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    This is not a ‘typo’, I suggest you back Taipo This is not a ‘typo’, I suggest you back Taipo

    WORTH A PUNT: Brad Hewitt's stable ace Taipo is ready to win.. PHOTO: Jess Watkins.

    RACE ONE: Now under the care of Peter Rixon, following a successful career under the guidance of Margaret Lee, JILLIBY NITRO (2) is perfectly... This is not a ‘typo’, I suggest you back Taipo


    Now under the care of Peter Rixon, following a successful career under the guidance of Margaret Lee, JILLIBY NITRO (2) is perfectly placed to start his new partnership on a winning note. The former Victorian has been lightly-raced throughout his career, with the 7yo facing the starter on just 52 occasions, resulting in a dozen wins and 19 placings. The son of Bettors Delight made the trip north, while still being prepared by Margaret, with a determined win coming his way after competing from a midfield role. Joining in smartly in the home straight, Jilliby Nitro accounted for Simply Sam and Letsrockletsroll. Caught without cover last week, Jilliby Nitro was game in defeat, going down by a margin of 2.4m in finishing 3rd to the Seaton Grima-prepared duo, Last Tango In Heaven and Stravinsky. Will Rixon will partner Jilliby Nitro after Lochie Cook and Jason Lee, respectively, had the driving duties in his past two engagements. With gate two being an ideal starting point, Will should have Jilliby Nitro making a statement from the outset and that will lay the foundations for a winning performance. WINDY HILL TARA (1) strips fitter fit two runs since a spell, but the Amanda Turnbull trained and driven mare has been off the scene since March 31. On that occasion the 4yo daughter of Betting Line recorded a 23.8m 4th to Not To Be Denied in the Riverina Championship at Wagga. The mare drew the back row and competed from a rearward role. The winner of the G1 NSW Oaks a year ago, Windy Hill Tara has had the benefit of two trials, the latter at Bathurst on Monday when a 9.4m 4th to Chase The Stars. The prospect of receiving a kind, peg run, will certainly assist Windy Hill Tara in her quest for further success. I BREAK THE LINE (6) displayed plenty of commitment when he worked and still proved too good for Court On The Edge and Terryrama at Goulburn. Since resuming from a spell the Michael Xuereb-trained 4yo has saluted the judge in five of his nine starts while finishing runner-up twice. The son of Betting Line will again make his presence felt. LAST TANGO IN HEAVEN (8) was able to enjoy a kind draw from gate five last week, courtesy of Lleyton Green positioning the Seaton Grima-conditioned 6yo behind the leader after being the first to find the pegs. Gaining an inside run, Last Tango In Heaven managed to finish the better as he powered past Stravinsky and Jilliby Nitro. A wider gate comes into play, but the 6yo can’t be ignored as a threat. STRTAVINSKY (9) goes from gate one to the outside starting role this time, however, the 6yo continues to be in the mix and is capable of being in the mix when the judge calls a halt. DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (3), a winner here three starts ago, returns to a suitable draw after starting from the outside gate a week ago when a 31.6m 8th behind Last Tango In Heaven. The veteran should receive a give run and that will assist the 10yo, so include the Harry Martin-trained son of Village Jasper when it comes to the multiples.

    JILLIBY NITRO 1, Windy Hill Tara 2, I Break The Line 3, Last Tango In Heaven 4.


    The Seaton Grima trained and driven CLASSY OPERATOR (2) appeals as the one to beat once again, following his comfortable all-the-way win over this course and distance a week ago. The former Kiwi made it two wins from three starts since joining the stable when he enjoyed a care-free trip in defeating the previously undefeated Franco Promachos and Captain Blood. The 5yo drew the pole on that occasion and will move out just one spot for this suitable assignment. Seaton will again take Classy Operator to the lead and from that point onwards, the pair will just keep on improving their position. Despite drawing the outside gate LOUS DREAM (10) looks the main threat if there is to be one. Also under the care of Seaton, the son of Sweet Lou was having his second run for the stable, the first resulting in a pleasing photo 3rd to Montalbano, when he finished strongly in to finish a head 2nd, once again behind the Montalbano. The in-form Ash Delosa will again partner the 4yo and the pair are capable of again being in contention when the judge calls a halt. The consistent RICKOSHAY (8) is due for a change of luck after being placed in his past five starts. The Blake Fitzpatrick trained and driven 6yo hasn’t won since last November, but his recent form is certainly good enough to suggest that the son of Bettors Delight is capable of leaving the track on a winning note. Looking to upstage his rivals is NICHOLAS CAGE, who played a starring role at this venue five starts ago, but has been played just once since and that was last time out when he worked home stoutly in recording a 7.6m 2nd behind No Heart Throb. CARLO GAMBINO (6) has been mixing his form but when it comes to the multiples, the Chris Judd-prepared 10yo is worthy of attention. DONEGAL LUTHER (5) scored comfortably at Parkes last time, and although a harder task awaits the sparingly-raced 5yo, claims as an exotic runner should be considered. SHEFFIELD SPARKY (4) continues to be thereabouts and also fits the bill as an exotic contender. HEZ DUSTY (9) had his chance to be in the mix when an 11m 6th behind Montalbano last week after drawing the pole., The Brad Hewitt trained and driven son of For a Reason has drawn out deep, which is a concern, but he is usually thereabouts and his exotic prospects can’t be ignored.

    CLASSY OPERATOR 1, Lous Dream 2, Rickoshay 3, Carlo Gambino 4.


    In what appears to be an open contest, OUR VINNIE (3) has the chance to secure his first win since last October when he won the SA Derby as a member of the Emma Stewart team. Facing the starter on three occasions since leaving the Jason Grimson stable and linking up with Jack Trainor, the 4yo son of Vincent followed a pleasing 3rd to his new stablemate No Heart Throb, with a sound 10m 5th to Don Lou before again doing his best work late when a 21m 4th to Classy Operator at Headquarters last week. Our Vinnie came from a six peg role on that occasion in making up plenty of ground over the final 100m. Drawing out deep, Jack Trainor elected to restrain Our Vinnie at the start, but with a far better draw assisting him this time around, the gelding will have the chance to occupy a role closer to the action and, that will give him the chance to snare the seventh win of his career. Talented mare HEAVENLY HOLLY (7) is entitled to be regarded as a serious player after a determined win at Newcastle. Taken to the front by Ash Delosa the Michael Formosa-trained 6yo daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven refused to be headed in fighting on strongly to defeat Dadndave and Laceys Lad. The mare has drawn wider this time, but Michael Formosa will be keen to have Heavenly Holly in the mix from the outset. IM IN TROUBLE (8) has drawn the outside gate in the field of eight, but he remains a threat. Apart from finishing 9th to Double Encounter two starts ago, the Seaton Grima trained and driven 5yo has been in a ‘purple patch’ of form with the son of Art Major finishing no further back than fifth during the course of his past 16 starts. Four of those outings have resulted in wins while five placings have also been posted, all as runner-up. Im In Trouble led when a gritty 2.5m 4th to Last Tango In Heaven last week, and while he may have to settle for a spot back in the pack this time, the fact that he only has seven rivals will assist his claims of being a threat. BOOM (5) emerged from a quiet period with a couple of solid placings, the latter when a fast-finishing neck 2nd to double Encounter, prior to finishing a 13.6m 7th to Last Tango In Heaven a week ago. With a better draw helping his cause the son of Alta Christiano is again capable of making his presence felt. PORT AU PRINCE (4) continues to be in the mix, but is finding it hard to greet the judge. Without a win since last July, the 6yo is coming off a 9.7m 4th behind Whereyabinboppin, and with this assignment more to his liking, the son of Somebeachsomewhere is definitely worth further attention. SAGINAW (1), courtesy of gate one, is a value chance for the multiples while a fitter TOTAL DIVA (2) is open to improvement on her past two safely held unplaced displays. The better draw is also a plus for the daughter of Terror To Love.

    OUR VINNIE 1, Heavenly Holly 2, Im In Trouble 3, Boom 4.


    In a race overflowing with chances, second row runner OUTSIDE FIGHTER (10) is still capable of delivering a knock-out blow in securing the judge’s decision. Prepared by Jason Grimson and to be driven by Jack Callaghan, the 7yo has been in the fight on a regular basis since joining the stable, although he hasn’t been successful since scoring here back in February. However, Outside Fighter has still managed to record six placings from his subsequent eight starts. One of his rare unplaced efforts happened to be his latest assignment when he posted a disappointing 34.3m 5th behind the talented Extreme Sea. While the commencing the race from the back row is tricky, Outside Fighter should be able to follow out those drawn ahead of him, which also features some of his main rivals. GO AWAY AGAIN (9) has also drawn the second row, drawing the inside alley. Prepared and to be driven by Rickie Alchin, Go Away Again scored at Goulburn three starts ago, prior to a solid 2nd to Seastorie at Newcastle and a 10.8m 6th to My Ultimate Snowy at Headquarters. Luck will be required from the tricky draw, but if that does occur, then the 4yo son of Captaintreacherous will be poised to pounce. The James Rattray trained and driven MAYOR OF ELWOOD (6) has been mixing his form, with an all-the-way win coming his way at Goulburn two starts back, then a creditable 6.6m 5th to My Ultimate Snowy when he enjoyed a kind run behind the leader. The son of Modern Art has been unplaced in both his previous starts at this venue, however, the 4yo is capable of being in the mix in this far more suitable challenge. DENNY ROCKS (3) won a couple in a short space of time at Newcastle and Penrith, respectively, before his two recent unplaced efforts. Following a 7.2m 9th to Big Black Diamond at Newcastle when he led and faded, the Peter Rixon-conditioned 5yo then finished a 17m 7th to My Ultimate Snowy. The draw is a plus and with the prospect of being prominently placed, Denny Rocks is capable of being a threat. OURSOUTHERNSTAR (1) will be backing up from an engagement at this venue on Tuesday, and courtesy of drawing the pole, the Darren Binskin trained and driven mare is worthy of consideration. The 7yo has been consistent of late and providing the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance performs creditably, then she warrants attention. MAJOR STATEMENT (2) is coming off a win at Bankstown on Monday and from gate two, the Troy Williams-conditioned 7yo son of Well Said is again capable of having a vital say in the outcome. DANCE AND DELIVER (12), which is also prepared by Peter Rixon, has been unplaced in all six starts since a spell, which is a rare ‘stat’ for this usually consistent son of A Rocknroll Dance. Adding to his woes is a second row draw, however, Dance And Deliver is worthy of exotic involvement.

    OUTSIDE FIGHTER 1, Go Away Again 2, Mayor Of Elwood 3, Denny Rocks 4.


    Facing the starter as the least experienced runner in the field, and also confronted by a second row draw, the exciting prospect EXTREME SEA (11) is still the one to beat. Carefully prepared by David Hewitt and to be driven by his son Brad, Extreme Sea will be stepping out for just his ninth assignment in what has been an interrupted career to date. The 4yo son of Well Said has converted five of those engagements into wins, with two placings also appearing on his ‘stats sheet’. Having won the NSWBC Eastern 3YO C&G’s Final last December, Extreme Sea resumed with a 3.6m 3rd to Don Hugo at Wagga on March 26, which was a heat of the Riverina Championship. Five days later and facing the starter for the Final, again at Wagga, Extreme Sea recorded a stylish win when he turned the tables of Don Lou with Missed The Truth filling third position. Next stop for the gelding was Menangle on May 7, and with the benefit of two runs back, Extreme Sea was responsible for an outstanding display. Leading the outside runners for the majority of the 2300m challenge, Brad finally said ‘’enough is enough” and passing the 600m marker he gave Extreme Sea more rein and in a few swift strides, the Goulburn duo quickly disposed of his rivals. The end result was a emphatic 25m win, it could have been more if desire, over Corbie Stumbler and Whataboyjack. Boasting three wins and a placing from his five starts at Headquarters, Extreme Sea will be confronted by an intriguing challenge, courtesy of the draw. But everything being equal and, as we know, that is usually not the case in racing, but if it is on this occasion, then it is hard to see his rivals turning the tables on Extreme Sea, which will again ‘wave’ good bye to his rivals. MY ULTIMATE SNOWY (9) has won his past two after a brief period of posting a couple of unplaced runs, which is rare for this consistent son of Sweet Lou. Prepared by Jarrod Alchin, who also has the talented CORBIE STUMBLER (8) engaged, My Ultimate Snowy has eight wins to show for his efforts, five of them recorded at Menangle, including his past two, the latter when he led in defeating Has The Courage and Speculating. The draw has made this a harder assignment, but the 4yo has the talent to again be productive. CORBIE STUMBLER (8) has been in fine form in recent months since becoming a member of the astute Menangle mentor’s team. Two wins and three placings have been recorded by the combination and it will be an important guide on whether Cam Hart sticks with the son of Betting Line or elects to continue his association with My Ultimate Snowy. Either side of a solid win at Wagga, Corbie Stumbler has finished 2nd at Menangle, the former being a solid 1.4m effort behind Bluto while the latter was behind Extreme Sea, and although the margin was convincing, 25 metres, the son of Betting Line did strike some interference.   The outside draw awaits Corbie Stumbler, and while that is a hurdle, at least the gelding has options, compared to his back row opponents. The consistent Chris Judd-prepared SPECULATING (1) is the one most likely to provide an upset finish to the Final. The son of Roll With Joe has been racing with far more confidence of late following a 7th to Dragon Tattoo at Menangle five starts ago. The 4yo has been placed in his past two at this venue, both behind My Ultimate Snowy, the latter when he drew the back row in finishing a gritty 5.3m 3rd after working to occupy the role outside of the leader and eventual winner. Peter McRae, who has been in an outstanding form in recent months, will take over the driving duties and from his far kinder draw, Speculating will be on the end of suitable run from the outset. Consistent performers PRINCE OF PEACE (2) and WHATABOYJACK (3) have both drawn well and are capable of being involved in the finish so at least include the pair in multiple transactions. TURBO TOMMY (4), FOXY DADA (5) and CAPTAIN BLLOD (6) have also been racing well and such is the depth of this field, their exotic claims can’t be denied.

    EXTREME SEA 1, My Ultimate Snowy 2, Corbie Stumbler 3, Speculating 4.


    Face value and TAIPO (7) was a disappointing when beaten 8.5m in finishing 3rd to Whereyabinboppin, as a short-priced elect, at Menangle last week. Confronted by a similar assignment, but moving from gate one to the outside alley in the field of seven, Taipo is worthy of another chance. Brad Hewitt was able to dictate the tempo of the 2300m challenge and with sectionals of 31.2, 29.3, 28.0 and 27.3, an all-the-way win was certainly on the radar. However, the son of American Ideal didn’t show the fight expected and faded over the final stages. The 7yo had previously resumed from a spell in recording a pleasing 6.7m 2nd to Don Lou in the Goulburn Soldiers Cup on April 28. On that occasion the 7yo, due to drawing the back row, competed from a four peg role before hitting the line strongly over the concluding stages. Brad will have the option of using Taipo’s gate speed or allowing him to sit back and charge home late with a far fitter horse. The second option appeals, especially with only six rivals. No doubt Taipo would be a part of Brad’s plans when it comes to the winter carnival in Queensland so he must perform up to expectations this time around. SIMPLY SAM (1) has drawn the prized pole position and with the 5yo stepping up in grade that will certainly assist his claims of featuring the finish. Since crossing the Tasman to join the stables of Lucky Lodge, the 5yo has been competitive in all three assignments, with his second outing resulting in a narrow, but strong win over Dangerzone and Montalbano, with the latter posting two wins since. Also a son of American Ideal, Simply Sam is coming off a determined 1.4m 2nd to Jilliby Nitro over this course and distance a couple of weeks ago when he raced without cover. A kinder ruin will be on offer this and he is more than capable of being actively involved in the outcome. TAY TAY (5) will be required to show a ’swift’ return to form after a run of five unplaced efforts since a spell, with the mare finishing sixth on each occasion. Returning to the stables of Jason Grimson for her latest performance on April 27, Tay Tay started favourite, but was never a factor when beaten 20m by Double Encounter. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven had recorded five wins and four placings from her previous 10 starts at this venue. The 6yo is worth more chance to show she can still chart highly. WHEREYABINBOPPIN (6) did a big job in scoring last week as the tempo was certainly against the James Rattray-trained son of A Rocknroll Dance. In a rearward role, with the leader (Taipo) enjoying sedate sectionals, the 8yo looked to have the job ahead of him, however, when asked to stake his claim by Taylah Osmond, Whereyabinboppin had the leader well with his sights on straightening. The winning margin was only a half-neck in defeating Cantfindabettorman, but Whereyabinboppin showed plenty of spirit in gaining the upper hand over the final 50m. Usually noted for his ‘catch me if you can’ style of racing, Whereyabinboppin has a slightly better draw and over the sprint journey, James may well look to adopt that plan this time around. Honest mare IM PRESI BELLE (4) is coming off a 13m 7th to the exciting mare Aardies Express in the G1 Queen Elizabeth 11 at Menangle on May 4. Prior to that outing the Peter Rixon-trained 6yo had been going about her business with her usual consistency, and although facing a tough test in this class, the daughter of Mach Three should be given consideration when it comes to the exotics. ARDENS ACE (2) finished a fading 13.4m 6th to Whereyabinboppin last week after enjoying a kind run behind the leader. The Art Major 6yo had been performing at his usual consistent level and from two, claims as an exotic runner should be considered.

    TAIPO 1, Simply Sam 2, Whereyabinboppin 3, Im Presi Belle 4.


    Contesting a similar race to a week ago, OUR UNCLE JIM (7), which I selected to win that race, is deserving of another chance in a race of many hopes. Taken back at the start and settling seven pegs, prior to being three wide and four back approaching the final bend, the Leon Jurd-conditioned son of Western Terror worked home stoutly in posting a respectable 8m 7th behind Wavethebill, which led and avoided the blanket finish, as a result.  The 8yo has drawn just one spot closer to the pegs for this assignment, which is over the longer trip of 2300m, and while the opening 900m or so, is usually contested at a casual tempo, the extra trip should assist Our Uncle Jim to hit the line with intent, hopefully, collecting his 22nd win in the process. DARK TERROR (8) also faced the starter as Our Uncle Jim and was also restrained at the start from the outside gate. Also a son of Western Terror and an 8yo as well, Dark Terror worked home stoutly in recording a pleasing 3.2m 4th and, with his recent form being acceptable for a race of this nature, the KerryAnn Morris-trained gelding appeals as a definite winning chance. LOCHIEL (4), which is also under the care of Leon Jurd, has opened his latest term of racing with five unplaced efforts, with his latest outing last week in the Wavethebill race, being the best of them. Nestled six pegs for most of the journey, the 7yo son of Lincoln Royal also worked to the line in an encouraging manner, which resulted in a useful 6.9m sixth. LITTLE BLISS (10) also went around in the above-mentioned race and the gritty mare recorded a solid-finishing 2.9m third, coming from a four peg role in doing so. Prepared by Troy Williams, who is enjoying a good run, the 7yo daughter of Art Major has drawn the outside gate, which is a hurdle, but she is more than capable of playing an important role in the finish. HANDS ON (6) was safely held in his opening two runs since a spell before posting an improved 6.6m 4th to Heavenly Holly at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago. Fitter and capable of better, Hands on is capable of being ‘hands on’ when it comes to the finish so don’t ignore his claims. SAILOR GIRL (5) is also coming out of the Wavethebill race in which she recorded a solid 3.6m fifth after being three pegs. The 6yo mare has been mixing her form, however, when it comes to the exotics the Scott Hewitt trained and driven daughter of Sportswriter is a suitable addition to any combination. SMOOTH OVERARM (2) has been safely held of late, with a 3.2m 3rd to Hez Dusty at Bathurst four runs ago being his best effort in recent times. Better than his recent form would suggest and ideally drawn, the Changeover 9yo is another with claims in multiple transactions.

    OUR UNCLE JIM 1, Dark Terror 2, Lochiel 3, Little Bliss 4.


    Following an emphatic, tear-away win at Headquarters two weeks ago, ROYAL DAN (9) will again take a power of beating. After resuming from a spell with four wins and three placings, all as runner-up, the majority when still in the care of Emma Stewart, the 5yo continued the good work when he joined Jason Grimson, only to falter at Goulburn in the Trotters Cup on April 28. Going off stride in the early stages, the son of Orlando Vici wasn’t in the mood when he recorded a well-beaten last (six runners) behind Funky Monkey. Mind on the job next start when he faced the starter at Menangle, and Royal Dan treated his rivals with distain as he powered his way to a 12.9m victory over Toro Stride and Constantinople. Breaking the spirit of his rivals when he opened up a commanding break at the 600m, Royal Dan has the race in his keeping a long way from home. Jack Trainor had the drive on that occasion and he will again be in the sulky. The 5yo has drawn the outside gate in the field of nine and, that may not be a bad thing, as it will allow Jack to keep the gelding wide and out of any trouble that may eventuate early. Once balanced and into full stride, Royal Dan will again look to dictate from start to finish. MAJESTIC TRIO (8) strips fitter for her two runs since joining Jarrod Alchin. Resuming with a useful 19.3m 3rd to the classy Im Ready Jet in the G1 Macarthur Mile, the 6yo daughter of Majestic Son contested a stand event from a 20m handicap, and after making up her ground, then circling the field to be outside of the leader, Majestic Trio recorded a creditable 8.4m 5th to Revelstoke in the Bulli Trotters Cup a week ago. The return to a mobile event is a plus so expect a competitive showing from Majestic Trio. Back from a spell and now under the care of Blake Fitzpatrick, former Victorian-based COURAGE STRIDE (6) will be an interesting runner. The son of Muscle Hill has been an quality performer, having won 11 races from 37 starts while being placed on 17 occasions, with a number of his engagements being against outstanding opposition. The 5yo will be stepping out for his first challenge since a 15.9m 8th to Keayang Chucky at Melton last October. However, with the benefit of two trials, finishing runner -up each time, the latter when a half-head 2nd to Maximus Meridius, Courage Stride is capable of making his presence felt. ROGUE GENTLEMAN (5) won first-up from a spell and for Luke McCarthy when the former Victorian overcame a 30m handicap in proving far too good for Phoebe majestic and Aldebaran Jensen. The 6yo will strip fitter, with the outing being his first since last September while the return to a mobile will also assist as he will begin on level terms with his rivals. JUNGLE EYES (4) stays in the mix as an exotic runner while ITZFERGIETIME (7) is also capable of being in the mix so include the mare in the multiple mix.

    ROYAL DAN 1, Majestic Trio 2, Courage Stride 3, Rogue Gentleman 4.



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