Australia’s best Maiden to break through at Wyong?

Gary Moore jokingly describes his stayer Dashing Special as the best maiden horse in Australia.

And the Rosehill based trainer is hoping Thursday will be the day the gelding can break through for a well-deserved victory.

And if he wins and wins impressively Moore hasn’t ruled out a trip to the Brisbane winter carnival with the High Chaparral gelding.

Dashing Special resumed from a spell over 1600m at Hawkesbury on April 16, finishing second behind Pinup Miss.

The Waterhouse/Bott stable has a good opinion of the filly, who will now head toward the Group 1 Queensland Oaks.

Moore was very happy with Dashing Special’s first up effort.

“His first run back over the mile was very good, especially with the horse that beat him, the filly of Gai’s going to the Queensland Oaks.

“That’s not a bad form line so I think he will have a good chance on Thursday over a more opportunistic distance.

“His first run back was two weeks ago he’s improved from then and has worked pretty well.”

Dashing Special, a $175,000 yearling purchase, has had 27 starts for eight seconds and five third placings.

Two of those seconds have been over the 2100m at Wyong, giving Moore extra confidence heading into the race.

“He likes a tight track and has performed very well there in the past,” Moore said.

“Glyn Schofield knows him quite well and will ride him again on Thursday.

“He needs good ground and should get that, so there will be plenty in his favour.

“I would love to step him up in grade and even head up to Brisbane, but he needs to get the bridesmaid tag off him first.”

Moore’s other runner on the program, Hostwin Shadow, will contest the 1350m Class 2 Handicap.

The Longhorn gelding raced on the same day as his stablemate at Hawkesbury on April 16, finishing third over 1300m

“His last run was very good at Hawkesbury and he made up plenty of ground,” he said.

“The step up to 1350m should suit him and he is much the same as Dashing Special and will appreciate a good track.

“Mitchell Bell has won on him in the past and will ride him.”

Moore said Hostwin Shadow was picked out by his son James at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sales and purchased for $70,000.

The four-year-old has had 12 starts for two wins and three minor placings, including a third a Wyong over the 1100m.

“He is racing in good form this preparation and I expect him to take that form into this race.”

A trip to the winter carnival is definitely on the cards for Moore, with his filly Happy Every Day kicking off her Brisbane campaign in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet on Saturday.

“The tight track will suit her style of racing and with the drop back in trip and grade, from her last run in the Australian Oaks, she should race well.”

The first of eight races at the club’s HMA Raceday gets underway at 12.05pm.



Race 1 – 12.05pm: HMA GROUP 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1300m): 1 GEORGINA GOLD, 2 Frenzied, 3 Royal Captain, 4 Lady Legend.

Race 2 – 12.40pm: HMA INSTRUMENTATION MAIDEN PLATE (2100m: 1 DASHING SPECIAL, 2 Cleverley, 3 Polished Penny, 4 Commentator.

Race 3 – 1.20pm: HMA POWER GENERATION MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 GO FISH GO, 2 Bandersnatch, 3 Foxborough, 4 Sceptor Of Power.

Race 4 – 2.00pm: HMA MATERIALS HANDLING METRO AND PROVINCIAL MAIDEN HANDICAP (1100m): 1 MADAM OAKS, 2 Gorgons, 3 Pretorius, 4 Rubic Honour.

Race 5 – 2.40pm: HMA FLOW & INDUSTRIAL CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 SEEINGISBELIEVING, 2 Lexi’s Choice, 3 Leardo, 4 Stunned.

Race 6 – 3.20pm: HMA GEOTECHNICAL CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 APOLLO PRINCE, 2 Celer, 3 Hostwin Shadow, 4 One Of A Kind.

Race 7 – 4.00pm: HMA WEAR SOLUTIONS BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1200m): 1 SNIPONET, 2 Ladies’ Gem, 3 Allez Rev, 4 Mightly Marmalade.

Race 8 – 4.40pm: HMA GTECH CYCLONES BENMARK 64 HANDICAP (1100m): 1 GREAT AFFAIR, 2, Hylonome, 3 Classy Anna, 4 Dizzy Miss Lizzy.


Sam Clenton’s winning run at Wyong continues

Comeback jockey Sam Clenton continued her winning run taking out the TWIN LAKES AIR AND SOLAR BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP over 1350m on High Rush.

Clenton returned to the saddle just over a month ago after spending two and a half years recovering from spinal injuries, she suffered in a serious race fall.

During that time, she also gave birth to her now 16-month-old son, before setting her sights on a comeback.

Clenton, who had been the state’s leading apprentice at the time of her fall, has now ridden eight winners since her return.

She said it was a “tough win” by High Rush.

“I was caught a bit wide, but the tempo suited her so that’s all that matters,” Clenton said.

“She let down good. She’s definitely strengthened this time in and is going in the right direction.”

Trainer Jason Deamer said the High Chaparral mare, who has now had 12 starts for four wins and two seconds, always tried hard.

“She did well today. They weren’t going too fast and Sam just had her where she was travelling. She was caught three-wide, but she was comfortable there and there wasn’t much she could do about it.

“It’s only half a corner here and she was strong in the finish. She travelled just nice today and didn’t want to go too hard.

“She has always been a handy country horse, not that she’s been overly raced, I’ve just kept her a little on the fresh side because she sprinted so well first up so I thought I’d give her another go in a shorter one and it has paid dividends.

“She always tries hard and gives a 100 percent.”

High Rush ($5.50), a $7000 yearling purchase, made it back to back victories following a last start win at Scone.

She beat Showminder ($2.50fav) from the Portelli stable by three quarters of a length, with the Lees trained I Am Awesome ($12) a close third.



Proven Thoroughbreds and Joe Pride look to have unveiled a filly with plenty of potential with Romalette ($3.60) scoring an impressive three and a quarter length win over the 1350m.

Having only her second start the Epaulette three-year-old, a $90,000 yearling purchase, pulled away in the final stages of the straight after jockey Corey Brown had stalked the leader for much of the race.

Adam Hyeronimus had taken the lead on the Waterhouse/Bott trained $1.95 favourite Dubai Harbour, kicking two lengths clear on straightening.

When Brown asked Romalette for an effort she cruised up the leader and pulled away for a dominant win.

Brown, who brought up a winning double on Romalette, described her as a “nice filly.”

“Even though she won as she liked today, she didn’t really handle the track that well,” he said.

“She wasn’t quite sure on the turn, it was a bit sharp for her.

“In saying that she will run forever. She is a nice filly who is going to get up over plenty of ground.

“They are going to have plenty of fun with her.”

Hayley Blithe-Devlin Rorison representing Joe Pride said the filly had really appreciated the step up to the 1350m.

“Corey rode her beautifully. She had a nice run behind the speed and put it all together at the end. She seemed to be comfortable where he rode her and coming around the turn, he looked like he had a double handful of horse and that’s how it worked out.

“It’s good to see fillies like her who haven’t had a lot of race experience to kick hard in the straight and put it away like she did.”

A large contingent of owners, including Jamie Walter from Proven Throughbreds, were on hand to cheer the filly back into the winners’ circle.

Minor placings in the RUSSELL MAY “SPIDER” MEMORIAL MAIDEN PLATE went to the Graham Payne trained Nobody’s Perfect ($19), with Bernson ($31) from the John Thompson stable third.



A group of deserving owners finally made it to the winners’ circle after Impurity broke through for her maiden win after seven second placings.

The Ron Leemon trained mare had to dig deep to take out the 1200m GO ELECTRICAL TUGGERAH MAIDEN HANDICAP with Jason Collett in the saddle.

In a close three-way finish Impurity ($3.30fav) held on to beat the Laurie Wray trained second favourite Haunting Spirit ($4) by a head, with the Godolphin runner Arboreal ($4.40) a long neck behind in third.

The win came in the Buriton mare’s 18th start and following seven seconds and a third at metropolitan tracks over the past year.

Leemon said it was great to finally be able to reward the owners for their patience.

“For a minute there I thought she was going to get second again,” a relieved Leemon said.

“She’s a very, very honest mare but she gives her best every time. She’s a hard mare to train because she wants to go hard so it was good to see her win.

“She’s a tough little thing, she’s been up for a while and really is a tough mare.

“It’s great for the owners to finally be rewarded because they have been very patient.”

Leemon said he would likely give Impurity a short let up before her next race.

Jason Collett, who has ridden Impurity in her last four starts, said she is still improving.

“She’s quite a busy mare but each time I’ve ridden her she has improved, and she finally got the job done today.

“She hasn’t been disappointing and has been earning a paycheck every time but just missing out.”



A race to race double for Jason Collett bringing up the first win for the Chris Waller trained Costas.

The Tavisoc gelding was having his sixth career start in the 1600m BLITZ HOMES MAIDEN having previously notched up three minor placings, the latest a third at Hawkesbury on March 20.

He was sent out at $2.40, with the runner up, the Anthony Cummings trained Royal Anthem $2.30 favourite.

Collett followed his riding instructions to a tee and was able to settle the three-year-old in the lead, drawing away in the final stages to score a length and three-quarter victory.

“My instructions were to be prominent and he made it easy for me,” Collett said.

“He was comfortable in front and got in a nice rhythm early. When they started to creep up to me, I gave him a bit of rein he quickened nicely.

“He is bred to get over more ground and I think he will handle it.”

Coffs Harbour galloper Guest ($12), trained by Jim Jarvis, was a half-length behind in third.



A drop in class and a cool ride by Robbie Dolan proved to be the winning combination for the Paul Perry trained Surjin who took out the 1600m EVENT CINEMAS TUGGERAH CONDITIONAL PROVINCIAL CUP – CLASS 4 HANDICAP in a thrilling four way finish.

Dolan took advantage of the tempo and rode Surjin toward the rear of the field, pulling to the outside on straightening where he was able to steam home over the top of his opposition and claim a narrow victory.

The well-bred Stratum entire had been racing without luck in stronger company in recent outings, including the Provincial Championship Qualifier at Wyong.

“He deserved the win today. He’s had no luck in his last two starts and has been ridden four and five wide,” stable foreman Nathan Perry said.

“In those tougher races you need to draw well and have luck on your side, and he didn’t but he didn’t disgrace himself either.

“Stepping up in distance today and with a patient ride by Robbie, although I was a little bit worried, he got the job done.

“It’s great to see for the owners. They have been patient and have had a lot of bad luck and bad draws this prep so it’s good to see him get a win.”

The win brought up a double for Dolan.

“I thought I might have left my run a little too late, “a relieved Dolan said.

“He’s a nice horse to deal with and has a high cruising speed. He got into a beautiful rhythm the whole race and had a little bit left in the tank over tiring horses in the end.”

Surjin ($7), beat the Kylie Gavenlock trained Wild About Her ($4.80) by a short half head, with John Sargent’s $3.80 race favourite Tinkermosa, third.



Plenty of praise for the Gary Portelli trained Walk The Runway after her impressive win in the 1000m WWW.TAB.COM.AU CLASS 2.

The well-bred mare, by All Too Hard out of Group 1 winning mare Fashions Afield, looks to have a bright future with an unblemished record in two starts.

Bred and raced by Gerry Harvey, Walk The Runway, was sent out $2.70 favourite on the strength of her debut win at Gosford on January 11 and two subsequent trials.

Apprentice Robbie Dolan took the four-year-old to an early lead and was able to fight off a challenge by the Lees trained Power Rush ($3.60) in the straight to score a grinding half neck win.

Dolan said the mare had given him a really good feeling.

“She’s very fast and is still putting it together. She gave me a beautiful feel, it’s onwards and upwards for this horse,” he said.

“She had a bit of a blow there and I wouldn’t be surprised if she comes on a lot from that run.”

Stable representative Dave Keating was impressed with the victory and said the mare would be headed to a metropolitan race.

“She really knuckled down, it was a good tough win,” he said. “She’s had a few problems and now the two wins from two starts so it would be nice to get her to a mid-week now.

“She’s been off the scene for a while, so it was a good effort by Gary and the team.”

Wyong galloper Little Steiny ($9.50), trained by Louise Munce, was third.



Debutante Power Lift ($3.80) stamped himself as a horse of the future with a strong win over 1000m in the POLYTRACK 3YO MAIDEN PLATE.

Trained by Kris Lees and ridden by Corey Brown, the three-year-old by Great Britain sire Power, had a tough run when caught wide in the early stages but was still able to knuckle down in the straight and run down the leaders to win by half a neck.

“He’s a really nice horse,” stable representative Cameron Swan said.

“We thought he’d have the speed to lead but he was posted early when Corey couldn’t get across.

“He still has plenty of learning to do but I think he has a really good future. He’s had two trials and got better each time and today we’ve brought him to the races, and he’s improved again.

“He is also bred to get over more ground so that’s a bonus.”

Brown described the win as a “tough effort.”

“He jumped well but just didn’t muster the early speed. He is a lovely horse and he still doesn’t know a lot so there is plenty of upside to him.”

Power Lift was a $60,000 purchase at the New Zealand Select Yearling sale and is raced by well-known owner Phillip Pollicina from Ravenswood Bloodstock, who also raced the runner-up in the 1000m Class 2 Power Rush.

Serbelloni ($12) from the Perry stable was second, a half-length ahead of Satirical Knight ($3.80) trained by John Sargent.



A trip to the Brisbane Carnival could be on the agenda for Natabadharada ($11) after his convincing win in the 2100m CARLTON DRAUGHT BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP.

Trained by Jim and Greg Lee the Haradasun gelding was coming off a fourth at Hawkesbury over 1800m where he was beaten by White Turf.

The winner finished a close fourth in the Group 3 Packer Plate at Randwick on Saturday, giving the Lee stable plenty of confidence heading into the Wyong race.

“He has been racing well with some good form around him and we thought he would go well today,” Ocky Kerehi, representing the Lee stable said.

“It was a good ride from Adam (Hyeronimus) and great for the horse to bring up another win.”

Kerehi said he thought the stable would consider a trip to Brisbane with the three-year-old, who has now had two wins and two placings from 11 starts.

“I don’t think it would be out of the question. We will see how he pulls up and go from there,” he said.

Hyeronimus settled Notabadharada toward the rear of the field throughout, taking an inside run on straightening and cruising past the leaders to win by a half-length.

He beat Home Made ($5) from the John Sargent stable, with local galloper The Iron Maiden ($16) trained by Jeff Englebrecht third.

Jim Jarvis trekking down from Coffs for Wyong races

Jim Jarvis has no qualms about the six-hour trip from Coffs Harbour to Wyong on Wednesday.

The veteran trainer is very confident his two horses, Evopex and Guest can handle the step up to provincial class.

Evopex, a northern Meteor gelding, gave Jarvis his first Sydney winner when he took out the Highway Handicap at Randwick on October 6 last year.

On Wednesday the five-year-old lines up from barrier one in the 1600m Class 4 Handicap, with Port Macquarie based jockey Luke Rolls in the saddle.

“He’s a handy little horse and this looks like a good race for him,” Jarvis said.

“He’s run a couple of good races in town and I think it’s a natural progression for him to take on this grade.

“He can run on wet or dry tracks so that’s a bonus.

“It doesn’t matter where they win it’s always a thrill to see your colours first past the post, but it was great to get one up with this bloke in Sydney.”

Evopex was a $165,000 yearling purchase who started his racing career in Victoria.

Jarvis trained for 50 years at Cranbourne before relocating to northern NSW in 2009 and was given the “heads up” about the gelding.

He brought him for $33,000 at an Inglis sale in Melbourne and has reaped the rewards.

Since joining his stable Evopex has had seven starts for three wins and two placings, earning Jarvis around $75,000 in prizemoney.

“I thought he would fit in well up here and be suitable for the Highways and that is how worked out,” he said.

“He’s done really well and hopefully that will continue.

“He finished sixth in the Grafton Country Championship Qualifier first up and wasn’t beaten far when he finished second at Port last start.

“I’m hoping he can sit midfield in the Wyong race and would prefer him with a bit of cover.

“With the shorter Wyong straight, he will have to make his run pretty early.”

Jarvis will also saddle up Guest in the 1600m Maiden, the four-year-old coming off a third at Port Macquarie.

“He’s a work in progress but has shown a fair bit of ability,” he said.

“I think 2000 is his pet distance and we are getting him up there.

“He’s also an ex-Victorian and ran some nice races around these distances down there.

“He flew home to finish third at Port Macquarie last start and drew wide that day.

“He’s drawn 10 on Wednesday so is going to need some luck. If he can jump well and get across, he will give a good account of himself.”

The first of eight races at the club’s Anzac Eve Raceday, gets underway at 12.45pm.




Race 1 – 12.45pm: WWW.TAB.COM.AU CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1000m): 1LASHES, 2 Walk The Runway, 3 Venture Capital, 4 Power Rush.

Race 2 – 1.20pm: POLYTRACK 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1000m): 1 SO YUMMY, 2 Power Lift, 3 Satirical Knight, 4 Serbelloni.

Race 3 – 1.55pm: GO ELECTRICAL TUGGERAH MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200m): 1 IMPURITY, 2 Extreme Jewel, 3 Right Bower, 4 Haunting Spirit.

Race 4 – 2.35pm: BLITZ HOMES MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600m): 1 ROYAL ANTHEM, 2 Well Decorated, 3 Guest, 4 Costas.

Race 5 – 3.10pm: RUSSELL MAY “SPIDER” MEMORIAL MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 DUBAI HARBOUR, 2 Braidwood Gold, 3 Nobody’s Perfect, 4 Romalette.

Race 6 – 3.45pm: TWIN LAKES AIR AND SOLAR BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 HIGH RUSH, 2 Hostwin Saturn, 3 I Am Awesome, 4 Showminder.

Race 7 – 4.20pm: EVENT CINEMAS TUGGERAH CONDITIONAL PROVINCIAL CUP – CLASS 4 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 EVOPEX, 2 Wild About Her, 3 Potent Force, 4 Tinkermosa.

Race 8 – 4.55pm: CARLTON DRAUGHT BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (2100m): 1 SOLDIER OF LOVE, 2 Diamond Star Halo, 3 Home Made, 4 Butter Toast.


Racing Results for NBN Television Raceday at Wyong 11 April 2019

Racing Results for NBN Television Raceday at Wyong 11 April 2019 1

The Kim Waugh trained Trumbull continues to impress bringing up his third win from just five starts in the 1100m NBN NEWS CLASS 2 HANDICAP.

Waugh said she was excited about the prospects of the Darci Brahma gelding, purchased for $125,000 at the 2017 Ready To Race sales.

“He’s still six months away from his best,” Waugh said after the race. “He’s an exciting horse.”

A large group of happy owners congratulated Waugh and winning rider Jason Collett, when he returned to scale.

The win brought up a double for Collett, who shared the riding honours with Brenton Avdulla.

“He’s a really lovely horse,” Waugh said. “We brought him at the breeze up sales and paid good money for him, so it’s good to see him winning again today.

“They are a great group of owners and this horse is going to keep improving.”

Collett settled Trumbull just off the pace, hitting the lead in the straight where he was able to hold off challengers from the fast finishing Moccasin Miss and Bare Naked Lady.

Collett was also full of praise for Trumbull.

“I knew I had them covered and he sprinted really well,” he said.

“He raced a little bit keen, but he knows how to win.”

Trumbull, who was sent out $1.70 favourite, beat the Portelli trained Moccasin Miss ($11) by a neck.

Tracey Bartley’s second favourite, Bare Naked Lady ($2.40), missed the start but finished strongly to claim third, a half-length behind the winner.



Reiby’s Regent has always been a special horse for Jason Attard, and after breaking through for his debut win the Hawkesbury trainer believes the colt has a bright future.

“I delivered him, and I delivered his mother as well,” an excited Attard said after the three-year-old’s two-length victory in the 1350m GOSFORD RENT A TRUCK PROV & CTRY MAIDEN HANDICAP.

“I broke him in too and have always had high hopes for him.”

Attard said Tommy Berry, who rode Reiby’s Regent to victory, had also given him his first city winner on the colt’s mother Reiby Regina.

“It’s a lovely story all round. This bloke is a bit of a blockhead and is still learning.

“I had high hopes coming here today that dropping him back in distance would give him confidence and that’s what happened.

“It was a super ride by Tommy. He rode him like he was the best horse in the race and that’s how it panned out.

“I do have plans for him, but I’ll see how he pulls up from here before deciding what we do.”

Berry said the Uncle Mo colt, having his fifth start, was a “very big, green bugger.”

“He’s still doing a lot wrong and I think he’s a horse who will be much better next time in.

“Jason has always had an opinion of him, and I think he has a bright future.”

Reiby’s Regent ($1.90 fav) beat Well Decorated ($6.50) trained by Michael Plummer, with Braidwood Gold ($101), trained by Michael Vella third.



A step up in distance proved the key to the Kris Lee’s trained Grand Bouquet’s victory in the 1600m HARVEY NORMAN CLASS 1 HANDICAP.

The $600,000 Savabeel filly brought up her second win after resuming at Newcastle on March 21.

Cameron Swan, representing the Lees stable, said Grand Bouquet ($6) had appreciated the step up to 1600m.

“Her run the other day was good. She got back and dropped the bit a little bit and got further out of her ground than we would have liked, but it was still a good run.

“Aided by a good ride today it was great to watch. Even though she was last, she was travelling all the race and she was very good late,” he said.

Jockey Brenton Avdulla, who brought up the first leg of a winning double for the Lees stable, said it was a good job by the filly.

“She ran well the other day. Kris decided to take the blinkers off her and today up to the mile, with the run under her belt, she did a good job.”

Grand Bouquet ($6), beat the Godolphin runner Loveseat ($4.20), with the $3.90 favourite Plagiarist, from the Waller stable, third.



A race to race double for the Lees/Avdulla combination after Lucky Mission ($2.60) showed an impressive turn of foot to win the JIM’S MOWING CENTRAL COAST & NEWCASTLE CLASS 1 HANDICAP over 1300m.

Avdulla settled the gelding just behind the leaders, bringing him to the lead on straightening, before pulling away to score a convincing two length win.

Raced by Ron Wanless, the $260,000 Shamexpress gelding, was second up after resuming with a fourth at Newcastle on March 21.

“It was pleasing to see him race like he did today,” Cameron Swan, representing the Lees stable, said. “Through the run he was really good, had a nice head carriage and a nice run. Although he did wander late for the most part, he was good which was very pleasing.

“He’s still got a little bit to learn but he’s a nice horse going places.

“The Wanless family are a great supporter of the stable so it’s good to get another winner for them.”
Avdulla said he always felt in control of the race.

“He’s still got a few tricks but with the run under his belt I was able to be a bit more positive today. He’s got ability and is a good prospect going forward.”

Lightning Alley ($4.20) trained by Kylie Gavenlock was second, from the Richard Freedman trained race favourite Bondi Boy ($2.50).



An upset in the 1350m BAYVIEW HOTEL MAIDEN PLATE with the Anthony Cummings trained Something Fast ($26) proving too strong for the $1.85 favourite Tapiconic.

Ridden by Travis Wolfgram, Something Fast was headed by the favourite in the final stages but fought back to win by a half neck.

Stable representative Steve Oliver said the Smart Missile gelding, having only his second start, still had plenty of improvement.

“He will take a lot out of that today. He is still pretty green and doesn’t know much, so the win will do him good.”


Wolfgram agreed, describing Something Fast as “a big raw horse.”

“I spoke to Anthony this morning and he said the horse has been working well. He came here quietly confident that he would run a good race,” he said.

“I’m glad I got the job done. He’s got a lot of improvement in him but to do that first up over 1350m was a good job.”

Provocative Man ($8.50), from the David Pfieffer stable, was third.



A mid-race move by Jason Collett proved to be the winning formula for Sepoy filly Visibly ($7) to break through for her first career win.

The three-year-old showed she was the superior stayer on the day, taking out the 2100m FREDDY’S FISHING MAIDEN by a half neck.

Collett had planned to lead on the Brett Cavanough trained Visibly, but when he was unable to do so decided to settle toward the rear of the field.

He became concerned with the slow tempo and took off around the 800m mark, circling the field.

“She got into a good rhythm and was able to tough it out in the end,” Collett said.

Stephanie Alexander, representing the stable, said the filly had done plenty of work in the race.

“There was a lot of merit in that win,” she said.

“She just kept grinding away and was the best stayer on the day.”

Visibly beat the $1.95 favourite Alm Mo Na from the Lees stable, with Costa Zou ($4.20) trained by John Thompson, third.


‘Encouraging’ is how jockey Josh Parr described the win of Godophin galloper Handspun ($3.40) in the 1000m HALEKULANI BOWLING CLUB MAIDEN HANDICAP.

The Bernadini filly out sprinted John Thompson’s race favourite Cops And Robbers ($2.90) and her stablemate Pretorius ($3.50) to score a convincing two and three quarter length win.

The three-year-old was resuming from a spell and coming off a third in a Warwick Farm trial on April 1.

“She raced really well today,” Parr said.

“She is full of nerves but was able to control herself today. It was a strong speed, but she was good late.”
Stable representative Darren Beadman, said Parr had given the filly a lovely ride.

“She’s just that little bit stronger this time in. She’s 15-20 kilos heavier. It was nice to see her put them away like she did.

“She’s been a work in progress. She’s a little bit fractious in the gates the last few times but the penny is starting to drop with her, and she will gain a lot of confidence out of that.”

Beadman said it was likely the stable would target a metropolitan start for Handspun’s next run.



Glen Barnes was full of praise for Lee Magorrian following his winning ride on the Waller trained Be Mindful ($10).

The Pierro gelding brought up his third win this preparation in the JOB CENTRE AUSTRALIA CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP over 1350m.

In a skilful ride, Magorrian brought Be Mindful from the rear of the field, weaving a passage between runners and storming home over the top of his rivals.

“It was a great ride from Lee. I could see how well the horse was travelling and it would have been a hard luck story if he didn’t win. He showed good speed to run down the leaders and win,” Barnes said.

“It’s his third win this preparation. He’s taken some big steps forward and continues to do so. He is very explosive. When he found the gap today, he really hit the line well.”

Magorrian said it had been a muddling run race.

“I had to get back, but it worked out great in the end when the runs came for me,” he said.

Ross Still’s galloper Blinkin Artie ($6.50) appeared to have the race won but was run down on the line, beaten a short neck. Wild About Her ($14) trained by Kylie Gavenlock, was a half-length behind in third.


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Wild About Her to step out at Wyong

Kylie Gavenlock is planning a step up to metropolitan class for her consistent mare Wild About Her who resumes at Wyong’s NBN Television Raceday on Thursday.

The Big Brown four-year-old, bred and raced by John Singleton, put together three successive wins last preparation and Gavenlock is confident she can make the next step.

“She was pretty good last prep, and she’s gone well fresh before,” Gavenlock said. “Hopefully this weather continues and dries out the track a little bit but in saying that she trialled nicely on the soft the other day and I’m pretty happy with how she’s going.”

Wild About Her, who has had 15 starts for four wins and seven placings, starts from barrier four in the 1350m Benchmark 70.

“Grant Buckley’s been riding her and is happy to stick with her. All indications are she will go well.”

Gavenlock admits she has a soft spot for the mare.

“I’ve done pre-training for John for years and years and had a couple of horses for him that didn’t take to the city as well.

“I had a lot to do with Wild About Her as a young horse and saw something in her that I really liked.

“I thought she’d get over a bit of ground, so I harped at John for a bit and it worked.

“We will probably look at a metropolitan race next.”

Gavenlock has two other runners on the eight-race program and considers both chances.

Magic Albert filly Lightning Ally is looking for back to back wins when she starts in the 1300m Class 1, while stablemate Furlana is a dual acceptor in the 1350m Maiden and 1350m Provincial and Country Maiden.

“Lightning Ally does look promising,” she said. “This is her first preparation, she’s had a lot of issues early on, but they seem to be all good at the moment.

“She raced nicely in her first start in the provincials, then she went to the country where she was ridden a bit upside down. She was ridden really well the next start and won at Port so hopefully she can take the next step. I’ll probably tip her out for a bit of a break after this.”

Gavenlock has retained the services of Chad Lever, her winning rider at Port Macquarie.

She said she is still contemplating which of the 1350m maiden races to start Furlana in.

The Pierro mare, a $150,000 yearling purchase, has been runner up at her past two starts at Hawkesbury and Newcastle.

“She’s been just out of the money the last couple of times when she hasn’t drawn well. That’s one of the reasons why I put her in two races, because I think drawing a bad alley has been against her in her last two starts.

“She has drawn badly in the Provincial and Country Maiden which I thought was the weaker of the two races and better in the other, so I’ve got some thinking to do.

“Her provincial form is pretty good, and the distance will suit her fine.”

The first of eight races gets underway at 12.50pm.



Race 1 – 12.50pm: BAYVIEW HOTEL MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 FURLANA, 2 Provocative Man, 3 Tapiconic, 4 Akileos.

Race 2 – 1.25pm: FREDDY’S FISHING MAIDEN PLATE (2100m): 1 ALAM MO NA, 2 Avalene, 3 Heaven’s Dream, 4 Final Honour.

Race 3 – 2.05pm: GOSFORD RENT A TRUCK PROV & CTRY MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): 1 WELL DECORATED, 2 Palais De Louvre, 3 Reiby’s Regent, 4 Our Eppy.

Race 4 – 2.40pm: HALEKULANI BOWLING CLUB MAIDEN HANDICAP (1000m): 1PRETORIUS, 2 Rock Amore, 3 Chelsea Reign, 4 Rebecca’s Quest.

Race 5 – 3.15pm: HARVEY NORMAN CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 LOVESEAT, 2 Elaborate, 3 Plagiarist, 4 Vive Marie.

Race 6 – 3.50pm: JIM’S MOWING CENTRAL COAST & NEWCASTLE CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1300m): 1 LUCKY MISSION, 2 Bondi Boy, 3 Lightning Ally, 4 Kosciusko.

Race 7 – 4.25pm: JOB CENTRE AUSTRALIA CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 70 (1350m): 1 BE MINDFUL, 2 Blinkin Artie, 3 Wild About Her, Your Witness.

Race 8 – 5.50pm: NBN NEWS CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1100m): 1 TRUMBULL, 2 Valeria, 3 Don’t Doubt Arthur, 4 Thiswilldous.