TORO TORO AUDITIONS FOR KOSCIUSKO SLOT

TORO TORO AUDITIONS FOR KOSCIUSKO SLOT 1

Stephen Jones is banking on the performance of his gun sprinter Toro Toro to catch the remaining Kosciusko slot holders.

He believes the five-year-old will “do the talking” when he resumes in the 1100m BM64 at Wyong on Thursday. 

Jones considers the race to be the ideal leadup to the Kosciusko on October 16. 

The Time For War gelding, who has five wins and two placings from his 18 starts, looked impressive winning a trial at Scone on September 16 and his trainer is expecting a bold showing first up.

“He trialled really good,” Jones said. “He’s a good fresh horse so we’ll see what happens. 

“There was a bit of interest in him last year but in the end, we didn’t get a slot. 

“I sort of went the wrong way with him last time and tried to get him to run 1400m which was a mistake.

“He’s a dead set sprinter and that’s the way it is.”

This year Jones has mapped out a plan for Toro Toro which will see him resume on Thursday and hopefully go into the Kosciusko second up. 

“The plan was to get him in the face of the remaining slot holders and if he wins on Thursday, he will do that. 

“He’s won at Wyong and his front running style suits the track, he should be right there.

“If he can get a slot, I’ll just freshen him up and he’ll go in second up.”

Regan Bayliss partners Toro Toro who has drawn well in three but has to carry 63kg. 

“I’m not worried about the weight. It doesn’t matter as much over a short distance. 

“He’s obviously better than the rest and that’s why he’s carrying the weight.”

Jones is confident if Toro Toro were to obtain one of the three remaining slots he wouldn’t disappoint. 

“He won’t let them down that’s for sure. He’s a lot better than a lot of the horses who are in there already. He’d be right in the thick of things, don’t worry about that.”

Jones has already qualified Nadaraja for the Kosciusko and would love to have another runner in the $1.3m race. 

“To have two good chances would be great, so we’ll see what happens.”

Leading jockey Tommy Berry resumes riding at the meeting, his first day back after a month’s suspension. 

The first of eight races on Police Remembrance Day gets underway at 1.10pm. 

SELECTIONS: 

Race 1 – 1.10pm: GREAT NORTHERN CG&E MAIDEN (1200m): 1 THE POACHER, 2 Legend I Am, 3 Hold On Honey, 4 Ka Bling.

Race 2 – 1.45pm: CANADIAN CLUB F&M MAIDEN (1200m): 1 POIGNANT, 2 Mystic Mermaid, 3 Riduna, 4 Bella Rouge.

Race 3 – 2.20pm: CHOOSE TO DRINK WISE MAIDEN (1350m): 1 DANZETTE, 2 Myeyesadoryou, 3 Our Lancette, 4 Garmish.

Race 4 – 2.55pm: IN MEMORY OF S/C CHRISTOPHER JOHN THORNTON 4YO&UP MAIDEN (1600m): 1 THE DENZEL, 2 Coreei Lass, 3 Blackall, 4 Kamea.

Race 5 – 3.35pm: IN MEMORY OF S/C DAVID JOHN MANSFIELD CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 ZUDIN, 2 Coogee Bay, 3 Believe So, 4 Calaveras.

Race 6 – 4.10pm: TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 TINKA’S LAD, 2 Sprout Wings, 3 The Mistral, 4 Writing Unexpected. 

Race 7 – 4.50pm: POLICE REMEMBRANCE DAY BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1 TORO TORO, 2 Marshall Dillon, 3 Russbuss, 4 Longbottom.

Race 8 – 5.30pm: WY0NG’S NEXT RACE MEETING SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6 BENCHMARK 64 (1600m): 1 JESSE JAMES, 2 Miss Scalini, 3 Josephus, 4 Light Up My World.

EYEWITNESS PRIMED FOR SUCCESSIVE WINS

EYEWITNESS PRIMED FOR SUCCESSIVE WINS 2

Kristen Buchanan is confident her flying mare Eyewitness can make it back-to-back home track wins at Wyong on Tuesday and continue a super run for the season.

Buchanan is enjoying her best start to a season, with seven winners to date and an impressive win ratio of 27% already seeing her reassess her goals for the year.

“It’s such a good feeling to start so well,” she said. “We had a goal of 40 winners and the foreman has already crossed that out and written 50.

“We have a lot of nice young horses coming through and the older ones are racing really well. 

“We’ve increased our numbers slightly but it’s more to do with our horses racing so well and that gets everyone associated with a stable excited.

” I’m just hoping it can continue.”

Buchanan believes she has found another nice race for Eyewitness, who was impressive winning at Wyong on September 3 over the 1100m.

The Star Witness mare, who has three wins from six starts, will line-up in another BM68 over the same distance with trainer expecting another strong performance. 

“She’s done really well since her last win. She came through the run well and we put her out for a few days in the nice weather. 

“For her it’s a matter of getting away cleanly and when she does it takes a good horse to catch her, especially around Wyong. 

“Jason (Collett) rode her so well the other day and he has stuck with her.”

Buchanan believes Eyewitness could get over more distance in time.

“She’s a bit loose at the moment so we will keep her over these shorter distances, but I think down the track when she matures, she could get over further.”

The stable’s other runner Street Candi lines up for her second career start in the 1350m Maiden. 

Buchanan was impressed with the Pride of Dubai filly in her debut run at Port Macquarie and believes she will appreciate the extra distance. 

“I was really happy with the Port run, she finished off the race really strongly. 

“I gave Mikayla (Weir) an open book on how to ride her and she came hard to the post. 

“She’s shown me a little bit at home, and I know she will improve as she gets over more ground.

“My only concern is the short straight at Wyong, but Jason is riding her as well and I know he’ll have her in the right place.”

The club host’s an eight-race Go Electrical meeting, with the first getting underway at 1.10pm. 

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 1.10pm: SAL – LEGRAND – ELECTRA MAIDEN (2100m): 1 RAGING BULL, 2 So Incisive, 3 Kistos, 4 John Of Lancaster.

Race 2 – 1.45pm: BOVARA MAIDEN (1350m): 1 ISLAND LEGEND, 2 How Do You Sleep, 3 Street Candi, 4 Cochet.

Race 3 – 2.20pm: EVOLT – TRADER – HAGER -ILD CG&E MAIDEN (1100m): 1 SNITZONFIRE, 2 Battleton, 3 Legend I Am, 4 Adios.

Race 4 – 2.55pm: HANECO CLASS 1 (1600m): 1CHITABE, 2 Ma And Pa, 3 The Denzel, 4 Tip Top Timing.

Race 5 – 3.35pm: OMNI F&M MAIDEN (1100m): 1SHIHONKA, 2 Six Again, 3 Astern’s Girl, 4 Drummin.

Race 6 – 4.10pm: CLIPSAL BY SCHNEIDER CLASS 1 (1000m): 1 CONGLOMERATE, 2 Sky Castle, 3 Kiss Sum, 4 Battleground.

Race 7 – 4.45pm: BRILLIANT – CABAC – PSA BM68 (1100m): 1LADY OF LUXURY, 2 Parksville, 3 Stoical, 4 Eyewitness.

Race 8 – 5.25pm: PRYSMAIN – MATCHMASTER – LEVEY AGENCIES CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 INVINCIBLE VISION, 2 Different Strokes, 3 False Step, 4 Cruel Summer.

KING CHASING ANOTHER WYONG FEATURE

KING CHASING ANOTHER WYONG FEATURE 3

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Rachel King rode herself into the history books last year when she became the first female to win the Carlton Wyong Gold Cup.

The victory on Paths Of Glory completed a super day for King, who had claimed the feature double, with Asiago in the Mona Lisa.

The English import is determined to emulate last year’s clean sweep and believes she is on the horses to do it.

King is coming off a career best season in 20/21, finishing third in the Metropolitan Jockey’s Premiership with 113 winners.

“Winning the Cup and Mona Lisa at Wyong was the start of what ended up being a great season for me and I’d love to do it again,” she said. 

“It is always good to be riding in these feature races and to win them both last year was fantastic. 

“Naturally it would be great to have that same success this year and I think I’ve got two good chances.”

King partners Spencer, from the in-form Bjorn Baker stable, in the Cup and La Lude for John Thompson in the Mona Lisa.

She has ridden Spencer previously and is confident the seven-year-old is coming into the Cup in top condition. 

The Pierro gelding is coming off a fourth over 2400m at Randwick on August 7 and was a winner at Rosehill over the same distance on July 3.

He was sixth in last year’s Wyong Cup, finishing less than three lengths behind the winner. 

“He’s been racing pretty consistently this preparation and wasn’t too far off the winner in the same race last year,” King said.

“His last start finishing fourth behind Harpo Marx was over the 2400m, so he will be really fit going into this.  

“All Bjorn’s horses are in good form so he should be right in it.”

King has a similar opinion of La Lude in the Mona Lisa, the six-year-old mare resumed in the Group 3 Show County on August 21. 

“I’ve ridden her quite a lot and I really like her. 

“She’s second up on Friday. First up she wasn’t quite ready for a high-pressure Group race. 

“I had to ride her a little bit forward because we drew awkwardly, which isn’t really her go and she just got tired late. Hopefully she will take a lot of improvement out of it. 

“She’s the type of mare who was knocking on the door for a black type race all last prep. She was running really good races in Group 3, so hopefully she can make that next step into Group company.” 

The $200,000 Listed Wyong Gold Cup has attracted a full field of 16 with two locals Onemore Sapphire from the Bartley stable and Brett Partelle’s Commander Bell the emergencies. 

The Damien Lane trained Oakfield Missile is in the field but unlikely to start after drawing wide in 17. 

Chris Waller, chasing his eighth Cup victory since 2010, has a strong line up of four runners Dashing Willoughby, Mohican Heights, Criminal Code and Mubariz.

The $140,000 Listed Mona Lisa sees a classy lot of 15 fillies and mares. Kim Waugh’s Great News, one of the favoured runners, will have to overcome a wide barrier to claim a hometown feature. 

The first of eight races gets underway at 12.50pm:

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 12.50pm: PRIORITY BUSINESS LAWYERS 4YO&UP MAIDEN (1350m): 1DIFFERENT STROKES, 2 Stay Wealthy, 3 Beholder, 4 Silver Scissors.

Race 2 – 1.25pm: WINNING COMMERCIAL MAIDEN (1200m): 1 AMATHUBA, 2 Flying Squad, 3 Invincible Vision, 4 Exmouth Gulf.

Race 3 – 2.05pm: CENTRAL COAST COOLROOMS DA VINCI – 3&4YO BM64 (1300m): 1 BOJACK, 2 The Mistral, 3 Van Gogh, 4 Akihiro.

Race 4 – 2.40pm: BISHOP COLLINS BM64 (1600m): 1 JEANNE D’ARC, 2 Socrates, 3 Akahata, 4 Nishikori.

Race 5 – 3.20pm: HUNTER PETROLEUM PRODUCTS CLASS 1 (1100m): 1 FUMIKO, 2 Echo Point, 3 Torun, 4 Bullet Rider.

Race 6 – 3.55pm: WYONG LEAGUES GROUP MONA LISA STAKES (1350m): 1 STARLA, 2 Bring The Ransom, 3 Charleise, 4 Zorocat.

Race 7 – 4.35pm: 2021 CARLTON WYONG GOLD CUP (2100m); 1TAIKOMOCHI, 2 Laure Me In, 3 Mubariz, 4 Perfect Radiance.

Race 8 – 5.10pm: THE DOYLO SPRINGTIME CONDITIONAL BM68 (1100m): 1 PEARL ROAN, 2 Mr Polar, 3 The Drake, 4 Eyewitness.

Perfect Radiance set for Cup

Perfect Radiance set for Cup 4

The Waterhouse/Bott stable plan to start Perfect Radiance in Friday’s $200,000 Carlton Wyong Gold Cup following her dominant victory in the Cup Prelude.

The four-year-old Snitzel mare earned automatic entry to the Cup by claiming the Prelude and the stable will have no hesitation backing her up if she comes through the run well. 

“She’ll be back up here Friday provided she pulls up well,” racing manager Neil Paine said. 

It was a big day for the stable, who took out back-to-back races with Perfect Radiance and Anotherthinkcomin’.

Sam Clipperton dominated the riding ranks with a treble, while James Cummings bookended the meeting, with winners in the first and last.

Race 1 – COAST SHELTER CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600m): 

A perfect Wyong ride by Sam Clipperton secured victory for the Godolphin trained Iolanthe.

The impeccably bred daughter of Vancouver, out of a Domesday mare, was a $950,000 Inglis yearling.

She was coming off a second over 1500m at Goulburn on August 14 and well fancied in the betting, sent out $2.35 favourite. 

Clipperton took a stalking role in the small field, settling Iolanthe toward the rear, before taking off before the turn and hitting the lead on straightening.

She drew away to win by a length over Speedzone ($3.40) from the John Thompson stable, with the roughie of the field, Dale Riley’s Muwarad ($61) third. 

Darren Beadman, representing the stable, praised efforts of Clipperton. 

“It was a good ride by Sammy, he judges the pace well. It was a nicely run race for her and she was able to sit back and get the last shot at them. 

“She’s always shown nice promise and James has given her time and let her build into her frame.”

Race 2 – THANK YOU BARRIER STAFF PROV & CTRY MAIDEN PLATE (1600m):

Hugh Bowman had to work hard in the final stages to claim victory for the short priced favourite Amore. 

The well-bred Savabeel mare, from the Brad Widdup stable, was held up for a run in the straight before Bowman found a passage on the rails.

She sped to the line and looked to have the race won before a late challenge by the fast-finishing Grecian Lass ($5.50), from the Lees stable. 

The judge was called to separate the pair with Amore ($1.55) getting the nod. 

The Adam Duggan trained Gold Invest ($21) was a length and a half behind in third. 

The winner, a $270,000 Magic Million yearling, was bred by Gerry Harvey and is raced by George Altomonte from Corumbene Stud. 

She was having her fifth career start, having been unplaced in her previous four. 

Race 3 – BUSINESS WYONG 4YO&UP MAIDEN (1100m):

Lady Of Luxury continued a great weekend for the Bjorn Baker stable, breaking through for her first win at start 11. 

It was a well-deserved win for the Criterion mare, who had been runner-up on four occasions last preparation. 

She resumed with a narrow win after coming from behind in the straight to run down Snowden’s $2.80 favourite Warmth in the final stages. 

Andrew Atkins had settled the Criterion mare midfield, before taking off just before the turn with a sustained run and claiming victory on the line. 

Lady Of Luxury, a $180,000 Magic Millions Yearling sale graduate, drifted in the betting late to start $4 second favourite. 

She was coming off an impressive trial win at Warwick Farm on August 17 and looks to be in for a strong preparation. 

Torinda ($11) from the Joe Pride stable, was third. 

The in-form Baker stable claimed the Group 3 Premiers Cup at Kembla on Saturday with Harpo Marx.

Race 4 – THANK YOU TO ALL ESSENTIAL STAFF IN NSW 3YO MAIDEN (1200m):

John O’Shea’s Arthur Francis resumed a winner, proving too strong in the final stages of a strong 3YO Maiden, with Regan Bayliss in the saddle. 

The Foxwedge gelding, a $60,000 yearling, is raced by the O’Shea family.

While unplaced at his two Metropolitan starts last preparation, he finished fifth in the $2million Inglis Millennium before spelling. 

Both his trials since resuming were impressive, his latest an eye-catching win over 1045m at Randwick on August 20.

He looked well placed in the Wyong maiden and was sent out $4 favourite. 

Bayliss was happy to sit off the speed, before circling the field on straightening and drawing away to win by a length. 

He beat Deep Snow ($8) from the Ryan/Alexiou stable, with Dalchini ($5.50) trained by Lee and Cherie Curtis, third.

The hard luck story was the Godolphin trained Testimonial, who was finishing strongly along the rails before clipping the heels of tiring Sterny Bear, and almost falling.  Definitely one to follow. 

Race 5 – DREW CHIVAS MEMORIAL BM 64 HANDICAP (1350m):

Gai Waterhouse considers Anotherthinkcomin’ to have a bright future after he brought up his second win in impressive style. 

The Vancouver gelding got the upper hand in the final stages of the race and was able to record a half head win.

It was a race in two in the straight with Anotherthinkcomin’ ($6.50) and the Portelli trained Mystic Vein ($6.50), fighting it out to the line. 

The win brought up a race to race double for Regan Bayliss.

Neil Paine said Gai had been “over the moon” with the win. 

“She believes the horse has got a bright future. She was really impressed how he attacked the line,” Paine said. 

“He didn’t give up and that’s just how we like our horses to be. We are rapt. 

“He didn’t handle the heavy 8 at Goulburn last start but it’s a much better surface at Wyong, the track is racing beautifully.”

Both Anotherthinkcomin’s wins have been at Wyong and Paine said they would be looking for another 1350m race at the track.

American Salute ($4.80) from the Matthew Smith yard, finished strongly in third, with Tracey Bartley’s $4.60 favourite Defeat finishing fifth. 

Perfect Radiance set for Cup 5

Race 6 – CARLTON WYONG CUP PRELUDE – BM 68 HANDICAP (2100m):

Perfect Radiance could back up in next Friday’s Carlton Wyong Gold Cup following her dominant win in the Prelude. 

Jean Van Overmire led from start to finish on the Snitzel mare, who was able to hold out the Matt Dunn trained favourite Deadly Impact ($4), to record a   half-length win. 

It was the four-year-old’s first hit out over the 2100m and she had no problem with the distance and was strong to the line. 

Neil Paine said he expected the stable would now push on to the Cup, with Perfect Radiance earning automatic entry. 

“Gai’s over the moon,” he said. “This horse has gone from strength to strength, and she really showed some fortitude today.

“Providing she pulls up well she will be back up here next Friday over the 2100m. 

“Gai and Adrian have improved this horse out of sight. They seem to have the knack with Goree horses. They love her training. 

“Jean rode her a treat. He rated her so well in front, kept her in her rhythm and was quite strong over the last furlong.”

Overmire said the stable had done a fantastic job with Perfect Radiance.

“She just keeps thriving,” he said. “She was travelling beautifully from the 800m when I started to increase the tempo, and again from the 400m.

“She showed a great turn of foot and is going really well.” 

Perfect Radiance, coming off a win over 1850m at Newcastle on August 11, was sent out the $6 second favourite.

Wayne Seelin’s consistent mare Apache Belle ($10) put in another strong run to finish third. 

The win brought up a race to race double for the Waterhouse/Bott stable.

Perfect Radiance set for Cup 6

Race 7 – WYONG RACE CLUB LA GIOCONDA – F&M BM 68 (1600m):

Matt Dunn’s consistent mare Crazy Train put in another convincing performance to bring up her third career win. 

The Bull Point four-year-old, has been in great form since transferring to the Dunn stable, with two wins and a placing from just four starts. 

Another great ride by Sam Clipperton, helped secure victory for Crazy Train who was sent out $4.80 favourite. 

After settling midfield, Clipperton took off on the turn and was able to draw away in the final stages to win by two lengths. 

Dunn said it was great to see the mare perform so well. 

“It was really nice to see her turn up and do what she did today – full credit to her,” he said. 

“She’s got really good ability to quicken if she’s given a soft time and that’s what happened today. 

“Sam rode her perfectly and gave her every opportunity to get to her top speed late.

“I’d like to have a few more like her.”

Buba ($6) from the Ryan/Alexiou stable was second, with John Sargent’s fast finishing Land Ahoy ($7.50), the one to follow. 

Race 8 – CARLTON WYONG GOLD CUP FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3 BM 64 (1000m):

Virgo continued the trend of the day for close finishes, snatching victory on the line to bookend the meeting for Godolphin.

The Zoustar mare brought up a treble for Sam Clipperton, who came from behind in the straight to secure victory by the shortest margin. 

Virgo was coming off a fourth at Goulburn last start, and well supported starting at $5.50. 

Darren Beadman said they had been pretty confident coming into the race. 

“She’s been in good form and was a city class winner last preparation.

“On that past form I thought she’d be pretty hard to beat and that’s the way it panned out.”

Longbottom ($4) from the Lees stable was second, with Brett Partelle’s Perfect Style, putting in a strong home track performance to finish third. 

COOPER HOPING FOR Cup Berth

COOPER HOPING FOR Cup Berth 7

German import Arabolini could provide John Cooper with the biggest thrill of his brief training career if he is successful in Sunday’s Carlton Draught Wyong Cup Prelude.

The six-year-old has been racing in career best form with back-to-back Gosford wins over the 2100m this preparation and has previously tasted success over the same distance on his home track. 

The Prelude winner gains automatic entry to Friday’s $200,000 Carlton Draught Wyong Gold Cup and Cooper would have no hesitation pushing on to the Listed race. 

“He’s having his best preparation to date, and I really expect a strong performance on Sunday, “he said. 

“He’s had a couple of Provincial wins this time in and was placed at Rosehill two starts back. He’s going really well. 

“He’s a German horse and was born in the May, so it has taken him longer to mature. 

“He didn’t show much early but has continued to improve. think he will be an even better horse next year.”

Cooper, who comes from a strong equestrian background, has been training for three years and owns the half dozen horses he has in work.

He rides all his horses, floating them the 25 minutes to Wyong from his property at Central Mangrove.

He considers Arabolini, who has had 29 starts for five wins and seven placings, the best horse he has trained to date. 

“Coolaminyah Kid has won more races but not of the same quality. Arabolini is the best horse we’ve had,” he said. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing how he will go in the Prelude and all being well we will try him in the Wyong Cup. 

“The track suits him, the bit of rain suits him, the short straight, he’s got plenty on his side. 

“It would be very exciting to have a runner in the Cup, our biggest race to date, especially being on our home track.”

Cooper has engaged apprentice Ellen Hennessy to ride Arabolini. 

“She has ridden him in his last three starts and he seems to go well for her. He enjoys her 3kg claims as well, which is helpful.”

Cooper is also confident of the chances of Hay John in the 1000m BM64.

The Magic Albert four-year-old has had two wins and a placing from nine starts.

“He’s had a bit of bad luck in his last couple of races. In his last start he got bumped at the barriers and then ran on well but ran up the back of a couple of other horses. 

“He finished strongly, so I was pretty happy with him. 

“Ellen will ride him for the first time, and I expect him to go well.” 

The Cup Prelude has attracted a field of 11, with last start winners Deadly Impact trained by Matthew Dunn and Perfect Radiance from the Waterhouse/Bott stable among the runners. 

The first of eight races gets underway at 12.20pm.

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SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 12.20pm: COAST SHELTER CLASS 1 (1600m): 1 IOLANTHE, 2 Princess Amira, 3 Narrated, 4 Speedzone.


Race 2 – 12.55pm: THANK YOU BARRIER STAFF PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1600m): 1 CAPITAL VENTURE, 2 Amore, 3 Grecian Lass, 4 Beldevile.


Race 3 – 1.35pm: BUSINESS WYONG 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1100m): 1WARMTH, 2 Lambdoma Energy, 3 Redconi, 4 Lady Of Luxury.


Race 4 – 2.15pm: THANK YOU TO ALL ESSENTIAL STAFF IN NSW 3YO MAIDEN (1200m):1ARTHUR FRANCIS, 2 Shadow Devil, 3 Jac’s Legacy, 4 Testimonal.


Race 5 – 2.55pm: DREW CHIVAS MEMORIAL BM64 (1350m): 1MYSTIC VEIN, 2 Anotherthinkcomin’, 3 American Salute, 4 Defeat.


Race 6 – 3.35pm: CARLTON WYONG CUP PRELUDE – BM68 (2100m): 1PERFECT RADIANCE, 2 Deadly Impact, 3 Arabolini, 4 Apache Belle.


Race 7 – 4.20pm: WYONG RACE CLUB LA GIOCONDA – F&M BM68 (1600m): 1 BUBA, 2 Linguee, 3 Iolanthe, 4 Icecrusher.


Race 8 – 5.00pm: CARLTON WYONG GOLD CUP FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3 BM64 (1000m): 1 VIRGO, 2 Conglomerate, 3 Longbottom, 4 Into The Fire.

RIVER TYCOON set to WIN

RIVER TYCOON set to WIN 8

ONCE bitten, twice shy!

Wyong trainer Mark Cross regrets he took blinkers off Victorian purchase River Tycoon at his last start when he failed on his home track on June 17 after an encouraging second there a fortnight earlier.

But he won’t make the same mistake on Thursday when the lightly-raced four-year-old lines up in the Sky Racing 4YO & Up Maiden Handicap (1350m) – and with a new rider.

Cross has booked Rachel King to partner the Written Tycoon gelding, and is confident he can break through at his eighth start, and fourth for him.

“We bought him earlier in the year (he had been placed over 1400m at Bendigo in February), and I took a fair bit of gear off him but put blinkers on when he led and ran fourth at Newcastle in May at his first start for us,” Cross said today.

“I made an error and took the blinkers off him after he ran second over 1350m at Wyong on June 3, and it backfired when he ran last of seven over 1600m there a fortnight later.

“The blinkers go back on this time, and his recent work in them has been better than ever.

“He has topweight (58.5kg) to carry, but I’m confident he will be hard to beat.”

River Tycoon was an early $3 second favourite with TAB.com.au behind fellow Wyong trainer Rod Bailey’s Mister Ripley ($2.80).

Cross also runs another recent purchase Sian (Louise Day) in the Wyong’s Next Race Meeting Sunday August 29 Benchmark 64 Handicap (1350m).

Previously prepared by Kris Lees at Newcastle, Cross secured the Pride Of Dubai three-year-old online after he had won over 1600m on his former home track on May 18.

At his first start for his new trainer, he finished seventh to dead-heaters Budhwar and General Dubai in a Benchmark 64 Handicap (1350m) at Wyong on June 17.

“I have put blinkers back on him and also ear muffs,” Cross said.

“The ear muffs help keep him calm, and I have been happy with his work since he has been galloping in them.

“I feel he can run a nice race, but it won’t be easy to win with 60kg topweight.

“River Tycoon is definitely the pick of our pair.”

Cross is one of Australia’s “unique” trainers as, apart from preparing racehorses, he also trains detector dogs under he and his wife Alison’s aptly-named Unique K9 Protective Services business, acknowledged as Australia’s leading bomb detection dog outfit.

He has been involved in security for more than four decades, and his reputation saw him called on by the USA not long after the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks which killed nearly 3000 people and injured more than 6000 others.

Cross took a number of detector dogs to New York, and stayed there for a couple of months, helping them settle in to the work required.

Understandably, the trip left a lasting impression. “It was just horrific,” he said. “Words can’t describe the scene and how I felt.”

Thursday’s meeting winds up the season at Wyong, but Jockeys’ Premiership pacesetters Jason Collett (13 wins) and Brenton Avdulla (12 wins) are absentees from the eight-race card.

Nonetheless, Rachel King, Tommy Berry and Tim Clark – each currently on 10 wins – will be hard pressed to tie with Collett, let alone overhaul him.

King and Clark have six rides apiece, and Berry has five mounts.

Aside from River Tycoon, King rides Contamination ($6), On Her Word ($4.40), Gidgee Guy ($8), Ocean Go ($11), and Thailand ($15).

Clark partners Who Fancies You ($6), Spicy Restaurant ($12), Day Performer ($8), Prince Invincible ($9.50), Silent Agenda ($5.50), and Anotherthinkcomin ($12), whilst Berry’s rides are Amber One $7.50), Barrichello ($2.70), Moralist ($19), Go Gazza ($6.50), and Vanilla Sky ($10).

Godolphin’s James Cummings enters the season closer on 10 wins, and with a two-win lead over Chris Waller and Bjorn Baker.

Cummings has only one runner, Contamination, which King rides in the Ryan’s Metal Roofing Maiden Handicap (1600m).

Sydney’s premier trainer Waller has three representatives – Berry’s mount Barrichello, Apollate (Lee Magorrian) and Cat D’Oro (Josh Parr) – all contesting the De Bortoli Wines 3YO Maiden Plate (1350m).

Baker runs Into The Fire (Parr) in the Carlton Wyong Gold Cup Friday September 3 Benchmark 64 Handicap (1100m), along with Deel With Me (Jay Ford) and Lake Tai (Parr) in the Happy Birthday Grant Pidgeon Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap (1600m).

SELECTIONS:

RACE 1 – 12.25PM: TAB.COM.AU 4YO & UP MAIDEN PLATE (1100m): RUBIELLE 1, Rockamo 2, Em Cee Gee 3.

RACE 2 – 1.00PM: SKY RACING 4YO & UP MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): RIVER TYCOON 1, Mister Ripley 2, Sombre Prize 3.

RACE 3 – 1.35PM: RYAN’S METAL ROOFING MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600m): KOUKLARA 1, Carlisle Bay 2, Contamination 3.

RACE 4 – 2.10PM: DE BORTOLI WINES 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1350m): CAT D’ORO 1, Barrichello 2, Whatever I Say 3.

RACE 5 – 2.45PM: GREAT NORTHERN CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1200m): ON HER WORD 1, Sepoy Star 2, Day Performer 3.

RACE 6 – 3.25PM: CARLTON WYONG GOLD CUP FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3 BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1100m): AGRUM 1, Sniper Legend 2, Gidgee Guy 3. 

RACE 7 – 4.05PM: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANT PIDGEON CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 HANDICAP (1600m): GO GAZZA 1, Silent Agenda 2, Ladies’ Gem 3.

RACE 8 – 4.45PM: WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING SUNDAY AUGUST 29 BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1350m): LAKE KASTORIA 1, Big Surprise 2, Oakfield Target 3.

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Wayne Seelin is enjoying his best season to date and will rely on stable star Isorich to keep the winners coming.

The veteran galloper lines up on his home track on Tuesday, with Seelin very confident about his chances. 

Isorich, who is rising 11, starts in the 1300m BM64 and should get the ideal conditions to produce his best form. 

“He’s beyond super and I’m pretty upbeat about his chances,” Seelin said. 

“He’s right in these kinds of races, and he loves Wyong.

“He’s drawn a good gate and if it’s dry, he should be right in the finish.”

Isorich last tasted success at Wyong on March 9 over the 1350m, and there is little doubt he races well there, with seven of his 15 career wins coming on his home track.

He has been racing consistently this preparation, but Seelin said it has been frustrating with the gelding missing runs due to rain. 

“He thrives on racing but doesn’t do well on heavy tracks, so with all the rain around this year he’s been scratched a few times.

“His last run at Newcastle was just really a fill in run. He had to cross from barrier 14 and just got a little bit tired late. 

,“If we don’t get any rain between now and Tuesday the track should be ideal, and I give him a great chance.

Grant Buckley has been engaged for Isorich with Seelin believing he races better with a senior rider. 

“He still needs to be told what to do after all this time.

“As long as he can land in a forward position, he’ll be right in it.”

Isorich, whose prizemoney totals almost $770,000, is showing no signs of slowing up and all being well could race until he is 13. 

“The way he’s going he’ll still be racing when they say he’s got to finish. 

“He’s not showing any signs of not enjoying what he’s doing, so while ever that’s happening, he’ll keep going.”

The old campaigner has contributed to Seelin’s standout season, with his 12 wins to date surpassing his previous best by two. 

“I’ve got a pretty good team at the moment. Apache Belle has won some for me and Invincible Kiss has put together a few wins, so it’s been one of my best seasons on stats.

“The hardest part is getting a good team and they are going good at the moment.”

The first of eight races gets underway at 12.20pm. 

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 12.20pm: GREAT NOTHERN MAIDEN (1350m): 1 BULLET HERO, 2 Crazy Wolf, 3 Secadia, 4 Confined Thoughts.

Race 2 – 12.55pm: SKY RACING CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1MANTINELLO, 2 Pensera, 3 Mr Bond, 4 Kermajack.

Race 3 – 1.35pm: CANADIAN CLUB 3YO MAIDEN (1600m): 1 MOUVEMENT, 2 Law Party, 3 Go Gazza, 4 Trojan Hero. 

Race 4 – 2.10pm: CARLTON DRY PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1200m): 1 SHEWILLBRING, 2 Pretty Enuff, 3 Miss Checkoni, 4 Cloud Hopper.

Race 5 – 2.50pm: TAB.COM.AU 2YO MAIDEN (1000m): 1PERKOVA, 2 Rapid Response, 3 Hauraki Gulf, 4 Mabel.

Race 6 – 3.25pm: DE BORTOLI WINES CLASS 1 (1600m): 1SIDEREAL, 2 Zudin, 3 Bob, 4 Speedzone.

Race 7 – 4.05pm: COCA-COLA BENCHMARK 64 (1300m): 1 BORN TO PLAY, 2 Eye See Things, 3 Isorich, 4 Patagonian.

Ract 8 – 4.40pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING THURSDAY JULY 29 CLASS 1 (1000m): 1 PAPER DAISY, 2 The Mistral, 3 Amungee, 4 Star Cherie. 

ISORICH PRIMED TO DELIVER AGAIN

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Wayne Seelin is enjoying his best season to date and will rely on stable star Isorich to keep the winners coming.

The veteran galloper lines up on his home track on Tuesday, with Seelin is very confident about his chances. 

Isorich, who is rising 11, starts in the 1300m BM64 and should get the ideal conditions to produce his best form. 

“He’s beyond super and I’m pretty upbeat about his chances,” Seelin said. 

“He’s right in these kinds of races, and he loves Wyong.

“He’s drawn a good gate and if it’s dry, he should be right in the finish.”

Isorich last tasted success at Wyong on March 9 over the 1350m, and there is little doubt he races well there, with seven of his 15 career wins coming on his home track.

He has been racing consistently this preparation, but Seelin said it has been frustrating with the gelding missing runs due to rain. 

“He thrives on racing but doesn’t do well on heavy tracks, so with all the rain around this year he’s been scratched a few times.

“His last run at Newcastle was just really a fill in run. He had to cross from barrier 14 and just got a little bit tired late. 

,“If we don’t get any rain between now and Tuesday the track should be ideal, and I give him a great chance.

Grant Buckley has been engaged for Isorich with Seelin believing he races better with a senior rider. 

“He still needs to be told what to do after all this time.

“As long as he can land in a forward position, he’ll be right in it.”

Isorich, with prizemoney topping $770,000, is showing no signs of slowing up and all being well could race until he is 13. 

“The way he’s going he’ll still be racing when they say he’s got to finish. 

“He’s not showing any signs of not enjoying what he’s doing, so while ever that’s happening, he’ll keep going.”

The old campaigner has contributed to Seelin’s standout season, with his 12 wins to date surpassing his previous best by two. 

“I’ve got a pretty good team at the moment. Apache Belle has won some for me and Invincible Kiss has put together a few wins, so it’s been one of my best seasons on stats.

“The hardest part is getting a good team and they are going good at the moment.”

The first of eight races gets underway at 12.20pm. 

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 12.20pm: GREAT NOTHERN MAIDEN (1350m): 1 BULLET HERO, 2 Crazy Wolf, 3 Secadia, 4 Confined Thoughts.

Race 2 – 12.55pm: SKY RACING CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1MANTINELLO, 2 Pensera, 3 Mr Bond, 4 Kermajack.

Race 3 – 1.35pm: CANADIAN CLUB 3YO MAIDEN (1600m): 1 MOUVEMENT, 2 Law Party, 3 Go Gazza, 4 Trojan Hero. 

Race 4 – 2.10pm: CARLTON DRY PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1200m): 1 SHEWILLBRING, 2 Pretty Enuff, 3 Miss Checkoni, 4 Cloud Hopper.

Race 5 – 2.50pm: TAB.COM.AU 2YO MAIDEN (1000m): 1PERKOVA, 2 Rapid Response, 3 Hauraki Gulf, 4 Mabel.

Race 6 – 3.25pm: DE BORTOLI WINES CLASS 1 (1600m): 1SIDEREAL, 2 Zudin, 3 Bob, 4 Speedzone.

Race 7 – 4.05pm: COCA-COLA BENCHMARK 64 (1300m): 1 BORN TO PLAY, 2 Eye See Things, 3 Isorich, 4 Patagonian.

Ract 8 – 4.40pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING THURSDAY JULY 29 CLASS 1 (1000m): 1 PAPER DAISY, 2 The Mistral, 3 Amungee, 4 Star Cherie. 

WAUGH CHASING MORE SUCCESS

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Click Here for today’s Racebook. Kim Waugh is on track to better her personal best season and her three runners on Thursday could add to the tally.

With 43 wins for the season to date, Waugh is just three shy of the 46 she trained in 2016/2017 and currently sits 15th on the NSW Trainers Premiership. 

Her win and place ratios are among the best of any trainer in the State, and she hopes to better those stats with her three home track runners at Wyong.

“We’ve had a good run and hope it can continue,” Waugh said.

“We’ve only got a small team with 35 in work, but we are happy with that number and things have been going well. We’ve got lots of nice horses and some nice young ones coming through also. 

“I’m really happy with the way the horses are going. You can’t win them all but it’s nice when they are racing really consistently.”

Consistency is certainly the key to Hidden Hills (pictured), who has had a win and three placings from his six outings this preparation. 

The All American gelding was badly hampered at his last start at Scone over 1600m on June 1 and Waugh is hoping for better luck come Thursday.

“He had a couple of really bad checks at Scone but came through it okay. He just had no luck at all,” she said.

“He’s been very consistent this prep and I thought he could win that race, but things didn’t go to plan. He just got wiped out.”

Hidden Hills, who starts in the 1600m BM64, will have to overcome a wide barrier but Waugh is hoping some scratching’s might bring him closer in. 

The same applies to Pink Beau, resuming in the 1350m BM 64, and has drawn barrier 10.

“She had a pretty good preparation last time in,” Waugh said. 

“She’s first up but had a trial and I was really happy with her. She’s come back much stronger this prep and a bit more mature. 

“I think she might get over a little bit more ground later on, but this is a nice starting point for her.”

Rounding off Waugh’s trio is Magic Albert mare Toguchi, who lines up in the 1350m Maiden.

The four-year-old mare has been narrowly beaten at her last two starts at Gosford and Waugh is confident she will race well. 

“She got beat a head by a head at Gosford last start and is racing very well without winning. She’s run a lot of seconds and thirds and hopefully this should be a nice race for her.”

The first of eight races gets underway at 11.55am. 

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 11.55am: AINSWORTH GAMING TECHNOLOGY (AGT) MAIDEN (1600m): 1 TANGIER, 2 Angela Sistina, 3 River Tycoon, 4 Coola King.

Race 2 – 12.35pm: CONSULATE FINANCE 4YO&UP MAIDEN (1100m): 1BUCKIN’ RIPPA, 2 Em Cee Gee, 3 Stonesthrow, 4 Stella’s Star.

Race 3 – 1.15pm: THE ARY TOUKLEY 3YO MAIDEN (1100m): 1 DA NANG STAR, 2 Miss Checkoni, 3 Pressita, 4 Sarandos.

Race 4 – 1.55pm: SEVEN STAR VENDING MAIDEN (1350m): 1VOLTERRA, 2 Toguchi, 3 Lucky To Win, 4 Kennedy Choice. 

Race 5 – 2.35pm: SYNERGY FM 4YO&UP CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): OAKFIELD CHEROKEE, 2 Dunlee, 3 Lime And Sugar, 4 Finney.

Race 6 – 3.10pm: THE ENTRANCE LEAGUES CLUB CLASS 1 (1100m): 1 OSAMU, 2 Stormborn, 3 Bat Pad, 4 Prince Invincible. 

Race 7 – 3.45pm: THE RACE TO SHELLY BEACH GOLF CLUB BM64 (1350m): 1 ASSAULT’N’BATHORY, 2 Budhwar, 3 Pink Beau, 4 Templates. 

Race 8 – 4.25pm: GOSFORD RSL CLUB ENCHMARK 64 (1600m): 1 SONIC TYCOON, 2 Dundee Lee, 3 Hidden Hills, 4 Templates. 

BUCHANAN KEEN ON OAKFIELD DUO

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Kristen Buchanan is hoping for an Oakfield double when she saddles up two runners at Thursday’s Wyong meeting. 

Three-year-old filly Oakfield Arrow will have her final run this preparation in the 1350m Fillies and Mares BM64, while stablemate Oakfield Cherokee steps up to the 2100m in the Class 1 and Maiden. 

Buchanan believes both runners will be very competitive and continue a good late season run for the stable. 

The stable has had four winners in May and with 22 wins to date is closing in on last season’s total of 24. 

“It’s been a nice run and hopefully it can continue. Our strike rate is back up where it should be, so I’m pleased about that,” she said.

“My goal is to beat my best strike rate, so I’ll need about 20 percent winners and close to 40 percent placings to do that.

“I always aim for around there because if you are hitting those kinds of goals, you are doing a really good job of placing them.”

Buchanan has her eye on a Provincial Championship campaign with Oakfield Arrow, who finished strongly at her last start at Scone over 1300m on May 14, beaten only half a length.

“Oakfield Arrow is a really nice filly. She will finish out this preparation and come back much stronger next time around.

“I am anticipating her running a really good race on Thursday. I’m looking forward to getting her out to the 1350m, with the home track advantage. 

“I think her last race at Scone was quite a strong field, but I don’t think that’s what got her beaten. 

“She just did a little duck in at the top of the straight and kind of cost herself and then had to sustain a long run. I thought all things considered there was a lot of merit.”

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Oakfield Arrow

Buchanan believes Press Statement three-year-old will get over more ground next preparation.

“I’ve got her earmarked as a possible Provincial Championship contender next season. She’ll have to join a few dots before then but she’s just ready-made and doesn’t do a lot wrong and is quite versatile.” 

Oakfield Cherokee runs over the 2100m for the first time, but Buchanan believes the Savabeel gelding will have no problem with the distance. 

He hit the line strong when beaten half a length at his last start at Newcastle on May 18 over 1600m. 

“He’s generally a horse I like to have on a big, roomy track because of his running style but Wyong ridden the right way can still work for him,” Buchanan said.

“He’s not a horse you can stir up early to be in a closer position because he’ll over race. You’ve just got to let him get comfortable and do his best work late. 

“I don’t think the trip will be a problem at all. I’m more concerned with the early tempo, which could present a bit of a challenge. 

“I’d love to have some speed on which would be a big help to us. You need to save all his petrol for a last crack at them and you need to chime in at the right time at Wyong.

“I think he’s a really nice horse who is still learning how to race. He’s well-bred and has a lot of potential as a stayer.”

Aaron Bullock will partner both horses, having previously ridden them in trials.

The first of eight races gets underway at 12.10pm.

SELECTIONS:

Race 1 – 12.10pm: WYONG ROOS FOUNDATION MAIDEN (1000m): 1 WALKIN’ TALKIN, 2 Compassionate, 3 Buckin’ Rippa, 4 Sienna Blaze.

Race 2 – 12.45pm: BELLBIRDS PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1100m): 1 COMONIC, 2 Nice Water, 3 Minniti, 4 Playful.

Race 3 – 1.20pm: CENTRAL COAST VOLUNTEER RESCUE ASSOCATION MAIDEN (1600m): 1 LIGHT UP MY WORD, 2 Angela Sistina, 3 Magical Angel, 4 Paperscissorsrock.

Race 4 – 1.55pm: WE CARE CONNECT CLASS 1 & MAIDEN (2100m): 1 COMME BELLA FILLE, 2 Finney, 3 Oakfield Cherokee, 4 Upscale.

Race 5 – 2.35pm: CENTRAL COAST KIDS IN NEED 4YO&UP MAIDEN (1350m): 1 EXTERMINATE, 2 Neanderthal, 3 Dulcero, 4 Company Line.

Race 6 – 3.10pm: WYONG LEAGUES CLUB GROUP F&M BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1 DREAMING OF GOLD, 2 Oakfield Arrow, 3 Leisa Louise, 4 Smart Success.

Race 7 – 3.45pm: WYONG ROOS FOUNDATION CG&E BENCHMARK 64 (1350m): 1EXPLOSIVE TRUTH, 2 Lake Tai, 3 Defeat, 4 Tim’s Principal.

Race 8 – 4.20pm: WYONG BOWLING CLUB CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 (1100m): 1 NO LAUGHING MATTER, 2 Rifles, 3 Dual Escape, 4 Undeniable.