Wyong’s Family Race day a winner with the kids

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Wyong’s popular SEAFM 103.1 Family raceday keeps getting bigger and better each year.

Held on the Sunday around the Australia Day Long weekend this year’s event attracted more than 1200 racegoers and hundreds of children who were kept entertained throughout the afternoon by a host of family friendly activities.

Wyong CEO David Jewell said that the Club invests heavily in Family day with the view of engaging with the local community. “Racing is not just about wagering, a horses running around the track, racing has been part of the wider Wyong community since 1875 and Family day is an event that is very important to the Club.”

A highlight is the Kids Fashion on the Field competition with over 100 youngsters taking part. Every child got a goodie bag prize and there were sashes and over $1000 in prizes for the winners and runners-up in each of the seven categories – Under 5 Novelty Best dressed, Under 5 Master and Miss Best Dressed Summer plus 6 to 11 years and 12 – 16 years Master and Miss Best Dressed Summer categories.

This year the Australian Reptile Park did two shows in the Club’s big air conditioned marquee and there were also Magic Shows, Kiddie Kartz, a 9D mobile Cinema, sand artwork, flower making, lawn and water games, face painting, bouncy castles and other rides, plus the local Fire and Rescue Service were there.

The best thing about the day is all the entertainment and rides were free. David Jewell said the feedback from parents once again was terrific. “It is the end of the school holidays, the kids are getting bored, it’s an expensive time of year for families but they can come along to the Wyong races and have a great day out and not be putting their hand in the pocket all day.”

Tough Larry going places in a hurry

When the Chris Waller trained Tough Larry won his maiden on debut on the Kensington track last September there were tears all round.

The horse was bought by the late Matt Callander and there were tears from all the family, including his father, the former top racing journalist Ken and brother Richard.

There were also tears from the family of the late test cricketer Phillip Hughes who also share in the ownership of the three-year-old.

Tough Larry had one more run after that but failed on a heavy track at Randwick and was sent to the paddock.

He resumed at Wyong on Sunday in the Complete Roofing Warehouse Benchmark 64 (1000m) and carried 60kgs to break the class record and score an easy win to give Kathy O’Hara the second leg of a winning double.

There were no tears this time, just plenty of cheering and talk of where the son of Fast ‘n Famous might be headed.

“We know he is a city class horse because they have to be special to win a maiden in town on debut,” Richard said.

“He is a Saturday class horse for sure.”

It was only decided at 7.28 on race morning to run Tough Larry in this race.

Waller had accepted with him in two races at Wyong and in another at Warwick Farm on Monday.

“This race was last on the list of priorities and Chris rang from New Zealand this morning and wanted to run at Warwick Farm because it is 1200 metres and that is his best distance,” Richard said.

“However, we had a discussion and decided this was the most appropriate race first up.

“That was a nice kill and will give him a lot of confidence.”

O’Hara settled Tough Larry on the outside of the leader Miss Fisher but once they turned for home, he kicked away to win by one- and three-quarter lengths in 57.10 seconds.


The Gerald Ryan trained problem horse, Mameli (James Innes), defied a betting drift and an unusual preparation to lead all the way and win the SEA FM Showstopper Maiden (1000m) on debut.

Memeli opened an odds-on favourite but drifted to start at $3.10 after going into the race on the back of just two gallops.

However, he just managed to hold off a late challenge from the well backed $2.10 favourite Temple Run (Jay Ford) to win by a short head.

“He is a difficult horse to train because he has had so many issues,” Ryan said.

“He has had two knee operations and a tie back on his throat and went into this race with a jump out and a trial.

“The rest of his work has been trotting and cantering and in the pool.”

Glenn and Viive Williams paid $70,000 for Memali at a breeze up.

“He was my third pick but the first two went for prices outside our range,” Glenn Williams said.

“At one stage I was regretting buying him because of the problems but we always had faith in him and Gerald has done an amazing job.”

Glenn and Viive Williams race the horse in partnership with former top jockey Neville Voigt and his wife Jenny.

“We had horses with Neville when he was training and we have remained friends after he closed his stable,” Glenn said.

“We convinced them to come into this horse and we bought three yearlings at the Gold Coast and I am going to try and talk them into coming into or two of them with us.”

That was the first leg of a double for Ryan who won the following race, the Club Toukley’s Harry Trotters Maiden (1350m) with another first starter in the beautifully bred Miss Belief (Glyn Schofield), a $350,000 yearling buy.

Miss Belief, the 2.60 favourite, is by Snitzel from Divine Rebel which ran two seconds in Sydney cups.

“Jay Ford had been riding her in a lot of her work and he thinks we will see the best of her when she gets to 1600 metres or 2000 metres,” Ryan said.

“She showed us a lot in her first preparation and I put her out but she came back and was going awful so I put her out again.

“This time in she has been going really well.”

Schofield settled her sixth place and she showed a great turn of foot when he asked her to go forward.

She was the widest runner on the turn and accelerated quickly to shake off Poseidon Star (7.50) and win by three quarters of a length.


Another filly to stamp herself as a potential middle-distance galloper is the Anthony Cummings trained Turakina (Adam Hyeronimus) which caused something of an upset in winning the United Tools Maiden (1600m).

Turakina ($5.50) exploded away in the straight to easily put paid to the odds-on favourite Deelbraka ($1.40) to beat him by two and a quarter lengths.

“This is the first time we have put blinkers on Turakina and she really needed them,” stable representative, Harry Cruickshank, said.

“Her previous two starts over 1350 metres here showed she was crying out for the blinkers and the extra distance.

“We think she is going to make a nice middle-distance galloper.”

Hyeronimus settled Turakina in fifth place and tracked the favourite all the way.

Soon after straightening it was apparent the favourite was in trouble and Turakina strolled away to win easily.


A brilliant ride from Kathy O’Hara and equally brilliant gate speed from Spiritual Pursuit led to the filly scoring an all the way win in the Floormaster Maiden (1000m) for trainer Jason Coyle.

Spiritual Pursuit ran a class record of 57 seconds for the win, coming home last 600 metres in 33.22 seconds.

The filly is by Snitzel from the Shamardal mare Happy Hippy and is a family that Coyle is well acquainted with.

He trained Happy Hippy to win a Taree maiden for Nathan Tinkler before the filly was switched to John Thompson at Randwick.

“She was the first Australian winner for Shamardal,” Coyle said.

Happy Hippy was a two-time Listed winner and was placed several times at Group level.

“Spiritual Pursuit is by Australia’s leading sire and with that breeding you just hope they can gallop,” Coyle said.

“She had three starts last preparation including one here at Wyong and she was just weak so I gave her a good break and she came back far stronger and more mature.”

Spiritual Pursuit ($3.20) was having her first start back from that break with the benefit of two trials.

She started from the outside barrier but easily won the start and O’Hara was able to use her natural early speed to get across and on to the fence.

She was strong the whole way and went to the line full of running to win by one-and-three-quarter lengths from You And You Alone ($9).


The David Pfieffer-trained Fluidity made it two starts for two wins when he prevailed in the MI Property Benchmark 64 (2100m).

The mare, ridden by Jason Collett, won her maiden over a similar distance at Gosford earlier this month and turned in another true staying test to win here.

Collett had the $3 favourite last before taking off at the 700 metres to circle the field and join Fraudulent (Kathy O’Hara) in the lead.

That pair kicked away from the rest and it became a two-horse war in the straight.

Fraudulent took the lead but at the 200 metres Fluidity kicked away at the 100 metres to win by two lengths.


The strength of English jockey Tom Marquand got the Scott Singleton trained Partners home in the Job Centre Class One (1100m).

Marquand did a great job to jump Partners ($3.70) straight to the lead from his outside gate and dictate terms and then hold off the Kim Waugh trained Mighty Marmalade ($5.50).

“It was Tom’s strength that got him home,” former jockey Benny Vassallo said.

“He is a pretty fair horse and Scott has done a good job with him.

“We bought a yearling at the Magic Millions which will go to Scott while we are also going to the Easter sales as well.”

Vassallo is the racing manager for B K Racing and Breeding which owns Partners.

Marquand said he had been worried half way down the straight.

“I could hear the other horse coming and I thought we were going to be swamped but he dug deep, it was a tough win,” he said.


Salsa Man continued his good form at Wyong when he proved far too strong, second up, in the Bendigo Bank Wyong Benchmark 64 (1600m).

The son of I Am Invincible, bought for $300,000 at the 2017 Premier Yearling Sale, looks destined for a good preparation this time in.

“He was racing well in mid-week company in Sydney last preparation which was good form for a race like this,” foreman Nathan Perry said.

“He was gelded then spelled and has matured and improved.”

In three starts at Wyong Salsa Man has scored two wins and run a close second, first up, 17 days ago.

Chad Lever let Salsa Man ($6) drop out to second last then started to work forward from the 700 metres, circled the field and was the widest runner in the straight to win by half a length from the $2.30 favourite Nindamos.


SEA FM Family Raceday this Sunday is a popular Wyong community event

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Wyong Race Club’s popular SEA FM Family Raceday this Sunday is shaping up to be one of the Club’s biggest events of the year.

There are heaps of FREE activities that will keep the kids entertained throughout the afternoon.

A highlight of Family Day is our Kids Fashion on the Field competition, where every entrant takes away a small goodie bag prize. There are some great prizes from our sponsors to be won – with categories for Under 5 years Miss and Master Best Dressed, plus a special Under 5 Best Dressed Novelty category. There is all the Miss and Master Best Dressed 6 – 11yo category and the Miss and Master Best Dressed for the 12-16 year olds. Registrations open from 12 noon at the Fashion Stage under the concourse – registration is free and will close at 1.20pm with judging to follow.

During the day there will be some Magic and Australian Reptile Park shows in the Club’s big Parade ring marquee – check times in your race book or on arrival. A new feature this year will be the very thrilling 9D Mobile Cinema show, plus the popular Kiddie Kartz will be back in action. Entertainment on the front lawn area includes Sand Art, Lawn and Water games, jumping castles, rides, face painting, flower fascinator making and a pony picture booth.

The best news is that all of the kids rides and entertainment is free. Parents can picnic on the front lawn where we will have lots of tables, chairs and umbrellas available. There is DJ entertainment for the grown-ups as well as 8 races happening with the first event at 1.20pm.

CEO David Jewell said that with the support of the Club’s major sponsors SEA FM and Bendigo Bank Family day keeps growing each year. “It’s a very popular community event which the Club is pleased to promote each year around the Australia day long weekend.”

Gates open at 12 noon – gate entry is $10.00 for adults and free for children.


Plenty of NZ interest in Wyong’s Family Raceday this Sunday

Scott Singleton hopes he will be celebrating from New Zealand if one or both of his horses can post a win at Sunday’s Wyong race meeting.

Hawkesbury based Singleton has two runners at the club’s SEA FM Family Race Day but will be across the Tasman at the Karaka Bloodstock yearling sales.

“I’ll be cheering them home from there and it would be great to get a win,” he said. “But then again it might be a bit dangerous because I’ll be at the sales. I might put my hand up a little bit more,” he laughed.

Singleton considers Partners to have the best chance of the two but, is also expecting a good performance from stablemate Itasca.

Nicconi gelding Partners, was an $80,000 yearling purchase for prominent racing identity Brad Hunt, from BK Racing.

The three-year-old is coming off a second at Gosford on January 17 and despite drawing the extreme outside, Singleton is confident he can go one better on Sunday in the 1100m Class 1.

“It’s not an ideal barrier but he’s got plenty of speed,” he said. “Depending on how he jumps, if he’s not ultra-quick, he’s better off out there because he can take his time to come across. It’s not too bad for a horse like him.”

Singleton said he felt Partners was unlucky last start at Gosford.

“There was one horse in there that drew underneath him and had the same speed early. I think if you take it out he probably would have won the race but that’s just him. He goes hard and keeps at it.

“He’s racing in good heart and I don’t see why he can’t go to Wyong and do something similar.”

He said Partners was a horse with plenty of upside.

“He’s always been such a hard-going horse. He’s his own worst enemy but I think he’s just starting to come back a bit and his two runs this prep, at Gosford and Randwick, I’ve been pretty happy with.

“I think there is still a chance for him to go somewhere. He did win over 1300m but he was just too good for them that day in a maiden but he’s a short course horse for sure.”

Singleton has engaged inform English jockey Tom Marquand, who rode Partners last start.

“Tom is on him again. He seems to ride him good. He’s a nice rider and they know he’s on them, that’s for sure.”

Christian Reith partners Itasca in the 1600m Benchmark 64.

The five-year-old Tickets gelding finished fourth at Orange when resuming on December 30, beaten less than half a length.

“He’s come back well. I thought his first up run was really good and he’s in pretty good order this prep,” Singleton said.

“It’s one of those races where he looks one of the chances. He raced over 1400m first up and was strong late. He will be looking for further after Sunday and has won at 2000m.

“He didn’t have a bad prep last prep but without winning. He wasn’t far away on a few occasions in strong enough races, but I think he’s come back a bit better this time in.

“I don’t think he’s ever gone as good first up as he did the other day. He’s sort of always been a narrow horse but he actually looks a bit strong at the moment so hopefully he can put another good run in on Sunday and get him up in distance.”

Singleton is hoping for a change of luck with a pretty quiet start to the season.

“Things have been a little quiet, but we’ve got some babies coming through, four or five trialled last week and some others ready to come back. Hopefully we can start getting a few more winners.”


Race 1 – 1.20pm: THE SEA FM SHOWSTOPPER CG&E MAIDEN (1000m): 1 BASTILLE GREY, 2 Temple Run, 3 Superbowl Sunday, 4 Vosti.

Race 2 – 1.55pm: CLUB TOUKLEY’S HARRY TROTTERS MAIDEN (1350m): 1 MISS BELIEF, 2 Poseidon Star, 3 Marisabel, 4 Loveseat.

Race 3 – 2.30pm: UNITED TOOLS MAIDEN (1600m): 1 DEELBRAKA, 2 Commander’s Watch, 3 Prince Silence, 4 Chief Command.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: FLOORMASTER F&M MAIDEN (1000m): 1 SWIZELER, 2 Modernity, 3 Ivira, 4 Joyous Times.

Race 5 – 3.45pm: MI PROPERTY GROUP BENCHMARK 64 (2100m): 1 DYLAN’S ROMANCE, 2 Triple Hero, 3 Pickelhaube, 4 Fluidity.

Race 6 – 4.20pm: COMPLETE ROOFING WAREHOUSE BENCHMARK 64 (1000m): 1 TOUGH LARRY, 2 Kedah, 3 Miss Fisher, 4 Disgraceful.

Race 7 – 5.00pm: JOB CENTRE CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1000m): 1 RECTITUDE, 2 Mighty Marmalade, 3 Tikkitala, 4 Miss Einstein.

Race 8 – 5.35pm: BENDIGO BANK WYONG BENCHMARK 64 (1600m): 1 NINDAMOS, 2 McMahon, 3 Salsa Man, 4 Chalk.

Wyong supports National Jockeys Trust T20 fundraiser

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Record donations of more than $120k have been raised towards this year’s National Jockeys Trust T20 cricket match, to help injured jockeys and their families.

Wyong Race Club was pleased to be involved in this very worthwhile annual event, contributing $300 to the $2200 raised by Brenton Avdullah who was one of the 20 strong Jockeys’ team that took part.

A bumper crowd flocked to Williamstown oval in Victoria earlier this week for the 7th edition of the annual event, with a star-studded line-up again assembled on both the Jockeys and the All Star sides. For just the second time in the event’s seven-year history, the match was taken out by the All Stars side which made 117 runs after 22 overs, to the Jockeys 103.

Three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver led the Jockeys side and said the opposition just proved too good, and that he’d certainly hope to be back again next year to support such a worthy cause. Between them the jockeys raised just over $43,000 in sponsorship towards this year’s record total.  Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne, ex Kiwi Michael Walker, leading Perth jockey William Pike, Adelaide’s Jamie Kah and Queensland’s Teegan Harrison were other riders who competed alongside our own representative Brenton Avdullah.

The National Jockeys Trust T20 day raises some much-needed funds for the injured jockeys and their families. Brenton Avdullah said it’s great to see so many people getting behind it and we really appreciate everyone’s support.”

Wyong RC new Track & Training plans will boost local employment

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The Wyong Race Club filed a Development Application with the Central Coast Council just prior to Christmas for Stage One of a planned $6m expansion of its thoroughbred track and training operation.

The first stage of the planned development is the construction of a $3.5m all-weather training track to accommodate more horses to be trained at Wyong in the future.

The new track will be built inside the two existing sand training tracks in the centre of the racecourse.

Wyong Race Club is working with Racing NSW to expand the number of horses able to be trained locally from around 220 currently to 300+ long term. The Club’s $6m Master Plan also provides for new stabling in the next year along with the relocation of the raceday tie-up stall and raceday float parking from the stabling area to the Rose Street end of the racecourse.

Wyong is one of the leading Provincial Racing Clubs in NSW staging 22 race meetings each year and provides employment for over 100 local persons around the racecourse including the Club’s administration and track staff, together with the trainers, stable staff and track riders.

Across Australia more than 159,000 people are directly involved in the thoroughbred racing industry, with racing also generating significant additional employment opportunities across veterinary, feed, retail, hospitality, tourism, accommodation, transport and the construction sectors.

Wyong Race Club CEO David Jewell said that the planned $6m development of the track and training facilities to accommodate around 300 horses will reinforce Wyong’s long term position as one of the major regional training centres in Australia and is expected to generate another 30+ fulltime local jobs when completed.

Thoroughbred Racing is said to contribute more than $9 billion to the Australian economy. Thoroughbred racing is one of Australia’s most popular spectator sports with upwards of 2 million people each year attending at least one racing event.

Mr Jewell said that while Racing was a big business, generating more than $800 million per annum in State and Federal taxes from its racing, wagering and business activities, the Clubs themselves operate as a not for profit organisation, with Wyong governed by a voluntary Board elected by the Club’s members, along with three independent directors appointed for their business skills.

Wyong currently has around 600 members. The Club’s major days attract a crowd of 2500 to 3000 people, with the Club employing up to 140 casual staff to assist with the delivery of these events. In 2019 Wyong Race Club will distribute more than $6 million in prizemoney, which goes mainly to the owners as well as a percentage share being paid to the trainers, jockeys and stable staff.

Wyong Race Club has been in business here on its present site since 1912 with the Club having invested more than $20 million over the years developing its facilities which are amongst the best in New South Wales outside of the metropolitan area.

The picturesque Wyong Racecourse hosts numerous functions and events throughout the year including the popular fortnightly local Farmers Market.

Various local organisations are able use the racecourse each year including the annual two week RYDA Road Safety and Education training programme, which is run for High school students. On Christmas day the Samaritans hosted a free luncheon at the racecourse for almost 500 people, while local schools regularly use the racecourse grounds for their Cross Country events and sports days.

A number of organisations also work closely with the Wyong Race Club to run charity race days throughout the year to raise valuable funds. Wyong Race Club has a long standing partnership with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter services, 2GO’s very successful Give Me Five for Kids appeal and supports a number of local Service Clubs raising tens of thousands of dollars for their very worthwhile causes each year.




Wyong RC and local trainers deliver hay to needy farmers

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Sharing some Christmas cheer. Wyong Race Club was pleased to support our local racing community who recently organised to deliver 40 large bales of hay to four farmers in need at Coolah, 300km from here near Dubbo. The local farmers had been devastated by bushfires earlier this year and have been battling the severe drought ever since. Wyong trainer Louise and David Munce helped co-ordinate the fundraiser and National Transport’s Don Robb did the delivery run with our Wyong trainers, stable staff and the wider local racing community including the Club donating cash and buying bales and raffle tickets to support this very worthy cause. The appeal was so successful another 10 bales of hay are on their way this week. Well done to all involved.

Wyong Race Club again hosted the annual Samaritans Christmas day luncheon

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WYONG Race Club was pleased to once again  lend a hand by hosting the annual Wyong Samaritans Christmas day luncheon.
Almost 500 local people in need or who otherwise might have had no where to go had the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful Christmas day at the racecourse  thanks to the generous support of the Samartitans and their many supporters.  As well as making our facilities available at no cost, the Club also assisted with the storage of food, provision of trestle tables and chairs and the Club’s caterers H&H helped out with the preparation of the meal. The success of the Samaritans Christmas day lunch is entirely due to the support of many local businesses. Over the past 9 years the Wyong RC has been very proud to be involved with this very worthwhile local event.