Brad Hewitt, with the former Kiwi posting four wins and a nose second on the other occasion. The 4yo daughter of Sweet Lou will be confronted by an interesting first-up assignment, but a suitable draw and two solid trials wins at Goulburn should result in Loubowski be ready for a bold showing. The last time Loubowski was seen in public she managed to lead throughout in defeating Bridwood Bella, one of her main dangers here, and Jilliby Zagami back on March 4. Despite being first-up, against quality opposition, Loubowski is worth the gamble. FAIRY TINKABELL (8) will appreciate returning to her own sex a respectable display a week ago in the fast class event. Drawing wide and settling back in the classy field, the daughter of Big Jim finished an 11m 9th to stablemate Bondi Lockdown. Prior to that engagement the 7yo mare contested a similar contest to the one she will again be confronted with, and showed her class in posting a dominant win over Little Bliss and Total Diva. Although confronted with gate eight, in a field of eight, Fairy Tinkabell is bound to make her presence felt from the outset and, she will no doubt face the starter as the one to beat. TOTAL DIVA (7) hasn’t greeted the judge since last November, but there isn’t a more consistent mare in work. Prepared by Peter Hanson the daughter of Terror To Love has been placed in her past three assignments, commencing with a determined 3.3m 2nd to Port Au Prince in the Renshaw Cup at Penrith. Working, which is usually the case with this mare, Total Diva recorded a 13m 3rd to Fairy Tinkabell and Little Bliss before managing to find the lead when a 4.8m 3rd to Bridwood Bella and Elektra a couple of weeks ago.  BRIDWOOD BELLA (2) won in fine style, courtesy of a superb drive by Jack Trainor, two runs back when she finished strongly to defeat Elektra and Total Diva. The daughter of Auckland Reactor again hit the line with intent in recording a 5.4m 6th to Herecomessassy last week when she drew the outside gate. The return to a suitable draw will see jack again present the mare with an ideal run, and that will assist Bridwood Bella in her quest for a kind run. ELEKTRA (6) is due for a change of luck after being placed in her past five, however, the mare may have to settle for a similar result again.

    LOUBOWSKI 1, Fairy Tinkabell 2, Total Diva 3, Bridwood Bella 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    The G1 Schweppes NSW Trotters Derby will feature the unbeaten Anton Golino-trained GOTFEELINGSYOUKNOW (10) clashing with the NSW Oaks winner ROCKINWITHATTITUDE (5). The David Miles trained and driven filly collected the 10th win of her career from just 15 starts when she led throughout in taking out the G1 title last week. GOTFEELINGSYOUKNOW has also been impressive in greeting the judge in each of his four starts, three by big margins. The 3yo Majestic Son gelding only commenced his career in late February, a 9.9m defeat of Grumpee and Muscle Miss at Melton. All-the-way wins at Geelong and Ballarat followed, prior to a tougher contest, against older rivals was on the agenda when he appeared at Cranbourne on April 23. Starting an odds-on favourite for the third time in his fledgling career, Gotfeelingsyouknow had little sympathy for his rivals. With Nathan Jack again in the sulky, the pair overcame a 2nd row draw, but an ideal trip in the one-one, when he demolished his rivals in scoring by 17.6m with plenty in hand, in proving too good for Quake Proof and Gee Cee Calder. The exciting Victorian has drawn wide, but he has shown maturing in his racing pattern, so Nathan will have options. Everything being equal, Gotfeelingsyouknow will be collecting his first big title. ROCKINWITHATTITUDE has now won four-straight, with her win last week being her first outing since claiming the 2YO Vicbred Fillies Trot Final at the end of last year. The exciting daughter of Aldebaran Eagle has the early edge over her fellow Victorian, and Miles will be keen to set his sights on finding the lead role once again. With two outstanding youngsters, who known how to win, going head-to-head, a thrilling contest should unfold. Kiwi filly will also be backing up following a creditable 6m 4th in the NSW Trotters Oaks. The Michelle Wallis-trained daughter of Orlando Vici has drawn handily and with the benefit of a kind run, which was the case a week ago, the filly is capable of making a play for a minor role in the finish. MOONWALKA (8) has won both his starts for the Belinda McCarthy stable since leaving Victoria. The son of Centurion ATM has managed to provide extra cash for his followers, as the 3yo has started favourite on each occasion. Despite the stronger challenge awaiting him, Moonwalka is capable of a competitive showing. Exotic investors should also include WATTS UP PARTYTIME (4) and LONDON TO A BRICK (1).

    GOTFEELINGSYOUKNOW 1, Rockinwithattitude 2, Melsadele 3, Moonwalka 4.

    RACE SIX:

    Despite being first-up, and without an official trial, EXPENSIVE EGO (4) is poised to ‘kick-off’ his new term of racing on a winning note. The Belinda McCarthy-trained son of Rock N Roll Heaven has been off the scene since working overtime in finishing a fading 15.6m 6th to Catch A Wave in the G1 Miracle Mile back on March 4. Despite winning three of his past 12 starts, the 6yo had little luck when it mattered, in a few of the major titles. Suitably drawn in three, and that is with stablemate Artillery remaining on the sidelines, Expensive Ego should have little trouble finding the lead. And that will be all it takes to see Expensive Ego record the 25 win of his career from a mere 48 appearances. The ultimate professional in ALTA ORLANDO (3) will again feature in the finish, and with four of his past six starts resulting in the role as runner-up, that again looks the likely scenario. The veteran son of Courage Under Fire is bound to cross to the pegs before taking a sit on his high-profile stablemate. The 11yo was driven in that manner a week ago, and in most of his roles when placed, when he worked home stoutly in finishing 1.6m behind another star stablemate in Bondi Lockdown. JAY OK (9) also went around in the above-mentioned race and like Alta Orlando, the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained 6yo produced a typical, honest performance . Three back in the running line, the son of A Rocknroll Dance kept finding the line with a determined attitude in finishing a 3m third. From his past seven outings, Jay OK has posted a win and five placings, all in finishing third. CASH N FLOW (10) is one of five runners under the care of Belinda and while the 10yo may be considered to be in the twilight of his career, the sparingly-raced son of Mach Three is coming off an eye-catching return to racing a week ago. Drawing wide, which is again the case, Cash Flow was taken off the gate in securing a role back in the pack, prior to working home strongly in recording a solid 3.7m 4th to Bondi Lockdown. Stepping out fitter for his 91st assignment, Cash N Flow is a suitable player for the exotics. Stablemate MACH SHARD (11) has been freshened since upsetting Alta Orlando and Jay OK a month ago when a proved a shade too good for his far more fancied rivals. That was in a field of just five runners, so the bigger field and the outside gate will present the 8yo with a harder task, but he can’t be ignored when it comes to the multiples. FIRE FOX (7) led and had every chance when a tiring 10.9m 8th to Bondi Lockdown, however, the son of Sweet Lou is a lot better than that run would suggest and he is entitled to be included in the multiples.

    EXPENSIVE EGO 1, Alta Orlando 2, Jay OK 3, Cash N Flow 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    The G3 Bulli Trotters Cup looks to be a suitable assignment for the Brad Hewitt trained and driven MAJESTIC TRIO (7), with the front line being a plus in the 2300m stand-start contest. The former Kiwi mare has grown in stature since making the trip across the Tasman and with useful stand stats, the daughter of Majestic Son should take a power of beating. Majestic Trio won under these conditions four runs ago when she overcame a 20m hcp, albeit, in an easier assignment. The mare recorded one of her finest efforts in defeat a week ago, when she chased home the classy Victorian mare Queen Elida in the G1 Macarthur Mile. Although the conditions are different, a repeat of that run and Majestic Trio will be paying the winner’s circle a visit. ESCAPE THE PACE (4) arrived from NZ in fine form, with the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance facing the starter for the running the Macarthur Mile. However,  a poor beginning resulted in the 4yo tailing a distant last, where she remained for the balance of the  contest. When looking at her stand stats and Escape The Pace has won six of 17 and, with the front line coming into play, the recent addition to the Rickie Alchin stable must be given another chance. REGAL ATTIRE (9) will take his place at the start behind the 20m tape and while that looks a daunting, the son of Muscle Hill can boast five wins and eight placings from 16 tape assignments. The Jarrod Alchin-trained 5yo overcame the same mark in scoring three starts back and his subsequent form has also been solid. A week ago and under mobile conditions, Cam Hart rated  Regal Attire to perfection in defeating Rave On Hall and Stress Factor. With just eight rivals ahead of him when the starter calls the field into position, a safe beginner will see Regal Attire make up his mark with the minimum of fuss. FUNKY MONKEY (8), which is now under the care of Elizabeth Heath, hits peak condition following three runs back from a year off due to a problem or two. Placed behind Aldebaran Tess in each of her opening two starts, the 6yo mare led when a fading 27m 5th behind Van Sank recently. Funky Monkey has won three of 12 stand engagements and despite the 10m hcp, expect a competitive showing. RAVE ON HALL (2) has three placings to show for five starts under these conditions and with the benefit of a front line starting role, the James Rattray trained and driven 7yo remains in the multiple mix.

    MAJESTIC TRIO 1, Escape The Pace 2, Regal Attire 3, Funky Monkey 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    Suitably drawn and confronted by a handy assignment, STRESS FACTOR (5) will play a big role in the finish. Trained and driven by Sofia Arvidsson, the 8yo has been placed in two of his four assignments since making the move from Queensland. Contesting a similar 2300m event here a week ago, the son of Majestic Son worked home stoutly, although never a threat in the process, which resulted in a 17.2m 3rd to Regal Attire. This will be a slightly easier engagement for Stress Factor, who will be looking to claim victory for the first time in 13 months. PARIS KAY (4) will be the major threat as the mare will appreciate a big drop in grade, compared to her assignment a week ago. Contesting the G1 Macarthur Mile, the Jarrod Alchin-conditioned mare recorded a creditable 4th behind the exciting Queen Elida, despite finishing 34.7m behind the Victorian. Runner-up behind Jungle Eyes on consecutive occasions prior to that outing, Paris Kay has drawn suitably. GUNNER (6) has been racing consistently for trainer, driver and co-owner Howard James, with a comfortable win at this venue, followed by  a 3.9m 2nd to Majestic Trio. That form can’t be taken lightly. THE GOLD STANDARD (2), LEOTARDANDLACE (1) and FOX TROT HILL (3) stay in the mix when it comes to forming multiple investments.

    STRESS FACTOR 1, Paris Kay 2, Gunner 3, The Gold Standard 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

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