RYAN AND ALEXIOU DOMINATE WYONG

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

BOJACK CHASING BACK TO BACK WINS

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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.

SELECTIONS: 

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.

BARTLEY’S CONTINUES WINNING RUN

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.”  

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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.

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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.

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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.

COYLE DREAMING OF WYONG SUCCESS

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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.

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SELECTIONS: 

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.

BRIGHT FUTURE for delexo

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Kristen Buchanan looks to have unveiled a promising galloper with Delexo blitzing his opposition on debut.

The three-year-old was sent out $2.35 favourite and didn’t disappoint, taking out the MARK CROSS RACING 2&3YO PROV & CTRY MAIDEN by almost three lengths. 

Ridden by Ashley Morgan, Delexo raced fiercely at times but still had the ability to finish off the 1000m race in convincing fashion.

“I do like this bloke,” Buchanan said following the win.

“I was nervous about today but he’s a really, lovely animal.

“He was fierce in the early stages and has to learn to cool his jets a little but over the 1000m he’s got some good jets.

“He has a very competitive mind set on game day and you can’t complain about that in a racehorse.”

Buchanan said she had purchased Delexo at the breeze up sales on the Gold Coast. 

“He was a standout in terms of heart rate and recovery and that really drew my attention plus he was a cracking sort as well. 

“He had a few little issues and because of that we got him at a reasonable price. 

“I was prepared to be patient, but he got here a little earlier than I expected and it’s great to see him win like that.

“He’s a beautiful strong horse and a favourite in the stables.”

Coming off three trial wins, Delexo beat Sniper Legend ($4.60) trained by Matthew Vella, with Belleofthehunter ($26) from the Ken Lantry stable, third.

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Snitzify denied local warrior Isorich victory in the HAPPY RETIREMENT WYONG TRAINER STAN THOMAS CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68, getting the bob of the head on the line. 

Apprentice Reece Jones took the 10-year-old veteran to the lead and kicked away in the straight, only to be run down in the final stages by Snitzify.

The winner, a $105,000 yearling, is trained by Peter and Paul Snowden for Triple Crown syndications. 

Racing manager Colum McCullagh was full of praise for the ride by Keagan Latham.

“Keagan slid across and got him in a nice spot just outside the lead.

“It was nice to see him knuckle down and try really hard in the straight,” he said.

“We were counting steps in the end for Isorich to stop but luckily for us and a great bunch of Triple Crown owners, Snitzify was able to stretch out and get his nose on the right side of the post.”

Snitzify ($3.40) beat the Wayne Seelin trained Isorich ($21), with the $3 favourite Debari, from the Pride stable, third.

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Patience paid off for the connections of Blue Sky Moon, with the first starter taking out the 1200m KIM WAUGH RACING 4YO&UP MAIDEN.

The four-year-old, by Irish Sire Puissance De Lune, had been trialled twice in the lead up by trainer Paul Cave.

He looked sharp winning his latest trial over 740m at Warwick Farm on December 30 and carried that form into the race.

The gelding pinged the gates, enabling Kathy O’Hara to dictate terms in front. 

Courtesy of a well-rated ride, she was able to hold out the short priced favourite Doppelpunkt in the final stages, to win by half a neck.

“He’s a lovely horse and is still pretty raw,” O’Hara said after the win.

“He’s a big, scopey horse who will improve with time and racing.

“The owners have taken their time with him and hopefully they will be rewarded.

“It’s all before him at the moment and he will take a lot of benefit out of today.”

Blue Sky Moon ($3.30) beat John O’Shea’s $1.75 favourite Doppelpunkt, with Chloebella Rose ($41) from the Kearney stable, third. 

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The formidable combination of Tim Clark and Waterhouse/Bott struck again in the KRISTEN BUCHANAN RACING CG&E MAIDEN with Anotherthinkcomin’ a dominant winner.

The three-year-old, a $210,000 Vancouver yearling, was coming off a ninth on debut at Bathurst on December 21, but made the step up to Provincial grade impressively, recording a four-length win.

Clark took the gelding to the lead in the 1350m race, and maintained the front, kicking away in the final stages. 

Stable foreman Ron Nunn said they had expected an improved performance. 

“The win wasn’t totally unexpected,” he said.

“He didn’t have a whole lot of luck at Bathurst last start. It was a bit short and he got caught out in the middle of no man’s land and just had a tough run. “He trained on from that and cleaned up in the coat and was looking a lot better.”

Anotherthinkcomin’ beat the short priced favourite Kaptive ($1.40) from the Hawkes stable, who was held up on the turn, with Apex ($31) trained by John Cooper, third. 

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The well-supported Correlate overcame a wide barrier to score a tough win in the 1350m TRACEY BARTLEY RACING F&M MAIDEN.

Josh Parr was able to take the Not A Single Doubt filly to a soft lead from barrier nine after a positive ride from the gates.

He dictated terms in front, giving the filly a breather in the back straight, before drawing away in the final stages to win by more than a length.

Aaron Lau, representing the Newnham stable, said Correlate had gone into the race with plenty of fitness.

“She was third up today and was fit enough to win like that,” he said.

“The original plan was to sit outside the leader, but she got into a lovely rhythm and was way too strong.

“She got a stitch over in the last 100m at Newcastle last start but was very good today.”

Correlate, who had been placed once from five starts, earned plenty of late support to start $2.40 favourite.

She beat the Snowden trained Danzette ($7.50), with Princess Amira ($8.50) from the Waterhouse/Bott stable, third.

The winner was a $180,000 Magic Millions yearling.

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It was back-to-back Wyong wins for the Kylie Gavenlock trained Go For Gold taking out the 1100m ALLAN DENHAM CLASS 1.

The five-year-old by Medaglia D’Oro had to survive a protest by runner-up Cinderella after being wayward in the final stages of the straight.

He kept his winning record intact in his second start since joining the Gavenlock stable, recording a half length win.

Andrew Gibbons had Go For Gold just behind the leaders, before circling the field on the turn and hitting the front in the straight.

Gavenlock described the winner as a work in progress. 

“He’s a really quiet, beautiful animal but it’s a psychological thing for him,” she said.

“He had bad barrier manners when he came to us. He collapsed at Gosford after his second start and since then his manners got worse.

“We had to go right back and get it all out of his head and take him to the races and give him nice experiences. 

“It seems to be paying off but it’s still pretty nerve wracking waiting for him to get into the gates. 

“He’s very versatile and a fair dinkum racehorse but we still have to keep working on his manners.”

Go For Gold ($14) beat Cinderella ($17), trained by Richard and Michael Freedman, with Colonel ($5) from the Snowden stable, third.

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The heavily backed Never Never River proved too strong in the JEFF ENGLEBRECTH RACING BM64 over 1350m.

The Written Tycoon three-year-old, a $130,000 yearling, was a Canterbury winner two starts back and struggled in the heavy at his last outing on the Kensington track.

Apprentice Tyler Schiller claimed a heat of the Rising Star Series with the victory along with the praise of trainer Gerald Ryan.

“He is a nice horse and Tyler rode him terrific,” Ryan said.

“He can be a difficult horse to ride, over racing and pulling.

“Tim Clark spoke to Tyler and said to just flow with him, and he would do what he did today, come back off the bit and travel. 

“I’ve always had an opinion of him, but he’s been his own worst enemy but he’s starting to learn his craft.”

Never Never River ($1.55fav) beat the Lees trained Elegant Grace ($6.50) by a length and a half, with Bizou ($19) from the O’Shea stable, third.

DYLAN MAKING STEPS TO PROVINCIAL GRADE

DYLAN MAKING STEPS TO PROVINCIAL GRADE 6

Promising apprentice Dylan Gibbons has limited experience on the Provincial circuit but goes into Wednesday’s Wyong meeting with two strong chances. 

The 19-year-old has only had 10 Provincial rides to date, tasting success on the Ron Quinton trained Hibiscus Lady at Gosford in late October.

At her subsequent start on November 18, Gibbon’s first race ride at Wyong, he was runner-up but hopes to go one better on Wednesday.

He partners Siesta Key and No Laughing Matter part of a strong team his boss Kris Lees has at the meeting. 

“I’d ridden in a few trials at Wyong before the race ride with Hibiscus Lady and found riding on race day a whole lot different. 

“The home turn was a lot sharper race day than it seemed trial day. I got a bit lost and let my horse wander right off, so I’ll be navigating a bit better than I did that day. 

“It’s all experience and I’m still learning so much. It’s a different level again riding against the best jockeys at Provincial meetings.”

Gibbons has had a flying start to his apprenticeship with 26 winners to date. 

He is coming off a double at Tuncurry on Saturday and Port Macquarie double on January 8. 

He now claims 2kg in the country and is happy to do the most of his riding around the bush tracks. 

“I’m not in a hurry to take more rides at the Provincials. I’d like to outride my country claim before I concentrate on that. I know I’ve still got so much to learn, and the country is a good place to do it.” 

So You Think mare Siesta Keys starts in the Benchmark 58 over 1300m, with Gibbons having partnered her to a second at her last outing at Taree on January 4. 

The four-year-old was beaten in a photo by stablemate No Laughing Matter and Gibbons is confident she’s a winning chance.

“The only time I’ve sat on her was last start at Taree when we just got beat by No Laughing Matter. 

“It was a super run. She got caught wide with no cover outside the leaders and had to do all the bullocking work. No Laughing Matter nearly put a length on her, and she fought back to get pipped by a nose. 

“She’s got all the right attributes for a race like this. She’s got ability and the physical and mental toughness that gets her through challenges like getting caught wide without cover. 

“She’s definitely seasoned and ready for it. She’s a tough, honest mare who will give me 100%.”

Gibbons rides No Laughing Matter in the 1350m Benchmark 64, a heat of the Rising Star Series for apprentices.

The Exosphere filly has won three of her six starts and is shooting for her third successive win.

“I’ve won on No Laughing Matter before in an apprentice race at Taree,” he said.

“She’s a young filly going through her grades and is doing everything right.

“It looks like an ideal race for her.”

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SELECTIONS: 

Race 1 – 1.45pm: KIM WAUGH RACING 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1200m): 1 SPANISH PEARL, 2 Stark, 3 Doppelpunkt, 4 Blue Sky Moon.

Race 2 – 2.20pm: KRISTEN BUCHANAN RACING CG&E MAIDEN (1350m): 1 KAPTIVE, 2 Bytact, 3 Right Bower, 4 Deliberation.

Race 3 – 2.55pm: TRACEY BARTLEY RACING F&M MAIDEN (1350m): 1 BIG ANGEL, 2 Mon Amore, 3 Correlate, 4 Princess Amira.

Race 4 – 3.30pm: MARK CROSS RACING 2&3YO PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1000m): 1 PRESS AHEAD, 2 Mystic Gem, 3 Express Award, 4 Hamoon Money.

Race 5 – 4.05pm: ALLAN DENHAM RACING CLASS 1 (1100m): 1 QUATUM, 2 Gunnamatta, 3 Colonel, 4 Go For Gold.

Race 6 – 4.40pm: HAPPY RETIREMENT WYONG TRAINER STAN THOMAS CONDITIONAL BM 68 (1300m): 1 DERBARI, 2 Snitzify, 3 Siesta Key, 4 Elegant Grace.

Race 7 – 5.15pm: JEFF ENGLEBRECHT RACING BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 NEVER NEVER RIVER, 2 Whatsin, 3 No Laughing Matter, 4 Tahuna. 

LEES DOMINATES PROVINCIAL FINAL

LEES DOMINATES PROVINCIAL FINAL 7

It was a Kris Lees trifecta in the $150,000 final of the Sky Racing Summer Provincial Series with Itz Lily a dominant winner over stable mates Spanish Point and Game Of Thorns.

The win gave Lees his second successive final win in the popular series. 

Itz Lily, the $3.30 race favourite, relished the heavy conditions and despite being caught three wide throughout, Alysha Collett kept her cool hitting the lead on the turn and drawing away to score by almost two lengths. 

Successful syndicators Australian Bloodstock race both the winner and third placegetter. 

Danny Greer, representing the Lees stable, said it was a terrific effort by Itz Lily, a $80,000 yearling, after a tough run.

“She didn’t have a lot of luck in the run but was very dominant working into the race nicely and putting them away a long way out,” he said.

“It’s good to see her come back in really good order. 

“Australian Bloodstock provided us with a couple really nice horses in this race. 

“We were also happy with the effort of Spanish Point, who is improving with racing.”

Greer was full of praise for the ride by Collett. 

“She didn’t panic at all and improved into the race at the right time. It was good to see her sustain that sprint and she put them away a long way out from the finish.”

The win brought up back-to-back victories for Itz Lily, who took out the Newcastle heat on December 19. 

The consistent Snitzel mare has now had six wins and seven placings from 21 starts. 

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A terrific training effort by Kylie Gavenlock to taste success with Go For Gold after more than 15 months off the scene.

The five-year-old was having only his third career run but was sent out at $3.50 on the strength of a strong barrier trial at Wyong on December 18.

Jockey Andrew Gibbons had him in the box seat throughout the 1200m LAKES OFFICE CHOICE 4YO & UP MAIDEN and was able to get the edge over his opposition in the final stages. 

Gavenlock said it was great to get a win for the connections, who include prominent owner and breeder Kim Harding.

“They have been very patient,” she said. 

“He had some real issues with the barriers and that’s why he has been off the scene for so long. 

“We think he’s got it now and he trialled nicely here which is why we brought him back. 

“I think he’s a very nice horse, but I was a bit worried he may have been a little underdone today. 

“He had missed a bit of work leading into it and he’s a gross horse and a good doer.

“I thought if anything would of beat him today it was his condition, but he got the job done.”

A $360,000 yearling Go For Gold was resuming from a lengthy spell, having previously been trained by Les Bridge. 

He beat Good Deed ($5), from the Hickman stable, with Tracey Bartley’s Stonesthrow ($6.50) third.

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A very dominant win by the Snowden trained Exoboom who justified his short price posting a seven-length victory in the LAKES PRINTERS MAIDEN over 1350 metres. 

The Exosphere gelding was first past the post on the Kensington track on December 17 but lost the race on protest. 

At his previous two starts he was runner-up at both Kensington and Newcastle. 

He wasn’t to be denied at Wyong breaking through for his debut win in the best possible way.

Apprentice Brandon Griffiths had the $1.26 favourite just behind the leader in the early stages, before hitting the front around the 600m mark and drawing away in the straight for an effortless win. 
Ben Bloore, representing the Snowden’s, was full of praise for the victory. 

“It was a good win. Brandon put him outside the leader, let him settle and balance up, and then coming to the corner he let him go and said goodbye,” Bloore said. 

“It was a good ride. Brandon has nice, strong good hands and can get them to relax in the run.” 

He said Exoboom, a $70,000 yearling, had taken time to come to hand. 

“He’s still very immature. He’s a big lanky horse with plenty of scope about him. The more he races the more mature he gets.” 

Exoboom beat the Perry trained Mon Amore ($20), with Mandalorian ($41) from the Coyle stable, third.

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It was a double for the Snowden stable and their apprentice Brandon Griffiths, when Sahra ($2.15fav) greeted the judge in the CAVARNI DESIGN BENCHMARK 64 over 1200m.

Griffiths put in another strong ride to claim victory on the Hinchinbrook filly, her second win in six starts.

Ben Bloore described it as a “very good win.”

“She will take a lot of confidence out of that. Brandon rode her well and didn’t panic.

“He took off at the right time and didn’t panic, just cruised up around them, hit the button and away she went.

“She’s had a few little setbacks here and there. The drop in grade today has helped her a lot and she will take a lot out the win. 

“Two winners from two runners should keep Pete happy for another week.”

Cathay ($8) from the Portelli stable was second, two lengths behind the winner, with Godolphin’s Raison D’Etre ($3) third.  

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Godolphin filly Geist made it back-to-back wins in the 1100m CANADIAN CLUB CLASS 1 courtesy of a great ride by Christian Reith, the first of a winning double for stable and rider.

The in-form jockey had to weave a passage in the straight after coming from behind the pack on the turn.

He drew away in the final stages to win by three quarters of a length. 

The double brought up 14 wins for Reith in just over a month, the jockey having posted 36 victories to date for the season for a 20 percent win ratio.

Geist was having her 10th career start, having raced in Victoria for the early part of her career. 

She was unable to break her maiden in the southern State despite finishing third in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield in February.

She broke her maiden at Hawkesbury on December 13 over 1100m and again found the distance ideal at Wyong to bring up successive wins. 

She beat Kim Waugh’s Tinka’s Lad ($7), with Harmonium ($6), from the Richard and Michael Freedman stable, third. 

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It was a double for stable and rider after Mollycoddle’s victory in the WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY SUNDAY JANUARY 24 F&M BENCHMARK 64 over 1350m.

Another super ride by Reith, who came from last on the turn, secured victory for the $2.10 race favourite. 

It was the third win for the Lonhro filly from 10 starts, all three coming on the Wyong track. 

Stable representative Lee Kunde said Mollycoddle would likely head to a mid-week Metropolitan race.

“She is very consistent this time in, has strengthened up and is a mare in form,” he said.

“Last start she finished second behind Private Eye who came out and won in town today, so the form is franked there.

“I’d say she’ll head to town, but the team will take her back and tick her over and see where we got next.”

Kunde said he wasn’t concerned when Mollycoddle was well back in the field.

“She was always travelling. He cut the corner and it worked out good and she powered through the line. 

“She’s been in a purple patch of form and it was a great ride today.”

Mollycoddle scored a length and a half win over the Waterhouse/Bott trained Tastebud ($12), with Duchess Marizza ($6.50) from the Maher/Eustace stable, third.

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Short-priced favourite Solar Apex didn’t disappoint in the JIM BEAM MAIDEN over 1600m, bringing up his debut win in impressive style. 

The well-bred Deep Impact colt was having his fourth start, having been placed twice on Metropolitan tracks and once on the Provincial circuit.

Jockey Lee Magorrian came from behind on the turn and was able to get a split on straightening, with the three-year-old speeding away to win by almost a length. 

Clare Hewson, representing trainer Chris Waller, said it was a good win. 

“It looked a bit precarious once they jumped because he got shuffled back and looked like he was going to land in an awkward spot,” Hewson said.

“But the horse responded to Lee’s riding and pushed forward to be in a good position.

“He was able to whip around the two leaders on the turn to be in the clear. That’s a good thing about Wyong, they can fan across and get out in the straight. 

“He was lucky the split came, and it was good riding by Lee to drive the horse through.”

A $300,000 yearling, Solar Apex ($2.60) was having his fifth career start.

He beat the John Thompson trained Speedzone ($7), with Jauhera ($5.50) from the Ryan/Alexiou stable, third.

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A convincing win by the Paul Perry trained Skylab ($8.50) to take out the COMMAND BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION PTY LTD CG&E BENCHMARK 64.

The Real Impact gelding was resuming from a spell, after breaking his maiden and being placed twice in four runs in his first preparation.

Shaun Guymer settled the three-year-old toward the rear in the early stages, before rounding the field at the 600m mark and hitting the front on straightening. 

He drew away in the final stages to win by two lengths, handling the heavy nine conditions.  

Skylab, a $48,000 yearling, looks to be developing into a promising stayer, having recorded a Newcastle win over 1875m at the end of his last preparation. 

He beat Jason Coyle’s race favourite Chateaux Park ($3.50) at his latest outing, with American Salute ($12) trained by Matthew Smith, third. 

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STRONG HAND FOR WAUGH IN PROVINCIAL FINAL

STRONG HAND FOR WAUGH IN PROVINCIAL FINAL 9

Kim Waugh is enjoying a purple patch and is confident the run can continue on her home track this Saturday. 

Waugh saddled up five winners in a nine-day period in late December and believes either Trajection or Knight can add to that tally in the $150,000 Sky Racing Provincial Series Final. 

The pair are part of a strong field of 15, who will contest the final as part of Wyong’s eight race program.

Waugh’s runners are both in great form and shooting for three successive wins in the 1600m race. 

Smart Missile mare Trajection qualified for the Series final, with a win in the Wyong heat over 1350m on November 26. 

The four-year-old edged out Kristen Buchanan’s Margie Bee in a tight finish and then came from last on the turn to take out a Fillies & Mares Benchmark 72 on the Kensington track on December 17.

Knight found his path to the final via a victory in the Gosford heat over the mile on December 2, before tasting success over the same distance at Goulburn on December 18.

Waugh said it difficult to split the duo coming into Saturday’s final.

“They have both had really good preparations and have done really well since their last runs,” she said. 

“They are just different sort of horses. Knight will be on pace and she’ll be off pace. “He normally leads or is in the first two or three, and she is normally in the back half and will be relying on a bit of luck from back there.”

STRONG HAND FOR WAUGH IN PROVINCIAL FINAL 10

Waugh said the distance should also be ideal for both. 

“The mile will really suit Trajection. I always thought she would get over more ground and Knight will also be strong over the 1600m.” 

Trajection, raced by Darby Syndications, has had 19 starts for seven wins and three placings, while Knight has had four wins and two placings from eight runs.

Waugh said it was exciting to have two runners in the series final.

“It’s great to have two runners, two very nice horses with a lot of potential. 

“They are both lightly raced and it’s a big thrill to get them both into the final for the owners. 

“Both have a strong chance to take it out.

“Things are going really well. We are having a great run and I’m just really happy with it. “

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SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 12.59pm: JIM BEAM MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600m): 1 SOLAR APEX, 2 Jauhera, 3 Speedzone, 4 Desert Flame.

Race 2 – 1.34pm: LAKES OFFICE CHOICE 4YO & UP MAIDEN PLATE (1200m): 1 SIPPITY SUP, 2 Stonesthrow, 3 The Fossil, 4 Good Deed.

Race 3 – 2.09pm: LAKES PRINTERS MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 EXOBOOM, 2 Zounate, 3 Saint Of Katowice, 4 Grenado.

Race 4 – 2.44pm: CANADIAN CLUB CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1100m): 1 CANTON KID, 2 Unrelenting, 3 Hurt Money, 4 Geist.

Race 5 – 3.16pm: CAVARNI DESIGN BENCHMARK 64 (1200m): 1 WAR MEMORIAL, 2 Dynamic Impact, 3 Wicked Wench, 4 Sahra. 

Race 6 – 3.56pm: SKY RACING PROVINCIAL SUMMER SERIES FINAL (1600m): 1 TRAJECTION, 2 Knight, 3 Itz Lily, 4 Spanish Point.

Race 7 – 4.36pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY SUNDAY JANUARY 24 F&M BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 ELEGANT GRACE, 2 Duchess Marizza, 3 Lady Tavista, 4 Tastebud.

Race 8 – 5.16pm: COMMAND BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION PTY LTD CG&E BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): ): 1 ROCK THE BELLS, 2 Sky Lab, 3 Mission Way, 4 Altimeter.

there’s no DOUBT SHE’S ALL CLASS

there's no DOUBT SHE’S ALL CLASS 11

She’s All Class left no-one in doubt about her ability taking out the $200,000 MAGIC MILLIONS WYONG 2YO CLASSIC and giving trainer Chris Waller his first win in the feature race. 

The I’m Invincible filly, a $200,000 Magic Millions graduate, put almost five lengths on her opposition in the straight in a dominant performance. 

James McDonald stalked the leaders coming to the turn before hitting the lead on straightening and drawing away for an effortless win. 

The victory was also McDonald’s first in the Wyong feature.

The winner carried the colours of last year’s Everest winner, Yes Yes Yes.

Her emphatic victory saw her tumble from $51 into $4.80 equal favouritism for the $2million Gold Coast Magic Millions Classic.

And she looks a real chance of emulating the success of previous Wyong 2YO Classic winners on the Gold Coast.

Dan Cobby, representing the Waller stable, described it as a pretty impressive win. 

“We were pretty confident coming into today and she’s shown up,” Cobby said.

“Credit to Chris and the team, they have done a really good job with her. “She had other options to run over the last couple of weeks, but the team and owners have been really patient with her and proved they made the right decision with her today. “

Cobby said She’s All Class had raced well on debut in the Victory Vein at Randwick in October.

“She showed really good speed that day and finished third. 

“Today she was in a perfect position and they went very hard in front. 

“She’ll join Shaquero and a couple of others heading north. We are looking forward to the Gold Coast.”

James McDonald said Waller and his team had done a marvellous job with She’s All Class.

“She’s a hypo little filly. Chris tinkered with a few things and she really impressed me in her trial.

“We always knew she had ability. She works like a pretty good horse at home and we brought her here today to see what she could do.

“She wasn’t all that comfortable around the track, but she got the job done.

” The six furlongs on the Gold Coast will be right up her alley.”

She’s All Class ($7) beat Victorian visitor Gleneagles ($4.80fav) from the Busuttin/Young stable, with the Waterhouse/Bott’s Swift Witness ($5), a long head behind in third.

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Eleven Eleven overcame a wide draw to take out the $100,000 MAGIC MILLIONS WYONG 3YO & 4YO STAKES for Greg Hickman and Keagan Latham.

The son of Fastnet Rock proved too strong for his opposition scoring an impressive victory and securing another trip to the Gold Coast in January. 

It was another feature for Eleven Eleven’s already impressive resume, including the rich Magic Millions 3YO Guineas in January. 

The $230,000 yearling, who has now amassed more than $1.4m in prizemoney, will head for the $1m MM Cup over 1400m.

The Wyong victory came courtesy of a cool ride by Latham, who was caught three-wide on the four-year-old for much of the 1200m trip, but he was able to quicken in the straight and run down the leaders to win by almost a length. 

Hickman had intended to run Eleven Eleven at Randwick on Saturday but opted for the Wyong race, which proved to be a winning move. 

“He’s been a bit up and down this preparation, but we pulled the right rein here and it worked out really well,” he said. 

“Keagan gets on really well with this horse and he knows what he can do.

“He might have been a bit wide, but he gave him plenty of space to hit the line. 

“He’s the type of horse that wants an uninterrupted run. Keagan knows this track and did a super job.”

Hickman said he will likely give Eleven Eleven one more run before heading to the Gold Coast. 

“I’ll give him a start and see how he pulls up after that and then on to the Gold Coast.”

Latham said Eleven Eleven was right on target for another crack at one of the Magic Millions features in January. 

“It was a good win today and nice to see him put his ability forward,” he said. 

“He quickened really well today, and we are on the right course to go back to the Gold Coast. 

“He’s a nice big animal and has a good bunch of guys who support him, so hopefully he can do the magic again up there.”

Latham has partnered Eleven Eleven in each of his five career starts. 

Eleven Eleven ($6.50) beat Yao Dash ($3.90) from the Waterhouse/Bott stable, with Gary Portelli’s $3 favourite Spaceboy, third.

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ELEVEN ELEVEN TAKING OUT THE $100,000 MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO & 4YO STAKES

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Tracey Bartley got the edge over fellow Wyong trainer Brett Partelle with Onemore Sapphire taking out the 1600m EXALTED CONSTRUCTIONS CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68.

The Onemorenomore gelding fought out the finish with Partelle’s Commander Belle, a nose separating the pair on the line. 

Jason Collett had to be patient in the straight waiting for a gap to appear and Onemore Sapphire was able to take the split and drive to the line. 

“It was a beautiful ride,” Bartley said.

“He just needed luck there and the spilt was enough for him to get through.

“I knew Jason had a lap full of horse in the straight and the luck came. It was really nice. “

The win brought up a double for Collett.  

“I did get a bit of luck in the straight which was good,” he said.

“It was a tricky sort of gate for a horse that races back, and I needed the luck and I got it, so it was really good.”

Onemore Sapphire was sent out $2.80 favourite on the strength of his last start win at Tuncurry. 

Commander Bell, started at $16, with Foxborough ($3.80) trained by John Sargent, a close third.

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In-form apprentice Reece Jones continued a super run, winning the 1100m MAGIC MILLIONS 2021 GOLD COAST YEARLING SALE 12-18 JANUARY BENCHMARK 64.

Jones partnered the Richard Litt trained Wander ($4.40) to victory, the sixth win for the well-bred six-year-old.

Litt was full of praise for the ride by Jones.

“Credit to Reece he rode him really well and it paid off,” he said. 

“The horse has a big finish in him but the last few runs he’s just had no luck.

“The other day at Warwick Farm he was caught on the fence. He was happy to be wide today and make the swooping run.”

Litt said Wander had been a great addition since joining his stable two years ago. 

“He cost a bit of money early and has been very consistent, a great old campaigner. 

“There’s nothing wrong with those Godolphin horses. They’ve been holding up my stable for years.” 

Jones, who is leading the NSW Apprentices Premiership, said the step back in class had helped Wander.

“He hasn’t been too far way in his previous runs and made it look easy today. “There was good pace in the race, and I was able to flop him out and have him where he was comfortable.”

Wander ($4.40), beat the Denim Wynen trained Dual Escape ($26) by more than a length, with the locally trained Mosht Up ($8.5) from the Stephen Schofield stable, third.

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A dominant victory to the Gary Portelli trained Amoretti, who appreciated the step up in distance and sting out of the ground, to take out the 1600m MAINSTREAM TAXATION & ACCOUNTANCY SERVICES CLASS 1.

Louise Day gave the four-year-old a great ride just behind the leaders, circling the field on the turn and drawing away to win by almost four lengths. 

The Verrazano gelding, a $90,000 yearling, was fourth at Wyong at his last start on November 26, having broken his maiden at Newcastle over 1200m in May.

Portelli said it was great to see Amoretti finish off the race so strongly. 

“It was good to watch. His first time over the mile and with blinkers on and Louise got him into a really good spot,” he said.

“He looked good going through the line.

“He has a pedigree that suggests he’s more of a speedster but the way he went through the line he might get further. 

“This horse has been quite promising for a long time. He had a lot of shin soreness early, but he kept improving.

“I know today wasn’t the strongest race in the world, but I like the way he did it. If he can get further, it opens up a lot of doors.”

Amoretti ($2.70) beat Butch’N’Bugs ($11) from the Peter Green stable, with Dance Too Hard ($8), trained by Marc Connors, third.

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It was a race in two in the final stages of the MAINSTREAM FINANCE SERVICES PTY LTD 4YO & UP MAIDEN with Chateaux Park getting the edge over race favourite Jesse James. 

The Jason Coyle trained four-year-old has been racing consistently but was unable to break through for a win until start nine.

He was coming off a third at Canberra when resuming and Coyle expected the 1350m Wyong trip would suit. 

Jason Collett had to cross from the widest barrier and was able to settle the four-year-old midfield, before drawing level with the favourite on the turn. 

The pair battled it out in the straight, with Chateaux Park ($6.50) going to the line a length ahead of Jesse James ($1.80fav). 

“I’m really happy with the horse. I’ve had a bit of time for him for a while now and he will take plenty out of that win,” Coyle said.

“Jason had to overcome a wide barrier and it was a good, strong win.

“I would think he will get further on the back of that sustained run today. The form around the favourite has been okay, so hopefully he goes on with it. 

“I probably raced him a few extra times than I should of as a young horse, but hopefully that racing holds him in good stead moving forward.”

The Godolphin trained Jana ($3.80) was third, four lengths behind the winner.

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LANE BANKING ON MILLIONS SUCCESS

LANE BANKING ON MILLIONS SUCCESS 14

Damien Lane hasn’t had a runner in the Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic but will have a two-pronged attack come Wednesday. 

The Lane duo of Snowdrop and Impact Star line up in a classy field of 14 two-year-old’s, including Astrologer from the Snowden stable, who was third in the Group 3 Breeders Plate at his only start.

And while Lane isn’t under any illusions about the quality of the field, he’s more than happy with his pair.

“It’s been a long-range plan to get them both into this race and thankfully it’s paid off,” Lane said. 

“We only brought two horses at the Magic Millions last year and to have them both in this race is great. 

“They both galloped between races at Wyong last Thursday and I couldn’t be happier with them.

“I wouldn’t swap them for anything else that’s for sure.

“If one of them can win or place, we will head to the Gold Coast and that would be exciting.”

Lane said it was difficult to split the two horses, both having placed second on debut. 

Snowdrop was second to Sliders in the Max Lees Classic at Newcastle on November 14, with the winner a runner-up at Rosehill at her next start. 

Lane said the Capitalist filly was “unlucky” with jockey Jason Collett dropping his whip in the final stages. 

“Jason believes she would have challenged the winner,” Lane said. “She went really good that day and had only had one soft trial leading into it. 

“She had a week in the paddock after that race and is ready for a good first up run. 

“She’s a very speedy filly and will probably lead from the soft draw. Rachel (King) rode her in the gallop the other day and was very happy with her and she’ll ride her on Wednesday.”

Lane said Impact Star also had a hard-luck story at his first start when he was narrowly beaten at Canberra over 1000m.

“Digger (McLellan) said he shied at the winning post and probably should have won.

“It was very unexpected of him to do that because he’s a very casual sort of horse.

“He’s a great natured, really big, strong horse and I think he will be better over the 1400m.

“He has got natural ability and with the good barrier should be able to put himself into the race.”

The Waterhouse/Bott stable will be chasing a hat trick with unraced Star Witness filly Swift Witness, the first starter and early favourite coming off two eye catching trials.

The Busuttin/Young stable will have to rely on scratching’s to have their first runner in the lucrative race, with Randwick trial winner Gleneagles first emergency.

A field of nine will start in the $100,000 Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Classic, with Barbaric from the Snowden stable, the early favourite. 

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SELECTIONS: 

Race 1 – 2.20pm: MAINSTREAM TAXATION & ACCOUNTACY SERVICES CLASS 1 (1600m): 1CASTLECOMER, 2 Clear Blonde, 3 Amoretti, 4 Butch’N’Bugs.

Race 2 – 2.55pm: MAINSTREAM FINANCE SERVICES PTY LTD 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1350m): 1JANA, 2 Jesse James, 3 Chateaux Park, 4 Candy Pants.

Race 3 – 3.30pm: MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO & 4YO STAKES (1200m): 1 BARBARIC, 2 YAO DASH, 3 SPACEBOY, 4 COUNT DE RUPEE.

Race 4 – 4.05pm: MAGIC MILLIONS 2021 GOLD COAST YEARLING SALE 12-18 JANUARY BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1 ON HER WORD, 2 Upper East Side, 3 Sedona, 4 Testing Times.

Race 5 – 4.40pm: MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC (1100m): 1ASTROLOGER, 2 She’s All Class, 3 Snide, 4 Snowdrop.

Race 6 – 5.15pm: EXALTED CONSTRUCTIONS CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 HANDICAP (1600m) 1 SEGRILL, 2 Onemore Sapphire, 3 Aristograts, 4 Amoretti.