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    READY TO GO ON HIS WINNING WAY AT MENANGLE: Hi Manameisjeff.

    RACE ONE: This could be a case when ‘crime does pay’ as the Seaton Grima trained and driven CRIME DONT PAY (1) faces the... Will this top tip break 1:50 – again?

    RACE ONE:

    This could be a case when ‘crime does pay’ as the Seaton Grima trained and driven CRIME DONT PAY (1) faces the starter from the prized pole position. Posting three wins and a head second from his previous four starts, the son of Sportswriter drew the outside gate for the Carousel Final a couple of week ago, which proved to be a big part of his downfall. Caught wide for the majority of the 2300m, Crime Dont Pay tired to finish a 16.7m 8th to Our Cosmic Major. This time around Seaton will be able to present the 6yo with a far kinder run and that should result in a far more competitive showing. SURFERS DELIGHT (5) chalked up a hat-trick of placings, two at Newcastle with the third leg posted at this venue, prior to a gritty 5.6m 4th behind the classy Ripp a week ago. Handily drawn, the 5yo son of Bettors Delight again looks poised to be in the mix from the outset so don’t ignore his claims. ROMANEE (11) drew favourably last week in securing a role close to the action from the outset, with the final 400m contested from outside of the leader. The end result was a determined win over Roll Up and Tuppence. The Jarrod Alchin-trained 5yo has drawn the outside gate, but he has too much talent to dismiss as a contender for the top spot.  ARDENS ACE (4) scored narrowly, but convincingly last week, and from the goo draw is again a threat. Exotic combinations should also include LOCHIEL (2), which is racing in fine fashion and also draws well, ROYAL GAMBLE (6) and THE CROUPIER (8), which is coming off an improved 1.8m 2nd to Star major. STINGRAY TARA (9) has drawn wide and has been unplaced in his past four scoring in fine style. The drop in grade will assist in a better showing.

    CRIME DONT PAY 1, Surfers Delight 2, Romanee 3, Ardens Ace 4.

    RACE TWO:

    The time looks right to celebrate a win with BOLLINGER (8), with the Victorian now peaking in condition following two runs back from a spell. Resuming from a two month spell at Melton on August 19, the Dean Braun-trained son of Bettors Delight drew the back row, resulting in a rearward role early, prior to working home out three deep. The end result was a 15.9m 6th behind Major Collect. Stepping out at Menangle a couple of weeks ago, Bollinger managed to find the lead in recording a gritty 1.3m 3rd to Don Lou and Saginaw. That run should have Bollinger going to another level, as far as, his fitness is concerned, and although confronted by a wide gate, the 4yo should be competitive once again. TARDELLI (4) is coming off an emphatic win at Newcastle, with the 34.2m win coming on the back of a solid all-the-way win at Melton. From the in-form stable of Rickie Alchin, who will handle the driving duties, the 3yo Huntsville colt will be facing older rivals and in what will be a harder contest, but from his handy draw, another bold showing can be expected. OUR UNCLE JIM (7) posted two solid placings at this venue, the latter when a 1.7m 3rd to Our Cosmic Major and Janarty in the Carousel Final, The Victorian headed back home and had little luck when a 14m 9th to Ideal escape at Melton on September 29. Settling five pegs and held up for a suitable run, Our Uncle Jim will be able to make his own luck, despite drawing a touch wide. Expect a far stronger display from the Dean Braun-conditioned son of Western Terror. SAGINAW (10) will have to overcome the outside gate, but the Seaton Grima trained and driven son of Well said is racing well enough to make a good fist of such a task. Two wins and four placings have been posted from his past six starts. Drawing a couple of spots closer last time out, Saginaw hit the line well in recording a half-neck 3rd to Lochiel and Janarty. RYANS GANGSTER (2) scored in fine fashion three starts but has had little go his way since. Ideally drawn, Ryans Gangster is worthy of further attention, especially when it comes to forming exotic transactions. SIR RICHARD LEE (6) and UNCLE JAY (3) stay in the mix when it comes to exotic investments.

    BOLLINGER 1, Tardelli 2, Our Uncle Jim 3, Saginaw 4.

    RACE THREE:

    Despite coming up with outside gate it is hard to tip against the Elizabeth Heath-trained PETES SAID SO (11), which has been competing against stronger opposition on a regular basis. Beaten a mere 5.9m when an unlucky 5.9m 8th to Spirit Of St Louis, the Well Said 7yo then posted a 17m 3rd to Hi Manameisjeff before running a gritty 3.8m 2nsd behind the classy 4yo, My Ultimate Ronnie a week ago. Petes Said So has the gate speed to be in the thick of the action if Robert Morris decides to attack this race from the outset. That would be the likely plan, which will leave Robbie with the option of dictating or taking a sit. A fitter FIRE FOX (9) should be regarded as a threat, despite resuming with a 15.2m 7th behind My Ultimate Ronnie a week ago. A member of the powerful Jason Grimson team, Fire Fox performed consistently in stronger races last term and a bold showing is definitely a distinct possibility. JAY OK (10) should also be ready to chart a lot higher than his two runs since resuming. Beaten 6m into 9th spot by Spirit Of St Louis on resumption, the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained 6yo then finished 9th once again two weeks ago, this time when 30.7m behind Hi Manameisjeff. Usually a consistent type, Jay OK should be ready to be involved in the finish. MAJOR JELLIS (7) continues to be thereabouts, which was again the case a week ago, when a creditable 8.7m 6th to Romanee. Back to a harder challenge, the 6yo son of Art Major heads the list of exotic hopefuls, with PITCH PERFECT (4), DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (5) and IZAHA (8)m also worthy of consideration.

    PETES SAID SO 1, Fire Fox 2, Jay OK 3, Major Jellis 4.

    RACE FOUR:

    Following a tough effort in scoring at Newcastle last time out, MAJOR MEMPHIS (5) will look to continue his winning run, despite the slightly stronger assignment. Prepared by Aaron Goadsby and to be driven by Robbie Morris, Major Memphis drew the back row for his previous assignment, which resulted in the 4yo settling back in the pack, prior to working three deep. Despite covering extra ground the 4yo son of Art Major broke clear of the pack soon after straightening, responding to the aggressive drive by Morris in fine fashion. When the line was reached Major Memphis had 4.8m to spare over Ghostly Courage with Sporting Robyn a further 1.4m away in third spot. Handily drawn on the front line for this challenge. Major Memphis will have the opportunity to be in the mix from the outset. BLUE SUEDE ROCKA (10) drew the pole at Eugowra on Monday in recording an all-the-way win over Gabbys Sportstar and Oursweetpog. This time around the 5yo has drawn the outside gate and while that is a concern, the recent form of Blue Suede Rocka is hard to fault so respect his claims. BRACKEN WARRIOR (4) has a win and four placings, three as runner-up, to show for his recent performances. Prepared by Corey Parker and to be driven by Taylah Osmond, the 7yo led when a solid 7m 2nd behind the talented Andaman Bay at Wagga a few weeks ago. From his suitable draw, Bracken Warrior will again be poised from the outset. KEAYANG DOMINO (6) hasn’t had a great deal of luck when it comes to photo finishes of late, with a 4.6m 4th to Crime Dont Pay at this venue, followed by a half-head 2nd behind Secret Bling at Wagga when he led until the final bound. Racing consistently of late the 4yo is worthy of further attention. SECRET BLING (9) has won her past two at Wagga, and although the wide gate is a hurdle, the mare is capable of sitting off the pace and coming with a rush so don’t write her off. Exotic chances are given to GHOSTLY COURAGE (1), DRIVE TO THE BEACH (3) and GABBYS SPORTSTAR (11).

    MAJOR MEMPHIS 1, Blue Suede Rocka 2, Bracken Warrior 3, Keayang Domino 4.

    RACE FIVE:

    Following a hat-trick of dominate displays, everyone knows who Jeff these days and it will take a big effort from one oh rivals to prevent HI MANAMEISJEFF (11) from greeting the judge once again. The 6yo son of Art Major remains unbeaten since leaving Victoria to join the powerful Jason Grimson team, with the gelding now figuring highly on the markets of the Inter Dominion series, which is set down for early December at Albion Park. Each time Hi Manameisjeff has dictated the terms with Cam Hart in the sulky, and each time the pair have left their rivals battling out the minors. Leading from gate nine last time out, Hi Manameisjeff covered the final two quarters in 26.6 and 26.3s, en route to posting a comfortable win over stablemate Abouttime, with Petes Said So a further 12.4m astern. The same scenario will again play out, with Hi Manameisjeff setting a solid tempo in proving too good for his rivals. ABOUTIME (6) has been in each of his past two placings, a 4.6m 3rd behind Kanena Provlima, prior to his latest display behind his speedy stablemate. The 7yo has the gate speed to be prominently placed and that will assist in his quest to fill second spot. STAR MAJOR (9) is in rare form of late so don’t dismiss the James Rattray trained and driven 7yo bound to make his presence felt once again. Runner-up in three of his previous four starts, the son of Art Major then recorded a deserving win when he managed to find the lead when perfectly rated by Taylah Osmond in defeating The Croupier and Double Encounter. Expect another tough effort from Star Major. KANENA PROVLIMA (7) worked home stoutly when a 4.3m 3rd to My Ultimate Ronnie at Headquarters a week ago, which was in keeping with a number of solid displays in recent months. The 7yo must be included in exotic investments. ZEUSS BROMAC (4) will appreciate returning to a good draw so include the classy 6yo in multiple transactions while the veteran ALTA ORLANDO (2) returns to racing after his 26m 6th to Spirit Of St Louis over 2300m at Headquarters on July 1. The 11yo son of Courage Under Fire has trialled well and is drawn to be in the mix from the outset. OUR MONEY ROCKS (5) is also capable of filling a role in the exotics.

    HI MANAMEISJEFF 1, Abouttime 2, Star Major 3, Kanena Provlima 4.

    RACE SIX:

    Brilliant mare BRAEVIEW KELLY (9) returns, and although the daughter of Bettors Delight has drawn wide, the mare will be a ‘betting delight’. Prepared by Jack Trainor, who will also jump into the sulky, Braeview Kelly has been off the scene since recording an unlucky 7m 5th to another performer in Amore Vita in the Golden Girl at AP on July 15. Placed in her previous three starts, the 5yo has won nine of her 14 starts at this venue while also collecting four placings. Back in March the mare contested the Miracle Mile, finishing a 14.7m 5th behind Catch A Wave. Clearly, the class runner of the field, Braeview Kelly trialled well and is ready to return on a winning note. ARDENS DELIGHT (7), which is a stablemate of Braeview Kelly, has been racing in the ‘peak of her powers’, and is coming off a brave win here a week ago after racing without cover. Despite the extra workload, the mare proved a shade too good for Mitsi Gaynor and Stellar Arden. As a result of that win, Ardens Delight collected her fifth win from her past seven starts. Facing Braeview Kelly will be a harder challenge, but it is hard to dismiss her as a potential threat, mainly on the score of fitness. The Peter Rixon-trained IM PRESI BELLE (5) will make her presence felt, which does on a regular basis these days. Following back-to-back wins at Headquarters, the daughter of Mach Three posted an 11.3m 2nd behind Fear Cruisin at Newcastle three weeks ago. Apart from moving from the back row to a favourable draw, Im Presi Belle will also appreciate returning to a race for mares. The consistent STELLAR ARDEN (1), another consistent mare under the care of Jack Trainor, has drawn ideally in gate one, which will ensure that the daughter of Bettors Delight secures a kind run. The 5yo has been placed in her past two Menangle engagements, each time behind one of her stablemates, the former when a solid 2m 2nd to Theresa Love while the latter, a week ago, resulted in a head 3rd to Ardens Delight. LITTLE BLISS (4) was responsible for a creditable run when an 8.7m 9th to Star Major a couple of weeks ago. Prior to that outing the Troy Williams-conditioned daughter of Art major had been racing in fine fashion. A better draw and returning to a contest against her own sex will assist Little Bliss in making her presence felt.

    BRAEVIEW KELLY 1, Ardens Delight 2, Im Presi Belle 3, Stellar Arden 4.

    RACE SEVEN:

    Classy 3yo LONDON TO A BRICK (11) will have to overcome the outside draw, due to being placed on the ODM list, due to a breaking after the start when he appeared at Melton a week ago. Following a run of five-consecutive wins, the latest when resuming from a spell in defeating Funky Monkey and Majestic Trio, the latter coming off a G1 win, London To A Brick headed south for a 1720m assignment, however, the James Rattray trained and driven 3yo lost all chance at the start when a $1.05 favourite. The end result was a distant last behind Grumpee, which is how punters, who accepted the ‘red figures’ were feeling after the race. London To A Brick, every now and then, does display bad manners at the start, which proved costly in the NSW Trotters Derby. However, he also displays plenty of ability and he is entitled to top billing against his older rivals. TORO STRIDE (4) lost early ground, due to breaking, but recovered to finish a solid 1.7m 3rd behind Constantinople and One Majic Kenny last week. Peaking in condition and drawing well, The Love You 4yo will play a role in the finish. Quality mare ALDEBARAN TESS (9) ended her previous term of racing with three, disappointing efforts but the mare has trialled well on two occasions, suggesting that she was ready to resume with a positive attitude. That being the case then the 6yo daughter of Muscle Hill is more than capable of accounting for this field.  Multiple transactions should include JUNGLE EYES (2), courtesy of the good draw, LOVE GUN (5) and ONE MAJIC KENNY (10), despite the fact that he continues to find it difficult to put two good runs back-to-back.

    LONDON TO A BRICK 1, Toro Stride 2, Aldebaran Tess 3, Jungle Eyes 4.

    RACE EIGHT:

    Following an eye-catching, ‘back me next time run’, a week ago, IDEAL IN DREAMS (5) should take a power of beating in the final event. Stepping out for her first assignment since an 18.5m 8th behind Black Onyx at this venue in mid-June, the daughter of Warrawee Needy settled in a rearward role, where she remained until working into a midfield role as the field approached the final turn. Still well off the leader and eventual winner in Just As Well on straightening, the 4yo worked home strongly over the final 100m in recording a solid 3.7m third. Now under the care of Davin Thorn, Ideal In Dreams has always been a quality type, as her record of seven wins and nine placings from 28 starts would suggest. With a career highlight being her 2nd to Captn Me in the G1 NSW Breeders Challenge for 3YO Fillies, Ideal In Dreams will attack this race with a higher level of fitness, as apart from her latest outing, the mare also trialled on two occasions. FREDDY SINGH (2) also strips fitter for two pleasing runs back from a spell. The Rickie Alchin trained and driven 5yo resumed with a solid 1.8m 2nd behind One For The Rodi, then again hit the line with intent in posting a 2.8m 4th to Ardens Ace a week ago. Apart from stripping fitter, Freddy Singh has a far better draw next to his name, which is always a plus. The drinks were on MO SZYSLAK (7) last time out when the son of Sweet Lou played a leading role in winning first-up for Jason Grimson a couple of weeks ago. Driven to perfection by Mitch Ford, The 4yo dictated the terms in defeating Eagle Watch and Watch Me React. This will be a harder challenge for Mo Szyslak, but he is bound to be on the improve on Grimson’s watch. The intriguing runner is FYNN FROST (10) who arrives from Victoria with sound form, despite one placing from his past four starts. That particular effort resulted in a fast-finishing 5.2m 2nd to Major Manbar. The 8yo son of Always A Virgin has been competing in harder races back home and is coming off a 17.7m 8th to Ultimate Vinnie at Melton a month ago. Prepared by Conor Crook and to be driven by Jordan Chibnall, Fynn Frost, despite drawing the outside gate, must be treated with respect. Exotic players should consider adding IM IN TROUBLE (6), now that he has been able to put to good runs together, SAINT CRUSADER (8), ALLSTARZZZ FRANKIE (3) and RED REACTOR (4).

    IDEAL IN DREAMS 1, Freddy Singh 2, Mo Szyslak 3, Fynn Frost 4.

      – FORM ASSESSED BY MIKE KO’CASS

     

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