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    They’re racing at Menangle Friday night: Here are all the winners They’re racing at Menangle Friday night: Here are all the winners

    LOOKS A WINNER: Red Reactor

    RACE ONE: The consistent James Rattray trained and driven ROSSINI (2) will be hoping to celebrate his 50th start in style following a couple... They’re racing at Menangle Friday night: Here are all the winners

    RACE ONE:

    The consistent James Rattray trained and driven ROSSINI (2) will be hoping to celebrate his 50th start in style following a couple of recent creditable runs in Victoria. After greeting the judge at this venue on Oct 30, the 5yo headed south to contest the Crown Graduate Cup, however, after leading out, then taking a sit, Rossini battled on stoutly in posting a 5.5m 5th behind Tangoingwithsierra.The 5yo again led out, but this held the role of front-runner, when a 1.7m 3rd to Rick Reilly and Sew What. Ideally drawn in gate two, and dropping slightly in grade, Rossini and Rattray will again have options on whether to dictate or take cover. Either way, Rossini will be pro-active in the finish. It is hard to go past OLD LUKE (9) as being the one to beat as the Amanda Turnbull-trained son of Bettors Delight continues to compete on a regular basis. Isobel Ross, who is driving in good touch, will again take the reins and although the pair have again drawn deep, it won’t prevent Old Luke from making his presence felt. A tough, all-the-way winner here three starts back when he led and refused to ‘throw in the towel’, Old Luke was placed in both his Carousel heats, the latter when always prominent in posting a neck 2nd to La Puddie. SHANLOU (1) is coming off a 4.7m 3rd to Diamond Party in the G3 Teeny Teeny a week ago and from the pole the filly can be expected to produce another competitive showing. The recent form of ROCKIN WITH ELVIS (4) is good enough to suggest that the 4yo is capable of being involved as an exotic contender. Both SCHOUTEN ISLAND (6) and PROSECUTION WITNESS (8), along with BOMB SUIT (11), which has the outside gate to overcome, also warrant attention when it comes to the multiples.

    ROSSINI 1, Old Luke 2, Shanlou 3, Rockin With Elvis 4.

    RACE TWO:

    Former Kiwi TRIPLE FOUR (3) was attempting to make it ‘four from four’ since crossing the Tasman and linking up with Goulburn mentor Brad Hewitt, only to post a moderate 167.7m last to Bettor Call Me in a heat of the Carousel at Menangle two weeks ago. The 3yo son of American Ideal created a big impression before that mishap and with the gelding given the all-clear to continue his preparation, he is certainly worth another chance, especially after drawing suitably. It may not look as though STORMY RAIDER (1) hasn’t done a great deal since resuming from a spell, but the four runs have been better than they appear on paper. Trained and driven by Dean Cernovskis, the 8yo drew gate 10 on two occasions and, nine a week ago, when a pleasing 11.2m 6th behind Delightful Dude in a heat of the Carousel. Stormy Raider hits peak fitness and draws ideally in gate one, and that will give the son of Village Jasper the chance to make an appearance in the finish. SHANNONSTHEMAN (5) is coming off a solid win at Newcastle when he led in defeating Always Rockin and My Ultimate Star. The consistent 7yo is more than capable of being competitive in this company. FEAR CRUISIN (8) was two runs into his latest campaign when successful at Wagga, prior to a solid-finishing 1.4m 3rd to La Puddie last week in a Carousel heat. Despite the wide gate the son of Christian Cullen is poised to give this a big shake. The consistent LOCHIEL (9) has been placed in his past three outings, twice on the country circuit, then a week ago at Headquarters when a 2m 2nd to Ragnaar. While the wide gate is a hurdle, Lochiel remains a suitable exotic contender. With three wins from his past four starts at Newcastle, LOUIS LITT (6) can argue a solid case for his inclusion as a threat, although this will be a tougher challenge as his recent encounters have been far more ‘suitable’.

    Expect a better showing from JIMARTEE (4) following a few, recent unplaced runs, the latest when a 17.5m 5th to Bettor Call Me at Menangle two weeks ago.

    TRIPLE FOUR 1, Stormy Raider 2, Shannonstheman 3, Fear Cruisin 4.

    RACE THREE:

    With the benefit of three runs since a spell, and a suitable drop in grade also a bonus, JENDEN STRIKE (5) appeals as the one to beat. Under the care of Jack Trainor since resuming from a spell and a Qld campaign, the talented mare resumed in an unsuitable race, which resulted in a solid 7m 6th to Ignatius. A safely held 5th to the quality mare Fairy Tinkabell followed, prior to a bold showing when a 1.6m 4th to the classy Jay OK last week. Powering home over the final stages, the 4yo daughter of Betterthancheddar will appreciate this challenge and Trainor will have the opportunity in this field, to occupy a role closer to the action. HANDS ON (9) has drawn deep but the Tony Bertwistle-trained 3yo is racing in fine fashion and looms as the main threat to the mare. After back-to-back wins, Hands On enjoyed the one-one in a heat of the Carousel last week, which resulted in a solid 5m 3rd behind Delightful Dude and Uncle Jay. Returning to an easier assignment, the son of Bettors Delight will have plenty to offer. ILIKEMEBETTOR (1) has been costly in two runs back from a spell, however, the Belinda McCarthy-trained 4yo is open to a strong showing now that his level of fitness and gone up another notch. Also, gate one is ideal for Ilikemebettor.  Resuming with a 4.7m 6th to Ardens Ace, Ilikemebettor did strike some interference last week in finishing a 5.2m 5th to Ragnaar so he could have finished closer. OUR MONEY ROCKS (10) resumed a with a gritty win, then contested a heat of the Carousel when driven a ‘heady’ race by Will Rixon in finishing a creditable 6.2m 5th to La Puddie. Driven with aggression in taking up the lead when the pace dropped significantly, the 4yo battled on stoutly, and although a wide gate awaits, Our Money Rocks remains in the multiple mix. TRUE CONFESSIONS (4) is a last-start Penrith winner and although a harder task is on the agenda, the 6yo remains in the mix as a value exotic player.

    JENDEN STRIKE 1, Hands On 2, Ilikemebettor 3, Our Money Rocks 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    Suitably drawn in three and coming off a couple of respectable efforts, the Jason Grimson-conditioned SMOOTH DEBATE (3) appears to be the one to beat with Cam Hart in the sulky. Following a couple of safely held displays, the mare showed a return to form with a 4m 3rd to Girl From Oz after dictating the terms, then again led out before taking cover when a 5.3m 4th to stablemate Diamond Party in the G3 Teeny Teeny Ladyship a week ago. Returning to a suitable assignment and with the benefit of another good draw, Smooth Debate is capable of making a strong case for collecting the major share of the prizemoney. Looming as a major threat is the Mattie Craven-trained mare ITZAMAJOR SURPRISE (9), which will be driven by young Declan Murphy. The talented Victorian-based daughter of Art Major finished a pleasing 7.4m 2nd to Hands On at this venue before contesting the G3 Teeny Teeny a week ago when a respectable 5.7m 5th to Diamond Party. Despite the wide gate, Itzamajor Surprise is more than capable of greeting the judge and in the process give her 17yo driver his first Menangle win. OUR LADY LARA (6) can’t be taken lightly after a pleasing 3.2m 3rd behind Mustang Milly at Goulburn recently. The mare looked a shade unlucky and although a slightly harder task awaits the 4yo, expect another competitive showing. Exotic players should also DIBABA (2), MISS MACH (5), DELIGHTFUL ANGEL (8) and ARTEMIS (10, which is resuming from a tough draw, however, two trials have her ready to produce a solid, first-up showing.

    SMOOTH DEBATE 1, Itzamajor Surprise 2, Our Lady Lara 3, Dibaba 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    Although four unplaced runs appear next to his name, RED REACTOR (4) is worth the gamble in what appears to be an open contest. Prepared by David Thorn and to be driven by Jack Trainor, the son of Auckland Reactor was responsible for an eye-catching effort a few weeks ago when he came from a rearward role in posting a 6m 6th to Old Luke. Making up many metres over the final 200m, Red Reactor, who certainly doesn’t win out of turn, indicated that the 13th win of his career was just around the corner. The move into gate four is another as the chestnut has been had difficult draws to contend with in each of his past three starts. Former Victorian ROLL ALONG STYX (3) has posted a couple of handy efforts since joining the Cameron Ross stable and, as a result, the 6yo warrants attention in this open contest. The 6yo is coming off a closing 4.4m 4th to La Puddie in a heat of the Carousel last week, and with this assignment appearing more to his liking, Roll Along Styx is capable of being involved in the finish, especially after drawing suitably in three. After resuming from a spell with a few strong, MY ULTIMATE STAR (8) was a threat in his next three starts, although along the way the 4yo didn’t have the best of luck. Contesting a 2030m event at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, the Jarrod Alchin-trained son of Bettors Delight worked to the nicely in recording a 1.8m 3rd to Shannonstheman. Despite the tricky draw, My Ultimate Star is capable of being involved in the finish. JIMMY LOCKE (7) can be harder to follow than a shopping trolley with a ‘wonky’ wheel, but the Peter Russo-conditioned 6yo can’t be ignored as a threat in this field. Following a win at Newcastle four runs ago, Jimmy Locke has posted three unplaced efforts, two at Menangle in stronger company, then a 32.9m 5th to Shannonstheman at Newcastle recently when favourite. If Jimmy Locke can find the lead role, then he will certainly give plenty of cheek. When forming exotic investments KATCHAR SHOOBEE (2) is capable of assisting in that regard after drawing well in two while DANCE FOR GLORY (6) and HIDDEN COURAGE (10) also fit into that category. And, due to the time of the year, CHRISTMAS TOYBOY (1) is capable of adding value to the returns after a better showing last time out.

    RED REACTOR 1, Roll Along Styx 2, My Ultimate Star 3, Jimmy Locke 4.

    RACE SIX:

    Returning to a far more suitable challenge OUR ULTIMATE LIZZY (5) will take a power of beating. Trainer Jarrod Alchin and driver Cam Hart will again combine with this promising 2yo daughter of Sweet Lou, after Anthony Butt had the reins when the filly broke and lost all chance when a distant last to Amore Vita in a heat of the Breeders Crown at Maryborough back on Nov 7. Our Ultimate Lizzy has trialled well since that run and from her handy draw, expect another competitive showing. The main threat to Our Ultimate Lizzy may come from GIRLS ARE BEST (3), a former Kiwi mare who is now under the care of Jarrod’s older brother Rickie. Arriving with a win and four placings from a mere eight starts, the daughter of American Ideal hasn’t raced since late October, but a recent Menangle trial win in fine fashion has Girls Are Best poised to attract plenty of attention. LOVIN MISS DIXIE (1) has been runner-up in three of her past four appearances, the latest when she finished on stoutly when beaten narrowly by Nifty Studleigh at Newcastle. The winner of the NSW Pink Diamond over this course and distance six starts ago, the Heston Blue Chip filly drew one on that occasion and with the same number of her saddlecloth for this challenge, Lovin Miss Dixie is capable of again being a contender. MACH THE KNIFE (7) is stepping up in grade, compared to his past three outings, which have all resulted in creditable the placings. The son of Mach Three was a shade unlucky last time out in finishing a 10m 2nd to Dan Fernando at Goulburn and he stays under notice on that effort. Exotic players should also consider MISS HATTIE (2), WHATS YOUR SECRET (6) and MANLY MACH (10).

    OUR ULTIMATE LIZZY 1, Girls Are Best 2, Lovin Miss Dixie 3, Mach The Knife 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    Former Victorian trotter MAJESTIC HURRICANE (7) was responsible for a bold first-up display for his new mentor KerryAnn Morris at this venue a week ago. Dictating the terms of the 1609m challenge, Majestic Hurricane was unable to fend off the classy Watts Up Majestic, with the margin being a comfortable 1.5m advantage to the short-priced favourite. Contesting an open but suitable challenge, Majestic Hurricane will benefit from his first experience under race conditions at the testing Menangle circuit. The ultra-consistent DANCE SECRET (5) has been runner-up on five-consecutive occasions, the latest on Tuesday when she found Bacardi Barmaid a shade too strong over the final stages. The fact that the 4yo son of A Rocknroll Dance keeps finding one better is a concern, but he will continue to give a good sight. AFFAIRE DE COVER (6) is coming off a couple of sound displays in a heat, then the G3 Breeders Crown Silver Trot, the latter resulting in a determined a 2.6m 4th to Amour Maternal at Bendigo on Nov 23. The Love You 3yo, despite taking on older opposition, is more than capable of making his presence felt. RIGHT MOVES (10) has drawn awkwardly out wide, but his recent form, which includes a last-start 19.9m 3rd to Watts Up Majestic a week ago, is certainly good enough to warrant exotic involvement. Value chances for the exotics include KYLIES LIFE (2) and MASCOTT (3). Victorian GIL FAVOR (8) was safely held during the three heats of the Inter Dominion, however, in this company if he could find something like his best form, then he would take a power of beating.

    MAJESTIC HURRICANE 1, Dance Secret 2, Affaire De Cover 3, Right Moves 4.

     – MICK KO’CASS

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