Jason Coyle heads to Wyong on Thursday with plenty of confidence his trio of runners should all race well.
Warwick Farm based Coyle admits he normally favours big, wide tracks but concedes he has had plenty of luck at Wyong.
“For someone who likes big, open tracks I do like running my horses at Wyong,” he said.
“The surface up there is normally very good and it’s just a matter of finding the right races.”
He is hopeful to have done just that with Malthouse lining up in the 1350m BM70, Benfica Maid in the 1600m Class 1and Scorching Zorro in the 2100m Maiden.
“Malthouse is a nice horse. We started him over a distance that was a touch short at Goulburn last start, for what he will eventually be after.
“He was a touch underdone as well but I think he will improve again second up. He is still carrying good condition but will definitely appreciate the step up in trip.
“I think he is a horse who will get over more ground. In his first preparation I wouldn’t have said that because he did a lot wrong and wanted to over race but based on his first up run, where he relaxed really well, I think he should be able to press out to a mile at some stage.”
The four-year-old Carlton House gelding put together back to back wins in his first preparation, including a 1300m victory at Goulburn.
Coyle is full of praise for his four-year-old Benfica Maid and believes she will have the ideal conditions on Thursday.
The Benfica mare has consistent form around the Provincials and is coming off a last start fourth at Wyong over the 1350m on March 28.
“She was excellent last start. Her runs have been terrific this preparation back, she’s done nothing wrong. She placed in a maiden at Canterbury over 1550m last time in and there is no reason to think she won’t appreciate another step up in journey.
“She was looking for the mile last start and given that she’s drawn a nice gate, she’s in the right grade, right class and doesn’t mind the sting out of the track, I think she should race well.
“She’s a mare who should be able to continue to work through her grades. Ideally, we’ll have her fit once the carnivals finished and hopefully step into a fillies and mares mid-week Benchmark race at some stage.”
Coyle looks to have found the ideal race with his Sizzling gelding, Scorching Zorro.
The three-year-old has been consistent in his first preparation, with a second at Goulburn over 1600m and fourth on the same track on March 23 over 2140m.
“He’s not far away. The more he steps up in the trip the more it’s suiting him. He was very good last start, after being attacked throughout the race at Goulburn.
“He’s got not turn of foot and is very one paced, so these are the sort of races that are going to suit him.
“With an even sort of run in transit, you’d think in a staying maiden he’d be competitive again.”
The first of eight races gets underway at 12.55pm.
Race 1 – 12.55pm: RFS VOLUNTEERS THANK YOU MAIDEN (2100m): 1 RED HOT CHILLYPINS, 2 Aguante, 3 Scorching Zorro, 4 Whiskey Jack.
Race 2 – 1.35pm: SES VOLUNTEERS THANK YOU MAIDEN (1000m): 1 ZANZIDANCE, 2 Down To Earth, 3 At The Helm, 4 Fused Magic.
Race 3 – 2.10pm: VRA VOLUNTEERS THANK YOU MAIDEN (1350m): 1 DUTY, 2 Smart Success, 3 Buckin Rippa’, 4 Qinghai Lake.
Race 4 – 2.50pm: WWW.TAB.COM.AU PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1350m): 1 QUEEN SNIP, 2 Buckin’ RIppa, 3 Butch’N’Bugs, 4 Divine Eleven.
Race 5 – 3.25pm: COCA-COLA CLASS 1 (1600m): 1 KIRWAN’S LANE, 2 Rockarosa, 3 Benfica Maid, 4 Segrill.
Race 6 – 4.05pm: CARLTON UNITED BREWERIES CLASS 1 (1300m):1 ESTROVERTO, 2 Darleb, 3 Favra, 4 Instant Attraction.
Race 7 – 4.40pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACE DAY APRIL 16 CONDITIONAL BM70 (1350m): 1 ABSOLUTE TRUST, 2 Ashton Blair, 3 Trajection, 4 Salsa Man.
Race 8 – 5.15pm: GOOD LUCK WYONG @ THE POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL CLASS 1 (1000m): 1 AXE, 2 Penang, 3 Rifles, 4