Tyrone Coyle took on some racing heavy weights and came out on top when Prince Aurelius proved too strong in the Polytrack Provincial Championships Wyong Qualifier.

The Kembla based trainer has only one horse in work and will now head to Randwick with the lightly raced four-year-old for the $500,000 Provincial Final on April 17. 

The son of Love Conquers All brought up his fourth consecutive win in the $150,000 Qualifier, which was transferred to Gosford.

Prince Aurelius began well for jockey Robbie Brewer, who took him to the front, maintaining the lead throughout to score a convincing length and a half win.

“I came here full of confidence today,” an excited Coyle said. “It’s unbelievable, I’m over the moon.

“We were watching the market before the race and he was blowing out and out. I think it’s because he’s only just becoming the horse, we want him to be. He’s been a really nervous, sort of sweating up horse. 

“That’s what he did in his first and second up starts but today he travelled up here really well. He wouldn’t have blown a candle out and there wasn’t an ounce of sweat on him and that’s the result we get.”

Coyle bred Prince Aurelius with a friend Steve Ennis, and the gelding has now won five of his 10 starts. 

He was given a two-month freshen up in preparation for The Championships after clocking up three successive wins at Moruya, Wagga and Kembla. 

Hoping to overcome the horse’s anxious travelling habits, Coyle trialled him at Randwick on March 11 and had planned to start at the now rescheduled Kembla Qualifier, which was due to run on March 20. 

He made the decision to run at Gosford, which proved to be a winning move. 

“His regular track work rider Nick Hyde, who does all the work on him, got off him on Thursday morning and said, ‘they won’t know which way this bloke is going, he’s going that well.’

“He was right.”

Coyle gave credit to Hyde, apprentice Maddy Waters, Brewer and fellow trainer Brett Lazzarini. 

Kris Lees duo Zeftabrook and Loch Lomond will also head to the Final after filling the minor placings. 

The final Provincial Qualifier will be run at Kembla on April 3.


Another small-time trainer tasted success at the meeting, with Wyong based John Cooper taking out the 1000m HALEKULANI BOWLING CLUB Maiden with Hay John. 

The three-year-old Magic Albert gelding brought up his first win at start four, resuming from a spell and ridden by apprentice Reece Jones.

Cooper had decided to run Hay John in the race after three other meetings he was nominated for were washed out. 

“I didn’t know whether to trial him or not, but he worked so well that I decided not to, and he went great today.”

Cooper, who has five horses in work at Wyong, bred and races Hay John. 

Apprentice Brandon Griffiths took out the riding honours with a double, tasting success for the Snowden’s on California Cible in the 1200m LAKE MACQUARIE SHEET METAL Class 1 and Taumalolo in the 1200m MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES AIR CONDITIONING AUSTRALIA Maiden for Anthony Mountney.

Matthew Smith trained a double with Belle Espoir winning the 1600m PANASONIC NANOEX Maiden and All Girls a dominant victor in the 1200m VIETNAM VETERANS KEITH PAYNE V.C HOSTEL LIMITED 2Y0 Maiden Plate. 



Damien Lane is confident he will see a much-improved run by Bombasay in Saturday’s $150,000 Polytrack Provincial Qualifier at Wyong. 

The five-year-old was disappointing at his last outing when resuming on February 27 in the Newcastle Qualifier, finishing toward the rear of the field. 

Lane described his performance as a ‘forget run’ and is hopeful the gelding can put his best foot forward on his home track. 

“Everything that could go wrong went wrong that day,” he said. “It was a hard watch to be honest.”

“We expected him to run better than he did. Normally those races are run at a genuine tempo, so we decided to try and ride him with cover first up.

“When Digger (Darryl McLellan) made the decision to go for some cover they just walked, and nothing went right after that. 

“He definitely had excuses and will be better with the extra bit of time we’ve had. 

“He’s a lot fitter in his work and I expect he’ll run well. He’s a class horse and I thought his trial leading into his first run was really good. Nothing went right first up.”

Lane’s only concern is the heavy track, despite Bombasay having recorded a win on a heavy surface. 

“He has won on the wet, but I do think he’s better on top of the ground especially if it’s a heavy 9. 

“He won first up for me at Wyong, and I really think the track will suit him. 

“He will roll forward this time and put himself up on the speed and take the bad luck out of the equation. If everything goes his way and he gets a bit of luck this time he will be in the finish.”

Bombasay, a Rothesay gelding, has posted five wins and six placings from 15 starts, two of those since joining the Lane stable late last year. 

He has drawn barrier nine in the qualifier and will again by ridden by McLellan.

Lane is one of three Wyong trainers hoping to secure a berth in the rich series final via the local qualifier. 

Kristen Buchanan saddles up Ocean Go, who was a close fourth behind the place getters when first up over 1350m at Wyong on March 9. 

Grant Buckley partners the Ocean Park gelding from barrier 8. 

Tracey Bartley, who already has Barossa Rosa through to the April 17 Randwick final, will be relying on scratchings for second emergency Onemore Sapphire to secure a run. 

The Kris Lees stable has seven runners in the field of 16, including the $6 early favourite Safado.

The qualifier will be the last on the eight-race card, to be run at 5.29pm.


Race 1 – 12.54pm: LAKES PODIATRY CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 LIBRARIAN, 2 Fields Of Honour, 3 Bedford Square, 4 Pop’s Glory.

Race 2 – 1.34pm: PANASONIC NANOEX MAIDEN (1600m): 1 AMULET STREET, 2 Earl Of Sandwich, 3 Belle Espoir, 4 Valiant Lad.

Race 3 – 2.14pm: VIETNAM VETERANS KEITH PAYNE V.C. HOSTEL LIMITED 2YO MAIDEN (1200m): 1 ALL GIRLS, 2 Wolfburn, 3 Sweet Ruby, 4 I Like Big Putts.

Race 4 – 2.54pm: HALEKULANI BOWLING CLUB MAIDEN (1000m): 1 SHADOW COLOUR, 2 Poignant, 3 Beyliks, 4 Drummin.

Race 5 – 3.34pm: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES AIR CONDITIONING AUSTRALIA MAIDEN (1350m): 1 PAROCHIAL, 2 La Sagra, 3 Spectacular Slew, 4 Lady Steps.

Race 6 – 4.14pm: LAKE MACQUARIE SHEET METAL CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 LE VIZIR, 2 Jeronimos, 3 So Far Away, 4 Zachariah.

Race 7 – 4.54pm: JOHN CROSS MEMORIAL CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 (1100m): 1 RANGES, 2 Cool Missile, 3 Egyptian Missile, 4 Miss Twilight.

Race 8 – 5.29pm: POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WYONG QUALIFIER (1350m): 1 ZEFTABROOK, 2 Prince Aurelius, 3 Ocean Go, 4 Loch Lomond.



LEAD and win. That was the order of the day; pure and simple. Seven of the eight winners dictated terms on the fence and most were never seriously threatened. Lightly-raced youngster CONRAD showed the way by winning the opening race at only his second start, and is clearly headed for better things. 

Wyong trainer Kim Waugh hopes to parlay today’s success into qualifying Great News at Gosford on Saturday in the third heat of the Provincial Championships for the $500,000 Final (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 10. 

As well as CONRAD, three horses to follow are MISS KONO, MOKULUA and TWITCH. MISS KONO was the sole winner not to lead and her performance suggested she can win again. MOKULUA, a beautifully-bred youngster, was making her debut and impressed with her solid second though no match for CONRAD. 

TWITCH also was making her debut and after beginning slowly and then being bumped heavily by another runner just after the start, raced keenly as she made ground and was game in finishing second to odds-on favorite RUSSBUSS. Brenton Avdulla took the riding honours with a double.



IF there was any doubt about CONRAD’S luckless debut second at Canterbury recently, the promising youngster quickly dispelled that with an authoritative breakthrough as a $1.45 hotpot, leaving his rivals with no excuses. 

A son of Maurice, he was pressured early by several runners but showed his ability by bounding clear to win easily from MOKULUA ($17) and another son of the winner’s sire, MAURICE’S MEDAD ($16). Wyong trainer Kim Waugh and jockey James McDonald not surprisingly have a good opinion of CONRAD. 

“We bred him, and he is a nice horse to train; very sensible,” Waugh said. “James likes him and that’s very exciting.” McDonald afterwards said CONRAD was “sure to go on to better things”. 

Provided he does well after today’s outing, CONRAD will be given another start before a break.

Though beaten easily, beautifully bred runner-up MOKULUA ran really well and should not be long shedding her maiden status. A daughter of the renowned sire Redoute’s Choice, she is the third foal of the 2012 Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) winner and 2013 Caulfield Cup (2400m) placegetter Dear Demi.



SCONE’S Reece Jones is leading the NSW apprentices’ premiership – and it’s easy to see why. 

He won his first metropolitan race at Warwick Farm last Wednesday, landed a Country Championships Qualifier for his master Rod Northam on Spiranac at Tamworth last Sunday and gave a polished display to lead throughout in this race on the pacy MADDISON’S MISSILE ($4.20). 

Giving leading Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup his 20th winner of the season, the lightly-raced three-year-old daughter of The Factor put the outcome beyond when she burnt through after beginning awkwardly and led easily after only 100m. The addition of blinkers certainly did the trick and, having only her third start, she was always in control and won by nearly four lengths from $101 outsider THE PETTI EXPRESS. 

“She had no luck at all first-up at Goulburn and should have gone close to winning,” Widdup said. “I was confident she would be hard to beat.” The $2 favorite ACCELERANT had to race wide throughout and it was obvious on the home turn he would be struggling to overhaul the leader, but battled on gamely to finish third. Jockey Sam Clipperton escaped injury when the runner-up’s stablemate GRAND PALAZZO ($7.50) reared and dislodged him on jumping away. ELUSIVE BIRDIE ($10) pulled up 2/5 lame in the off foreleg, and a vet clearance will be required before trialling or racing again.



LAST Saturday’s victorious Group 1 Randwick Guineas jockey Brenton Avdulla noted the first two winners led throughout and adopted similar tactics on SPIRITUALITY ($3.20) – and the race was over a long way out. 

“She was coming back from two good city runs and this was a pretty weak provincial Maiden,” Avdulla said. “I knew it would be advantageous to go to the front.” 

Winning co-trainer Gerald Ryan was surprised his Spirit Of Boom filly had taken seven starts to break through, and was understandably pleased to see her finally get the job done.

 “I thought she might sit outside the leader, but Brenton grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck after she began a bit awkwardly,” he said. “She worked with Bottega (Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket runner-up) the other morning and he couldn’t get past her. I’m not saying she is in that class, but that should give her confidence and she should be able to win another one.” SPIRITUALITY fetched $80,000 at the 2019 Inglis Premier yearling sale in Melbourne.

Runner-up EARL OF SANDWICH ($3.60) was resuming and tried hard to match the winner in the straight. He is going to improve as local trainer Kristen Buchanan lifts him in distance. The first pair had the race to themselves with third placegetter AUNT BELLE ($71) belying her odds, though beaten easily. CANTRELL ($6) was 3/5 lame in the off foreleg when examined after the race and a vet clearance will be required before he is permitted to trial or race again.



FOUR races. Four leaders. Four winners. A “sit and steer” job was how jockey Josh Parr aptly summed up his ride on odds-on favorite RUSSBUSS ($1.65) for Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker. 

 “She is still very raw, and threw away the race here the other day, but hugged the rail today,” Parr added. “She is a nice filly who is progressing.”

A three-year-old daughter of Dream Ahead, RUSSBUSS drew the rails and drove through to quickly assume the lead, this time giving no indication of being wayward. 

Well-backed first starter TWITCH ($3.70) wasn’t so flash at the start but then showed pace to sit behind the winner and got out in plenty of time on straightening, but couldn’t pick up RUSSBUSS, who was racing for only the fifth time. 

“This filly reminds Bjorn a lot of her mother Miss Tenpins,” said Baker’s Racing & Bloodstock manager Stephen McLean. Baker won six races (including three in town) with Miss Tenpins, and RUSSBUSS is her first foal. 

PHASES ($10) was 2/5 lame in the off foreleg after pulling up and trainer Tracey Bartley told stewards the colt would be gelded and spelled.



THIS race ended the trend of winners leading throughout. Nonetheless, there was enough pace on to enable the improving MISS KONO to overpower her rivals. 

The Newcastle filly didn’t step brilliantly, but it didn’t matter as the solidly supported PICK THE SCORE ($4.60), GENKIDES ($3.10 favorite) and DOZER BAY ($7.50) all went lickety split trying to get to the front. 

PICK THE SCORE eventually led before DOZER BAY took over. Despite making the home turn awkwardly, MISS KONO (Christian Reith) showed a nice turn of foot once she balanced up and burst down the outside to beat PICK THE SCORE and GENKIDES. 

Who says you have to spend a lot of money to pick up a nice horse? MISS KONO, a daughter of Star Witness, cost only $5000 as a yearling at Scone in 2019. By contrast, the now Coffs Harbour-trained WILD WIND ($11), who ran fifth of six, was a $600,000 purchase the same year at the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale. 

Winning trainer Rod Ollerton saw only positives in his filly’s victory. “She has natural pace which won her first race, but she is now showing she can sit behind and be strong to the line.”



MISS KONO in the previous race might have bucked the trend of winners leading, but “normal service” resumed here. 

Cessnock trainer Jeremy Sylvester has done a terrific job with IF YOU THINK SO (Kathy O’Hara), the four-year-old daughter of dual Cox Plate winner So You Think. 

Since she was switched last year from Warwick Farm trainer Gary Portelli, Sylvester has given her 11 starts for three wins and four placings. 

“IF YOU THINK SO wasn’t up to city standard, and Gary sent her to me in good order to try to win some races in the country and hopefully a TAB Highway (which she did on January 30 at Rosehill Gardens),” Sylvester said. “Kathy has formed a good association with her and leading on her seems to be the key. IF YOU THINK SO is better in the wet, but can handle any type of ground.” Sylvester says his mare has a nice environment at home and often works through the bush. 

IF YOU THINK SO ($4.20) was never seriously threatened in leading throughout to defeat RENALOT ($11) and CASINO MONDIAL ($6). THE MEDIATOR started a $2.70 favorite but covered ground and was never a serious winning prospect. Stewards queried rider Robbie Dolan, who said the colt raced flat and finished off only fairly. 

O’Hara praised Sylvester for his work with IF YOU THINK SO. 

“She is not without her quirks,” she said. “You have to go with her and keep her as happy as you can. When she’s happy, we’re all happy.” 

A post-race vet examination revealed SKY DIAMONDS ($5) to be 2/5 lame in the off foreleg, and stewards require a vet clearance before trialling or racing again.



Same story here, though even better as the remarkable 10-year-old ISORICH won his 15th race – and seven of them have been on his home track – at his 128th start for local trainer Wayne Seelin, who deserves great credit for the manner in which he has managed the veteran’s career. 

Jockey Sam Clipperton bounced back from a mishap earlier in the day when dislodged from his mount just after the start of the second race, and took full advantage of the gelding’s inside draw to dictate terms. 

“He is a course specialist and had the conditions to suit today,” he said. “I held the front because leaders have been winning most of the day. The 1350m is probably as far as he wants to go, but he travelled strongly and was tough.” 

ISORICH ($6.50) battled for the lead early with eventual third placegetter SAFARIS ($5.50), but once he assumed control was never really threatened. BUZZ ($17), who also races well at Wyong, ran home strongly to grab second placing and looks to be nearing another win.



Yet another front-runner demolished his rivals. Returning as a gelding, Newcastle three-year-old MIDLAND ($2.60 favorite) had no trouble returning to the winning list; his cause enhanced when a number of strong chances dropped out before the 7.30am scratching deadline. 

Wearing the colours of the famed New Zealand breeding farm Waikato Stud, rider Brenton Avdulla clinched a double, having won earlier on SPIRITUALITY. “I put the foot to the floor to lead, and he gave a good kick on the bend,” Avdulla said afterwards. MIDLAND indeed gave a good kick, racing clear to score by more than three lengths from AUSTEJA ($6) and TIMPERLEY ($8). ENAMOUR ($12) was 2/5 lame in the off hind leg after the race, and cannot trial or race again until a vet cleara



Today’s Race Book

Racing has been a huge part of Amanda Davis-William’s life and on Tuesday things step up a notch when she saddles up her first runner. 

The 23-year-old has long dreamed of becoming a trainer and three-year-old G’Day Poopsie will see that dream realised when he lines up in the 1000m Maiden at Wyong. 

The gelding impressed at Scone finishing fourth in his first start over 1000m on February 16 while under the care of Amanda’s mother Tina. 

“It’s pretty nerve-wracking to tell you the truth,” Amanda said. 

“I’m extremely excited, especially to have him racing at his home track. 

“I’ve been to so many race meetings strapping horses over the years but to have one running in your own name is totally different.”

Wyong racecourse is like a second home to Amanda, who started riding work at the track when she was 14. 

She always wanted a career in racing and after a short stint working for Bob and Wendy Lapointe at Muskoka Farm, she returned to Wyong and became part of Kim Waugh’s team. 

“I rode work for Kim for five and a half years and got so much experience there,” she said. 

“I had a nasty accident about two years ago and while I was sidelined, I started thinking about taking out a trainer’s licence. 

“It had always been in the back of my mind but being injured with plenty of time on my hands, gave me the push I needed.”

When she returned to work, she joined the Damien Lane stable and is now being mentored by the trainer. 
“Damien has been a massive supporter and I really appreciate everything he’s done. 

“I still ride work for him early and then I go home and get my two and bring them into the track.”

Amanda believes G’Day Poopsie can improve on his Scone run but he will have to overcome a wide barrier.

“He ran a good race that day and I’m quietly confident heading into Tuesday that he can finish top four.

“We didn’t think he’d lead at Scone, but he showed a lot of early speed and will hopefully do that again at Wyong. 

“He’s been a different horse since his first run and there’s been plenty of form come out of that race. I really expect him to improve.”

Clinton Ridley, Amanda’s partner, leases G’Day Poopsie, who was bred by a family friend Mick Bates.

“I wanted to know where the name came from because it’s unusual and apparently Poopsie is Mick’s nickname in the family.”

Amanda, who has also tasted plenty of success in the show arena, has one other horse in work Master Drummer but is keen to build her stable.

“I know it’s going to take time but eventually I’d love to have around 20 in work. 

“I’ve had some great female role models in my Mum and Kim Waugh so I know I can do it.”

The first of eight races gets underway at 1.15pm. 


Race 1 – 1.15pm: AUSTRALIAN RACING CHRISTIAN CHAPLAINCY 2YO MAIDEN (1200m): 1 CONRAD, 2 Big Fun, 3 Queen Of Dubai, 4 Mokulua.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: CARLTON DRAUGHT PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1200m): 1 ANGRY LIAM, 2 Elusive Bride, 3 Accelerant, 4 Grand Palazzo.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: HMA MAIDEN (1350m): 1 SPIRITUALITY, 2 Cantrell, 3 Not A Choice, 4 Summer Breeze.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: GO ELECTRICAL MAIDEN (1000m): 1 TWITCH, 2 Stunning To Win, 3 Readapt, 4 Russbuss.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: BOOK NOW POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP MARCH 27 CLASS 1 (1000m): 1 GENKIDES, 2 Miss Kono, 3 Winside, 4 Major Murphy.

Race 6 – 4.15pm: HUCKEL EXCAVATIONS CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 (1600m): 1 DUNDEE LEE, 2 Mohican, 3 Sky Diamonds, 4 Casino Mondial.

Race 7 – 4.50pm: TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 PROVIDE, 2 Raptures, 3 Safaris, 4 Ocean Go.

Race 8 – 5.30pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY SATURDAY MARCH 27 CLASS 1 (1200m): 1 HELLO SUNSHINE, 2 Impressive Lass, 3 Giselle Anne, 4 Adamas Prince.