While Kristen Buchanan took a well-earned break her consistent galloper Jazzland returned to form to win the SKY RACING SUMMER PROVINCIAL SERIES – HEAT 5 WYONG in impressive fashion.
It was courtesy of a great front-running ride by Josh Parr, that saw Jazzland speed away from his rivals on straightening to win the Provincial Series heat by almost two lengths, eased down on the line.
He will now contest the $150,000 series final at Gosford on December 27.
“He certainly appreciates the mile, especially here, “Parr said after the win.
“We went a step further with him last start up to 2000m and it was just too much for him. It was more like him today.
“The team here have done a really good job with him and he will appreciate the same distance in the final at Gosford.”
Buchanan is currently enjoying a cruise with family and left her in-form stable in the hands of foreman Shaun Harvey.
“He loves it at Wyong and he and Josh are a good combination,” he said.
“He just went too quick at Kembla last start over the 2000m. He can run 11’s here for the sectionals over 1600m and keep going but not over 2000m.
“We took him back to the trials and gave him a bit of a break and he was nice and fresh coming here today.
“We will see how he pulls up, but I’d say he will head for the final.”
Harvey said Jazzland, who has now had 13 starts for six wins and four minor placings, was a stable favourite.
“He’s just a home bred horse but has put together a great record and we all love him,” he said.
It was a Wyong quinella in the race, with the Waugh trained Calabasas ($8.50) second, over Mr Garcia ($3.20) from the Lees stable.
Kiwi import Ocean Go was having his second start for the stable in the TWIN LAKES AIR & SOLAR CLASS 2, after finishing second at Newcastle on December 1.
The four-year-old had five starts in New Zealand before his Hong Kong based owners moved him to Buchanan’s stable.
Parr had to chase hard in the final stages of the race after Quick Finance kicked two lengths clear in the straight.
“I had to ride him really hard into the corner and considering it is only his second start going this direction, he ran really well,” he said.
“I was forced to go a bit earlier than I would have liked, so he had a strong gallop all the way.”
Foreman Shaun Harvey said it was a great win.
“He really hit the line strong after a tough race. He was good first up, and we knew he would run well here today. He really appreciated the extra distance and he will be more suited getting out to a mile or further. He’s a great horse to have in the stable.”
Ocean Go ($3) beat Quick Finance, trained by Kevin Moses, by half a length, with the $1.95 favourite Brunetta, almost two lengths behind in third.
Wayne Seelin was full of praise for the ride by Hugh Bowman after the champion jockey partnered his mare Invincible Kiss ($3.20) to a home track victory in the 1000m WYONG EQUINE CLINIC BENCHMARK 64.
The win brought up a race to race double for Bowman.
It was the second win from 16 starts for Invincible Kiss, who was narrowly beaten at Wyong last start over the same distance.
“I had my heart in my mouth for a little while down the straight when he was held up for a run and then I remembered I had Hugh on,” Seelin said. “It was a great ride.
“He had to ask her permission when the gap opened but when he did bang. She’s been going really good for a while and she loves Wyong.
“She is tough and very consistent. I think it was just a matter of her growing up but she’s racing so well now.”
Bowman said the five-year-old mare had travelled well throughout.
“I needed a bit of room and was able to get that and she let down really well,” he said. “She travelled really sweet in the run. It is nice riding horses when they want to win like that.”
Invincible Kiss beat the $2.20 race favourite North, from the Snowden stable, with Thermosa ($7) trained by Rodney Robb, third.
Rejinsky could chase black type at his next start after an impressive debut win in the FIGTREE GROUP MAIDEN over 1000m.
The well-bred Redoute’s Choice colt came from the rear of the field, with jockey Aaron Bullock patiently waiting for a split on the turn.
When the gap opened the three-year-old sped away to win by almost half a length.
Relieved trainer Grant Allard said the plan had been to ride him close but when he was tardy at the start Bullock had opted to settle him back in the field.
“His two trials were good coming into this, but I genuinely don’t think he’s a 1000m horse, he’s probably best around 1400m or a mile but we had to kick off somewhere. He was a touch slow getting away, was held up in traffic, found the gap and hit the line pretty good,” Allard said.
“I think he is a pretty good horse in the making, a nice horse with a nice future.
“We’ve ticked one boss ticked here so we’ll see how he eats up and look at possibly starting him in the Gosford Guineas next Friday.”
Bullock said he knew Rejinsky was a nice horse leading into the race.
“I knew he had ability off his trials, but he is a pretty nice horse,” he said. “They burnt me early, so I just took the sit and I always had plenty of horse. I was a bit worried coming to the corner whether I’d get out, but the outside horse just dropped off and he attacked the line like a nice horse. He’s definitely going to win more races.”
Rejinsky, who was having his first run for the
Allard stable, was sent out $2.90 favourite on the back of his two recent trial
He beat the Widdup trained Vulpine ($5), with Enamour ($5) from the O’Shea stable, third.
Joe Pride believes he has a progressive horse on his hands following Sea Echo’s win in the 1350m DNR AIRCONDITIONING & ELECTRICAL 4YO & UP MAIDEN.
The Sepoy gelding justified his short-priced favouritism with an effortless three and three-quarter length win with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Bowman was able to dictate terms, with a great front-running ride, drawing away in the straight.
“He is a really nice horse and I’m not surprised to see him win like that,” Pride said.
“He’s a progressive gelding who will make a nice city class horse, so being a gelding he will just work his way through the grades.
“He is a very laid by type and they ran a good time today, while still looking like he had something under the bonnet.”
Bowman agreed the four-year-old could have a future.
“He felt good today. He was a short-priced favourite so the result but somewhat expected but it was nice to see him do it,” Bowman said.
“I feel he is a progressive type. In the start he was very sluggish in the way he did things but when the gates opened, he was very relaxed.
“I think he is certainly up to mid-week class.”
Bringing up his debut win at start four, Sea Echo started $1.18 favourite having been runner up at Wyong in his two previous starts. He beat Disco Mo ($5.50) trained by Anthony Cummings, with Tony Ball’s Senatorial ($15), third.
A drop back in distance proved to be the key to Bernson bringing up his second race win in the SM CONCRETE CONSTRUCTIONS KYLE’S RUN CLASS 1 over a mile.
The Bernardini gelding, had been placed second over the 1900m and 1800m at his past two starts, with trainer John Thompson deciding to run him over 1600m.
The move paid off and jockey Rachel King was able to dictate terms up front, with Bernson ($1.80fav) looking the winner a long way from home. He drew away in the final stages and was able to record a two-length victory over the Cymbalic ($4.20) from the Mark Newnham stable, with Mowanjum ($14), trained by Gary Portelli third.
“He seems to be racing a lot more genuinely now,” King said following the race. “It was a relatively slow pace and that suited him, and he won well again today.”
Stable representative Danielle Podlewski said the four-year-old had had a very consistent preparation.
“He’s been racing well. His last couple of starts he’s run into a few good ones, but it was nice to see him get a win today,” she said.
“We find he runs the best over the mile and that showed today. He’s a horse that likes to be kept fresh and happy, so if we can keep him to the mile, we will do that.
“I think he’s probably done enough this preparation and will probably head out for a spell.”
A double to Rachel King after the John O’Shea trained Lillemor ($3.60) proved too strong for her rivals in the ROKBUILT CLASS 1 over 1200m.
The well-bred filly, made it two wins from two starts, having scored on debut at Gosford on December 4.
She had no difficulty making the step up to class 1 and King believes the three-year-old has a bright future.
“It will be exciting to see just how far she can go,” she said.
“She does everything right and is really straightforward. I wouldn’t mind taking the sit on her as well because she does get a little bit lost out front, she sort of pricks her ears when she gets there, but she drew a bad gate today so we had to try and eliminate that by going forward.
“She’s very genuine, honest and has a really good attitude. She’s still not 100 percent there yet and is still learning, so it will be exciting to see how she goes when she learns how to really be a racehorse.”
Tom Charlton, stable foreman, said the filly does everything right in her races and is “easy going.”
“She’s an improving filly and it was a great ride by Rachel,” he said. “She’s very progressive and an easy, uncomplicated filly.”
Lillemor beat Belle Of Clonmel ($11) from the Jason Coyle stable by a length and a half, with Trengganu ($4.80) trained by Brad Widdup, third.