Brenton Avdulla and Tim Clark dominated the riding ranks both booting home doubles at the April 8 Autumn Racing meeting.

The wins brought up four in four days for Avdulla, who heads into the first day of the Championships at Randwick on Saturday, with a number of key rides.

Clark brought up his fourth winner for the week and could also be in for a huge day at Randwick with eight rides across the program.

Avdulla’s winners came on the Maher/Eustace filly Sassysav in the 2100m Maiden and Gary Portelli’s two-year-old Akihiro, who was impressive breaking her maiden over 1350m.

The wins took him to second in the Wyong Jockey’s Premiership just one behind Jason Collett on ten. 

Clark who has six Wyong wins to date, partnered Paul Perry’s promising three-year-old Saquon in the 1350m Class 1 and made it a race to race double on the Portelli trained Arctic Thunder in the 1350m Maiden.

Portelli had a winning double with Akihiro breaking through in the 1350m Maiden.


Well-bred Savabeel filly Sassysav revelled in the heavy 10 conditions and outstayed her opposition to take out the DE BORTOLI WINES MAIDEN over 2100mbringing up the first of Avdulla’s wins.

The filly was having her fourth career start and only her second in NSW. 

The Maher/ Eustace training partnership, who purchased Sassysav as a $370,000 yearling at the Karaka sales, started her twice over shorter distances at Pakenham before relocating her to their Sydney stable. 

She was luckless at her most recent start at Newcastle on March 30 when she finished fourth over the 1850m.

Avdulla had no such problems in the small field at Wyong, settling Sassysav just off the leaders until the final stages when she was able to run down Bedford Square on the line. 

The $1.80 favourite Oceanic Flash, from the Ryan/Alexiou stable, was under pressure on the turn and struggled on the heavy track, to finish third. 

Sassysav ($4.60) put more than a length on Matthew Smith’s Bedord Square ($3.20), with Oceanic Flash a further five lengths behind in third. 


An impressive step up to Provincial grade by the Rodney Ollerton trained Circus Bound to take out the 1350m GO ELECTRICAL PROV & CTRY MAIDEN.

Ollerton is the fifth trainer of the Uncle Mo gelding, who joined his stable late last year.

He seems to have found the key to the four-year-old who posted a convincing three length win under strong riding by the in-form Christian Reith. 

He settled Circus Bound just behind the speed, circling the leaders on the turn before hitting his straps midway down the straight and pulling away for an easy win. 

Circus Bound was bought by Jake Alder, who works with Ollerton at his Broadmeadow stable, from an online auction site. 

He was having his fourth start for the stable, having been placed third at Scone and Quirindi before a last start fourth at Taree over 1600m.

“It’s great to get a winner for Jake, he does a good job for me.” Ollerton said. “The horse has been going along okay and it was a good win today. 

“I’ve only given him four starts and he earned a go at the Provincials. 

“I was a bit unsure if he’d handle the heavy going but he did and a great ride by Christian made the difference.”

Circus Bound was sent out at $5.50 after earning strong late support and beat the Stephen Jones trained Discompose ($16), with All At Sea ($9) from the James Harding stable, was third. 

Grant Allard’s $2.20 favourite Bright Eyed Girl didn’t handle the conditions and finished toward the rear of the field. 


The Gary Portelli trained Akihiro appreciated a step back in grade to break through for a dominant win in the 1350m CARLTON DRAUGHT MAIDEN. 

The victory bringing up Avdulla’s winning double.

The two-year-old had been racing in much stronger company and was runner up in the Victory Vein at Randwick in October.

At his latest outing in the Group 3 Black Opal at Canberra in March he finished seventh. 

He looked sharp winning a trial at Warwick Farm on March 23 and carried that form into the Wyong race, easily putting away the small field. 

Akihiro, who was sent out $1.45 favourite, was an $80,000 Magic Millions yearling. 

He beat Klopp ($3.10) from the David Pfieffer stable, with Mick Attard’s Borsalina ($17), third. 


It was a walk in the park for the Ryan/Alexiou trained Tectonicus who put more than five lengths on his rivals to win the TAB.COM.AU CLASS 1 over 1600m.

The consistent Not A Single Doubt gelding was given a great front running ride by apprentice Tyler Schiller.

He had him under a tight hold along the back and led by two on straightening, kicking away in the straight and before being eased to the line.

Tectonicus was sent out $1.12 short-priced favourite on the strength of his recent form, coming off a third at Kembla on March 12 over the 1400m and a second when resuming at Wyong over 1350m on February 25. 

His class prevailed with his second career win coming at start eight. 

The locally trained Finney ($20) from the Rodney Bailey stable was second, with Greg McFarlane’s Landstrasse ($6.50) third. 


Shadow Colour broke a run of placings for a long overdue win for the Mark Newnham stable. 

The Hinchbrook gelding finally broke his duck after being placed in ten of his previous 11 starts, taking out the MARKETS 2259 AT WYONG RACE CLUB SUNDAY APRIL 11 MAIDEN over the 1100m.

A $65,000 Magic Millions yearling, Shadow Colour had been runner up on eight previous occasions, all on the Provincial circuit. 

“He’s finally done it today,” a relieved Robyn Fowler, representing the Newnham stable, said. 

“It was his day, and I was pretty confident when he was full of running on the corner. 

“He jumped really well, and I think the trial last week really brought him on. 

“Hopefully it’s a confidence builder and the start of a picket fence this time.”

Shadow Colour jumped well and was taken to the lead by Josh Parr, who maintained the front, pinching a break on the turn and holding out his rivals in the final stages. 

He beat the fast-finishing Godolphin runner Quatenus ($4.60) by a length, with Radiance ($6.50) also from the Godolphin yard, third. 


Saquon continued the trend for the day of dominant wins, producing a convincing four and a half length victory in the JIM BEAM CLASS 1 over 1350m.

The Paul Perry trained three-year-old was sent out $1.60 favourite and didn’t disappoint with the win never in doubt. 

Tim Clark led from barrier to post in a perfectly rated front running ride, the first leg of a race to race double.

He gapped his rivals on the turn, relishing the heavy conditions, to post his most convincing win to date. 

Bringing up his second victory from six starts, the promising No Nay Never gelding beat Portelli’s Zachariah ($7) who put in an improved performance, with Sammy ($4.60) from the Lees stable, two lengths behind in third. 

Saquon, a $150,000 yearling, is raced by Perry and long-time clients Steve and Louise Gillard.

The same trio race Sky Lab, the second favourite in Saturday’s $2m Group 1 Australian Derby at Randwick. 


The Portelli stable brought up a double with Artic Thunder, who clocked up her fourth career win in a thrilling finish. 

Tim Clark made it race to race wins, driving the Headwater filly to the line in the GREAT NORTHERN CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 over 1350to score by a narrow margin.

Artic Thunder, raced by Darby Syndications, was having her eighth career start and coming off a fourth at Goulburn on March 20. 

Clark settled the filly midfield, weaving a path in the straight before taking her wide to run down the leader Rumpshaker on the line.

Artic Thunder ($4.40) brought up her fourth win beating Nick Mitchell’s Rumpshaker ($11), with Damien Lane’s Thiswilldous ($7) putting in a good run for third. 


Wyong specialist Dual Escape blitzed her opposition to bring up her fourth win on the track in the WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING THURSDAY APRIL 29 BENCHMARK 64 over 1100m.

The Denim Wynen trained and owned seven-year-old has had four wins since transferring from Kristen Buchanan in mid 2019, three of those at Wyong. 

The seven-year-old is also a strong performer on a heavy track, with three wins from seven starts. 

She was coming off a fourth at Gosford on March 27 over the 1100m and with conditions to suit, was sent out $4.80 in the small field.

Dual Escape showed her normal great speed from the gates and led throughout, posting a one and a half length win. 

With 10 wins and six placings from her 49 starts, she has now won more than $200,000 in prizemoney.

She brought up her latest win beating the Mark Newnham trained race favourite Time For Victory ($4.20), with Flash Fibian ($7.50), from the Paul Murray stable, third. 




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Wayne Seelin is confident of another bold showing from his warhorse Isorich when he lines up for start 129 on his home track this Thursday. 

The 10-year-old was a last start Wyong winner over the same 1350m distance on March 9 and Seelin said he hasn’t put a foot wrong since. 

“He’s had to have a bit of time between runs because of the weather with the big wet and he always puts on weight when that happens. He’s a great doer.

“Those couple of extra kilos won’t affect him. His work has been good and he’s feeling super, so I assume he’ll race well. 

“I’m happy with him and it’s a winnable race.”

Isorich’s latest victory, his seventh on the track, was also in a BM64.

“He drew a good barrier which was beneficial on the day, but he was still a bit better than this kind of grade. 

“When he gets a good barrier on a decent track, he’s always hard to beat. 

“His trackwork rider Nicki Lee knows him and she’s more than happy with the way he’s been working. 

Seelin’s only concern is the predicted rain.

“Even though he won a Listed race on a heavy 10 at Rosehill, his form on the wet isn’t great so if it’s a bit shifty he just doesn’t go at all. 

“He won’t run on anything worse than a soft 5, so it is in the lap of the Gods.”

As far as retirement is concerned, Seelin believes Isorich is still a long way off. 

“There is no reason not to keep him going. If he didn’t seem to be enjoying it or Nicki got off after a couple of gallops saying he doesn’t seem to want to do it, I’d certainly start to ask questions. 

“Nicki just understands how good he feels and like the rest of us can’t believe that he still loves it so much. 

“He just does what he does and there are plenty of humans who love the athletic side of things so he might just be like one of them. 

“While he’s still carrying on like he’s a four-year-old, why wouldn’t he keep going?

“I suppose someday they might tell me he’s got to retire and that’s fine, but someone else is going to have to tell him because I’m not doing it,” he laughed. 

Seelin is on track to have one of his best seasons, with his small team performing well. 

“I’ve never set a target any year, I just try and punch above my weight as much as I can. 

“It has been a good season so far. I’m happy that of the six I have in work, all but one has won between three and 15 races.

“It’s nice to have a team that makes you look good; any coach will tell you that. “


Race 1 – 1pm: DE BORTOLI WINES MAIDEN (2100m): 1 SASSYSAV, 2 Bedford Square, 3 Oceanic Flash, 4 Red Hot Zone.

Race 2 – 1.35pm: GO ELECTRICAL PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1350m): 1 BRIGHT EYED GIRL, 2 Circus Bound, 3 First Fleet, 4 Discompose.

Race 3 – 2.10pm: CARLTON DRAUGHT MAIDEN (1350m): 1 OVOID, 2 Klopp, 3 Spicy Restaurant, 4 Wolfburn.

Race 4 – 2.50pm: TAB.COM.AU CLASS 1 (1600m): 1 TECTONICUS, 2 La Cabana, 3 Valiant Lad, 4 Senor Toba.

Race 5 – 3.25pm: MARKETS 2259 AT WYONG RACE CLUB SUNDAY APRIL 11 MAIDEN (1000m): 1CHALEUR BAY, 2 Hard To Excel, 3 Kibosh, 4 Shadow Colour. 

Race 6 – 4.05pm: JIM BEAM CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 SAMMY, 2 Saquon, 3 Zachariah, 4 Hidden Hills.

Race 7 – 4.40pm: GREAT NORTHERN CONDITIONAL BM68 (1350m): 1 ARTIC THUNDER, 2 Isorich, 3 The Crimson Idol, 4 Our Tax Return.

Race 8 – 5.15pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING THURSDAY APRIL 29 BM64 (1100m): 1 TIME FOR VICTORY, 2 Miss Kono, 3 Ranges, 4 Russbuss.



Tyrone Coyle took on some racing heavy weights and came out on top when Prince Aurelius proved too strong in the Polytrack Provincial Championships Wyong Qualifier.

The Kembla based trainer has only one horse in work and will now head to Randwick with the lightly raced four-year-old for the $500,000 Provincial Final on April 17. 

The son of Love Conquers All brought up his fourth consecutive win in the $150,000 Qualifier, which was transferred to Gosford.

Prince Aurelius began well for jockey Robbie Brewer, who took him to the front, maintaining the lead throughout to score a convincing length and a half win.

“I came here full of confidence today,” an excited Coyle said. “It’s unbelievable, I’m over the moon.

“We were watching the market before the race and he was blowing out and out. I think it’s because he’s only just becoming the horse, we want him to be. He’s been a really nervous, sort of sweating up horse. 

“That’s what he did in his first and second up starts but today he travelled up here really well. He wouldn’t have blown a candle out and there wasn’t an ounce of sweat on him and that’s the result we get.”

Coyle bred Prince Aurelius with a friend Steve Ennis, and the gelding has now won five of his 10 starts. 

He was given a two-month freshen up in preparation for The Championships after clocking up three successive wins at Moruya, Wagga and Kembla. 

Hoping to overcome the horse’s anxious travelling habits, Coyle trialled him at Randwick on March 11 and had planned to start at the now rescheduled Kembla Qualifier, which was due to run on March 20. 

He made the decision to run at Gosford, which proved to be a winning move. 

“His regular track work rider Nick Hyde, who does all the work on him, got off him on Thursday morning and said, ‘they won’t know which way this bloke is going, he’s going that well.’

“He was right.”

Coyle gave credit to Hyde, apprentice Maddy Waters, Brewer and fellow trainer Brett Lazzarini. 

Kris Lees duo Zeftabrook and Loch Lomond will also head to the Final after filling the minor placings. 

The final Provincial Qualifier will be run at Kembla on April 3.


Another small-time trainer tasted success at the meeting, with Wyong based John Cooper taking out the 1000m HALEKULANI BOWLING CLUB Maiden with Hay John. 

The three-year-old Magic Albert gelding brought up his first win at start four, resuming from a spell and ridden by apprentice Reece Jones.

Cooper had decided to run Hay John in the race after three other meetings he was nominated for were washed out. 

“I didn’t know whether to trial him or not, but he worked so well that I decided not to, and he went great today.”

Cooper, who has five horses in work at Wyong, bred and races Hay John. 

Apprentice Brandon Griffiths took out the riding honours with a double, tasting success for the Snowden’s on California Cible in the 1200m LAKE MACQUARIE SHEET METAL Class 1 and Taumalolo in the 1200m MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES AIR CONDITIONING AUSTRALIA Maiden for Anthony Mountney.

Matthew Smith trained a double with Belle Espoir winning the 1600m PANASONIC NANOEX Maiden and All Girls a dominant victor in the 1200m VIETNAM VETERANS KEITH PAYNE V.C HOSTEL LIMITED 2Y0 Maiden Plate. 



Damien Lane is confident he will see a much-improved run by Bombasay in Saturday’s $150,000 Polytrack Provincial Qualifier at Wyong. 

The five-year-old was disappointing at his last outing when resuming on February 27 in the Newcastle Qualifier, finishing toward the rear of the field. 

Lane described his performance as a ‘forget run’ and is hopeful the gelding can put his best foot forward on his home track. 

“Everything that could go wrong went wrong that day,” he said. “It was a hard watch to be honest.”

“We expected him to run better than he did. Normally those races are run at a genuine tempo, so we decided to try and ride him with cover first up.

“When Digger (Darryl McLellan) made the decision to go for some cover they just walked, and nothing went right after that. 

“He definitely had excuses and will be better with the extra bit of time we’ve had. 

“He’s a lot fitter in his work and I expect he’ll run well. He’s a class horse and I thought his trial leading into his first run was really good. Nothing went right first up.”

Lane’s only concern is the heavy track, despite Bombasay having recorded a win on a heavy surface. 

“He has won on the wet, but I do think he’s better on top of the ground especially if it’s a heavy 9. 

“He won first up for me at Wyong, and I really think the track will suit him. 

“He will roll forward this time and put himself up on the speed and take the bad luck out of the equation. If everything goes his way and he gets a bit of luck this time he will be in the finish.”

Bombasay, a Rothesay gelding, has posted five wins and six placings from 15 starts, two of those since joining the Lane stable late last year. 

He has drawn barrier nine in the qualifier and will again by ridden by McLellan.

Lane is one of three Wyong trainers hoping to secure a berth in the rich series final via the local qualifier. 

Kristen Buchanan saddles up Ocean Go, who was a close fourth behind the place getters when first up over 1350m at Wyong on March 9. 

Grant Buckley partners the Ocean Park gelding from barrier 8. 

Tracey Bartley, who already has Barossa Rosa through to the April 17 Randwick final, will be relying on scratchings for second emergency Onemore Sapphire to secure a run. 

The Kris Lees stable has seven runners in the field of 16, including the $6 early favourite Safado.

The qualifier will be the last on the eight-race card, to be run at 5.29pm.


Race 1 – 12.54pm: LAKES PODIATRY CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 LIBRARIAN, 2 Fields Of Honour, 3 Bedford Square, 4 Pop’s Glory.

Race 2 – 1.34pm: PANASONIC NANOEX MAIDEN (1600m): 1 AMULET STREET, 2 Earl Of Sandwich, 3 Belle Espoir, 4 Valiant Lad.

Race 3 – 2.14pm: VIETNAM VETERANS KEITH PAYNE V.C. HOSTEL LIMITED 2YO MAIDEN (1200m): 1 ALL GIRLS, 2 Wolfburn, 3 Sweet Ruby, 4 I Like Big Putts.

Race 4 – 2.54pm: HALEKULANI BOWLING CLUB MAIDEN (1000m): 1 SHADOW COLOUR, 2 Poignant, 3 Beyliks, 4 Drummin.

Race 5 – 3.34pm: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES AIR CONDITIONING AUSTRALIA MAIDEN (1350m): 1 PAROCHIAL, 2 La Sagra, 3 Spectacular Slew, 4 Lady Steps.

Race 6 – 4.14pm: LAKE MACQUARIE SHEET METAL CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 LE VIZIR, 2 Jeronimos, 3 So Far Away, 4 Zachariah.

Race 7 – 4.54pm: JOHN CROSS MEMORIAL CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 (1100m): 1 RANGES, 2 Cool Missile, 3 Egyptian Missile, 4 Miss Twilight.

Race 8 – 5.29pm: POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WYONG QUALIFIER (1350m): 1 ZEFTABROOK, 2 Prince Aurelius, 3 Ocean Go, 4 Loch Lomond.



LEAD and win. That was the order of the day; pure and simple. Seven of the eight winners dictated terms on the fence and most were never seriously threatened. Lightly-raced youngster CONRAD showed the way by winning the opening race at only his second start, and is clearly headed for better things. 

Wyong trainer Kim Waugh hopes to parlay today’s success into qualifying Great News at Gosford on Saturday in the third heat of the Provincial Championships for the $500,000 Final (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 10. 

As well as CONRAD, three horses to follow are MISS KONO, MOKULUA and TWITCH. MISS KONO was the sole winner not to lead and her performance suggested she can win again. MOKULUA, a beautifully-bred youngster, was making her debut and impressed with her solid second though no match for CONRAD. 

TWITCH also was making her debut and after beginning slowly and then being bumped heavily by another runner just after the start, raced keenly as she made ground and was game in finishing second to odds-on favorite RUSSBUSS. Brenton Avdulla took the riding honours with a double.



IF there was any doubt about CONRAD’S luckless debut second at Canterbury recently, the promising youngster quickly dispelled that with an authoritative breakthrough as a $1.45 hotpot, leaving his rivals with no excuses. 

A son of Maurice, he was pressured early by several runners but showed his ability by bounding clear to win easily from MOKULUA ($17) and another son of the winner’s sire, MAURICE’S MEDAD ($16). Wyong trainer Kim Waugh and jockey James McDonald not surprisingly have a good opinion of CONRAD. 

“We bred him, and he is a nice horse to train; very sensible,” Waugh said. “James likes him and that’s very exciting.” McDonald afterwards said CONRAD was “sure to go on to better things”. 

Provided he does well after today’s outing, CONRAD will be given another start before a break.

Though beaten easily, beautifully bred runner-up MOKULUA ran really well and should not be long shedding her maiden status. A daughter of the renowned sire Redoute’s Choice, she is the third foal of the 2012 Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) winner and 2013 Caulfield Cup (2400m) placegetter Dear Demi.



SCONE’S Reece Jones is leading the NSW apprentices’ premiership – and it’s easy to see why. 

He won his first metropolitan race at Warwick Farm last Wednesday, landed a Country Championships Qualifier for his master Rod Northam on Spiranac at Tamworth last Sunday and gave a polished display to lead throughout in this race on the pacy MADDISON’S MISSILE ($4.20). 

Giving leading Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup his 20th winner of the season, the lightly-raced three-year-old daughter of The Factor put the outcome beyond when she burnt through after beginning awkwardly and led easily after only 100m. The addition of blinkers certainly did the trick and, having only her third start, she was always in control and won by nearly four lengths from $101 outsider THE PETTI EXPRESS. 

“She had no luck at all first-up at Goulburn and should have gone close to winning,” Widdup said. “I was confident she would be hard to beat.” The $2 favorite ACCELERANT had to race wide throughout and it was obvious on the home turn he would be struggling to overhaul the leader, but battled on gamely to finish third. Jockey Sam Clipperton escaped injury when the runner-up’s stablemate GRAND PALAZZO ($7.50) reared and dislodged him on jumping away. ELUSIVE BIRDIE ($10) pulled up 2/5 lame in the off foreleg, and a vet clearance will be required before trialling or racing again.



LAST Saturday’s victorious Group 1 Randwick Guineas jockey Brenton Avdulla noted the first two winners led throughout and adopted similar tactics on SPIRITUALITY ($3.20) – and the race was over a long way out. 

“She was coming back from two good city runs and this was a pretty weak provincial Maiden,” Avdulla said. “I knew it would be advantageous to go to the front.” 

Winning co-trainer Gerald Ryan was surprised his Spirit Of Boom filly had taken seven starts to break through, and was understandably pleased to see her finally get the job done.

 “I thought she might sit outside the leader, but Brenton grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck after she began a bit awkwardly,” he said. “She worked with Bottega (Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket runner-up) the other morning and he couldn’t get past her. I’m not saying she is in that class, but that should give her confidence and she should be able to win another one.” SPIRITUALITY fetched $80,000 at the 2019 Inglis Premier yearling sale in Melbourne.

Runner-up EARL OF SANDWICH ($3.60) was resuming and tried hard to match the winner in the straight. He is going to improve as local trainer Kristen Buchanan lifts him in distance. The first pair had the race to themselves with third placegetter AUNT BELLE ($71) belying her odds, though beaten easily. CANTRELL ($6) was 3/5 lame in the off foreleg when examined after the race and a vet clearance will be required before he is permitted to trial or race again.



FOUR races. Four leaders. Four winners. A “sit and steer” job was how jockey Josh Parr aptly summed up his ride on odds-on favorite RUSSBUSS ($1.65) for Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker. 

 “She is still very raw, and threw away the race here the other day, but hugged the rail today,” Parr added. “She is a nice filly who is progressing.”

A three-year-old daughter of Dream Ahead, RUSSBUSS drew the rails and drove through to quickly assume the lead, this time giving no indication of being wayward. 

Well-backed first starter TWITCH ($3.70) wasn’t so flash at the start but then showed pace to sit behind the winner and got out in plenty of time on straightening, but couldn’t pick up RUSSBUSS, who was racing for only the fifth time. 

“This filly reminds Bjorn a lot of her mother Miss Tenpins,” said Baker’s Racing & Bloodstock manager Stephen McLean. Baker won six races (including three in town) with Miss Tenpins, and RUSSBUSS is her first foal. 

PHASES ($10) was 2/5 lame in the off foreleg after pulling up and trainer Tracey Bartley told stewards the colt would be gelded and spelled.



THIS race ended the trend of winners leading throughout. Nonetheless, there was enough pace on to enable the improving MISS KONO to overpower her rivals. 

The Newcastle filly didn’t step brilliantly, but it didn’t matter as the solidly supported PICK THE SCORE ($4.60), GENKIDES ($3.10 favorite) and DOZER BAY ($7.50) all went lickety split trying to get to the front. 

PICK THE SCORE eventually led before DOZER BAY took over. Despite making the home turn awkwardly, MISS KONO (Christian Reith) showed a nice turn of foot once she balanced up and burst down the outside to beat PICK THE SCORE and GENKIDES. 

Who says you have to spend a lot of money to pick up a nice horse? MISS KONO, a daughter of Star Witness, cost only $5000 as a yearling at Scone in 2019. By contrast, the now Coffs Harbour-trained WILD WIND ($11), who ran fifth of six, was a $600,000 purchase the same year at the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale. 

Winning trainer Rod Ollerton saw only positives in his filly’s victory. “She has natural pace which won her first race, but she is now showing she can sit behind and be strong to the line.”



MISS KONO in the previous race might have bucked the trend of winners leading, but “normal service” resumed here. 

Cessnock trainer Jeremy Sylvester has done a terrific job with IF YOU THINK SO (Kathy O’Hara), the four-year-old daughter of dual Cox Plate winner So You Think. 

Since she was switched last year from Warwick Farm trainer Gary Portelli, Sylvester has given her 11 starts for three wins and four placings. 

“IF YOU THINK SO wasn’t up to city standard, and Gary sent her to me in good order to try to win some races in the country and hopefully a TAB Highway (which she did on January 30 at Rosehill Gardens),” Sylvester said. “Kathy has formed a good association with her and leading on her seems to be the key. IF YOU THINK SO is better in the wet, but can handle any type of ground.” Sylvester says his mare has a nice environment at home and often works through the bush. 

IF YOU THINK SO ($4.20) was never seriously threatened in leading throughout to defeat RENALOT ($11) and CASINO MONDIAL ($6). THE MEDIATOR started a $2.70 favorite but covered ground and was never a serious winning prospect. Stewards queried rider Robbie Dolan, who said the colt raced flat and finished off only fairly. 

O’Hara praised Sylvester for his work with IF YOU THINK SO. 

“She is not without her quirks,” she said. “You have to go with her and keep her as happy as you can. When she’s happy, we’re all happy.” 

A post-race vet examination revealed SKY DIAMONDS ($5) to be 2/5 lame in the off foreleg, and stewards require a vet clearance before trialling or racing again.



Same story here, though even better as the remarkable 10-year-old ISORICH won his 15th race – and seven of them have been on his home track – at his 128th start for local trainer Wayne Seelin, who deserves great credit for the manner in which he has managed the veteran’s career. 

Jockey Sam Clipperton bounced back from a mishap earlier in the day when dislodged from his mount just after the start of the second race, and took full advantage of the gelding’s inside draw to dictate terms. 

“He is a course specialist and had the conditions to suit today,” he said. “I held the front because leaders have been winning most of the day. The 1350m is probably as far as he wants to go, but he travelled strongly and was tough.” 

ISORICH ($6.50) battled for the lead early with eventual third placegetter SAFARIS ($5.50), but once he assumed control was never really threatened. BUZZ ($17), who also races well at Wyong, ran home strongly to grab second placing and looks to be nearing another win.



Yet another front-runner demolished his rivals. Returning as a gelding, Newcastle three-year-old MIDLAND ($2.60 favorite) had no trouble returning to the winning list; his cause enhanced when a number of strong chances dropped out before the 7.30am scratching deadline. 

Wearing the colours of the famed New Zealand breeding farm Waikato Stud, rider Brenton Avdulla clinched a double, having won earlier on SPIRITUALITY. “I put the foot to the floor to lead, and he gave a good kick on the bend,” Avdulla said afterwards. MIDLAND indeed gave a good kick, racing clear to score by more than three lengths from AUSTEJA ($6) and TIMPERLEY ($8). ENAMOUR ($12) was 2/5 lame in the off hind leg after the race, and cannot trial or race again until a vet cleara



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Racing has been a huge part of Amanda Davis-William’s life and on Tuesday things step up a notch when she saddles up her first runner. 

The 23-year-old has long dreamed of becoming a trainer and three-year-old G’Day Poopsie will see that dream realised when he lines up in the 1000m Maiden at Wyong. 

The gelding impressed at Scone finishing fourth in his first start over 1000m on February 16 while under the care of Amanda’s mother Tina. 

“It’s pretty nerve-wracking to tell you the truth,” Amanda said. 

“I’m extremely excited, especially to have him racing at his home track. 

“I’ve been to so many race meetings strapping horses over the years but to have one running in your own name is totally different.”

Wyong racecourse is like a second home to Amanda, who started riding work at the track when she was 14. 

She always wanted a career in racing and after a short stint working for Bob and Wendy Lapointe at Muskoka Farm, she returned to Wyong and became part of Kim Waugh’s team. 

“I rode work for Kim for five and a half years and got so much experience there,” she said. 

“I had a nasty accident about two years ago and while I was sidelined, I started thinking about taking out a trainer’s licence. 

“It had always been in the back of my mind but being injured with plenty of time on my hands, gave me the push I needed.”

When she returned to work, she joined the Damien Lane stable and is now being mentored by the trainer. 
“Damien has been a massive supporter and I really appreciate everything he’s done. 

“I still ride work for him early and then I go home and get my two and bring them into the track.”

Amanda believes G’Day Poopsie can improve on his Scone run but he will have to overcome a wide barrier.

“He ran a good race that day and I’m quietly confident heading into Tuesday that he can finish top four.

“We didn’t think he’d lead at Scone, but he showed a lot of early speed and will hopefully do that again at Wyong. 

“He’s been a different horse since his first run and there’s been plenty of form come out of that race. I really expect him to improve.”

Clinton Ridley, Amanda’s partner, leases G’Day Poopsie, who was bred by a family friend Mick Bates.

“I wanted to know where the name came from because it’s unusual and apparently Poopsie is Mick’s nickname in the family.”

Amanda, who has also tasted plenty of success in the show arena, has one other horse in work Master Drummer but is keen to build her stable.

“I know it’s going to take time but eventually I’d love to have around 20 in work. 

“I’ve had some great female role models in my Mum and Kim Waugh so I know I can do it.”

The first of eight races gets underway at 1.15pm. 


Race 1 – 1.15pm: AUSTRALIAN RACING CHRISTIAN CHAPLAINCY 2YO MAIDEN (1200m): 1 CONRAD, 2 Big Fun, 3 Queen Of Dubai, 4 Mokulua.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: CARLTON DRAUGHT PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1200m): 1 ANGRY LIAM, 2 Elusive Bride, 3 Accelerant, 4 Grand Palazzo.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: HMA MAIDEN (1350m): 1 SPIRITUALITY, 2 Cantrell, 3 Not A Choice, 4 Summer Breeze.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: GO ELECTRICAL MAIDEN (1000m): 1 TWITCH, 2 Stunning To Win, 3 Readapt, 4 Russbuss.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: BOOK NOW POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP MARCH 27 CLASS 1 (1000m): 1 GENKIDES, 2 Miss Kono, 3 Winside, 4 Major Murphy.

Race 6 – 4.15pm: HUCKEL EXCAVATIONS CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 (1600m): 1 DUNDEE LEE, 2 Mohican, 3 Sky Diamonds, 4 Casino Mondial.

Race 7 – 4.50pm: TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 PROVIDE, 2 Raptures, 3 Safaris, 4 Ocean Go.

Race 8 – 5.30pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY SATURDAY MARCH 27 CLASS 1 (1200m): 1 HELLO SUNSHINE, 2 Impressive Lass, 3 Giselle Anne, 4 Adamas Prince. 




Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou took out the training honours while Jason Collett rode a double, in a great day of racing at Wyong. 

Kim Waugh’s The Bullring raised the flag for the locals while Godolphin filly Siege impressed with a tough win. 

Check out the race-to-race highlights below.

A confident ride by James Innes Jn secured victory for Just A Jedi ($3.50) in the JIM BEAM CLASS 1 & MAIDEN. 

The three-year-old looks to have the makings of a promising stayer, impressing at his first attempt over the 2100m.

Trainers Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou had concerns about the extra distance but the Free Eagle gelding put paid to that, posting a length win. 

“Jimmy (Innes Jnr) gave him a confident ride and that was the difference,” Alexiou said after the race. 

“He sat and waited patiently and knew the horse was going to be there when he asked.

“He’s always shown us good ability at home, but I think in time he can be a more than handy stayer.”

What A Girl ($2.80), from the Waller stable, finished second, with Singapura ($5.50), trained by Glen Thompson, third. 

A $60,000 yearling, Just A Jedi (pictured), brought up back-to-back wins with the victory, having greeted the judge at Gosford over 1600m on February 4.


A race to race double for the Ryan/Alexiou stable with Le Vizir ($7.50) winning the SKY RACING METRO & PROV MAIDEN over 1350m.

The three-year-old, resuming from an eight-month spell, dictated terms throughout and was able to hold out the fast-finishing favourite, Lady Of Luxury ($1.30), on the line.

Winning rider, Robbie Dolan, was impressed with the colt’s victory, in only his third race start. 

“He’s learning and the best is definitely ahead of him,” he said. 

Alexiou agreed believing Le Vizir will get over more ground in time.  

“He’s always shown a good amount of ability at home but taken a long time to come to hand. 

“A bit of cut in the track today and a good ride by Robbie has certainly helped him. 

“I think he will get out over a trip and time is going to be his best friend. He obviously wobbled around the turn and was on the wrong leg today but was good enough to hold them off late.”

 Our Flaming Moes ($21) from the Matt Dunn stable was third.

Le Vizir, by French sire Siyouni, was a $260,000 Magic Millions yearling purchase.


A thrilling three-way finish in the DE BORTOLI WINES 2YO MAIDEN with local galloper The Bullring ($2.80) holding on for a narrow win.

The Kim Waugh trained gelding led throughout the 1300m trip and looked to be on track for an easy victory before late challenges by Tea Leaves and Geisel.

The judge was called to separate the trio with The Bullring getting the nod by a short half head much to the relief of the stable and connections. 

“It was close but he’s a lovely horse and it’s great to get the win,” Waugh said. 

“It was disaster at Scone at his first run. He missed the start badly and flew home. 

“I was worried about him getting the 1300m today, so I don’t think I’ll do that again in a hurry, but he hung on and did very well.

“He had to tough out it but fought hard and is still very new and very green. 

“Jason Collett rode him beautifully. He’s going to be a nice horse and is still six months away.”

A $120,000 Rubick yearling, The Bullring was sent out $2.80 favourite on the back of his Scone third on February 16. 

He beat the Waterhouse/Bott trained Tea Leaves ($9), with Geisel ($81), from the Perry stable, third.


Plenty of wraps for Godolphin filly Siege following her win on debut in the 1100m GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP 3YO MAIDEN. 

The well-bred Street Boss three-year-old was caught wide throughout after drawing the outside barrier and still managed to score a convincing win.

Christian Reith couldn’t get cover from the wide draw, but Siege still had plenty in the tank on the line, winning by half a length. 

“She wasn’t entitled to win with the run she had but I had no chance to get her in,” Reith said.

“I just had to have confidence that she would go on with it and she won with plenty in hand.

“She will take a lot of improvement from that. She was very good today and has a lot of upside to her.”

Darren Beadman, representing the stable, agreed with Reith.

“She’s a nice filly and was quite impressive today.

“She’s extremely well bred and has the Merchant Navy bloodlines.

“She had a few little issues in her early days, but the stable has looked after her and given her plenty of time to strengthen up and build her confidence.”

Siege ($5.50) beat Russbuss ($7) from the Bjorn Baker stable by a half-length, with the $2.30 favourite Zain’s Girl, a length behind in third. 


Bargain returned to the winner’s circle in impressive style with a soft victory in the BOOK NOW POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WYONG MARCH 27 F&M CLASS 1.

The Ocean Park filly was given a great ride by Rachel King, who went from the rear of the small field on the turn, weaving a passage down the straight before drawing away to score a length and a quarter win over the 1350m.

King described the Mark Newnham trained Bargain as “pretty promising.”

“She did everything right today. Mark took the blinkers off and she was a lot more relaxed and very professional in the run. 

“She was able to get on the back of a couple of horses going forward and was quite brave and put them away comfortably in the end.”

Stable representative Robyn Fowler said they always knew the filly had ability. 

“We knew she had some talent and in her last run at Warwick Farm she was over racing, so it was good to see her settle today. 

“She will go places.”

Bargain ($3) beat another Newnham runner Rosie Riveter ($2.20fav), with Jeanne D’Arc ($5) from the Ryan Alexiou stable, third. 


Class prevailed in the 1200m CANADIAN CLUB MAIDEN with the Clare Cunningham trained Impressive Lass ($2) putting paid to her opposition with a two-length win. 

The Real Impact three-year-old had been racing in better company, coming off a fourth at Warwick Farm on February 10. 

She appreciated the drop in grade and showed a good turn of foot in the straight to draw away from her opposition. 

“We’ve always had time for this filly,” Cunningham said.

“She’s always shown nice ability and I hope the confidence she gets from this win propels her forward.

“I’m happy with her, she showed a nice dash and it’s very good to see her put it together.

“I always thought she might get over bit further and we’ll head her through the grades now.”

Jason Collett, who brought up a winning double, was caught wide from the barrier. 

“I was really confident despite being wide.

“It was the spot I wanted to be and worked out perfectly. I had plenty of horse coming into the straight.” 

The Godolphin trained Jadida ($4.40) was runner-up, with an eye-catching run by Oh Golly Gosh ($61) from the Attard stable, for third. 


A great front running ride by Serg Lisnyy secured victory for the Denim Wynen trained Dual Escape in the TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 64 over 1100m.

The Dubleo mare brought up her fourth win for the young trainer, who relocated from Wyong to Port Macquarie last year. 

Dual Escape, the $31 outsider of the field, pinged the gates and was taken to the lead by Lisnyy, who defied the racing pattern of the day and hugged the rails. 

The seven-year-old mare gave a kick on straightening and was able to hold out her opposition to win by half a length. 

Wynen said Dual Escape still had trouble getting to the gates. 

“She still carries on like a two-year-old. 

“She never changes but when she’s like that is when she runs her best races. 

“I worked for Kristen (Buchanan) when she had her so have known this mare from the word go. 

“When she offered her to me, I was keen to take her and it’s great to get her fourth win up, especially another provincial win.”

Dual Escape beat the fast-finishing Barossa Rosa ($5.50) from the Tracey Bartley stable, with Tony Ball’s Standing Bear ($7) a close third.


Well bred gelding Nordicus ($5) brought up his second career win taking out the WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY TUESDAY MARCH 9 CG&E CLASS 1 over 1350m.

The Dundeel five-year-old out of Miss Finland, hadn’t tasted success since a Randwick victory in November 2018. 

Tommy Berry sat just behind the leader and short priced favourite Bojack ($1.50) before bringing him to the front on straightening and drawing away to win by half a length. 

“Hopefully that win gives him a lot of confidence,” Berry said. 

“He’s always had that sort of ability and has been racing in much tougher grades.

“Coming back to the provincials suited him and hopefully he can go on with it now. 

“He gave me a really good feel and can hopefully go on with in in the city.” 

Trained by Anthony Cummings, Nordicus beat Tectonicus ($6) from the Ryan/ Alexiou stable, with Peter Green’s Spanish Fighter ($15) third.



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The Waterhouse/Bott team head to Wyong on Thursday with three nice chances including impressive debutant winner Bojack.

The Snitzel gelding, a $400,000 yearling, blitzed his opposition at Gosford on February 4 with an eye-catching three length win over the 1200m.

He steps up to the 1350m in a Class 1 at Wyong and racing manager Emma Reeves believes he can make it back-to-back wins. 

“He was really impressive winning last time,” she said.

“We had planned to possibly start him at Canterbury Friday night, but this looks like a winnable race and he rates really well.  

“I think Gai, and Adrian are leaning toward Wyong, getting him another nice kill and hopefully letting him win as impressively as he did on debut.”

Reeves said they had high hopes for the three-year-old, who is raced by a syndicate including Waterhouse and Bott. 

“We will probably just keep building him through his grades this preparation and definitely try and get him to town.  

“When he comes back next time, we will have much higher aspirations for him.”

Sebring colt Tea Leaves starts in the 1300m 2YO Maiden and Reeves considers him a good chance.  

“We’ve always had quite a high opinion of him from early on, but he’s looks like more of a miler, 2000m and beyond as he matures physically.

“Kathy O’Hara rode him in his gallop on Saturday and she is enamoured with him. She really thinks he’s a Derby style horse, whether it’s here in Sydney or Queensland, he’s only going to improve as he gets further.”

A $335,000 Magic Millions yearling, Tea Leaves finished toward the rear of the field at his only start over 1000m at Canberra on February 5.

“He was run off his feet at Canberra, but we had to start somewhere. 

“He will appreciate the extra distance on Thursday and beyond that, but we are hopefully his precocity makes him tough to beat over the 1300m, but he will excel over even further. He’s a bright prospect.”

Reeves said Mensa Missile, resuming in the 1100m BM64, goes into the race in really good order. 

 “He’s always shown a lot of ability. The day he broke his maiden at Wyong he did it in very impressive style. 

“Then we sent him down to Victoria chasing races in his own age group before he was spelled. 

“He has returned in really good order. He can be quite a hot horse but has settled down a lot. 

“Now he’s a four-year-old he’s got quite a nice rating to work off and he should be working through his grades really nicely. 

“He trialled really well going into this and is ready to go.”

The first of eight races gets underway at 1.15pm.


Race 1 – 1.15pm: JIM BEAM CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 JUST A JEDI, 2 Karauna, 3 What A Girl, 4 Seporto.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: SKY RACING METRO & PROV MAIDEN (1350m): 1VANILLA SKY, 2 Le Vizir, 3 Mr Severino, 4 California Cible.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: DE BORTOLI WINES 2YO MAIDEN (1300m): 1 WILSONS PROM, 2 The Bullring, 3 Tea Leaves, 4 Akahata.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP 3YO MAIDEN (1100m): 1 ZAIN’S GIRL, 2 Octagon, 3 Russbuss, 4 Initiation.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: BOOK NOW POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WYONG MARCH 27 (1350m): 1 SELEQUE, 2 Rosie Riveter, 3 Jeanne D’Arc, 4 Heart Of Siena.

Race 6 – 4.15pm: CANADIAN CLUB MAIDEN (1200m): 1 IMPRESSIVE LASS, 2 Jadida, 3 Klopp, 4 Hialoa.

Race 7 – 4.50pm: TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1 PARACHUTER, 2 Star Magnum, 3 Mensa Missile, 4 In Awe Of Me. 

Race 8 – 5.30pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY TUESDAY CG&E CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 BOJACK, 2 Tectonicus, 3 Nordicus, 4 Spanish Fighter.



The Tracey Bartley trained Enamour started the day well for locals breaking through for a well-deserved win in the DE BORTOLI WINES 4YO & UP MAIDEN over 1100m.

The Charm Spirit mare had been placed in her past four starts and was coming off a third when resuming at Muswellbrook on January 7. 

Her win continued a great month for the Bartley stable with four winners to date. 

Enamour’s win came courtesy of in-form apprentice Reece Jones, who took the four-year-old to the lead and rated her well in front, holding out the fast-finishing Giselle Anne to win by half a length.

“She’s a winning mare now and we are all very happy,” Bartley said.

“It’s great for the owners to win a race with her. She’s run second to some good horses so the form around her is good. She will definitely pay her way.”

Bartley said he would consider dropping Enamour back to 1000m next start. 

“I’d like to drop her back to 1000m and ride her quieter even though she won like that today.

“We tried to hold her up in her trial and she went really good but the other day at Muswellbrook she got her toe on again.

“It would be good to get her to settle behind them.”

Bartley said it was a good ride by Jones, with his instructions to “rate her and save her for the kick home,” carried out to a tee.

Enamour ($2.40) beat the race favourite Giselle Anne ($2.30fav) trained by Lee and Cherie Curtis, with Ron Lemon’s Redconi ($9), third.


Reece Jones brought up a race to race double after Taree visitor Standing Bear upset the favoured runners to take out the 1100m GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP CLASS 1. 

The four-year-old by Smart Missile, a $150,000 yearling, brought up his second win at start nine. 

Jones rated the gelding well in front, drawing away in the final stages to win by almost four lengths.

Ball said he had expected Standing Bear to race well. 

“He didn’t handle the heavy 10 at Coffs last start and before that he got beaten only two lengths in a Highway,” he said. 

“It was an absolute bog at Coffs but here on a soft 5 he was well suited. 

“He’s got plenty of ability and can go for a spell now. 

“He will come back a better horse.”

Standing Bear ($13) beat Ron Leemon’s Miss Anticipation ($8), with Hurt Money ($3.80) from the Snowden yard, a close third.


Well-bred Chris Waller debutant Lucilight proved too smart for her opposition in the JIM BEAM MAIDEN over 1350m, overhauling the short-priced favourite on the line. 

Rachel King piloted the $140,000 yearling to a strong three-quarter length victory.

By All Too Hard, Lucilight carries the Inglis colours of Group 1 winning mare Youngstar.  

King settled the three-year-old toward the rear of the small field throughout, before finding a gap on straightening and drawing away for an impressive win.

Damien Fitton, representing the Waller stable, described the winner as a ‘very nice filly.’

“We’ve given her a bit of time to get to the races, strengthen up and mature,” he said.

“She won quite easily today but it was just a matter of would she be able to do it first up. 

“Rachel gave a glowing report and said she’s very professional and will go on with the job.

“She should be a nice metropolitan horse and maybe even go a bit further.” 

Lucilight, who returned $8.50, beat the $1.55 favourite Nearly Fine, from the Mark Newnham stable, with another Waller runner, Big Angle ($6), third. 


A few anxious moments for the connections of Desert Flame in the final stages of the RYAN’S METAL ROOFING MAIDEN over 1600m.

The three-year-old daughter of Pride of Dubai looked all out of steam heading for the line but managed to hold out the fast-finishing opposition to win by half a length. 

A $200,000 yearling, Desert Flame had four placings leading into the race, the latest a third a Warwick Farm on January 13.

She was sent out $1.40 favourite on the back of her strong Metropolitan and Provincial form.

Trainer David Payne had planned to let the filly roll along in front and Keagan Latham was able to carry out his instructions, with Desert Flame taking an early lead. 

Latham dictated the pace in front before kicking away on the turn, only to be threatened late by the Sombre Prize ($51) from the Henry Reeves stable and Red Hot Zone ($17), trained by Clarry Connors. 

Payne said he has always had a decent opinion of the filly.

“She’s been knocking on the door for a while,” he said.

“We wanted to get that win out of the way today.”  


Consistent stayer Duchess Of Windsor put her best foot forward outstaying her opposition to take out the 2100m ROYAL HOTEL WYONG BENCHMARK 64.

The Matthew Smith trained mare brought up her fourth career win at start 29.

Alysha Collett settled the five-year-old outside the leader and short priced favourite So United but had the superior fitness in the straight drawing away to win by more than a length. 

Matthew Smith said the Rip Van Winkle mare could always perform with the right conditions. 

“She is just one of those horses who needs things to go right for her in the run,” he said.

“She’s won over the 2100m before and it was good to see her sitting handy and keeping out of trouble.

Duchess Of Windsor ($13), beat the $2.30 favourite So United from the Waterhouse/Bott stable, with Itasca, trained by Scott Singleton, third.


A strong ride by Mikayla Weir secured victory for the John Steinmetz trained Writing Unexpected in the TEAM THOROUGHBRED NSW REHOMING HORSES BENCHMARK 64 over 1600m. 

The son of Choistar, raced by the Steinmetz family, brought up his fifth career win in a thrilling three-way finish.

Weir had the mare well-placed midfield for much of the race, before taking her to the lead on straightening. 

She had to dig deep in the final stages to secure a narrow short half head win for the five-year-old over the Freedman trained Dinado ($7), with the $2.60 race favourite Lexi’s Choice, from the Widdup stable, a half-length behind in third.

Writing Unexpected appreciated the drop in class having last run in the Moruya Cup over 1435m.


Promising filly Proud Mia franked her winning form with an impressive victory in the WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25 BENCHMARK 64.

The Pride Of Dubai three-year-old brought up her fourth win from just nine starts in a smart time over the 1000m.

Apprentice Tyler Schiller drove the filly to the lead from the barriers, rating her well in the running before pulling away in the final stages to win by more than a length. 

Trainer Nick Olive has always had a good opinion of Proud Mia, who was sent out $3 favourite. 

“She is very fast but also seems very professional in what she does,” he said.

“She’s got a lot of natural speed and that’s probably her biggest asset.”

A $60,000 yearling, Proud Mia beat the Stephen Bartley trained Engadine ($7) by more than a length, with Upper East Side ($17) from the Buchanan stable, third.



Dream Maiden has been a work in progress for Jason Coyle who is hoping his patience will pay off on Sunday.

The Dream Ahead mare, has a win and eight placings to her name and Coyle believes she has plenty of upside.

She is the best chance of the three runners he saddles up at Sunday’s Wyong Summer Race Day, and Coyle considers her best form is still to come.

The five-year-old resumed from a spell over the 1400m at Nowra on January 10, finishing a length behind the winner in fifth.

She lines up in the 1600m BM 64 on Sunday, a race Coyle says is perfect for this stage of her preparation. 

“She’s a really nice mare who has taken a very, very long time to come to hand,” he said.

“She’s lightly framed and has finally filled into a mare that I think can now go on with it.

“I know she’s only won the one race, but she tries very hard, she’s very honest. 

“She carried a fair bit of weight at Nowra, was just short of a run and got a bit tired late.

“She took good benefit from that. She steps up to a mile and is going to appreciate the extra 200m, but her better form will be when she gets out to 2000m. 

“She’s always honest and never far away at the finish and should be racing in better grades over the next 12 to 24 months.”

Coyle said he has finally found a suitable race for Confident Lad, who starts in the 2100m BM64.

“I’ve finally found a race where he gets over a trip. He’s been hounded by a couple of soft tracks which he hates and it’s also not easy to find the distance races for a lower grade stayer. 

“We were able to get him a run over the mile at Queanbeyan, which was good.

“He finally gets to a distance he likes and a good track.

“While they may be just be a grade above him, there’s not too much between country and provincial once they get over the distance.”

Coyle said All American gelding Australiano, who starts in the 1600m Maiden is still a bit of an unknown, having recently joined the stable. 

The four-year-old had his first start for Coyle over 1300m at Kembla on January 9 and is definitely looking for more ground. 

“It looks like on his earlier tapes that he’s a little bit immature, but he’s grown into a lovely strong horse who will get over a bit of ground. 

“He hadn’t raced in a while when he came to me so you’d expect he will improve again from the run. 

“The fitter he gets and the further he goes the more effective he becomes.

“He’s a bit of an unknown at the moment and we will learn a bit more about him as he races on this preparation.” 

The first of seven races gets underway at 1.15pm.  Gates open for General Admission at 12pm.

Today’s Race book


Race 1 – 1.15pm: DE BORTOLI WINES 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1100m): ENAMOUR, 2 Giselle Anne, 3 Taikun, 4 Fighting Duck.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP CLASS 1 (1100m): 1 HURT MONEY, 2 Numbers Game, 3 Miss Anticipation, 4 Standing Bear.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: JIM BEAM MAIDEN (1350m): 1 NEARLY FINE, 2 Egao, 3 Dizzy Dawn, 4 Lucilight.

Race 4 – 3.00pm: RYAN’S METAL ROOFING MAIDEN (1600m): 1 DESERT FLAME, 2 Zidler, 3 Right Bower, Ausbred Cooee.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: ROYAL HOTEL WYONG BENCHMARK 64 (2100m): 1SO UNITED, 2 Prince Camelot, 3 Souchong, 4 Confident Lad.

Race 6 – 4.15pm: TEAM THOROUGHBRED NSW REHOMING HORSES BM64 (1600m) 1 DREAM MAIDEN, 2 Split Not A Shock, 3 Aristograts, 4 Always Sure.

Race 7 – 5.00pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25 BM64 (1000m): 1 MR POLAR, 2 Proud Mia, 3 No Doubt A Star, 4 Snitzari.