Commute resumes for Tracey Bartley at Wyong

Tracey Bartley is tipping a good preparation for his speedy filly Commute who resumes in Thursday’s Class 2 over the 1100m at Wyong.

The three-year-old by Denman had four starts in her first preparation, posting a win over the same distance at Wyong second up.

Two of her runs were metropolitan mid-week races where she was far from disgraced and she ran fourth at Kembla on a heavy 9 track on March 23 before spelling.

Bartley has her primed for a strong first up performance after she trialled well over the 1000m at Gosford on June 4.

“It’s a very tough race on paper but she is really well, and I think she will run really well,” he said.

“Her trial was good and I’m really happy with her. She is really all ready to go.”

Bartley said he didn’t want a heavy 10 track but with the right conditions she should be in the finish.

“She’s won at Wyong last preparation and I think she is a really handy filly.

“I’ve got no doubt she will win in town. It’s just about placing her.”

Bartley is also keen to see Equilibrium step out for the first time over 1600m since joining his stable.

The five-year-old gelding started his racing career in New Zealand and had a stint in Victoria before transferring to Bartley early this year.

He believes Equilibrium, who was a last start winner at Cessnock over 1570m, has ability and is keen to get him up over more ground.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him over the mile, especially around his home track,” Bartley said

“He’s raced over 2000m previously and I think we will see the best of him when he gets up around that distance.

“He needs the mile now and I think he will race well.

“He’s getting around the place like he owns it at the moment. He’s a very happy horse. I’m sure he will run very well.”

Rounding up his trio of runners is Sapphires Son on debut in the 1000m Maiden Plate.

The Pluck gelding, who has trialled twice, will be ridden by apprentice Stacey Metcalfe who recently transferred from Wagga to Allan Denham.

Metcalfe has ridden 69 winners to date including a metropolitan win and Sapphires Son will be her first race on her new home track.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Stacey ride him. He’s trialled nice enough, but he panics a bit in his trials, so we’ve put a cross over nose band on him, and hopefully that will straighten him out.

“These provincial maidens can be pretty tough, but we just thought on the home track he’ll get around there. It’s an educational run for him really and what he does he should improve on.”

The first of eight races at the club’s Give Me 5 For Kids Charity Raceday gets underway at midday.



Race 1 – 12.00pm: RJAY’S INSTALLATIONS-WINDOWS & DOORS MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600m): 1 DISCOMBE, 2 Grand Eagle, 3 Dominica Rose, 4 Deliya.

Race 2 – 12.40pm: HUNTER2COAST EQUINE SALT THERAPY 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1100m): 1 ARBOREAL, 2 Freedom’s Fire, 3 Rifles, 4 Veloraad.

Race 3 – 1.20PM: CASANOVA OYSTERS & SEAFOOD MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 FRONT SIGHT, 2 Under The Pump, 3 Our Celtic Star, 4 Heimberg.

Race 4 – 1.55pm: BLITZ HOMES MAIDEN PLATE (1000m): 1 CAESURA, 2 Perigord, 3 Caribbean Kisses, 4 Zem Factor.

Race 5 – 2.35pm: HUCKEL EXCAVATIONS 4YO&UP CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (2100m): 1 OUR CANDIDATE, 2 Mushroom Rock, 3 Dreamfyre, 4 Nardini Song.

Race 6 – 3.10pm: CENTRAL COAST BULLDOGS MASTERS RUGBY LEAGUE CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1100m): 1 VERLAN, 2 Lashes, 3 Commute, 4 Sir Elton.

Race 7 – 3.45pm: GIVE ME 5 FOR KIDS CHARITY CUP BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 DOCTOR ZOUS, 2 Battle Cry, 3 Quick Finance, 4 Smiling Manolito.

Race 8 – 4.20pm: GO ELECTRICAL BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 AUBURN BOY, 2 Saving, 3 Press Review, 4 Equilibrium.



Christmas in July

Wyong Races Christmas in July

Christmas comes early this year! Capture the spirit of Christmas this winter by joining in on the fun at this year’s special Wyong Races Christmas in July event! The races will take place on Saturday 13th of July 2019 and everyone is welcome!

At Wyong Race Club, the fun never ends! This special event is designed to bring out the child in each and every one of us;  the perfect outing for families looking to celebrate winter in style, or groups that are keen to dress up and embrace Christmas at winter time. Celebrating Christmas only once a year is just not enough!


The gates will open at 11am. Make sure that you arrive early to avoid a queue. You can purchase your tickets online, or at the Raceday Office. Children enter for free, so make a weekend out of it and bring the whole family with you!

Members can easily bring friends along by purchasing a members stand guest pass for only $10. Enjoy spectacular views of our beautiful course from the Paul Levick Stand.

Red hats, Christmas trees, decorated branches, colourful garlands, and good vibes, Wyong Race Club’s Christmas in July is all about bringing communities and families together. It’s a time of celebration and appreciation; an annual event filled with joy and laughter.

Party Pavilion Christmas in July Luncheon Package

The Party Pavillion Christmas in July Package will help you celebrate a cool Christmas in style. This fully themed party will take place in the Party Pavillion venue, which is perfectly located in front of the parade ring and winning post. Enjoy great food as you watch the horses cross the finish line.

Our Parade Ring Pavilion is the number one venue for the ultimate Christmas celebration. It will be beautifully decorated to inspire and capture the true spirit of Christmas; the perfect place to relax, enjoy the races and taste top-quality food. Larger groups and families are more than welcome!

By purchasing a Party Pavillion Christmas in July package, you’re granted full access to all of the day’s races. You also benefit from reserved seating and should you need anything, you will have an official racebook in hand.

Our divine Christmas-style buffet with dessert and a beer or wine will please even the most demanding of palates. Live entertainment and MC between races will keep the party going!

The Party Pavilion Christmas in July package is selling out faster than anticipated, so make sure you purchase yours now! Priced at just $100 for members and $110 for non-members.

Magic Millions Christmas in July Luncheon Package

The Magic Million Christmas in July package comes with a superb Christmas-style buffet luncheon with dessert at the spectacular Magic Millions VIP room. Enjoy stunning views of the track from the Member’s Stand entry.

Christmas is never complete without a little bit of magic. The Magic Millions VIP Room was renovated in 2016 and is designed to create a light and airy environment with wall-to-wall windows and abundant light. With plenty of room to accommodate hundreds of guests and many elaborate festive decorations, the Magic Millions VIP Room will be filled with life and activity on the second Saturday of July this year.

Let go and relax in an inviting and festive environment. The Magic Millions Christmas in July Package includes gate and Member’s Stand entry, racebook, and reserved seating for you and your guests or family. Aside from an exceptional Christmas buffet, you’ll also be able to purchase beer,

wine and soft drinks from the Magic Millions Bar.

An official race guide will keep you updated on what’s happening on the racecourse. You will also have access to the cash bar and TAB facilities to ensure that all your racing needs are met.

The Magic Millions Christmas in July Luncheon Packages are bound to sell out fast so make sure you reserve your table today! Priced at just $50 for members and $60 for non-members.
Book your tickets here!

Fun Activities for the Whole Family

What springs to mind when you hear the word Christmas? Family time? Fun? We want every family member to be able to enjoy their visit here at Wyong Race Club. Wyong Races Christmas in July is all about celebrating precious moments with the ones we love.

Children love our Jumping Castle. Entry is free for kids (under 18). Watch as they jump away for hours on end, complete with a huge smile on their face. Let them get creative by taking part in one of our free face painting sessions; another sure way to keep children busy and entertained!

If they get hungry from all the jumping and running, you can treat them to delicious snacks and nutritious meals available within our premises. A snack and a refreshing soft drink from our bar will keep their energy levels high for the rest of the afternoon!

Become a Sponsor

We only celebrate Christmas twice a year so make it count! For $1,650, you can become our sponsor and name a single supporting race on one of the feature racedays during the 2019-2020 season.

The name that you pick will be listed in daily newspapers and on all form guides. It will also be on Tab screens and on all SKY Racing productions.

Buying a sponsorship package automatically unlocks our exclusive VIP Luncheon Package for each one of your 10 guests. The superb seasonal buffet will consist of seafood, carvery, salads, vegetables and dessert (plus an exclusive 5-hour bar package).

Sponsorships at Wyong Race Club come with amazing advertising opportunities. Your logo will be displayed right here on our website, and you’ll be mentioned in our social media channels. You’ll also have the chance to enter the winner’s circle to meet and greet your race winners.

Learn more about the 2019-20 single race sponsorship opportunities, or secure naming rights to the whole day here!

Are you ready to experience Christmas like never before? Wyong Races Christmas in July is the perfect opportunity to embrace Christmas in a festive winter setting. With many exciting races to watch, two special Luncheon Packages to choose from, and plenty of on-site entertainment, this is a raceday that you just won’t want to miss!

Purchase your Luncheon Package for Wyong Races Christmas in July before tickets run out.
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Wyong’s Damien Lane gets great result with Oakfield Gettem

Wyong's Damien Lane gets great result with Oakfield Gettem 1

Damien Lane’s confidence in his filly Oakfield Gettem was warranted after the three-year-old scored an impressive win in the 1100m www.TAB.COM.AU Maiden Handicap.

Lane had predicted the filly would atone for her previous start at Gosford where she finished toward the rear of the field.

“I always knew she had ability and I think she could be pretty smart,” he said.

By Dream Ahead, Oakfield Gettem showed good gate speed to lead the small field from start to finish.

Jockey Tim Clarke rated the filly perfectly and she kicked away in the straight, fighting off challengers to win by more than a length.

“She was impressive today. We thought she’d do that at Gosford last start, but she knuckled down out of the gates and Grant Buckley said she frightened herself when that happened,” he said.

“She got her breathing out of whack, so we put the tongue tie on today.

“Timmy rode her really good. He got her to the front, rated her well and she showed a good kick.”

Lane said with time he expected the filly would get over more ground.

“I think she’s a filly with a bit of a future. When she learns to settle, she’s going to run 1200 to 1400m.

“It’s good to get a winner for Mr Mackenize, he puts a lot of horses into our stable.”

Oakfield Gettem ($10), raced by Bruce Mackenzie, defied a strong betting drift to beat the Godolphin runner Kattegat ($3.10), with Skillet ($4) from the Waller stable, third.

The filly has now had a win and second at Newcastle from three starts.



It’s been a long time between winners for former champion jockey Malcolm Johnston, who finally broke a two-season drought to train Golden Creek to victory in the WRC MEMBERSHIP ONLY $55 4YO&UP Maiden.

It was the 2015/2016 season when Johnston last tasted success with two winners.

He trains a small team of horses from his Hawkesbury base, and relied on the services of his close friend jockey Corey Brown to pilot the four-year-old to victory.

Brown settled Golden Creek on the rails just behind the leaders before taking a gap on straightening and drawing away to score an impressive two and a half length win.

A $75,000 Magic Millions yearling purchase, Golden Creek has been racing consistently this preparation and was coming off a third at Hawkesbury on May 23.

Johnston, who was at the Wellington meeting with another runner, said it was the ideal race for Golden Creek and everything came together.

“His form has been pretty good of late and he ran into the right sort of maiden today.

“It was the perfect distance, a great ride by Corey and he just won. He was too good for them.

“Sometimes it happens like that which is great.”

Golden Creek beat the Perry trained High Flight ($4.40), with Dominica Rose ($3.70) from the Anthony Cummings stable, third.



Brown made it a winning double when he partnered promising newcomer Pinvincible ($2.30) to victory in the 1350m WYONG JUNE 20 CG&E Class 2.

Trained by Tim Martin, the Pins gelding made the step up from maiden to class two in impressive style.

The three-year-old was sent out $2.30 favourite on the strength of his impressive Hawkesbury debut win on April 9.

Despite looking under pressure on the turn, the gelding responded to strong riding by Brown and pulled away on the line to win by more than a length.

Pinvincible was a $45,000 purchase from the New Zealand Select Yearling sales.

He looks to have a promising future on the strength of his first unblemished record after two starts.



Debutant Spartan ($19) upset some of the more fancied runners to take out the 1350m DE BORTOLI WINES Maiden.

Trained by Gerald Ryan, the Olympic Glory two-year-old, hadn’t caught the eye in two recent trials, but responded to a good front running ride by James Innes Jnr to win by a long neck.

Ryan said despite the trials he had been confident the horse would run in the top three.

“I told the owners he’d be top three, and he proved me right,” he said.

“He wasn’t suited by the distance in his trials. He got back and ran on, but I knew he would be better over the 1350m.

“The plan today was to go forward and be up among the leaders and James rode him that way. We didn’t think there would be a lot of speed on and that’s the way it panned out.”

Ryan said Innes had ridden Spartan in his three trials, jump outs and track gallops.

“He can be a bit of a character and that’s why I wanted James on him today. He knows him well and rode to instructions.

“We gave $180,000 as a yearling and while he hasn’t grown a lot, I think he does have ability.

“The end goal is to get him up to around 1600m and that is where we will see him at his best.

“He isn’t city class yet, so I’ll look for another suitable provincial race.”

The outsider of the field, Under The Pump ($81) from the Perry stable, was second, with Deliya ($17) trained by John Sargent, third.



Josh Parr proved why he is the punters favourite at Wyong with a clever ride securing victory for Killer Instinct in the 2100m OVER THE LINE RACING Class 1 & Maiden.

In what was a textbook Parr ride, he took off from near the rear of the field at around the 800m mark to put the Animal Kingdom filly in fifth spot just behind the leaders.

He took her to the front on straightening and was able to fight off a late challenge by Elaborate to secure a narrow victory.

Tom Charlton, representing the O’Shea stable, described Killer Instinct as a “progressive, staying filly.”

“She should be ready to make her mark in town now,” Charlton said.

“It was a good result of the team today. Josh rode her well.

“It was a pretty messy race and he had to make ground at a difficult time.”

Charlton said the filly, who was a $320,000 yearling, had suffered a setback following her Kembla run with cardiac arrythmia.

“Since then she has been really good. She was unlucky on that second start but the last two starts she has been really good.”

Parr agreed the filly had done a great job after he’d been forced to make two runs on her.

“It’s not easy for any class of horse to do that. I wasn’t happy with the horse I was following early and knew I had to do something about it around the 800m mark.

“Then I was able to sit off the leaders and make another run late in the race.

“She’s a progressive filly and really appreciated the distance.”

Elaborate ($4.80) from the Freedman stable was second, with the Waterhouse/Bott trained Elcano ($10), third.



Apprentice Cejay Graham put on another good front running ride in the 1100m FAREWELL GARRY WHITAKER BENCHMARK 64 to secure victory for the Perry stable with Quick Nick ($11).

Graham, who recently transferred from Port Macquarie to the Snowden stable, brought up another provincial winner on the Choisir gelding.

She had partnered the three-year-old at his last start at Gosford when he finished last in a field of seven.

Nathan Perry, representing his father Paul, said it was a “peach of a ride,” by the young apprentice.

“Cejay rode him really well,” he said.

“She rated him well and got the job done. She let him come across and he gave a good kick and won well.

“He settled better today. She thought she dug him up too much at Gosford so didn’t do that today. It was a peach of a ride.”

It was the second Wyong win for Quick Nick in just over a month and Perry said they would have to look for another race for him on the track.

“He loves Wyong this fella,” he said.

Quick Nick, who brought up his fourth career win from 15 starts, beat the Lees trained Only Wanna Sing ($5), by a length and a half, with the $1.80 favourite Dame Kiri, trained by Allan Denham, a close third.



A winning double to Jay Ford who took out the 1350m GREAT NORTHERN ON TAPE F&M Class 2 on Positive Peace ($11).

Ford sat just behind the leader throughout the race, taking the Stratum filly to the lead around the 100m mark, where she pushed on to score a tough win.

Trained by Bjorn Baker, Positive Peace, a $260,000 yearling, brought up her third win from six starts.

Stable foreman Jack Bruce was full of praise for the ride.

“It was a really good ride by Jay Ford to mark himself urgent and get to that position but then still conserve energy at stages and put her into the race at the right time,” Bruce said.

“It was a really well-judged ride and well deserved for this filly.”

Bruce said Positive Peace was an improving filly.

“She’s a filly that showed us a lot early but then had bad draws in her first couple of starts.

“She’s always needed time and Bjorn has done that with her which is good.

“She’s a well-bred filly that Steve Gillard brought for us so it’s good to get a win for him.”

The Tracey Bartley trained Joigney ($4.40), fought on strongly for second, with Press Review ($16) from the Waller stable, third.

Ford scored earlier in the day on the Brian Gentle trained Magic Town ($9.50), who took out the 1000m CANADIAN CLUB MAIDEN PLATE.

The Magnus gelding, trained at Orange, scored a tough debut win courtesy of a good ride by Jay Ford.

He settled the four-year-old gelding third and was able to run down the two leaders in the straight to score by a half-length.

Tell No Tales ($4.20), trained by Matthew Smith was a half-length behind in second, with Godolphin runner Caesura ($4), third.

Damien Lane hoping to be back in the winners’ circle at Wyong

Damien Lane is hoping for a strong finish to what has been a frustrating season for the Wyong based trainer.

Lane has saddled up 22 winners to date in 2018/2019, and while he looks set to beat last seasons total of 26 winners, things could have been a whole lot better with an ounce of luck.

“I’ve had nearly 40 seconds and if that would have been 30 wins and 30 placings it would have been a great season. That’s just luck in the draw and little things here and there but we’ll just keep ticking along and hopefully we can finish off strongly,” he said.

“We have a few more horses on our books, including some young ones which is exciting for the future.”

Lane has three runners at Thursday’s Winter Warm Up race day and believes they are all chances.

“I think they can all go well, and it would be great to another winner or two on the home track,” he said.

Lane would love to see Johnny Roo Boy greet the judge in the 1100m Benchmark 64 for long time owners the Hirsch family from Victoria.

His first winner Benny Blue Eyes in 2012 was for the late Jack and Eddie Hirsch and he went on to train Pirate Ben for them who has won eight races, including three metropolitan wins and a Taree Cup.

“They’ve been my longest owners and I’ve got eight of their horses in work at the moment,” Lane said. “They’ve been good to me and it’s always good to get a winner for them.

“Johnny Roo Boy is a bit older now and took a couple of runs to get fit, but his last run was really good. He drew wide and got caught wide for the trip. “Jason Collett rode him, and he thought had he drawn a gate he would have been right there in the finish. With the rain that’s come it will be even better because he likes a wet track and he’ll get a claim with Chris Williams.”

Lane also expects three-year-old Dream Ahead filly Oakfield Gettem to be a strong chance in the 1100m Maiden Plate.

Having just her third race start, the three-year-old was well beaten at Gosford last start but Lane said there were excuses.

“She went really well at her first start on debut at Newcastle and finished second,” he said.

“At Gosford she knuckled down out of the gates and Grant Buckley said she took fright when that happened, over raced and was left wanting at the finish.

“Going on her first start she’s will to be right in it. She’s been working well, and we’ve put a tongue tie on her, which won’t hurt her.”

“I accepted in the 1000m and 1100m but think the 1100m is an easier option, she’s drawn one and Tim Clark will ride her.”

Completing Lane’s trio of runners is former Darley galloper Cajun Music, who lines up in the 2100m Class 1 and Maiden.

The Bernadini gelding was purchased by a syndicate who previously raced Patinage with Lane and while he admits the three-year-old has been disappointing he’s not ready to throw in the towel.

“The boys bred with Patinage and she’s had a foal, and is in foal again,” he said. “They wanted something to play around with until her foals get to the races, so we bought this horse off Darley.

“He hasn’t lived up to expectations, but I haven’t given up on him because he needs to mature and get over a distance.

“He’s a horse that wants two miles, an out and out one batter, but I think getting up to 2100m will suit him and he should be able to run some sort of race.

“Serg (Lisnny) will ride him and he will suit the sting out of the ground too, so I give him a chance.”



Race 1 – 12pm: WWW.TAB.COM.AU MAIDEN HANDICAP (1100m): 1 ALART THE PRESS, 2 Skillet, 3 Oakfield Gettem, 4 Miss Kokkinakis.

Race 2 – 12.35pm: CANADIAN CLUB MAIDEN PLATE (1000m): 1 CAESURA, 2 Magic Town, 3 Tell No Tales, 4 Brazen Saint.

Race 3 – 1.10pm: WRC MEMBERSHIP ONLY $55 4YO&UP MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600m): 1 HIGH FLIGHT, 2 Dominica Gold, 3 Golden Creek, 4 Braidwood Gold.

Race 4 – 1.50pm: DE BORTOLI WINES MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 HIDDEN HILLS, 2 Heimberg, 3 I’m Kate, 4 Monterey Lad.

Race 5 – 2.25pm: OVER THE LINE RACING CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (2100m): 1 KILLER INSTINCT, 2 Our Candidate, 3 Prince Camelot, 4 Loves To Rock.

Race 6 – 3.05pm: FAREWELL WRC CHAIRMAN GARRY WHITAKER BM 64 HANDICAP (1100m): 1 ONLY WANNA SING, 2 Quick Nick, 3 Siege Warfare, 4 Dame Kiri.

Race 7 – 3.40pm: GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP F&M CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 BELLA DE VEGA, 2 Singing Sand, 3 Romantic Whisper, 4 Gloriosa.

Race 8 – 4.20pm: WYONG NEXT MEETING THURSDAY JUNE 20 CG&E CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 RULING SYMBOL, 2 Pinvincible, 3 Rheingua, 4 Bugalugs.






Wyong Race Club Dress Code

WRC Dress Code

Make it an unforgettable day out at Wyong Race Club by dressing up for the occasion! Members have a tradition of dressing smartly for raceday events, and why not?

Our dress code at the Club has some particular requirements, and we ask all patrons to conform to the rules that are in place, but this is an opportunity to bring your best raceday fashion and we encourage everyone to take full advantage! The dress code applies to all who enter the Paul Levick Stand (including non-members).

General Rules

Dress to impress. Although we do have minimum dress standards and a dress code in place, we encourage our guests to put their best foot forward and embrace the raceday with style. We want your day at Wyong Race Club to be unique and memorable! Celebrate the history of racing by dressing up for the premier social events and exciting racedays of the year here at Wyong Race Club.

Please ensure that everyone in your group wears attire that is appropriate and that they dress in a respectable manner. Security has the right to disallow entry or remove patrons who are not properly attired. That being said, dress requirements are much more relaxed for guests seeking general admission.

Those seeking access to the Member’s Stand must strictly adhere to our dress code. To avoid inconvenience on racedays, make sure that your attire and that of your family and guests adheres to the Wyong Race Club dress code as outlined below.

Wyong Race Club Men’s Dress Code

All gentlemen are expected to wear smart casual attire. We know that the term smart casual is ambiguous and that its meaning changes from location to location. These rough guidelines should help determine whether your chosen attire is in accordance with our code. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Appropriate attire should be worn at all times in exclusive members-only areas. Within the Member’s Stand of Wyong Race Club, all gentlemen are expected to wear:

    • A collared shirt. Ties, jackets and blazers are optional.
    • Dress trousers or jeans. Please, no ripped or torn trousers, jeans or tracksuits.
    • Smart and appropriate footwear with socks. Sandals are allowed in summer.

Wyong Race Club Ladies Dress Code

Ladies at Wyong Race Club are expected to wear smart race attire. We have put together some rough guidelines that will help make choosing your raceday outfit easier. Appropriate attire should be worn at all times in exclusive members-only areas. Within the Member’s Stand of Wyong Race Club, Ladies are expected to wear:

    • Neat, smart casual or formal clothing. Please, no ripped or slashed clothing.
    • Headwear, such as fascinators and hats are strongly encouraged but not compulsory.
    • Suitable and appropriate footwear is necessary. Please, no thongs.

Wyong Race Club Children’s Dress Code

Children too are expected to follow our dress code when in the Member’s Stand. Parents are responsible for their children’s attire. Appropriate attire should be worn at all times in exclusive members-only areas. Enclosed footwear and socks are also necessary. Within the Member’s Stand of Wyong Race Club, children are expected to wear:

    • Smart casual trousers or jeans.
    • Smart shorts
    • Collared shirts are greatly appreciated.
    • Headwear is recommended during the warmer months.


To ensure that you are always appropriately dressed when attending a Wyong Race Club raceday, wear clothing that would be fitting for a special occasion. There is no maximum dress code requirement, meaning that you can dress smart or choose to go with more formal attire.

A day at the races is a special occasion and we encourage all patrons to take full advantage of the longstanding tradition of dressing up for a brilliant day out.

Now that you know what to wear, check out our upcoming events here.

Wyong Chairman Garry Whitaker steps down

Wyong Chairman Garry Whitaker steps down 2

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Garry Whitaker         John Waghorn

Wyong Race Club Chairman Garry Whitaker has officially stood down as both Chairman and as an elected director of the Wyong Race Club effective as of the May 28 Board meeting .

As provided under the constitution the Board has elected John Waghorn as the Club’s new Chairman.

Prior to his retirement from full time work in 2011, John Waghorn worked in senior management roles at a number of local councils over some 25 years. His qualifications include both an Economics Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Management. John’s expertise lies in corporate governance, risk management, strategic planning and financial management. These are all areas where he has made a substantial contribution as a Director to the management of the Wyong Race Club over the past four and half years.  In taking over as Chairman following Tuesday’s Board meeting John paid tribute to the significant contribution Garry Whitaker had made during his term.

In announcing his retirement Garry Whitaker said, “I have achieved what I set out to do when I accepted this role so the time is right for me to move on and for John, as the new Chairman now, to lead the Club into a pretty exciting future”.

Mr Whitaker said that he has enjoyed his time as Chairman however, increasing work and other commitments in the coming months will mean that he is not going to be in a position to dedicate as much time to the Racing Club as the job requires. “I won’t do half a job, and if I can’t give it 100% all of the time, I don’t feel that I would be doing the best thing for the Club”.

Garry Whitaker, along with Marion Langlar, John Waghorn and Mark Waugh were elected by the Members to the Wyong Race Club Board in November 2015 following a 22 month period when the Club was under Racing NSW administration.

Three independent directors were subsequently appointed to the Board in February 2016 to join the four elected member representatives. The Board, under Garry’s Chairmanship, has been responsible for the administration and governance of the Club since that time.

Mr Whitaker said that, “with sound guidance from the current Board and a professional, hard-working team led by CEO David Jewell, the Wyong Race Club has made significant progress over the past four years. I am very proud of the achievements that we have delivered and I’m very confident about the Club’s future.”

Over the last four years the Club, with $1.4 million funding assistance from Racing NSW, has invested over $4.5 million in capital improvements – building the new horse pool, a new irrigation system for the tracks, the impressive new Parade Ring Pavilion, fully refurbished the middle floor of the Members’ stand, installed the new electronic gates and new entry ways at Rose Street and Howarth Street, purchased a new set of starting gates, machinery, equipment, new IT systems, upgraded the jockeys’ change rooms and undertaken numerous improvements to the training tracks.

At the same time the Club has delivered operational trading profits in each of the past four years and financially is in great shape, with no debt and strong cash reserves. “We have achieved the goals from our original strategic plan”, he said, “and it is now time to enable new leadership to move forward with a new strategic plan.  First and foremost will be the newly released $5 million Track and Training Master Plan.  The Club is working with Racing NSW on Stage One to build a new $4 million all-weather Polytrack later this year to support an increase in thoroughbred training activity at Wyong.”

“We are also planning to upgrade our stabling facilities and, in the longer term, the Board is looking to expand its commercial operations and establish a seven day a week business onsite.”

“My decision to retire now, rather than to wait for the Annual General Meeting in November, in part reflects another planned transition process for the management team.  With our CEO David Jewell having advised the Board late last year that he would be looking to cut back on his workload in the near future, the Board employed a new General Manager in March, Robin Taylor, who is now working closely with David and has assumed much of the responsibility for the day-to-day operations, while David concentrates on the Track and Training Masterplan.”

In parting, Mr Whitaker says, “being Chairman has been a great experience in which I have met some wonderful people and, hopefully, have been able to contribute positively to the Club and the community.  “I can’t leave without also giving my sincerest thanks and acknowledgement for all the good work undertaken by my fellow Board members, the staff and Management Team; the generosity of the Members and Sponsors;  the light and colour provided by the Trainers and Owners;  all of whom come together to make this sport and this Club great.”

Central Coast Club’s Challenge Raceday Review – 16 May 2019

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Congratulations to Central Coast Clubs Challenge winners Wyong Golf Club II taking away the 2019 shield and a kitty of $1,059.50.


Central Coast Club’s Challenge Raceday Review – 16 May 2019 by Frances O’Shea

Tommy Berry put on a riding display taking out half the program at Wyong’s Central Coast Clubs Challenge race day.

The popular jockey rode three in a row half way through the day, capping it off with a winner in the last.

“It’s been a while since I’ve ridden four,” Berry said. “I have had a few three wins here and there, but it’s certainly been a good day out.

“It’s a credit to the trainers who brought their horses here in such good order and nice to have won on a couple of up and coming two-year-olds.”

The four wins came on two promising colts Exceedance and North, Bluesbro for local trainer Kristen Buchanan and Singing Sand for Godolpin.

Berry is having a great season since returning from a stint in Hong Kong, sitting third on the Metropolitan riders’ premiership and now running fourth in the Provincial title with 32 wins.

The first leg of his Wyong treble came on the Hawkes trained two-year-old Exceedance ($6), who looks to have a bright future after scoring an impressive debut win over 1100m.

Courtesy of a patient ride by Berry, the Exceed And Excel colt, showed a great turn of foot to storm down the outside and record a three quarter length win in the TOUKLEY GOLF CLUB 2YO MAIDEN.

Berry came from the rear of the field, circling the others on the turn and making up eight lengths in the straight to run down the leaders.

Michael Hawkes described Exceedance as “a lovely colt going forward.”

“He’s got above average ability and we’ve always had a nice opinion of him,” he said. “If it had of been a bigger surface, he probably would of won by a lot more. Wyong is a tight track and you have to ride Wyong and be patient and Tommy rode the perfect race and got the job done.

“We knew Wyong wasn’t his track, but they don’t run these sort of two-year-old races in Sydney.

“He’s had two nice trials, his first trial was really good and his second was an educational trial because he’s been a bit tardy away. I said to Tommy to have him where he’s comfortable and he got back. I wasn’t worried on the corner because I knew Tommy was going to track up. When the leader kicked it gave him something to chase and he knuckled down. It was a really good effort.”

Exceedance, a $180,000 yearling, is raced by a syndicate including Vinery stud and Werrett Bloodstock.

“Vinery have been very good clients of ours and there is a lot of good people in this horse. They have been patient and they are starting to get the rewards.

“We might go to town next or he might even go to the paddock. He’s a baby and he’s still learning.”

Exceedance beat the Godolphin trained Shielded ($6.50), with Mark Newnham’s $2.10 race favourite Blazing Miss, a half-length behind in third.



Tommy Berry brought up a race to race double on another impressive debutant, with North ($2.70) scoring a tough win in the WYONG ROOS FOUNDATION MAIDEN over 1100m.

Trained by the Snowdens, the $300,000 Deep Field colt, led for most of the race and was able to hold out late challenges from Money Travels and Commander Bell, to win by a length.

Stable representative Colum McCullagh, admitted the two-year-old had been a “sitting duck.”

“He did well to sustain today, he was a sitting duck out there,” he said. “He pinged the lids and was there for the taking in the straight, but it was nice to see him put his best foot forward.

“He’s shown good natural speed in his trials and at home and we were reasonably confident he could get the job done today.”

Berry said North had given him a nice feel during the race.

“The stable, Colum and the team gave me a nice push for him before the race and said he’s a lovely colt, you’ve just got to keep his mind on the job.

“He wasn’t entitled to win because I got attacked for most of the race but for him to still come out the other end and beat them convincingly was a good effort.

“He’s a bit like his dad Deep Field, he’s fast and he’s got a high cruising speed.”

North beat Money Travels ($10) trained by Warren Gavenlock, with Commander Bell ($13) from the Brett Partelle stable, third.



Berry’s third win came on Kristen Buchanan’s consistent eight-year-old Bluesbro ($8.50), who took out the 1600m WYONG GOLF CLUB LTD CLASS 1 by a head.

Buchanan described it as the “perfect” ride.

“He got him moving at the right time, he’s a big horse, a momentum horse, he rode him absolutely perfectly,” she said.

“It was a gutsy win. He’s a big striding horse and I said to Tommy he just needs galloping room to be comfortable.

“He just hung in and was very tough in the end.”

Buchanan said the eight-year-old was a brother to her Group winning mare Two Blue.

“The whole family are really tough. Ken and Leanne Dennis have done an amazing job breeding their mare.

“They couldn’t part with this one. They have younger horses coming through, but I had to keep him in the stable.

“They are all honest type horses who try their hearts out. He’s had any number of issues and has spent a lot of time in the paddock but I’m glad we stuck it out.”

Bluesbro has had 13 starts for two wins and seven minor placings.

He beat Kim Waugh’s $2.15 favourite Seeingisbelieving, with Momentum Amethyst ($26) from the David Payne stable, third.



The Godolphin trained Singing Sand ($7.50) brought up four wins for Berry taking out the 1350m WYONG RACE CLUB – MEMBERSHIP ONLY $55 BENCHMARK 64.

Berry again showed patience coming from toward the rear of the field to swamp his opposition in the final stages, scoring a half-length win.

It was the second career win from nine starts for the three-year-old Poet’s Voice filly, who was coming off a sixth at Warwick Farm on May 1.

Darren Beadman, representing the stable, said it was a “good, tough win.”

“He had to make up a bit of ground in the straight and was able to reign them in,” he said.

“He has won in town previously so I’d say we will look at giving him another shot at a metropolitan race.”

Beadman was also complimentary of Berry.

“Tommy is a good rider and it’s great to see him getting the four winners today.”

The John Sargent trained Ladies Gem ($15) was second, with Our Tax Return ($151), for local trainer Les Tilley, third.



Jason Coyle hasn’t ruled out a trip to the Brisbane winter carnival with River Bird ($1.28fav) after the filly broke through for a well-deserved maiden win.

The Epaulette three-year-old raced in listed company in December before spelling and was impressive with two trial wins leading into the Wyong race.

She always looked comfortable after being settled midfield by Kathy O’Hara in the 1000m KOOINDAH WATERS – RACE STAY & PLAY MAIDEN and finished strongly to record a two-length victory.

Coyle said he will see how the filly pulls up before deciding on her next run.

“I always thought we could head her towards Brisbane and her owner Joe Rapisarda is from there,” he said. “But there are some lower benchmark races in Sydney during that time as well so I will have to weigh it all up.

“We’ve been waiting for her to win for a while, but we’ve tested her at higher grades, and she hasn’t been disgraced. She’s a nice filly and it’s good to record the maiden win. Hopefully she can go on with it now.

“She did everything right today. The 1000m suits and she travelled really sweet behind them and was able to let down strongly. They ran a good time so hopefully that will put us in good stead for where we go from here.”

River Bird beat Manly Cove ($9) from the Bjorn Baker stable, with She’s My Girl ($9) trained locally by Brett Partelle, third.



Robbie Dolan was full of praise for Prince Camelot who proved to be the dominant stayer in the 2100m CENTRAL COAST LEAGUES CLUB MAIDEN.

It looked to be a race in two with the favourite Road To Blue Skye ($1.95) in a head-bobbing battle down the straight with The Boomerang ($4.40).

The John Sargent trained Prince Camelot ($4.20) gained momentum in the final stages and was able to run down the leaders and score a narrow win.

“He’s only small but he’s got a big heart,” Dolan said. “He attacked the line strongly today and I can see him getting further. He really wants to win.

“John placed him well here and this will really get his confidence up.”

The Camelot three-year-old was coming off a third at Wyong over the 2100m at his last start.

“Sarge likes him and that is why he has persisted with him,” stable representative Amber Edmeads said.

“It was really good to see him get his head in front today, it will give him a lot of confidence. A lot of patience and time has gone into this horse, so it is good to see him win.

“He was bred to run over a distance. We were worried earlier in the shorter runs but as soon as we stepped him up, he has shown us a lot more.

“We wanted a nice good run into it and that’s what happened, and he finished off great.”

Edmeads was also full of praise for the ride.
“Robbie is a really good rider and we put him on the majority of our horses,” she said.



An upset in the CLUB TOUKLEY RSL 3YO MAIDEN over 1350m with the Scott Singleton trained Niccirose ($31) leaving the odds-on favourite in his wake to score a dominant win.

Christian Reith settled the Nicconi three-year-old just outside the leader and favourite Embracer ($1.09) from the Waterhouse Bott stable.

The pair shared a soft lead and with everything going his way, it looked well set up for Embracer to win.

Nicconi hit the lead on straightening and pulled away leaving the favourite in his wake, to record a four and a half-length victory.

Singleton said he was a “bit surprised” with the win.

“I wouldn’t say I was expecting it, but we gave him a freshen up since his last run at Kembla and that’s done the job,” he said.

“He jarred up a bit at Kembla and this track has got a bit more give in it which suited him.

“He jumped well and was keen to race. In some of his other races he’s had to come from behind and just hasn’t been able to make up the ground.

“He has always had a bit of ability and raced really well today.”

Reith said Nicconi had given him a “good feel.”

“It’s the first time I’ve ridden him in a race, and he stretched right out. It was a promising win and good to get the maiden out of the way.

“Hopefully he’s got some more wins in him.”

Smart Decision ($9), trained by John O’Shea, was a further length behind in third.



A good training effort by Matthew Vella after I’m A Legend ($3.10) brought up his second successive win to take out THE DOYLO LIFESTYLE GROUP CLASS 1.

The Nicconi gelding broke through for his maiden win at Goulburn on April 28 at his tenth start and backed it up with a tough win at Wyong over the 12oom.

Vella was full of praise for the four-year-old and the ride by Sam Clipperton.

“He’s quite handy this horse. He’s got great form as you can see with placings. We changed a bit up this prep and it’s paying dividends. We haven’t galloped him once at home and it’s kept his vibe good,” he said.

Vella, who has four horses in work at Hawkesbury and is pre-training 70, said the difference to his training routine had certainly helped.

“We take him through the bush a little bit, a lot of swimming, just keeping him happy.

“I was never worried about his ability. I think the blinkers have helped as well, but it’s just about not overcooking him at home because he’s quite a nervous horse as it is.

“Sam rode him so well. He knows him from last start and is a top-class rider.”

Clipperton said Vella and the owners had been very patient with I’m A Legend and were now reaping the rewards.

“It’s not easy to go from a maiden win to a class one but he did it well today,” he said.

Cinquedea, the $2.35 favourite from the Richard and Michael Freedman stable was second, with the Godolphin trained Gorgons ($7.50), third.


Central Coast Club’s Challenge Raceday Preview – 16 May 2019

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By Frances O’Shea

Brett Partelle is hoping a home track win is on the cards as he heads into Thursday’s Wyong meeting with a trio of runners.

The stable will saddle up Rebecca’s Quest and She’s My Girl, for long-time supporter Bert Viera, and Commander Belle, raced by the Milgate family.

“I think all three have got ability and it would be great if at least one of them can get the job done,” Partelle said.

“Out of the three I think She’s My Girl is probably the best chance. She’s first up from a lengthy spell but her trials have been excellent.

“She’s a nice filly and we have been patient with her. She’s not real big but has a nice amount of ability and will be hard to beat.

“I expect them all to race well and wouldn’t be surprised if one of the others bobs up or places.”

She’s My Girl a three-year-old So You Think filly bred by the Viera’s, starts in the 1000m Maiden.

She debuted at Cessnock in July last year and was placed second over the 900m.

“She’s not an overly big filly and has had a few issues with her knees, maturing and that sort of stuff, so we decided to give her some time,” Partelle said.

“She trialled twice in the spring and was second at Wyong and won at Gosford. We put her out and she won her first trial back at Wyong in March and has since won another couple of trials at Gosford.

“It is great form going into this race and she will take some beating.”

Partelle has a soft spot for filly Rebecca’s Quest, by his Magic Millions winner Walking Or Dancing, who lines up in the 1200m Class 1.

“We’ve only had her for two starts. She ran fourth at Wyong first up and I thought her run was really encouraging. She franked that by coming out and winning at Port.

“The horse of Kristen Buchanan’s who finished second came out and ran second in the good maiden at Scone on Friday.

“I think that’s good enough form to stack up here and she is a nice each way chance.

”She’s a progressive filly and while it’s hard to go from your maiden to a class one she won’t be too far away.”

Partelle also expects Pierro gelding Commander Bell to race well in the 1100m Maiden.

“He’s been maturing slowly and will just get better over the next six months. He’s quite lightly framed like most of the Pierros and they take a bit of time, the better ones.

“All being equal on Thursday, over the1100m fresh, he’s going to run a nice little race. He came off a good third at Gosford in similar company and hit the line good and the track was a bit off that day. I expect him to run well and his next start he will be very hard to beat.”

Partelle said Bobby El-Issa will partner his three runners.

“Every time he rides for us, he rides well, and they are right in the finish. He doesn’t make any mistakes.”

The first of eight races at the Central Coast Club’s Challenge Race Day gets underway at midday.




Race 1 – 12pm: KOOINDAH WATERS – RACE STAY & PLAY MAIDEN PLATE (1000m): 1 NORTH, 2 She’s My Girl, 3 Little Wonder, 4 River Bird.

Race 2 – 12.40pm: CENTRAL COAST LEAGUES CLUB MAIDEN PLATE (2100m): 1THE BOOMERANG, 2 Prince Camelot, 3 Road To Blue Sky, 4 Commentator.

Race 3 – 1.20pm: CLUB TOUKLEY RSL 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): 1TASK AND PURPOSE, 2 Smart Decision, 3 Well Decorated, 4 Ivira.

Race 4 – 2pm: TOUKLEY GOLF CLUB 2YO MAIDEN PLATE (1100m): 1MINI BOOM, 2 Exceedance, 3 Hey Mighty, 4 Travanti.

Race 5 – 2.35pm: WYONG ROOS FOUNDATION MAIDEN HANDICAP (1100m): 1 SET GOALS, 2 Commander Bell, 3 Serbelloni, 4 North.

Race 6 – 3.10pm: WYONG GOLF CLUB LTD CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 SEEINGISBELIEVING, 2 Our Fun, 3 Nathan Road, 4 Pick Of The Day.

Race 7 – 3.45pm: THE DOYLO LIFESTYLE GROUP CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1200m): 1GORGONS, 2 First Reading, 3 Defeat, 4 Cinquedea.

Race 8 – 4.20pm: WYONG RACE CLUB – MEMBERSHIP ONLY $55 BENCHMARK HANDICAP (1350m): 1 HIGH RUSH, 2 Sniponet, 3 Celer, 4 Ladies’ Gem.

Rachel King kicks home winning treble at Wyong

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Rachel King made Thursday’s Wyong meeting her own with a winning treble, and in all three cases she went where other riders did not want to go and stayed on the fence.

While other riders were tracking wide King was saving ground by following the rail and her tactics proved to be the right ones.

King won the HMA Group Maiden (1600m) on the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Frenzied; the HMA Materials Handling Metro and Provincial Maiden (1100m) on Gorgons for Godolphin and James Cummings and the HMA Geotechnical Class Two (1350m) on One Of The Kind for Randwick trainer Robert Pearce.

King’s tactics were applauded by Pearce.

“My horse covets the rail and always does his best when on the fence,” Pearce said.

“The horse is a six-year-old but he has only had a handful of starts for three wins.

“He is no world beater but I guess you could call him a late bloomer.”

King let One Of The Kind ($10) settle in third place behind Celer (Serg Lisnyy) and when that horse drifted away from the fence she went underneath him and gradually wore him down to win by a long neck with the favourite Apollo Prince ($2.50) a further one and quarter lengths away third.

It was King’s first treble since Randwick in October last year when she caped a big day by winning the Group Three Nivison on Resin for Godolphin.


A clever ride from King contributed to the win by Frenzied.

King took off at the 800 metres to get past the tearaway leader Georgina Gold (Mitchell Bell) and held an advantage of several lengths at the top of the straight.

She kicked away to score by two and a quarter-lengths from Lady Legend and left many punters cheering.

Frenzied was backed in late from $5 to $4.60 while the favourite Royal Captain (James Innes Jnr) drifted from $2.30 to $2.70 and after being well back early, ran on fairly for third.

“The ride won us the race,” the stable’s representative, Neil Paine, said.

“Once he had that lead at the top of the short straight I thought he would win.

“I would have been disappointed if he hadn’t.

“He has always indicated to us that he would need ground and I imagine Gai and Adrian will step him up to 2000 metres.”


King turned in another clever ride when she won the HMA Materials Handling Metro and Provincial Maiden (1100m) on Gorgons for Godolphin and James Cummings.

While the remainder of the riders elected to go wide on the turn King stayed on the fence and got a dream passage to go to the lead and hold off the well supported first starter Ziedrich (Mitchell Bell) and win by three quarters of a length.

The favourite In Vinciano, backed in from $2.90 to start at $2.60, was the widest runner on the turn and finished third, another half head away.

Gorgons was having only her third start and the win followed a luckless third at Hawkesbury at her previous run.

“She did not have a lot of luck at her previous run, she displaced a tooth and was running on nerves,” stable representative, Darren Beadman, said.

King said that Gorgons had still not properly settled in the race.

“Once she learns how to settle she will be a nice filly,” King said.


Cleverly, cleverly ridden by Koby Jennings, might be headed for the breeding barn sooner rather than later following her narrow win in the HMA Instrumentation Maiden (2100m).

The imported Irish bred mare, trained by Team Hawkes, is raced by well know breeder Grant Briscoe.

“She did not do much in her few starts in Britain but we bought her because of her blood lines,” Briscoe said.

“She is by Mastercraftsman and we want to breed a stayer.

“We are breeders and sellers but we might keep whatever she produces and have a bit of fun with it.”

Jennings positioned Cleverly on the back of the favourite Dashing Special then took off to chase the leader Boomerang, grabbing that horse late to beat him by a short neck.


A late flood of money for the Mark Newnham trained Go Fish Go (Josh Parr) proved to be on the money when the three-year-old won the HMA Power Generation Maiden (150m).

Parr admitted he changed tactics soon after the start and elected to take a trail rather than lead.

“There was good speed on in the first 200 metres and he settled well so I decided to stay where I was,” he said.

“I was riding for luck but it went my way on the turn and I got the run I wanted.”

Go Fish Go went past Scepter Of Power in the straight to beat that horse by three quarters of a length.

The win followed a debut fifth over 1100 metres at Hawkesbury last month.

“He had to go hard in that race to lead and it was a good run,” foreman, James Ponsonby, said.

“Mark got stuck into him with plenty of work and he certainly paraded well before this race.

“Mark wanted Josh to settle him where he was comfortable.”

Go Fish go was the only horse punters wanted to back, firming from $4.80 to $4 while the favourite Foxborough eased from $1.55 to $1.70 and struggled to run third after being taken wide in the straight.


The Richard Freedman trained Leardo (Keegan Latham) survived a protest after a tight photo finish to win the HMA Flow And Industrial Class One (1600m).

Serg Lisnyy, who ran second on the Kim Waugh trained Seeingisbelieving, fired in an objection alleging interference in the closing stages of the race.

The two horses raced tight near the line with Leardo winning by a short half head with the third placed Lily Astolat a further head away.

Stewards took some time before dismissing the protest.

Freedman’s son Will said the big striding Leardo was not really suited to Wyong.

“However, the programming left us with no option,” Freedman said.

“That was a lovely ride from Keegan, that won us the race.

“He is a horse that will be seen at his best on a big track from 1800 metres to 2000 metres.”

Latham was eventually able to settle Leardo ($5.50) in fourth place on the fence, went around only one horse at the top of the straight then dug deep to hold off the late challenge from Seeinbgisbelieving ($2.30 fav).


Apprentice Reece Jones landed his first provincial winner when he led all the way on the Paul Perry trained Quick Nick in the HMA Wear Solutions Benchmark 64 (1200m).

Jones only started riding in August last year and booted home his first winner at his first ride at Tamworth at 22 years of age.

Since then the mature age apprentice has improved rapidly with Wyong was his 30th winner.

Quick Nick was well backed from $4.60 into $3.10 and had to work hard in the second half of the race as Andrew Gibbons ranged up on his outside on Sniponet to lay down a challenge.

Despite desperate riding from Gibbons he could not bridge the gap and Quick Nick, with Jones showing maturity in the saddle beyond his experience, held on to win by half a neck.

Jones remained calm and simply rode Quick Nick hands and heels to the line.

Stable foreman Mike Rowland said that was the only way to ride Quick Nick.

“He loves to be left alone in front,” Rowland said.

“The wet track at Muswellbrook did not suit him when he ran last but he loved the good track here today.

“He had a freshen up after Muswellbrook and a trial and today it was catch me if you can.”


Warwick Farm trainer Jarrod Austin set Inanup for the HMA GTech Cyclones Benchmark 64 (1100m) after the horse returned from a spell and the horse not only won for connections but ran a class record.

All four of the horse’s wins have been at Wyong and, in fact, the horse is unbeaten at the track.

He was having his first start since December and after a third in a trial at Warwick Farm last month.

“He loves this track and that’s why we set him for this race,” Austin said.

‘He loves racing here and he loves racing fresh.

“I thought we had him spot on but I was a bit worried in the straight.”

Inanup ($2.50 fav) and Great Affair (Mitchell Bell) settled down to a two-horse battle but in the last 200 metres Inanup gradually got the upper hand to win by half a length in 1min 03.57secs to easily eclipse the previous class record of 1min 04.34secs.

Australia’s best Maiden to break through at Wyong?

Gary Moore jokingly describes his stayer Dashing Special as the best maiden horse in Australia.

And the Rosehill based trainer is hoping Thursday will be the day the gelding can break through for a well-deserved victory.

And if he wins and wins impressively Moore hasn’t ruled out a trip to the Brisbane winter carnival with the High Chaparral gelding.

Dashing Special resumed from a spell over 1600m at Hawkesbury on April 16, finishing second behind Pinup Miss.

The Waterhouse/Bott stable has a good opinion of the filly, who will now head toward the Group 1 Queensland Oaks.

Moore was very happy with Dashing Special’s first up effort.

“His first run back over the mile was very good, especially with the horse that beat him, the filly of Gai’s going to the Queensland Oaks.

“That’s not a bad form line so I think he will have a good chance on Thursday over a more opportunistic distance.

“His first run back was two weeks ago he’s improved from then and has worked pretty well.”

Dashing Special, a $175,000 yearling purchase, has had 27 starts for eight seconds and five third placings.

Two of those seconds have been over the 2100m at Wyong, giving Moore extra confidence heading into the race.

“He likes a tight track and has performed very well there in the past,” Moore said.

“Glyn Schofield knows him quite well and will ride him again on Thursday.

“He needs good ground and should get that, so there will be plenty in his favour.

“I would love to step him up in grade and even head up to Brisbane, but he needs to get the bridesmaid tag off him first.”

Moore’s other runner on the program, Hostwin Shadow, will contest the 1350m Class 2 Handicap.

The Longhorn gelding raced on the same day as his stablemate at Hawkesbury on April 16, finishing third over 1300m

“His last run was very good at Hawkesbury and he made up plenty of ground,” he said.

“The step up to 1350m should suit him and he is much the same as Dashing Special and will appreciate a good track.

“Mitchell Bell has won on him in the past and will ride him.”

Moore said Hostwin Shadow was picked out by his son James at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sales and purchased for $70,000.

The four-year-old has had 12 starts for two wins and three minor placings, including a third a Wyong over the 1100m.

“He is racing in good form this preparation and I expect him to take that form into this race.”

A trip to the winter carnival is definitely on the cards for Moore, with his filly Happy Every Day kicking off her Brisbane campaign in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet on Saturday.

“The tight track will suit her style of racing and with the drop back in trip and grade, from her last run in the Australian Oaks, she should race well.”

The first of eight races at the club’s HMA Raceday gets underway at 12.05pm.



Race 1 – 12.05pm: HMA GROUP 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1300m): 1 GEORGINA GOLD, 2 Frenzied, 3 Royal Captain, 4 Lady Legend.

Race 2 – 12.40pm: HMA INSTRUMENTATION MAIDEN PLATE (2100m: 1 DASHING SPECIAL, 2 Cleverley, 3 Polished Penny, 4 Commentator.

Race 3 – 1.20pm: HMA POWER GENERATION MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 GO FISH GO, 2 Bandersnatch, 3 Foxborough, 4 Sceptor Of Power.

Race 4 – 2.00pm: HMA MATERIALS HANDLING METRO AND PROVINCIAL MAIDEN HANDICAP (1100m): 1 MADAM OAKS, 2 Gorgons, 3 Pretorius, 4 Rubic Honour.

Race 5 – 2.40pm: HMA FLOW & INDUSTRIAL CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 SEEINGISBELIEVING, 2 Lexi’s Choice, 3 Leardo, 4 Stunned.

Race 6 – 3.20pm: HMA GEOTECHNICAL CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 APOLLO PRINCE, 2 Celer, 3 Hostwin Shadow, 4 One Of A Kind.

Race 7 – 4.00pm: HMA WEAR SOLUTIONS BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1200m): 1 SNIPONET, 2 Ladies’ Gem, 3 Allez Rev, 4 Mightly Marmalade.

Race 8 – 4.40pm: HMA GTECH CYCLONES BENMARK 64 HANDICAP (1100m): 1 GREAT AFFAIR, 2, Hylonome, 3 Classy Anna, 4 Dizzy Miss Lizzy.