BERRY PILOTS TRAJECTION TO SERIES FINAL

BERRY PILOTS TRAJECTION TO SERIES FINAL 1

Tommy Berry put in a masterful riding display to claim four winners across the seven races including the SKY RACING SUMMER PROVINCIAL SERIES heat with Trajection. 

The Kim Waugh trained mare grabbed victory on the line over fellow Wyong galloper Margie Bee, from the Kristen Buchanan stable. 

Edward Cummings’ Tri Nations will join them in the January 2 series final at Wyong, after finishing third. 

Berry had to weave a passage in the straight after coming from the rear of the field, but, timed his run to perfection.

“Tommy got the timing perfect, he’s been doing that all day,” Waugh said after the race. 

“This mare is amassing a good record. She’s really handy and is tough and never wants to give up.

“She likes to be where she’s comfortable and if that’s the case she hits the line very strong.” 

It was the sixth career win for Trajection, from 18 starts, and the first on her home track.

The camera was required to separate Trajection ($3.80) and Margie Bee ($17), with only a short half head between them. 

The other Wyong runner, The Crimson Idol trained by Jeff Englebrecht, was just out of the placings in fourth.

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Berry showed why he is currently leading the NSW jockey premiership, with an impressive display in the saddle.

He also partnered Shamani for the Freedman brothers, Yukon for Hawkes and Stoltz for Annabel Neasham.

More Than Ready gelding Stoltz showed his class winning the WYONG’S NEXT RACE MEETING THURSDAY DECEMBER 10 MAIDEN over 1000m.

A $200,000 yearling, Stoltz was given the perfect ride by Berry, who brought him from a midfield position to the lead in the straight. 

He showed a good turn of foot and sped away from his rivals to win by a length. 

The three-year-old was impressive when narrowly beaten at Canberra on November 3 and earned plenty of support, sent out $1.95 favourite. 

Trainer Annabel Neasham was full of praise for the ride by Berry. 

“Tommy is a great judge of pace and he got it right. It was a tricky gate, but I knew we had the right jockey on board,” Neasham said.

“He looked like he was travelling nicely in behind them and I thought they might have been overdoing it a bit upfront.

 “It looked like he was going to let down in the straight, but it took a bit of time.

“He will get better from that win. He’s a horse that likes to feel really confident, that’s the key to him and he will take a lot of benefit from that. 

“It’s great for Kia Ora, who kept a share in him and the Seldon’s, who pledged $500 to Tommy and his father John’s Movember Campaign.” 

Stoltz beat the John Thompson trained Pacific Ocean ($6), with Zouly ($4.40) from the Joe Pride yard, third. 

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Berry piloted classy mare Shamani to victory in the 1600m WYONG EQUINE CLINIC 4YO & UP MAIDEN.

The win brought up a double for Berry and Shamani’s first win in her second race start. 

The Freedman stable had expected the Shamexpress mare to be more forward, but Berry was unable to cross from the wide barrier and settled her toward the rear. 

He rolled into the race on the turn and was forced wide but the four-year-old had too much on her rivals, racing away in the final stages to win by three lengths.

“Tommy knew he had the class underneath him and didn’t panic,” Libby Hopwood, representing Richard and Michael Freedman, said.

“She is tracking beautifully, and I like the way she acquitted herself today. 

“It was a very good run at Kembla in her first start, but she picked up cough between runs,

“She had a nice trial between and looked like a nice race for her.

“We like her and think she will continue to improve as she gets over more ground.”

Shamani was sent out $2.90 favourite and beat The Fringe ($3.50) trained by Clare Cunningham, with Superb Time ($26) from the Grant Allard stable, third.

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The Hawkes/Berry combination struck again with Yukon winning on debut over the 1350m. 

The $360,000 yearling was coming off a soft trial at Rosehill on November 12 and eased in the betting, starting at $10.

Berry settled Yukon in third, behind the tearaway leader Black Sage. 

He came back to his rivals in the straight, and Berry pounced with the Vancouver three-year-old scoring a narrow win in the VALE JOHN MCDERMOTT CHAMPION CALLER AND CHAMPION BLOKE MAIDEN.

In an exciting three-way finish, Yukon beat the Godolphin trained Jana ($8.50) by a short half head, with Clare Cunningham’s Big Lion ($4.80), a long neck behind in third. 

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Waterhouse/Bott debutant Nelspruit was impressive taking out the WYONG EQUINE CLINIC 4YO & UP MAIDEN. 

The Zoustar gelding was too strong for his opposition in the final stages of the 1100m race winning by a length and a half. 

Brenton Avdulla settled the four-year-old just off the leader in the early stages, gaining a narrow lead on straightening before pulling away in the final stages. 

Nelspruit, a $140,000 Inglis yearling, was sent out $2.50 favourite on the back of an impressive trial win at Wyong on November 11.

Stable representative Neil Paine, said it was an “exciting win.”

“It was great. Brenton rode him very good, sitting just outside the leader as Gai and Adrian had wanted,” he said.

“They thought there would be a little bit of pace in the race and didn’t want him to press on and lead and the horse just kept giving.

“He was against horses that had raced previously, more experienced horses.

“He’s taken a bit of time but has really improved and he won terrific.

“We’ve got some owners here and it’s very exciting for them.”

Nelspruit beat Stays On Tour ($61), who put in a much improved performance, from the Price Racing stable, with Miss Anticipation ($14) trained by Ron Leemon, third.

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The Godolphin trained Mollycoddle proved too strong for her rivals in the 

NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE – DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE AWARENESS WEEK CLASS 1 over 1350m.

The three-year-old made it back to back Wyong wins, coming off a maiden victory over the same distance on November 7. 

The Lonhro filly was given a cool ride by Jason Collett, who came from the rear of the field, charging home in the straight to win by a length and a half. 

Stable representative Darren Beadman said Mollycoddle was in a “rich vein of form.”

“It was encouraging to see the way she won today,” he said. The speed of the race helped her, and Jason was cool as a cucumber. 

“James has spaced her races and she seems to have thrived on that. 

“This will be a good confidence builder.

“She’s a very lightly framed filly, there’s not a lot of her but she’s got the will to win and that’s what matters at the end of the day.”

Mollycoddle ($3.60eqfav) beat the Pride trained Titanium Power ($3.60) by a length and a half, with the locally trained Aytobe ($17) from the Partelle stable, third. 

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Segrill ($5) continued a winning run for veteran trainer Clarry Connors taking out the 1600m WYONG EQUINE CLINIC 4YO&UP BENCHMARK 64. 

Tom Sherry put in a great ride to claim victory on the Sebring mare, holding out his rivals in the final stages to win by a short half head. 

He deprived Jean Van Overmire, who finished second on the Anthony Cummings trained Fill Of Fun ($12), of a winning ride on his comeback from injury.

Buba ($5ef), the hard luck story of the race, from the Ryan Alexiou stable, was a close third. 

Sherry had kicked away in the straight, after leading throughout and looked like scoring an easy win before Fill Of Fun and Buba stormed home.

The win was the tenth for the Connors stable in less than six weeks.

Segrill was having her 19th race start and has now had three wins and four placings.

WYONG DUO TAKE OUT MAGIC MILLIONS PRIZE

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A great end to the second day of the Magic Millions Wyong Provincial Trainers Series with Stephen Schofield and Kristen Buchanan both winners. 

Magic Millions generously donated a second prize pack of airfares, transfers and accommodation to the MM sale of choice, when the trainers finished on equal points after the meeting.

The final leg of the series will be on MM Day, December 16, with the overall winner receiving a $5000 credit to spend at the sales. 

It was a super day of racing, with some impressive maiden winners including Can Do It and Beiber, who look likely to take the next step.

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Well-bred Godolphin filly Reverse opened her winning account taking out the 1000m BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY AT WYONG RACE CLUB MAIDEN.

The Exceed and Excel three-year-old was resuming from a spell, having debuted at Kembla in May. 

Two good trials heading into the race had her primed for a strong first up performance and she didn’t disappoint.

Jason Collett settled Reverse just behind the leaders, bringing her to the outside in the straight.

She was able to run down her rivals in the final stages, finishing strongly to record a half-length win. 

Stable representative Josh Whittaker said the filly had matured a bit courtesy of the trials. 

“She got some nice easy trials under her belt coming into this and that has helped her mature and get the job done today,” he said. 

“She jumped well, not like her first start, and that was a big help. She’s a lovely bred filly and should go on with it.”

Reverse started $4.40 favourite after Kristen Buchanan’s first starter, Eyewitness was scratched at the barrier. 

She beat the Mark Newnham trained That’s Better ($4.60), with Gallant Run ($5) from the Gary and John Moore stable, third. 

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Goulburn visitor Can Do It made short work of his opposition to take out the DE BORTOLI WINES MAIDEN over 1600metres in impressive style.

The three-year-old, a $100,000 Magic Millions yearling, had superior form heading into the race, having been placed twice this preparation. 

He was coming off a fourth at Randwick on November 4 over the 1400m.

Can Do It, a colt by American sire No Nay Never, appreciated the rise in distance and dominated the field, posting a four and a half length win.

Chad Lever had him in the gun position throughout outside the leader, before speeding past the tiring Aunty on the turn.

He sped away on straightening and was never in danger in the final stages. 

Can Do It looks certain to make a return to mid-week Metropolitan grade on the back of the win. 

Trained by Jean Dubois, Can Do It was sent out $1.75 favourite, and beat Aunty ($15) trained by Anthony Cummings, with Lincoln Park ($7) from the Perry yard, a half-length behind in third. 

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The Waterhouse/Bott trained Belieber ($1.30fav) lived up to his trial form with a dominant maiden win over the 1100m. 

Raced by the Tait family and sporting the colours made famous by champion Tie The Knot, Belieber cruised to the line three lengths ahead of his opposition in the TAB.COM.AU MAIDEN. 

Tim Clark led throughout and had the rest of field off the bit and chasing a long way from home. 

Neil Paine, representing the stable, said Gai and Adrian would be “rapt” with the win. 

“It was a terrific win. Gai and Adrian think he is up to Sydney Saturday class and he showed he’s on track for that today,” he said.

“Let’s hope he can prove them right and go on with it.

“They like to send these horses up this way to learn their trade and get a win on the board. It gives them so much confidence.

“He hasn’t beat the greatest field, but it was the way he did it and the confidence he will take out of it. 

“Once Tim released the brakes, he went away with it.”

Beiber, a Zoustar gelding, was having his third career start, having previously finished fourth at two Randwick starts. 

He beat the Richard and Michael Freedman trained Screebe ($6.50), with Soldier’s Desire ($21) from the Widdup stable, third.

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A super ride by Robbie Dolan secured victory for the Snowden trained Miss Sure Shot in the BOOK NOW WYONG MAGIC MILLIONS DECEMBER 16 F&M BENCHMARK 64 over 1200 metres.

The Shooting To Win mare, a $150,000 MM yearling, was given a ten out of ten ride by Dolan, and was able to run over her opposition in the final stages to win by more than a length.

Raced by Triple Crown Syndications, Miss Sure Shot is becoming a Wyong specialist with both her wins recorded on the track. 

The four-year-old mare brought up her maiden win in December 2019 and was coming off two Randwick trials prior to her latest outing. 

She was well supported starting at $3.80 and beat the locally trained Mosht Up ($13) from the Schofield stable, with Designer Maid ($16) trained by Blake Fitzpatrick, third. 

Miss Sure Shot has now had two wins and two placings from nine starts.

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An exciting three-way finish in the GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP with the Matthew Smith trained Majella getting the bob on the line.

The six-year-old mare was given a great ride by Glyn Schofield and snatched victory by a long head, over the Jason Coyle trained Benfica Maid.

Schofield gave the Testa Rossa mare a nice rails run in the straight to bring up her third win at start 10.

Paul Rowe, representing the stable, said the mare had been luckless in a few of her recent runs. 

“She’s always had her fair share of ability but has been unlucky with barriers and in the running in her past few starts,” he said.

“Today she got good midfield cover and Glyn got her to switch off. She finished the race off well.

“It was a good ride with Glyn pinching runs through the inside. He got a nice split in the straight and she hit the line well.”

Magella ($4.40) beat Benfica Maid ($10), with One Pound ($9.50) from the Kody Nestor stable, a long head behind in third. 

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Speedy Muswellbrook mare Eminette put paid to her opposition in fine style, taking out the 1000m MAGIC MILLIONS GOLD COAST YEARLING SALE BENCHMARK 68 by two lengths. 

The four-year-old led from barriers to post, defying plenty of mid-race pressure to score her fourth win from 12 starts, with Jeff Penza in the saddle.

Trainer Jan Bowen bred the Epaulette mare and races her, making the win even more special. 

“Jeff rode her perfect today,” she said. 

“There was plenty of pressure around the turn, but Jeff knows her and that paid off. 

“She always shows plenty of speed and went really good today.”

It was Penza’s second winning ride on the mare, the pair having tasted success at Muswellbrook on August 4.

Eminette was coming off a last start fourth at Muswellbrook over the 900m on November 3. 

She earned late support in the betting at Wyong and was sent out $5. 

Eminette beat the Ron Quinton trained Hibiscus Lady ($3.80), with the locally trained Upper East Side ($19) from the Buchanan stable, a length behind in third. 

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Big Bad Bruce broke through for his third career win, taking out the 

SKY RACING PROVINCIAL SUMMER SERIES WYONG NOVEMBER 26 BOOK NOW CG&E BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP in impressive style. 

The Not A Single Doubt gelding, trained by Joe Pride, is headed for metropolitan grade on the back of the win. 

Sam Clipperton gave the five-year-old a super ride, weaving a passage in the straight before bursting clear in the final stages to win by more than two lengths over the 1200m. 

“It was soft in the end and that’s the way they need to be if they are going to progress to the next stage,” Pride said. 

“We wanted to take him back to metro grade this time around and will be heading that way now. 

“It was a nice ride by Sam, giving him a cosy run just behind the speed and that won him the race.”

It was the second win for Triple Crown Syndications on the day, with Miss Sure Shot having taken out an earlier race. 

Big Bad Bruce ($3.10) beat the $2.70 race favourite Wild Chap, with Thiswilldous ($12) trained by Damien Lane, third.  

SMITH AND CUMMINGS DOMINATE WYONG

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Matthew Smith and James Cummings shared the training honours at our Carlton Draught Spring Race meeting, training half the program.

Both stables bagged doubles, while Jeff Penza rode two winners. 

A quinella for Godolphin in the BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY AT WYONG RACE CLUB MAIDEN kicked off their winning double with Winston Blue narrowly beating stablemate and race favourite Dhakuri.

Jeff Penza settled the Sebring gelding near the rear of the field in the 1600m race, before gaining momentum on the turn and storming home to claim a narrow victory. 

The Godophin pair overhauled She’s Justified ($8.50), denying Matthew Smith of a race to race double. 

Lee Cundy, representing James Cummings, said Winston Blue had taken plenty of fitness into the race. 

“He had a bit more fitness going into the race, with a few extra runs than Dhakuri,” he said. 

“He gets to the line well and we thought the extra distance would suit. 

“He has been a work in progress but has had a good couple of weeks going this and we were hoping to see an improved effort so he could get the job done.” 

Three-year-old Winston Blue ($4.20) was having his fourth career start, coming off a fifth at Newcastle over 1400m on October 17. 

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A gun ride by Christian Reith gave Godolphin their second winner for the day with Mollycoddle taking out the 1350m 2 FLIES CHAMPION RYAN MARTIN F&M MAIDEN.

Reith followed his riding instructions to a tee, settling the Lonhro filly closer to the lead. 

He hit the front mid-way down the straight and Mollycoddle, the $2.40 favourite, was able to sprint away to win by almost two lengths. 

“We wanted to ride her a bit more forward today if the circumstances permitted and Christian was able to do that,” foreman Lee Cundy said. 

“There wasn’t a lot of pace and she wasn’t far off them at any stage. 

“That gave her the best chance at the finish and that’s how it worked out.”

Mollycoddle was second up after resuming with a second at Gosford over 1200m on October 8. 

Having her seventh career start, she beat Dizzy Dawn ($21) trained by Craig Carmody, with the luckless Moremi ($3.20) from the Richard Litt stable, third. 

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A patient ride by Blake Spriggs brought up the first win for the Smith stable, with Rebel Bro ($9) taking out the RYAN’S METAL ROOFING CG&E MAIDEN over 1350m. 

The Matthew Smith trained gelding broke through for his debut win at his seventh career start.

The four-year-old was coming off a disappointing ninth at Canberra over 1200m on October 23 but had caught the eye with two placings at Nowra and Kembla at the end of his previous preparation.

Spriggs settled Rebel Bro at the rear of the field and was last at the turn. He rounded the field and put in a sustained run to snatch victory on the line. 

He beat the John O’Shea trained Prince Invincible ($3.60), with Peter Robl’s $2.80 favourite Finally Realise, third.

It was a case of one ride, one win for Spriggs, with Rebel Bro his only mount for the meeting.

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A last stride victory by Latina Beauty in the 2 FLIES LIFE MEMBERS CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 secured a winning double for the Smith stable. 

The Deep Field mare, a $160,000 Magic Million yearling, followed the pattern of the day and came from the rear of the field in the 1350m race to grab a narrow win.

Ridden by Tyler Schiller, the four-year-old was having her 14th career start, having previously posted victories at Canberra and Goulburn. 

Latina Beauty resumed from a spell with a third at Canberra on October 9 and was sent out at $18. 

Race favourite Foxborough ($3.40), trained by John Sargent, looked to have the race won but Schiller was able to get the best out of the mare in the final stages to score a narrow win. 

Acoustix ($4.40) trained by Tas Morton, was a length behind in third. 

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An emotional win for the connections of Miss Dior with the mare overcoming significant health issues just to make it to the track.

By Brazen Beau, the Snowden trained Miss Dior, was primed for a first up win and didn’t disappoint taking out the 1000m 2 FLIES RUNNER-UP GABE RIVETT MAIDEN in impressive style. 

The four-year-old hadn’t raced since early January but had been given three trials leading into the race. 

Her latest trial at Hawkesbury on October 19 caught the eye and she was sent out $3.70 second favourite. 

Adrian Layt opted to take a sit just off the leader Jaytees, before hitting the front around the 150m mark and drawing away in the final stages to win by a length and a half. 

Miss Dior was bred by Ali Foye and her family near Scone and considering her injury plagued early years, it was doubtful she would ever make it to the track. 

As a foal, she lost her mother when she was just three months old and went on to have eye surgery and a paddock injury before she was six months. 

“It didn’t end there,” Foye said. 

“In total she has had chips removed from both stifles and hocks, her front right knee and left fetlock, a micro fracture in the left fetlock, severe arthritis in both front fetlocks. 

“She was passed in at the Easter Sales because of her poor x rays despite her sister selling for $550,000 the previous year, so we decided to race her ourselves.

“I run a specialist equine injury rehab facility at Scone, Gundy Park Equine, so I’ve been able to care for her myself and help get her up and racing.

“It was very emotional seeing her win and I don’t mind admitting I shed a few tears.”

Stable representative Colm McCullough said they had been expecting a nice, first up performance from Miss Dior.

“She has always shown us that she has good toe,” he said. “She’s very much a sprinter, much like her sire and we thought the tight track and soft barrier would suit her today.”

The Tracey Bartley trained favourite Jaytees ($3.30) was runner-up, his 10th placing from 12 starts, with Impulsive Tycoon ($4.80) from the Hawkes stable, third. 

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Scone galloper Reveal The Magic proved too strong for his opposition in the final stages of the 1000m 2 FLIES QUEENSLAND CREW BENCHMARK 64. 

Locally trained Invincible Kiss looked to have the race won, before Reveal The Magic came from the rear of the field to grab victory on the line. 

The win brought up a double for Jeff Penza. 

The Magic Albert gelding, trained by Peter Bloomfield, was narrowly beaten at his last start on his home track over 1100m on October 23. 

He is a recent addition to the Bloomfield stable and was having his fourth start for them, having previously been trained by David Atkins. 

Reveal The Magic ($9.50) brought up his second win at his 15th start, and has been placed nine times. 

He beat the Wayne Seelin trained Invincible Kiss ($4.60), with Pearl Roan ($9) from the Steve Hodge stable, third. 

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The Anthony Cummings trained Shadow Girl made it back to back wins taking out the 2 FLIES PUNTERS CLUB NSW CLASS 1 & MAIDEN over 2100m. 

The consistent Uncle Mo mare broke through for her maiden win at Kembla over 2000m on October 24 and backed it up with a strong Wyong victory courtesy of a great ride by the in-form Alysha Collett.

Collett took advantage of the slow pace in a muddling run race and was able to settle the four-year-old toward the rear of the small field.

She took Shadow Girl ($4.60) wide on the turn, sweeping home in the straight to run down the Godolphin trained favourite La Sagra ($3.40) and Gunaluva ($14), from the John Sargent stable. 

Shadow Girl is amassing a strong record with two wins and six placings from just nine starts.

Collett has been in great form in recent weeks, with Shadow Girl bringing up her sixth win in less than two weeks. 

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A tough win by Brook Hill to take out the last, the LJ HOOKER BUDGEWOI CLASS 1 for Bjorn Baker and Mitchell Bell. 

Schiller circled the field on the turn and was able to fight on in the straight to win by a long neck. 

He beat the $4.20 favourite General Dubai, from the Robl stable, with the fast finishing Pink Beau ($11), trained by Kim Waugh, third. 

The lightly raced Hinchinbrook gelding, a $110,000 yearling, was second up from a spell, having finished sixth over 1250m at Newcastle on October 17. 

Brook Hill ($12) was having his fifth career start, having posted a win at Newcastle in May and placing on the same track. 

BETHENCOURT EXCITING PROSPECT FOR WAUGH

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Kim Waugh admitted to a few nervous moments before her classy galloper Bethencourt strode to victory on his home track to bring up his second career win. 

The flashy grey was green in the final stages, shifting in sharply when James McDonald pulled the stick in the straight before knuckling down to score a dominant win. 

Bethencourt had to overcome a wide barrier and settled back further than expected, but still managed to greet the judge in the MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO’S IN TRAINING SALE – 10TH NOV – GOLD COAST BENCHMARK 64 over 1350m.

“You don’t want to know what I was thinking,” Waugh laughed after the win. 

“We drew very wide and didn’t have the greatest option there. 

“He is still so new. He was a bit lost and back further than we expected. 

“The pace was on and down the straight he was all over the place but he’s a nice horse. I’m really excited to see what he can do when the penny drops.”

Waugh said McDonald had been keen to stick with the Puissance De Lune gelding. 

“James was excited about coming here to ride him today. He loves him.”

She said she expected Bethencourt will get over more ground. 

“I’m definitely looking forward to him getting up to a mile and even 2000m.

“He’s always shown a lot of promise and has very good ability but he’s immature still.

“When you’ve got a good opinion of a horse you’ve got to nurse them through.”

Bethencourt was sent out $1.90 favourite on the strength of his last start second at Kembla over 1200m. 

He beat the Brooke Somers trained Budwar ($26) by a length, with Godolphin’s Chanting ($4.80), third.

The win brought up a double for McDonald, having tasted success with Nyami earlier on the program.

It also secured Waugh the first round of our Magic Millions Provincial Trainers Series with Bethencourt scoring double points, six, with the win.   

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A typical front running ride by Tim Clark set up the ELECTRA CABLES 4YO&UP MAIDEN for the Waterhouse/Bott trained Alumna.

Clark took the $2 race favourite to an early lead in the 1600m race, dictating terms in the small field. 

He kicked away on the turn and was able to cling on in the final stages to win by a long neck.

Neil Paine, representing the stable, said it was a typical performance by one of their runners. 

“It was never in doubt,” he said. “I love these Tulloch Lodge horses once they get up over a mile. Once our horses get up over a distance, they are so strong, and they put themselves in a race.

“That’s the way Gai and Adrian love to train them, put them right on the speed if not lead, it was just terrific today.”

Paine said Clark had given the Shooting to Win mare an easy run in front.   

“From the 600m Tim picked up the pace, put a couple on them on the turn and that was enough to hold on.

“You get paid whether you win by a head or three lengths. It is great for the Bott’s they’ll be very happy.”

Alumna, who was having her third race start, is raced by Evergreen Stud, headed by Adrian Bott’s father Tony.

She beat Microna ($8.50) trained by John Steinmetz, with Oconee ($6) from the Waller stable third.

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James McDonald piloted the race favourite Nyami to victory in the HANECO LIGHTING MAIDEN over 1350m.

The Charm Spirit gelding, a $120,000 New Zealand bred yearling, was having his third career start.

He finished second over 1400m on the Kensington track on January 1, before being spelled, having debuted with a third at Canterbury over 1200m.

The four-year-old looked good in a subsequent trial at Warwick Farm on September 3 giving punters the confidence to send him out favourite.

From the wide barrier, McDonald crossed and settled just outside the second favourite Write On.

He took a slender lead on straightening before kicking clear in the final stages to win by a length and a half.

Nyami ($2) beat the Bjorn Baker trained Fields Of Honour ($6), with Lanu Moana ($6.50), from the Pride stable, an eye-catching third. 

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A tough win by Godolphin filly The Graces who repaid punters for their confidence taking out the SUNNY LIGHTING F&M MAIDEN over 1200m.

The well-bred Exceed and Excel filly, a full sister to stablemate Aquitane, was coming off a last start third at Kembla over 1000m.

Having her fourth career start she enjoyed plenty of late support and was sent out $3.60 favourite. 

Jason Collett was caught four-wide in the early stages from the wide draw, with the filly having to work hard throughout.

Her class showed through in the final stages with the three-year-old scoring by a half-length. 

Darren Beadman, representing the stable, said it was a very strong win by the filly.

“She certainly toughed it out,” he said. “She definitely burnt the candle at both ends and mid race as well. It was a very strong win.

“She had a good foundation for this race today. She has been a real work in progress through her early racing career, so its credit to the staff who got her in the right groove. 

“She was able to get into a nice rhythm today unlike first up when she over-raced. “Jason has lovely hands, balance and good timing. He really suits a horse like this and full credit to him.”

The Graces beat the fast finishing Artic ($6.50) from the Hawkes stable, with Mark Newnham’s Solar Flash ($5), third. 

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A double to the Waller stable after El Buena put in a sustained run in the straight to nab victory in the final stages of the 1200m BRILLIANT LIGHTING CG&E MAIDEN.

The Chris Waller trained gelding continued a winning run for favourites coming from behind to score a narrow half neck win. 

The in-form Tommy Berry had settled the Rubick gelding toward the rear of the field, peeling wide on straightening. 

He made up many lengths in the straight to overhaul the Brad Widdup trained Mix ($5), with Prince Invincible ($6), from the O’Shea stable, a head behind in third.

A $250,000 Inglis yearling, El Buena was having his fifth race start. 

After finishing second at Kensington in his first preparation, he resumed at Wyong on August 30 but was unplaced over the 1200m.

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A cool ride by apprentice Louise Day secured victory for the Jason Coyle trained Lunar Rain in the 2100m GO ELECTRICAL LONG JETTY CLASS 1 & MAIDEN.

The Manhattan Rain mare was having her first start over the longer distance and Coyle is confident there are more wins to come. 

“It was a really good win today,” he said. “She finished off her last preparation with a strong win over 1850m and the plan was always to test over the 2100m.

“It was a nice quite ride by Louise and she was strong late. 

“She’s a horse now that we can step over these distances and I think she’s got a few more wins in her.”

Coyle said there were excuses for the five-year-old in her last run at Newcastle when she finished toward the rear of the field. 

“I’m sure Jason Collett won’t shy away from saying it wasn’t one of his best rides. The way the race was run she generally had no chance and obviously performed well today.” 

Day settled Lunar Rain at the rear, before circling the field on straightening and running strongly to the line. 

She beat the Kylie Gavenlock trained Dundee ($10), with Avalene ($7), from the Justin Bowen stable, third. 

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Central Coast duo Adam Duggan and Josh Parr combined to take out the GO ELECTRICAL THORNLEIGH BENCHMARK 64 with New Tycoon ($8.50) snatching victory in a thrilling three-way photo. 

The Foxwedge gelding is putting together a good record, with three wins and two placings from seven starts. 

Parr settled the five-year-old just off the pace in the 1600m race and hit the front on straightening. 

He drew away in the straight and managed to hold out the fast finishing Mo’s Glory ($9) trained by Rod Northam and the Perry trained Nothing Too Hard ($5) to win by a half head. 

Duggan said it was good to see New Tycoon delivering consistent results. 

“He’s only been in the right race about four times and won three of them,” he said.

“He’s genuine and I think the way the race was run today he had to cart them up to them and tough it out late.

“There were definitely excuses at Tuncurry last start,” he said.

“His starts have been horrible, first up when he won at Scone and again at Tuncurry. “He’s got a bad habit of putting his foot up on the gates but obviously Josh was aware of it and rendered it today and it worked out really well.”

New Tycoon, a $85,000 Inglis yearling, is raced by Glenvallen Investments.

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Progressive Written Tycoon gelding Ocean Emperor proved too strong in the final stages of the 1100m GO ELECTRICAL CHARMHAVEN BENCHMARK 64.

The Bjorn Baker trained gelding was resuming from a spell and looked well placed coming off two impressive trials. 

Jason Collett settled the three-year-old just behind the leader and hit the front on straightening. 

He fought on strongly in the straight to score a length win over the Portelli trained favourite Long Weekend ($3), with Skyray ($7) from the Clarry Connors stable, third. 

 A $220,000 yearling, Ocean Emperor ($3.50) has now had two wins from three starts, having tasted success on the Kensington track last preparation. 

Ocean Emperor is raced by Darby Syndications. 

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Bjorn Baker bagged the training honours in an action-packed day at Wyong with speedy colt Malkovich and progressive mare Exotic Ruby tasting success. 

Locals Kim Waugh and Kristen Buchanan also featured, with Destacado and Margie Bee recording nice wins. 

Brenton Avdulla also bagged a double aboard Ballistic Lover for Joe Pride and Verbal Assault for Matthew Dunn.

It was off the track that created the most drama, with a police operation causing delays before the second and fifth race. 

The first of the Baker double came in the 1100m WYONG RACE CLUB CG&E MAIDEN.

Rachel King continued her winning Wyong run, partnering Malkovich to a dominate victory. 

The promising son of Choisir, syndicated by Darby Racing, was having his third race start, and coming off a first up third at Kensington on August 26. 

The three-year-old was narrowly beaten that day and the drop back in grade gave punters plenty of confidence, sending him out the $1.45 race favourite. 

King took the $85,000 yearling to an early lead, pulling away on the turn to blitz the opposition by four and a half lengths. 

Steve McLean, representing the Baker stable, said they had a good opinion of Malkovich.

“I know Bjorn thinks he’s up to stakes company. He’s definitely got the speed to compete in that company.

“It’s going to be up to him. He’s got to take that next step now and show us what he’s got.”

Malkovich beat Finally Realised ($19) trained by Peter Robl, with Born A Warrior ($2.50) from the Hawkes stable, a close third. 

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Baker’s second win came with the heavily backed Exotic Ruby, who didn’t disappoint favourite backers taking out the POLICE MEMORIAL WEEK – REMEMBERING FALLEN OFFICERS CLASS 1 over 1350m.

The Snitzel mare was coming off a second at Hawkesbury over 1300m on September 5 and the stable were confident she would run well. 

She was sent out $2.50 favourite on the back of her consistent metropolitan and provincial form.

Josh Parr settled the five-year-old midfield, rounding the field on the turn.

She managed to overhaul her rivals in the final stages, in a close three-way finish, to win by a long neck.

Steve McLean said the stable had a good opinion of the mare and believed there was plenty of improvement to come. 

“She was a touch further back than we anticipated today but nevertheless she had a great run in transit and got the job done,” he said.

“The Hawkesbury race really tuned her up and she was dappled up lovely today.

“I know Bjorn is leaving the blinkers up his sleeve too. He has been spoken about them since her first run for the stable so there is plenty more to come.”

Exotic Ruby, a $260,000 yearling, beat the O’Shea trained Crosscheck ($8.50), with Atherton ($5.50), from the Waugh stable, third.

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A super ride by Brenton Avdulla secured victory for the Joe Pride trained Ballistic Lover, who broke through for her maiden win over 1100m.

Pride had been hopeful the Smart Missile filly could taste success in the COCA-COLA F&M MAIDEN, after performing well in two recent trials. 

He expected Ballistic Lover to settle just behind the speed, but things didn’t go as planned.

Avdulla had to change tactics after the three-year-old blew the start, landing her toward the rear of the field. 

He pinched ground along the rails but had to wait until a run presented in the straight.

When the split came around the 200m mark, he angled through and drew away to record a dominant three and a half length win. 

“It was the moment of truth for her,” Pride said, “and she didn’t let us down.

“We’ve been putting a bit of work into getting her to settle since the Canterbury run and obviously that’s the best way to ride her. 

“All her best runs have been on the short course, on the fresh side, so we will just try and repeat that before putting her over more ground. 

“She ended up well back today and more often than not it’s not the spot to be.

“But it was like Brenton was driving a Ferrari around some VW’s, it was a little bit easy for him picking off the runs. 

“I’m very happy with that filly’s win today, it shows she’s on her way.”

Alura ($10) from the O’Shea stable was runner-up, with Godolphin’s Attribution ($7.50) a half-length behind in third.

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Kim Waugh kicked off the home track meeting with a winner, after Destacado ($6) upset the heavily fancied favourite in the DE BORTOLI WINES MAIDEN over 1350m.

It was the second successive Wyong meeting, where Waugh has opened the program with a win.

Destacado, a Reset gelding, drifted late in the betting as heavy support came for the Mark Newnham trained Write On, who was sent out $1.60 favourite.

Nash Rawiller settled Destacado just behind the speed, taking him to the outside on straightening before running down the leaders to score a length win.

Waugh had been confident the lightly raced five-year-old, a $160,000 yearling, would perform well. 

“I was really happy going into today’s race,” she said.

“He’s had a tendon injury and we were hoping that he could win today, but I thought maybe he was looking for a little bit further. 

“That wasn’t the case and he was very strong to the line.”

Destacado was having his third start for the Waugh stable, having been sidelined for more than 18 months with a tendon injury. 

Waugh said his last start had been on the heavy at Hawkesbury, which he hadn’t handled. 

“It was too wet, and he really struggled the whole race. He was dipping and diving and Nash came back and said forget the run. 

“I was a little worried about his leg after Hawkesbury, but he pulled up great. 

“We just keep stepping him up now while he’s coping well and then we will give him a little freshen up and go again.”

Destacado beat the Ron Quinton trained Deep Creek ($7.50), with the short-priced favourite Write On, third. 

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A dramatic finish to the TEAM THOROUGHBRED NSW MAIDEN with Jean Van Overmeire battling to stay on the wayward winner Overthink in the final stages of the 2100m race.

The So You Think gelding and $1.90 favourite hung in badly twice in the last 200m with Van Overmeire struggling to maintain his balance on the gelding. 

Showing great horsemanship, he was able to regain his seat and steer the four-year-old to a two-length win.

Trainer Steve Englebrecht said he wasn’t surprised by Overthink’s antics.

“He’s a tough horse but he’s still a bit dumb and does some things wrong, but when the penny drops, I think he’ll be a handy horse,” he said.

“It was quite dramatic toward the finish. He’s well named because he does over think.

“He’s very green and has still got a lot to learn but I think he can be quite a reasonable horse when he puts it all together.”

Englebrecht said he expects the four-year-old to get over more ground.

“I think he will run a mile and half easy if he doesn’t go too hard. He’s pretty versatile too and can get over any sort of ground.  

“’I’ll see how he pulls up, but I might give him a little holiday now and let him think about things.”

The Justin Bowen trained Avalene ($11) was second, with Anakin Skywalker ($4.40) from the Sargent stable, third. 

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Classy mare Aspect Ratio brought her Group 1 form to Wyong to score an impressive win in the 1600m TAB.COM.AU CLASS 1.

The Declaration Of War mare, was far from disgraced when racing in Group 1 company last preparation. 

She has had two trials following a spell and resumed at Wyong on August 30 with a third behind Wild Chap over 1350m.

She appreciated the rise in distance to the mile and scored an impressive three- and three-quarter length win, with Sam Clipperton in the saddle. 

Aspect Ratio ($9) jumped well and Clipperton was able to cross the field from the wide barrier and dictate terms throughout. 

He drew away in the final stages to beat the $2.50 favourite Coco Baci with Let Me Think ($4.60) trained by Anthony Cummings, third. 

Campbell Ashby, representing the Sargent stable, said they were confident leading into the race. 

“We knew she would need a bit of luck from the tricky gate, but she had trained on good since her last start,” he said. 

“For a filly getting over an Oaks trip last preparation we knew she would appreciate the extra ground.

“The plan wasn’t to be in front, but she jumped so well, and Sam got the sectionals just right.”

“The Sargent family own a good chunk of this horse and I’m sure they’d be happy.” 

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A great front running ride by apprentice Stacey Metcalfe secured victory for the locally trained Margie Bee. 

The Kristen Buchanan trained mare was resuming from a spell in the GREAT NORTHERN ON ,TAP CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 over 1100m.

Metcalfe was able to cross the field from the outside barrier and take an early lead which she maintained throughout to win by more than a length. 

Buchanan sent the Dreamscape mare to the races without a trial, which proved to be a winning move. 

“She’s good fresh and I didn’t trial her. She’s been working well at home and I thought why not bring her to the races,” Buchanan said.

“I thought traditionally her best runs are second and third up and she takes a run or two to get her fitness solid because she’s quite fierce in her racing pattern. 

“But she was further ahead than I had thought today, and it was a beautiful ride by Stacey.

“The key to this horse is letting her be wherever she wants to be, just be comfortable and Stacey did that perfectly today. 

“We’ll find another nice race for her and hopefully she’s even better third up.”

Margie Bee ($16) beat Destiny’s Son ($26), trained by Mark Newham, with Empress Bea ($9.50) from the Quinton stable, third. 

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An upset in the WYONGS NEXT RACEDAY THURSDAY OCTOBER 1 CLASS 1 with the Matthew Dunn trained Verbal Assault ($5.50) proving too strong for the short-priced race favourite. 

The Deep Field gelding got the bob on the line to beat Bjorn Baker’s $1.30 favourite Belluci Babe and deprive the stable of a winning treble.

Brenton Avdulla, who brought up a double with the win, sat just behind the favourite for most of the race, peeling out in the final stages to win by a neck.

Keira Dunn said it was great to see the horse finally put it all together. 

“He was great today and it’s so nice to see him race well,” she said.

“He’s been a long time in the making and does a few things wrong. It’s a big credit to everyone at home who ride him because they do a great job with him.

“The gelding procedure and taking our time with him this preparation and getting him to relax that’s the main thing. 

“Matt doesn’t have any grand plans for him. We will just let him go through his grades and get him to relax. 

“He’s doing everything right at this stage and it’s great to see.”

Already Blessed ($9) from the Portelli stable, was third. 

KING SCOOPS THE CUP DAY POOL

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Rachel King was the toast of Wyong yesterday, the talented rider making a clean sweep of both feature races on the Cup Day program. 

King took out the main prize, the $160,000 Listed Carlton Draught Wyong Gold Cup on the Richard and Michael Freedman trained Paths Of Glory.

In doing so she became the first woman to claim a Wyong Cup in the 122nd running of the prestigious race. 

She had earlier taken out the $140,000 Listed Bishop Collins Accountants Mona Lisa Stakes, on Asiago for Godolphin.

It was her ride on Great Britain import Paths Of Glory that caught the eye, after being posted toward the rear, she weaved her way through the field bursting through late to win by a long neck.  

The patient ride earned the praise of co-trainer Richard Freedman.

“It was a brilliant ride by Rachel,” he said. 

“I said to her ‘you’ll have to give this horse a rest somewhere because he’s first up over the 2100m.’

“She might have taken that a bit literally. He was resting away at the back there where he’s never raced,” he laughed.

“It was exciting, and we will most likely head to the Newcastle Cup now.”

King said she had considered Asiago a good chance in the Mona Lisa but had been surprised to take out the Cup. 

“I thought he would be a bit under done coming into the 2100m first up,” she said. 

“I had planned to be midfield, but I looked like being caught three wide early and didn’t think he’d have the fitness to sit out there.

“Then I was shuffled back to nearly last and probably gave Richard a heart attack. 

“He dropped the bit at the 800m, and I thought he’d just keep whacking away but once he started to improve, he really switched on and started to travel. 

“He enjoyed being amongst them and near the end I got a good tow into it and he hit the line strong.

“He’s a dynamic type of horse and I feel like he could gallop all day.”

Paths Of Glory ($13), beat the Lord Mayor ($6) from the Waller stable, with the luckless Hush Writer ($5), trained by Waterhouse/Bott third.

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Darren Beadman was also complimentary of King’s ride on the Mona Lisa winner Asiago. 

The Godolphin racing manager said King had work to do from a wide barrier but managed to get the Medaglia D’Oro mare into a good position. 

“She was able to get into a nice position, with cover three deep and roll into it,” Beadman said.

“There was a little bit of traffic with the horses on the inside, and she had an uninterrupted run and was strong to the line.

” The tempo didn’t really suit but Rachel didn’t panic, had hold of her and let her finish strongly.” 

He said they were extremely happy with the four-year-old’s first up win.   

“She won the Kembla Grange Classic last preparation and went down to Melbourne, so she had a lot of residual fitness.

“She was first up today and only had one and a half trials really, because one of them was on a synthetic track.

 “It’s nice to get some more black type for her. She’s come back in good order and I think she’s in for a nice spring.”

King said it was a good win and believes the mare will improve further on a bigger track.

“I think she is a class above a lot of those horses who went around today. 

“She certainly proved too good despite an awkward draw. 

“This race kicks off her preparation and there are bigger things in store for her. “It was a bonus for her to win it.”

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Damien Lane had another memorable Wyong Cup day, training a double. 

It was the second year in a row the popular local has bagged two winners on Cup day. 

Both winners, Just Field and Bombasay, were having their first starts for the stable.

 Lane is excited about the prospects of the pair, considering they could both go on to winner better races. 

“It’s been a huge day. It’s a great result with a couple of new horses into the barn,” he said.

“I’ve got to thank the owners. The two of them are both quality horses and I think they’ve both got a bit of a future.”

Just Field ($31) upset her rivals to bring up her first victory for Lane in the CENTRAL COAST COOLROOMS CLASS 1 over 1100m.

The $650,000 yearling brought up her second career win ridden by Darryl McLellan.

He settled her toward the rear from a wide barrier, circling the field on the turn and running down her rivals in the final stages, to win by a long neck.

Lane said he will head toward the Provincial Championship Series with the mare. 

“She’s a really nice filly and we were lucky to get her to train,” Lane said. 

“Lustre Lodge brought her as a broodmare off the China Horse Club, but they decided to give her another 12 months racing.

“She trialled really nice leading into this race and I was confident she would race well. 

“I can see her progressing to a Provincial Championships horse, so it’s pretty exciting.”

Just Field beat the Mark Newnham trained Shadow Crush ($19), with Godolphin’s $2.60 race favourite Badia, third. 

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Lane’s second win came in the last, with Bombasay taking out the THE DOYLO SPRINGTIME CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 over 1100m.

Jason Collett gave the Rothesay gelding a great ride, settling one pair back from the leaders in the fastly run race. 

He peeled to the outside on the turn and stormed down the outside to run down Partners in the final stages.

Lane is also considering a Provincial Championships campaign for the gelding. 

“He’s a nice horse. He went around in a couple of Provinical heats this year and was probably just a bit immature.

“He still does a few things wrong so we will probably give him a short preparation and bring him back for the heats next year. 

“He’s a pretty promising horse.” 

Bomasay ($6) beat the Scott Singleton trained The Kosciuszko aspirant Partners ($6), with The Drake ($14) from the Jenny Graham stable, third. 

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It was a race to race double for the powerful Lees stable with the impeccably bred Sammy winning the 1200m AUSTRALIAN BLOODSTOCK MAIDEN and stablemate Regimental Band greeting the judge in the HOOLIHAN PARTNERS DA VINCI – 3&4YO BENCHMARK 64 over 1300m.

Sammy, the son of Lee’s multiple Group 1 winning mare Samantha Miss, took out the AUSTRALIAN BLOODSTOCK MAIDEN over 1200m.

The three-year-old, ridden by Nash Rawiller, was resuming from a spell after being placed twice at Provincial level in his first preparation. 

Lees was full of praise for the win. 

“He’s a nice progressive colt,” he said.

“He sat wide and still hit the line well, so he’s probably capable of going on to better things.” 

Sammy ($6.50), beat Godolphin’s $1.55 race favourite Mashrabiya by a length, with the Portelli trained Princess Glamour ($17), third.

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 The Lees trained Regimental Band, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy proved too strong for her opposition to kick off her latest preparation.

The I Am Invincible mare stormed home strongly in the straight to score a narrow win.

Lees believes there is plenty of improvement to come for the four-year-old.

“It was a really good win considering.

“She didn’t parade great and still has a bit to go in her coat. 

“We will give her an opportunity at Stakes level in the Tibbie at home on Cup day,” he said. 

Snippy Fox ($.7.50) from the Pride stable was second, over Godolphin’s $2.70 favourite Chanting. 

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Kim Waugh got the day off to a great start with Atherton taking out the first. 

The Written Tycoon gelding was given a gun, on-pace ride by Brenton Avdulla, who drew away from his opposition to record a two-length victory in the PRIORITY BUSINESS LAWYERS 4YO&UP MAIDEN over 1350m.

The four-year-old was resuming from a spell, having trialled twice leading into the race. 

Waugh said she had always had a good opinion of Atherton. 

“He’s promised so much this horse. He’s really well bred, and the owners have been so patient,” she said.

“Early on we thought he was a Group horse, we’ve just always liked him. 

“Hopefully today gives him some really nice confidence. 

“I think he will get further and hopefully he can produce what we always thought he could. “

Atherton beat the $1.75 race favourite Kiss And Tell, from the Ryan/Alexiou stable, with the Damien Lane trained Dunlee, third.

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The Waller stable didn’t go home emptyhanded, with Rules Don’t Apply winning the 1600m WINNING COMMERCIAL BENCHMARK 64.

The $5 equal favourite came with a sustained run down the straight, pegging High Court ($6), trained locally by Jeff Englebrecht, on the line.

The victory brought up a race to race double for Brenton Avdulla. 

A four-year-old Dissident mare Rules Don’t Apply was having her ninth career start and coming off a six week freshen up. 

She was a previous Wyong winner over the same distance in June. 

The consistent mare is putting together a good record, with two wins and four placings from her ninth start. 

Ladies’ Gem ($5EF) from the Jim and Greg Lee stable was third. 

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The formidable combination of Gai Waterhouse, Adrian Bott and Nash Rawiller, struck again at Wyong with the well supported Frenzied taking out the CARLTON DRAUGHT WYONG CUP PRELUDE – BENCHMARK 68. 

The Americain gelding outstayed his opposition over the 2100m, courtesy of a great ride by Rawiller and a well-planned preparation by the stable. 

The 2019 Bong Bong Cup winner, raced by Dynamic Syndications, broke his maiden at Wyong in May last year over 1600m and has continued to improve as he steps up in distance. 

“Gai and Adrian had him spot on today,” stable representative Neil Paine said. 

“It was perfectly planned to kick him off over 1500m, then to 1850m and on to this. 

“It turned out perfectly today. 

“The way Nash rode him today was an absolute treat.

“What a terrific treble they are.”

Paine said it was a tough performance by the five-year-old.

“He carried 59kg and everything else was around the 55kg or less. It really was a tough win. 

“This horse has just realised his potential. He is getting better and better with each campaign.”

Paine was unsure if the stable would push on to Friday’s Carlton Draught Wyong Gold Cup, with the victory earning Frenzied automatic entry. 

Gai Waterhouse combined with Nash Rawiller to win the Wyong Cup in 2012 and 2008 with Julienas and Bianca, respectively.

Frenzied, a $85,000 yearling, started $2 favourite in the Cup Prelude and led all the way, with a beautifully rated, front running ride by Rawiller. 

It was a race in two in the straight with Frenzied holding out Prince Of Arragon ($2.60) trained by Stephen O’Halloran, with Itsa Fait Accompli ($61) from the Daniel and Rocky Simonetta stable, third. 

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The in-form Robbie Dolan dominated the riding ranks with a treble, the WYONG RACE CLUB LA GIOCONDA – F&M BENCHMARK 68 bringing up his third win with Happy Candy. 

The Mark Newnham trained gelding defied a strong betting drift to score his third career win at start 11 over the 1600m. 

The Smart Missile mare pinged the gates, allowing Dolan to ease her to the front from the outside barrier. 

He settled her in the lead and was able to control the pace, drawing away to win by half a length, holding out the fast finishing local galloper Ondo Pasa. 

A $40,000 yearling, Happy Candy beat the Stan Thomas trained Ondo Pasa ($9.50) by half a length, with Sensacova ($8) from the Marc Connors stable, third. 

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Elon caused an upset in the COCA-COLA CLASS 1 over 1600m, giving a welcome boost to Warwick Farm based trainer Gary Nickson and his family.

Nickson’s wife, an owner in the Exceed and Excel gelding, is currently being treated for cancer. 

It was the first leg of the winning treble by Dolan.

Stable foreman Mark Galea said the win would mean a lot for the Nickson family.

“Gary’s wife is crook at the moment with cancer and this will give her a good boost,” Galea said. 

“The horse has been working good and we thought she’d win today.”

At $16, Elon was the second outsider in the small field, but defied his odds to score a narrow win, courtesy of a great ride by Dolan. 

He took the four-year-old to an early lead, dictating terms throughout. 

Despite looking under pressure on the turn, Elon fought on to hold off the fast finishing Grand Acheva ($9) to win by a long neck. 

The Jason Coyle trained Lunar Rain ($9) was third.

A $260,000 yearling, Elon brought up his second career win at start 12. 

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The John Sargent trained Elizabeel defied a better drift to take out the 1200m TEAM THOROUGHBRED NSW 3YO MAIDEN, securing a double for Robbie Dolan. 

The three-year-old filly, by Great Britain sire Power, had been racing in metropolitan grade in her past three starts, with two seconds and a third to her name.

She was coming off a second on a heavy track at Canterbury over the same distance on August 19 and looked like a major contender in the Wyong race. 

Dolan settled Elizabeel ($3.40) just behind the leader and $2.50 favourite Wuddacuddashudda, drawing level in the straight before pulling away in the final stages to win by more than a length.

Sargent has had a good opinion of the filly and believes she will get out over more distance.

He said she had been “knocking at the door” in her previous runs. 

“I think she’ll get out to a mile or more later in her career,” he said.

Matthew Dunn trained the runner-up Wuddacuddashudda, with Echo Point ($16) from the Waterhouse/Bott stable, third.

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Jockey Keagan Latham was able to get the best out of Miss Japan in the final stages of the TAB.COM.AU PROV & CTRY MAIDEN, with the mare claiming victory in a head bobbing finish. 

Trained by Stephen O’Halloran, for Waratah Thoroughbreds, the four-year-old was coming off a poor performance on her home track at Goulburn, where she finished a long last in a field of nine. 

Punters were forgiving and Miss Japan was sent out $4 second favourite and didn’t disappoint. 

Latham settled the mare midfield in the 1600m race, bringing her to the outside in the final stages of the straight where she was able to run down the Peter Cheers trained, I Am Flying ($13) to win by a short half head.

The $2.50 favourite Stark, from the Widdup stable, was a length behind in third. 

“I’m really happy with that performance from her, particularly coming off a bad run last start,” O’Halloran said. 

“I put that down to a very heavy track. I think she appreciated getting on the better ground and she put in right on the line.

“She’s obviously a good grown horse but there’s not much of her. I think she’ll get over more ground. She’s bred to do so. 

“I’m really happy with her win today.”

Miss Japan was O’Halloran’s first runner at Wyong. The long-time Waterhouse/Bott racing manager took on the job as head trainer for Waratah Thoroughbreds, earlier this year. 

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A strong ride by the in-form Jason Collett secured victory for Numbers Game, a debutante from the Bjorn Baker stable. 

The New Zealand bred four-year-old only arrived in Australia last month and has wasted no time in stamping himself as a gelding with a future. 

Collett gave the Per Incanto gelding a great rails run, after settling him just off the speed in the early stages. 

He stuck to the rails in the straight and responded to hard riding by Collett, to win the TRACSIDE AUTOMOTIVE 4YO&UP MAIDEN over 1100m by half a length. 

“It was definitely a good start to his career,” racing manager Stephen McLean said.

“Full credit to Mickey and Lauren Brennan in NZ. He arrived in great order six weeks ago. 

“We came here with a bit of confidence and he didn’t disappoint.”

McLean said it was a tough win by the $130,000 yearling. 

“I don’t think he had it easy in any part of the race. Jason had to use him early to hold his position. It was really good to see him get the job done today.”

Numbers Game ($3.10), coming off a trial win at Warwick Farm on August 21,

beat Maccomo ($12) trained by Joe Pride, with stablemate Oslo, the $1.85 race favourite, a length behind in third. 

McLean described Oslo as a “very promising horse.”

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Classy filly Miss Fox continued her winning run with a dominant victory in the 1100m DE BORTOLI WINES BENCHMARK 64. 

Trained by Adam Duggan, the Mossman mare was resuming from a spell. 

She was sent out the $2.25 favourite and didn’t disappoint with jockey Tim Clark settling her just behind the leaders. 

She came to the outside on straightening, going on to win by a length. 

It was the fourth career win for the promising four-year-old from just five starts. 

She was narrowly beaten on debut at Muswellbrook, before stringing together two successive wins at Taree and a home track victory at Gosford. 

She trialled impressively at Gosford on August 3 and looked primed for a good first up performance. 

She beat the Tony Ball trained Boom Queen ($13), with Crackneck ($17) from the Allan Kehoe stable, a close third. 

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Apprentice Cejay Graham continued a winning weekend, riding Wild Chap to victory in the WYONG’S NEXT RACE DAY FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 IS CUP DAY BENCHMARK 64 over 1350m.

Graham booted home a double at Kembla on Saturday, including Delileo for the Brett Lazzarini stable.

The pair combined again at Wyong with Wild Chap and were again in the winner’s circle. 

It was a great, front running ride by the apprentice, who dictated terms in front drawing two lengths clear of her opponents on straightening, maintaining the margin to the post. 

Wild Chap ($11), an $80,000 yearling, was having his third start for the Lazzarini stable. 

He was coming off a second at Kembla on August 6 over the 1200m and responded well to the freshen up. 

Lazzarini had been confident leading into the race.

“He’s a very handy galloper,” he said. 

“He is lightly-framed so you can’t get a lot of work into him but there is plenty of ability there.

“It is not a hard 1350m at Wyong so I thought he would run a big race.”

Wild Chap beat the Grant Marshall trained Achi Baba ($41), with Aspect Ratio ($4.40) third. 

GREAT SEASON FINALE FOR NEWNHAM AND TEAM

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By Frances O’Shea, Photos Steve Hart

Mark Newnham was hoping to end the 2019/2020 season on a high and did just that with a winning double.

Newnham has had his best season in his four years of training, with the Wyong double bringing his tally to 68.

He had been confident of the chances of his two runners, Malfy and Sweeping Brook, leading into the meeting and that confidence paid off.

Both horses looked well-placed and Newnham’s apprentices Tom Sherry and Tyler Schiller did the rest, posting victories for their boss.

It was Sherry’s 14th win on the Wyong track for the season, securing him the Apprentices Premiership Title.

“It was great to finish off the season with a couple of winners and it all starts again tomorrow,” Newham said. 

Malfy was the first of stable’s winners taking out the DE BORTOLI WINES MAIDEN over 1600m.

There were some anxious moments in the straight as the Dundeel filly attempted to run down the leaders, but she responded to hard riding by Tom Sherry and grabbed victory on the line.

Sherry had positioned the short-priced favourite midfield, getting onto the back of the leaders at the turn.

The Perry trained Rainbow Man looked likely to cause an upset, but despite laying in the in the straight, Sherry was able to get Malfy home by a half-length.

It was the second start for Malfy, coming off a fourth at Hawkesbury over 1300m on debut and Newnham had been confident she would race well.

“She came through her first run really well and with the step up to a mile I thought she was well placed,” he said.

“I was pleased with the way she paraded today,” he said. “In her first start she got upset and it was hard to get Robbie (Dolan) on her.

“Today with early muffs on and with the pony, she was nice and relaxed. “Since her last start she appreciated having her work lengthened out a bit and I thought the mile would suit her.”

Malfy ($1.40), beat Rainbow Man ($8), with Haven Road ($8), trained by Dwayne Schmidt, third.

The second of Newnham’s runners, Sweeping Brook, was sent out a short-priced $1.70 favourite in the NSW JOCKEYS ASSOCIATION 3YO MAIDEN over 1350m and didn’t disappoint.

Despite being posted three-wide for much of the race, Schiller didn’t panic, bringing the three-year-old to the front on straightening and drawing away for a three and a half length win.

Newnham had tinkered with the gear on the gelding, taking off the blinkers.

“He’d finished second in both his previous starts and seemed to be getting to the front and waiting for them.

“I thought he was well placed, with 1350m the right trip and three kilos off for Tyler.

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Tyler Schiller

“He’s always shown a bit of ability and was nice to knock off a maiden win.” with him now and give him a bit more time.”

Sweeping Brook beat Happy Babe ($6) trained by Richard Litt, with Dizzy Dawn ($4.50) from the Craig Carmody stable, third.

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David Pfeiffer and Mitchell Bell had a good day out, combining for a winning double with Jacquine Reward and Coco Cuber.

The well-supported Jacquine Reward ($4.40) proved too strong for his opposition to take out the HAPPY 50TH MICHELLE CLASS 1over 1200m.

The Reward For Effort three-year-old was coming off a fourth at Nowra over 1100m on July 3.

Bell settled the gelding just behind the leaders and despite being caught wide, had him travelling strong on the home turn.

He dashed away in the straight to win by a length over the $2.60 favourite Belitsa, from the Snowden yard.

A $25,000 Inglis gelding, Jacquine Reward has had 10 starts for two wins.

Heza Gentleman ($18), trained by Mitchell and Desiree Kearney, was third.

Stablemate Coco Cuber ($15) caused an upset in the 1100m JOCKEYS CELEBRATION DAY BENCHMARK 64 with an impressive length and a half win.  

The Rubick gelding was coming off a last race start at Wyong over the same distance on July 21, when he finished almost four lengths behind the winner in seventh.

Bell settled the three-year-old midfield, before moving up just before the turn.

He hit the front on straightening and held off the fast finishing Can I Rock

An $85,000 yearling, Coco Cuber has now had eight starts for two wins and a placing.

He beat the Mick Dwyer trained Can I Rock ($10), with Stephen Schofield’s Mosht Up ($7.50), third.

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It looked like a race in two and proved to be exactly that with Garrison and Eye See Things fighting out the finish of the 1100m COCA-COLA 3YO&UP MAIDEN.

The Snowden trained Garrison ($2.30), ridden by Brenton Avdulla, got the edge in the final stages, to win by almost a length.

Both look like progressive three-year-olds and seem likely to be headed for metropolitan racing.

Avdulla, box seated on Garrison, before drawing level with the $2 favourite Eye See Things, from the John Thompson stable, on the turn.

The pair battled it out down the straight before Garrison got the upper hand.

Lindy Ings, representing the Snowdens, said it was very satisfying to finally get a win.

“It’s a great result for the team, Peter and Paul, and everyone who has been involved with him,” she said.

“He’s a big, robust horse and has had niggling injuries right through his career.

“There’s been a fair bit of work to get him here, but it was great to get the win.

“He wasn’t beaten far last start at Newcastle, but he was much better today.

“The win today will be good for his confidence.”

Enamour ($11) trained by Tracey Bartley, was seven lengths behind, in third.

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Craig Carmody paid tribute to the ride by Kathy O’Hara after Buzz made it back to back wins in the TAB.COM.AU BENCHMARK 64 over 1350m.

The Denman gelding was coming off a win at Wyong over the same distance on June 18.

In his two previous victories Buzz had been ridden on the pace, but when favourite Al Snip opened up an early six length lead, O’Hara made the decision to restrain him.

It proved to be a winning move, with Buzz circling the field on the turn and running down the leaders in the straight to win by almost three lengths.

“That was quite a run of emotions,” Carmody said after the win.

“I didn’t expect him to be so far back but then we didn’t expect that frantic speed.

“Usually his best runs are when he is up front, but Kathy summed up the situation and the win is probably dedicated to her wise move.

“She summed it up really well.

“It’s nice to see him race with consistency this time in. He’s been honest and deserves the win.

“He’s been up for nine months but is thriving on routine and training. Initially he was quite a fragile customer but has thrived this time in, so we’ll keep him going.”

Buzz ($3.80) beat the John Sargent trained Easy Campese ($6.50), with Weekend Affair ($5) from the Coyle stable, third.

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Cameron Crockett saddled up his first winner at Wyong, with consistent mare Now Or Never getting a well-deserved victory in the GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP 4YO&UP MAIDEN over 1350m.

Now based at Scone, Crockett has only had a handful of runners at the track and was happy to break through for a win.

Jason Collett gave the All American four-year-old a gun ride, positioning her midfield in running before hitting the front on straightening and drawing away in the final stages to win by more than two lengths.

Now Or Never, raced by Darby Syndications, was well supported on the back of two good runs at Muswellbrook and Dubbo this time in, and sent out $2.60 favourite.

Previously trained in Sydney by Gary Portelli, she had showed early potential finishing fourth in the Gimcrack and sixth in the Inglis Classic, beaten only two lengths.

She has raced well since joining the Crockett stable, with three placings from eight runs.

In her breakthrough Wyong win she beat the Lauri Parker trained Haunting Spirit ($3), with Badge Of Honour ($231) from the Cheers stable, a close third.

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Back to back Wyong wins for the Waterhouse/Bott trained Vienna Rain, who took out the 1600m WYONGS NEXT RACEDAY SUNDAY AUGUST 30 CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 70.

The Manhattan Rain gelding was sent out $3.00 favourite and didn’t disappoint, with Adam Hyeronimus giving the three-year-old a well-rated ride on the pace.

Vienna Rain jumped well and Hyeronimus settled him just off the leader.

He hit the front on straightening and was able to hold out his rivals to score a two-length win.

The $50,000 yearling made the step up in grade to BM70, after his July 21 Wyong win in a BM64 over the same distance.

He beat the Lees trained Blazing Sunrise ($3.60), with Call Me Mo ($8.50) from the Perry stable third.

MY ROSE MY KINGDOM THE RIGHT TONIC FOR RANDALL

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By Frances O’Shea, Photos Steve Hart

Trainer Tanya Randall is renowned for cheering home her winner’s but had to be content with watching from her hospital bed when My Rose My Kingdom greeted the judge.

The bargain-buy filly went from villain to heroine when she took out the 1200m CARLTON DRY PROV & CTRY MAIDEN in impressive style.

The previous morning Randall was leading My Rose My Kingdom off a float when the horse was spooked and jammed her into the side of the trailer.

She suffered two broken ribs and a broken collarbone and is recovering in John Hunter Hospital.

It was left to her partner Mal Ollerton to saddle up the three-year-old, with Tanya watching on from her hospital bed.

Apprentice Tom Sherry took My Rose My Kingdom ($9.50) to an early lead, which she maintained throughout, kicking away in the straight to win by more than three lengths.

“I’d say Tanya would be pretty happy now and feeling now pain,” Ollerton said.

“The filly won really well, and she still has a bit to learn.

“We put her in a couple of shorter races, and I thought the run at Newcastle was better than her second at Muswellbrook a couple of weeks earlier.

“I said to Tom (Sherry) today not to fight her, because I don’t think she’s as affective held up. She’s a bit of a free striding filly and can quicken off that.”

Ollerton said My Rose My Kingdom, a $4000 purchase, was bred to get over further ground.

“I thought there must have been something wrong with her when we got her at that price, but they were just selling everything off. She’s always been a nice filly and is still growing, so we haven’t rushed her.”

Ollerton said they would look for a similar race around the provincials in coming weeks.

My Rose My Kingdom beat Brad Widdup’s $4.80 favourite Stark, a $1.45m yearling, with the Perry trained Mon Amore ($8.50) third.

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Moccasin Miss may have delayed her retirement plans with a strong win the OFF THE TRACK NSW BENCHMARK 64 over 1100m.

The Gary Portelli trained mare maintained her impressive first up record with three wins and three placings from seven starts.

Perfectly ridden by Shaun Guymer, Moccasin Miss ($8) settled just behind the leaders, with Guymer patiently waiting for a split at the top of the straight and pulling away along the rails to win by a length over the fast finishing Ragged Rascal ($11). The Godolphin trained favourite Badia ($4.20) was a half-length behind in third.

Gary Portelli described Moccasin Miss, who claimed her fourth win from 41 starts, as a “great little mare.”

“I’ll be sad when she’s retired because she just turns up week after week,” he said.

“She’s been with us since she was two. I bought her in Western Australia for $60,000, out of good mare Moccasin Bend, who won a West Australian Guineas.

“She will probably get retired to stud after this campaign, but we’ll see how she goes.

“It was good ride by Shaun. I couldn’t believe the rails run, he was sweating on it, got it and pounced.

“She’s always there about and when she draws well fresh and especially around these sorts of tracks, she’s pretty hard to beat first up. I thought her form would line up against these.”

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An exciting finish in the DE BORTOLI WINES 3YO MAIDEN over 1600m with the Gerald Ryan trained Swahili Mai ($6) getting the bob on the line.

The three-year-old, by Japanese sire Kinshasa No Kiseki, brought up her first win at her sixth race start.

Apprentice Tyler Schiller had settled the filly just off the speed, bringing her to the outside in the straight.

Swahili Mai looked to have the measure of the Anthony Cummings trained favourite Mooy ($2.60) but she fought back to make It a close finish, beaten only a short head.

Ryan said he hoped there were more wins in store for Swahili Mai, an $80,000 yearling purchase.

“I had a big question mark on her running 1600m and thought if she can’t run it today with 52kg on her back she never will,” he said.

“She probably felt the pinch late but got the job done.”

He said the filly had been unlucky in her last two starts.

“Two starts ago at Canberra she should have nearly won, and the other day at Newcastle she was unlucky again. She’s an honest little thing.

“Her sire won 6 Group1’s in Japan and has thrown a couple G1 winners this season. I hope she can go on and win another one.”

Zounate ($3.10), from the Portelli stable, who led up the field finished third, two lengths behind the winner.

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A dominant win by Emthree ($4.80) to take out the COCA-COLA MAIDEN over 1350m.

The Deep Field gelding easily rounded up his rivals in the straight, courtesy of a well-timed ride by Andrew Gibbons.

He settled the three-year-old just behind the leaders, putting pressure on race favourite Lake Marion ($1.75) on the turn, before drawing away in the final stages to win by more than two lengths.

“He’s needed a bit of time,” trainer Bryce Heys said after the win.

“There were issues with his mannerisms due to tractability in the run, but today was the first day the race set up in a manner he was able to take advantage of, and he was able to do that.”

Heys was full of praise for the ride by Gibbons.

“Draw a gate, have a horse going well and Gibbo’s the man to put on,” he said.

Emthree, a $100,000 yearling, was having his seventh career start and coming off a ninth at Newcastle on June 27.

I Am Flying ($26) trained by Peter Cheers was second, from Lake Marion.

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Yangarra Rose went one better than her debut at Newcastle, to take out the 1000m JIM BEAM 2YO MAIDEN in a close finish.

The well-bred Zoustar filly, a $460,000 yearling, was narrowly beaten over 900m on July 7 and appreciated the step up in distance to claim her first victory.

She was given a great ride by apprentice Andrew Adkins and finished strongly to run down the leaders in the final stages of the straight.

Colum McCullogh, representing the Snowden stable, said the filly had definitely appreciated the extra distance.

“She was good up in trip. Andrew got her into a good spot, she found her rhythm and relaxed well,” he said.

 “Coming up the straight another horse started to veer out a bit, and she was a little bit wary about going past it, but when she knew what she was doing Andrew got stuck into her and she let down really good.

“She’s by Zoustar and we are of the opinion she will probably be a better Autumn three-year-old. She still has to fill out quite a bit, she’s got a good mentality, now we just need the physical side to fill out. She’s done a great job in her first preparation.”

Runner-up, the Tracey Bartley trained Barossa Rosa ($2.30fav), looked promising, with We Had Too Many ($21), trained by John Thompson, third.

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An upset in the 1350m TAB.COM.AU CLASS 1 with the Hawkes trained Snowfire ($12) proving too strong for his more favoured opponents.

The Star Witness gelding brought up his second career wins from six starts, courtesy of a good ride by the in-form Koby Jennings.

He took an early lead and picked up some easy sectionals in front, before drawing away in the straight and holding off the fast finishing, short-priced favourite Al Snip ($1.70).

The winning margin was a long neck, with the Jason Coyle trained Undoubted ($13), a length behind in third.

Snowfire, a $120,000 yearling, had been racing in Victoria prior to spelling. He resumed with a fifth at Hawkesbury over 1300m on July 2.

The win continues a great run for Jennings, who has booted home eight winners in the past three weeks.

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Veteran trainer Pat Farrell showed his younger counterparts how it’s done, taking out the 1000m GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP CLASS 2 with One To Remember.

The Office Bearing gelding was having his fourth career start, having won his maiden at Muswellbrook on May 1.

Farrell gave the gelding a 10 week freshen up, starting him at Wyong without a trial.

It proved to be a winning move, with One To Remember blitzing his opposition to win by almost three lengths.

Leading jockey Jeff Penza took advantage of the one barrier, jumping the two-year-old to the front.

He led throughout and drew away from the field in the final stages, beating the Stephen Schofield trained, Mosht Up ($41), with Can I Rock ($6.50), trained by Mick Dwyer, a further three lengths behind in third.

Farrell saddled up three runners in the race, with his other two Euroaire and When You Wish, finishing toward the rear of the field.

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The well supported Vienna Rain finished the day well for favourite backers, taking out the WYONGS NEXT RACEDAY FRIDAY JULY 31 BENCHMARK 64 over 1600m.

The Manhattan Rain gelding caught the eye of punters with a good performance over the 1500m at Newcastle on July 4.

He was well ridden by Adam Hyeronimus, who box seated behind the leaders, before taking a rails run on straightening and drawing away to win by more than a length.

Runner-up Brutality ($8) from the Joe Pride stable, finished strongly, ahead of High Court ($41), trained locally by Jeff Englebrecht.

A $50,000 yearling, Vienna Rain raced by Blueblood Thoroughbreds, has now had 10 starts for two wins and four placings.

SHERRY TAKES THE LEAD

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By Grahame Timbrell, Photos Steve Hart

Tom Sherry, the former Irish apprentice who only started riding in Australia last October, has hit the lead in the NSW apprentices’ premiership after riding a winning double at Wyong on Thursday.

Sherry won the Doylo Maiden (1350m) in a boil over on the Paul Perry trained La Jolie Fille ($10) when they beat the heavily backed long odds on favourite Pitchfork.

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Later in the day he scored on the heavily backed Ladies’ Gem with a gem of a ride in the Bishop Collins Chartered Accountants Benchmark 64 (1600m).

That takes him to 90 winners for the season, one ahead of Samantha Clenton who is sidelined with an injury.

It also comes at Sherry prepares to soon start riding in the metropolitan area.

Sherry let Ladies’ Gem ($3 fav) settle on the outside of the leader Apicius until the 600 metres when he made his move.

Sherry had Ladies’ Gem on the fence by the time they turned the corner and she careered away to win by two and a half lengths from Delicately ($9.50) which came from well back early.

That was the fifth win for Ladies’ Gem with three of them coming on soft or heavy going.

His other winner, La Jolie Fille ($10) was the only two-year-old in the race she won but gave her older rivals a galloping lesson.

Pitchfork looked to head the winner momentarily in the straight but the two-year-old fought back along the rail to win by a neck.

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Kathy O’Hara combined with trainer Gary Portelli to also landed a double with the pair winning the Great Northern Maiden (1000m) with Absolutely Foxy and the Wyong Rugby League Club Class Two (1100m) with Spaceboy. 

Absolutely Foxy ($6) was another two- year-old to beat older horses, showing blistering speed to lead all the way.

She just lasted to score by half a neck from the James Cummings trained $19 chance Let Me Think (Jean van Overmeire) which came from mid-field and made up many lengths in an impressive debut.

Portelli said that his filly was a precocious speedster which only knew one way to race.

“She showed blistering speed in the (Inglis) Millenium and led for most of the trip when she ran fourth,” Portelli said.

“We decided to try and teach her to settle by riding her back in a trial but she resented it so we decided to her do her own thing out in front.

“She is only a little thing.

“Kathy rode her at Randwick one day for us and said to keep her racing her as a two-year-old because I don’t think she is going to grow.”

Spaceboy was out in a world of his own when he raced right away in the straight to win the Wyong Rugby League Club Class Two (1100m) by almost five lengths.

O’Hara took advantage of her inside draw to let Spaceboy ($2.40 fav) go straight to the lead and dictate terms before exploding away in the straight to beat the Paul Perry trained Titus ($18) by four and three quarter lengths.

That was Spaceboy’s second win in 13 starts despite showing so much promise.

That included a second in the Golden Gift at Rosehill, a third in the Wyong Magic Millions and a fourth in the Magic Millions Maiden at the Golden Coast.

“I know a lot of punters have been dirty on him but it is a relief to see him getting his confidence and winning like that,” Portelli said.

“I put a tongue tie on him for this race and that might have made a difference.

“It was good to see him open up like that late so we will just let him go through his grades.

“He works like a Group horse at home and my challenge is to eventually get him up to that level.”
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Brenton Avdulla celebrated his return to riding at Wyong with a gun ride on the Chris Waller trained Rules Don’t Apply to win the Royal Hotel Maiden (1600m).

It was his first ride back at the track after restrictions were lifted following the virus lockdown.

Avdulla let Rules Don’t Apply ($1.70) settle in third with a lovely trail with Adrian Layt rating Misty Brook perfectly in the lead.

Avdulla moved up three wide approaching the turn but the filly took the turn awkwardly which allowed Misty Brook to maintain her lead.

It was not until close to the line that Rules Don’t Apply was able to grab the lead and score by half a neck at her second run back from a spell.

“That will do her confidence the world of good,” stable representative, Clare Heuston, said.

“She comes out of our Warwick Farm stable and the team there has done a great job with her.”

That was the seventh start for Rules Don’t Apply and followed placings at Kembla Grange, Warwick Farm and Canterbury.

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Another odds-on favourite was beaten when the imported German bred stayer Arabolini (Jeff Penza) led all the way to win the De Bortoli Wines Class One and Maiden (2100m) beating the $1.55 favourite Alakahan (Keagan Latham).

Penza did a great job in rating Arabolini ($7) in the lead while the Irish bred Alakahan raced in second last place until nearing the 600 metres when Latham started his move.

However, he was spotting the leader too big a start and despite making up a lot of ground in the straight he ended up being beaten a length.

Arabolini is one of only three horses trained at Gosford by John Cooper.

The horse was originally trained by Kris Lees but never raced for him.

After two trials, the second in January last year, the horse was bought by Cooper and after a spell had his first start when eighth in a Taree maiden.

Since then he has had another 10 starts for two wins.

“The horse has been improving all the time,” Cooper said.

“Paul King helped me find the horse and I would like to thank him for that.”

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Travis Wolfgram went to Wyong for one ride and ended up a winner when the Craig Carmody trained Buzz ($9) came across from the outside gate to lead all the way and win the Wyong’s Next Raceday Saturday July 11 Benchmark 64 (1350m).

Carmody, a former top jockey, praised the ride.

“Travis rated him really well in front and used his momentum to cruise across from the outside gate to take the lead,” Carmody said.

The was the third win from 13 starts for Buzz which is raced by a syndicate headed by Kim Harding with the horse carrying her colours.