Taree trainer Glen Milligan has had to put his quest to break through for a win on the Wyong track on hold after the meeting was transferred to Newcastle. 

Stewards this morning deemed the track unsuitable for racing on the back of recent heavy rainfall and more predicted. 

Of his trio of runners, Milligan is banking on his bargain buy Shibab to get the job the done. 

He believes the gelding will be equally as comfortable on the Newcastle track. 

The four-year-old by Zoustar out of Rosewedge, was a $380,000 Magic Millions yearling originally trained by Chris Waller. 

He had six starts for the stable, breaking through for his maiden on a heavy track at Hawkesbury, before being offered for sale. 

Milligan picked him up at an online sale for just $10,000 in June last year and he has already more than paid for himself with close to $40,000 in prizemoney. 

“He owes us nothing and I definitely think he can go on and win more races,” he said. 

“He’s had two runs back this time in and his first was over unsuitable distance at Scone. We took him to Newcastle and thought he’d need another run, but he went really well and finished second.”

Shihab lines up in the 1350m CG&E Benchmark 64 and Milligan believes he will appreciate the step up. 

“He’s definitely looking for more ground and was placed over the mile last prep. I think he’s very under-rated and if he can jump cleanly, he’ll be in the finish.”

Grant Buckley sticks with Shihab and Milligan has no fears about him getting through a heavy track. 

Two-year-olds Punch One Out and Kaiyu represent the stable in the 1100m Maiden. 

Milligan is looking for a better performance by Super One filly Kaiyu, who was disappointing on debut at Taree. 

“She got into a bit of trouble and never really picked up after that. I’m hoping for an improved performance because she goes a lot better than that.

“It’s more of an educational run for Punch One Out. I’ve been very happy with him and thought we’d give him a run and then put him out. He was supposed to go around at Taree on Monday, but they were called off.

“He does have ability so it will be an interesting watch.”

The Hallowed Crown gelding trialled on a heavy track at Taree on April 20.

The first of eight races at Wyong gets underway at 12.20pm, with the track currently rated a heavy 10.


Race 1 – 12.20pm: PBL LAW GROUP F&M MAIDEN (1350m): 1BUBBLES AND CAVIAR, 2 Outcast Girl, 3 Kata Kapi, 4 Overwatch.

Race 2 – 12.55pm: WYONG ROOS FOUNDATION CG&E MAIDEN (1350m): 1BERTIE, 2 Royalify, 3 Fyodor, 4 Meerut. 

Race 3 – 1.35pm: SKY RACING SUPER MAIDEN (1100m): 1JELLICIOUS, 2 Duke Of Bronte, 3 Montigo Bay, 4 Glenbower.

Race 4 – 2.10pm: MAGIC MILLIONS PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1600m): 1 NOIR VITESSE, 2 Bellascent, 3 Himeros, 4 Highland Eightgee.

Race 5 – 2.50pm: TABCORP BM64 (2100m): 1 PIPISTRELLE, 2 Vadamos Queen, 3 Professor Pickles, 4 Icebreaker.

Race 6 – 3.25pm: DE BORTOLI WINES F&M BM64 (1350m): 1 PARISIAN ROSE, 2 There There, 3 Shuri, 4 Linguee.

Race 7 – 4.05pm: CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES CG&E BM64 (1350m): 1PRIMO, 2 Tannenburg, 3 Shihab, 4 Missile Seeker. 

Race 8 – 4.40pm: WYONG LEAGUES GROUP MIDWAY BM64 (1000m): 1 ROCKIN’ MILLIE, 2 The Escape, 3 My Eloise, 4 One Kind. 



Wyong trainers Kim Waugh and Tracey Bartley got the job done for the locals at the Club’s NSW Central Coast Men’s Health Charity Race Day. 

Bartley pulled the right rein with his progressive three-year-old Magicon (pictured above), the gelding an impressive winner in the MOUNTIES CLASS over 1600m. 

The trainer had been toying between the home track race and the 3YO Wagga Guineas the following day but opted for the home rack meeting. 

“The owners are from Wagga and wanted to go that way, but I decided to keep him at home. It looked a good race from him, and I was confident he would race well. 

“He’s got the makings of a good horse and I think he’ll get over more ground next preparation.”

Lee Magorrian partnered the son of Prized Icon to his second win at start three, both coming on the Wyong track. 


Unlike Magicon, it had been 16 months between wins for Kim Waugh’s Dimaggio but the seven-year-old was too strong in the ETTALONG BOWLING CLUB MIDWAY BM68 over 1350m.

Waugh had expected the gelding to be in the first three, but the race didn’t pan out as expected and Adam Hyeronimus had to settle him toward the rear. 

He was able to weave a passage in the straight to bring up his sixth win at start 47. 

“I thought we’d missed the boat in the straight, but it was a good effort,” Waugh said. 

“He’s been going well but just hasn’t had much luck this prep. He’s a lovely horse and it’s great to see him come back and win again. He deserved that.”

A mid-race move paid off for Zac Lloyd with John Thompson’s promising stayer Montgomery scoring a six length win in the 2100m BELLA GROUP MAIDEN. 

The Prized Icon three-year-old was narrowly beaten over the 1890m at Newcastle on April 24 and was well placed by Thompson over the extra ground. 

Stable representative Annamarie Mulligan said the race had been the “perfect set-up” for the horse and they were excited to see what he could do in the future. 

Keegan Latham outrode his rivals in the 1300m WYONG LEAGES GROUP SUPER MAIDEN, piloting Street Magic to victory over the two favourites. 

The Per Incanto three-year-old relished the heavy conditions to score a length win, breaking through at his sixth start. 

Well-supported favourites Creek and Make A Call were disappointing, neither appreciating the slow tempo of the race. 

Nathan Doyle saddled up both favourites in the 1350m CLUB TERRIGAL PROVINCIAL MAIDEN, but it was Nick Mitchell’s Smart Serenade who got the job done, posting a three-length victory.

“It was a good confident ride by Robbie (Downey),” Mitchell said. “He over raced at Taree on debut but settled beautifully today. I’m really happy with that.”

The three-year-old son of Smart Missile had no issue with the heavy track and showed a great turn of foot to run down the two favourites in the straight. 

Kim Waugh’s Bertie was second and won’t be far off a win. 

Lizzie’s Gem broke through for her first win in the 1000m ETTALONG DIGGERS MAIDEN, but not without a fight. 

Du Cap went head-to-head with the $1.80 favourite in the final stages of the race, the Widdup trained Lizzie’s Gem getting the nod on the line. 

“It was a good job by the team and Zac (Wadick),” Rosie Gilla, representing the stable said. 

“She had to fight for the win and has shown she has got that toughness in her. She ticked off the heavy track. She needed that win. She’s been close numerous times. We’ll get her home and go from there.”

Paul Perry’s well supported favourite Bodgie was too strong in the TOUKLEY GOLF CLUB CG&E BM64. 

Zac Lloyd gave the son of Epaulette a well rated ride and was able to hold out the second favourite Pisanello on the line. 

The victory giving Lloyd a winning double. 

Epaulette had two previous heavy track wins, before bringing up his fifth career victory at start 34.

Smiling Prophet was last in the winner’s circle at Wyong in November and replicated that victory in the 1100m F&M BM64. 

Trainer Mark Minervini was full of praise for apprentice Braith Nock. 

“It was a brilliant ride,” Minervini said. “An 11 out of 10 ride. Braith rode him well at Muswellbrook last start and I told him he could ride him at Wyong. 

“The heavy 10 was a query here today but he was rock hard and fit and has won here before. I thought he was a good chance.”

A four-year-old Diving Prophet mare, Smiling Prophet has had four wins from 21 starts, with four minor placings.