Wyong Race Club 2019 Board Elections

As previously advised the Club has a vacancy for an elected member director this year following the resignation in June of Garry Whitaker.

When nominations closed at 12 noon on Friday 25 October, 2019 two nominations had been received. The Wyong Race Board confirmed at its meeting on Tuesday 29 October, 2019 that both nominations – being from Darin Butcher and Darren Hooper, complied with the Club Rules. Click Here to read their profiles.

This notice confirms that an election will be required to be held at the Club’s Annual General Meeting on Monday 11 November, 2019, where members in attendance will be asked to vote for their preferred candidate.

Only financial Members are entitled to attend and vote at the AGM. You may attend in person or by proxy. A voting Member who is entitled to attend and cast a vote at the AGM may appoint another person as their proxy to attend and vote at the meeting.

Members wishing to vote by proxy must do so in writing on the prescribed form available on request from the WRC office.

Please note for your proxy voting form to be valid, it must be completed and signed and have been received by the Wyong Racing Club by the closing time of 4pm Thursday, 7 November, 2019 (not less than 48 hours before the time for holding the meeting) as prescribed in the Club’s constitution.

Voting forms will be provided to financial Members (and their nominated proxy) who are eligible to vote at the AGM. Please note postal voting is not permitted, but as detailed here you can nominate a proxy who is attending the meeting (or the chairman) to vote on your behalf.

Remember: MEMBERS AND Proxies attending the AGM will be required to provide their identity with photo ID such as a driver’s licence, passport or similar. A Members card by itself will be insufficient proof of identity.

The Annual General Meeting of the Wyong Race Club will commence at 6pm

The meeting will be held in the Magic Millions Lounge on the first floor of the main stand.

David Jewell

Chief Executive




After a successful series in 2018, the Sky Provincial Series returns this summer. The $400,000 race series for provincial horses, is a joint venture of Racing NSW, Sky Racing and the five provincial race clubs of Wyong, Hawkesbury, Newcastle, Kembla Grange and Gosford.

The series is comprised of five $50,000 qualifying races that will be run across the NSW provincial clubs over a six week period, culminating in the $150,000 final over 1,600m, which will be held at Gosford on Saturday 27 December, 2019.

With heats ranging from 1400m to 1600m, provincial trainers will put forward their stable stars with the first three placegetters from each heat qualifying for the final. Fourth placegetters from each heat will declared an emergency for the final in December.

“Last years series was an immense success” Matt Benson Chairman of the NSW Provincial Racing Association stated. “The eventual winner ‘Bobbing’ went on to win the Provincial Championships too, so it shows that the quality horses took this series seriously as well” he concluded.

Series Schedule:

Series No. Venue Date Distance Type Prizemoney
1 Kembla Grange Saturday 16 November 1400m Class 5 $50,000
2 Gosford Friday 22 November 1600m Class 5 $50,000
3 Newcastle Sunday 1 December 1400m Class 5 $50,000
4 Hawkesbury Sunday 8 December 1500m Class 5 $50,000
5 Wyong Thursday 19 December 1600m Class 5 $50,000
Final Gosford Friday 27 December 1600m Class 5 $150,000

Of $50,000 – 1st $22,000, 2nd $8,950, 3rd $5,000, 4th $3,400, 5th $2,000, 6th $1,650, 7th $1,500, 8th $1,500, 9th $1,500, 10th $1,500, Equine Welfare Fund $500, Jockey Welfare Fund $500.

Class 5, Set Weights, Three-Years-Old and Upwards, No sex restriction

Restricted to horses trained by a NSW Provincial trainer in accordance with the 5 provincial clubs of PRANSW. To be eligible a horse must have had its last three starts for an eligible provincial trainer. SET WEIGHTS – Class 5 – 59kgs Class 4 – 57.5kgs Class 3 and below 56kgs. Fillies and Mares allowed 2kgs. No allowance for 3yos. If a ballot is required it will be done on benchmark order. 1st 2nd and 3rd qualify for the final. Once qualified, horses are NOT permitted to run in another Heat and MUST run in the final unless scratched by Stewards with a Vet’s Certificate. The 4th placegetter from each heat will be declared an emergency for the final in benchmark order. If equal Benchmark then by lot.

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Apprentices can claim.


BRIGHT FUTURE PREDICTED FOR BUCHANAN WINNERS - Central Coast Men Of Football Raceday Review 2

Kristen Buchanan’s Open Day was cause for plenty of celebration after the stable scored a race to race double on the Wyong program.

Buchanan had organised the function for owners to start after her three horses had raced but the champagne arrived early for two lots of winning owners after promising stayer Jazzland scored first-up from a spell and Designated (picture Steve Hart), a horse Buchanan has a high opinion of, broke through for his maiden victory in the previous race.

“There is plenty of celebrate now,” an excited Buchanan said. “It’s always great to get a win on the home track, let alone two and it’s timed in so well with the Open Day.

“I’m excited about both these horses going forward.”

Buchanan plans to head Designated toward a Magic Millions race following his impressive win.

The Rubick gelding proved too strong for his opposition to take out the 1000m TWO FLIES PUNTERS CLUB 3YO MAIDEN.

Showing good gate speed, jockey Serg Lisnyy was able to take the three-year-old to an early lead which he maintained throughout, drawing away in the final stages to win by almost a length.

“I think we might have a nice horse on our hands here,” Buchanan said.

“He had a few frustrating runs last preparation and it’s really great to see him get up and do that first up today.

“He is not really at his best yet in his coat, but we’ve been very happy with him in the stable. I think he has really matured. Last preparation we did a fair bit of racing, a fair bit of travelling and I think we will reap the rewards of that this time in.

“He had been running great races for the stable but just needed a bit more time to mature.”

Buchanan said she would now consider a Magic Millions race for Designated.

“I’d love to try and see if we can head in that direction. We will see how he pulls up after today and go from there.”

She said Sydney-based owners Alex and Deidre Illes had bred Designated.

“He is my first horse for them and a I have another lovely filly called Tuuli who is trialling on Wednesday.”

Designated, who won a trial at Gosford on October 8, was sent out $2.50 favourite. He beat the Widdup trained Fornite ($4.80), with Ay Bee Are ($5.50) trained by Stephen Farley, third.

Buchanan believes Jazzland could be up to Melbourne Spring Carnival class next year after his first up win in the MEN OF FOOTBALL CENTRAL COAST MEMBERS CONDITIONAL BM 70 over 1350m.

“He’s come back bigger and stronger, it’s exciting,” Buchanan said.

“The tactic today was to be on the bridle. I thought in the 1350m there would be more speed on, and he would be further back. Josh (Parr) had him on the bridle for the whole race really. I can’t ask for more than that and it’s great that he won.

“We want to be in Melbourne this time next year. I love this horse, he’s just had to have time to grow up. He is a genuine stayer, going through his trade. Long term I just think he’s going to be an exceptional stayer.”

Jazzland ($4.40) beat Gerald Ryan’s $2.80 favourite Beaufort Park by two and a half lengths, with Salsa Man ($14) from the Perry stable, third.


Wayne Seelin’s veteran galloper Isorich celebrated his birth date in the best possible fashion with a tough win in the 1300m MEN OF FOOTBALL CENTRAL COAST COMMITTEE BM 64.

It’s been more than two years since the Wyong galloper tasted success and Seelin believes there are still more wins to come for the nine-year-old.

The popular horse was greeted by applause from the crowd when he returned to scale.

“He’s just so tough,” he said. “You’d love him in a dog fight.”

Jockey Grant Buckley had Isorich travelling in his normal pattern, just outside the leader and on straightening Silent General headed him before the gelding fought back to record his 11th career win in a nail-biting finish.

“He never stopped trying and he never does,” Seelin said. “He’s going as good as ever really. We’ve just got to find decent barriers and the right races. They put a length on him then and he came back.”

Seelin said he would probably look at a return to a Metropolitan race for Isorich.

“Now that he’s down a bit in the ratings he is easier to place. He’ll still have to carry a bit of weight, but he’ll show up in town again.”

Having his 104th career start, Isorich ($4.80), beat the Matthew Smith trained Silent General ($8.50) by a head, with Big Bad Bruce ($3.50), third.

The win brought up a double on the day for Buckley.


Aaron Bullock has tipped a bright future for Darleb after the colt’s impressive debut win over 1200m.

The Kris Lees trained three-year-old had impressed the stable in his two trials leading up to the Wyong run and was too sharp for his opposition in the MEN OF FOOTBALL CENTRAL COAST MAIDEN, winning by a neck.

Bullock settled Darleb just behind the early leader and favourite Giselle Anne ($1.40) for much of the race, before drawing level on straightening.

The pair were in a head bobbing battle down the straight, with Darleb gaining ascendency on the line.

“I’ve sat on him in track work and in trials and thought he was going well,” Bullock said.

“Today in the race he gave me a really good feel and I think he has bigger things ahead.”

Danny Greer, representing the stable, said Darleb was “very mature” for a horse going into his first race.

“It was good to see him win like that today and I’d say Kris will look for something similar for him or possibly take him to a mid-week metropolitan race.”

Little Rocket Man ($14), trained by Greg McFarlane, was more than four lengths behind in third.


Godolphin trained Shaibanat ($3.30) scored a narrow win to take out the 1350m MEN OF FOOTBALL CENTRAL COAST MAIDEN.

The Lonhro colt was having his fifth race start, having finished fourth when resuming on the Kensington track on October 2.

Jockey Grant Buckley settled the three-year-old midfield throughout before circling the field before the turn and kicking away in the early stages of the straight.

He raced strongly and was able to fight off late challenges by the fast finishing Stockman and Sky Diamonds.

“It was a very encouraging win,” stable representative Darren Beadman said. “James has given the horse plenty of time and it has paid dividends today.”

He praised the ride by Buckley, saying he had the horse in the “perfect position.”

“Grant gave him a lovely ride early. He’s only had one trial and then had a tough run first up over the 1400m. Today with the nice cushy run he was able to get into a good position. Grant could see the favourite was in a little bit of a predicament on the corner and made an early move, which proved to be the winning move.

“I won’t say the jockey took his foot off the pedal at the end, but I think the horse did. In saying that it was an encouraging win today.”

Shaibanat beat Stockman ($15) from the Pride stable by a head, with the Portelli trained Sky Diamonds ($14) third.


A well-rated ride by Blake Spriggs secured back to back wins for the Waterhouse/Bott trained Navy Cross in the 1600m MEN OF FOOTBALL CENTRAL COAST RACE DAY BM 64.

The I Am Invincible gelding, a $700,000 yearling purchase, was too strong for his opposition drawing away on the line to score by three and a quarter lengths.

Spriggs, who rode Navy Cross to his debut win at Goulburn on October 8, said there had been more improvement in the three-year-old.

“He’s a nice horse,” he said.

“He’s well related to Sepoy and they’ve spent a bit of money on him. If they stay patient, he is just going to keep getting better and better.

“He is a horse that still doesn’t know what his job is but he’s slowly getting there.

“We had a nice time in front today and were able to come home in just over 33 which makes it hard for anything else and he still felt he had more to give.”

Navy Cross, who started $2.40 favourite, beat the Gary Moore trained Brilliant Mind ($3.80), with Deelbraka ($4.80), from the Maher/Eustace stable, third.


The Lee Curtis trained Iresign ($3.60) led all the way to take out the PETRO NATIONAL CLASS 1, bringing up back to back wins for the Rosehill galloper.

Rated well by jockey Jay Ford, the All too Hard gelding, is continuing to impress Curtis.

“It probably took me a few runs to get him fit this preparation, but he’s certainly found form now,” Curtis said.

“He’s a solid boy and last start and this start he’s probably found his fitness.

“We have an opinion of him. Jay has ridden him well there, his sectionals were good and the horse stuck on.”

Curtis said Iresign, who was having only his fifth start, hadn’t done a lot of racing and was still maturing.

“He’s certainly looking like he can go on and be a solid racehorse.”

Iresign, coming off a win at Gosford on October 3, has had two wins and two placings from his five starts.

He beat the Joe Pride trained Romalette ($9) by three quarters of a length, from the $2.30 favourite Bring The Ransom, from the Bjorn Baker stable.


A race to race double for jockey Jay Ford who took out the 1600m MEN OF FOOTBALL METRO & PROV MAIDEN on Marise ($10) for Chris Waller.

Having only his second start, the So You Think filly, was given a gun ride by Ford, who took a rails passage and ran down the leaders in the straight to win by a short half head.

Ford was impressed with the three-year-olds win and said the best is still ahead of her.

“She is a nice filly,” he said. “It’s only her second start and she’s gone straight to the mile. She travelled nicely but is still a bit green. I really like her tenacity because she dug deep in the end.”

Ford said he believed Marisse, raced by Toryburn Stud, would develop into a nice stayer.

“She’s doing everything right at this stage and looks to have a good future.”

Marise beat the $4.60 race favourite Lando Bay, trained by John Thompson, with Premier Rose ($7) from the O’Shea stable, third.

Joe Pride – a big fan of Wyong – Central Coast Men Of Football Raceday Preview

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It’s no secret Joe Pride is a big fan of Wyong.

Coming off a treble of winners at the October 10 meeting, Pride has six runners lining up at Sunday’s Central Coast Men Of Football Raceday.

“I love racing at Wyong and hopefully we can have another winning day on Sunday,” Pride said.

“I’ve got some good chances and I’m confident they will all run well.”

All Too Hard gelding Galahad’s Quest is shooting for his fifth straight win in the 1350m Benchmark 70 and Pride sees no reason why he can’t get the job done.

“I don’t mind saying this horse has surprised me,” he said. “He’s a horse that was dead and buried at the end of his last preparation, but I decided to give him another go.

“He’s racing really well. It’s another nice race for him and he will be very hard to beat.”

Pride also considers Big Bad Bruce, raced by Triple Crown Syndications, is capable of bringing up two successive wins.

The four-year-old, by Not A Single Doubt, steps up to 1300m in the Benchmark 64 Handicap.

A newcomer to the Pride stable, the gelding has had two starts for a win and a third for his new trainer.

“He finally came good with a win at Goulburn last start which was great,” he said.

“It was a really strong win so he’s not out of place in this field. He should go well and he’s probably one of the better chances on the day.”

Pride saddles up Star Witness mare Threeood and Tavistock gelding Stockman, in the 1350m Maiden.

He believes Threeood could atone for her previous two starts on the track.

“Threeood hasn’t had much luck in her last two starts at Wyong, particularly the last one when she had no luck at all,” he said.

“We will try and ride her a bit handier over the 1350m and she has pleased me at home. She’s a bit of a quirky horse but has the ability to win this, no problems.

“I love Stockman, he’s a beauty. He’s a really nice horse and is going to run 2000m plus. He’s got a lot of quality about him.

“It was a good first start in a race, a bit of a hidden one there first up. It was a very good effort and he’s continued to train on. Probably of all the horses I’ve got up there on Sunday, he’s the horse to follow going forward.”

Pride said Romalette, who resumes from a spell in the 1200m Class 1, will be better next start.

The Epaulette mare won her last start at Wyong on April 24 and has had two trials coming off a spell.

“She’s a lovely mare. She won really impressively there at Wyong in her second start but probably needs this run. She’s a big strong girl and I’d say she will have ‘back me next start’ written all over her after this race.

“She was well held in both trials and she’s got a nice manner.”

Completing the stable’s runner is first starter Cash Is The Deal who lines up in the 1200m Maiden.

“She’s got a decent future but she’s a Dundeel filly so we are thinking she’s going to need a bit of ground. She has trialled up like you would expect a Dundeel horse too, not that sharp. She will probably need the education and the run on Sunday.”


Race 1 – 1.25pm: MEN OF FOOTBALL CENTRAL COAST MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200m): 1 GISELLE ANNE, 2 Deitra, 3 Darleb, 4 Little Rocket Man.

Race 2 – 2pm: MEN OF FOOTBALL CENTRAL COAST CHAPTER MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): 1 STOCKMAN, 2 Sky Diamonds, 3 Shaibanat, 4 Forgiato.

Race 3 – 2.35pm: TWO FLIES PUNTERS CLUB 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1000m): 1 DESIGNATED, 2 Fortnite, 3 Brookwyn, 4 Amelika.


Race 5 – 3.45pm: MEN OF FOOTBALL CENTRAL COAST COMMITTEE BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1300m): 1 BIG BAD BRUCE, 2 Zell, 3 Wounded Soldier, 4 Isorich.

Race 6 – 4.20pm: MEN OF FOOTBALL CENTRAL COAST RACE DAY BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 DEELBRAKA, 2 Elusive Nature, 3 Brilliant Mind, 4 Trescha.

Race 7 – 5.00pm: PETRO NATIONAL CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1200m): 1 IRESIGN, 2 Palurien, 3 Romalette, 4 Game Of Thorns.

Race 8 – 5.40pm: MEN OF FOOTBALL METRO & PROV MAIDEN PLATE (1600m): 1 HIGHBURY, 2 Marise, 3 Premier Rose, 4 Mr Costigan.

A WINNING WEEK FOR PRIDE – Go Electrical Raceday Review

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Confidence was the key for Warwick Farm based Joe Pride who took out the training honours with a winning treble.

Pride’s consistent three-year-old Innisbrook brought up his debut win over 1200m, while Is That So proved too strong in 1600m Maiden.

The winning run continued in the last with Eveleigh making it back to back wins in the Class 2 over 1100m.

“I’m a firm believer that you can’t beat raceday confidence and I came here very confident today. You always get a feel for them when you saddle them up,” Pride said.

“I love racing at Wyong. It’s always been a good track for me and certainly was today. That’s five wins in the week for the stable, so things are going really well.”

Hinchinbrook gelding Innisbrook ($5) will earn a well-deserved rest after breaking through for his maiden win.

In a head-bobbing finish to the CABAC-PRYSMIAN-PIERLITE CG&E MAIDEN with the Snowden trained Oslo ($4.20), Innisbrook managed a narrow short half head victory on the line.

Adam Hyeronimus took the gelding to the lead on straightening, with the horse showing plenty of fight to hold out the challengers.

“He showed some real fight there last week and it was there to be seen again today,” Pride said.

“There was a fair bit of pressure in the race. The second horse had every opportunity to pass us. It’s good, I like what he is showing. The early signs are really good for this horse.”

Pride said Innisbrook had improved significantly since an unimpressive debut on August 31.

“His first start was an absolute shocker, he got lost at Hawkesbury, was on one rein and didn’t compete.

“We changed the gear around a bit and his three runs since have been excellent. He will head for the paddock now but a horse with good improvement in him for sure.

“They are really reliable these Hinchinbrook horses. I’m a big fan of them. He unfortunately passed away about a year ago, but his horses have all got that characteristic of being really tenacious.

“I think his best distance will be around the 1200m, he might get to 1400m but around that is about it. “

The $2.40 favourite Spaceboy from the Portelli stable, was a half-length third.

Is That So ($3.20), raced by Proven Thoroughbreds and ridden by Josh Parr, brought up the second win for the stable.

The four-year-old by So You Can Think, won the HAGER- ELECTRA-OMNI 4YO&UP MAIDEN by almost a length over the Anthony Cummings trained Natanya ($8), with Alam Mo Na ($6.50) from the Lees stable, third.

Pride said this was the horse’s first race over the distance and he believed he would get over more ground.

“He’s actually out of a really good mare, La Remlap, who I trained, who was really fast. There is pretty stout sort of pedigree around him and she got out over a trip.

“He’s just going to kick in with a bit of time and is getting better as he gets older. He’s no world beater but if he keeps improving, he might make us a horse.”

A decision by Pride to scratch Eveleigh ($13) from Wednesday’s Metropolitan meeting proved to be a winning one, with the Delago Deluxe mare bringing up her second successive wins since transferring to the stable.

“I was going to start her in Sydney but told the owners I didn’t think she was up to it,” Pride laughed. “She will certainly be heading to town now on the strength of that win.

“It was a great run today and I thought she looked the winner from a long way out.”

The four-year-old mare, ridden by Robbie Dolan, came from behind in the straight to run down the leaders for a three quarter of a length win.

She beat Wyong runner Soul Revival ($81) trained by Johnnie Roberts, with Kosciusko ($9), from the Pat Webster stable, third.


Brad Widdup has no qualms about heading his filly Akari to the Listed Reginald Allen Stakes on October 19 following her maiden win at Wyong over the 1200m.

It was a big relief for Widdup to see the three-year-old, a million-dollar yearling, break through at her fourth race start in the AUSSIE DUCT- IPD- SAL- PSA F&M MAIDEN.

In two previous runs she had finished second and third behind boom filly Libertini, and at her most recent outing at Wyong on September 24 was narrowly beaten by Regimental Band.

“The quality of horses she’s been racing against I don’t think it would be too big of an ask to start her in the Reginald Allen,” Widdup said.

“I think she will take plenty of confidence after finally breaking through today and she should be suited to the 1400m the way she went through the line today.

“She had to do it tough again today and still got there, so it’s nice to get the win.”

Jockey Nash Rawiller was caught three-wide in stages, but the filly still managed to hit the lead in the straight and hold out the fast finishing Compatriot.

“She lengthened beautifully today. She’s been a bit unlucky as she was again today but that’s why we had Nash on her, it helped a lot,” Widdup said.

“It would be nice to draw a barrier and get a bit of cover, but we will step her up now to 1400m. I think she’s going to be a nicer filly next time in, and it will be good to get her running consistently and getting into a pattern of racing.

“The pedigree suggests she might even get out to a mile. She’s still learning and I’m very relieved to get this win.”

Akari, who was sent out $1.65 favourite, beat the Gerald Ryan trained Compatriot ($41) in a photo finish, with All Star Rocket ($21) from the Waterhouse/Bott stable, a close third.


Darby Racing look to have a promising stayer on their hands, with Canasta ($1.70fav) impressing in his first preparation.

The Makfi gelding brought up his second win at start six, comfortably handling the step up to 2100m.

Trained by Bjorn Baker and ridden by Tim Clark, the four-year-old put more than three lengths on his opposition to take out the HANECO CLASS 1 & MAIDEN.

Clark said Canasta, who has had six starts for two wins and three placings, was still improving.

“He was always in control and is going really well for a horse in his first preparation. He will be better when he has something to chase down but he’s doing a great job.”

Steve McIvor from Darby Racing said Clark had ridden Canasta to a tee.

“He wanted to get going and get everything off the bit and he did. The rest was history,” he said.

“He has taken improvement with every run and that’s very positive. He’s had two wins from six starts and has only been out of the top three placings once. That says it all.

“He relaxes beautifully, and the best thing is it’s his first preparation so naturally he’s going to learn.

“I’m not sure what Bjorn will do but we’ll take him home and let the dust settle. He might have another start or be tipped out.”

The Lees trained Urbino ($2.35) was second, with Not A Biggie ($12) from the Jim and Greg Lee stable, third.


A forced change of riding tactics didn’t impede the chances of Aesop’s Fable, with the Foxwedge filly bringing up her third successive win in the LEGRAND AUST CLASS 2 over 1600m.

The three-year-old was coming off successful runs at Canberra and Goulburn where she raced on the pace, but after being caught wide Jean Van Overmiere was forced to settle near the rear of the field.

He took off coming into the turn and charged down the outside to run down the leader, City Of Love, on the line.

Campbell Ashby, representing trainer John Sargent, said Overmiere had done well to adapt.

“We were hoping to be a bit more prominent today but as it’s worked out, we had to go to plan B and she’s hit the line. Maybe that’s the way to ride her,” he said.

“Coming into today with two winners, a filly this time of the year in that sort of form, you’ve got to stay on the right side of them.

“It looks like she may get over more ground, but we will wait and see. Depending on how she pulls up I’d say John will look for another Provincial race.

“It’s hard to tip her out for a spell when she’s racing so well.”

Aesop’s Fable ($7.50) beat the Waugh trained race favourite City Of Love ($2.60) by half a length, with Brigid Of Kildare ($8) from the Matthew Smith stable, third.


The Waller stable is hoping Kavalmo can live up to the form of his half-brother Paret after his victory in the CLIPSAL BY SCHNEIDER MAIDEN over 1350m.

The Charm Spirit colt, ridden by Glyn Schofield, proved too strong for his opposition winning by a length and a half.

Foreman Glenn Barnes said there had been excuses for the three-year-old at his last start at Hawkesbury.

“It was a good win and hopefully that’s the start for him. I hope he can really switch on after that,” he said.

“He was unlucky last start when he finished fifth at Hawkesbury and was caught wide but didn’t surrender. We were hopeful today and just wanted him to get the win on the board.

“It was a great ride by Glyn. It panned out perfect and he had him exactly where we wanted him to be.”

Barnes said they had a good opinion of the $100,000 yearling and would likely look for another Provincial race.

“He should take plenty of confidence out of this and hopefully go on with it.

“His brother Paret was a very handy horse so it will be good if he can match him on the track.”

Kavalmo ($6) beat the Godolphin runner Katona ($6.50), with the Kim Waugh trained Developed ($6.50) a length and a half behind in third.


Gabrielle Englebrecht admitted she was surprised when Arrogant Lass ($19) upset some of the more favoured runners to take out the OMEGA- TRADER- MATCHMASTER 4YO&UP BENCHMARK 64 over 1350m.

The Shamus Award mare, having her tenth start, was coming off an eighth at Goulburn on September 13.

“I’m never confident, I’ve been around racing too long,” an excited Englebrecht said.

“In saying that she’s been going very well but her racing has been a bit disappointing. At Goulburn the jockey thought she wouldn’t stretch out on the hard track, but she got the ideal track condition with a good three here.

“I was a little bit on the fence today. Her work and everything had been fantastic, but I didn’t want to get carried away.

“She seemed very comfortable on that surface and it was a good ride by Jay (Ford).

“We’ll just take it step by step with her and work her way through the grades. Everyone is happy to win races wherever they are. It’s a big owner group and they will be very excited today.”

Wyong runner, Isorich ($4) from the Wayne Seelin stable was half length behind in second, with the Donna Griesdale trained Chief In Command ($15) third.

Bartley on a Roll – Go Electrical Raceday Preview

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Tracey Bartley is enjoying one of his best starts to a season with eight winners in the first two months.

He has his small team firing with a winning strike rate just under 25 percent and hopes to continue that run with his two starters at Wyong on Thursday.

“It’s the best start I’ve had in recent years that’s for sure,” Bartley said.

“When I first moved over from Mudgee in 2010, we had a really good season with 28 winners. I came with a lot of horses who had won in the bush, but their ratings were really low, and they kept winning over here.

“I think this year I have better quality horses. They are horses we have bred or picked out at the sales and we have some clients that have given us some nice horses.

“The strike rate is terrific, and I hope we can keep that going.

“We have a really nice number of horses and it certainly makes it easier to get out of bed when they are going well, no risk in the world.”

He looks certain to better his last season’s tally of 19 winners and considers his two Wyong runners are both genuine chances.

Bartley believes a senior rider could turn around the form of his mare Bare Naked Lady, who lines up in the 1100m Class 2.

He is hoping the four-year-old, who has two wins and six placings from 13 starts, can hit back from her last on the Kensington track over 1100m on October 2.

“She was disappointing at Randwick last start. I think she is having a lend of the apprentices so that’s why we’ve opted for a senior rider.

“She didn’t look real genuine when Chris Williams went for her that day. We’ve dropped her back in class here and put Josh Parr on. If she goes to her old form, she will be hard to beat around here.

“She just needed a run at her first start back at Hawkesbury and knocked up. I was really happy going into the other day and I thought she was entitled to give a better kick when he asked for it. When the others got to her, she tried to go but she had no room, so there was an excuse there.”

Bartley also saddles up last start winner Trescha in the 1600m Class 2.

The Albrecht four-year-old has had two wins over 1400m from nine starts and Bartley believes she will handle the extra distance.

“She’s been racing really well in the bush and this is a step up in company for her,” he said.

“I think she’s earned her chance and should run really well.”

The first of eight races at the club’s Go Electrical Raceday, gets underway at 1.25pm.


Race 1 – 1.25pm: CABAC-PRYSMIAN-PIERLITE CG&E MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200m): 1 SPACEBOY, 2 Syncline, 3 Innisbrook, 4 Oslo.

Race 2 – 2.05pm: HANECO CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (2100m): 1 URBINO, 2 Prospero, 3 Canasta, 4 Gweilo Tantrum.

Race 3 – 2.40pm: HAGER-ELECTRA-OMNI 4YO&UP MAIDEN PLATE (1600m): 1 LA GRISA, 2 Alam Mo Na, 3 Is That So, 4 Prospero.

Race 4 – 3.20pm: CLIPSAL BY SCHNEIDER MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 SCHEMER, 2 Katona, 3 Moreno, 4 Developed.

Race 5 – 3.55pm: AUSSIE DUCT-IPD-SAL-PSA F&M MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200m): 1 DUENNA, 2 Furlana, 3 Akari, 4 Fight For Love.

Race 6 – 4.35pm: LEGRAND AUST CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 TOROSO, 2 Classy Fella, 3 Aesop’s Fable, 4 Brigid Of Kilcare.

Race 7 – 5.10pm: OMEGA-TRADER-MATCHMASTER 4YO&UP BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 MO THE GREAT, 2 Great Danger, 3 Chief In Command, 4 Arrogant Lass.

Race 8 – 5.45pm: REPELEC-LEVEY AGENCIES-BRILLIANT CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1100m): 1 MADAM OAKS, 2 Interram, 3 Bare Naked Lady, 4 Bentley Magic.