A great day’s racing saw some progressive horses greeting the judge and a long-shot local causing an upset.

Jockey Chad Schofield returned a winner on his first Wyong ride following a lengthy stint in Hong Kong. 

Garry Frazer’s speedy Rita May looks to have a bright future after bringing up her second win, while the Hawkes trained Petulant impressed her trainers with another dominant win. 

John Cooper carried the flag for the locals after Alastor caused an upset in the 2100m BM64, outstaying his rivals to win by almost three lengths. 

Race 1 – CANADIAN CLUB CLASS 1 (1100m): 

An easy watch in the first race with the Hawkes trained Petulant justifying her short price with a dominant win. 

The Starspangledbanner three-year-old was coming off a last start Wyong victory over 1000m on December 9.

She was sent out $1.40 favourite and taken straight to the lead by Chad Schofield, who dictated terms throughout, easing her down in the line to win by almost three lengths. 

“I told Chad she should jump well and that I wanted him to lead, stack them up, give them the slip on the corner and hit the line solid. That’s what she did,” Michael Hawkes said. 

“We’ve always liked the filly and from what we’ve seen to date she’s doing everything right. You can’t make excuses for winners. She’s done everything right and will improve again next preparation.”

Schofield, having his first ride at Wyong since returning from a stint in Hong Kong, was complimentary of the filly.

“She jumped straight to the front, towed me along and was never going to lose,” he said. “She won quite effortlessly, and I can see her going on to better things.”

Damien Lane’s Princess Amira ($15), having her first start for the stable, was runner up over the Matthew Smith trained Per Ivy ($4.20).

Race 2 – TAB.COM.AU 4YO & MAIDEN (1100m): 

Debutant Amortal ($3.40) was too strong in the final stages snatching a narrow win over the race favourite Legend Rules.

The Darby Syndications four-year-old, trained by Mark Newnham and ridden by Tyler Schiller, had been successful in two previous trials, the latest a Warwick Farm victory over 796m on January 10.

The son of Written Tycoon had been the early favourite but drifted in the market after Les Bridge’s Legend Rules earned strong late support to start $2.60. 

The winner, a $340,000 Magic Millions yearling, pinged the gates but was headed by Legend Rules early in the race, with the pair going head-to-head down the straight. 

Robyn Fowler, representing the Newnham stable, said she had been concerned when Amortal raced a little greenly in the straight. 

“I was thinking don’t throw it away, but he got on with it and knew where the line was. He had trialled really well and came here today with fitness on his side. He’s quite a relaxed horse but has just taken a while to mature. 

“Tyler knows him very well having ridden him in the trials and in his work, so it’s good for him to get the win.”

Cross The Rubicon ($12) from the Brad Widdup stable, was third. 


A super training effort by the Waterhouse/Bott team with Gulf Of Saros winning first up from a 12 month break. 

The Snitzel colt debuted at Rosehill on January 16 last year before a lengthy spell. 

He had three trials leading into the Wyong race, the latest an open trial over 1200m at Gosford on January 6. 

Stable representative Neil Paine said they had been confident the three-year-old would run a nice race. 

“They got him nice and fit for this race with the three trials. They knew he had ability, he just needed time to thicken out,” he said. 

“First up over a mile is a big effort and I think he will be a good stayer in time. It’s great to see our long-time clients Sun Bloodstock with a nice horse coming on.”

Winona Costin took Gulf Of Saros to an early lead, maintaining the front throughout. He looked the winner a long way from home and despite a late challenge from short priced favourite Regal Pom, scored by a length and a half.

The winner was sent out at $12, with a plunge coming for the Neasham trained Regal Pom, who started at $1.20. The Waller trained Campeao ($4.80) was third. 


The was a quite air of confidence from the Cummings stable about the chances of first starter Rosovo ($9) and the son of Animal Kingdom didn’t disappoint. 

The three-year-old came from the rear of the field on the turn, putting in a sustained run to snatch victory on the line, courtesy of a super Josh Parr ride.

Stable representative Tina Rogers said things seemed to have clicked into gear for the gelding following his last trial. 

“It was like he realised what he had to do,” she said. “It’s taken him a long time to learn but we like to let them go through their paces in their own time. 

“He’s shown us a something in his last couple of gallops and we came here with some confidence. It was a great ride by Josh.”

There were no excuses for the $3.70 Waller favourite Dresden, who looked to have the race won before Rosovo’s flashed home to win by a nose. Starstruck Barbie ($4.40) trained by Marc Conners, was third. 


Race 5 – GREAT NORTHERN BM64 (1000m): 

The speedy Rita May is building a nice resume bringing up her second win in just her fourth career start in a smart time.

The three-year-old looks to have a bright future with trainer Garry Frazer tipping she will win plenty of races if she can stretch out to the 1200m. 

Punters sent plenty of late support her way, with the Xtravagant filly starting $2.50 favourite. 

She hit the ground running, taking the lead early in the race, and maintaining it throughout to score by almost two lengths. 

Frazer had applied blinkers to Rita May and was happy with the result. 

“She didn’t fire up with them on and I actually think she relaxed better,” he said. “She gave a good kick which was great to see. It was a very satisfying win and I’ll give her a month off now. 

“We’ll treat her a bit lightly and see where she ends up but if she can run 1200m I think she’ll win plenty of races.”

Ridden by Reece Jones, Rita May was coming off a sixth at Wyong on December 15, beaten just over two lengths, having won her maiden over 900m at Newcastle the previous start. 

The filly carries the colours made famous by the White family, with Frazer having trained their Group 1 winner Spright.

Wyong specialist Dual Escape ($6), trained by Denim Wynen,  ran her normal honest race to finish second, ahead of Shocking Force ($13) from the Clarry Connors stable. 

Race 6 – GO ELECTRICAL BM64 (2100m): 


A home track win for John Cooper with Alastor upsetting the more favoured runners to bring up his fourth career victory. 

The Spill The Beans gelding was the rank outsider of the field, the win returning $61. 

Jess Taylor rated the four-year-old beautifully in front throughout, with Alastor kicking on the turn and drawing away to win by almost three lengths. 

Alastor was a $36,000 Magic Millions yearling, previously trained by Kris Lees. 

He was purchased by Cooper and is raced by his family, with the Wyong win his first since transferring to the new stable. 

He had been unplaced in four starts since Cooper took over the training in December last year, his latest effort a sixth at Wyong over 2100m on January 8, when he led but tired in the final stages. 

Cooper had him fit and ready to win with the upgraded track and distance ideal. 

He beat the well supported favourite Atonement ($3.70) from the Matthew Smith yard, who had every chance, with Godolphin’s Sandastan ($5.50), third. 


A great rails hugging ride by Grant Buckley secured victory for country visitor Mandalong Tapit. 

The Tapit six-year-old, trained at Tamworth by Sue Grills, was third throughout, with Buckley sticking to the rails and getting a great run in the final stages to claim victory. 

“It was a great ride by Grant, he deserves all the credit,” Grills said. “I was a bit worried he might get held up, but the gap opened, and it was fantastic. I’m very happy. 

“I’ll probably look for a 1900m at Canterbury because he likes the softer tracks down this way.”

Gary Moore’s last start Wyong winner Prefect Match ($5.50) was second, after sitting just off the leader throughout, with the $3.90 favourite Twice On Sunday, trained by Bjorn Baker, looking to have every chance in third. 



Click here for today’s racebook. Horror barrier draws haven’t dented the confidence of Gary Moore for his three runners at Wyong’s meeting this Sunday. 

Kalahari Heart and last start winner Perfect Match have drawn one off the outer barrier, while Harapan will start from the extreme outside. 

“It’s been the trend over the past month drawing bad barriers, we’ve had no luck from the draws, but we’ve been able to overcome it,” Moore said.

The outside barrier didn’t affect the chances of blueblood Chief Conductor, who was impressive breaking through for his debut win for the stable at Wyong on Tuesday, and Moore hopes the luck continues. 

He considers Perfect Match, who won his last outing at Wyong on January 8, the best of his trio. 

The Brazen Beau three-year-old has had a win and placing from four starts, the placing coming at Wyong over the 1600m on December 9, when Moore said he had no luck.

He starts from barrier 11 in the BM64 on Sunday over the same distance.  

“He drew wide when he won his maiden at Wyong, so he should be able to cope with that and he’s probably the best of my three,” he said. 

“I like to take them back to Wyong if they handle the track. The day he ran third there he got interfered with around the 400m, bounced off the rail and lost his stride but finished on nicely and that set him up for the win the other day. 

“He looks well. His gallop on Tuesday over six furlongs was very good and I expect him to go close to winning.”

Moore is expecting improvement from Dissident gelding Harapan, who lines up in the 1600m Maiden. The four-year-old finished toward the rear in his last start, a Wyong maiden over 1350m on January 8, having previously been placed over the same track and distance on December 15.

“I do expect a better performance than last start. The jockey came back and said he found it too short and couldn’t get near the lead. 

“He handles soft ground, and the mile won’t be problem. He’s very fit, working well and I’ve been waiting to get him fit to be able to step up from the 1350m to the mile. 

“He’s had plenty of grounding for this, has good gate speed so should be able to cross them and lead.” 

Show A Heart mare, Kalahari Heart rounds off Moore’s trio, starting in the 1350m Maiden. 

She debuted with a seventh at Canterbury over 1100m On January 7 and the trainer believes she will need more ground. 

“She looks really well. Whatever she does on Sunday she will improve on. She’s bred to get over ground but the 1350m is a good steppingstone to get her up to a mile third up.”

Keagan Latham will partner all three Moore runners. The first of seven races gets underway at 1.15pm. 


Race 1 – 1.15pm: CANADIAN CLUB CLASS 1 (1100m): 1 PETULANT, 2 Per Ivy, 3 She’s Contrary, 4 Ilzoomya.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: TAB.COM.AU 4YO & MAIDEN (1100m): 1 AMORTAL, 2 Legend Rules, 3 Suprina, 4 Fragore.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: CARLTON DRAUGHT MAIDEN (1600m): 1 REGAL POM, 2 Circling, 3 Gulf Of Sidra, 4 Harapan.

Race 4 – 3.00pm: WYONG RACE CLUB FUNCTION CENTRE MAIDEN (1350m): 1 CAPTAIN VLADIMIR, 2 Sky Ace, 3 Dresden, 4 Rosovo.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: GREAT NORTHERN BM64 (1000m): 1RITA MAY, 2 Turning, 3 Clifton Springs, 4 Dual Escape.

Race 6 – 4.16pm: GO ELECTRICAL BM64 (2100m): 1 PRIVATE DETECTIVE, 2 Sandastan, 3 Miss Delia, 4 Schoona The Better.

Race 7 – 5.00pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING FEBRUARY 15 BM64 (1600m): 1 TWICE ON SUNDAY, 2 Perfect Match, 3 Tornado Light, 4 Crystal Waters.



Tommy Berry and Jason Collett shared the riding honours bagging a double each on another great day of racing at Wyong.

Berry combined with the in-form Annabel Neasham winning on Rejoiced and took out the last on Flucuate for the Freedmans.

Collett’s wins came on Sirius Girl for Hawkes Racing and Confessed for Kris Lees. 

There were some impressive winners, including Gary Moore’s $600,000 yearling buy Chief Conductor who is headed to the Autumn carnival and Rejoiced, who made it three wins from four starts. 

There was plenty of praise for the track, courtesy of track manager Phil Robinson and his staff, from senior jockeys and trainers.


Gun sire Deep Field looks to have produced another nice filly in Sirius Girl. 

The three-year-old brought up her debut win in impressive fashion, leading from start to finish over the 1100m.

Jason Collett pinged the gates on the Hawkes trained filly and had a soft lead throughout, drawing away in the final stages to win by a length.

“She was nicely educated,” Collett said. “She had good speed from the gate and made use of it. 

“She was still a touch awkward in the middle stages, but the small track helped her skip away from them.”

Sirius Girl was resuming after two starts in her first preparation. She put in with an eye-catching trial at Rosehill on January 4 when she finished second. 

Punters sent the Darby Racing filly out $3.70 favourite and weren’t disappointed. She beat Godolphin’s equal favourite Arbitration, who made up plenty of ground in straight, with Icing On The Cake ($4.80) from the Snowden yard, finishing third. 


Chief Conductor and Tim Clark

Impeccably bred colt Chief Conductor is heading towards stakes racing following his strong maiden win. 

Trainer Gary Moore has a big opinion of the I Am Invincible three-year-old, out of Snitzerland, who was a $600,000 Inglis yearling. 

Chief Conductor ($5.50) was having his first start for the stable, after being previously trained in Melbourne for his debut run, where he was unplaced at Geelong over 1140m in November. 

He was transferred to the Moore stable and looked the goods when he took out a trial at Rosehill on January 4 by more than two lengths. 

Moore said he had been very confident heading into the Wyong race.

“He’s a classy colt and I think there are better things to come for him,” he said. 

“He was a little playful today and lacks race experience, but he will come on leaps and bounds from that. The stable is on a high, I’ll give him one more run in a Class 1 or BM64 and then look for something better. 

“Tim rode him brilliantly. We’ll be looking for a stakes race over the carnival.”

Clark gave Chief Conductor a gun ride, sitting just off the leader before drawing away around the 100m mark. Joe Pride’s Just A Tiff ($6) stormed home to finish second, with a win not far away, while the Snowden trained favourite Hamaki looked to have every chance finishing third. 

Race 3 – DAMIEN LANE 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1600m): 

A great training performance by Warwick Farm based Robert Quinn, with Handsome King winning over 1600m in his first start for the stable. 

The Hinchinbrook four-year-old had been with another trainer for his only previous outing in July last year, before owner Bill Tsang opted to transfer him to Quinn following a spell. 

He trialled twice leading into the Wyong race, his latest a third at Warwick Farm over 1207m on December 30. 

Quinn, a former jumps jockey, opted to have him resume over the 1600m and called on fellow Irishman Tom Sherry for the riding duties. 

Sherry came from a rear position before the turn, circling the field and coming with a sustained run to snatch victory on the line. 

He denied the locally trained Finnman ($6.50) from the Wayne Seelin stable his first win, after he looked the winner in the final stages. 

Quinn said Handsome King ($9.50) had kept improving since joining his stable. 

“He’s a gorgeous horse and he keeps getting better in his work. He trialled super coming into this and I thought he would go well.”

Sherry congratulated Quinn on the  good job with the horse.

“It’s not easy to get a four-year-old fit and up to the mile first up. The horse is still green and has plenty of upside. He went to the line well.”

Vegas Law ($18) from the Sara Ryan yard, was third. 


Tommy Berry and Rejoiced

Annabel Neasham’s Rejoiced looked to be the best horse in the race and proved to be just that, with another victory to his name. 

The Redoute’s Choice colt is racking up an impressive record, with three wins from just four starts and continues a super run for Neasham.

His only failure came at Gosford over 1600m on December 29, with the stable convinced the three-year-old didn’t handle the rise in distance. 

Neasham dropped him back to the 1350m and under the cool hands of Tommy Berry, he had no trouble putting away his opposition. 

“I thought he was the best horse in the race and gave him a nice easy time mid-race,” Berry said. 

“I put the pressure on the corner, and he responded. He’s still learning his craft and will be a much better horse next preparation. It was a great training performance by Annabel to drop him back to the 1350m.

“I rode him knowing he was the fittest horse in the race, and he prevailed.”

Raced by Kia Ora Stud and Encompass Bloodstock, Rejoiced was sent out $2.60 favourite. 

There seemed to be no excuses for the beaten brigade, Kim Waugh’s Fenech ($3.40) who was second, over Acoustix ($4.20) from the Tas Morton yard. 


A well-timed ride by Jason Collett secured win number three for Kris Lees consistent mare Confessed. 

Collett conceded there was luck involved in bringing up his second winner of the day. 

“I needed luck and I got it,” Collett said. “I was banking on it and once the favourite rolled off the fence, she had enough turn of foot to get through.”

Collett was able to angle Confessed through a narrow gap after being briefly held up for a run, the mare driving through to win by half a length. 

Danny Greer, from the Lees stable, said Confessed had been a dual acceptor, the decision to run at Wyong proving to be a winning won. 

“Kris opted to come here today, and it worked out. She appeared to be in a tricky spot in the straight but when the spilt came she was travelling well and was able to dash through and get the job done,” he said.

“She’s very versatile and continues to please. She’ll go through her grades.”

Confessed, a Press Statement mare, brought up win three at start 10, with four minor placings.

Runner-up Tanzimat ($8) from the Godolphin stable was doing her best work on the line, with Damien Lane’s A Fortunate Lass ($9.50) putting in an improved performance to finish third. 

Race 6 – KIM WAUGH RACING F&M BM64 (1100m): 

Riva Del Sol and Koby Jennings

Con Karakatsanis made it three wins from three starts with his progressive filly Riva Del Sol. 

The Press Statement three-year-old took the step up to provincial grade, racing in an unaccustomed position just off the speed. 

“It didn’t really go to plan because I wanted her to lead and set the tempo, but it still worked out,” Karakatsanis said. 

“It’s the first time she’s had to sit behind and push out and she did that well. She’s tough and it’s good to see her stepping up and getting the job done. She’s been a work in progress and I’m very proud of her.”

Winning rider Koby Jennings was also full of praise for the filly. 

“Her heart is her biggest asset,” he said. “She’s not a very big horse and is still green. She had to improve a little to put this field away and that’s what she did.”

Jennings partnered Riva Del Sol to her previous win over 1000m at Nowra on December 31. She had debuted with a victory at Taree, on August 17 while under the care of Matthew Smith. 

Riva Del Sol, starting at $5.50, got the better of the Mark Newnham trained $4.40 favourite Stormborn, with another great run by Stephen Schofield’s Mosht Up ($9.50) to finish a close third. 


A slow start didn’t spoil the chances of short priced favourite Flucuate who made it back-to-back wins from just two starts. 

Trained by the Freedman brothers, the Not A Single Doubt gelding, gave Tommy Berry a winning double and the jockey’s challenge, but it wasn’t clear sailing.

“He knuckled at the start and that fired him up,” Berry said. “He wanted to charge a little bit, so I was surprised he gave me as much as he did at the end. 

“He’s got plenty of ability but just has to iron out those kinks. He’s in the right stable to do that.”

It was a good ride by Berry who pinched runs along the rails after the slow start. He chased down the earlier leader Apex, pulling away on the line to win by more than two lengths.

Flucuate was coming off a debut win over 1000m at Gosford on December 31. 

John Cooper’s locally trained gelding Apex ($31) was brave in defeat, with Nathan Doyle’s Starboreta ($4.20) third.



Click here for today’s race book. Tracey Bartley’s two runners at Tuesday’s Wyong meeting are certainly the cause of frustration for the trainer. 

Bartley saddles up progressive filly Mabel and four-year-old Higgins at his home track meeting, a day recognising the club’s owners and trainers. 

He expects a good performance from last start winner Mabel (pictured) in the 1100m F&M BM64 but is frustrated by the impost given to her by handicappers. 

“She’s gone to a BM64 after just two country wins,” Bartley said. “I’ve questioned the big rise because it just seems unfair. She will have to lug a fair bit of weight, but I’ve engaged apprentice Jackson Searle to take a bit off her.”

Mabel, a three-year-old Dream Ahead filly, has had two wins and four placings from her seven starts. The only time she was unplaced was at the end of her last preparation when she finished fourth on the Kensington track. 

She resumed with a strong win over 1000m Muswellbrook on January 4, coming from behind with a sustained win to overhaul the leader on the line. 

Bartley believes she’s ready for Provincial grade with the 1100m an ideal distance. 

“She’s a nice filly and I’ve always had an opinion of her. We brought her online and were impressed from the day she showed up. The form around her is good. The horse that beat her in her first start was runner-up in a Listed race.

“We’ll ride her quite on Tuesday and I think the track and distance will suit her. She’s got a bit of wind problem and might need an operation at some stage but she’s holding it together at the moment and will race well.”

Bartley’s frustration with Written Tycoon gelding Higgins, stems from his poor performance first up at Newcastle over 1250m on December 18. 

The four-year-old had a Provincial win and three placings in his first preparation and Bartley had been expecting him to return in good form. 

After his mediocre Newcastle run, the four-year-old was ordered to trial by stewards, finishing third in a Warwick Farm trial on December  

“I was disappointed in the trial to be honest,” Bartley said. “I just don’t know whether he’s come back. I’ve run bloods, I’ve given him ulcer shield, backed him off for a month but I just don’t know. 

“His first preparation was enormous, but he didn’t spell well. He does look a bit better now and I’ve whacked the blinkers on him so and am hoping for a sharp improvement. 

“We are just going to run him and hope with the blinkers on and if he does nothing he’ll be straight out.”

The first of seven races at the club’s Owners and Trainers Race Day, gets underway at 1.50pm. 


Race 1 – 1.50pm: ALLAN KEHOE RACING F&M MAIDEN (1100m): 1 ICING ON THE CAKE, 2 Hollow Dollar, 3 Verzenay, 4 Sirius Girl.

Race 2 – 2.25pm: TRACEY BARTLEY RACING CG&E MAIDEN (1100m): 1 REATEROS, 2 Beatbox, 3 Reach For Gold, 4 Just A Tiff.

Race 3 – 3.05pm: DAMIEN LANE 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1600m): 1 CURRENCY QUEEN, 2 A Real Riot, 3 Belleplaine, 4 Amber One.

Race 4 – 3.40pm: HAPPY RETIRMENT LES TILLEY AND EVAN HOLLAND (REV) CG&E BM64 (1350m): 1 REJOICED, 2 Fenech, 3 Acoustix, 4 Buzz.

Race 5 – 4.15pm: KRISTEN BUCHANAN RACING F&M BM64 (1350m): 1 TANZIMAT, 2 Confessed, 3 Kung Fu Mushu, 4 Hit The High Note.

Race 6 – 4.50pm: KIM WAUGH RACING F&M BM64 (1100m): 1 TELLURIDE, 2 Stormborn, 3 Mabel, 4 Superstasia.

Race 7 – 5.30pm: WYONG’S NEXT MEETING JANUARY 23 CLASS 1 (1200m): 1 FLUCTUATE, 2 Starboreta, 3 Hot Press, 4 Per Ivy. 



IT was a case of “crash and burn” for punters who pinned their faith in three Annabel Neasham fancies – two favourites and a close second favourite.

Tick Tock Boom ($2.90), Regal Pom ($1.75) and Forever You ($2.80) all were beaten, leaving the trio’s supporters with holes in their pockets.

Tick Tock Boom finished third in the opener, Regal Pom fourth in the second, and Forever You was third in the fifth race.

Whilst the latter pair didn’t justify their favourite tags this time, it might be a different story once they get on to a bigger circuit.

Both got too far out of their ground and did well to finish as close as they did.

At least the last two favourites got home; Leave Me Some ($3.40) in the second last and hotpot Air Of Alsace ($1.75) in the closer.

The seven races were shared by individual trainers, and jockey Grant Buckley took the riding honours with a double, scoring on Barellan Bandit ($4.40) and Leave Me Some.

Both have the ability to make their mark in midweek company in town in the coming weeks.

Course manager Phil Robinson and his staff earned deserved plaudits for the manner in which the track was presented. From a “Heavy 9” starting point, the track was upgraded to a “Heavy 8” and then “Soft 6”.


MIHOCEK with Matthew Palmer in the saddle

THE meeting began on a “Heavy 9” surface following overnight rain, and one of Sydney’s leading stables, Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou, continued its momentum of late by scoring with MIHOCEK ($5). 

Cleverly ridden by Matthew Palmer, who renewed an earlier association with the former during a previous NSW stint. Palmer ensured he was right up on the speed when the pace wasn’t strong, and the three-year-old son of Sooboog and$80,000 2020 yearling sale purchase, took the lead on straightening and held out Bon Vivant ($4.80) and Tick Tock Boom ($2.90). Just behind the placegetters at his previous two runs since resuming at Rosehill Gardens and Newcastle when he settled back in the field in both, MIHOCEK had an important gear change with the addition of a lugging bit. The $2.70 favourite Bob was never a hope and beat only the $31 outsider Apex home in the small field of six. Stewards reported no abnormality was found with BOB afterwards, but will check on his condition in the coming days.


RACING NSW stewards upgraded the track to a “Heavy 8” retrospectively to include the opener, and leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller and jockey Lee Magorrian struck with topweight TUHINGA ($5). 

Having only his fifth start, the three-year-old son of Epaulette broke through after racing up on the speed.  Stable spokesperson Clare Heuston, last season’s Strapper Of The Year, paid credit to Magorrian for his ride. 

“Tuhinga expended too much energy last start at Newcastle when he started to pull,” she said. “The heavier track today may have helped, but Lee got him to settle and he was able to finish the race off.” 

Whilst TUHINGA ticked the heavy track box, his rider still considered he is better suited on top of the ground. 

“He is progressive and can extend to 1600-1800m,” Magorrian said. 

TUHGINA beat $41 roughie Nullify and $1.75 favourite Regal Pom, who got well out of his ground. His apprentice rider Ellen Hennessy was questioned by stewards, and told them she had intended to lead or settle just behind the leaders. When Regal Pom bounded on jumping and lost ground, she immediately placed him under pressure, but he did not quicken sufficiently and was crossed, and as a result settled near the tail of the field. In the circumstances, he did a superb job to snatch a minor placing on the post.


A further upgrade to include this race resulted in the track being lifted to a “Soft 6”. Hawkesbury trainer Edward Cummings claimed his eighth winner this season and 26th overall when ITALIAN INFORMANT ($6-50), ridden by Dylan Gibbons, upset local Damien Lane stablemates, the well-backed $2.90 favourite Fielding and $31 roughie Stays On Tour.  

ITALIAN INFORMANT, a three-year-old son of Spill The Beans, who died prematurely after beginning his stud career, has been a work in progress, according to his trainer. ITALIAN INFORMANT reared as the start at Hawkesbury on December 16, dislodged rider Brodie Loy and took no part in the race. 

“He lost only a bit of bark from a back leg, and had to trial five days later at Canterbury by order of stewards,” Cummings said. “It was good to see him break through today, and hopefully that will give him the confidence to go on with things now.”

Runner-up Fielding was excellent on debut. He raced wide from an awkward draw before taking over on straightening, and not surprisingly wasn’t able to withstand the winner’s burst at the end. He has had his quirks as well and will take improvement from his raced ay debut. Stewards will follow up on stable plans for two-year-old Mr Putin ($3.80), who was never in contention and tailed the field home.


BARELLAN BANDIT ridden by Grant Buckley

ALL’S well that ends well! Scone trainer John Ramsey had planned to run BARELLAN BANDIT at Warwick Farm last Wednesday, but the gelding was second emergency and missed out on a start in the Benchmark 72 Handicap (2200m). 

Wyong became the next best option, and it was worth the few days’ wait. Grant Buckley, booked to ride the progressive five-year-old in Sydney, stayed with him and gave him a perfect ride to score easily. BARELLAN BANDIT ($4.40) was strong to the line to defeat Miss Delia ($4.20) and $3.10 favourite Reposition, who ran another honest race. It was obvious on the home turn that the first two were beginning sweeping runs and would fight out the finish, though BARELLAN BANDIT won with a good bit in hand. The winner has won three of his last four races and hasn’t missed a place at his last six starts.  Ramsey is keen to give the gelding his chance in town in a midweek race when he can secure a start. Buckley rode him in his previous 1600m Tamworth victory and was again impressed today. 

“I wanted to ride him patiently going to 2100m as he showed a good turn of foot at Tamworth,” he said. “I knew he would do that again today if I rode him quietly, and he was impressive again. I had a good young jockey to follow in Dylan Gibbons, who carted me into the race on the runner-up.” 

Miss Delia wasn’t disgraced, and fourth placegetter Lava perhaps is worth another chance. He drew the outside barrier and was forced to race deep before getting into second place outside the leader Alastor in the back straight. Stewards fined Lava’s rider Lee Magorrian $400 for using the whip 10 times (five more than permitted) before the 100m.


IN a desperately tight finish, PREFECT MATCH ($11) broke through at his fourth start – and trainer Gary Moore was quick to heap praise on winning rider Keagan Latham. “I have to congratulate Keagan; he gave him a great ride,” Moore said. “This horse has taken a while to hit his straps and is still slightly immature, but I feel he has a bright future. 

“I will chat with Keagan and get his opinion, but probably step him up now over a little bit further.” 

The now three-year-old son of Brazen Beau was a $400,000 yearling buy at the Gold Coast in 2020. PREFECT MATCH trialled twice last winter for another stable, but did not race before finding his way to Moore’s Rosehill yard. In hanging on grimly, PREFECT MATCH robbed fellow Rosehill trainers Ryan and Alexiou of a double, as they were represented by runner-up Circling ($5.50). 

Punters again burnt their fingers for the third time on an Annabel Neasham runner. Her representative Forever You ($2.80fav) was third and, though beaten, can atone on a bigger track. She got too far back and was the widest runner in the straight, making up many lengths in the closing stages. A staying-bred mare, Forever You is likely to atone shortly.


The two Grant’s – trainer Marshall and jockey Buckley – combined to get LEAVE ME SOME back in the winning list. Buckley astutely recalled he had ridden the mare only once previously in one of the early Midway Handicaps in Sydney last July when she came from well back to finish fourth to Lord Zoulander over 1200m. 

“I remembered she had to be ridden quietly because she really hit the line that day,” Buckley said. “She did a good job to win today.” B

Buckley also praised the track staff at Wyong, saying he was worried when he arrived at the course, and it was a Heavy 9 rating. 

“Full credit to them, the track has kept improving all day,” he said. 

Winning trainer Marshall was understandably delighted to secure Buckley’s services. “Grant has been on her twice now and given her 10 out of 10 rides both times,” he said. “LEAVE ME SOME has been great for our stable; she was a cheap mare and has won six races.” 

LEAVE ME SOME ($3.40fav) finished strongly in the centre of the track to lead home a Newcastle quinella, overpowering David Atkins’ Two Up ($7.50) in the closing stages. Marshall opted to take visors off his mare for today’s assignment and instead put winkers on her. Third placegetter Rumpshaker ($21) began awkwardly and bumped the winner, then raced wide and without cover throughout. Da Nang Star ($6) finished sixth, and afterwards was found to be suffering from heat stress. Stewards adjourned the matter until they can interview trainer Bjorn Baker. 


PUNTERS had to wait until the last two races to recoup earlier losses and at least went home with something in their pockets when well-backed odds-on pop AIR OF ALSACE ($1.75), trained by Jason Coyle, proved up to the task.

Jockey Mitchell Bell picked up a late booking when Jess Taylor was unavailable to take the mount and didn’t let the opportunity slip. He had the lightly raced Contributer mare in second place soon after the start, and she responded gamely in the straight to defeat Hit The High Note ($6) and Tornado Light ($7). This was her second success from her last three starts, with a Newcastle placing on the Beaumont track sandwiched between. 

There were excuses for Lucilight (fourth as $5 second favourite). She began awkwardly and lost two lengths, then over the concluding stages could not be fully tested when awkwardly positioned on the heels of the winner, who shifted in slightly. Lucilight was beaten less than one and a half lengths.



Click here for Race Book WYONG trainer Brett Partelle takes two horses to his home track meeting tomorrow – and has made an interesting analogy about the pair.

Previewing their chances in the Ryans Metal Roofing Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap (1200m), he described Rifles as a “noise hater” and Trust Me as an “ornament to the stable”.

Aaron Bullock renews a successful association with Rifles, whilst Winona Costin will partner Trust Me for the first time in his 55-start career.

Partelle has won 11 races with the stablemates. Lightly-raced Rifles has won three and eight-year-old Trust Me has been successful on eight occasions.

The Partelle pair won’t be strangers at the barrier either, having drawn the inside two gates.

Six-year-old Rifles didn’t begin racing until late into his three-year-old season, and Bullock rode him at his first two starts when placed at Scone in June and July, 2019.

He has ridden the Smart Missile gelding only once since, winning a 900m Benchmark 64 Handicap on him with 60kg at Newcastle in May last year.

“Rifles had injured a back foot as a young horse and spent six months locked in a box before he came to me,” Partelle said.

“He hates noise and that probably had much to do with him being in confinement with music playing.

“He is a beautiful horse around the stables at home, and we’ve been training him a bit differently this time by putting ear muffs on him when he goes to the track.

“That has helped settle him in his work as he has been a horse who has liked to rock along.

“Rifles on his day is good enough to win a Saturday race in town, and I’m sure he will be very competitive in an open affair.

“But this race will really bring him to his peak, and he will maintain that for his next three or four runs.

“Rifles ran really well first-up at Gosford with 62kg, and drops 2kg. And he won’t carry much dead weight with Aaron being a heavyweight jockey.”

Trust Me joined Partelle’s team from a Sydney trainer after his first four starts, which included two placings at Hawkesbury as a late two-year-old.

“He has been a real ornament to the stable; a great bread and butter horse,” Partelle said.

“Trust Me has won some nice races, including the Kirby Handicap (1000m) at the Grafton carnival last year.

“He is getting on in years, but wasn’t far away at his last start at Gosford on New Year’s Eve and isn’t without a chance.

“We don’t do a lot with him between races. He trots and canters and swims in the river.”

Like Partelle, fellow Wyong trainer Damien Lane also has two representatives in the one race at the meeting, the 1000m Great Northern On Tap Maiden over 1000m.

Five-year-old Stays On Tour (Bullock) and first starter Fielding (Darryl McLellan) go head to head and their trainer has made gear changes on them.

Stays On Tour, who is yet to win in 11 starts and is a new addition to the Lane stable, will race in a near side bubble cheeker.

Fielding, a three-year-old son of Deep Field, will race in both a lugging bit and stallion chain, and also will wear ear muffs to the barrier, where they will be removed.

Fielding, an $80,000 purchase at the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale, beat six rivals in an 845m trial on his home track on December 20.

The rail is in the TRUE position, and an improving “Soft 7” rating was posted this morning.


RACE 1: 1.50PM: TAB.COM.AU CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1350m): TICK TOCK BOOM 1, Bon Vivant 2, Sherringford 3.

RACE 2: 2.25PM: CANADIAN CLUB MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): REGAL POM 1, Always Praying 2, Auzstar 3.

RACE 3: 3.00PM: GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP MAIDEN PLATE (1600m): DIJON 1, Just Strolling 2, Fielding 3.


RACE 5: 4.20PM: MAGIC MILLIONS MAIDEN PLATE (1600m): INUWASHI 1, Turgenev 2, Aurora Florentina 3.


RACE 7: 5.40PM: WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING JANUARY 18 F&M CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1350m): BLACK ON BEAUTY 1, Kung Fu Mushu 2, Shameless Miss 3.