Wyong trainer Wayne Seelin had the last laugh when his ageless warrior Isorich was back in the winning list on his home track, his 16th victory at his 145th start.

And he is confident the 12-year-old gelding’s winning ways aren’t over if he can keep him on firm tracks and get him fitter.

“He’s still too fat,” Seelin said after Isorich ($61), ridden by apprentice Ellen Hennessy, had upstaged his younger rivals in the Report. Report Often Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap (1200m).

“I weighed him yesterday and he was 563kg. His best weight is 550kg. If I can get some more weight off him, I’m sure he can win again.

“He has pulled up super. He is a happy horse and loves what he is doing. He is still enjoying his work and his racing.”

His latest victory was the gelding’s first since a previous home track win in March last year in a Benchmark 64 Handicap (1350m), but his trainer never doubted he could return to the winner’s circle provided he got the right conditions.

“He had a long break and isn’t comfortable on wet tracks,” Seelin said. “I’m sure getting back up to 1200m and on his home track helped him today. That was his eighth win at home.”

As is a regular occurrence nowadays, Isorich passed a vet examination before being declared “suitable to race”.

“He is so sound,” Seelin said. “I’ll know when he has had enough, but it’s not yet.”

Racing NSW stewards queried ISORICH’S “apparent form improvement”, and accepted Seelin’s explanation that the gelding was back on his home track and stepped up from 900m at his previous start at Newcastle to 1200m.

Seelin paid $7500 for ISORICH as a 2012 Inglis Scone yearling, and he has returned connections nearly $800,000.

He didn’t race as a two-year-old and made his debut nine years ago when third in a 3YO Maiden Plate (1200m) at Quirindi on November 12, 2013.

That Isorich continues to show a remarkable zest for racing and remains so sound as a 12-year-old when others have called it a day is a great credit to his trainer.



Hawkesbury husband and wife trainers Jason and Lucy Attard are unabashed fans of jockey Rachel King – and it’s easy to understand why. Isla’s $16 upset victory over odds-on favourite Diamond Drummer was the couple’s fifth of the season, and King has been aboard four of them. 

“Rachel is a very good person, and an excellent jockey,” Jason Attard said. “She was happy with Isla’s last start sixth over 1550m at Canterbury, saying she didn’t sprint like the others in front of her, but kept going right to the line.

 “Rachel felt it was best to get rolling on her earlier in today’s race, so we left it to her, and she did the job.”

Isla trailed the leader Miss Shalaa and, after taking over in the straight, was too good for Diamond Drummer (who was subsequently found to have bled from both nostrils) and lightly-raced Zimtopia, who is worth following. Isla’s win was timely as her breeder-owner Kate Nivison (Etak Thoroughbreds) recently lost her dam, the Choisir mare Lohan, who died in early October.



Winner Captain George was the subject of a concerted plunge and, having his first start since being gelded, lived up to the support. Rider Kerrin McEvoy gave Captain George the run of the race, trailing leader Exsensible and was a bit too strong for that horse in the closing stages. The pair had the finish to themselves with third placegetter Ma’s Dream finishing gamely to edge out favourite Oakfield Blue Bell, whose rider Aaron Bullock was given stewards’ permission to ride the mare 1kg overweight at 58kg. Stable spokesman Jonathan Crowley said recent trials had settled Captain GEORGE down and that the gelding operation had clearly been of benefit to his racing manners. 



Mancconi had to race wide and still won, so left his rivals with no excuses other than fifth placegetter Galactic Angel, who found plenty of trouble. The winner drew awkwardly but finally “came of age” at his 21st start. Trainer Brett Lazzarini revealed one of the gelding’s owners despaired of him winning a race and sold his share last week. “I tried to talk him out of it, as I thought Mancconi was close to breaking through,” he said. “I’ll have to buy him a lemonade now. This horse always tries his best, and that’s why I have kept him in the stable.” Runner-up Edge Of Reward is becoming costly. This was his fourth second placing this preparation. Galactic Angel figured prominently in the stewards’ report and was disappointed for a run at a crucial stage in the straight. Most definitely she should have figured in the finish. Debutant Beauty Crusade ran home nicely from well back to finish fourth and is worth following. 



Another first starter Meod was solidly supported late in betting and justified that backing. Jockey Tom Sherry had her quickly on the move, controlled the race up front and the result was never really in doubt. A $500,000 Inglis Australian Easter yearling purchase last year, the Exceed And Excel three-year-old will almost certainly derive further benefit from this outing as she had trialled only once beforehand when second over 878m on the Kensington track on November 8. The placegetters Dolly Bird and Surrenders tried hard, but the winner always appeared to have their measure. The disappointment was $3.20 favourite Biographer, who was never in the hunt and beat only one home. Rider Andrew Adkins told stewards his mount began awkwardly and was bumped by another runner and as a result settled further back than anticipated. Nonetheless, he added Biographer failed to quicken when asked to improve and felt he was unsuited by the tempo in the early and middle stages.



When a 12-year-old Isorich leaves younger rivals in his wake, it’s hard to make genuine excuses for the beaten brigade. However, Ranuncula (6th) was slow to begin and had difficulty securing clear running between the 250m and 150m and couldn’t be fully tested racing in restricted room over the closing stages. Country-trained Cassy’s Sister was game in finishing second, and a plunge on locally trained Dimaggio ($2.15 favourite) came unstuck when he finished third. His apprentice rider Anna Roper told stewards that although he wasn’t the best away and was held up for clear running rounding the home turn, he wasn’t going good enough to improve in between runners approaching the 200m and was one-paced to the line. Moralist (7th) also didn’t have the best of fortune. He was keen in the early stages, raced wide and without cover from the 600m and can be forgiven. Still, all honours must go to the old marvel Isorich and his trainer.



Aptly named Bat Out Of Hell (by Hellbent) is putting together a tidy record. This was his second win from only three starts – and he did it in the style of a young horse bound for better things. Rider Kerrin McEvoy, who scored earlier on Captain George, gave him a cosy run, got him into the clear at the right time and the horse did the rest when called on. He had won first-up at Kembla Grange last month and then ran second at Scone earlier this month (conceding the winner a fair slice of weight, although well beaten). Assiduity tried hard when second, giving Darby Racing an enjoyable quinella outcome. Favourite Oakfield Waratah didn’t cover any extra ground from an inside draw and had every chance.



Newcastle trainer Nathan Doyle missed out with Edge Of Reward earlier, but didn’t this time with Xpresso, who made a brilliant return to racing. It was the lightly raced five-year-old’s second win from seven starts, and Doyle said the gelding’s owners have had to be patient as he held him back waiting for firmer tracks. Xpresso had not appeared since finishing second to The Himalayas at Hawkesbury on June 30 and produced a brilliant burst on resumption when rider Koby Jennings asked him to go. He had trialled only once when successful over 1000m at Wyong on November 7 and can certainly win again. Though the winner earned deserved plaudits, runner-up Mabel ran her heart out under 59kg, and trainer Tracey Bartley has her firing. She too can soon return to the winning list, having scored first-up at Hawkesbury earlier in the month. Replacement rider Andrew Adkins told stewards favourite Hard To Say ($3.10) may not have handled his 60.5kg impost. Hard To Say led but was under pressure on straightening and weakened to finish fifth. 



Much-travelled jockey Jay Ford celebrated his 39th birthday in style by winning the closer on the program. And he didn’t mess about either, making a move on Duke Of Buckingham on the home turn and taking him to an authoritative victory from Da Nang Star and Sian, both of whom were gallant but no match for the impressive winner. Trainer David Pfieffer opted to take blinkers off Duke Of Buckingham, and substitute visors. The move clearly worked, and the five-year-old appears capable of measuring up in better company, having returned to racing with real zest. Dream Eclipse, narrowly beaten here in a recent heat of the Summer Provincial Series on November 5, was strongly supported to return to the winning list, but had every chance in finishing fourth.



ONE trainer has had a solitary Wyong starter for a win so far this season, and the other is yet to have a runner at the track in the opening months of the racing year.

But both are keen to make their mark at tomorrow’s second last meeting before the $200,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic grabs the national spotlight on Wednesday, December 14.

Newcastle’s Jason Deamer scored with Hard To Say at Wyong on November 5 and is back there with him and lightly-raced Miss Shalaa, while Royal Randwick’s multiple Group 1 winning trainer Ron Quinton makes his debut at the track this season with newcomers Beauty Crusade and Biographer.

Tim Clark will ride both Hard To Say in the 1100m Ettalong Bowling Club Benchmark 64, and Miss Shalaa in the 1600m Stop Abuse At The Start 4YO & Up Maiden, while Andrew Adkins partners the Quinton pair Beauty Crusade in the 1350m Raise Respect Midway Maiden, and Biographer in the 1000m Elimination Against Violence Maiden.

Hard To Say and Miss Shalaa are raced by Deamer’s major client Dynamic Syndications, and the former is bypassing a Warwick Farm engagement today to focus on Wyong.

“We discussed both races and decided to go to Wyong as it is only his second run back,” Deamer said.

“Hard To Say resumed as a gelding when he won a 1000m Midway Maiden here earlier in the month at his first start since being placed at Eagle Farm in August.

“Although it was a narrow margin, he did a good job as he drew the outside barrier and went flat out all the way.

“The first two had a decent margin on the third placegetter. Hard To Say had only one trial going into that race, so fitness wise he will be improved and I’ve been very happy with him since.”

An Exceed And Excel three-year-old, Hard To Say was a $160,000 MM Gold Coast yearling purchase last year for Dynamic, and has returned just over $76,000 so far from only six starts.

Dynamic also purchased Miss Shalaa for half that amount at the Gold Coast, but at the previous year’s MM sale, and she has raced only four times in the country for three seconds.

“She came to me from a Sydney stable without trialling,” Deamer said. “She has settled in well and is pretty honest.

“Shalaa Miss ran fourth and second at Gunnedah and Port Macquarie earlier in the year, and her two recent runs this preparation at Taree and Scone this month have been good.

“It looks the right race to try her at the provincials, and I’m confident she will handle the 1600m at her first attempt.”

Hard To Say was a $4 second favourite with in early markets behind local trainer Tracey Bartley’s first-up winner Mabel ($3.30), and another local, Kristen Buchanan’s $6 third favourite Oakfield Triumph.

 Miss Shalaa was also second favorite, but at $4.40, behind Diamond Drummer ($2.30), who has blinkers back on.

Ron Quinton’s three-year-olds Beauty Crusade and Biographer last year were $375,000 Inglis Classic yearling sale and $500,000 Magic Millions yearling sale buys respectively.

But the latter, a I Am Invincible colt and the first foal of dual WA winner Precious Memories, was subsequently resold online to his breeder Ray Gall for $95,000 in April, after three starts, two in South Australia and the other in country Victoria, for seconds at Morphettville Parks and Terang.

“Ray bought Biographer back when he wasn’t considered a likely stallion prospect and put on the market,” Quinton said. “The Gall family has been a wonderful supporter of mine, and it’s my job now to try to get the best out of the colt.

“Obviously he has ability, and the Wyong race is a good starting point and it’s the same with Beauty Crusade, who is raced in Hong Kong interests.

“He was a bit of a handful earlier, but has been gelded and has had the benefit of two recent trials at home. I’m not going there expecting to win, but looking forward to hopefully seeing him run well all the same.”

Quinton has made important gear changes on the stablemates. He has taken blinkers and a tongue tie off Biographer, and will substitute a cross-over nose band.

Beauty Crusade has been gelded, and also will race in a cross-over nose band and wear ear muffs, which will be removed at the barrier.

Biographer was installed as $5 fourth favourite when markets opened, in an open race behind $4 top elect Surrenders, and Beauty Crusade was $4.80 second favourite, with topweight Edge Of Reward holding clear sway at $2.30.

The rail is in the true position, and a Good 4 rating has been posted for the eight race program getting away at 1.15pm.


RACE 1 – 1.15pm: STOP ABUSE AT THE START 4YO & UP MAIDEN PLATE, 1600m: 1 DIAMOND DRUMMER, 2 Miss Shalaa, 3 Rangitikei, 4 Zimtopia.

RACE 2 – 1.50pm: #NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE 4YO & UP MAIDEN HCP, 1100m: 1 EXPENSIBLE, 2 Oakfield Blue Bell, 3 Oakfield Paperbark, 4 Ma’s Dream.

RACE 3 – 2.25pm: RAISE RESPECT MIDWAY MAIDEN HCP, 1350m: 1 EDGE OF REWARD, 2 Beauty Crusade, 3 Mancconi, 4 Emphatic Bel.

RACE 4 – 3.05pm: ELIMINATION AGAINST VIOLENCE MAIDEN PLATE, 1000m: 1 SURRENDERS, 2 Meod, 3 Selfless Act, 4 Biographer.

RACE 5 – 3.40pm: REPORT. REPORT OFTEN CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 HCP, 1200m: 1 MORALIST, 2 Dimaggio, 3 Ranuncula, 4 Crimson Rock.

RACE 6 – 4.20pm: JOHN ELLIOT CLASS 1 HCP, 1350m: 1 WEST OF AFRICA, 2 Oakfield Waratah, 3 Assiduity, 4 Bat Out Of Hell.

RACE 7 – 4.55pm: ETTALONG BOWLING CLUB PROVINCIAL BENCHMARK 64 HCP, 1100m: 1 MABEL, 2 Hard To Say, 3 Oakfield Triumph, 4 Xpresso.

RACE 8 – 5.30pm: THE MOUNTIES GROUP 4YO & UP BENCHMARK 64 HCP, 1600m: 1 KICKATORP, 2 Duke Of Buckingham, 3 Dream Eclipse, 4 Da Nang Star.



Showtime Star is headed for the $150,000 final of the SKY RACING Summer Provincial Series after taking out the first heat at Wyong on Saturday.

The Brad Widdup trained mare led throughout the 1350m feature race and was able to hold out her challengers to win by almost a length. 

The victory was one of several strong performances on the program, with highlights including riding doubles to Andrew Atkins and Lee Magorrian. 

A large crowd enjoyed the sunshine and great Provincial racing, while raising funds for the Central Coast Kids In Need. 

Andrew Atkins rated Showtime Star perfectly in the Class 5 feature, leading throughout off the back of a great start. 

She was sent out $2 favourite following two previous Metropolitan placings at Warwick Farm and will now progress to the series final at Hawkesbury on December 15, along with placegetters Dream Eclipse ($26) trained by Brooke Somers and La Jolie Fillie ($9) from the Perry stable.

A daughter of Showcasing, Showtime Lady was a $50,000 Magic Millions purchase for James Harron. 

Widdup has always had a good opinion of the five-year-old who has had five wins and five placings from her 18 starts. 

“She’s done a good job for us,” he said. “We had a throw at the stumps with her at the Flemington last year and she didn’t disgrace. She is really racing well this preparation.”



The Waller stable was confident about the chances of Kovalica in the 1600m GOSFORD MASONIC CENTRE MAIDEN and the son of Ocean Park didn’t disappoint. 

The four-year-old caught the eye of punters in his only start where he finished fourth over the 1300m at Newcastle on October 15. 

He was sent out $2.05 favourite and the win was never in doubt after Lee Magorrian settled him midfield in the early stages, patiently waiting until the 400m when began circling the field, hitting the front in the straight before drawing away to win by more than three lengths. 

Robert Quinn’s Thoughtful Woman ($6.50) was second over the Craig Carmody trained Fireman ($21), who put in a much-improved performance for third. 

“He was doing his best work late in the Newcastle race and we thought he would appreciate the step up in distance to the mile today,” stable representative Adam Stewart said. “We thought he’d go pretty close, and he did.”



Another impressive winner in the GARY TURNER MEMORIAL – ABBEY TIMBER CG&E MAIDEN with Kristen Buchanan’s Oakfield Waratah ($3.80) blitzing his rivals over the 1350m.

Having his fourth career start, the Dissendent four-year-old showed good gate speed to enable Koby Jennings to place him in a gun spot, just behind the leader. 

He hit the front on straightening and was able to put more than three lengths on his opposition on the line, despite Jennings losing his whip near the 100m when the result was beyond doubt.

Buchanan had been keen on the chances of Oakfield Waratah.

“He finally drew a good barrier and that was the difference today,” she said. 

“I really like this horse. He’s raced well at Wyong in the past and it was great to see him win today.”

The Newnham trained Just An Upstart ($4.40) was second, head of Shihab ($2.70) from the Waller yard.

Oakfield Waratah is raced by Bruce McKenzie, who gave Buchanan one of her biggest wins the previous Saturday, with Oakfield Arrow taking out the $500,000 Four Pillars at Rosehill.



It was a closer finish in the 1350m THE ROOS FOUNDATION F&M MAIDEN with the Snowden trained Kobenhavn diving on the line to snatch a narrow victory. 

The I Am Invincible filly, a $400,000 Magic Millions yearling, was having her fourth career start, resuming this preparation with a 12th at Hawkesbury on October 20.

After an awkward start, she was ridden off the pace by Mitchell Bell, before a sustained run on the turn saw her pounce on the leaders in final stages, beating the $2.80 favourite Concordia, trained by Les Bridge by a neck. 

Miss Faberge ($3.40) from the Sargent stable was third.

It was the fourth start for Kobenhavn, who had to overcome the widest barrier to bring up her first win. 



Nathan Doyle’s Kingdom Of Gold put on a superior staying display to take out the 2100m PETER MAC AUTOMOTIVE CLASS 1 & MAIDEN.

Despite being caught wide mid-race, the Animal Kingdom four-year-old was able to put in a sustained run in the straight before drawing away to win by almost two lengths. 

Kingdom Of Gold, an Animal Kingdom four-year-old, was having his 10th career start, his latest outing a second at Newcastle on October 15 over the 2350m. 

The victory brought up a double for Lee Magorrian, who settled the gelding just off the speed in the early stages. He found himself three deep around the 800m and began a run, which he sustained into the straight, drawing away to win by almost two lengths.

The James Ponsonby trained Raffish ($11) was second, over Brad Widdup’s $3.20 favourite Brave Boy.



Promising prospect Field Marshal kept his unbeaten record intact winning the FREEMASONS ON THE CENTRAL COAST CLASS 1 over 1350m.

The three-year-old colt, by prominent Great Britain sire Kingman, debuted with a strong win over 1200m at Canberra on October 21. 

Trainer John Thompson stepped him up in distance at Wyong and courtesy of a great ride by Blake Spriggs, he posted his second successive win. 

Spriggs didn’t have it all his own way, having to contend with the horse over racing in the early and middle stages and was then being held up for a run in the straight. 

When he found clear running, he showed a good turn of foot to run down the leaders and win by a length.

Spriggs, who teamed with Field Marshal’s owner Paul Fudge to take out a Group 1 on Sir John Hawkwood, has a very good opinion of the colt going forward and believes he will improve further over more ground. 

Despite a tough run, Superargo ($21) put in a much-improved performance to finish second for Stephen O’Halloran, with the $2.90 favourite Principessa trained by Joe Pride, third.



There were a few nervous moments for the connections of Hard To Say who looked to have the 1000m CENTRAL COAST UNITY BANK MIDWAY MAIDEN won before a late challenge by Terra Mater. 

The Exceed And Excel gelding, trained by Jason Deamer, was sent out as $1.60 favourite on the strength of two previous Eagle Farm placings. 

Andrew Atkins pinged the gates and looked like the winner a long way from home before Jarrod Austin’s Terra Mater emerged from the pack. 

The filly dived on the line but just missed, the race going too Hard To Say by the smallest possible margin.

The winner, a $160,000 Magic Millions yearling, is raced by Dynamic Syndications. 

Oakfield Blue Bell ($3.70) trained by Damien Lane finished third, but will take plenty of improvement from the run, having missed the start. 



Jarrod Austin didn’t go home empty handed, with his Super One mare Suprina outsprinting her opposition in the WIDELINE WINDOWS AND DOORS BM64 over 1000m. 

The five-year-old was taken to an early lead by Jess Taylor after jumping well and maintained it throughout, posting a two-length victory. 

Suprina ($12) has proved to be a bargain buy for Austin and connections, who purchased her in January last year for $25,000. 

She has since gone on to win four races and run multiple placings, taking her overall prizemoney to $118,200.

Three of the four wins came with Jess Taylor in the saddle.

In her latest win she beat O’Tycoon ($4.80) trained by Bjorn Baker, with Stephen Jones’ Ranuncula ($9) third.



Coming off one of the biggest highlights in her 17-year training career, Kristen Buchanan saddles up a large team of home track runners at this Saturday’s Central Coast Kids In Need Charity Race Day.

Buchanan admits she is still on a high after Oakfield Arrow’s win in the Four Pillars at Rosehill last Saturday but will be switching to business mode when she saddles up eight runners across the eight Wyong races.

And she is targeting another feature race, the 2022 Sky Racing Provincial Series with Ready’s Girl, a six-year-old Better Than Ready mare who she hopes can regain her winning form.

“It’s been a big week and it was such a thrill to win the Four Pillars. Oakfield Arrow is such a beautiful mare, and we will target the Provincial Series after a spell,” she said. “I think at her best Ready’s Girl is more than capable of winning a race like this on Saturday. I’ve freshened her right up and she has drawn nicely. She really gels with the girls, so Louise Day takes the ride.

“To be honest she’s been a little disappointing, but I think returning to her home track and on a good surface, will hopefully bring out the best of her.”

Buchanan is very excited about the prospects of Oakfield Triumph, currently the second emergency in the 1000m BM64.

The Capitalist four-year-old went out a winner at his only start and looked good trialling at Rosehill on October 21.

“I really love this horse and I just hope he gets a run. He’s got a lot of ability and his trial was pretty impressive. I really think he’ll be in the finish if he runs.”

She hopes the addition of blinkers on Tikitiboo will improve her chances in the 1350m Fillies & Mares Maiden.

“She’s a beautifully moving filly and I’ve put the blinkers on to help her focus. She’s got a high cruising speed and hopefully the blinkers will help her stick on.”

Geldings Penfold Park and Oakfield Waratah line up in the 1350m CGE Maiden.

“Penfold Park is a lovely horse on debut and whatever he does on Saturday he will improve on. We’ve been taking our time with Oakfield Waratah, and he’s finally drawn a good gate. The tight track is a query, but he’s raced well at Wyong in the past.”

Rounding out Buchanan’s runners are first starters Andiamo Luce, Bilquis and Zara’s Hope in the 1000m Maiden.

“Andiamo Luce is a lovely filly but has a horror draw. Bilquis has had a lot of trials and improved in her latest. She’s still a baby and switching on, so we’ve had to be a bit patient with her. The good surface is vital, and I think she’ll be running home.

“Zara’s Hope is a really nice filly, quite small but she’s trialled really well in Sydney. I expect her to race well but she will also be better later on.”

The first of eight races gets underway at 1.20pm.


Race 1 – 1.20pm: GOSFORD MASONIC CENTRE MAIDEN (1600m): 1 EMRYS, 2 Kovalica, 3 Bader, 4 Astral Thoughts

Race 2 – 1.55pm: GARY TURNER MEMORIAL – ABBEY TIMBER CG&E MAIDEN (1350m): 1 SHIHAB, 2 Cosmic Legend, 3 Bobby’s Fling, 4 Just An Upstart

Race 3 – 2.35pm: THE ROOS FOUNDATION F&M MAIDEN (1350m): 1 GLOWING GOLD, 2 Concordia, 3 Rangitikei, 4 Classic Deel

Race 4 – 3.15pm: PETER MACE AUTOMOTIVE CLASS 1 & MAIDEN: 1 RAFFISH, 2 Summit Special, 3 Kingdom Of Gold, 4 Brave Boy

Race 5 – 3.55pm: FREEMASONS ON THE CENTRAL COAST CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 PRINCIPESSA, 2 Field Marshall, 3 Bionic, 4 Dreamdeel

Race 6 – 4.35pm: CENTRAL COAS UNITY BANK MIDWAY MAIDEN (1000m): 1 OAKFIELD BLUE BELL, 2 Hard To Say, 3 Zara’s Hope, 4 Charity Joy

Race 7 – 5.05pm: SKY RACING SUMMER PROVINCIAL SERIES HEAT 1 – CLASS 5 PLATE (1350m): 1 SHOWTIME LADY, 2 Dream Eclipse, 3 La Jolie Fille, 4 Bethencourt

Race 8 – 5.45pm: WIDELINE WINDOWS AND DOORS BM64 (1000m): 1 OAKFIELD TRIUMPH, 2 Spinosaurus, 3 Sussu, 4 Flying Tyrol