Bargain buy Obelius has turned a $1000 online purchase into a $140,000 return for Newcastle based hobby trainer Dale Wagstaff and he believes there are more wins to come.

He brought the son of Nicconi in October 2022 and the now six-year-old has put together five wins and multiple placings since being under Wagstaff’s care.

He shoots for win number six in the 1350m BM68 at Wyong on Tuesday and Wagstaff is confident he will run well. 

“We have been targeting the tried horses for a while, sometimes you get lucky and other times it doesn’t work out,” he said. 

“With Obelius I think the change in environment was a big factor in turning his form around. Mal and Rodney Ollerton, both helped me riding him in the early days at Newcastle. When I first got on him, he bucked but they were able to settle him down. 

“I own a riding school on the outskirts of Sydney with my partner Rachelle Bolton and while I still train from Newcastle, I don’t take them to the track much. We have a treadmill, track and outdoor arena so they do most of their work here. 

“Obelius has really responded to not having to be floated to the track every day. He’s a different horse.”
Jenny Duggan rides Obelius at Wyong and it was her suggestion to bring him back in distance to the 1350m. 

“She rode him for a third at Canterbury over 1550m on February 9 but said he pulls harder over more distance, so we’ve dropped him back. She knows how to ride him now with plenty of room in the straight. 

“He’s a horse who responds to the quick back up. He eats up a lot better after a race than a track gallop, so we keep racing him and he’s a happy horse.

“He thrives on racing and the distance should be ideal. I think he’ll be right in the finish.”

Wagstaff said it’s more a learning experience for him with his latest online buy Patrika Gold, who lines up in the 1100m BM64 in her first start for the stable.

He paid $4500 for the lightly raced six-year-old Puissance De Lune mare who has had four wins from just 12 starts. 

“I’ve put Aaron Bullock on because he’s such a great judge and can tell me what he thinks going forward. 

“She’s settled in really well with us, is fit and has every possible chance of winning. If not I’ll appreciate Aaron’s feedback. “

The first of eight races gets underway at 1.15pm with the track currently a soft 7.


Race 1 – 1.15pm: INSURANCE HOUSE F&M MAIDEN (1100m): 1 SUMMER SOIREE, 2 Tautou, 3 Cross Your Heart, 4 Miss Bayles.

Race 2 – 1.05PM: COMMSYS CG&E MAIDEN (1100m): 1 DETENDU, 2 Luna Field, 3 The New Sinatra, 4 Never Joking.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: INFRABUILD PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1600m): 1 HIMEROS, 2 Bling’s Empire, 3 Piplup, 4 Mars Rover.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: LINCOLN ELECTRIC CLASS 1 (1600m): 1 STANCZYK, 2 Noble Tess, 3 Gardenzio, 4 Twelfth Knight. 

Race 5 – 3.40pm: LEVELMASTER MAIDEN (1300m): 1 KHAZNAH, 2 BO KATAN, 3 Kervette, 4 Paruna.

Race 6 – 4.15pm: BJ HOWES METALAND CONDITIONAL BM68 (1350m): 1 MICKEY’S MEDAL, 2 Scalextrics, 3 Innervoice, 4 Obvious Step.

Race 7 – 4.50pm: COREGAS MIDWAY CLASS 1 (1200m): 1 Rush Hour, 2 River Pat, 3 Fludway, 4 Oakfield Triumph.

Race 8 – 5.30pm: MECHPRO SOLUTIONS AU BM64 (1100m): 1 TRISKELION, 2 Lohnraki, 3 Patrika Gold, 4 Azayaka.



A frustrating time for Mark Minervini both on and off the track has the Newcastle based trainer desperate for a change of luck. 

Minervini’s team hasn’t tasted success since Smiling Prophet’s win at Wyong on November 29 and he is hoping a return to the track on Thursday could be the start of a winning run. 

“We are more than due for a winner. We’ve had a frustrating run of placings so it would be good to break through,” he said. 

“Racing is so competitive at the moment. I enjoy the challenge and it has made me a better trainer.”

Minervini’s hopes lie with stable newcomber Mysweetmoses in the 1100m BM64 and veteran Super in the 1350m BM64.

Mysweetmoses, a Vancouver four-year-old, joined the stable following a stint in Victoria under Nick Ryan.

Minervini had previously trained his dam, Splash Of Moet and with Mysweetmoses owners keen to relocate him to New South Wales for better opportunites, the ex-South Australian was the natural choice. 

“They were struggling to place him down there so offered him to me. He ran at Muswellbrook the other day first up but was a bit green and had to carry a big weight. 

“He will be more suited over the 1100m at Wyong and Jean Van Overmiere will ride him. He has worked well since his last start, and I think he should run a really nice race.”

Minervini is also expecting improvement from his eight-year-old Super, a seven-time winner from his 54 starts.

“I had stepped him up to the 1500m and mile, but I’m not convinced he wants that now as he gets older.

“I think the 1350m will suit him at Wyong. He ran a second there in January, so the tighter track won’t present any difficulties. 

“He is still doing well but needs galloping room in his races, so hopefully Zac Wadick can get him to the outside and his three-kilo claim will definitely help.”

And while Minervini is confident both his runners should be “around the mark” he is unlikely to be trackside to cheer them home.

“I’ve had some health issues in recent weeks. I haven’t been well at all but I am under good hands with my cardiologist and he’s is confident he can get me right.”

The first of eight races at Wyong on Thursday gets underway at 1.15pm. 


Race 1 – 1.15pm: DE BORTOLI WINES CG&E MAIDEN (1100m): 1 GOOD ONCE, 2 Gogmagog, 3 Bo Katan, 4 Bottler. 

Race 2 – 1.50pm: CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1600m): 1 IRISH ANTHEM, 2 All Above, 3 Oakfield Zena, 4 Platinum Asset.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: WYONG LEAGUES GROUP BM64 (2100m): 1 DORASKAYA, 2 Wilshire Boulevard, 3 Counter, 4 Caring Lass. 

Race 4 – 3.05pm: SKY CHANNEL CLASS 1 (1000m): 1 SHAKO, 2 Pearls Treasure, 3 Impulsivity, 4 Lara’s Laulet. 

Race 5 – 3.40pm: PBL LAW GROUP SUPER MAIDEN (1350m): 1 STARMAE, 2 Jack Of Aces, 3 Wellerman, 4 Hartman. 

Race 6 – 4.20pm: MAGIC MILLIONS ADELAIDE YEARLING SALE 18-19 MARCH F&M MAIDEN (1100m): ART VOLANT, 2 Cross Your Heart, 3 Weeping Woman, 4 Russian Snitzel.

Race 7 – 4.55pm: CENTRAL COAST COOLROOMS MIDWAY BM64 (1350m): 1 NAVY BLOOD, 2 Battlefield, 3 Selfless Act, 4 Super. 

Race 8 – 5.35pm:  TAB.COM.AU B64 (1100m): 1 O’TYCOON, 2 The Swooper, 4 Triskelion, 4 Oakfield Triumph. 



It’s going to be a big weekend for Kembla trainer Ross McConville with a runner in the last at Randwick on Saturday and another lining up in the first at Wyong on Sunday. 

But the 77-year-old thinks it could be all worthwhile if his talented mare Either Oar can greet the judge in Sydney along with his two Wyong runners Tell The Future and South Of India

“It will be busy that’s for sure, but all three horses are racing well and hopefully we can get some results.”

It’s been almost two years since McConville took over the stables of his long-term partner Gwenda Markwell following her shock cancer diagnosis in February 2022. 

Sadly, she succumbed to the disease eight months later, but McConville had already been running the operation for some time, so it was a relatively seamless transition. 

He had had a lengthy association with Markwell, having bred and raced horses as part of her team for many years. 

The operation has been paired down to around 26 horses, a manageable number for McConville, who has already trained nine winners this season, one more than last season’s tally. 


He is confident Tell The Future (pictured), a four-year-old Nostradamus gelding, can add to his winners by claiming the 2100m Class 1 Maiden on Sunday. 

He has had 11 starts for three placings but McConville believes he has now found the key that will help Tell The Future break through.

“He used to play up in the gates and wouldn’t jump. So, I sent him to Shane Rose (a triple Olympic medalist in eventing) at Bimbden Park for three weeks. 

“He jumped cleanly at his last start over 2000m at on Saturday and finished third. I think if he can do the same at Wyong and jumps well he will be right in the finish. It looks like a good race for him, and he’s been placed at the track over the same distance.”

McConville has a good opinion of South Of India, who will line up in the 1000m Class 1. 

The Churchill three-year-old is a last start Newcastle winner over 900m on January 11. 

“He’s a very nice up and coming horse. I bred him and have high expectations but want to take my time with him.

“I expect him to race really well.” 

Wyong is honouring departing trainer Stephen “Crusher” Farley on Sunday, naming a race after him. 

Farley, who has trained at the track for more than 23 years, is relocating to Port Macquarie. 

The first on a seven-race card gets underway at 1.35pm. 


Race 1 – 1.35pm: TAB.COM.AU CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 TELL ME MA, 1 Tell The Future, 3 Bush Girl, 4 Lady Brulee. 

Race 2 – 2.10pm: HUCKEL EXCAVATIONS MIDWAY CLASS 1 (1600m): 1 SOVEREIGN DANE, 2 Devine Outcast, 3 Gardenzio, 4 Outakandy.

Race 3 – 2.45pm: SKY CHANNEL PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1350m): 1 FUGITIVA, 2 Pluckten, 3 Shigeru, 4 Cup Of Ambition. 

Race 4 – 3.25pm: WYONG LEAGUES CLUB F&M MAIDEN (1200m): 1 KHAZNAH, 2 Countyourblessings, 3 Koby Girl, 4 Our Voice. 

Race 5 – 4.04pm: CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES CG&E MAIDEN (1200m): 1 NOBLE ONE, 2 Edited By, 3 Khumbila, 9 Merchant Empire. 

Race 6 – 4.45pm: BEST WISHES WRC TRAINER STEPHEN “CRUSHER” FARLEY CLASS 1 (1000m): 1 SHAKO, 2 Pearl’s Treasure, 3 South Of India, 4 Fludway.

Race 7 – 5.21pm: DE BORTOLI WINES BM64 (1300m): 1 MERRY MAC BOY, 2 King’s Duty, 3 Mirra Impact, 4 Selfless Act. 



It’s been a long and frustrating wait for Kylie Gavenlock to get her promising mare Thrill Of Brazil back to the track and now the weather could be against her. 

The five-year-old returns to racing in the 1200m Provincial Maiden at Wyong on Thursday and Gavenlock is expecting her to run a “really nice race.”

But a heavy track could affect her chances, so the Gosford based trainer is hoping predicted showers stay away. 

“She has got a bit of ability and her trial on the Beaumont was good,” she said.” I think if the track is okay, she can run a really lovely race, but we will have to see. 

“It’s been a long time getting her back and we are keen to see what she can do.”

The lightly raced daughter of Irish sire Territories has had just five starts and been placed twice at Provincial grade.

Following a fifth on the Beaumont track in December 2022 Gavenlock decided to give her some time to mature but months stretched into more than year. 

“She was very immature at the time and was picky with her eating. We decided to give her three months off and just three days before she was to come back into work, she split her back foot in half. 

“We had to wait for the foot to grow down and that can be like a piece of string. There was nothing structurally wrong with her just the foot and it took a frustratingly long time to heal.”

Gavenlock said while Thrill To Brazil dominated her trial on a heavy Beaumont track on January 5, she believes the track was more chopped up than rain affected. 

“I just don’t think she goes as well on rain affected ground so it will be good if things dry out. I expect her to get out to the mile later this preparation.”

Thrill To Brazil is raced by long time stable supporter Kim Harding, and she will saddle up Diamond Drummer for another of her major clients Greg and Donna Kolivos. 

The five-year-old resumes in the 1350m CG&E BM64 after having just one start for a win for the stable. 

“Greg and Donna usually pass on their horses to me when they aren’t up to city class and Group or Listed races. 

“He came to me in August last year and won first up over 1850m. Obviously he’s a horse who gets over more ground but his two trials going into this have been quite nice.”

By I Am Invincible, the $120,000 yearling purchase, has had 15 starts for two wins and eight minor placings. 

“I really like him and hopefully he has come up again. This is just a starting point for him, but I do expect him to run a nice race.”

The first of seven races gets underway at 1.10pm with the track currently rated a slow 6. 


Race 1 – 1.10pm: PBL LAW GROUP MIDWAY MAIDEN (1000m): 1 NIGHTCAPPED, 2 Yukan Rose, 3 Still Alice, 4 Lonhanova.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: DE BORTOLI WINES PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1200m): 1 NORTON ROAD, 2 Shigeru, 3 Fugitiva, 4 Thrill Of Brazil.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: SKY CHANNEL SUPER MAIDEN (1600m): 1IRISH ANTHEM, 2 Denote, 3 Late Night Talking, 4 Noble Tess.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: TABCORP F&M BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1THE BLACK CLOUD, 2 Cosmonova, 3 Diamond Lucy, 4 Tidal Impact.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES CLASS 1 (1200m): 1 COSTA SMERALDA, 2 Diamond Lucy,  3 Eagledge, 4 Externus.

Race 6 – 4.20pm: GO ELECTRICAL F&M BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 LADY BOSS, 2 Linguee, 3 Lady Soames, 4 Mischief In Dubai.

Race 7 – 4.55pm: WYONG LEAGUES GROUP CG&E BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 KATSUMOTO, 2 Carpaccio, 3 King’s Duty, 4 Accuse. 



WYONG trainer Damien Lane didn’t have to debate too long about weekend plans for dual venue acceptor All That Zatso.

When the All Too Hard three-year-old drew poorly in a capacity Magic Millions Maiden Plate (1100m) field at the Gold Coast on Saturday, he quickly decided she would stay at home to run at Wyong the same day.

And his resolution was helped when she drew much more favorably for the Mercure Kooindah Waters Resort Midway Maiden Plate (1000m).

All Too Zatso will be one of two Lane representatives; Flying Artie filly Finest Art being the other.

Lee Magorrian will ride All Too Zatso, and stable apprentice Anna Roper partners Finest Art.

Lane has taken ear muffs off All Too Zatso, but they will stay on her pre-race, and explained the reason for the change of gear.

“We have done a lot of work teaching her to settle this campaign, but she settled too well in the ear muffs at her last start when beaten just under five lengths in a Maiden Plate at a Canterbury night meeting last month,” he said.

“All Too Zatso has been placed at two of her last four runs, and if she can reproduce her previous run at home when runner-up to the promising Bojangles, she will definitely be a good chance.

“But I don’t think there is much between her and my other runner Finest Art, who debuted when seventh to The Black Cloud in a Gosford Maiden Plate (1100m) last Thursday.

“We rode her quietly from a wide draw and her run was better than it may have appeared as she was the widest runner on the home turn.

“I like this filly and feel she has a bit of a future.

“It will probably come down to which of my pair has the better luck in running.” 

Lane also is likely to have dual representation in the following race, the De Bortoli Wines Provincial Benchmark 68 Handicap (1200m).

He has triple venue acceptor Wealthy Investor and Oakfield Mahogany engaged.

Lane quickly scuppered a Gold Coast trip when Wealthy Investor was made fourth emergency for the Magic Millions Rising Stars 3&4YO Class 4 Plate (1300m).

“He would have had to be floated north today without even knowing if he had gained a start,” Lane said.

It’s now a choice between the Midway Benchmark 72 Handicap (1000m) at Royal Randwick, where three withdrawals have already lessened the field to 12, and the Wyong race.

“I will probably wait until just before the 7.30am scratching deadline on Saturday to make a final decision, but at this stage I’m leaning toward Wyong,” Lane said.

“Wealthy Investor is resuming and won a 1000m trial at Wyong on December 15.

“He can race well whichever way we go.

“Oakfield Mahogany is a big boy weighing 590kg. 

“He has had the one run back and might need another, whereas Wealthy Investor is a tall, lean horse who races well fresh.”

Anna Roper will ride Wealthy Investor (but Ash Morgan has the Randwick mount) if he starts at home, and Andrew Adkins rides Oakfield Mahogany.

Lane and Roper are both approaching important milestones in their respective careers.

Lane, with 289 wins, is edging toward 300, and Roper is only two shy of her maiden century.

“I’ve had 18 winners so far this season and, if we keeping going the way we are, the 300 hopefully will come up before the season ends,” Lane said.

Roper is enjoying another brilliant season, taking over from where she inadvertently left off last season after being injured in an after-race mishap at Muswellbrook in November, 2022.

She had ridden 42 winners in not quite the first four months then, and has tallied 41 since joining Lane’s stable at the beginning of the current season.

“Anna is going great, and working hard,” Lane said. “She deserves every success which comes her way.”

Fellow Wyong trainer Rod Bailey also has dual representation in the 1000m Midway Maiden Plate.

He runs HongKong Harmony (Mitchell Bell) and Fruiting Habit (Jess Taylor).

Spirit Of Boom mare Fruiting Habit, an older half-sister to recent Hawkesbury winner Dubai Empress, will race in a nose roll for the first time.

. The rail is in the TRUE position, and the seven-race program begins at 1.25pm. 


Race 1 – 1.25pm: CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES F&M CLASS 1 HCP (1300m): 1 IMPOSANT, 2 Give Me Joy, 3 Ring Me Up, 4 Willingale.

Race 2 – 2.00pm: TABCORP BM 64 HCP (2100m); 1 CALIFORNIA GRASS, 2 Jack Duggan, 3 Four O’Clock Knock, 4 Extrarevz.

Race 3 – 2.35pn: MERCURE KOOINDAH WATERS RESORT MIDWAY MAIDEN PLATE (1000m): 1 BATTLEFIELD, 2 Finest Art, 3 All Too Zatso, 4 Fruiting Habit.

Race 4 – 3.10pm: DE BORTOLI WINS PROVINCIAL BM 68 HCP (1200m); 1 THE EXTREME CAT, 2 General Soho, 3 Wealthy Investor, 4 Oakfield Mahogany. 

Race 5 – 3.45pm: SKY CHANNEL SUPER MAIDEN PLATE (1600m): 1 BEACH PARTY, 2 Blend Of Three, 3 Dunbelievin’, 4 Stratified.

Race 6 – 4.20pm: DIMENSION ONE GLASS FENCING CG&E CLASS 1 HCP (1300m): 1 KADALL, 2 Mirra Impact, 3 Outsmarted, 4 Woodlander.

Race 7 – 5.05pm:  SENPOS MAIDEN HCP (1300m): 1 CAPE BYRON, 2 Princess Thalia, 3 Shebrings Beauty, 4 Watermelon.  



WYONG trainer Damien Lane says the opportunity to run his young horses in both feature Magic Millions races at home tomorrow is “too good to pass up”.

Lane opted to start Bare To Witness on resumption in the $150,000 MM 3 & 4YO Stakes (1200m) instead of a restricted race on the program, along with debutante Sneaky Sophia in the $200,000 MM Wyong 2YO Classic (1100m).

Stable apprentice Anna Roper has been given the mount on Bare To Witness, even though it is a non-claiming race, and Reece Jones rides Sneaky Sophia.

Lane dually accepted with Bare To Witness, who went for a break after two impressive country wins, in the PBL Law Group Midway Benchmark 64 Handicap (1100m).

“It would have been an easier race for sure, but we had our sights on the 3 & 4YO Stakes when we gave him a break after winning at Dubbo and Coonamble in late September and early October,” Lane said this morning. 

“Races on our home track worth $150,000 don’t come along very often, and being a Magic Millions purchase, he is eligible, so why not have a crack?

“Obviously, he is going up against a Group 1 winner in the favorite Royal Merchant, but I’m really happy with how Bare To Witness has prepared for this.

“He went super (finishing strongly in the centre of the track) when third in a pretty strong trial at Newcastle on November 30.

“If you take the favorite out, it’s a pretty competitive race.

“Whilst we were teaching Bare To Witness to get back and run on in his two country wins, I’m hoping that from an inside draw, he will be able to position up closer tomorrow and he has a really good turn of foot.”

Lane says Bare To Witness will need to be competitive in the 3 & 4YO Stakes if he is to head north for the Magic Millions carnival at the Gold Coast next month.

“There is a Class 4 Plate (1300m) for colts, geldings and entires worth $250,000 on January 6 for three and four-year-olds,” he said.

A $50,000 purchase at last year’s MM yearling sale, the now three-year-old has won three of his eight starts, and more than recouped his purchase price.

Whilst Lane is yet to taste success in either of his home track MM features, he has been around the mark, finishing fourth with $151 bolter Buckin’ Beauty to Problem Solver in the 2018 3 & 4YO Stakes, and third with Wealthy Investor ($18) to Soaring Ambition in the 2021 2YO Classic.

Merchant Navy filly Sneaky Sophia was an $80,000 buy at this year’s MM sale in January.

“She is a half-sister to Just Field, with whom we won a few races and also was placed many times in Sydney and Brisbane, and that’s why we were keen to buy her,” Lane explained.

“Sneaky Sophia has had the one trial (third to Justice Please, one of her rivals tomorrow, over 800m at Newcastle on November 30), and I would have liked to have been able to give her another trial.

“She is quite a nice filly, and I have no doubt will be better as a three-year-old, but again the race is on your home track, there are only eight runners and it’s worth good money.

“The hot favorite (Spywire) dominates the event, but if Sneaky Sophia can run Top 3 or 4, it will be a pleasing outcome looking ahead to the future.”

Spywire, from the powerful Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable, cost $520,000 as a yearling, and is currently a $6 second favorite for the Gold Coast $3m Magic Millions (1200m) on January 3.

But he isn’t the dearest two-year-old in tomorrow’s race.

A son of 2004 Wyong 2YO Classic winner Snitzel, Highness (Tommy Berry), trained by Michael Freedman, fetched $900,000 at this year’s MM sale, and won an 800m trial against his own age at Newcastle on November 30.

Kristen Buchanan is the only other Wyong trainer with a representative in either of the feature events. She runs Stenson Wallman (Koby Jennings) in the 3 & 4YO Stakes.

The seven-race program begins at 1.45pm.


RACE 1 – 1.45PM STAINLESS FX MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): DUNBELIEVIN’, 2 Discover, 3 Figment, 4 Preordain.

RACE 2 – 2.20PM PRIDE EXCAVATIONS BENCHMARK 64 HANDICA (2100m): 1 SCARLET PRINCE, 2 Aunt Roberta, 3 Youthfull, 4 Supertrail.

RACE 3 – 2.55PM GOLD COAST YEARLING SALE 3-16JAN BENCHMARK 64 HCP (1600m): 1 MISTRESS, 2 Ritzytwenties, 3 Silent Russian, 4 Heika.

RACE 4 – 3.30PM MAGIC MILIONS WYONG 3 & 4YO STAKES (1200m): 1 ROYAL MERCHANT, 2 Semana, 3 Fleetwood, 4 Bare To Witness.

RACE 5 – 4.05PM WYONG LEAGUES CLUB PROVINCIAL BENCHMARK 68 HCP (1300m): 1 ANNULUS, 2 Little Beginnings, 3 Big Happiness, 4 The Empire.

RACE 6 – 4.40PM MAGIC MILLIONS WYONG 2YO CLASSIC (1100m): 1 SPYWIRE, 2 Toque, 3 Highness, 4 Justice Please.

RACE 7 – 5.14PM PBL LAW GROUP MIDWAY BENCHMARK 64 HCP (1100m): 1 BOJANGLES, 2 Smiling Prophet, 3 Northumbria, 4 The Extreme Cat.

lane on the lookout for rain

lane on the lookout for rain 8
Damien Lane is looking towards the heavens to enhance the chances of one of his four runners at Wyong on Wednesday. 
Lane’s four-year-old mare Really Motivated runs her best races on rain affected tracks and he is banking on the predicted showers eventuating. 
“She’s been crying out for a wet track and I’m hoping we can get it at Wyong,” he said. 
“She’s been a bit frustrating to be honest. She was really good first up at Narromine but only fair second up at Kembla. Out to the mile and with the sting out of the ground we should see her best.”
Really Motivated and stablemate Red Cobra line up in the 1600m Midway Class 1 and will be ridden by Reece Jones and Lane’s stable apprentice Anna Roper, respectively.
Lane is also confident of the chances of last start winner Red Cobra, who broke through over the mile at Wyong. 
“He’s been very consistent and trained on well since his win. Obviously, he suits Wyong and won’t be worried by a soft track.” 
Jason Collett partners three-year-old All Too Zatso in the 1100m Provincial Maiden Plate. 
Lane said the All Too Hard filly hadn’t lived up to his early expectations but there had been excuses. 
“She really showed us good ability at home but was going too hard and wanting to overdo it in her early races. We changed tactics and rode her quieter at Wyong last start, and she came home strongly to finish third. It was a great run and she’s been doing well since. 
“She races well over this distance, and we will look to ride her the same way.”
Lane has tweaked the gear on his fourth starter, La Pelago and believes it should make a difference. 
Anna Roper is engaged for the Star Turn filly in the 1200m 3YO Super Maiden 
“She went really good at Wellington when she resumed from a spell and finished a close second over the 1200m. 
“Last start at Gosford she got her tongue over the bit, so I’ve applied a tongue tie. Hopefully we will see a more improved run. The prizemoney is so good in these races it’s worth having a shot. Depending on how she goes we will look for a race up the bush next start.”
Lane has been enjoying one of his better starts to the season, with 12 winners to date and currently leads the Wyong Trainers Premiership. 
“I don’t worry about statistics too much, but it’s been a good start and would be good to add to that on the home track.”
The first of eight races gets underway at 1.25pm.
 Race 1 – 1:25PM MERCURE KOOINDAH WATERS CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 SHERMAN, 2 Rapid Impact, 3 Lunar Rising, 4 Uncle Harry.
Race 2 – 2:00PM STOP ABUSE AT THE START MIDWAY CLASS 1 (1600m): 1RED COBRA, 2 Acceber, 3 Avonview, 4 Sweet Dixie.
Race 3 – 2:35PM NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE F&M BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1 CHILLI FILLY, 2 Flying Rani, 3 Smilng Prophet, 4 Mosht Up.
Race 4 – 3:10PM 1800 RESPECT SUPER 3YO MAIDEN (1200m): 1 VOMO ISLAND, 2 Here Comes Hogan, 3 Chief Witness, 4 All Too Zatzo. 
Race 6 – 4:20PM WELCOME KINGSTON INGLIS PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1100m): 1 FRUITING HABIT, 2 La Pelago, 3 Bojangles, 4 Sidenay.
Race 7 – 4:55PM DIMENSION ONE GLASS FENCING CG&E BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1 STENSON WALLMAN, 2 Soobooco, 3 London, 4 Critical Time.
Race 8 – 5:30PM WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13 – MAGIC MILLIONS WYONG BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 KADALL, 2 World Alliance, 3 Calmer Karma, 4 Takara Star. 

Lees unsure with shuri

Lees unsure with shuri 9

THERE is arguably no more interesting acceptor than Shuri for Saturday’s Wyong meeting – but trainer Kris Lees is holding off confirming a start.

The leading Newcastle trainer is tossing up whether to run the impressive Taree debut winner in the Gosford Masonic Centre Benchmark 64 Handicap (1600m) for her first provincial appearance, or stay in the country for a Benchmark 58 Handicap over the same distance at Scone on Monday.

Andrew Gibbons has been booked for Wyong if Shuri goes there, and his apprentice son Dylan goes aboard if she runs at Scone.

Shuri has 56kg (1kg over the limit) at Wyong, but 60kg staying in a country race if Scone gets the nod.

The beautifully-bred four-year-old mare, a daughter of Japanese stallion Satono Aladdin and New Zealand mare Phoenix Tycoon, didn’t begin racing until October 20 when she outclassed her rivals in a 1400m Maiden by four and a half lengths.

“She beat nothing that day but did it well all the same,” Lees said from Melbourne this afternoon.

“I would expect she can hold her form whichever race she runs in.

“We haven’t made a decision yet where she will go.”

Dylan Gibbons went to Taree to partner Shuri on debut, but has Rosehill Gardens bookings on Saturday, including Regal Lion in the $2m Five Diamonds (1800m).

Lees has two Wyong acceptors, and irrespective of what decision he makes with Shuri, will definitely start Bellascent (Andrew Gibbons) in the Freemasons On The Central Coast Provincial Maiden Handicap (1600m).

He regards the three-year-old filly as a place chance after a nice debut fifth in a Newcastle Provincial Maiden (1300m) against her own age on October 17.

Whilst Lees is uncertain about a target for Shuri, Wyong trainer Damien Lane has confirmed Red Cobra will dodge a 1600m Maiden Handicap at Scone to line up at home in the same race as Bellascent.

Lane’s talented apprentice Anna Roper will claim 3kg, bringing Red Cobra in with 2.5kg under the limit at 53.5kg.

The Sebring four-year-old deserves a change of luck after finishing second (Wyong 1350m), Newcastle 1600m and Grafton 1720m) at his last three starts.

“Red Cobra is racing well and looks to be the best of my chances,” Lane said.

“The only negative might be that he is a get back horse, and thus isn’t necessarily best suited at Wyong.

“But we’re staying at home with him on Saturday, and hopefully we can get a breakthrough.”

Stablemate Zedari (Rentokil Initial Super Maiden Plate, 1300m) won’t run as he is heading to Kempsey for the Cup meeting tomorrow, and Lane says it’s 50-50 whether another of his Wyong acceptors contests the same race or also goes to Kempsey.

Trainers Blake Ryan and Richard Collett have made decisions about their respective dual acceptors Critical Time and Struff.

Critical Time (Christian Reith) will start in the Wideline Windows & Doors Benchmark 64 Handicap (1100m) rather than the Wyong Leagues Group – The Roos Foundation Midway Class 1 Handicap (1200m), and Ryan has opted to run him minus visors.

Struff (Andrew Calder) contets the race Critical Time has been withdrawn from, and bypasses the Peter Mac’s Service Centre Class 1 Handicap (1350m).

A lightly-raced daughter of Winning Rupert, Struff hasn’t missed a placing in five starts to date.

She finally shed her maiden status at her last run, in a 1300m Maiden at Hawkesbury on October 19.

. The rail is in the TRUE position, and racing gets underway at 1.20pm.

SELECTIONS: RACE 1 – 1.20pm: GOSFORD MASONIC CENTRE BENCHMARK 64 HCP, 1600m: 1 SHURI, 2 Oakfield Twilight, 3 Vegas Outlaw, 4 Statesville. 

RACE 2 – 1.55pm: GARY TURNER MEMORIAL – ABBEY TIMBER 3YO MAIDEN HCP, 1000m: 1 PRIMA BELLA, 2 Winning Run, 3 Angel Of Spring, 4 Slush Fund. 

RACE 3 – 2.35pm: WYONG LEAGUES CLUB GROUP – THE ROOS FOUNDATION MINDWAY CLASS 1 HCP, 1200m: 1 DECEIVE, 2 Struff, 3 Parisian Rose, 4 Estephania.

RACE 4 – 3.15pm: PETER MAC’S SERVICE CENTRE CLASS 1 HANDICAP, 1350m: 1 EAU DE VIE, 2 Imran, 3 Always In, 4 Happy Saturday.

RACE 5 – 3.55pm: FREEMASONS ON THE CENTRAL COAST MAIDEN HCP, 1600m: 1 RED COBRA, 2 Seasons Of Mist, 3 Bellascent, 4 Razella. 

RACE 6 – 4.35pm: RENTOKIL INITIAL SUPER MAIDEN PLATE, 1300m: 1 JAEX, 2 Aix En Provence, 3 Prairie Legend, 4 Major Look.

RACE 7 – 5.06pm: WIDELINE WINDOWS & DOORS BENCHMARK 64 HCP, 1100m: 1 IRON HAT, 2 One Destiny, 3 One Kind, 4 Pad Thai.



HOME is where the heart is!

Wyong trainer Damien Lane’s local track was his most successful last season, and with 23 wins, isn’t far behind Taree (27) as the winningest overall during his career.

And he takes a bevy of runners to home turf tomorrow, keen to make a further impact.

Lane has seven acceptors on the eight-race program, but is settling for five runners.

He has ruled out starting Oakfield Echidna in the Omni – Hager – Cabac CG&E Maiden Handicap (1100m) and Impact Star (Sharkrack – IPD – Emerald Lighting Benchmark 64 Handicap, 1100m) because of wide barriers.

Oakfield Echidna instead will make his debut at Muswellbrook on Monday, whilst Impact Star heads to Dubbo on Friday.

With the latter a Wyong absentee, Lane will rely on Tidal Impact (pictured) in the Benchmark 64 and is looking forward to wiping the slate from an unsuccessful three-start campaign earlier in the year.

“It was a forget preparation,” he said. “She just didn’t come up, and that can sometimes happen with mares. 

“But I’m really pleased with how she is shaping this time in work.

“Jenny Duggan rides her tomorrow, and never had her off the bit when she was a close second in a 1000m Wyong trial on September 18.

“Tidal Impact won twice first-up earlier in her career, and will give them something to catch.

“I’m expecting her to run well.”

Whilst Duggan, who will have her first Group 1 ride in Saturday’s The Metropolitan at Royal Randwick, partners Tidal Impact, Lane’s apprentice Anna Roper has the mounts on three of his other four runners.

They are La Pelago (Haneco F&M Maiden Handicap, 1100m), Glendenning (Robus Lighting – HPM LeGrand – Electra Cables Provincial 4YO & Up Maiden Plate, 1600m), and Red Cobra (Schneider Super Maiden Plate, 1350m).

Adam Hyeronimus rides Oakfield Twilight in the Klein Tools – Evolt – Prysmian – Brilliant Midway Benchmark 64 Handicap (1350m).

Roper has ridden 13 winners already this season, including a Taree success last Sunday and double on the Beaumont track yesterday, and Lane is delighted with her progress since returning from a long lay-off through injury and joining his stable.

“Anna was out for nine months, and it takes time to get going,” he said. “She is very focused, and is really starting to hit her straps again.

“Glendenning and Red Cobra both have 59kg in the set weights events, so her 3kg claim will be very helpful.”

Lane resumes the lightly-raced La Pelago after the Star Turn three-year-old had two unplaced runs last season.

“She showed enough ability, but was a big heavy two-year-old and wasn’t ready,” he explained.

“This isn’t an easy race, but she trialled nicely when a winner at Wyong last week, and it’s a good starting point for her.

“Glendenning has been thereabouts, and I thought his latest run when placed at Coffs Harbour was good.

“He is fit, has drawn nicely enough and can run well again although he has struck a decent field here.

“Red Cobra has taken improvement from his first-up fourth at Muswellbrook when he made nice ground.

“He is at big odds, but I feel has a better chance than his price suggests.

“Oakfield Twilight will run in spite of his awkward draw.  

“He won a Midway Benchmark 68 over this distance earlier in the year, and had a couple of runs at the Sunshine Coast and Murwillumbah in August when transferred to a Queensland trainer.

“His first run at the Sunshine Coast was good, and is back with me now.

“He lives out at our farm, and loves life at home.

“Oakfield Twilight is a naturally fast horse, and will need to be at his best to feature in another open affair.”

. The rail is in the TRUE position, and racing gets underway at 1.05pm.


Race 1 – 1.05pm: SAL – MATCHMASTER – OMEGA POWER BENCHMARK 64 HCP (2100): 1 DREAMDEEL, 2 Microna, 3 Myeyesadoreyou, 4 Frank Express.

Race 2 – 1.40pm: HANECO F&M MAIDEN HCP (1100m): 1 PAJANTI, 2 Costa Smerelda, 3 Miss Bayles, 4 Belyaev. 

Race 3 – 2.20pm:  ROBUS LIGHTING – HPM LEGRAND – ELECTRA CABLES PROVINCIAL 4YO & UP MAIDEN PLATE (1600m): 1 SATIRICAL FAN, 2 Daytona Gal, 3 Hellbetta, 4 Glendenning.

Race 4 – 2.55pm: PSA – THORNE LIGHTING – APP BENCHMARK 64 HCP (1600m): 1 MORITZ GIRL, 2 Oakfield Prince, 3 The Seven Seas, 4 Domingo. 

Race 5 – 3.35pm: OMNI – HAGER – CABAC CG&E MAIDEN HCP (1100m): 1 DARK HALO, Keenan, 2 Rhesus, 4 Battle Of Vienna.

Race 6 – 4.10pm: SCHNEIDER SUPER MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 WILD FLASH, 2 Worth Avenue, 3 Let’s Try, 4 Cape Byron.

Race 7 – 4.50pm: SHARKRACK – IPD – EMERALD LIGHTING BENCHMARK 64 HCP (1100m): 1 CARDONE, 2 Big Happiness, 3 Tidal Impact, 4 Solar System.

Race 8 – 5.25pm: KLEIN TOOLS – EVOLT – PRYSMIAN – BRILLIANT MIDWAY BENCHMARK 64 HCP (1350m): 1 WRITE THIS WAY, 2 Oh Golly Gosh, 3 Egyptian Tycoon, 4 Oakfield Twilight.



In just 12 months Sara Ryan has forged a name for herself in racing and this Friday she could go down in history by adding a Carlton Wyong Gold Cup to her growing resume.

At just 29, Ryan would become the youngest trainer to claim the prestigious Cup and the first local to do so in many years. 

Irish import The Mediterranean and Group 3 winner Parry Sound line up for Ryan in the capacity field of 16. 

“They are both going really well, and either is capable of winning the race,” Ryan said. 

“To win a Wyong Cup would mean so much to me, it would be fantastic. We want the Cup to stay in Wyong.”

Ryan said she has always had a very big opinion of The Mediterranean, who was placed third in the Listed Winter Cup over 2400m at Rosehill in June. 

“He’s a very interesting horse. He had very good form overseas but needed a wind operation when he came over here. 

“It has taken ages to get him right and then when he came back from Queensland, he got travel sickness and needed a break.”

Ryan said she decided to take the Wyong and Newcastle Cup paths to see where he would progress. 

“He’s a naturally fit horse and can retain that fitness. He’ll have to do a bit of work early from the barrier but will roll forward.”

Ryan has booked Reagan Bayliss for the ride and said he galloped both The Mediterranean and Parry Sound on Tuesday and was happy with them both. 

Parry sound had been second emergency and Ryan was sweating on him getting a run. 

“I’m really happy Parry Sound got a run because he’s absolutely flying. He was first up in the Rowley Mile and his stats indicate it’s the best he’s ever come back. 

“He gets back so the barrier doesn’t really matter and I’m hoping to engage a senior rider.”

Ryan will have to contend with one of the strongest Cup fields in recent years to see her dream come true. 

A full field of 16 runners have accepted with two emergencies. Chris Waller has three starters as he vies for his ninth Wyong Cup winner in 12 years.

Kris Lees saddles up the early favourite Kalapour, who took out the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap at Doomben in May. 

Waller’s Olentia, a Group 3 winner in the autumn, is favourite for the Mona Lisa, the $200k Listed racing attracting a strong field of 15. 

Damien Lane saddles up local hope Zorocat.

The Nathan Berry Medal for the leading rider over the two days will be decided following Cup Day, with Adam Hyeronimus the current leader on 11, over Tyler Schiller on 10 and Jean Van Overmeire on seven. 

Nathan’s twin brother Tommy will be on course to present the medal. 

The first of eight races gets underway at 12.45pm. 


Race 1 – 12.45pm: SENPOS POINT OF SALE PROVINCIAL BM64 (1600m): 1 BROADWAY BOUNCER, 2 Silvakia, 3 Oakfield Prince, 4 Blackcomb.

Race 2 – 1.20pm: WISEBERRY HERITAGE GROUP MIDWAY 4YO&UP MAIDEN (1350m): 1 MONOPOLY GIRL, 2 Drialle, 3 Bold Storm, 4 Miss Artfire. 

Race 3 – 1.55pm: HUNTER PETROLEUM PRODUCTS CLASS 1 (1100m): 1 BETSY’S FLAG, 2 Capital Flag, 3 Jedibeel, 4 Tawfiq Star.

Race 4 – 2.35pm: CENTRAL COAST COOLROOMS DA VINCI – 3&4YO BM64 (1300m): 1 RAZORS, 2 Memoria, 3 Peace Officer, 4 Mercury Rose. 

Race 5 – 3.10pm: BISHOP COLLINS CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS SUPER MAIDEN (1200m): 1 BALKANS, 2 Cape Byron, 3 Bolero Belle, 4 Xidaki.

Race 6 – 3.50pm: WYONG LEAGUES GROUP MONA LISA STAKES (1350m): 1 VA VIA, 2 Olentia, 3 Beour Bay, 4 Diamond Dealer. 

Race 7 – 4.25pm: 2023 CARLTON WYONG GOLD CUP (2100m): 1 HOSIER, 2 Kalapour, 3 Spirit Ridge, 4 Military Mission. 

Race 8 – 5.05pm: THE DOYLO SPRINGTIME CONDITIONAL BM68 (1100m): 1 FLYING DESTINY, 2 Chipper, 3 De Poet, 4 Major Murphy.