BARTLEY CHASING HOME WIN

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IT’S a “home game” tomorrow for Tracey Bartley.  [Click for today’s race book]

And whilst the popular Wyong trainer doesn’t have anywhere near as far to travel his promising youngster Kiss Sum as with yesterday’s easy Wellington winner Enamour, he is keen to get a similar result.

The lightly-raced gelding lines up in the Swansea Smash Repairs 2YO Maiden Plate (1100m), and will be ridden by former Canberra apprentice Patrick Scorse, who recently joined Bartley’s stable.

Though Scorse won’t be able to claim all of his 3kg entitlement, his new master is keen to give him his chance to break back into the provincial scene.

“Pat will claim perhaps 2kg on our horse,” Bartley said this morning.

“He had a couple of rides at Newcastle last Saturday, and finished second on Allan Denham’s Gidgee Guy.”

Scorse, who has ridden 117 winners, has fond memories of Wyong. At his first ride at his now home track in April, 2018, he won a heat of the Rising Star Series for apprentices on Cuba for Randwick trainer John Thompson.

Bartley is looking forward to giving Kiss Sum his second start tomorrow after a debut second to another first starter Humble Star in the Star Kingdom 2YO (1000m) at Muswellbrook on April 30. 

“I thought his run was really good that day,” Bartley said.

“He got caught in an awkward spot, and hit the front in the straight after being the widest runner on the home turn.

“The winner had an easier run and went through inside him, but our bloke toughed it out well.

“We will try to park him just off the speed tomorrow and give him his chance to finish off.

“He showed in his trials that he is a better chaser.”

Kiss Sum this morning was a $5 joint second favorite with TAB.com.au for tomorrow’s assignment.  Rosehill Gardens newcomer Deficit (Tim Clark), prepared by Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou, held favoritism at $4.20.

The Snitzel colt was narrowly beaten in a 900m trial at Rosehill on April 27 by the promising Ranch Hand, who was photo-finished out of the Group 3 Ken Russell Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast last Saturday.

Kiss Sum of course has a long way to go to rival the deeds of his trainer’s former stable star Sniper’s Bullet, but there is a real Group 1 “feel” about his presence at the Wyong meeting.

Bartley won three features at racing’s elite level (including the 2007 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm) with the rising 18-year-old, still hale and hearty and being cared for on a property at Yeoval in central-western NSW.

Patrick Scorse’s father, former successful jockey John, won a memorable 1987 Melbourne autumn Group 1 sprint treble (Lightning Stakes, Oakleigh Plate and VRC Newmarket Handicap) on the WA star Placid Ark.

Kiss Sum’s dam Stolen Kisses (by Mossman) was prepared for her sole metropolitan win at Canterbury in January, 2014 by her 36-times Group 1 winning trainer, the late Guy Walter.

And the youngster’s sire Shamus Award, as a three-year-old, beat older rivals in the 2013 Cox Plate at The Valley.

There are important gear moves on two of Kiss Sum’s opponents, current favorite Deficit and co-second favoriteDecisive Move (Brenton Avdulla).

Deficit will race in both blinkers and a lugging bit, and American Pharoah filly Decisive Move, who has won two recent trials at Randwick (April 9) and Rosehill (April 27), has blinkers.

Bartley’s other Wyong representative is Equestris (Grant Buckley), an $81 outsider for the My Local Broker 3YO Maiden Handicap (1350m).

Expatriate South African Keagan Latham has lost one of his rides as he bids to increase his lead in the NSW provincial premiership.

Latham has racked up 52 provincial winners since August 1, and holds a 12-win advantage over nearest rival Tommy Berry.

He rides King High (Real + CGE Maiden Handicap, 1100m) for Peter and Paul Snowden, and Duchess (Wyong Rugby League Club Group Class 1 Handicap, 1200m), Off Her Roca (The Bobbi Jo Dillion Benchmark 64 Handicap, 1350m) and Shamani (Central Coast Coolrooms Benchmark 64 Handicap, 1600m), the latter trio for Richard and Michael Freedman.

Latham’s other booking, My Snow Queen, won’t line up against Kiss Sum and company in the 2YO Maiden Plate.

Leading Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup has withdrawn Queen Bellissimo from the 1200m Class 1, and will rely on Beauchamp (Regan Bayliss).

“I decided to scratch Queen Bellissimo because of her awkward draw, and Beauchamp will race in a nose roll,” Widdup said.

Beauchamp was a $101 winner at Kembla Grange last August at only his third start, and has managed only one placing – at Nowra on April 20 at his latest run – from five subsequent appearances.

“The Nowra run when narrowly beaten was an improvement, but he hasn’t been the easiest horse to train to get rid of his habits,” Widdup said.

“Hopefully, putting a nose roll on him will have a good effect.”

Vanderland is a Warwick Farm absentee today, and instead will run at Wyong in the 1100m Maiden Handicap.

. The rail is out 3m for the entire circumference, and the track this morning was rated a “Soft 5”.

SELECTIONS:

RACE 1: 1 BITCOIN BABY, 2 Vibrant, 3 Pressita, 4 Thunder Rose.

RACE 2: 1 JIMMY’S DREAM, 2 Supreme Leader, 3High Tribute, 4 Darlene. 

RACE 3: 1 SELHURST PARK, 2 Sleipner, 3 King High, 4 Barmera.

RACE 4: 1 KISS SUM, 2 Decisive Move, 3 Deficit, 4 Colour De Roy.

RACE 5: 1 CREAM RISES, 2 Sirens, 3 Pia Sofia, 4 War General.

RACE 6: 1 VANDERLAND, 2 Long Weekend, 3 Kariba, 4 Buzz.

RACE 7: 1 MOMACK, 2 Squanto, 3 Shamani, 4 Salsa Man.

ENGLEBRECHT BANKING ON LUCK

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On a high after winning the $200k Tamworth Cup, Jeff Englebrecht hopes his luck can continue on his home track this Thursday.

Englebrecht has The Crimson Idol racing in the 1350m BM64 and believes the consistent mare can be in the finish.

And another winner will be great medicine for the trainer who has been sidelined since late February following tendon surgery. 

“It’s been a very frustrating time recovering and slower than I had thought,” Englebrecht said. 

“I was in hospital for nine days and then wasn’t able to put my foot on the ground for six weeks.

“I’m getting about a little bit better now but still have a long way to go.”

Englebrecht had 28 staples from the hip down after surgery to repair severed tendons around his right hip. 

He has been unable to go the track or races, entrusting his small team to some dedicated workers.

Last Friday he cheered from home as High Court gave him one of his biggest thrills, snatching a late victory in the $200,000 Tamworth Cup.

“I was belting him home from the lounge,” he laughed. “My 85-year-old mother rang me straight after and she was crying.

“It was very exciting. To win any race is great but the Tamworth Cup is prestigious, and the prizemoney certainly helps.

“It was a good boost to me and the family.”

Englebrecht has been making occasional forays to the track and hopes to be back full time in a few weeks. 

“I suppose you could say I’m just approaching the home turn. I know I have to take things slowly because I don’t want to go backwards. It’s pretty frustrating but I am making progress.”

Englebrecht will be watching from home when The Crimson Idol shoots for her sixth win from 28 starts at Wyong. 

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THE CRIMSON IDOL WINNING AT TAMWORTH

The tough Hinchinbrook five-year-old has had 15 starts this preparation for two wins, her latest at Tamworth over 1400m on March 22.

“She’s not a big mare and has been in work for a long time so will probably spell after this.

“She’s done really well and wasn’t beaten that far at Wyong over the same distance last start.

“Unfortunately, she will have to overcome a wide barrier, but Bucko (Grant Buckley) knows her well and will get the best out of her.”

The Crimson Idol takes on another super tough competitive, Wayne Seelin’s Isorich in the BM64.

The 10-year-old, having start 131, lines up from barrier two with apprentice Patrick Scorse in the saddle. 

The first of seven races gets underway at 4.15pm. 

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 1.10pm: HMA GROUP MAIDEN (1200m): 1 LEAVE ME BE, 2 Explosive Truth, 3 Cinque Torri, 4 Berrima Star.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: HMA INSTRUMENTATION 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1350m): 1 ABOVE RESERVE, 2 First Fleet, 3 Fattore Stella, 4 Bobby’s Give Away.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: HMA POWER GENERATION MAIDEN (2100m): 1 BEDFORD SQUARE, 2 La Sagra, 3 Finnman, 4 Do This All Day.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: HMA MATERIALS HANDLING CLASS 1 (1600m): 1 LOVETHEINVASION, 2 Squanto, 3 Atlantic Lite, 4 Zoomerango.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: HMA FLOW & INDUSTRIAL CLASS 1 (1200m): 1 ZOROCAT, 2 Luminoso, 3 Delexo, 4 Long Weekend.

Race 6 – 4.15pm: HMA WEAR SOLUTIONS BM64 (1350m): 1 THE CRIMSON IDOL, 2 Loolwah, 3 Smart Success, 4 Isorich.

Race 7 – HMA GEOTECHNICAL BM64 (1000m): 1 STOLTZ, 2 Rifles, 3 Shadow Colour, 4 Tango Stepz.

ISORICH SET FOR HOME TRACK WIN

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Wayne Seelin is confident of another bold showing from his warhorse Isorich when he lines up for start 129 on his home track this Thursday. 

The 10-year-old was a last start Wyong winner over the same 1350m distance on March 9 and Seelin said he hasn’t put a foot wrong since. 

“He’s had to have a bit of time between runs because of the weather with the big wet and he always puts on weight when that happens. He’s a great doer.

“Those couple of extra kilos won’t affect him. His work has been good and he’s feeling super, so I assume he’ll race well. 

“I’m happy with him and it’s a winnable race.”

Isorich’s latest victory, his seventh on the track, was also in a BM64.

“He drew a good barrier which was beneficial on the day, but he was still a bit better than this kind of grade. 

“When he gets a good barrier on a decent track, he’s always hard to beat. 

“His trackwork rider Nicki Lee knows him and she’s more than happy with the way he’s been working. 

Seelin’s only concern is the predicted rain.

“Even though he won a Listed race on a heavy 10 at Rosehill, his form on the wet isn’t great so if it’s a bit shifty he just doesn’t go at all. 

“He won’t run on anything worse than a soft 5, so it is in the lap of the Gods.”

As far as retirement is concerned, Seelin believes Isorich is still a long way off. 

“There is no reason not to keep him going. If he didn’t seem to be enjoying it or Nicki got off after a couple of gallops saying he doesn’t seem to want to do it, I’d certainly start to ask questions. 

“Nicki just understands how good he feels and like the rest of us can’t believe that he still loves it so much. 

“He just does what he does and there are plenty of humans who love the athletic side of things so he might just be like one of them. 

“While he’s still carrying on like he’s a four-year-old, why wouldn’t he keep going?

“I suppose someday they might tell me he’s got to retire and that’s fine, but someone else is going to have to tell him because I’m not doing it,” he laughed. 

Seelin is on track to have one of his best seasons, with his small team performing well. 

“I’ve never set a target any year, I just try and punch above my weight as much as I can. 

“It has been a good season so far. I’m happy that of the six I have in work, all but one has won between three and 15 races.

“It’s nice to have a team that makes you look good; any coach will tell you that. “

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 1pm: DE BORTOLI WINES MAIDEN (2100m): 1 SASSYSAV, 2 Bedford Square, 3 Oceanic Flash, 4 Red Hot Zone.

Race 2 – 1.35pm: GO ELECTRICAL PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1350m): 1 BRIGHT EYED GIRL, 2 Circus Bound, 3 First Fleet, 4 Discompose.

Race 3 – 2.10pm: CARLTON DRAUGHT MAIDEN (1350m): 1 OVOID, 2 Klopp, 3 Spicy Restaurant, 4 Wolfburn.

Race 4 – 2.50pm: TAB.COM.AU CLASS 1 (1600m): 1 TECTONICUS, 2 La Cabana, 3 Valiant Lad, 4 Senor Toba.

Race 5 – 3.25pm: MARKETS 2259 AT WYONG RACE CLUB SUNDAY APRIL 11 MAIDEN (1000m): 1CHALEUR BAY, 2 Hard To Excel, 3 Kibosh, 4 Shadow Colour. 

Race 6 – 4.05pm: JIM BEAM CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 SAMMY, 2 Saquon, 3 Zachariah, 4 Hidden Hills.

Race 7 – 4.40pm: GREAT NORTHERN CONDITIONAL BM68 (1350m): 1 ARTIC THUNDER, 2 Isorich, 3 The Crimson Idol, 4 Our Tax Return.

Race 8 – 5.15pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING THURSDAY APRIL 29 BM64 (1100m): 1 TIME FOR VICTORY, 2 Miss Kono, 3 Ranges, 4 Russbuss.

LANE EXPECTING BOLD SHOWING

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Damien Lane is confident he will see a much-improved run by Bombasay in Saturday’s $150,000 Polytrack Provincial Qualifier at Wyong. 

The five-year-old was disappointing at his last outing when resuming on February 27 in the Newcastle Qualifier, finishing toward the rear of the field. 

Lane described his performance as a ‘forget run’ and is hopeful the gelding can put his best foot forward on his home track. 

“Everything that could go wrong went wrong that day,” he said. “It was a hard watch to be honest.”

“We expected him to run better than he did. Normally those races are run at a genuine tempo, so we decided to try and ride him with cover first up.

“When Digger (Darryl McLellan) made the decision to go for some cover they just walked, and nothing went right after that. 

“He definitely had excuses and will be better with the extra bit of time we’ve had. 

“He’s a lot fitter in his work and I expect he’ll run well. He’s a class horse and I thought his trial leading into his first run was really good. Nothing went right first up.”

Lane’s only concern is the heavy track, despite Bombasay having recorded a win on a heavy surface. 

“He has won on the wet, but I do think he’s better on top of the ground especially if it’s a heavy 9. 

“He won first up for me at Wyong, and I really think the track will suit him. 

“He will roll forward this time and put himself up on the speed and take the bad luck out of the equation. If everything goes his way and he gets a bit of luck this time he will be in the finish.”

Bombasay, a Rothesay gelding, has posted five wins and six placings from 15 starts, two of those since joining the Lane stable late last year. 

He has drawn barrier nine in the qualifier and will again by ridden by McLellan.

Lane is one of three Wyong trainers hoping to secure a berth in the rich series final via the local qualifier. 

Kristen Buchanan saddles up Ocean Go, who was a close fourth behind the place getters when first up over 1350m at Wyong on March 9. 

Grant Buckley partners the Ocean Park gelding from barrier 8. 

Tracey Bartley, who already has Barossa Rosa through to the April 17 Randwick final, will be relying on scratchings for second emergency Onemore Sapphire to secure a run. 

The Kris Lees stable has seven runners in the field of 16, including the $6 early favourite Safado.

The qualifier will be the last on the eight-race card, to be run at 5.29pm.

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 12.54pm: LAKES PODIATRY CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 LIBRARIAN, 2 Fields Of Honour, 3 Bedford Square, 4 Pop’s Glory.

Race 2 – 1.34pm: PANASONIC NANOEX MAIDEN (1600m): 1 AMULET STREET, 2 Earl Of Sandwich, 3 Belle Espoir, 4 Valiant Lad.

Race 3 – 2.14pm: VIETNAM VETERANS KEITH PAYNE V.C. HOSTEL LIMITED 2YO MAIDEN (1200m): 1 ALL GIRLS, 2 Wolfburn, 3 Sweet Ruby, 4 I Like Big Putts.

Race 4 – 2.54pm: HALEKULANI BOWLING CLUB MAIDEN (1000m): 1 SHADOW COLOUR, 2 Poignant, 3 Beyliks, 4 Drummin.

Race 5 – 3.34pm: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES AIR CONDITIONING AUSTRALIA MAIDEN (1350m): 1 PAROCHIAL, 2 La Sagra, 3 Spectacular Slew, 4 Lady Steps.

Race 6 – 4.14pm: LAKE MACQUARIE SHEET METAL CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 LE VIZIR, 2 Jeronimos, 3 So Far Away, 4 Zachariah.

Race 7 – 4.54pm: JOHN CROSS MEMORIAL CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 (1100m): 1 RANGES, 2 Cool Missile, 3 Egyptian Missile, 4 Miss Twilight.

Race 8 – 5.29pm: POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WYONG QUALIFIER (1350m): 1 ZEFTABROOK, 2 Prince Aurelius, 3 Ocean Go, 4 Loch Lomond.

AMANDA KICK-STARts CAREER at home

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Racing has been a huge part of Amanda Davis-William’s life and on Tuesday things step up a notch when she saddles up her first runner. 

The 23-year-old has long dreamed of becoming a trainer and three-year-old G’Day Poopsie will see that dream realised when he lines up in the 1000m Maiden at Wyong. 

The gelding impressed at Scone finishing fourth in his first start over 1000m on February 16 while under the care of Amanda’s mother Tina. 

“It’s pretty nerve-wracking to tell you the truth,” Amanda said. 

“I’m extremely excited, especially to have him racing at his home track. 

“I’ve been to so many race meetings strapping horses over the years but to have one running in your own name is totally different.”

Wyong racecourse is like a second home to Amanda, who started riding work at the track when she was 14. 

She always wanted a career in racing and after a short stint working for Bob and Wendy Lapointe at Muskoka Farm, she returned to Wyong and became part of Kim Waugh’s team. 

“I rode work for Kim for five and a half years and got so much experience there,” she said. 

“I had a nasty accident about two years ago and while I was sidelined, I started thinking about taking out a trainer’s licence. 

“It had always been in the back of my mind but being injured with plenty of time on my hands, gave me the push I needed.”

When she returned to work, she joined the Damien Lane stable and is now being mentored by the trainer. 
“Damien has been a massive supporter and I really appreciate everything he’s done. 

“I still ride work for him early and then I go home and get my two and bring them into the track.”

Amanda believes G’Day Poopsie can improve on his Scone run but he will have to overcome a wide barrier.

“He ran a good race that day and I’m quietly confident heading into Tuesday that he can finish top four.

“We didn’t think he’d lead at Scone, but he showed a lot of early speed and will hopefully do that again at Wyong. 

“He’s been a different horse since his first run and there’s been plenty of form come out of that race. I really expect him to improve.”

Clinton Ridley, Amanda’s partner, leases G’Day Poopsie, who was bred by a family friend Mick Bates.

“I wanted to know where the name came from because it’s unusual and apparently Poopsie is Mick’s nickname in the family.”

Amanda, who has also tasted plenty of success in the show arena, has one other horse in work Master Drummer but is keen to build her stable.

“I know it’s going to take time but eventually I’d love to have around 20 in work. 

“I’ve had some great female role models in my Mum and Kim Waugh so I know I can do it.”

The first of eight races gets underway at 1.15pm. 

SELECTIONS: 

Race 1 – 1.15pm: AUSTRALIAN RACING CHRISTIAN CHAPLAINCY 2YO MAIDEN (1200m): 1 CONRAD, 2 Big Fun, 3 Queen Of Dubai, 4 Mokulua.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: CARLTON DRAUGHT PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1200m): 1 ANGRY LIAM, 2 Elusive Bride, 3 Accelerant, 4 Grand Palazzo.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: HMA MAIDEN (1350m): 1 SPIRITUALITY, 2 Cantrell, 3 Not A Choice, 4 Summer Breeze.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: GO ELECTRICAL MAIDEN (1000m): 1 TWITCH, 2 Stunning To Win, 3 Readapt, 4 Russbuss.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: BOOK NOW POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP MARCH 27 CLASS 1 (1000m): 1 GENKIDES, 2 Miss Kono, 3 Winside, 4 Major Murphy.

Race 6 – 4.15pm: HUCKEL EXCAVATIONS CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 (1600m): 1 DUNDEE LEE, 2 Mohican, 3 Sky Diamonds, 4 Casino Mondial.

Race 7 – 4.50pm: TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 PROVIDE, 2 Raptures, 3 Safaris, 4 Ocean Go.

Race 8 – 5.30pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY SATURDAY MARCH 27 CLASS 1 (1200m): 1 HELLO SUNSHINE, 2 Impressive Lass, 3 Giselle Anne, 4 Adamas Prince. 

 

BOJACK CHASING BACK TO BACK WINS

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The Waterhouse/Bott team head to Wyong on Thursday with three nice chances including impressive debutant winner Bojack.

The Snitzel gelding, a $400,000 yearling, blitzed his opposition at Gosford on February 4 with an eye-catching three length win over the 1200m.

He steps up to the 1350m in a Class 1 at Wyong and racing manager Emma Reeves believes he can make it back-to-back wins. 

“He was really impressive winning last time,” she said.

“We had planned to possibly start him at Canterbury Friday night, but this looks like a winnable race and he rates really well.  

“I think Gai, and Adrian are leaning toward Wyong, getting him another nice kill and hopefully letting him win as impressively as he did on debut.”

Reeves said they had high hopes for the three-year-old, who is raced by a syndicate including Waterhouse and Bott. 

“We will probably just keep building him through his grades this preparation and definitely try and get him to town.  

“When he comes back next time, we will have much higher aspirations for him.”

Sebring colt Tea Leaves starts in the 1300m 2YO Maiden and Reeves considers him a good chance.  

“We’ve always had quite a high opinion of him from early on, but he’s looks like more of a miler, 2000m and beyond as he matures physically.

“Kathy O’Hara rode him in his gallop on Saturday and she is enamoured with him. She really thinks he’s a Derby style horse, whether it’s here in Sydney or Queensland, he’s only going to improve as he gets further.”

A $335,000 Magic Millions yearling, Tea Leaves finished toward the rear of the field at his only start over 1000m at Canberra on February 5.

“He was run off his feet at Canberra, but we had to start somewhere. 

“He will appreciate the extra distance on Thursday and beyond that, but we are hopefully his precocity makes him tough to beat over the 1300m, but he will excel over even further. He’s a bright prospect.”

Reeves said Mensa Missile, resuming in the 1100m BM64, goes into the race in really good order. 

 “He’s always shown a lot of ability. The day he broke his maiden at Wyong he did it in very impressive style. 

“Then we sent him down to Victoria chasing races in his own age group before he was spelled. 

“He has returned in really good order. He can be quite a hot horse but has settled down a lot. 

“Now he’s a four-year-old he’s got quite a nice rating to work off and he should be working through his grades really nicely. 

“He trialled really well going into this and is ready to go.”

The first of eight races gets underway at 1.15pm.

SELECTIONS: 

Race 1 – 1.15pm: JIM BEAM CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 JUST A JEDI, 2 Karauna, 3 What A Girl, 4 Seporto.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: SKY RACING METRO & PROV MAIDEN (1350m): 1VANILLA SKY, 2 Le Vizir, 3 Mr Severino, 4 California Cible.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: DE BORTOLI WINES 2YO MAIDEN (1300m): 1 WILSONS PROM, 2 The Bullring, 3 Tea Leaves, 4 Akahata.

Race 4 – 3.05pm: GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP 3YO MAIDEN (1100m): 1 ZAIN’S GIRL, 2 Octagon, 3 Russbuss, 4 Initiation.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: BOOK NOW POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WYONG MARCH 27 (1350m): 1 SELEQUE, 2 Rosie Riveter, 3 Jeanne D’Arc, 4 Heart Of Siena.

Race 6 – 4.15pm: CANADIAN CLUB MAIDEN (1200m): 1 IMPRESSIVE LASS, 2 Jadida, 3 Klopp, 4 Hialoa.

Race 7 – 4.50pm: TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1 PARACHUTER, 2 Star Magnum, 3 Mensa Missile, 4 In Awe Of Me. 

Race 8 – 5.30pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY TUESDAY CG&E CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 BOJACK, 2 Tectonicus, 3 Nordicus, 4 Spanish Fighter.

COYLE DREAMING OF WYONG SUCCESS

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Dream Maiden has been a work in progress for Jason Coyle who is hoping his patience will pay off on Sunday.

The Dream Ahead mare, has a win and eight placings to her name and Coyle believes she has plenty of upside.

She is the best chance of the three runners he saddles up at Sunday’s Wyong Summer Race Day, and Coyle considers her best form is still to come.

The five-year-old resumed from a spell over the 1400m at Nowra on January 10, finishing a length behind the winner in fifth.

She lines up in the 1600m BM 64 on Sunday, a race Coyle says is perfect for this stage of her preparation. 

“She’s a really nice mare who has taken a very, very long time to come to hand,” he said.

“She’s lightly framed and has finally filled into a mare that I think can now go on with it.

“I know she’s only won the one race, but she tries very hard, she’s very honest. 

“She carried a fair bit of weight at Nowra, was just short of a run and got a bit tired late.

“She took good benefit from that. She steps up to a mile and is going to appreciate the extra 200m, but her better form will be when she gets out to 2000m. 

“She’s always honest and never far away at the finish and should be racing in better grades over the next 12 to 24 months.”

Coyle said he has finally found a suitable race for Confident Lad, who starts in the 2100m BM64.

“I’ve finally found a race where he gets over a trip. He’s been hounded by a couple of soft tracks which he hates and it’s also not easy to find the distance races for a lower grade stayer. 

“We were able to get him a run over the mile at Queanbeyan, which was good.

“He finally gets to a distance he likes and a good track.

“While they may be just be a grade above him, there’s not too much between country and provincial once they get over the distance.”

Coyle said All American gelding Australiano, who starts in the 1600m Maiden is still a bit of an unknown, having recently joined the stable. 

The four-year-old had his first start for Coyle over 1300m at Kembla on January 9 and is definitely looking for more ground. 

“It looks like on his earlier tapes that he’s a little bit immature, but he’s grown into a lovely strong horse who will get over a bit of ground. 

“He hadn’t raced in a while when he came to me so you’d expect he will improve again from the run. 

“The fitter he gets and the further he goes the more effective he becomes.

“He’s a bit of an unknown at the moment and we will learn a bit more about him as he races on this preparation.” 

The first of seven races gets underway at 1.15pm.  Gates open for General Admission at 12pm.

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SELECTIONS: 

Race 1 – 1.15pm: DE BORTOLI WINES 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1100m): ENAMOUR, 2 Giselle Anne, 3 Taikun, 4 Fighting Duck.

Race 2 – 1.50pm: GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP CLASS 1 (1100m): 1 HURT MONEY, 2 Numbers Game, 3 Miss Anticipation, 4 Standing Bear.

Race 3 – 2.25pm: JIM BEAM MAIDEN (1350m): 1 NEARLY FINE, 2 Egao, 3 Dizzy Dawn, 4 Lucilight.

Race 4 – 3.00pm: RYAN’S METAL ROOFING MAIDEN (1600m): 1 DESERT FLAME, 2 Zidler, 3 Right Bower, Ausbred Cooee.

Race 5 – 3.40pm: ROYAL HOTEL WYONG BENCHMARK 64 (2100m): 1SO UNITED, 2 Prince Camelot, 3 Souchong, 4 Confident Lad.

Race 6 – 4.15pm: TEAM THOROUGHBRED NSW REHOMING HORSES BM64 (1600m) 1 DREAM MAIDEN, 2 Split Not A Shock, 3 Aristograts, 4 Always Sure.

Race 7 – 5.00pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25 BM64 (1000m): 1 MR POLAR, 2 Proud Mia, 3 No Doubt A Star, 4 Snitzari.

DYLAN MAKING STEPS TO PROVINCIAL GRADE

DYLAN MAKING STEPS TO PROVINCIAL GRADE 9

Promising apprentice Dylan Gibbons has limited experience on the Provincial circuit but goes into Wednesday’s Wyong meeting with two strong chances. 

The 19-year-old has only had 10 Provincial rides to date, tasting success on the Ron Quinton trained Hibiscus Lady at Gosford in late October.

At her subsequent start on November 18, Gibbon’s first race ride at Wyong, he was runner-up but hopes to go one better on Wednesday.

He partners Siesta Key and No Laughing Matter part of a strong team his boss Kris Lees has at the meeting. 

“I’d ridden in a few trials at Wyong before the race ride with Hibiscus Lady and found riding on race day a whole lot different. 

“The home turn was a lot sharper race day than it seemed trial day. I got a bit lost and let my horse wander right off, so I’ll be navigating a bit better than I did that day. 

“It’s all experience and I’m still learning so much. It’s a different level again riding against the best jockeys at Provincial meetings.”

Gibbons has had a flying start to his apprenticeship with 26 winners to date. 

He is coming off a double at Tuncurry on Saturday and Port Macquarie double on January 8. 

He now claims 2kg in the country and is happy to do the most of his riding around the bush tracks. 

“I’m not in a hurry to take more rides at the Provincials. I’d like to outride my country claim before I concentrate on that. I know I’ve still got so much to learn, and the country is a good place to do it.” 

So You Think mare Siesta Keys starts in the Benchmark 58 over 1300m, with Gibbons having partnered her to a second at her last outing at Taree on January 4. 

The four-year-old was beaten in a photo by stablemate No Laughing Matter and Gibbons is confident she’s a winning chance.

“The only time I’ve sat on her was last start at Taree when we just got beat by No Laughing Matter. 

“It was a super run. She got caught wide with no cover outside the leaders and had to do all the bullocking work. No Laughing Matter nearly put a length on her, and she fought back to get pipped by a nose. 

“She’s got all the right attributes for a race like this. She’s got ability and the physical and mental toughness that gets her through challenges like getting caught wide without cover. 

“She’s definitely seasoned and ready for it. She’s a tough, honest mare who will give me 100%.”

Gibbons rides No Laughing Matter in the 1350m Benchmark 64, a heat of the Rising Star Series for apprentices.

The Exosphere filly has won three of her six starts and is shooting for her third successive win.

“I’ve won on No Laughing Matter before in an apprentice race at Taree,” he said.

“She’s a young filly going through her grades and is doing everything right.

“It looks like an ideal race for her.”

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SELECTIONS: 

Race 1 – 1.45pm: KIM WAUGH RACING 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1200m): 1 SPANISH PEARL, 2 Stark, 3 Doppelpunkt, 4 Blue Sky Moon.

Race 2 – 2.20pm: KRISTEN BUCHANAN RACING CG&E MAIDEN (1350m): 1 KAPTIVE, 2 Bytact, 3 Right Bower, 4 Deliberation.

Race 3 – 2.55pm: TRACEY BARTLEY RACING F&M MAIDEN (1350m): 1 BIG ANGEL, 2 Mon Amore, 3 Correlate, 4 Princess Amira.

Race 4 – 3.30pm: MARK CROSS RACING 2&3YO PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1000m): 1 PRESS AHEAD, 2 Mystic Gem, 3 Express Award, 4 Hamoon Money.

Race 5 – 4.05pm: ALLAN DENHAM RACING CLASS 1 (1100m): 1 QUATUM, 2 Gunnamatta, 3 Colonel, 4 Go For Gold.

Race 6 – 4.40pm: HAPPY RETIREMENT WYONG TRAINER STAN THOMAS CONDITIONAL BM 68 (1300m): 1 DERBARI, 2 Snitzify, 3 Siesta Key, 4 Elegant Grace.

Race 7 – 5.15pm: JEFF ENGLEBRECHT RACING BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 NEVER NEVER RIVER, 2 Whatsin, 3 No Laughing Matter, 4 Tahuna. 

STRONG HAND FOR WAUGH IN PROVINCIAL FINAL

STRONG HAND FOR WAUGH IN PROVINCIAL FINAL 10

Kim Waugh is enjoying a purple patch and is confident the run can continue on her home track this Saturday. 

Waugh saddled up five winners in a nine-day period in late December and believes either Trajection or Knight can add to that tally in the $150,000 Sky Racing Provincial Series Final. 

The pair are part of a strong field of 15, who will contest the final as part of Wyong’s eight race program.

Waugh’s runners are both in great form and shooting for three successive wins in the 1600m race. 

Smart Missile mare Trajection qualified for the Series final, with a win in the Wyong heat over 1350m on November 26. 

The four-year-old edged out Kristen Buchanan’s Margie Bee in a tight finish and then came from last on the turn to take out a Fillies & Mares Benchmark 72 on the Kensington track on December 17.

Knight found his path to the final via a victory in the Gosford heat over the mile on December 2, before tasting success over the same distance at Goulburn on December 18.

Waugh said it difficult to split the duo coming into Saturday’s final.

“They have both had really good preparations and have done really well since their last runs,” she said. 

“They are just different sort of horses. Knight will be on pace and she’ll be off pace. “He normally leads or is in the first two or three, and she is normally in the back half and will be relying on a bit of luck from back there.”

STRONG HAND FOR WAUGH IN PROVINCIAL FINAL 11

Waugh said the distance should also be ideal for both. 

“The mile will really suit Trajection. I always thought she would get over more ground and Knight will also be strong over the 1600m.” 

Trajection, raced by Darby Syndications, has had 19 starts for seven wins and three placings, while Knight has had four wins and two placings from eight runs.

Waugh said it was exciting to have two runners in the series final.

“It’s great to have two runners, two very nice horses with a lot of potential. 

“They are both lightly raced and it’s a big thrill to get them both into the final for the owners. 

“Both have a strong chance to take it out.

“Things are going really well. We are having a great run and I’m just really happy with it. “

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SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 12.59pm: JIM BEAM MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600m): 1 SOLAR APEX, 2 Jauhera, 3 Speedzone, 4 Desert Flame.

Race 2 – 1.34pm: LAKES OFFICE CHOICE 4YO & UP MAIDEN PLATE (1200m): 1 SIPPITY SUP, 2 Stonesthrow, 3 The Fossil, 4 Good Deed.

Race 3 – 2.09pm: LAKES PRINTERS MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): 1 EXOBOOM, 2 Zounate, 3 Saint Of Katowice, 4 Grenado.

Race 4 – 2.44pm: CANADIAN CLUB CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1100m): 1 CANTON KID, 2 Unrelenting, 3 Hurt Money, 4 Geist.

Race 5 – 3.16pm: CAVARNI DESIGN BENCHMARK 64 (1200m): 1 WAR MEMORIAL, 2 Dynamic Impact, 3 Wicked Wench, 4 Sahra. 

Race 6 – 3.56pm: SKY RACING PROVINCIAL SUMMER SERIES FINAL (1600m): 1 TRAJECTION, 2 Knight, 3 Itz Lily, 4 Spanish Point.

Race 7 – 4.36pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACEDAY SUNDAY JANUARY 24 F&M BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 ELEGANT GRACE, 2 Duchess Marizza, 3 Lady Tavista, 4 Tastebud.

Race 8 – 5.16pm: COMMAND BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION PTY LTD CG&E BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): ): 1 ROCK THE BELLS, 2 Sky Lab, 3 Mission Way, 4 Altimeter.

LANE BANKING ON MILLIONS SUCCESS

LANE BANKING ON MILLIONS SUCCESS 12

Damien Lane hasn’t had a runner in the Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic but will have a two-pronged attack come Wednesday. 

The Lane duo of Snowdrop and Impact Star line up in a classy field of 14 two-year-old’s, including Astrologer from the Snowden stable, who was third in the Group 3 Breeders Plate at his only start.

And while Lane isn’t under any illusions about the quality of the field, he’s more than happy with his pair.

“It’s been a long-range plan to get them both into this race and thankfully it’s paid off,” Lane said. 

“We only brought two horses at the Magic Millions last year and to have them both in this race is great. 

“They both galloped between races at Wyong last Thursday and I couldn’t be happier with them.

“I wouldn’t swap them for anything else that’s for sure.

“If one of them can win or place, we will head to the Gold Coast and that would be exciting.”

Lane said it was difficult to split the two horses, both having placed second on debut. 

Snowdrop was second to Sliders in the Max Lees Classic at Newcastle on November 14, with the winner a runner-up at Rosehill at her next start. 

Lane said the Capitalist filly was “unlucky” with jockey Jason Collett dropping his whip in the final stages. 

“Jason believes she would have challenged the winner,” Lane said. “She went really good that day and had only had one soft trial leading into it. 

“She had a week in the paddock after that race and is ready for a good first up run. 

“She’s a very speedy filly and will probably lead from the soft draw. Rachel (King) rode her in the gallop the other day and was very happy with her and she’ll ride her on Wednesday.”

Lane said Impact Star also had a hard-luck story at his first start when he was narrowly beaten at Canberra over 1000m.

“Digger (McLellan) said he shied at the winning post and probably should have won.

“It was very unexpected of him to do that because he’s a very casual sort of horse.

“He’s a great natured, really big, strong horse and I think he will be better over the 1400m.

“He has got natural ability and with the good barrier should be able to put himself into the race.”

The Waterhouse/Bott stable will be chasing a hat trick with unraced Star Witness filly Swift Witness, the first starter and early favourite coming off two eye catching trials.

The Busuttin/Young stable will have to rely on scratching’s to have their first runner in the lucrative race, with Randwick trial winner Gleneagles first emergency.

A field of nine will start in the $100,000 Magic Millions 3YO & 4YO Classic, with Barbaric from the Snowden stable, the early favourite. 

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SELECTIONS: 

Race 1 – 2.20pm: MAINSTREAM TAXATION & ACCOUNTACY SERVICES CLASS 1 (1600m): 1CASTLECOMER, 2 Clear Blonde, 3 Amoretti, 4 Butch’N’Bugs.

Race 2 – 2.55pm: MAINSTREAM FINANCE SERVICES PTY LTD 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1350m): 1JANA, 2 Jesse James, 3 Chateaux Park, 4 Candy Pants.

Race 3 – 3.30pm: MAGIC MILLIONS 3YO & 4YO STAKES (1200m): 1 BARBARIC, 2 YAO DASH, 3 SPACEBOY, 4 COUNT DE RUPEE.

Race 4 – 4.05pm: MAGIC MILLIONS 2021 GOLD COAST YEARLING SALE 12-18 JANUARY BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1 ON HER WORD, 2 Upper East Side, 3 Sedona, 4 Testing Times.

Race 5 – 4.40pm: MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO CLASSIC (1100m): 1ASTROLOGER, 2 She’s All Class, 3 Snide, 4 Snowdrop.

Race 6 – 5.15pm: EXALTED CONSTRUCTIONS CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 HANDICAP (1600m) 1 SEGRILL, 2 Onemore Sapphire, 3 Aristograts, 4 Amoretti.