Denim Wynen kicked off the Central Coast Clubs NSW Race Day in the best possible way with a win for the locals. 

Wynen’s consistent filly Emphatic Bel broke through for a well-deserved victory in the 1100m 3YO Maiden, having finished second over the same distance and track at her previous start on June 1. 

The filly drifted in the betting to start at $8, with plenty of support for the minor placegetters Amberina & Magnatear ($2.20fav).

Serg Lisnyy gave Emphatic Bel the perfect ride going head-to-head with Amberina down the straight. He was able to lift her on the line earning plenty of praise from Wynen. 

“That’s the way to ride her and Serg did it really well,” she said. “I was very confident coming into today and felt she would race well.”


John Cooper was the second of the local brigade to taste success, with Anansi causing an upset in the 21000m Class 1 & Maiden returning upwards of $100.

Cooper purchased the son of American Pharoah for just $22,000 in July last year and he had only been placed once for his new owner in his 10 previous starts. 

But all was forgiven when the four-year-old put his best foot forward on his home track, collecting prizemoney of $21,000 for his efforts. 

Cooper said he had been confident when Jay Ford was able to get him to the outside in the final stages. 

“He’s pretty dour and if he gets held up, he loses his rhythm, and it all goes out the window. He got clear running today and got the job done.”

Anansi got the bob on the line over Kerry Parker’s short priced favourite Acceber, with Cooper admitting he had also backed the winner. 


It was finally pay day for Mr Kennedy, the Fastnet Rock gelding breaking through in the 1100m 4YO & Up Maiden. 

It had been a real journey for Richard Litt’s lightly raced six-year-old, who had an early preparation in Hong Kong before returning to Sydney. 

He had been placed on five occasions leading into the Wyong race where he was able to put them away courtesy of a well rated, front running ride by Josh Parr. 

Litt expects the $1.8m yearling will go on to win more races after taking confidence from the victory. 


A plan by David Pfieffer and Jay Ford came to fruition when well-bred Pierro gelding Lysander broke through in the 1350m Maiden. The pair wanted to roll forward to overcome a wide barrier and Ford was able to do just that and gain a soft lead which he maintained throughout. 

Pfieffer expects Lysander, a $180,000 Magic Millions yearling raced by Waratah Thoroughbreds, to get over more ground. 


He was equally excited about the prospects of his smart Capitalist filly Angel Fund who brought up her second win from just three starts in the 1100m Class 1 with Jason Collett in the saddle. 

The Capitalist filly was coming off a last start victory at Gosford when resuming over 1000m on March 25. 

Pfieffer plans to keep Angel Fund over the shorter distances this time in and see where she takes then in following preparations. 


Bokuden didn’t waste any time creating an impression for his new stable, the Deep Impact colt taking out the 1350m BM64 for Peter and Paul Snowden ridden by Sam Clipperton. 

A Deep Impact colt, Bokuden joined the Snowden stable after spending his first preparation in Queensland where he was placed once on the Sunshine Coast from his three starts.

He has trialled twice for the Snowden’s before taking out a 1200m Maiden at Kembla over 1200m on May 23, making it back-to-back wins at Wyong.

Stable representative Colm McCullough said they had always had a good opinion of the colt, who they expected to get out in distance.  Kristen Buchanan’s Big Happiness was the runner-up and looks primed for a win.


It was an excited Molly Bourke returned to scale in the 1600m BM64 after bringing up her first win for new boss John O’Shea. 

Bourke, who still claims 3kg on the Provincial circuit, rode Irish import Awesome Wonder to her third career win from 14 starts. 

Bourke was able to avoid the significant interference in the final stages by taking the four-year-old to the outside to win by almost a length. 

“I’m very grateful for the opportunities the stable has given me,” Bourke said, “and so good to get a winner.”


Another apprentice Jett Stanley partnered Annabel Neasham’s Jamrock to victory in the 1600m Maiden. 

The Pierro gelding posted the most impressive win of the day, blitzing his opposition by nearly five lengths. 

Stewards adjourned an inquiry into the circumstances of a fall in the third race which saw Jeff Penza fall from Prize Tulip, suffering a broken collar bone.

Deanne Payna was suspended from June 26 to June 29 after pleading guilty to careless riding on Eve ‘N’ Ruby in the last, while fellow rider Keagan Latham pleaded guilty to the same charge in the same race on his mount Duke Of Gordon and suspended from June 25 to June 30.

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GROUP 1 winning trainer Nick Olive was based at Canberra the last time he had a runner at Wyong.

And whilst he has since shifted camp to Queanbeyan, he is hoping for a similar result tomorrow with his first starter at the Provincial track in nearly two and a half years.

The pacy Proud Mia (now retired) was Olive’s last Wyong representative when she led throughout, with apprentice Tyler Schiller on board, in a Benchmark 64 Handicap (1000m) on January 24, 2021.

He won’t be relying on speed this time when Invincible Dash lines up in a similar Benchmark 64, but over 1600m, in the Clubs NSW Central Coast Region sponsored event.

Olive began training at Canberra with a few horses in 2000 before setting up his own stabling operation in 2005, and was there until last spring when, tired of the ACT Government’s apparent lack of interest in the industry along with burgeoning workers’ compensation costs, upped stumps and moved to Queanbeyan.

“We have settled in well; I’m glad I made the move,” Olive said last night.

“I’m looking forward to having another runner at Wyong.

“Whilst I haven’t had many starters there over the years, I did have a few who ran in the Magic Millions races there leading up to the big meeting at the Gold Coast.”

One of those was Single Gaze, who ran a close third to Zoutenant in the 2014 Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1100m) at only her second start, before finishing third in the Gold Coast MM Classic (1200m) the following month.

Single Gaze on debut had beaten six rivals to land a 2YO Plate (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on November 1, 2014 when an $81 rank outsider.

The bonny mare at the same track the following season presented her trainer with a Group 1 breakthrough in the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), and was runner-up no less than six times in Group 1 and 2 features, including the 2017 Caulfield Cup.

Connections parted company with the mare to Japanese breeding interests in 2018 when they were made an offer too good to refuse.

Olive celebrated his transfer to Queanbeyan by landing the Cup (2000m) there last November with Invincible Dash, and got a pleasant surprise when he scored first-up with 60.5kg in a 1200m Handicap at Parkes on May 14.

“He had been working well, but had never won first-up before and obviously the distance was short of his best,” Olive said.

“I’m really happy with how he has progressed since, and the 1600m at Wyong is more to his liking.

“We’re going from country to provincial company, but if he gets the race run to suit, he can definitely be competitive.”

Invincible Dash was a $170,000 yearling purchase in 2018 and was a member of a leading Sydney stable before joining Olive’s team in late 2020.

He is planning to chase further country Cups with the gelding this preparation, but feels the $3m The Big Dance (1600m) at Royal Randwick in November might be beyond his limit.

The I Am Invincible six-year-old ran 11th in last year’s $500,000 The Little Dance (1600m) on the same program before winning the Queanbeyan Cup two starts later.

Though his Wyong rider Jeff Penza hasn’t won on Invincible Dash, he has partnered him in two 1600m events, finishing third at Dubbo in September 2021 and fourth at Canberra last November; a week before the gelding backed up and won the Queanbeyan Cup, ridden by Brendan Ward.

Trainer Richard Litt has opted for blinkers again on MrKennedy (Josh Parr) in the Club Terrigal Midway 4YO&Up Maiden Plate (1100m) in a bid to hoist him into the winning list.

The Fastnet Rock six-year-old was a $1.8m yearling purchasein 2018, and has raced only seven times for five placings.

He has been runner-up at his last three appearances since joining Litt’s Warwick Farm team; the latest when a $1.35 hotpot in a similar race at Gosford a week ago.

Hawkesbury trainer Claire Lever has withdrawn dual venue acceptor Luai from the Kensington meeting today in favour of a Wyong engagement in the Ettalong Diggers 3YO Maiden Handicap (1100m), and Kathy O’Hara will ride him.

Luai is going back to where he began his career a fortnight ago, when third to Orlabent in an 1100m Provincial Maiden.

With both Spicy Hotpot (Sara Ryan) and Bubba’s Bay (Kris Lees) starting on the Kensington track today, the field for tomorrow’s Munmorah United Bowling Club Class 1 Handicap (1100m) will be reduced to six.

One of the more interesting runners at the meeting will be Hawkesbury three-year-old Highway Patrol, who has won both his home track trials on May 8 and 22 and is favorite for the Wyong Leagues Club Group Maiden Plate (1350m).

Trainer Ed O’Rourke has decided to use a lugging bit on the gelding, who was withdrawn from engagements at Dubbo last Friday and again on his home track two days later.

. The eight-race program begins at 12.05pm. The rail is in the TRUE position, and a “Soft 7” rating was posted this morning, with a “Heavy 8” in the chute between the 1350m and 1000m.


RACE 1 – 12.05pm: ETTALONG DIGGERS 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP, 1100m: 1 MAGNATEAR, 2 Amberina, 3 Emphatic Bel, 4 Luai.

RACE 2 – 12.40pm: WYONG LEAGUES CLUB GROUP MAIDEN PLATE, 1350m: 1 HIGHWAY PATROL, 2 Huracanevo, 3 Skyhawk, 4 Dapper Dancer.

RACE 3 – 1.20pm: CLUB TERRIGAL MIDWAY 4YO&UP MAIDEN PLATE, 1100m: 1 COUNTER MOVE, 2 MrKennedy, 3 Lord Bob, 4 Prize Tulip.

RACE 4 – 1.55pm: MINGARA RECREATION CLUB PROVINCIAL CLASS 1/MAIDEN PLATE, 2100m: 1 ACCEBER, 2 Special Day, 3 El Bravo, 4 Semper Fortis.

RACE 5 – 2.35pm: COASTLINE CLEANING & MAINTENANCE MAIDEN HANDICAP, 1600m: 1 OCCHIATA, 2 The Professor, 3 Jamrock, 4 Our Kinsmen.

RACE 6 – 3.10pm: MUNMORAH UNITED BOWLING CLUB CLASS 1 HANDICAP, 1100m: 1 ANGEL FUND, 2 Mount Warning, 3 Ringdembells, 4 Sir Kerm. 

RACE 7 – 3.50pm: BELLA GROUP BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP, 1350m: 1 EDGE OF REWARD, 2 Bokuden, 3 Victory Salute, 4 Lord Heron.

RACE 8 – 4.25pm: CLUBS NSW CENTRAL COAST REGION BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP, 1600m: 1 INVINCIBLE DASH, 2 Trust The Process, 3 Roccaforte, 4 Mr Severino.

Resignation of General manager

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Robin Taylor – General Manager, Wyong Race Club

Robin Taylor has announced his resignation from the position of General Manager at Wyong Race Club this week. He will be taking on the role of General Manager of Forster- Tuncurry Golf Club.

The Board, while disappointed to lose Robin, acknowledge that the opportunity presented to him was a great fit for him personally and professionally and wish him all the best for the future. Robin has guided the organisation extremely well through a difficult operating environment over the past three years and has been instrumental in advancing many of the strategic initiatives the Board has sought to undertake during his tenure as General Manager at Wyong Race Club.

Robin has expressed his gratitude to the Club for allowing him to lead the business through what has been an unprecedented trading environment over the past four years. He acknowledges the support of his team, industry peers, and stakeholders in negotiating the challenges of COVID-19 and the tough trading period that has followed.

He expressed the hope that race clubs will be able to put the recent challenges behind them and be able to pursue the more positive agenda of developing enticing racing events and reliable alternate revenues streams, making race clubs sustainable enterprises that are valued and acknowledged by their local communities for their positive contribution to society.

To minimise the probable transition period, the race club will commence the recruitment process for their next General Manager in the next two weeks. Robin will remain as General Manager of the Club until Wednesday 26th July. If a successor has not been appointed at that time, management responsibilities will be allocated to the Club’s Management Team, with the Chairman John Waghorn assuming executive oversight during any transition period.

John Waghorn

Chairman, Wyong Race Club

Bullock steals the show

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The State’s leading jockey Aaron Bullock put on a master class at Wyong’s Winter Race Day combining with Mark Minervini to take out the 1350m BM64 on Star Impact and Fire And Ice in the 1100m BM68. 

The pair have become a formidable combination in recent months, with Bullock riding five winners and four placings for the Minervini stable from just 10 starters. 

His Wyong double took his tally for the season to 148, with James McDonald second on 110.

Minervini is also enjoying his best season in recent years with 21 winners to date, five of those in the past four days. 

He was thrilled with the Wyong double and full of praise for Bullock. 

“You always go to these meetings with plenty of hope, but it doesn’t often happen, so to train a double was great. We are still pinching ourselves to be honest,” he said. 

“It’s great to have Aaron on board. He’s riding with so much confidence at the moment and is very focused. He rode my first winner for me when we came over from Adelaide.

“I’ve given him a few rides recently and we’ve just gelled together, so I hope it keeps going.

“It’s taken us a while to get established since moving to Newcastle. It’s a big job and if I’d realised how long I would have taken I probably wouldn’t have done it. We’re over the moon now and hopefully the future is only going to get better.”

Young guns Tyler Schiller, Dylan Gibbons and Jett Stanley weren’t to be denied, assisting their respective mounts to victory. 

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Comeback jockey Adam Hyeronimus couldn’t hide his delight, returning to scale after booting home Notabadone for Jim and Greg Lee. 

Hyeronimus was sidelined for two years and four months by stewards for betting offences, returned to the saddle on May 26 and has already ridden a winner. He was having his first ride back at Wyong and his only ride for the day. 

Hyeronimus, was keen to partner Notabadone, the $2.10 favourite narrowly beaten at his last start at Nowra on May 21. 

The Group 1 winning jockey, who spent much of his time while suspended working as a tree lopper, said he had expected the slower tempo in the 1350m 4YO & Up Maiden would suit Notabadone.

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Gibbons combined with his boss Kris Lees to take out the 1100m Provincial Maiden with three-year-old Orlabent. The short-priced favourite didn’t disappoint winning by more than two lengths and looks headed for bigger things. The victory took Gibbons to 90.5 in the Apprentice’s Premiership, giving him a narrow 1.5 lead over Tyler Schiller.

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A patient ride by Schiller in the 1600m Maiden resulted in a significant form reversal by Doutelle. Matthew Smith’s Olympic Glory three-year-old was beaten more than 10 lengths at his last start at Kembla but was able to turn that around, courtesy of Schiller, in the 1600m Maiden. 

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Stanley continued a great run since moving north riding the Maher Eustace trained Windshadow home in the 1350m CG&E BM64. After being purchased as a $900,00 Magic Millions yearling, the four-year-old was on sold to the current owner Maree Anderson for just $22,500, his Wyong win taking his prizemoney to date to almost $70,000. 

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John Thompson had planned to send his well-bred filly California Grass north for the Group 1 Queensland Oaks but she came up as fourth emergency he opted for the Wyong race. 

And she didn’t disappoint, putting more than four lengths on her rivals in the 2100m Class 1 and Maiden, with Keagan Latham in the saddle. The Al Maher three-year-old was coming off a last start Newcastle win over 2300m and looks destined to go on to bigger things. 

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Well-bred Written Tycoon colt Mafia will likely head back to Metropolitan grade on the strength of his debut win in the 1000m Maiden. Snowden’s $850,000 colt was resuming from a spell and the win never looked in doubt. Stable representative Colm McCullagh said Mafia had always shown plenty of ability but had taken plenty of time to mature. Chad Schofield was the winning rider. 

*Pics Steve Hart Photographics*