Lees Wyong Cup Trio

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Kris Lees is planning a three-pronged attack for this year’s $160,000 Listed Carlton Draught Wyong Gold Cup.

Lees took out the 2016 version of the prestigious race with Australian Bloodstock’s Slow Pace and plans for two runners, Sixties Groove and Mongolian Wolfe, raced by the same syndicate, to be part of this year’s field.

High Opinion, who was runner up in the Listed Wagga Cup in May, will make up the Lees trio.

English import Sixties Groove trialled at Newcastle on August 19 and Lees was more than happy with what he showed.

“It was a bit of a surprise that he won the trial. The track was pretty firm, and I didn’t expect him to be so sharp, but it shapes up well for the coming preparation,” he said.

The seven-year-old, a winner of the Group 2 Doomben Cup in June, just fell short of qualifying for the Melbourne Cup last year and will begin his quest to run in this year’s version at Wyong.

New Zealand import Mongolian Wolf was second in the Taree Cup on August 18 and has shown his best form at 2000m and beyond.

“It was a promising run at Taree considering he runs much better on a wet track. It would be great if there were conditions at Wyong on Cup day to suit him.”

High Opinion finished strongly when finishing fourth on the Kensington track on August 17 over 1800m and looks primed for a second-up run over the 2100m at Wyong.

John Thompson has confirmed his in-form mare Sweet Deal will head to the $140,000 Listed Mona Lisa over 1350m on Cup day after she posted back to back wins in the 1400m BM88 at Randwick on Saturday.

Women in Racing Panel Lineup Revealed

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The all female panel for the 24 September, Women in Racing Raceday has been confirmed with the likes of Debbie Kepitis and Lizzie Jelfs who are among the biggest names in the racing industry. Just check out the lineup below.The panel discussion is a ticketed only event on Women in Racing Raceday and includes all entry ticketing, reserved seating, lunch and more.Visit our Women in Racing event page for full details.

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Sky Racing’s LIZZIE JELFS will interview guests throughout the afternoon and co-host the event. English born Racing expert Lizzie Jelfs is well known for her very popular WOMEN IN RACING television series on Sky and she has a wonderful eye for horses with her best from the parade ring selections on Saturday’s tipping the punters into lots of winners.

Women in Racing Panel Lineup Revealed 4As one of the part owners of world champion race mare Winx DEBBIE KEPITIS has been on an amazing ride over the last few years. Her love for racing, her enthusiasm and her great passion for our industry has made Debbie a household name here. Debbie and her owners endeared themselves to all of Australia by sharing their Winx experiences with us all.

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Channel Seven Sports and Racing reporter MICHELLE BISHOP is a long time Central Coast resident who travels throughout Australia in her frontline job for the Channel 7 network. As well as her State of Origin reporting duties and regular slot on the Sunrise breakfast show, Michelle has also documented the Winx story and covered the major Sydney racing carnivals.  From time to time she also pops down to watch track work here at Wyong as well.

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Racing NSW’s Media and Communications Executive JULIANNE HORSMAN wear many hats. Julianne has thousands of social media followers attending most Saturday race meetings as well as travelling to a lot of the major country and provincial racing carnivals. Julianne also helped establish Racing NSW’s very successful YPR (Young Professionals in Racing) providing unique and vibrant raceday events and new opportunities for young Sydney people to become more engaged with our industry.

Women in Racing Panel Lineup Revealed 7Women in Racing Panel Lineup Revealed 8Wyong is fortunate to have two of the more successful women trainers in Australia based right here with both KIM WAUGH and KRISTEN BUCHANAN featuring among the leading trainers in NSW. Kim Waugh’s growing stable and regular success in Sydney has seen her runners earn almost $2 million prizemoney this year. Kristen Buchanan is only a couple of wins behind Kim on the Wyong Trainer’s premiership and the pair are well clear of the boys. Kristen’s hands on approach and astute placement of her horses.

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Wyong style ambassadors SAM and JORDI will delight you with their quirky, modern thinking and unique styling experience. They will have thousands of dollars in prizes to give away and will be share with you the latest tips with an onstage style makeover session.

Click to view the Women in Racing Raceday info

Wyong Gold Cup Launches in shades of Purple

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The Purple Gala – 2019

The 2019 Wyong Gold Cup Carnival launched in perfect style on Saturday 27 July 2019 with The Purple Gala. The event was a partner project for WRC, H&H Catering, Spark*d Events and Cancer Council NSW and was attended by 150 guests. Ticket sales, auction and raffles on the evening where leveraged to raise funds for the support of those affected by Cancer and Cancer research. DeBortoli Wines graciously committed their Down the Line range to the charity by donating $5 per bottle sold the cause.

Our Parade Ring Pavilion was adorned in perfect purple hues for the occasion by Spark*d Events who donated their services to set the scene for a magical evening.

Complimentary to the scene we had the pleasure of hosting Internationally acclaimed Country Music superstar Gina Jeffreys and husband Rod McCormack performing a selection of tracks from Gina’s upcoming new album ‘Beautiful Tangle’.

It was H&H Catering deserving the biggest credit during The Purple Gala however. Vying for yet another industry award, H&H delivered a flawless evening of food and beverage that was being judged in real time. A divine,and seemingly impossible to pull-off under pressure, menu with elements of sous vide Jewfish, braised oxtail croquettes and coconut mouse encased in a meringue spheres just to name a few. A sensational effort to say the least.

A stunning start to the Carnival season. We hope to see you at either raceday during the Carlton Draught Wyong Gold Carnival, September 1st and 6th 2019.

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