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    ON A WINNING SPREE: Town Echo.

    RACE ONE: Although the wide gate is a concern, it is impossible to go past FIRE FOX (11) as the one to beat as... Race-by-race , here are all the winners for Menangle Saturday night


    Although the wide gate is a concern, it is impossible to go past FIRE FOX (11) as the one to beat as the former Kiwi has been in career best form since joining the Jason Grimson stable. Contesting five races since crossing the Tasman, Fire Fix has collected four wins and a second, and that was behind his stablemate, Stingray Tara. Since that defeat the son of Sweet Lou has gone on a winning spree, winning his past three with the latest by far his most impressive display, courtesy of those which finished behind him. Dictating the terms from the outset, the classy 5yo accounted for Zeuss Bromac and Alta Orlando while Loorrim Lake crossed the line in fourth spot. That particular trio went around in the J D Watts Memorial a week ago, with Loorrim Lake beating Zeuss Bromac, with Alta Orlando having little luck in finishing a 6.8m eighth. That form line is strong and must be respected heading into this assignment. Less the reserve and DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (2) will occupy the pole position and that will definitely assist his claims of being involved in the finish. After a few safely held efforts, although far from being disgraced in the process, the 8yo worked home stoutly in the J D Watts, which enabled him to post a solid 4.4m 4th to Loorrim Lake. A repeat of that run will result in Double Encounter being a suitable exotic player. JAZZY STAR (4) has also drawn suitably for his second outing since a spell, the first posted a week ago when he came from a four peg role in recording a fast-finishing 2m 2nd to The Croupier, with the Trevor Munday-trained 7yo scooting along the pegs. Fitter, Jazzy Star is also a suitable candidate for a spot in multiple investments. MAJOR OBAHMA (6) is racing well since a spell and stays in the multiple mix while LA PUDDIE (3), JUSTA LITTLE BIT (8) and SEND IT (10) also warrant attention in that regard.


    FIRE FOX 1, Double Encounter 2, Jazzy Star 3, Major Obahma 4.



    There wouldn’t be a more consistent and honest performer in work than GLIDING AWAY (2) and although the Kerry and Dean McDowell-trained son of Betterthancheddar is graduating to Saturday company, following an extended period of solid displays at Headquarters on a Tuesday, he is entitled to more than a passing thought. From his 12 appearances this season, Gliding Away has collected four wins and eight placings, seven of those as runner-up. The 5yo is coming off a determined head 2nd to Zambia a couple of weeks ago when he worked home stoutly from a midfield role. Gliding Away has been able to be competitive from various roles and no doubt young Lleyton Green will be looking to have the gelding in the mix from the outset, courtesy of the ideal draw. Drawn next to Gliding Away in three is HEZ DUSTY (3), another consistent type but the son of For A Reason is still looking to post his first win since a spell, with his opening three all resulting in placings. The trend was broken when the 4yo started favourite here a couple of weeks ago but could only manage to finish an 18.9m 4th to Braedos Lad when he went around to the start as the dominant favourite. Prepared and to be driven by Brad Hewitt, Hez Dusty will again make his presence felt. THE IDEAL DANCER (4) has also drawn suitably in four and that will assist the Jack Trainor trained and driven 6yo in making a play for a major role in the finish. A winner at Headquarters two starts ago, the 6yo was responsible for a creditable run last week in finishing a 6.7m 3rd to Ultimate Hughey. Trainor will be looking to have The Ideal Dancer in striking distance from the outset. ARDENS ACE (8) caught the eye with his 2.7m 4th to The Choreographer a week ago, with the talented 4yo son of Art Major working home strongly from a rearward role. Expect Ardens Ace to loom as a major threat in the home straight. The ‘x-factor’ in the race is FOCUS STRIDE (1) which has been off the scene for two years. The outstanding 5yo son of Art Major has had the benefit of five trials, performing creditably on each occasion, however, trainer Darren Binskin said during the week that Focus Stride was still below where he should be, stating that “Trials are exactly that and he will need racing to bring him to his peak.”


    GLIDING AWAY 1, Hez Dusty 2, The Ideal Dancer 3, Ardens Ace 4.



    Progressive mare TOWN ECHO (10) will be looking to book a trip to Queensland for an important engagement when she attempts to maintain her unbeaten record since leaving NZ and joining the powerful Jack Trainor team. The classy daughter of Art Major has won all five starts, four as an odds-on elect, the latest when a reasonable quote in defeating Yarraman Bella and Pearl Harbour on May 28, with that particular duo again looming as her main threats. The 4yo has drawn deep in nine, but has the speed to overcome that hurdle, resulting in a role in the thick of the action from the outset. Two of her wins, including the latest, has been a result of Town Echo simply proving too tough for her rivals, despite racing without cover. With Town Echo requiring a claim to contest the race, Trainor has booked Sofia Arvidsson to handle the driving duties. With Sofia driving in superb form, Town Echo will again be given every chance to continue on her winning way and book a trip for warmer weather, north of the border. YARRAMAN BELLA (9) is also racing in the peak of her powers since joining the Brad Hewitt team at Goulburn. From her past seven starts the Village Jolt mare has finished in the top two, the past couple behind Major Obahma and Town Echo. The 5yo attempted to lead throughout when beaten a half neck by Town Echo and no doubt Brad will again be keen to adopt a similar scenario as he attempts to go one better. After posting a win and nine-straight placings, the ultra-consistent PEARL HARBOUR (7) missed a top three spot last week, but she did have little luck in recording an 11.4m 6th to Little Bliss. Restrained from gate 10, which resulted in the mare settling well back in proceedings, Pearl Harbour gave away too big a start, but did make up many metres in finishing as close as she did. Sliding down a few spots at the start and Pearl Harbour should be a lot closer to the action this time, and that will enhance her claims of being in the finish. Multiple investors should consider SHANLOU (2), LITTLE BLISS (1) and CHERISHTHEMEMORIES (4) when forming investments.


    TOWN ECHO 1, Yarraman Bella 2, Pearl Harbour 3, Shanlou 4.



    ALWAYS ROCKIN (8) will contest his first race for Joe Conolly and it what appears to be a competitive race, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven appeals as a suitable investment. Since greeting the judge at Newcastle four runs ago, Always Rockin has recorded four respectable efforts at Headquarters, commencing with a 1.2m 2nd to Red Reactor when he attempted to lead throughout. The 8yo had little luck when a 7m 6th to Major Obahma after being five pegs and held up for a suitable run, prior to a gritty 2.7m 4th to The Ideal Dancer two weeks ago when left posted. Seaton Grima will also take over the driving duties and with better luck in running, the trio could start off their association on a winning note. As per usual, RED REACTOR (9) stays under notice in a race of this nature. Successful in defeating Always Rockin and Wheres Seggy three runs ago, the chestnut son of Auckland Reactor hit the line well in grabbing 3rd spot behind Spirit Of Anzac, beaten 3.5m in the process, then worked home stoutly from a rearward role and, out deep on the home turn, when a 7m 7th to The Ideal Dancer. From his wide draw the David Thorn-trained 7yo will again drift back before staking his claim once heads are turned for home. The Jack Trainor prepared and driven SPIRIT OF ANZAC (11) has regained his form and confidence with a win and a couple of solid placings either side, the latest when he just failed to peg back The Choreographer last week. The 7yo has drawn the outside gate, but he will avoid the early scrimmage for positions in being saved for the 360m run from the top of the home straight. Former Victorian GLENAVRIL KING (6) scored first-up for Trevor Munday at Penrith in what was a strong display and with added fitness the 6yo, which does boast plenty of talent, is again capable of being in the finish. A fitter RONALDO (4) has exotic claims and although WOW HES A ROCK STAR (5) has been unplaced in each of his past three, don’t dismiss as an exotic player.


    ALWAYS ROCKIN 1, Red Reactor 2, Spirit Of Anzac 3, Glenavril King 4.



    This is a tricky contest, courtesy of Jason Grimson preparing three of the seven runners, with the trio all having claims on the top spot. Amanda Turnbull has been booked to take the reins behind HES CHIMING (4) and that appears to be the combination to beat. First-up for the stable back on May 21, and from a spell, the 7yo produced a strong display in leading from start to finish in defeating Alta Orlando and Mach Shard, both racing well since in particular the latter, courtesy of two solid wins at Albion Park recently. The son of Betterthancheddar attempted a carbon copy effort at his next assignment, but after working to find the top, then taking a sit, Hes Chiming faded to finish a useful 8.4m 6th to his classy stablemate, Fire Fox. From gate four Hes Chiming looks poised to cross down to the marker pegs, and from that point onwards Turnbull will have the option of setting the tempo, or at the very least, take a kind sit, which will enable Hes Chiming to greet the judge. The Jack Trainor prepared and driven FOUROEIGHT (1) could be the one to upset the Grimson team after the 9yo drew well in gate one, his best starting position since joining the stable. In each of his previous three for Trainor, Fouroeight has drawn 10, 8 and 7, respectively, the latest outing a week ago when he posted a 6.7m 7th to Loorrim Lake in the J D Watts Memorial. The veteran did strike some trouble and his work over the final stages was more than pleasing, according to his former trainer Mat Rue, who had the driving duties. Trainor will have the chance to present Fouroeight with a comfortable trip from the moment the green light is activated and that will go a long way towards the 9yo’s claims of being pro-active in the finish. Grimson has elected to take the reins behind the in-form COLLINA KAY JAY (6), which has won three on end in fine style, and although this will be a step-up in grade, the 5yo son of Alta Christiano is bound to give a good account. The third runner from the stable is I CAST NO SHADOW (5) and Cam Hart will jump into the sulky. I Cast No Shadow had been facing in fine fashion before recording a 9.2m 8th to Mach Shard in the Wagga Cup back on April 16. The return to a suitable front line draw and a recent solid trial display would suggest that the 6yo son of Shadow Play was poised to give this event a big shake. ROCKIN MARTY (3) is usually thereabouts and wouldn’t be out of place when it comes to forming multiple transactions.


    HES CHIMING 1, Fouroeight 2, Collina Kay Jay 3, I Cast No Shadows 4.



    The Allied Express G3 Rod and Fran Fitzpatrick 2YO Tatlow Stakes is the feature event and although only seven runners will head around to the 1609m starting point, the race does boast some promising talent. Heading the list is the progressive CHICAGO GANGSTER (1), a son of Tintin In Amercia, which is under the astute care of David Thorn. Debuting with a costly 11.5m 5th to Bartello a month ago, Chicago Gangster stepped out a week later and despite being left facing the breeze, the youngster managed to grind out a tough win over Lady Delight and Parallel, the latter scoring back-to-back since. However, it was Chicago Gangster’s effort at Penrith which convinced Thorn and driver Jack Trainor that the gelding was better than average. Settling back in the pack, courtesy of a second row draw, Chicago Gangster was still giving the two leaders a big start approaching the 400m, and on the home turn, but he managed to hit the line with conviction, resulting in a 2.6m 2nd to Sugar For My Honey. Back to his home track, which is a big plus, and the fact that he will carry the number one saddlecloth, and Chicago Gangster looks ideally placed to greet the judge. The McDowell family would dearly love to win the race for two reasons. Of course, there is the sponsorship and the glory, but more important the race is named in honour of two wonderful people, taken far too soon. Close friends of the McDowell’s. SMIRKS LIKA BOSS (5) heads into the race unbeaten following two trips to the races, with the Jarrod Alchin-trained son of Smiling Shard winning each race by a comfortable margin. Those wins have been at Penrith and Newcastle, respectively, back in March. The colt has won a trial in fine style since and will enjoy the opportunity to contest his first race on his home track. PRINCE LOUIE (3) is more than capable of delivering them such an important win. The Sweet Lou gelding galloped out and lost all chance when a distant last to Captain Ritchie in the G1 APG 2YO C&G’s Final back on April 30. With creditable form prior, Prince Louie was able to redeem himself with a kind, all-the-way win at Newcastle on Monday, with young Lleyton Green mindful of his upcoming challenge. Suitably drawn in three, Prince Louie will have the chance to occupy a role close to the action from the outset. KING TINTIN (7) and KAITOA (4) have shown early promise in going head-to-head in two Wagga outings, with the score even at this stage, one win a piece. This will be a harder test but don’t write them off.


    CHICAGO GANGSTER 1, Smirks Lika Boss 2, Prince Louie 3, King Tintin.



    Following an impressive opening to his career on this side of the Tasman, former Kiwi DOFF YOUR CAP (5) will be looking to continue the good work when he steps out for his first assignment since April 2. Since coming under the care of Jarrod Alchin, the 6yo son of Peak DNK has contested four races, with wins coming either side of an eye-catching 2nd to Credit Master in the G1 Equine Mile on Miracle Mile night and a 3.2m role as runner-up behind Affaire De Cover at Bathurst, when a 50m handicap proved a bridge too far. Doff Your Cap has trialled well in readiness for his return and he looks poised to give Alchin and driver Cam Hart further success. The Brad Hewitt trained and driven MAJESTIC TRIO (9) has managed to greet the judge in three of her past four starts, the past two defeating Kristofferson at Headquarters. The mare has enhanced her reputation since joining the Goulburn from NZ, and although this will be her toughest test to date, the lightly-raced daughter of Majestic Son looks up to the challenge. ILLAWONG STARDUST (2) followed a solid win with a disappointing 9th to Gus An Maori two weeks ago, but from gate two the mare is capable of producing a far better display. MAJESTIC SIMON (6) is coming off a couple of sound efforts and remains in the multiple mix while GUS AN MAORI (4) broke soon after the start and lost all chance when a 55m 9th to Major Thomas last week. Back to a mobile and from a suitable draw, the veteran is bound to be in the mix so don’t ignore the 10yo when forming exotic transactions. AFFAIRE DE COVER (1), ON ADVICE (3) and ONE APOLLO (10) also stay under notice when it comes to the multiples.


    DOFF YOUR CAP 1, Majestic Trio 2, Illawong Stardust 3, Majestic Son 4.



    With the main players all drawing closer to the grandstand than the marker pegs, the battle for early supremacy may play a big part in the outcome. Although without a win since last August, former Victorian YIANNI (9) will be looking to register his first win at Menangle, following five previous attempts. Since joining the Jason Grimson stable from the powerful Emma Stewart yard, the son of Changeover has been runner-up in three of his four engagements and it is now time for him to stand up and be counted. The 5yo hit the line well in finishing 3.5m behind Spirit Of Anzac, prior to again making ground late from a three peg when a closing 3.9m 2nd to stablemate Collina Kay Jay. Although the draw is a hurdle, Yianni should be able to secure a role close to the action and that should lay the foundations for a winning display. SUMMIT SPECIAL (10) has also been a consistent performer of late as the David Thorn-trained 7yo has managed to be placed in three of his past four. The son of Mr Feelgood ended his run on minor placings with a creditable 11m 5th to The Croupier last week. The wide gate shouldn’t be a major hurdle for Summit Special as he usually settles off the pace, enjoying being saved for one burst of energy. JIMMY LOCKE (8) will also face the starter from a wide alley as he contests his first race since joining the Joe Conolly team. Since greeting the judge five runs ago, the 7yo has been thereabouts in four subsequent outings at Headquarters, the latest being a useful 11.2m 5th to Collina Kay Jay. The 7yo son of Rock N Roll Heaven is more than capable of keeping his rivals honest. The fourth member of the main bracket of chances is the consistent PUMP THE BRAKES (7). The Sean Grayling trained and driven 8yo has been runner-up in each of his past two trips to Menangle, the latter a week ago when he battled on gamely when beaten 1.4m by Atomic Red. The son of Dawn Ofa New Day is bound to be in ther thick of the action from the outset. Exotic players should also include SWAGGIE SHANNON (6), especially on his 3.9m 3rd to Loorrim Lake two starts ago, with winner taking out the J D Watts Memorial at his next start. TOTAL DIVA (5) and BENALONG VALLEY (3) also have claims in that regard.


    YIANNI 1, Summit Special 2, Jimmy Locke 3, Pump The Brakes 4.

      – MIKE KO’CASS


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