New 2019/20 Racing season kicks off at Wyong this Friday

Kylie Gavenlock hopes to start the new racing season with a bang.

The Gosford based trainer has three runners entered for Friday’s H & H Group Race Day and believes all have genuine chances.

“We’ve had a pretty quiet season for various reasons, but I think the new season will be much bigger,” Gavenlock said.

“We have quite a few nice young ones coming through and they all look handy.

“It would be nice to start with a winner and I’m hoping one or more of the Wyong runners can do that.”

Gavenlock saddles up consistent filly Lightning Alley in the Class 1 over 1200m.

The Magic Albert three-year-old is resuming from a spell after putting together a win and three placings in her first preparation.

She looked to have returned to good order finishing second in a trial at Wyong on July 26.

“She had a lovely preparation first time in and trialled nicely last Friday,” Gavenlock said.

“I think she’s up to this class and possibly metropolitan a bit further down the track. The right day, the right race I think she could get away with a city win.

“She’ll probably end up getting 1400m, possibly a mile next year if she settles down a bit.

“I’m very happy with the way everything is going with her.”

Gavenlock is interested to see the progress of Little Nikkas, a new addition to the stable, in the 1100m Benchmark 64.

Previously trained in Queensland by Michael Kosta, the four-year-old mare has had a win and three placings from four starts.

“She had a couple of soundness issues, so the owners decided to send her down to me to have a go.

“I had a lot of luck with her brother, Nikkas ‘N’ A Twist. He won five out of 20 starts and was very progressive but he hurt himself badly one night and wasn’t able to race on.

“The mare trialled okay but in saying that I don’t thinks she’s a real sprint horse. We will step her up after this race, I think she will be like her brother. He got over a mile and we thought he’d get up to 2000m.

“At this stage everything is good with her and she has raced well first up previously.”

Gavenlock has a high opinion of Estroverto, who resumes in the 1100m 4YO & Up Maiden Plate.

“He’s a nice horse on his way. He’s will be better suited over 1300m to 1400m. He had a lovely trialled, went really well and drawing a nice barrier with him will help.”

Estroverto, a Pierro gelding raced by the Kolivos family, has been placed at Newcastle and Hawkesbury in his nine starts.

The Waugh stable is confident about the chances of Orbis Bloodstock three-year-old Succendam, who was runner up on debut at Scone over 1300m.

Waugh said the imported gelding had no luck in the Scone race and should have won. He looks well suited in the 1600m Maiden with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle.


Race 1 – 12.30pm: DE BORTOLI 4YO&UP MAIDEN PLATE (1100m): 1 SPLENDID SURPRISE, 2 Estroverto, 3 Super Pins, 4 Mikhail.

Race 2 – 1.05pm: CARLTON DRAUGHT 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 ANTARTIC OCEAN, 2 Kuzco Lad, 3 Manhattan Marvel, 4 Capitoline Lady.

Race 3 – 1.40pm: H & M GROUP 4YO&UP MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): 1 PROSPERO, 2 Bold and Wild, 3 Heir Presumptive, 4 Nijinska.

Race 4 – 2.20pm: RAPID CLEAN CENTRAL COAST MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): 1 SUCCENDAM, 2 War Deck, 3 Havana Storm, 4 Miss Kokkinakis.

Race 5 – 2.55pm: FRESKO FRUIT CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 POSITIVE PEACE, 2 Clevanicc, 3 Hermosa Reward, 4 Balius.

Race 6 – 3.35pm: SOMERSBY GARDENS ESTATE CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1200m): 1 BATTLE CRY, 2 Segalas, 3 Reveal The Magic, 4 Lightning Ally.

Race 7 – 4.10pm: H&M CATERING BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1100m): 1 SOPHIELLA, 2 Little Nikkas, 3 Johnny Roo Boy, 4 Defeat.

Race 8 – 4.50pm: GOLDFISH BAR & KITCHEN BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 ONE OF THE KIND, 2 The Outcast, 3 Neruda, 4 Star Of O’Reilly.

Wyong Gold Cup Launches in shades of Purple

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The Purple Gala – 2019

The 2019 Wyong Gold Cup Carnival launched in perfect style on Saturday 27 July 2019 with The Purple Gala. The event was a partner project for WRC, H&H Catering, Spark*d Events and Cancer Council NSW and was attended by 150 guests. Ticket sales, auction and raffles on the evening where leveraged to raise funds for the support of those affected by Cancer and Cancer research. DeBortoli Wines graciously committed their Down the Line range to the charity by donating $5 per bottle sold the cause.

Our Parade Ring Pavilion was adorned in perfect purple hues for the occasion by Spark*d Events who donated their services to set the scene for a magical evening.

Complimentary to the scene we had the pleasure of hosting Internationally acclaimed Country Music superstar Gina Jeffreys and husband Rod McCormack performing a selection of tracks from Gina’s upcoming new album ‘Beautiful Tangle’.

It was H&H Catering deserving the biggest credit during The Purple Gala however. Vying for yet another industry award, H&H delivered a flawless evening of food and beverage that was being judged in real time. A divine,and seemingly impossible to pull-off under pressure, menu with elements of sous vide Jewfish, braised oxtail croquettes and coconut mouse encased in a meringue spheres just to name a few. A sensational effort to say the least.

A stunning start to the Carnival season. We hope to see you at either raceday during the Carlton Draught Wyong Gold Carnival, September 1st and 6th 2019.

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Orbis Bloodstock away to a flyer with the Waugh stable

Kim Waugh’s association with Orbis Bloodstock got off to a flying start with Street Scream’s eye-catching debut win over 1200m.

The Street Boss gelding is the stable’s second runner for the Hong Kong based Orbis and first winner for Waugh.

The company’s Australian operation is headed by former Wyong based jockey Paul King.

“Our first runner for them was at Scone yesterday and he finished second but should have won, so it could have been two from two,” an excited Waugh said.

“We are really pleased to get a winner for them. They’ve been very good supporters of mine. I’ve got a lot of horses for them and a lot of very nice ones, so it’s an exciting day.”

Waugh said there was added pressure because the owners had planned to take Street Scream to Hong Kong.

“The pressure was on because we talked them out of it, so I was desperate for him to win today.

“He’s a beautiful horse.

“We’ve got a really good opinion of him. Nash has come up a couple of times to ride him for us in trials but couldn’t ride him today, so we got the next best Brenton.

“He’s a strong horse, so we expect he could up around the mile.”

Street Scream, a $230,000 purchase at the Inglis Ready to Race sales, franked his unbeaten trial form with a dominant three length victory.

Avdulla was able to get a soft lead and held him together until straightening, when he sprinted away from his opposition.

He said Street Scream had “plenty of upside.”

“He’s a big baby. He’s built like a three-year-old with a yearling’s brain,” he said.

Street Scream was sent out $1.90 favourite in the TAB.COM.AU PROV & CTRY MAIDEN and beat the Brad Widdup trained Icebath ($2.50), with Hasty Heart, from the Ken Parker stable, a length and a quarter behind in third.



It was another Tommy Berry masterclass at Wyong with the in-form jockey finishing the day with a treble.

Berry combined with the Waller and Godolphin stables to partner two promising maiden runners to victory and then rode the perfect ride on the locally trained Cliff’s Choice ($8.50) to bring up it’s second win for Wayne Seelin.

Berry’s treble gave him 14 wins for the season on the Wyong track, two behind Josh Parr.

Duporth gelding Cliff’s Choice took out the HONOURABLE JOHN BOOKS MEMORIAL CLASS 1 over 1350m by a length and a half, courtesy of a great front-running ride by Berry.

Coming off a second at Muswellbrook on July 1, Seelin said an unplanned freshen up helped secure victory for the three-year-old.

“He was supposed to run at Scone last week but there was an accident on the highway, and we couldn’t get to the track,” he said.

“I think he raced well fresh today and it was a super ride by Tommy.

“He had him exactly where he likes to run and got him to finish strongly. He’s a tough horse.

“We will probably spell him now because he’s been up for a while and has done a great job.”



The Chris Waller trained Skillet ($1.35) gave Berry his first win of the day, with the filly scoring in convincing style to take out the 1350m CARLTON DRAUGHT MAIDEN by a half- length.

Tommy Berry replicated the ride of Ben Looker in the previous race, sitting well off the pace in the early stages.

He moved up to the small field just before the turn and made up good ground in the straight, holding off a strong challenge by the Godolphin galloper Tisane ($8).

Stable representative Adam Stewart said it was good to see the filly settle in the race.

“It was exactly the way Chris wanted her to be ridden today. He was confident if she settled, she would win,” he said.

“It will do a lot for her confidence, especially having to tough it out a bit toward the end.

“I think she will probably stick around the Provincials. The main thing was getting that win out of the way today.”

Skillet, coming off a fourth at Newcastle over 1400m, had been placed twice from five starts.

She beat Tisane, with Queen Zoffany ($18), two lengths behind in third.



His second win came aboard Pandemic ($2fav), with Berry believing Godolphin have a handy horse following his dominant victory in the JOIN WYONG RACE CLUB NOW – 2YO Maiden over 1000m.

“He’s a lovely horse and he really helped me because he did everything right,” Berry said.

“He relaxed well, and I got to follow the second favourite in the race. He did all the hard work and my bloke just had to finish off, which he did nicely. “I think he will be a better horse over further next preparation.”

Kent Wade, representing the stable, agreed the Sepoy gelding looked to have a good future.

“We came here pretty confident going on his trial form and his work leading up to this was good.

“I think James will probably step him up a level now. He really hit the line well and came home in 33.7 which is pretty smart.”

Gerald Ryan’s filly Heart Of The Oak ($2.70) was second, with Courageous ($10) from the Bjorn Baker stable, third.



Tracey Bartley will spell his in-form filly Joigny with the 2020 Provincial Championships in mind following her impressive win in the WYONG GOLD CUP DAY 6 SEPTEMBER Benchmark 64 over 1600m.

The Excelebration filly was sent out $2.10 favourite and courtesy of a great Grant Buckley ride, put paid to her opposition with a length and a half win.

Bartley believes the three-year-old has earnt a chance in the rich Provincial Championship series.

“She’s a very nice filly. She keeps taking that next step and it was another big step up again today and I thought Grant rode her beautifully, the pace was on, so she had the last crack at them.

“That’s her job done so she will go to the paddock now. We will save her for the Championships, she will be one of those horses for us.

“Onwards and upwards. We’ve got a nice filly and I thank the owners Kerry Chrysiliou for sending her to us, she came to us in really good order.”

Joigny is building an impressive resume, with eight starts for three wins and four minor placings.

She beat the Bjorn Baker’s Positive Peace ($9), with Sculptures ($26), trained by Craig Bermingham, a length behind in third.



A great front running ride by Rachel King secured victory for Miss Invincible, who looked strong when resuming from a spell in the NSW PARLIAMENT FORMER MEMBER ASSOC. Class 2 over 1000m.

The I Am Invincible filly, trained by Bjorn Baker, is now headed for a metropolitan race, with the stable confident she is in for a good preparation.

Stable foreman Jack Bruce said there is still plenty of upside to the three-year-old.

“It was a good win. Just like her trial she jumped cleanly and was able to relax a little bit and then had some petrol left in her tank. She was really well ridden I thought, and she’s come back in good order,” Bruce said.

“She had them off the bit on the home corner which was nice to see. It’s just good to see her do the little things right and that’s what you want.

“She’s getting older now, she turns four soon, so hopefully we can get her back to town and keep winning.

“On the strength of that win, with just the one trial, there is plenty more improvement to come.

“Bjorn has her going really well this prep and hopefully she keeps going. “

Warren Gavenlock’s Hard Merchandise ($41) was second, two lengths behind the winner, with Nine’s Enough ($11) trained by Gabrielle Englebrecht, third.



Country galloper Saintly Sunrise defied a betting drift to score a strong win in the KOOKINDAY WATERS STAY & PLAY 3YO Maiden over 1600m.

The three-year-old, trained at Coffs Harbour by Warren Gavenlock, was as short as $1.90 when betting opened and got out to $2.30 at start time.

Ben Looker gave the gelding a super ride, sitting back off the pace before tacking onto the field around the 500m mark, where he continued to make ground before pulling away in the final stages.

“What a great ride by Ben,” Gavenlock said.

“I was worried about the pace, but it went on early which really suited us in the end.

“My only concern was the rail was out, but they compressed around the 600m and the rest was history.

“Ben sat there and didn’t panic. He made up beautiful ground down the outside and was too good for them.”

Gavenlock said he believed the Dawn Approach gelding, who was a $240,000 yearling purchase, had ability.

“Peter Colley, who races a lot of horses with me, bought him off the previous owners.

“I think he’s got a bit of untapped ability. He proved the form good from his last start at Newcastle.

“I’ll see how he pulls up. There might be a nice mile, Class 2 race for him on Coffs Harbour Cup Day.”

The early leader Just Like Jessie ($21) held on for second, a half-length ahead of the Ken Lantry trained Hillandale ($15).



A text-book ride by apprentice Samantha Clenton secured victory for Magnolia Power ($2.60fav) in the MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO SALE OCTOBER 15-16 BENCHMARK 64 over 1100m.

The Kris Lees trained three-year-old, raced by Power Thoroughbreds, brought up her second win from nine starts.

She was coming off a fourth at Randwick last start, where stable representative Cheree Marsham said there were excuses.

“She was trapped at a vital stage at her last start and couldn’t get clear running,” she said.

“Sammy gave her a good positive ride today and she got the job done.

“She settled her in a great spot and got her out when she needed to.

“She rides all her trackwork and knows the horse well.

“It is great to get a win for Power Thoroughbreds who have plenty of horses in the stable.”

Magnolia Power, a I Am Invincible filly, is likely to return to a metropolitan mid-week race.

Johnny Roo Boy ($9.50), trained locally by Damien Lane was second, with Gabrielle Englebrecht’s Mileage ($21), third.

Wyong’s Tracey Bartley looking to finish season on a winning note

The end of the racing season is looming and Tracey Bartley has set himself a goal to train another four winners before August 1.

Bartley had 22 wins in 2017/2018 and wants to ensure he can match or better that number in the current season.

He is hoping his progressive filly Joigny and the resuming Mr Plow, can provide him with two of those victories at Tuesday’s Wyong meeting.

“I trained 22 last season and I want to do at least the same, but time is running out,” Bartley said.

“I think Joigny is a real chance on Tuesday. She is going really well, and it looks like a good race for her.

“Mr Plow is first up and will be very hard to beat.”

Wyong hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for Bartley, but he trained a double at the last meeting and now has five winners for the season on his home track.

Joigny and stable mate Moana Jewel both posted solid wins at Wyong’s July 13 meeting.

Joigny was impressive bringing up her second win in a 1600m Class 1, with a dominant three length victory over the Gerald Ryan trained favourite Fast Train.

She has been unplaced only once in seven starts.

Bartley had been toying with taking Joigny to Brisbane for a three-year-old 1800m race but has opted for a home track run before a likely spell.

“I wanted to step her up to something a bit further and was keen to get her up to Brisbane but at this stage the Wyong race looks like a good option.

“She’s a really nice filly and I’m very happy with her.

“She will spell after this and she should come back next time a nice staying mare.”

Joigny starts from barrier one in the 1600m Benchmark 64 and will be ridden by Grant Buckley.

Bartley is excited about the prospects of Mr Plow, who is resuming after a 12-month spell.

The Casino Prince gelding broke down in the hind leg after running in the Group 3 Rough Habit, at Doomben in May last year.

He looked to have returned in good form with a strong trial win over the 1000m at Gosford on July 11.

“There is still I chance I might hold him back for Kembla next Thursday but wherever he goes he will be very hard to beat,” Bartley said.

“He was racing well before he got injured and had won one and been placed three times from six starts.

“We just want him to win in town this preparation and get him through his grades.”

Mr Plow is in the 1350m Class 1 and will be ridden by Cejay Graham.




Race 1 – 12.20pm: KOOINDAH WATERS STAY & PLAY 3YO MAIDEN (1600m): 1 OCEAN VILLA, 2 Crime Wave, 3 Hillandale, 4 Phylave.

Race 2 – 12.55pm: CARLTON DRAUGHT MAIDEN (1350m): 1SKILLET, 2 Avalaunche, 3 Pixel Perfect, 4 Oakfield Poet.

Race 3 – 1.35pm: JOIN WYONG RACE CLUB NOW – JUST $55 2YO MAIDEN (1000m): 1 PANDEMIC, 2 Coco Cuber, 3 Sangria, 4 Fulmina.

Race 4 – 2.10pm: TAB.COM.AU PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1200m): 1 STREET SCREAM, 2 Icebath, 3 Beaurama, 4 Gus Lightning.

Race 5 – 2.50pm: NSW PARLIAMENT FORMER MEMBERS ASSOC. CLASS 2 (1000m): 1 HIBISCUS LADY, 2 Chicadilly, 3 Miss Powerbelle, 4 Miss Invincible.

Race 6 – 3.25pm: THE HONOURABLE JOHN BOOKS MEMORIAL CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 MR PLOW, 2 Couru, 3 Laila De Vega, 4 Flash Palace.

Race 7 – 4.05pm: WYONG GOLD CUP DAY 6 SEPTEMBER BENCHMARK 64 (1600m): 1 SOCIETY, 2 El Coyote, 3 Joigny, 4 Foxdown.

Race 8 – 4.40pm: MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO SALE OCTOBER 15-16 BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1 HILL OF GRANGE, 2 Mosuo, 3 Fearless Girl, 4 Starismo.






Wyong trainers clean up with 5 winners on their home track

Wyong trainers dominated their home meeting on Saturday winning five of the eight races.

Tracey Bartley led the way with a double while Damien Lane, Rodney Bailey and Louise Munce had one winner each.

Grant Buckley, the Sydney jockey who is always well supported by Wyong trainers, rode three of those winners.

Bartley won successive races, the Drew Chivas Memorial Class One (1600m) with Joigny and the Suzy McLelland Class Two (1350m) with Moana Jewel.

Both horses are now headed for city races next start, Joigny to Brisbane and Moana Jewel to Canterbury.

“There is a nice race for three-year-olds over 1800 metres in Brisbane in two weeks-time time that will suit Joigny,” Bartley said.

“Then she can go for a spell and should come back next time a nice staying mare.”

At her previous start Joigny ran a close second to Whiteley at Scone and Whiteley went on to win a Benchmark 66 at Wellington.

“Scone turned out to be a great form race,” Bartley said.

“She was wearing blinkers for the first time at Scone and I probably gave her a little bit too much work and she was a bit dour.

“I eased right back on her for this race and she will have an easy time leading up to the Brisbane race.”

Joigny raced away from the favourite Fast Train in the straight to win by almost three lengths to give Buckley the second of his three winners.

Earlier he won the first race for Lane and completed the program by winning the last for Munce.

Moana Jewel was a pick-up ride for Louise Day after Stacey Metcalfe was injured the day before in a fall at Scone.

“Louise rode her perfectly, she waited until the corner before making her move,” Bartley said.

The mare went on to win by two and a quarter-lengths from the favourite My Demetra.

Moana Jewel was bought in New Zealand and trained at Cranbourne to win a Pakenham maiden before being switched to John O’Shea at Randwick.

She had two trials for him before going to Bartley.

“She came to me in great condition from John’s and we have built on that,” Bartley said.

“It’s great to win a double anywhere but even better on your home track.”


Owner/breeder and former mayor of Port Stephens, Bruce Mackenzie loves the Dundeel breed and became even more enthusiastic about the stallion after one of his sons, Oakfield Target, dominated the Rollators Australia Maiden (1100m).

“I have another two at home by Dundeel out of the same mare, the mare is carrying one in her belly and she will go back to him this spring,” Mackenzie said.

The Damien Lane trained Oakfield Target, the first of Buckley’s treble, dominated the race from the outset.

He started the $2 favourite, pushed through along the rail to take the lead soon after the start, was given a breather mid-race then Buckley released the brakes passing the 600 metres.

The horse bounded away in the straight to win by five and a quarter-lengths with something in hand.

“He still has to learn to settle down but I think he is going to get further,” Lane said.

“Next preparation I hope he can get 1600 metres.”

Mackenzie is sure of it.

“His dam, Oakfield Beauty, won over 1400 metres at Rosehill,” he said.


A four-day back-up proved the right move when the Rodney Bailey trained Lohan Princess brought off something of an upset by breaking out of maiden class at her 24th start to win the Clean N Care Maiden (2100m).

Lohan Princess, ridden by Rachael Murray, came from last to poke up along the inside early then switched to the outside to sustain a long run.

“It wasn’t a pretty ride but we got there and she was strong on the line,” Murray said.

Murray had ridden Lohan Princess at her three previous starts for a fourth at Wyong and a third and a fifth at Newcastle.

That last start fifth was last Tuesday.

“I have been running her at Newcastle because of the long straight,” Bailey said.

“She pulled up well and I thought the small field here might suit her and decided she might as well go around.

“She should have won her maiden well before now but her racing pattern is against her because she gets so far back early.”

While Lohan Princess started at $8.50 the Anthony Cummings trained Classic Gaming started the $1.65 favourite but was in trouble before the turn and only battled on to run third.


Munce has always believed that Little Steiny was up to provincial class and after three placings in that grade from his last five starts he finally broke through to prove her right in winning the Kait And Bull Birthday Bash Class Two (1200m).

His career has been a mixture of provincial and country racing with a maiden win at Gosford and a class two win at Muswellbrook.

“We will be sticking to the provincials from now on because he would get too much weight in the country,” Munce said.

“The Wyong trainers have had a fabulous day and it is great to be part of it.

“It is always nice to win on your home track.”

There was a lot of merit in the win.

The horse was always wide and after hitting the lead in the straight fought on to hold off Polhampton and win in a tight photo finish.


James Cummings and Godolphin had to survive a lengthy protest hearing before the heavily backed Whispered (Keagan Latham) was declared the winner of the Citrus Clean Two-Year-Old Maiden (1350m).

Travis Wolfgram, who rode the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Oribella, lodged a protest alleging interference in the last 100 metres when Whispered bored out several horses.

The pair hit the line locked together with Whispered winning by a nose.

Despite Whispered moving out sharply the pair did not appear to touch.

Whispered, having only his second start after a fourth at Kembla Grange, was backed in from $7 to start the $3.20 favourite.

“The stable had always had an opinion of this colt but as you can see, he is still a baby and has a lot to learn,” spokesperson, Gillian Thompson, said.

However, Cummings and Godolphin failed in a photo finish in the following race when the Joe Pride trained Tereka (Andrew Gibbons) arrived late to win the M and K Eklund Transport Maiden (1350m).

Tereka grabbed the lead on the line to win by a nose from Cummings trained Parveen (Latham) which started the odds-on favourite.

Pride’s racing manager, Hayley Blythedevlin-Rorison, said it was unfortunate the filly had not won her maiden two starts back when she resumed for a fourth at Warwick Farm.

“She lost a plate and it upset her,” she said.

“She came back from a spell a much stronger filly and it is nice to get the maiden out of the way.”

Gibbons was impressed with the win.

“She is a nice horse but I think she will be even better on a bigger track,” Gibbons said.

Wolfgram waited until much later in the day to land a winner when the Craig Carmody trained Zeta’s Rocket won the second last race, the Ryan’s Metal Roofing Class One (1000m).

“The horse was previously trained by Cameron Crocket at Mudgee but the owners believed he was a provincial class horse and sent him to me,” Carmody said.

“The horse arrived in great order and while he is no world beater, he is an honest horse.

“Travis rode him exactly as I asked.”

Zeta’s Rocket, having his third start from a spell, was well backed from $13 to $9 and never left the issue in doubt, winning by one and a half lengths.

Smart Snowden filly My Demetra shooting for three in a row at Wyong

Peter Snowden believes he’s found the perfect race for his progressive filly My Demetra, who is shooting for her third successive win at Saturday’s Wyong Christmas In July race meeting.

The Camelot filly was pencilled in for her first city start in a BM 74 at Rosehill June 29, but the stable decided to scratch her due to the heavy conditions.

She now lines up in Saturday’s 1350m Class 2, with Mitchell Bell in the saddle.

Snowden believes Wyong will be ideal track for the three-year-old, who has put together back to back wins at Kembla over 1300m and 1400m.

“We felt she had warranted a start in city class but didn’t want her to go through the heavy going,” he said. “It will be a month between runs, but she has been working well on the track and the race looks ideal.”

My Demetra is raced by Jim Koureas, who also raced multiple Group 1 winner Defier.

The filly is having her sixth start, having placed second on debut at Kembla in January and resuming in June with the two Kembla victories.

She caught the eye with her last performance, drawing away to win by three and a half lengths.

“This looks like a nice race for her, but if it’s heavy or we get rain she won’t run. She races up on the speed so shouldn’t have any problems with Wyong.

“She’s going along well, and I think she’s a good winning chance.”

Snowden is also keen on the chances of his filly Oribella in the 1350m 2YO Maiden.

By Olympic Glory, Oribella is raced by Triple Crown Syndications who purchased her at the Magic Millions Yearling Sales for $85,000.

She had her first start at Scone over 1300m on June 24, finishing third.

“She’s coming off a good run at Scone,” Snowden said.

“It was an unlucky third actually, she should have finished a bit closer so she should fit in well.

“Wyong might not be the best track for her, she gets back a bit, but she got home really well at Scone and she will take good benefit from that run. “Her work has been good. I’d say a lot better since before she ran up there, so I think we should see her run better on Saturday.”

Oribella will be ridden by Travis Wolfgram.

The first of eight races gets underway at 11.49am.



Race 1 – 11.49am: ROLLATORS AUSTRALIA MAIDEN HANDICAP (1100m): 1 OAKFIELD TARGET, 2 Shivkhani, 3 Royal Opera, 4 Stella Ardens.

Race 2 – 12.24pm: CLEAN N CARE MAIDEN PLATE (2100m): 1 CLASSIC GAMING, 2 Lucitor, 3 Castel Sant’angelo, 4 Arlington Magic.

Race 3 – 12.59pm: CITRUS CLEAN 2YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): 1 CAPTAIN STARDUST, 2 Oribella, Prince of Arragon, 4 Whispered.

Race 4 – 1.34pm: M&K EKLUND TRANSPORT MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 PARVEEN, 2 Tereka, 3 Rubikat, 4 Royal Patriot.

Race 5 – 2.14pm: THE DREW CHIVAS MEMORIAL CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 FAST TRAIN, 2 Deliya, 3 Moana Jewel, 4 Joigny.

Race 6 – 2.54pm: SUZY MCLELLAND CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 MY DEMETRA, 2 Only Wanna Sing, 3 He’s Imposing, 4 Pride Of Darci.

Race 7 – 3.34pm: RYAN’S METAL ROOFING CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1000m): 1 REVEAL THE MAGIC, 2 Perigord, 3 Belvio, 4 Solera.

Race 8 – 4.14pm: KAIT & BULL BIRTHDAY BASH CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1200m): 1 GREAT DANGER, 2 Renalot, 3 Oxford Tycoon, Oxford Angel.