ShihAB’s WYONG BREAKTHROUGH on hold

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Taree trainer Glen Milligan has had to put his quest to break through for a win on the Wyong track on hold after the meeting was transferred to Newcastle. 

Stewards this morning deemed the track unsuitable for racing on the back of recent heavy rainfall and more predicted. 

Of his trio of runners, Milligan is banking on his bargain buy Shibab to get the job the done. 

He believes the gelding will be equally as comfortable on the Newcastle track. 

The four-year-old by Zoustar out of Rosewedge, was a $380,000 Magic Millions yearling originally trained by Chris Waller. 

He had six starts for the stable, breaking through for his maiden on a heavy track at Hawkesbury, before being offered for sale. 

Milligan picked him up at an online sale for just $10,000 in June last year and he has already more than paid for himself with close to $40,000 in prizemoney. 

“He owes us nothing and I definitely think he can go on and win more races,” he said. 

“He’s had two runs back this time in and his first was over unsuitable distance at Scone. We took him to Newcastle and thought he’d need another run, but he went really well and finished second.”

Shihab lines up in the 1350m CG&E Benchmark 64 and Milligan believes he will appreciate the step up. 

“He’s definitely looking for more ground and was placed over the mile last prep. I think he’s very under-rated and if he can jump cleanly, he’ll be in the finish.”

Grant Buckley sticks with Shihab and Milligan has no fears about him getting through a heavy track. 

Two-year-olds Punch One Out and Kaiyu represent the stable in the 1100m Maiden. 

Milligan is looking for a better performance by Super One filly Kaiyu, who was disappointing on debut at Taree. 

“She got into a bit of trouble and never really picked up after that. I’m hoping for an improved performance because she goes a lot better than that.

“It’s more of an educational run for Punch One Out. I’ve been very happy with him and thought we’d give him a run and then put him out. He was supposed to go around at Taree on Monday, but they were called off.

“He does have ability so it will be an interesting watch.”

The Hallowed Crown gelding trialled on a heavy track at Taree on April 20.

The first of eight races at Wyong gets underway at 12.20pm, with the track currently rated a heavy 10.

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 12.20pm: PBL LAW GROUP F&M MAIDEN (1350m): 1BUBBLES AND CAVIAR, 2 Outcast Girl, 3 Kata Kapi, 4 Overwatch.

Race 2 – 12.55pm: WYONG ROOS FOUNDATION CG&E MAIDEN (1350m): 1BERTIE, 2 Royalify, 3 Fyodor, 4 Meerut. 

Race 3 – 1.35pm: SKY RACING SUPER MAIDEN (1100m): 1JELLICIOUS, 2 Duke Of Bronte, 3 Montigo Bay, 4 Glenbower.

Race 4 – 2.10pm: MAGIC MILLIONS PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1600m): 1 NOIR VITESSE, 2 Bellascent, 3 Himeros, 4 Highland Eightgee.

Race 5 – 2.50pm: TABCORP BM64 (2100m): 1 PIPISTRELLE, 2 Vadamos Queen, 3 Professor Pickles, 4 Icebreaker.

Race 6 – 3.25pm: DE BORTOLI WINES F&M BM64 (1350m): 1 PARISIAN ROSE, 2 There There, 3 Shuri, 4 Linguee.

Race 7 – 4.05pm: CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES CG&E BM64 (1350m): 1PRIMO, 2 Tannenburg, 3 Shihab, 4 Missile Seeker. 

Race 8 – 4.40pm: WYONG LEAGUES GROUP MIDWAY BM64 (1000m): 1 ROCKIN’ MILLIE, 2 The Escape, 3 My Eloise, 4 One Kind. 

BARTLEY BANKING ON A BIT OF MAGIC

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It has been a lean trot for Tracey Bartley over the past few months but he’s hoping a couple of recent wins can see the stable turn the corner. 

He’s relying on last start Wyong winner Magicon to get the job done at the home track meeting on Thursday. 

The Prized Icon gelding was having only his second race start when he broke through in the 1350m Provincial Maiden on April 11. 

The three-year-old went head for head with Kim Waugh’s Jared in the final stages and despite looked beaten, rallied and got the job done. 

“He really toughened it out the other day and I was very happy with him,” Bartley said. 

“He’s got the makings of a good horse and I think stepping up to the mile will really suit him. Next preparation he should get out even further. 

“The owners are from Wagga, and he’s nominated in the 3YO Guineas there on Friday but I’m leaning towards Wyong. 

“Lee Magorrian will ride him again and if he runs, he’ll be very hard to beat.”

Bartley also thinks his three-year-old Jed should be competitive and a chance of breaking through in the 1350m Provincial Maiden. 

The Santos gelding has been placed in one of his eight starts, finishing third at Muswellbrook on April 21 over the 1280m. 

“He’s been good in his last two races, and I think the 1350m will suit him. 

“He wasn’t beaten far that day and deserves his chance in Provincial grade. He handled the heavy track that day, so if the predicted rain comes it shouldn’t be a problem.”

Bartley has trained 10 winners for the season, chasing 23 from the previous 12 months and is confident things are looking up.

“We are starting to get going now and hopefully the winners will follow. You go through these tough times, but things usually turn around.”

Kim Waugh, who saddles up two runners at the meeting, is currently Wyong’s leading trainer with 35 wins, while Snowden Racing head the Wyong Trainers Premiership with eight winners at the track for 2023/24.

Wyong host the annual Clubs NSW Central Coast Men’s Health Charity Race Day, with the first of eight races getting underway at 12.10pm.

The track is currently rated a Good 4, with the rail in the true position, 

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 12.10pm: BELLA GROUP MAIDEN (2100m): 1 KHANT FAIL, 2 Hongkong Harmony, 3 Montgomery, 4 Pantsman.

Race 2 – 12.50pm: WYONG LEAGUES CLUB GROUP SUPER MAIDEN (1300m): 1 SUMMER SOIREE, 2 Creek, 3 Make A Call, 4 Wild Flash.

Race 3 – 1.25pm: CLUB TERRIGAL PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1350m):1 IRISH BLISS, 2 Fomorian, 3 Our Cosmic Belle, 4 Smart Serenade. 

Race 4 – 2.00pm: ETTALONG DIGGERS MAIDEN (1000m): 1 LIZZIE’S GEM, 2 Super Zippi, 3 Ningaloo Reef, 4 Dial Of Destiny.

Race 5 – 2.45pm: MOUNTIES CLASS 1 (1600m): 1 STAND ASIDE, 2 Magicon, 3 Zerkhan, 4 Sanbano.

Race 6 – 3.25pm: ETTALONG BOWLING CLUB MIDWAY BM68 (1350m): 1 REGGIE’S BOY, 2 Desert Voice, 3 Princess Amira, 4 Big Boy George. 

Race 7 – 4.05pm: TOUKLEY GOLF CLUB CG&E BM64 (1100m): 1 UNSTOPABULL, 2 Royal Bombadier, 3 Iron Hat, 4 Oryx.

Race 8 – 4.40pm: SHARPE DS KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS F&M BM64 (1100m): 1 IN FLIGHT, 2 Yankee One, 3 Single Benefactor, 4 Recap. 

WAUGH ON TRACK FOR WINS

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Kim Waugh could have one of the biggest days of her career if Shadows Of Love can take out Saturday’s $1m Provincial-Midway Championship Final. 

She will be hoping 2024 is her year after having qualified runners in all nine previous finals and being placed five times. 

But the major prize has eluded her, and she’ll be relying on her talented mare to get the job done. 

A long-term plan by Waugh to start the mare in the Gosford Qualifer on March 16 paid off when she outsprinted her rivals in the straight to claim success. 

“She’s been going very good and I’m really happy with her. She’s a tough mare who has gone from strength to strength,” Waugh said. 

Shadows Of Love was Waugh’s last winner and she’ll be hoping a home track victory with stablemate Bellenth (pictured) could set the tone for things to come. 

The well-bred Helbent gelding put in a strong performance on debut at Hawkesbury on March 28 over the 1100m.

He had trialed well leading into his first start, winning both outings including an eye-catching two length victory over the 1000m at Hawkesbury on February 27.

Waugh has opted to step the three-year-old up in distance at Wyong on Thursday in the 1350m Super Maiden.

“The extra distance should suit him really well,” she said. “He missed the start at Hawkesbury and got behind them. He’s done really well since and this looks like a nice race for him.”

Jay Ford will partner the gelding who has drawn well in five. 

Ford also partners Churchill four-year-old Bertie who has his first start for the Waugh stable in the 1350m Provincial Maiden. 

The gelding has trialed twice and steps up to provincial grade, having had all four previous runs in the country.

“He’s been doing really good and working well. I’ve been happy with his trials, and we will see how he measures up in this grade.”

Rounding out the Waugh trio on the nine-race program is Shemran, who resumes in the 1350m Class 1. 

“It’s a good starting point for him and he should be in for a good preparation.”

The So You Think gelding who broke through for his maiden win over 1890m at Muswellbrook last preparation and was runner-up at Wyong over 2100m in his next start on November 23.

The first of nine races gets underway at 12.15pm, with the track currently rated a Soft 7.

SELECTIONS: 

Race 1 – 12.15pm: HMA GROUP MAIDEN (2100m): 1 HONGKONG HARMONY, 2 Pine Valley, 3 Icebreaker, 4 Éclair Dancer.

Race 2 – 12.50pm: HMA INSTRUMENTATION MIDWAY BM68 (1350m): 1 CHEVRON, 2 Pennart, 3 Putt For Dough, 4 Tip Top Timing. 

Race 3 – 1.25pm: HMA POWER GENERATION PROVINCIAL MAIDEN (1350m): 1JUMP IN THE LINE, 2 Black Tiara, 3 More Voltage, 4 Oakfield Hawk.

Race 4 – 2.05pm: HMA MATERIALS HANDLING SUPER MAIDEN (1350m): 1 BELLENTH, 2 One Command, 3 Make A Call, 4 Waverley.

Race 5 – 2.40pm: HMA FLOW & INDUSTRIAL CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 EYE OF THE FIRE, 2 Wembanyama, 3 Bold Julius, 4 Bestower.

Race 6 – 3.20pm: HMA GEOTECHNICAL MAIDEN (1000m): 1 RUM DIARY, 2 Keysborough, 3 Super Zippi, 4 Candy Women.

Race 7 – 3.55pm: HMA GTECH CYCLONES BM64 (1100m): 1 SLINKY, 2 Single Benefactor, 3 Cassiel, 4 Time Bandit.

Race 8 – 4.35pm: HMA WEAR SOLUTIONS BM64 (1100m): 1 CROSS YOUR HEART, 2 Drums Of War, 3 Keep Your Cool, 4 Suprina.

Race 9 – 5.10pm: HMA CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 PROFESSOR PICKLES, 2 Draco’s Fire, 3 Dunedin, 4 Highborn Harry. 

LOCALS VYING FOR BERTH IN $1M FINAL 

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The lure of substantial prizemoney combined with a home track advantage, has Wyong trainers Kim Waugh, Allan Kehoe and Kristen Buchanan accept with runners for this Saturday’s $150k Provincial-Midway Championship Qualifier. 

The Waugh trained Shadows Of Love is already through to the $1m final at Randwick on April 13, the Dissident mare a strong winner of the Gosford Qualifier over 1200m on March 16.

She has accepted with True Crime, who finished sixth in the series Final in 2023 and her consistent mare Sweet Ruby. 

In a super training effort, Waugh has saddled up runners in the nine previous finals and has had five placings.

With Shadows Of Love the current third favourite, she will be hoping to add to her finals arsenal on Saturday. 

Darby Racing’s True Crime was second at his last start over the same track and distance on March 20 and Waugh will be hoping he can replicate this form on Saturday. 

A $25,000 bargain buy, the son of Sooboog has won four of his 15 starts with four minor placings, for more than $322,000 in prizemoney. 

Keagan Latham will partner True Crime from barrier six, while the well credentialed Sweet Ruby has drawn barrier 11 and will be ridden by Ashley Morgan. 

A $70,000 Magic Millions buy, Sweet Ruby resumes from a spell in the qualifier, and looks primed for a strong first up effort on the back of two recent trials.

She has had four wins and six placings from her 20 starts, one victory on the Wyong track and another in city grade. 

The local track and distance will hold no qualms for Kristen Buchanan’s Oakfield Waratah, the five-year-old having won two of her four races at Wyong over the 1350m and being placed in the two others. 

The Dissident gelding resumes from a spell, having won a 1000m trial on the track on March 19. 

Buchanan has only had one runner make it through to the Provincial-Midway Championships Final, Designated in 2020, and will be relying on Lee Magorrian to get the job done. 

Allan Kehoe is vying for his first final runner and hoping his four-year-old mare Moonlight Grace, raced by his family, can be the one. 

The daughter of Scissor Kick has brought up two wins and five placings from her 12 starts and has posted a victory over the 1350m.  She will be ridden by Grant Buckley. 

The feature race gets underway at 5pm, with the track rated a good 4. The first of eight races is scheduled for 1.25pm. 

SELELCTIONS:

Race 1 – 1.25pm: TWIN LAKES AIR & SOLAR MIDWAY MAIDEN (1600m): 1 FRENCH DELIVERY, 2 Scorpion Jack, 3 Hellbetta, 4 Hippy Dreams. 

Race 2 – 2.00pm: REWARD HOMES PROVINCIAL CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 GAGO, 2 Braven, 3 Red Cobra, 4 Tender Steak.

Race 3 – 2.35pm: THE ARY SUPER 3YO MAIDEN (1000m): 1 JAMAKIN MONEY, 2 Sturty, 3 Bambi Belle, 4 Du Cap. 

Race 4 – 3.10pm: LIFEFUL NDIS CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 HIGH DANDY, 2 Elemental, 3 Tom Cruising, 4 Super Defense. 

Race 5 – 3.45pm: ASH & SONS 2YO MAIDEN (1200m): 1 MARAIS, 2 Interjection, 3 Desirous, 4 Froebel Star. 

Race 6 – 4.20pm: OLIVIERI’S FLORIST MAIDEN (1350m): 1 STAR BLAZER, 2 Good Once, 3 Parade Ground, 4 O’So Demanding.

Race 7 – 5.00pm: $150,000 POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL-MIDWAY CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER (1350m): 1 AUSBRED FLIRT, 2 Willinga Freefall, 3 Karedada, 4 True Crime. 

Race 8 – 5.40pm: LAKES PODIATRY CONDITIONAL BM68 (1200m): 1 REIGNING KING, 2 Queen Bess, 3 Resistible, 4 Reggie’s Boy.  

KERVETTE STRIVNG FOR HOME TRACK WIN 

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Kristen Buchanan has ended a frustrating run of placings with four winners in the past eight days. 

She hopes to build on that success when her consistent filly Kervette lines up in the 1600m 3YO & Up Maiden on her home track on Wednesday. 

Wyong host the mid-week metro meeting and the lure of increased prizemoney has attracted top class fields across the eight races. 

Buchanan considers the daughter of Kermedec a strong chance of finally breaking through after close finishes in her past two starts. 

She was third over the mile at her last start in metropolitan grade at Warwick Farm on March 6, her first attempt at the distance, and was narrowly beaten at Wyong over 1300m the previous start. 

She has been runner-up in both her outings on the home track and Buchanan would love nothing more than to see her win on Wednesday. 

“I love racing at Wyong and it’s great to have a metropolitan meeting here,” she said. 

“Kervette has been pretty unlucky in her races. I think she should have won two or three races by now. She’s been knocking on the door. 

“The step up to the mile last start was experimental but she’s seasoned at that distance now and it looks like an ideal race.”

Anna Roper will ride the three-year-old, the apprentice having partnered two of the stable’s recent winners. 

“I have no qualms about putting Anna on, regardless of whether she can claim or not. The three kilos off is definitely an advantage but I regard her as a very talented, levelheaded rider.”

Buchanan is hoping the wins will continue this week with runners at Hawkesbury, Scone, Kembla and Rosehill.

“We’ve turned the corner and hopefully the wins will continue to come. We definitely hit a flat spot, it happens every year, but it’s tough when you’re going through it and makes you question yourself. 

“It was great to get the four winners last week and I’m hoping we can finish the season strongly.”

Buchanan has 18 wins for 2023/24, with Kim Waugh leading the local premiership with 32. 

She saddle up three runners at the Wyong meeting, Selfless Act in the 1350m 3YO & Up BM72, True Crime in the 1350m 3YO & Up BM78 and the ultra-consistent Doraskaya in the 2100m 3YO & Up BM78. 

The Russian Revolution mare has had two wins and four placings from her eight starts this preparation and was third at the same track and distance in February.

The first of eight races gets underway at 1.45pm, with the track currently rated a soft 5. 

SELELCTIONS:

Race 1 – 1.45pm: ENVU HANDICAP (1350m): 1 JUST PARTY, 2 Media World, 3 Irregularity, 4 Bengal. 

Race 2 – 2.20pm: ADAMA QUALI-PRO PLATE (1100m): 1 EMPRESS OF WONDER, 2 Ravenclaw, 3 Khaznah, 4 Reemyya.

Race 3 – 2.55pm; DLF TURF – FRONT RUNNERS CUP (2100m): 1 PIRAEUS, 2 Sky Out, 3 Double Cherry, 4 Doraskaya. 

Race 4 – 3.30pm: TURF CULTURE TRIBECA FUNGICIDE HANDICAP (1600m): 1 AUTUMNMATION, 2 Eclipsion, 3 Kervette, 4 December Sky. 

Race 5 – 4.05pm: SYNGENTA POSTERITY HANDICAP (1350m): 1 TYCOON JENNY, 2 Selfless Act, 3 Pajanti, 4 Vadamos Queen. 

Race 6 – 4.40pm; FLORATINE TURF PRODUCTS HANDICAP (1350m): 1 STARMAN, 2 Windshadow, 3 Ebony King, 4 Sir Artie.

Race 7 – 5.15pm: TURFCARE AUSTRALIA HANDICAP (1000m): 1 ZOUKERINO, 2 Stanislaus, 3 Once Again My Girl, 4 Sir Ravanelli. 

Race 8 – 5.50pm: BRANDT FERTILISERS HANDICAP (1200m): 1 SILVANITO, 2 Rhythm Of Love, 3 Lovero, 4 Yiska. 

LANE BANKING ON BULLOCK

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Damien Lane has called on the State’s leading rider Aaron Bullock to get the job done on three of his five runners lining up at the home track meeting on Thursday. 

Bullock has a dominant lead in the NSW Jockey’s Premiership with 94 winners and along with Lane’s trio, has three further rides on the eight race Wyong program. 

He will partner Lane’s debutant Oakfield Peewee, Wealthy Investor and Oakfield Redgum, while stable apprentice Anna Roper rides Red Cobra and Jenny Duggan partners Impact Star. 

“Aaron is owner Bruce McKenzie’s go to jockey for his Oakfield team. He’s a strong rider and it’s always good to have him on. He certainly gives you confidence,” Lane said. 

Press Statement three-year-old Oakfield Peewee kicks off his career in the 1300m Maiden, after placing third in two recent trials. 

“He’s trialed up really nicely and this is a good starting point for him. The draw is a bit sticky, but he’s shown good natural speed in his trials and should be able to roll across and find a spot. 

“He’s well educated, and while I think the mile will be his best go, I do think he will race well.”

Lane has reinstated the blinkers on Wealthy Investor and changed his training regime in an effort to help him settle in the 1200m CG&E Benchmark 64. 

“His first two runs this time in were good but he didn’t relax when we got him up to the mile. 

“I’ve put the blinkers back on and we’ve been training him from the farm. He trialed up really good and with Bullock on, from the soft draw and back to the 1200m, I expect him to go well.”

He believes Impact Star, in the same race, will likely need the run. 

“She’s a big gross horse who also trialed well but I think she will be better second up over more ground.”

Sebring four-year-old Red Cobra resumes in the 1350m Provincial BM64 and Lane expects him to be doing his best work late. 

“He was good last prep but got well back and out of his ground in his last start and couldn’t sprint with them. He has had a good break and has drawn a soft gate. 

“With Anna’s claim he should run a nice race and be strong late.”

Lane believes his Dundeel mare Oakfield Redgum can figure in the finish of the 1600m BM68 if the race is run to suit. 

“She’s drawn a little tricky but that will hopefully be negated by her good early speed. She likes to roll along but there looks to be a lot of speed in the race, so he may have to slot in behind the leaders. 

“She has great form on the Wyong track (six runs for two wins and two placings) and this is the right trip for her.”

Kim Waugh’s Star Turn gelding is shooting for his fourth successive win in the same race, with stable apprentice Millie Thompson again partnering the four-year-old, having ridden her to all three wins. 

The first of eight races gets underway at 1.15pm, the the track currently a good 4. 

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 1.15pm: SKY CHANNEL MIDWAY MAIDEN (1300m): 1 HELLBENT ON YOU, 2 King Carlos, 3 Oakfield Peewee, 4 Scorpion Jack.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: KIM WILLIAMS APPRECIATION CG&E BM64 (1200m): 1 PANIC, 2 Reggie’s Boy, 3 Weatlhy Investor, 4 Densetsu. 

Race 3 – 2.25pm: TREVOR WARD APPRECIATION F&M BM64 (1200m):  CROSS YOUR HEART, 2 Parisian Rose, 3 Queen Bess, 4 Allapercanto.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: 1 NAVIOS, 2 Prince Aurelius, 3 Elleves, 4 Israelite Bay. 

Race 5 – 3.40pm: 1 CASSIEL, 2 Keysborough, 3 Ragga Ragga, 4 Bethsheba.

Race 6 – 4.20pm: 1 HIGH DANDY, 2 Spanish Fox, 3 Cheerful Cat, 4 Cranberries. 

Race 7 – 4.55pm: 1 SIDE SHOW, 2 Kiptanui, 3 Gardenzio, 4 Oakfield Redgum. 

Race 8 – 5.35pm: 1 DAGON, 2 Dreaming Of Vegas, 3 Opal Fields, 4 Upstopabull. 

WAGSTAFF’S BARGAIN GETTING THE JOB DONE

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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.

SELECTIONS: 

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.

MINERVINI BANKING ON CHANGE OF LUCK

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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. 

SELECTIONS: 

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. 

MCCONVILLE HITS THE ROAD CHASING WINS

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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. 

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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. 

SELECTIONS:

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. 

GAVENLOCK ON WEATHER WATCH

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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. 

SELECTIONS:

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.