THE training partnership of Shane and Lauren Tritton hold all the aces in Saturday's Group 3 Campbelltown Catholic Club Pace at Menangle Paceway.
The local stable has four of the 10 runners engaged with Gotta Go Ya Hu and Motu Gatecrasher leading the charge and Lombo Kotakinabalu and Im The Director as useful backups.
"It's hard to separate Gotta Go Ya Hu and Motu Gatecrasher," Shane Tritton said.
"Technically on last week's run Motu Gatecrasher is the one to beat but Gotta Go Ya Hu is a Group 1 performer and is ready to rock 'n' roll first-up.
Shane's reference to Motu Gatecrasher was his outstanding second to champion stayer Tiger Tara, beaten neck over 2300m in 1:53.9.
"I actually wasn't surprised he got so close to Tiger," Shane said.
"I have a big opinion of him and his work during the week was his best ever."
That said Shane is not ruling out Gotta Go Ya Hu and stable driver Lauren has elected to drive him.
"He has been set for the race and he went super in private during the week.
"Motu was thrown in the race after last week's run and it's unfortunately they have to clash."
The injury-plagued 9yo Lombo Kotakinabalu is Shane's favourite pacer around the stable and he believes he has come back better than ever.
"He won a trial the other day at Menangle but he is notorious for taking a few runs before he reaches his peak," Shane added.
Im The Director is a 100/1 chance in the race and he hasn't been disgraced in both his Level 1 runs in recent weeks.
The Tritton's have two other big chances on the program to increase their unassailable lead in the Metropolitan Trainers' Premiership with only two weeks to go.
Cocosfella (race 1) and Blue Moon Rising (Race 5) will be very hard to beat according to Tritton.
"Cocosfella is heading for the top grade and I expect him to be too good for his rivals while Blue Moon Rising should lead all-the-way," Tritton concluded.
Menangle comment by Paul Micallef
ROCK BOTTOM (Wendy Turnbull): Settled 5 pegs when 9m 6th Pembrooks Passion 2300m here Aug 3. Was $101 last time and looks safely held again.
FERDINAND (Michael Muscat): Had every chance to win easily last week in 1:52.3 mile but will find this so much harder. Place.
WEONA LUKE (Hayden Green): Brave win here last week sitting outside the leader in slow 1:54. Steps up sharply in class here.
SCOOTERWILLREV (Paul Fitzpatrick): Unplaced 4 runs since coming from Tassie. Restrained 14m 5th Gods Spirit Aug 10. Look to go forward here and improve.
COCOSFELLA (S P Tritton, L R Tritton): Led 2300m win then outside leader 2m 3rd Im The Director (1:51) here Jul 20. Very smart and the one to beat.
LEXUS WITH A VIEW (Em) (Paul Fitzpatrick): Won Penrith and Bankstown before 3 pegs 10m 4th Gods Spirit (1:52.5) last week. Don't dismiss if he starts.
BETTOR BE LUCKY (Ian Wilson): Behind leader to run down pacemaker Bettor To Be Tricky over 2300m Aug 3. Meeting stronger opposition here.
POCKET OF TERROR (Kevin Hayes): Fast beginner. Unplaced twice since all-the-way slow 1:54.2 mile win here Jul 27. This will test.
BROCKS TERRITORY (KerryAnn Morris): Strong effort 10m 2nd Gods Spirit last week in 26.5 home. Grades well and should give a big sight.
TRUE CONFESSIONS (Paul Fitzpatrick): Raced 3 pegs when hfhd 2nd Pembrooks Passion 2300m here Aug 3. Facing hard task from wide alley.
DANCE FOR GLORY (KerryAnn Morris): Has now won 2 of past 3 starts here in strong style racing outside leader. Draw hurts but is all heart.
SAPPHIRE SWAYZE (Em) (Shane Sanderson): Fast beginner. Restrained and held up 10m 5th Rakarolla (1:52.1) last week. Can lead and win here.
DARK ENERGY (KerryAnn Morris): Raced 3 pegs when 5m 2nd to pacemaker Islandspecialmajor 2300m Last week. Racing well in town without winning.
BLAZIN N CULLEN (John McCarthy): Finished strongly 2 runs back 6m 2nd Rakarolla (1:52.1) Aug 3. Does mix his form but well graded and rates highly.
GOTTA GO HENRY (Malcolm Locke): Has 2 recent wins here in claimers. Outclassed 24m 7th Tiger Tara last week. Prefer others.
MARK DENNIS (S P Tritton, L R Tritton): Won claimer in fast 1:51.4 before honest 7m 4th Islandspecialmajor 2300m Aug 10. Go better this trip.
JEDI MIND (Darren Binskin): Unplaced 4 times since 3 pegs win 2300m here Jul 13. Endured hard run 7m 5th Islandspecialmajor last week. Not out of this.
THE BETTORMACK (Kevin Pizzuto): Worked to lead for easy claiming win over 2300m here on Tues. Lot to like about last win and could measure up to stronger opposition.
SMOKEY QUARTZ (KerryAnn Morris): Fitter by 2 runs back from let-up and should be ready. Fast beginner and no surprise to lead and win if the polemarker is scratched.
PAY ME SAM (Paul Fitzpatrick): Outside leader 3m 2nd Fouroeight in 53.8 sprint home then 2m 2nd Double Encounter (1:51) Aug 3. Has the right form.
UNDER WORKED (John McCarthy): Ever-consistent claimer and versatile. Scored slick 1:51.4 claiming win here Aug 6. Racing too well to dismiss in harder race.
DU VELLA (Paul Fitzpatrick): Appreciated drop in class for slow 1:54.9 mile win here last week. Will find this so much harder.
DON BOSTON (Brad Abbott): Led in claimer and had every chance when 8m 3rd Jonah Jones in 1:52.8 on Tues. Looks tested.
LORD ZIN ZAN (John McCarthy): Led and found little under pressure when 9m 4th Aztec Bromac here on Tues. Hard to recommend on that disappointing effort.
JAMES DEAN (KerryAnn Morris): Tactics queried when set suicidal pace before tiring 20m 6th Rays Choice (1:50.5) Aug 6. Go better with more patience.
JAKES SPORTWRITER (Leon Jurd): Finding it hard to break through for new stable after having had his chances and running many placings. Needs luck.
AZTEC BROMAC (KerryAnn Morris): Enjoyed the 1x1 trail for 1/2 neck win over Balfast in 1:52.6 here on Tues. Is also proven this grade and keep in calculations.
MISTER BRAZIL (Michael Doltoff): Flashed home photo 3rd Left Tennant (1:52.1) here Jul 29 3 runs back. Always a danger in these events with right run.
MY CHACHINGCHACHING (Roy Roots Jnr): Trainer brings him to town fitter by 2 encouraging Newcastle runs after two year absence. Has class and big run is on the cards.
HIDDEN COURAGE (Steve Turnbull): Opportunist who does his best work at the finish with a suitable run. Another who needs luck in transit.
BEETSON (Shane Sanderson): Disappointing twice since leading photo 2nd Left Tennant Jul 29. Trainer can turn them around quickly. A danger on his best form.
SAPPHIRE SWAYZE (Shane Sanderson): Restrained and held up 10m 5th Rakarolla (1:52.1) last week. Brilliant beginner and does best in front. Can win if he crosses.
THE SPACE INVADER (KerryAnn Morris): Behind leader 2300m win here 2 runs back Aug 3. Should get similar run here and rates a chance.
LEXUS WITH A VIEW (Paul Fitzpatrick): Won Penrith and Bankstown before 3 pegs 10m 4th Gods Spirit (1:52.5) last week. Finds right race. Can lead and win.
TIMES STRIDE (Darren Binskin): Midweek form was outstanding then not disgraced 26m 6th Commander Kirk in 1:49.7 Jul 27. Better placed here. Big show.
BRACKEN SKY (Blake Fitzpatrick): Ran 2m 2nd Lexus With A View at Bankstown before winning B'stown Aug 9. Finds it hard in town with no wins from 18 attempts.
GENERAL JOY (Michael Doltoff): Behind leader 5m 3rd Dance For Glory (1:53.8) here Aug 10. Mixes form and won't find this easy.
CAPTAIN ROCKEY (David Grant): Tired after hard run Newcastle Aug 3 after leading 1:51.9 mile win here Jul 27 beating Bettor Be Lucky. Tested.
HOODED ANGEL (James Bates): Safely held twice in town since winning Penrith and Newcastle. Unplaced all 10 runs here and prefer others.
MAXIMUS RED (Steve Turnbull): Did plenty of work photo 2nd Philander Wagga 2270m Aug 4. Game Bathurst 4yo which will give a solid account here.
GOLDEN YEAR (Narelle McCarthy): Well supported fav. and had 1x1 when 2m 2nd Dance For Glory Aug 10. Had his chance sitting on winner's back last week.
ITS INEVITABLE (James Bates): Midweek claiming winner here 4 runs back from behind leader in slow 1:55.1. Has the job ahead.
I AM SERENGETI (KerryAnn Morris): Behind leader 10m 4th Ferdinand (1:52.3) here last week. Should get similar run and place looks best.
BLUE MOON RISING (S P Tritton, L R Tritton): Outside leader when game 8m 2nd Ferdinand last week. Best in front and may dictate here.
MAJORS BLUE JEAN (James Ponsonby): Every chance from behind leader 2m 4th Weona Luke (1:54) here last week. Rarely wins.
ARTHUR LOWE (Paul Fitzpatrick): Was fav. and crossed from (8) when 18m 6th Ferdinand last week. No excuses last time.
SMITHSTARS LEXUS (Steve Turnbull): Clear late from 4 pegs when closing 3m 3rd Bettor Be Lucky 2300m Aug 3. Not won here in 36 runs but getting close.
THE TIMES A CHANGING (James Rando): Flashed home in sprint lane from 3 pegs for 1:55.1 win Bathurst 1730m Aug 7. Can measure up here with right run.
ELECT TO ROCK (S P Tritton, L R Tritton): Set the pace but found winner a shade too strong 1/2 head 2nd Weona Luke in 1:54 here Aug 10. Had his chance last week.
FIRST FLEETER (Darren Elder): Had race to suit 1:54.7 mile win Newcastle then 3 pegs 3m 2nd Dynamic Archie (1:53.7) Newcastle Aug 3. Tested from wide alley.
LANI KAI BEACH (Ian Wilson): Placed here past 3 starts, latest run of race 8m 3rd Ferdinand last week. Has the job ahead.
RAYS CHOICE (Narelle McCarthy): Sat behind hot tempo for slick 1:50.5 midweek win here Aug 6. Harder here but could easily repeat the dose.
ROBYN TAYLOR (Neville Greenwood): Safely held twice since beating moderate lot here 2030m May 11. Prefer others.
ROCK THE PARTY (Shane Sanderson): Recorded two handy runs at Menangle in better company since behind leader to win Penrith. Well placed here and strong claims.
LONDON DELIGHT (Mark Callaghan): Proving very costly but has had excuses. Broke gear and retired Jul 29 before losing driver Aug 3. Then $2.00 fav for 6m 5th Victory Valley Aug 10.
SMOOTH DAKOTA (Barry Matterson): Tamworth winner 3 starts back. Given a short break after 20m 4th Rock N Joy here 2030m Jun 8. In good hands.
SHEZABONNYGEM (Stacie Elliott): Not won a race in 35 starts this season with only 4 placings. Hard to recommend.
GUPTAS CULLEN (Mark Callaghan): Unplaced to stablemate Glenn Ford last time after chasing leader/winner 7m 2nd Tinted Lass in 1:56.7 mile Aug 3. Not to be overlooked.
FIRENZE (Kyle Brooks): Racing well without winning. Placed 3 from 4 here before making ground 13m 4th Glenn Ford Aug 10. Honest and worth including in all multiples.
CORINGA DELIGHT (Melanie Elder): Resuming from year break and was Maitland trial winner for new stable. Very smart mare with speed and can easily threaten these at best.
OVERCHARGED (Brian Portelli): Allowed to bowl along in front for 6m win over Classic Grange in 1:58.5 Penrith 1720m Aug 8. Very capable of a repeat showing.
SHEEZA MALTEEZA (Barry Matterson): Record here excellent (8s:6-2-0). Outside leader for 1:56.6 heat win here then 7m 2nd Western Secret (1:54) in Regional Final (3yo F) Wagga Aug 4. The one to beat.
DU VELLA (Em) (Paul Fitzpatrick): Gavin Fitzpatrick): Beat weaker opposition last week and way out of her depth here.
LOMBO KOTAKINABALU (S P Tritton, L R Tritton): Injury-plagued 9yo not raced since leading 6m 4th Maximan here Mar 26. Won trial 1:53.2 here Aug 5. Keep safe.
IM THE DIRECTOR (S P Tritton, L R Tritton): Outclassed but not disgraced twice in Level 1 since 3 pegs 1:51 win here Jul 20. Needs luck.
SHANNONSABLAST (Craig Cross): Form was consistent here before run of race 12m last Courtsinsession (1:50.8) here Aug 3. Can show up.
RAKAROLLA (John McCarthy): Scratched.
GOTTA GO YA HU (S P Tritton, L R Tritton): High speed 5yo not raced since 6m 6th Ellmers Image (1:49.9) here Nov 17. Has class and a big run is expected.
MOTU GATECRASHER (S P Tritton, L R Tritton): Surrendered lead to winner and did a fantastic job when neck 2nd to champion Tiger Tara last week over 2300m in 1:53.9. Hard to beat with repeat.
PEMBROOKS PASSION (KerryAnn Morris): Outclassed behind Tiger Tara last week after leading 2300m win easier company Aug 3. Brave but is facing hard task.
DOUBLE ENCOUNTER (Harry Martin): Enjoyed good trail to beat Pay Me Sam in 1:51 here Aug 3. Tested but will be doing best work late.
MAJOR LEAGUE (Kevin Pizzuto): Brilliant beginner. Led when head 2nd Our Millwood Maizie in 1:51.4 Mares here last week. Up in class.
REPLACED EYE (Craig Cross): Too good for Double Encounter in 1:51.3 then placed behind Majordan and Courtsinsession respectively. Flies the gate and should go close again.
LA PATATA (Steve Coleman): Newcastle 8yo mare unplaced in 4 runs this track. Restrained 28m 7th Tact Maggie here Aug 3. Prefer others.
ANNIE MATILDA (Mark Fletcher): Staying Riverina 8yo mare and has been placed here at odds. Rough place show best again.
HOT FLUSH (KerryAnn Morris): Led and had every chance 6m 4th Du Vella (1:54.9) here last week. Not won here in 12 starts and has had her chances.
YOURBLUEYESCRYING (Chris Bourke): Not won in 18 starts this season but improvement has been noted in recent Newcastle outings. Find this hard.
SHANDANCE (Steve Turnbull): No luck here last time after behind leader 4m 2nd Prophesy (1:53.2) here Jul 27. Each-way value.
PROPHESY (KerryAnn Morris): Raced well twice in Div 1 Mares company since strong finishing win here Jul 27. Finds herself back in right grade. In top 3 chances.
TACT MAGGIE (Tim Butt): Led and won first 2 starts here since coming from NZ then galloped out and forget last week's run. Expected to lead and go close here.
TRALEE BROMAC (Ian Wilson): Has been racing extremely well in top Mares company, latest closing 6m 4th Our Millwood Maizie (1:51.4) Aug 10. Serious threat.
ENJOY AN ALE (Em) (S P Tritton, L R Tritton): Placed twice here before fav. 30m 7th Sunset Tour last week. Tested here.
SUNSET TOUR (J A Rando, M J Rando): Behind leader for 2300m (stand) win here last week. Will find this so much harder.
CONON BRIDGE (J A Rando, M J Rando): Former topline trotter having first run for new stable. Has the class and looked sharp winning trial here on Monday.
AMANDAS SPUR (J A Rando, M J Rando): Beat Enjoy An Ale here before placed twice to Rompers Monarchy then led 4m 2nd Sunset Tour last week. Meets strong field here.
IONA GRINNER (Troy Williams): Off 20m and doing best work on line when 6m 4th Sunset Tour last week. Wait for easier race.
LILY STRIDE USA (Noel Daley): Former top US 4yo mare who finished strongly when odds-on 10m 3rd Tough Monarch Aug 3 at Australian debut. Run queried last time and sure to have improved. First ever run this trip.
ROMPERS MONARCHY (J A Rando, M J Rando): Beat War Dan Destroyer twice here before midfield trail 20m 6th Tough Monarch here Aug 3. Safely held last time.
MAORISFAVOURITESUN (David Aiken): Goes very fast but class and distance will test here.
TOUGH MONARCH (Rickie Alchin): Behind leader for fast 1:53.7 mile win here Aug 3. Top grade trotter even better suited this trip. Hard to beat.
WAR DAN DESTROYER (Michael Doltoff): Led past 3 starts for successive 2nds to Rompers Monarchy before 9m 2nd Tough Monarch Aug 3. Go well again.
CLOVER MAC (Leon Jurd): Ran home well off 20m when 14m 5th Sunset Tour last week. Ready to win but wait for right race.
DIZZY MISS LIZZY (Tim Butt): Surrendered lead to winner 9m 2nd Tact Maggie (1:52.1) before restrained 4m 3rd Du Vella last week. Go close.
GRACIE TALJUICE (Michael Teuma): Raced behind leader 3m 2nd Du Vella (1:54.9) last week. Drawn to figure in finish again.
COURAGEOUS BECQUI (Kevin Pizzuto): Fast out to surrender lead to stablemate and winner when 11m 5th Sheer Modern here on Tues. Tested.
MY RUEBE STAR (S P Tritton, L R Tritton): Outclassed 7th Major League Jul 27 but rates highly here on 1/2 neck 2nd Tralee Bromac Jul 20. In right grade. Can lead and win here.
FEEL THE BURN (James Rattray): Out of luck twice since all-the-way Goulburn win 1710m Jun 10. Has plenty of speed but best form in front. May not cross here.
ALABAMA SHAKES (Roy Roots Jnr): Comes to town on the back of ordinary form in the Hunter Valley region. Does have ability and watch for any betting moves.
OUR AMERICAN PRINCESS (KerryAnn Morris): Followed 4m 2nd Tact Maggie (1:52.1) here Aug 3 with 8m 5th Our Millwood Maizie (1:51.4) last week. Well graded.
BALFAST (Kevin Pizzuto): Burst through for 1:53.6 win here then finished strongly 1/2 neck 2nd Aztec Bromac (1:52.6) here on Tues. Excellent runs past 2 starts and hard to beat.