FIVE favourites and two second favourites greeted the judge on the eight-race Wyong card. Little wonder punters couldn’t hide their smiles and were quickly searching for the date of the next Wyong meeting (Thursday, May 11) as they left the track. Even the day’s longest priced winner Cappelletti at $7 had his admirers, so it was a blackout for bookmakers. Senior jockey Sam Clipperton and star apprentice Zac Lloyd rode doubles. Clipperton scored on favourites Silent Raindrops and Queenmaker (pictured), whilst Lloyd also did the right thing by favourite backers, getting home on Ruby Flyer and Shipshape.  Jockeys Jason Collett and Keagan Latham were both charged with careless riding by Racing NSW stewards in the sixth race, but escaped with reprimands.


PUNTERS were on the ball when well-backed favorite SILENT RAINDROPS ($2.30) was successful – but weren’t on good terms with themselves when she conceded her five rivals a decent start before rounding them up. Trainer Joe Pride said he thought the Sebring three-year-old, a $280,000 yearling purchase in Melbourne two years ago, would have won before now, and was understandably glad to see her break through at her fifth start and third this campaign. “She has been a work in progress, but is a nice style of filly and that win should give her plenty of confidence to go on with it,” he added. SILENT RAINDROPS was the best backed runner, ousting Gustisisimo (who eased from a shade of odds-on to $2.90), and left the two-year-old with no excuses. Gustisisimo trailed the two leaders and took over on straightening, but was no match for the winner. Parmenio ($4.80) raced up on the speed, but weakened and finished a distant third. Winning rider Sam Clipperton said SILENT RAINDROPS broke cleanly but took a while to get into her rhythm, hence why she settled a clear last in the small field.


THE market suggested a two-horse race was in the offing, but it turned out to be a one-act affair for odds-on favorite RUBY FLYER ($1.85). The Hawkesbury four-year-old settled in an awkward spot on the inside back past midfield, but star apprentice Zac Lloyd produced a pearler of a ride, securing a decent split on straightening – and it was all over. RUBY FLYER bolted away to score by a widening five and a half lengths from his main rival Twentyeightdragons ($3.40). The victory had special significance for husband and wife training partners Jason Attard and Lucy Keegan-Attard, as the former prepared the gelding’s dam Kellyville Flyer, and also her brother Sons Of John (2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner) when training in his own right. Locally-trained Skybeam($18) was third and should appreciate further ground.


IN a tricky finish, another favourite was successful, but it was oh so close. Tyler Schiller picked up a late ride from Chad Schofield, who was ill, on AUNT ROBERTA ($3.20), who nabbed Four O’Clock Rock ($4.80) in virtually the last bound. The Pierro filly was having her seventh start and followed up recent placings at Hawkesbury and Wyong by breaking through after beginning awkwardly. Connections thought enough of AUNT ROBERTA to start her in a Group 3 over 2000m at Caulfield last spring, and she should be able to measure up in better company now that she has broken through. The runner-up didn’t jump brilliantly either, but the winner came from behind him. Bonaventure ($5.50) had his supporters and finished third after having every chance.Octahedron (sixth at $7) pulled up 1/5 lame in the off hindleg, and stewards told trainer David Payne a veterinary clearance will be required before the gelding can either trial or race again. 


TRAINER Bjorn Baker and jockey Brandon Lerena were pipped in the previous race, but not here. Lerena took any bad luck out of the equation on the well-named BOY LOVES TO RUN ($3.30), and he ran right up to his name. Lerena made the running on the three-year-old, and he never looked like losing at his 10th start, scoring comfortably from Doutelle($31) and Vegas on Fire ($6). The South African expat afterwards said his mount travelled comfortably throughout, and felt he had further upside. “The owners have been very patient, so they deserved to finally get a result,” said stable spokesman Glenn Lobb. While beaten easily, there was plenty of merit in the performance of runner-up Doutelle, who came from last at the 400m. This was only his second start, so connections should have plenty to look forward to with him. BOY LOVES TO RUN was the second favorite, but favorite Theoneandonly ($2.80) was never a possibility in finishing fourth.


HAWKESBURY trainer Edward Cummings warmed up for a tilt at Saturday’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide with Arts by winning here with QUEENMAKER ($3 fav) – but he might not be the most popular with his trainer father Anthony. QUEENMAKER, a daughter of Tavistock, beat Cummings’ Snr’s horse Reginald ($4.40), and beat that horse decisively. Rider Sam Clipperton had QUEENMAKER away smartly and trailed front-runner Mayapple ($20) before taking over approaching the home turn. Her dominance was such that she had more than four lengths to spare at the post.  “She has been a bridesmaid a few more times than I would have liked,” Ed Cummings said, referring to his mare’s six second placings in her career. “The form around her has been good for a race like this. “Hopefully we can do the same in Adelaide on Saturday, but Arts won’t be ridden the same way as QUEENMAKER.” Clipperton felt his mount was going well enough to be competitive in a suitable Sydney race in the near future. Both Reginald and third placegetter Acceber ($4.80) found the line well enough even though they were never a chance of overhauling the winner.


CAPPELLETTI was the longest priced winner of the day at $7, and continued his consistent form this preparation. He has now won twice and been placed twice since resuming as a gelding, and there’s no reason he can’t win again soon. “He has always shown good ability, and is starting to put it all together,” co-trainer Sterling Alexiou said. “They paid big money for him ($725,000 as an Easter yearling two years ago), and it’s good to see they are now getting some returns.” Runner-up Principessa ($4 fav) looks capable of scoring at her next start. She has been placed at 10 of her 13 starts (one solitary win) and was having her first start since November. Principessa hit the line with purpose and looks like she will handle further ground, and third placegetter Grand Crusader ($) also ran home strongly. Jockey Regan Bayliss said Surf On Turf ($4.60) started to weaken passing the 400m, and was disappointing in the manner it finished the race. A subsequent vet examination did not reveal any abnormalities.


ZAC Lloyd was an odds-on favourite for the Jockeys’ Challenge before racing began, and everything was shipshape here. The young rider made it a double when the Godolphin colours saluted. Lloyd had SHIPSHAPE ($2.10) away smartly, dictated out in front and got a break on the point of home turn to leave his rivals chasing thin air. He scored easily from Nitride ($31), who finished gamely and the remarkable 12-year-old Isorich ($26) was third after being forced to race wide and running his heart out in the straight at his 155th start. Along with his 16 wins, he has also been placed on 37 occasions. “SHIPSHAPE is a very casual customer, hence the blinkers on him,” said stable spokesman Darren Beadman. Nitride was having his fourth start this campaign and is getting close to another win, whilst Kozluca ($26) finished determinedly and could pay to follow as he was resuming and can handle longer trips.


GARRY Frazer made it a treble for Hawkesbury trainers when the well-backed TOCOMAH ($3.90) saluted. As much as $10 was bet about him, and he did a good job to score under his 61kg at his first start in six months. “He bolted in with a Gosford Maiden at his second start, but we had plenty of issues with him after that,” Frazer said. “Thankfully, he is now the soundest he has ever been. I was a little concerned beforehand that the 1000m might be a trifle short, and that’s why you put the top jockeys on (Kerrin McEvoy had the mount).” Frazer gave credit to TOCOMAH, who carried a big weight and found plenty in the closing stages. Laroupe ($3.80 favorite) was one of the biggest tips of the day on the strength of a couple of good recent trials, but didn’t help her chances by beginning awkwardly and making contact with the offside barrier partition. In the circumstances, her performance was excellent, but nothing can be taken away from the winner, who conceded her a tidy 4.5kg. Fire And Ice ($8) hit the line nicely at his first start since November, and trainer Mark Minervini should be able to place him to advantage this campaign.



The Big Biig has certainly tested the patience of Warwick Farm trainer Lauri Parker.
The aptly named Adelaide gelding has always impressed Parker but it’s taken some time for his confidence to grow.
Parker has been waiting to stretch the four-year-old out over the 2100m and he gets his chance at Wyong on Thursday.
“I can’t wait to see how he goes over this distance,” she said. “I really think he wants this trip and hopefully I’m right.
“I’ve always had an opinion of him from day one, but he’s just needed time to mature. He’s such a big horse physically but mentally he’s very insecure. “It has certainly taken a while for the penny to drop but I think he is starting to work it all out now.”
The Big Biig finished fifth at his last start at Newcastle on April 23 over the 1850m and was doing his best work late.
“Jess (Taylor) rode him that day and agrees he wants more ground. She’ll be on him again at Wyong. It’s good to have a jockey who knows the horse. “I’ve had to be patient with him and am hoping that will pay off.”
It was Parker’s association with another Adelaide gelding, Torrens that resulted in her training The Big Biig.
Torrens had great success while under Parker winning four of his 11 starts including the Listed Tatts Cup, her biggest win to date.
“I was winning races with Torrens so the owners of The Big Biig decided to send him to me. It would be good if he can go on and win a few races.” Parker is also looking for improvement from her other runner Crowie’s Shout, in the 1200m Maiden.
The three-year-old son of Xtravagant lines up for his fifth career start, having finished well back when resuming over the 1000m at Nowra on April 9. “He’s been a frustrating horse as well,” Parker said. “He does have some ability, but he doesn’t handle race day pressure too well.
“He’s a lovely big strong horse and trialled well. If we can get him to put it all together race day, he’ll improve and the 1200m should suit.”
Parker, 42, juggles her small stable with raising her two-year-old daughter Indie.
The former jockey maintains a team of between eight and 12 horses and rides all her own work.
“It’s a struggle at times combining motherhood with the horses but Indie loves them as well. I like to be hands on and ride them work because you get a good feel for them.”
Race 1 – 12.30pm: HMA GROUP MAIDEN (1200m): 1 SILENT RAINDROPS, 2 Gustosisimo, 3 Parmenio, 4 Castlerosse.
Race 2 – 1.05pm: HMA INSTRUMENTATION PROVINCIAL 4YO&UP MAIDEN (1350m): 1 TWENYEIGHTDRAGONS, 2 Prize Tulip, 3 Ruby Flyer, 4 Cataratas.

Race 3 – 1.40pm: HMA POWER GENERATION MAIDEN (2100m): 1 AUNT ROBERTA, 2 Hardazhell, 3 Four O’clock Knock, 4 The Big Biig.
Race 4 – 2.20pm: HMA MATERIALS HANDLING MAIDEN (1600m): 1 BOY LOVES TO RUN, 2 Theoneandonly, 3 We Don’t Roam, 4 Walk Up Start.
Race 5 – 2.55pm: 1 QUEENMAKER, 2 Shooting Pasture, 3 Critical Time, 4 Acceber.
Race 6 – 3.35pm: HMA GEOTECHNICAL CLASS 1 (1200m): 1 GRAND CRUSADER, 2 Cappelletti, 3 Surf On Turf, 4 Free Enterprise.
Race 7 – 4.10pm: HMA WEAR SOLUTIONS BM64 (1350m): 1 SHIPSHAPE, 2 The Halo, 3 Takara Star, 4 Malabar.
Race 8 – 4.45pm: HMA GTECH CYCLONES BM64 (1000m): 1 TOCOMAH, 2 Wanaroo, 3 Deep Opinions, 4 Bayezid.

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Chad Schofield – Youthfull

SENIOR jockey Chad Schofield and star apprentice Zac Lloyd claimed doubles – but the track certainly earned plaudits as well. From a “Soft 5” morning rating, Racing NSW stewards downgraded it to a “Heavy 10” retrospective to the fourth race as consistent and at times heavy rain fell, but the eight-race card was able to be completed.

The fields weren’t big, but full marks to course manager Phill Robinson and his team.

Schofield scored on favourites Youthfull and Allasandra, and Lloyd, who goes from strength to strength, won on well-supported Diamond Blush and the day’s outsider Commander Bell. While she had only three rivals to beat, there was much to like about the debut of the Tracey Bartley-trained Chilada, who quickly took up the front in her race and won with seemingly plenty in hand. Bartley described her as a “city class filly”, so it will be interesting to gauge her future progress.


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Venetian Blue

FOLLOWING rain throughout the morning, the track was downgraded to a “Heavy 8” before the meeting began. The renowned Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott ball of muscle was again to the fore with $3 favourite VENETIAN BLUE, who broke through at her fifth start after being runner-up on three occasions. Jockey Regan Bayliss took the filly to the front and she had a comfortable run during transit before being strongly challenged on straightening by Ocean Honour ($7), who cruised up and looked certain to overhaul her. However, VENETIAN BLUE, a $320,000 Magic Millions yearling buy in 2021, would not surrender and toughed it out to the line to stall the runner-up’s challenge. The first two horses were sired by multiple Group 1 winner Merchant Navy, and Ocean Honour should not be long breaking through either. This was also his fifth start and his third this preparation. The $31 outsider Tina’s Rock made nice ground along the inside in the straight to finish third. 


PUNTERS were on good terms with themselves during the race with jockey Chad Schofield giving the $2.70 favourite YOUTHFULL a perfect run, one out and one back in harness racing parlance. But it proved to be a real struggle before they were able to collect. Schofield wisely made his move from the 800m to ensure locally-trained Dreamdeel ($2.90) did not get it all his own way up front – and just as well he did. YOUTHFULL took the entire length of the straight before just edging past Dreamdeel in the closing stages to give the daughter of So You Think the third win of her career. Leading Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup edged toward a half century of winners for the season, and opted to back up YOUTHFULL after she had run fourth at Newcastle yesterday week in a similar race over 1850m. She met Dreamdeel (second in the Newcastle race) 1kg better, and it was a telling factor in such a hard slog to the line. Into The Oblivion ($13) made a dash after straightening but was unable to pick up the first two and had to be content with third placing. As with the opening winner, YOUTHFULL also was purchased at the Magic Millions yearling sale at the Gold Coast, this time in 2020 for $375,000. She is a younger sister to 2018 Rosehill Guineas winner D’Argento. Sian (fourth) stood flatfooted and missed the start, and will have to trial to stewards’ satisfaction before being allowed to race again. 


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Diamond Blush

THIS result was never in doubt. Star apprentice Zac Lloyd took DIAMOND BLUSH ($4.20) to the front and the four-year-old daughter of Deep Field, whose stock are generally accomplished wet trackers, never gave her rivals a chance. She travelled strongly throughout, moved clear approaching the home turn and trounced her rivals. DIAMOND BLUSH was having her 13th start, and her young rider took any possible bad luck out of the equation to ensure she had the best opportunity to break through. She had been unplaced at her previous two starts, but revelled in the heavy ground. 

Kristen Buchanan’s Foxford Babe ($51) was making her debut and, although convincingly beaten, did a good job to finish second, belying her generous odds. Undoubtedly she can be placed to advantage to shed her maiden status in the near future. Turbo Charged ($5) finished third, whilst the $2.10 favourite Choice Legend was up on the pace, but was under pressure on the home turn and dropped out to finish last of the eight runners. Apprentice Jett Stanley told stewards his mount failed to handle the conditions.


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A further downgrade to a “Heavy 10” certainly didn’t affect the chances of Pride of Dubai three-year-old ALLASANDRA ($2.60 joint fav), who broke through at her ninth start. Jockey Chad Schofield, as he had done earlier on second race winner Youthfull, didn’t wait and began his run well before the home turn. ALLASANDRA looked a certain winner as she circled the field, but had to work hard to get the better of runner-up Willaidow ($5), who has continued to show improvement this preparation and didn’t give in without a fight. The other co-favorite Yamba’s Award appeared to travel well enough in the early and middle stages, but struggled down the running and finished a distant third.

ALLASANDRA had been placed on heavy ground as a two-year-old at Goulburn in May last year, and this race could hardly be described as the strongest of Maidens. In stark contrast to the first two winners and the third ($180,000 as a yearling), she was a “cheapie”, fetching a mere $4250 online in 2020 as a weanling.


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The downgrade to a “Heavy 10” precipitated a number of late withdrawals, and only four horses faced the starter here. It may not have mattered anyway how many faced the starter as well-supported first starter CHILADA ($2.35) made a mess of her three rivals. Local trainer Tracey Bartley was on track, recovering well from serious injuries sustained when kicked by a horse a few weeks back, and described the Pride OfDubai filly, who races in the iconic colours of the White family, as city class. “You wouldn’t normally run her on a such a heavy track, but she had a good grounding,” he said. “She is a really good filly who prepped up beautifully with two good trials (winning both at Gosford and on the Beaumont track). “It is an honour to train this filly for the White family.” Rider Jason Collett took CHILADA straight to the front, and she was never threatened. Surrenders ($1.75 favorite) tried hard but was no match for the impressive debutante, and Amadi ($8) was third.


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Jacquine Reward

IN front again was definitely the place to be. Alysha Collett made the running on JACQUINE REWARD ($6), who has a liking for a heavy track at Wyong. He had previously won a Class 1 Handicap (1200m) here in July, 2020 on a ‘Heavy 8’. JACQUINE REWARD was having his fifth start this preparation and clinched his second success and his fifth overall. It was hard going in the straight but he toughed it out to defeat the rising 13-year-old ISORICH ($14), who finished best of all and would have made matters interesting had the race been much further. The old warrior was having his 154thstart and is a credit to his Wyong trainer Wayne Seelin, who continues to keep him in such fine fettle. Oxford Tycoon ($3.50) had his chance before finishing third. Odds-on favorite Miss Fox ($1.85) was never in contention and was beaten a long way out. She tailed the field home in the six-horse field. Jockey Josh Parr told stewards the mare never travelled at any stage and failed to finish the race off.


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Beirut Miss

FAVOURITE backers were on the mark with BEIRUT MISS ($3.50) – but it was no gimme!  She was trapped wide early without cover and rider Sam Clipperton had to ease back to get a decent position before making a swooping run around the field. As with Allesandra earlier, BEIRUT MISS looked likely to win comfortably, but had to battle hard in the straight to overcome runner-up She’s Independent ($10). Taking into account she had 60kg and was conceding 5kg, it was a pretty tidy effort. A lightly-raced four-year-old mare, she has raced only eight times for two wins and three placings, so there appears no reason why she cannot show further improvement. The pair had the finish to themselves with third placegetter Impressive Lass ($4.60) more than two length astern. Hyacinth finished a distant last and her rider could not offer a plausible explanation for her failure.


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FOUR favourites and two second favorites had won leading up to the last and the longest-priced winner was $6. The seven-year-old gelding COMMANDER BELL gave bookmakers some relief when he finished best to score at $14 for local trainer Brett Partelle. Yet another good day for his young rider Zac Lloyd, who had five rides at the meeting for two wins and two placings. COMMANDER BELL had finished last at his previous start at Wyong a fortnight ago, but obviously relished the heavy ground. He had not won in nearly two years – and that was also on a heavy surface at Gosford in June, 2021. Just as $2.50 favourite Surfers Royale was being hailed the winner, COMMANDER BELL got him down. Jason Collett dropped his off-side rein on Surfers Royale 150m out, and regathered it a short time later. Josh Parr told stewards second favorite Skylight Song (5th at $2.60) struggled to run out a strong 1350m in such heavy conditions, and also felt he might be better suited with the addition of blinkers. Jutland bled from both nostrils.



In a decade long career racing’s ‘iron horse’ Isorich has always had a preference for his home track. 

In fact, the rising 13-year-old has won eight times at Wyong, half of his 16 career victories at the track and been placed on six occasions.

So, it’s no surprise trainer Wayne Seelin expects he can find his best in Thursday’s BM68 over the 1200m, his 154th start.

With his career now coming to an end another victory would mean the world to Seelin and owner Paul Watson. 

“He’s probably only got another couple of runs in him so a win would be great,” Seelin said. “It’s been a long preparation for him but there was no point spelling him at this stage, so I’ve been spacing his runs & freshening him up here and there.

“I’m not one of those people who need him to go out on a high, so if he won, he’d probably race again but it depends how he pulls up. We’re racing him because we enjoy it, so a couple more starts would be good but we’re taking it day by day.

Seelin said there are excuses for several of Isorich’s recent runs. 

He had to contend with an unsuitable heavy track at Taree in his latest outing on April 1 and was galloped on at Rosehill in a Midway on January 28. 

“There’s plenty of things in his favour on Thursday, he’s happy and I really think he will run well. 

“He likes the track and distance, so it looks a good race for him. He’s been working well so providing we don’t get any rain and he gets a bit of luck in running he’s a good chance.” 

A win would have a real Wyong flavour with Seelin engaging locally based apprentice Maddi Derrick.

“She can claim a couple of kilos and he generally races well for the apprentices.”

Isorich, who has amassed $815,000 in prizemoney, had his last win at Wyong on November 24 last year and was narrowly beaten on his home track a month later. 

Seelin also saddles up Flying Artie filly Kobold in the 1200m Fillies & Mares Maiden. 

“She’s still a fine little thing and needs to strengthen up, so I’ll probably spell her after this. In saying that she’s been working good and with the blinkers on I expect improvement but whether she’s up to some of these Sydney horses time will tell.”

The stable also has another veteran, nine-year-old Ondo Pasa who is fourth emergency in the 1350m F&M BM64. 

Seelin trains the mare for the late Stan Thomas, who’s partner Evelyn remains in the ownership.

“She’s been struggling a bit lately, so I’m not sure how long they’ll keep her racing, but in saying that if she gets a run and the rain comes it will help.”

The first of eight races on the club Members Day, gets underway at 12.30pm.


Race 1 – 12.30pm: PAVILION EVENTS CENTRAL COAST MAIDEN (1600m): 1 UNITED FRONT, 2 Yamba’s Award, 3 Star Legacy, 4 Venetian Blue.

Race 2 – 1.05pm: CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES BM64 (2100m): 1ITSAGOODDEEL, 2 Mirror Queen, 3 Dreamdeel, 4 Youthfull.

Race 3 – 1.40pm: DE BORTOLI F&M MAIDEN (1200m): 1 CHOICE LEGEND, 2 Agnodice, 3 Foxford Babe, 4 Turbo Charged.

Race 4 – 2.20pm: MAGIC MILLIONS MIDWAY MAIDEN (1350m): 1 SUPREME WIND, 2 Gold Something, 3 Yamba’s Award, 4 Doraskaya.

Race 5 – 2.55pm: TAB.COM.AU MAIDEN (1100m): 1 SURRENDERS, 2 Chilada, 3 Salaasel, 4 Alegna.

Race 6 – 3.35pm: EARLY BIRD MEMBERSHIP $55 PROVINCIAL BM68 (1200m): 1 FIVE CROWNS, 2 Princess Amira, 3 Oxford Tycoon, 4 Jacquine Reward.

Race 7 – 4.10pm: WYONG’S NEXT COCKTAIL PARTY – SATURDAY JULY 15 – BO0K NOW F&M BM64 (1350m):1 RESISTIBLE, 2 Takara Star, 3 Seany’s Girl, 4 Starstruck Barbie.

Race 8 – 4.50pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING – THURSDAY APRIL 27 CG&E BM64 (1350m): 1 SKYLIGHT SONG, 2 Buillt, 3 Surfers Royale, 4 Strombus.



A race to race double to Damien Lane was fitting on a day paying tribute to our talented Wyong trainers. 

Lane ended a run of outs with Oakfield Twilight taking out the 1350m BM68 & Princess Amira winning the 1100m BM64.

Doubles were the flavour of the afternoon with Mark Newnham training two winners Skylight Song and Street Gossip, while both Josh Parr and Tom Sherry bagged doubles. 

There were some impressive winners with the Snowden trained Gilmore breaking her maiden by more than five lengths and Gary Portelli’s Itsagooddeel revelling in his first attempt over the 2100m to win by three lengths. 

Race 1 – WYONG TRAINERS – CONTRIBUTING MORE THAN JUST WINNERS MAIDEN(1000m): The Snowden trained Gilmore put her rivals to bed with a dominant win in her fourth career start.

A $200k Magic Millions filly by Flying Artie, Gilmore had two starts in her first preparation, and was spelled following a fourth at Canterbury. 

She was runner up when resuming at Hawkesbury after racing greenly in the straight but showed none of those characteristics in her Wyong win. 

Josh Parr led from barrier to post, drawing away in the finals stages to post a five-length victory. 

“Josh took her to the front and took all the bad luck out of the equation,” stable representative Colin McCullagh said. “It was good to see her finish off the way she did. I think it’s been a maturity thing with her. She was in a rush to do things last preparation, but Peter & Paul gave her time to get her to mature physically and mentally and it’s paid off in spades. 

“We’ll get her back to town know where she belongs.”

Gilmore earned plenty of supper and was sent out $1.60 favourite She beat the Damien Lane trained Alegna ($16), with Sumo Star ($7.50) from the Portelli stable third.


An early double to Josh Parr and another favourite greets the judge, with the Mark Newnham trained Skylight Song too strong for his opposition. 

The son of Your Song was resuming from a spell, having run three seconds in his previous six starts. 

Parr engaged similar tactics to the first race, sitting just outside the early leader Twilight Rock. He hit the lead on straightening and was able to hold out the fast-finishing Star Legacy, to win by almost a length. 

Newnham has always had a good opinion of Skylight Song, but said he needed time to mature. 

“He needed to grow up mentally. He’s always been a terrific style of a horse who has shown above average ability, but he didn’t have a killer punch. He did today and was able to put them away.

“It was good to see him get the job done and hopefully there are many more wins to come.”

Newnham has had a long association with owner Frank Mittiga, having ridden his first horse for him as an owner.

Skylight Song started $1.90 fav, with the runner up Star Legacy from the Portelli stable ($8.50) & Bjorn Baker’s Twilight Rock ($7), third.


Tom Sherry was full of praise for the Paul Perry trained Angara following the Frankel gelding’s debut win. 

There was plenty of late support for the three-year-old who was backed in from $6 to $4 favourite. 

Punters weren’t disappointed, with Sherry sweeping down the outside on Angara to nab a narrow victory on the line. 

Sherry had settled the gelding toward the rear of the field early, taking him to the outside on straightening. 
It was a race in two in the final stages, with Yamba’s Award ($4.80) fighting on strongly, but Angara gained ascendency on the line to win by a short half head. 

“He’s a lovely horse,” Sherry said after the race. “He didn’t show a lot of gate speed and I had to get up him to keep him in touch with them. It was a nice race for him today and he will improve immensely from that. I think he’ll be a lovely miler.”

A $130k Magic Millions yearling, Angara is raced in partnership by Perry, with Frank and Christine Cook.

Allan Kehoe’s Gold Something ($18) was third, after leading for much of the race.


A patient ride by gun apprentice Tyler Schiller helped secure victory for the Gary Portelli trained Itsagooddeel ($7).

Schiller, who had a wall of horses in front of him on the turn, waited until they fanned and was able to get a dream run along the rails. He sped away over the last 50m to win by more than three lengths. 

The son of Dundeel was having his first attempt at the 2100m and relished the extra ground. 

“We’ve been really keen to get him up in trip but had to be patient,” stable representative James Fartherssaid. “We were thrilled to get the reward today and great for the connections Elite Thoroughbreds.

“It was a fantastic ride by Tyler. He gave him every opportunity to put his best foot forward.”

There was no such luck for the O’Shea trained favourite Aunt Roberta ($2.10), who was slow to start, raced ungenerously and knocked up to finish third following a sustained run. 

The Kearney trained Hardazhell ($26) was an eye-catcher, coming from last on the turn to finish second. 

Race 5 – DAMIEN LANE RACING CLASS 1 (1600m):

Mark Newnham has a good opinion of his filly Street Gossip ($2.70), who proved too strong in her first run over the mile. 

The three-yar-old by So You Think, a $140k Magic Millions yearling, had previously won over the 1200m at Warwick Farm and was coming off a fifth on the Kensington track over 1400m. 

Newnham removed the earmuffs for the Wyong race with the desired result, the filly pinging the gates and enabling Sherry to take a sit just off the speed. 

Despite being wayward on the turn, she managed to pull away from her rivals in the straight and win by more than a length. 

“She’s always been a nice filly but has taken a while to come together. I think she’s got a bright future. She’s always had above average talent and I thought she’d get to a fairly good grade.”

Queenmaker ($3.60) trained by Edward Cummings was second, over the Portelli trained Regal Inheritance ($6.50) who was doing her best work on the line. 


An upset by the Mark Connors trained Vandelay Style ($13), who ran down the favourite on the line to bring up her second career win. 

The $15,000 Magic Millions yearling is proving to be somewhat of a bargain buy, with more than $45,000 in prizemoney to date and the trainer expecting more wins to come for the four-year-old.

She was well ridden by Reece Jones who settled her to the rear of the field, coming from behind on the turn to overhaul the favourite on the line by a narrow margin. 

It was a pickup ride for Jones after Brock Ryan was indisposed. 

Connors said it had been a stop/start career for the Vandelay Style. 

“She has given us a lot of trouble back home but has come back bigger and better than ever,” he said. “Credit to the staff, especially Mikayla Young who rides her in all her work and got her to where she is today. She’s a lovely big strong mare and I think they further they go the better she will get.”

Michael Freedman’s $2.70 favourite looked to have the race one before Vandelay Style appeared from the pack. Lehndorff ($3.80) trained by Mark Newnham was third.

Race 7 – KIM WAUGH RACING MIDWAY BM68 (1350m):

Damien Lane’s eight-year-old Oakfield Twilight returned to form to bring up his eighth career win ending a frustrating run of outs for the stable. 

The Zoffany gelding was having his 56th career start and given a peach of a ride by Brad Rawiller. 

Despite drawing the outside barrier, Rawiller was able to cross and eventually get a soft lead in front. He drew away on the turn and kicked to score by two and a half lengths. 

Lane said it was good to get back on the board with a win. 

“We’ve had a frustrating run without much luck and its good to finally get a win. Brad rode him a treat. He likes to get in front dictating and that’s what he did. He’s been a super horse for Bruce (McKenzie) and me. He might be past his best, but he’s still got a few wins in him.”

Oakfield Twilight ($5.50) beat Clarry Connors $3.40 favourite Peace Officer, with Impressive Lass ($7) trained by Clare Collett, third. 

Race 8 – WYONG’S NEXT MEETING – APRIL 20, 2023 BM64 (1100m):

It was a race to race double for Damien Lane with his five-year-old Princess Amira ($13) edging out another local on the line, Rodney Bailey’s Mr Bingo. 

The win came as a bit of a surprise for Lane who had expected she would need more time. 

“She trialled super the other day, but I was surprised who forward she was today,” Lane said. 

“Her first preparation for us was really good but she didn’t com e up last prep. She seems to have come back really well this time. It’s funny you can’t get a winner and then get two in a row,” Lane said. “It’s always good to get a win on the home track and hopefully the luck has changed and we’re on for a good period.”

Princess Amira, ridden by Jenny Duggan, brought up her third win at start 15, with five minor placings. 

She beat Mr Bingo ($16) by a nose, with Cappelllettii ($6) from the Ryan/Alexiou stable third. 




On a race day paying tribute to Wyong’s talented training pool, it would be fitting if the longest serving local Rodney Bailey could taste success. 

Bailey saddles up two runners at Thursday’s Wyong Trainers Race Day, last start winner Aussie Lindberg and progressive four-year-old Mr Bingo and expects both to race well. 

With only a small team in work, Bailey is enjoying one of his better seasons and is confident both his runners on Thursday will go on to win more races. 

Aussie Lindberg (pictured) broke through for his Maiden victory over the 1600m at Gosford on March 16 in his 17th start for the stable, with three previous placings. 

Bailey said he had been “a work in progress” and had needed time to improve his racing style. 

“I always knew he had ability, but he was over-racing badly in his runs. We had to be patient and take him back in races to teach him not to pull too hard,” he said. 

“He’s in his second prep for me now and is finally getting it together. 

“We brought him online in 2021 and he’s owned by family and friends. Fortunately, they’ve allowed me to take my time with him and that paid off when he won last start. They were very excited, and all won on the day.”

The Proisir five-year-old, originally with the Bjorn Baker stable, has had 22 starts for a win and his three placings. 

Bailey paid $6000 for the gelding & is hoping to add to the $40,000 plus prizemoney he has pocketed for connections when he starts in Thursday’s 16000m Class 1. 

“He certainly hasn’t gone backwards since his Gosford win. A wet track won’t worry him if the rain keeps coming and Grant Buckley will ride him again.”

Bailey is also keen on the chances of Mr Bingo, who has had two wins and two placings since joining the stable in September last year. 

The Hong Kong based-owner George Ma, who has been a client of Bailey’s since 2004, bred the Deep Field four-year-old. 

“He won first up for me and has been racing really well ever since. His last run at Hawkesbury was good finishing second over the 1100m.

“He’s in the same grade and over the same distance at Wyong which will suit, and I don’t think a rain affected train will worry him either. 

“Maddi Derrick has ridden him well in his last two starts and she’s on him again.”

Bailey, who recently turned 60, has around six horses in his name and works side by side with his son Callum, who has a pre-training and breaking-in business, from the family property just five minutes from the Wyong track. 

“He does a great job and I’m proud of him. He helps me out and a lot of the Wyong trainers. I’m the third generation of my family involved in racing so it’s no surprise Callum went down the same path.”

Fellow Wyong trainers Amanda Davis, Damien Lane, Brett Partelle, Allan Kehoe, Kristen Buchananm Kim Waugh, Tracey Bartley and John Cooper all saddle up runners at the meeting. 

The first of eight races gets underway at 12.50pm, with the track currently rated a Heavy 8.


Race 1 – 12.50pm: WYONG TRAINERS – CONTRIBUTING MORE THAN JUST WINNERS MAIDEN (1000M): 1 GILMORE, 2 Sumo Star, 3 Provencal, 4 Alegna.

Race 2 – 1.25pm: SARA RYAN RACING MAIDEN (1350m): 1 TWILIGHT ROCK, 2 Fiancetto, 3 Gulf Of Panama, 4 Star Legacy.

Race 3 – 2.05pm: ALLAN KEHOE RACING PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1350m): 1 BEETSON, 2 Single Shot, 3 Yamba’s Award, 4 United Front.

Race 4 – 2.40pm: TRACEY BARTLEY RACING MAIDEN (2100m): 1 AUNT ROBERTA, 2 Rapid Impact, 3 Iberian Ruler, 4 The Golden Rule.


Race 6 – 3.55pm: KRISTEN BUCHANAN OWNERS LOUNGE CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 FLYING DESTINY, 2 Warby, 3 Jovita, 4 King Adviso.

Race 7 – 4.35pm: KIM WAUGH RACING MIDWAY BM68 (1350m): 1 WRATHFUL, 2 Surfers Royale, 3 The Empire, 4 Starstruck Barbie.

Race 8 – 5.10pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING – THURSDAY APRIL 20 BM64 (1100m): 1 ONCE AGAIN MY GIRL, 2 Cappelletti, 3 Passistas, 4 Time For Victory.



Tracey Bartley is the first to admit he’s a very lucky man. 

The Wyong-based trainer is recovering at home after spending the past two weeks in hospital being treated for serious injuries he sustained after being kicked by a horse. 

Bartley received life threatening internal injuries and underwent five procedures during his time at Royal North Shore Hospital to control bleeding to his spleen, liver and kidneys. 

He was in intensive care for the majority of his stay in hospital and while he expects to make a full recovery, he knows it’s a long road ahead. 

“I’m just very weak and I have to take it slow and steady,” he said. “I’m lucky because they were able to save all my organs and in time I will be back to normal. 

“For now, I’m watching from the sidelines which is very frustrating when you’re used to being on the go all the time. I walked down the back to feed one yesterday and I was exhausted, so I know I’ve got to take my time.”

Bartley was rugging horses in a paddock behind his home on March 19 when he was kicked by his mare Compassionate. 

“She didn’t mean to kick me. There was a horse in between us and it moved so she got me,” he said. 

“I saw a bright light and went down. I must have fainted and when I came too I was able to get myself from the yard to the lawn.

“The pain was incredible and then I had to crawl towards the house to try and call out.

Bartley’s wife Tracy heard moaning and found him badly injured on the lawn, his effort to get to the house likely to have saved his life. 

“I crawled around 100 metres, but I knew I had to get help. If there had been no-one home, I don’t know what would havehappened.

“It was mayhem when I got to hospital. I was bleeding internally but they got the job done down there. It’s amazing what they can do and what the body can do.

“I’m not in too much pain now and it’s just a matter of resting and getting my energy back.”

Bartley is hoping a win by his mare Sebrenco in Saturday’s Polytrack Provincial-Midway Championship Final will be a great tonic. 

“She loves the wet and is a true miler. It will be like a 1600m race if the track is heavy and that will really suit her.”

Bartley won’t be trackside at Randwick, leaving the training duties to Tracy, but has booked a hotel in Sydney for hopefully a quite celebration. 

The family will then have a holiday in Fiji.

“I think in a fortnight or so I should be back at the track. Not doing anything physical but just sitting watching the horseswork. Our staff have been really good but there’s nothing like having your eyes on them. 

“People have been very supportive since the accident. Racing is a great industry and I’ve been around a long time. You really realise how good it is when something like this happens.”