Kristen Buchanan celebrataed a win at yesterday’s BJ Howes Race Day and very nearly a race to race double, while several runners are Metro bound after impressing with their Wyong wins.

It was a #teamwyong victory in the 1600m LINCOLN ELECTRIC CLASS 1 that had us cheering with Kristen Buchanan’s Gardenzio getting the job done courtesy of a great front running ride by Anna Roper. 

Roper showed why she is one of the State’s leading apprentices, rating Gardenzio perfectly in front, before kicking clear in the straight to score a two length win.

The stable was almost celebrating a quinella after stable mate Silent Russian, having his first start for Buchanan, finished third. 

An improvement in racing manners paved the way for Gardenzio’s return to the winner’s circle. 

“He was very calm, cool and relaxed today. He can be a bit wayward but put it all together and got the job done. He’s a nice horse who keeps improving.”

The win was Buchanan’s 14th for the current season.

Richard Litt denied Buchanan of a race to race double when Bo Katan ran down Kervette on the line to take out the LEVELMASTER MAIDEN over 1300m.

Litt has a good opinion of the Impending gelding, who brought up his debut win at start four, with two minor placings. 

“We’ll take him to town now and I expect him to be very competitive. He’ll get out to the mile and further and just get better and better.”

Litt congratulated owners Monarch Racing Syndications, a relative newcomer to the game, on their second winner.

Nathan Doyle’s Rush Hour is another talented horse who will likely target the metropolitan circuit following his dominant win in the COREGAS MIDWAY CLASS 1 over 1200m.

A $130k Magic Millions yearling, the son of Russian Revolution scored his second victory from just four starts. 

Apprentice Ben Osmond rated the colt well on the speed, giving him a mid-race breather, before putting paid to his rivals in the straight. 

“He was too classy for them today,” Doyle said.  “He has showed us a lot from day dot and has plenty of ability. He has better things in store than a class 1 at Wyong but it was good to see him back.”

Rush Hour’s other win came in the $500k Magic Millions 2Y0 Debut in January last year. 

Kim Waugh’s last start winner River Pat ran a credible second. 

It was one way traffic in the opener, the 1100m INSURANCE HOUSE F&M MAIDEN, with John O’Shea’s promising filly Cross Your Heart going one better than her last start Wyong second. 

The Deep Field three-year-old, a $280k Magic Millions yearling, was given a strong ride by Tyler Schiller, who took her to the outside on straightening and sped away for a convincing win. 

Cross Your Heart is raced by an all-female syndicate a number from Torryburn Stud, many who were trackside to cheer her home. 

The runner-up My Kee finished strongly and looks to be wanting more ground. 

It wasn’t as cut and dried for Detundu who looked to have broken through for his first win in the 1100m COMMSYS CG&E MAIDEN before Joe Pride’s Eastern Front had other ideas

The $1.50 favourite Detundu shook off Luna Field in the final 200m and looked to have the race run won before Eastern Front stormed home to claim victory. 

Even the trainer had doubts when the Russian Revolution was lengths behind the leaders on straightening. 

Under strong riding by Sam Clipperton he snatched victory on the line, with Pride believing there is more improvement to come. 

“I thought he had a real task ahead coming around the corner, but he got the job done,” he said. “He’ll have a break now and when he comes back, I think we’ll have a really nice horse.”

Kerry Parker’s Tom Cruising was a well-deserved winner in the INFRABUILD PROVINCIAL MAIDEN over 1600m.

A strong ride by Lee Magorrian helped secure success for the American Pharoah three-year-old who was having his fifth start and earned strong support to start a $3.30 favourite.

“He knuckled down really good today,” Parker said. “He’s been racing terrific and was in the right race today. He still needed luck in running but with the help of Lee was able to pick himself up when the gap appeared and hit the line. 

“He’s a relaxed customer and I think he will get over more ground.”

The fast-finishing Piplup, who had a chequered run to the line, is worth following. 

It was a case of catch me if you can for Barry’s Lawrence’s Take The Jackpot and nobody could, with the Casino Prince five-year-old too strong in the 1350m BJ HOWES METALAND CONDITIONAL BM68.

Kacie Adams gave the gelding a great front running ride and was able to hold out the challengers giving Take The Jackpot his second win at start nine. 

Annabel Neasham’s $3.10 favourite Mickey’s Medal had to wait for a split in the straight and stormed home to finish second, a half-length behind the winner. 

Angara’s win looked never in doubt in the MECHPRO SOLUTIONS AU BM 64 over 1100m.

Trained by Paul Perry, the Frankel gelding brought up his third win, courtesy of a clever ride by Andrew Adkins.

He took full advantage of the inside gate, saving ground throughout, before kicking away in the final stages to win by two lengths. 

“We knew he would appreciate the drying track and that’s how things worked out,” Nathan Perry said. “He’s been racing very consistently and deserves another win.”

A $150k Magic Millions yearling, Angara is raced in partnership by Christine Cook, giving the prolific owner her second win on the program, after Cross Your Heart’s earler victory.

Runner up Lohnraki looks to have come back well from a spell. 



Bargain buy Obelius has turned a $1000 online purchase into a $140,000 return for Newcastle based hobby trainer Dale Wagstaff and he believes there are more wins to come.

He brought the son of Nicconi in October 2022 and the now six-year-old has put together five wins and multiple placings since being under Wagstaff’s care.

He shoots for win number six in the 1350m BM68 at Wyong on Tuesday and Wagstaff is confident he will run well. 

“We have been targeting the tried horses for a while, sometimes you get lucky and other times it doesn’t work out,” he said. 

“With Obelius I think the change in environment was a big factor in turning his form around. Mal and Rodney Ollerton, both helped me riding him in the early days at Newcastle. When I first got on him, he bucked but they were able to settle him down. 

“I own a riding school on the outskirts of Sydney with my partner Rachelle Bolton and while I still train from Newcastle, I don’t take them to the track much. We have a treadmill, track and outdoor arena so they do most of their work here. 

“Obelius has really responded to not having to be floated to the track every day. He’s a different horse.”
Jenny Duggan rides Obelius at Wyong and it was her suggestion to bring him back in distance to the 1350m. 

“She rode him for a third at Canterbury over 1550m on February 9 but said he pulls harder over more distance, so we’ve dropped him back. She knows how to ride him now with plenty of room in the straight. 

“He’s a horse who responds to the quick back up. He eats up a lot better after a race than a track gallop, so we keep racing him and he’s a happy horse.

“He thrives on racing and the distance should be ideal. I think he’ll be right in the finish.”

Wagstaff said it’s more a learning experience for him with his latest online buy Patrika Gold, who lines up in the 1100m BM64 in her first start for the stable.

He paid $4500 for the lightly raced six-year-old Puissance De Lune mare who has had four wins from just 12 starts. 

“I’ve put Aaron Bullock on because he’s such a great judge and can tell me what he thinks going forward. 

“She’s settled in really well with us, is fit and has every possible chance of winning. If not I’ll appreciate Aaron’s feedback. “

The first of eight races gets underway at 1.15pm with the track currently a soft 7.


Race 1 – 1.15pm: INSURANCE HOUSE F&M MAIDEN (1100m): 1 SUMMER SOIREE, 2 Tautou, 3 Cross Your Heart, 4 Miss Bayles.

Race 2 – 1.05PM: COMMSYS CG&E MAIDEN (1100m): 1 DETENDU, 2 Luna Field, 3 The New Sinatra, 4 Never Joking.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: INFRABUILD PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1600m): 1 HIMEROS, 2 Bling’s Empire, 3 Piplup, 4 Mars Rover.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: LINCOLN ELECTRIC CLASS 1 (1600m): 1 STANCZYK, 2 Noble Tess, 3 Gardenzio, 4 Twelfth Knight. 

Race 5 – 3.40pm: LEVELMASTER MAIDEN (1300m): 1 KHAZNAH, 2 BO KATAN, 3 Kervette, 4 Paruna.

Race 6 – 4.15pm: BJ HOWES METALAND CONDITIONAL BM68 (1350m): 1 MICKEY’S MEDAL, 2 Scalextrics, 3 Innervoice, 4 Obvious Step.

Race 7 – 4.50pm: COREGAS MIDWAY CLASS 1 (1200m): 1 Rush Hour, 2 River Pat, 3 Fludway, 4 Oakfield Triumph.

Race 8 – 5.30pm: MECHPRO SOLUTIONS AU BM64 (1100m): 1 TRISKELION, 2 Lohnraki, 3 Patrika Gold, 4 Azayaka.



A home track double to Kim Waugh, a double for Bjorn Baker and riding double to Ashley Morgan were the highlights of Wyong’s February 8 race meeting. 

Waugh’s duo River Pat and Selfless Act both causing upsets in their respective races and giving Wyong’s premier trainer four wins in a week and 25 for the current season.

Waugh’s Headwater filly River Pat, who was sent out at the juicy odds of $51, burst through a gap in the straight to win the 1100m MAGIC MILLIONS ADELAIDE YEARLING SALE 18-19 MARCH F&M MAIDEN

The three-year-old, raced by Werrett Bloodstock, had been trialled twice leading into her first start. 

She placed in both trials, the latest a second at Wyong on January 31 but received no market support.

Ash Morgan settled River Pat midfield, finding a gap at the top of the straight and storming away to win by a length. 

It was dead heat for the minor placegetters, Cross Your Heart ($4) and Russian Snitzel ($5.50). 

Apprentice Jake Barrett partnered Waugh’s second winner Selfless Act ($10) to victory in the 1350m CENTRAL COAST COOLROOMS MIDWAY BM64.

The consistent Panzer Divison mare, raced by Pepper Tree Bloodstock, brought up her third win at start 13 with four minor placings. 

Barrett came from behind to circle the field on the turn, bursting down the centre of the track to overhaul the $3 favourite Navy Blood in the final stages. 

Barrett, now apprenticed to Barbara Jones, began his riding career as a 15-year-old for the Waugh stable.

It wasn’t all good news for Barrett, who earned the wrath of the stewards and was disqualified for careless riding from February 19 to March 3. 

The closest finish of the day brought up a double for the Bjorn Baker stable, with O’Tycoon ($3fav) getting the nod on the line in the TAB.COM.AU BM64.

The Written Tycoon four-year-old, a $180,000 yearling raced by Australian Bloodstock, brought up his third win at start 15. 

In a perfectly timed ride Dylan Gibbons stormed home in the final stages to snatch victory over The Swooper ($3.70), with Suprina ($8.50), who led for most of the race, holding on for third. 

The first leg of Morgan’s double came via the Maher trained Negotiations ($14) who showed an impressive turn of foot to win the 1000m SKY CHANNEL CLASS 1. 

The impeccably bred son of I Am Invincible, a $750,000 yearling, kept his record intact bringing up his second win from as many starts. 

The four-year-old broke through for his maiden win at Eucha in July last year but had been unimpressive in two recent trials. 

In a slowly run race, Ashley Morgan settled the gelding toward the rear, taking him to the lead on straightening and drawing away to win by a length. 

Godolphin’s Shako ($3.30) finished strongly in second, while the $2.90 favourite Fludway was third, was unsuited by the slow tempo. 

The Snowden trained Densetsu ($10) put his best foot forward at start two taking out the 1100m DE BORTOLI WINES CG&E MAIDEN in impressive style.

The son of Lonhro was coming off a last start failure at Kembla on debut but was suited by the quicker tempo second up. 

“It was a good turnaround of form from last start, “stable representative Colm McCullogh said. “Josh (Parr) rode him well, but the deciding factor was the was speed being on today. He likes to flow into races like that. 

“The horse has definitely got talent. He’s better than a Wyong maiden but it’s good to get the monkey off his back and hopefully he can kick on through his grades.”

Joe Pride’s Bottler ($21) stormed home for an eye catching second, with the $.190 favourite Bo Katan third. 

Lonhro’s progeny scored again in the CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES PROVINCIAL MAIDEN over 1600m, with the Widdup trained Noble Tess a dominant winner. 

Chad Schofield was able to get the best out of the three-year-old filly following a battle with the $1.85 favourite Irish Anthem in the straight. 

Noble Tess, having her sixth career start, was coming off a fifth at Wyong over the same distance on January 18. 

Having her fourth run this preparation she had fitness on her side and was strong to the line. 

Warwick Farm trainer Amanda Turner was all smiles after her stayer, So Sneeky ($9) was able to stave off his opposition to take out the WYONG LEAGUES GROUP BM64 over 2100m. 

It was a breakthrough Wyong win for former New Zealand hoop Andrew Calder, who relocated to New South Wales last year. 

By NZ sire Falkirk, So Sneeky brought up win number five with a super staying performance, putting more than a length on the fast-finishing Doraskaya ($3.90) from the Waugh stable, with the $2.90 favourite Counter, not suited by the slow pace. 

Starmae started as short priced favourite in the 1350m PBL LAW GROUP SUPER MAIDEN and didn’t disappoint with Zac Lloyd giving the filly a perfect front running ride.

The Bjorn Baker stable had been confident the Zoustar filly, who was coming off a second at Gosford, would perform well and the win never looked in doubt. 

“She’s not the biggest filly going around but she makes up for it in speed,” stable representative Luke Hilton. 

“She’s very genuine and I don’t think we’ll see the best of her until a few more months.”

A $325,000 Magic Millions yearling, Starmae ($1.85) brought up her second win at six and was coming off a second at Gosford on January 24. 

She beat Hooligan Tommy, who made up good ground in the straight, with Waller’s Hartman ($7), third. 

The Wyong track earned plenty of praise from jockeys, with kudos 



A frustrating time for Mark Minervini both on and off the track has the Newcastle based trainer desperate for a change of luck. 

Minervini’s team hasn’t tasted success since Smiling Prophet’s win at Wyong on November 29 and he is hoping a return to the track on Thursday could be the start of a winning run. 

“We are more than due for a winner. We’ve had a frustrating run of placings so it would be good to break through,” he said. 

“Racing is so competitive at the moment. I enjoy the challenge and it has made me a better trainer.”

Minervini’s hopes lie with stable newcomber Mysweetmoses in the 1100m BM64 and veteran Super in the 1350m BM64.

Mysweetmoses, a Vancouver four-year-old, joined the stable following a stint in Victoria under Nick Ryan.

Minervini had previously trained his dam, Splash Of Moet and with Mysweetmoses owners keen to relocate him to New South Wales for better opportunites, the ex-South Australian was the natural choice. 

“They were struggling to place him down there so offered him to me. He ran at Muswellbrook the other day first up but was a bit green and had to carry a big weight. 

“He will be more suited over the 1100m at Wyong and Jean Van Overmiere will ride him. He has worked well since his last start, and I think he should run a really nice race.”

Minervini is also expecting improvement from his eight-year-old Super, a seven-time winner from his 54 starts.

“I had stepped him up to the 1500m and mile, but I’m not convinced he wants that now as he gets older.

“I think the 1350m will suit him at Wyong. He ran a second there in January, so the tighter track won’t present any difficulties. 

“He is still doing well but needs galloping room in his races, so hopefully Zac Wadick can get him to the outside and his three-kilo claim will definitely help.”

And while Minervini is confident both his runners should be “around the mark” he is unlikely to be trackside to cheer them home.

“I’ve had some health issues in recent weeks. I haven’t been well at all but I am under good hands with my cardiologist and he’s is confident he can get me right.”

The first of eight races at Wyong on Thursday gets underway at 1.15pm. 


Race 1 – 1.15pm: DE BORTOLI WINES CG&E MAIDEN (1100m): 1 GOOD ONCE, 2 Gogmagog, 3 Bo Katan, 4 Bottler. 

Race 2 – 1.50pm: CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1600m): 1 IRISH ANTHEM, 2 All Above, 3 Oakfield Zena, 4 Platinum Asset.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: WYONG LEAGUES GROUP BM64 (2100m): 1 DORASKAYA, 2 Wilshire Boulevard, 3 Counter, 4 Caring Lass. 

Race 4 – 3.05pm: SKY CHANNEL CLASS 1 (1000m): 1 SHAKO, 2 Pearls Treasure, 3 Impulsivity, 4 Lara’s Laulet. 

Race 5 – 3.40pm: PBL LAW GROUP SUPER MAIDEN (1350m): 1 STARMAE, 2 Jack Of Aces, 3 Wellerman, 4 Hartman. 

Race 6 – 4.20pm: MAGIC MILLIONS ADELAIDE YEARLING SALE 18-19 MARCH F&M MAIDEN (1100m): ART VOLANT, 2 Cross Your Heart, 3 Weeping Woman, 4 Russian Snitzel.

Race 7 – 4.55pm: CENTRAL COAST COOLROOMS MIDWAY BM64 (1350m): 1 NAVY BLOOD, 2 Battlefield, 3 Selfless Act, 4 Super. 

Race 8 – 5.35pm:  TAB.COM.AU B64 (1100m): 1 O’TYCOON, 2 The Swooper, 4 Triskelion, 4 Oakfield Triumph.