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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.”
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.


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.”


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.



By Frances O’Shea, Photos Steve Hart

Veteran local trainer Stan Thomas was in the winner’s circle with his tough mare Ondo Pasa in a race honouring a fellow Wyong trainer Johnnie Roberts.

The six-year-old brought up her eighth career win and the third on her home track.

She was disappointing at her last start at Wyong on May 14 after being caught three wide but atoned for that with a convincing one and a half-length victory.

Mikayla Weir continued a great association with Ondo Pasa, having combined with her in her last three wins.

Mikayla Weir continued a great association with Ondo Pasa

Kindly given to Thomas by a couple of valued friends, Ondo Pasa has now amassed more than $215,000 in prizemoney.

It was a popular win for the 83-year-old trainer, who has three horses in work.

“She’s been a great horse for me. She tries hard every time she goes around and that’s all you can ask,” Thomas said.

Weir had Ondo Pasa ($9) toward the rear of the field in the early stages, circling the field on the turn and fighting on in the straight to claim victory.

She beat the Widdup trained Louder ($31), with Nishka ($8.50) from the Ron Quinton stable, third.


Tom Sherry extended his lead in the provincial jockey’s premiership and took out the riding honours at Wyong with a winning double.

Currently the State’s leading apprentice, Sherry now has 46 wins in the premiership, five ahead of his nearest rival.

The first leg of his double came on De Grawin in the 1000m DE BORTOLI WINES MAIDEN PLATE.

He piloted the Joe Pride trained filly to a length win, in her first run for the new stable.

The Snitzel filly was placed twice in two starts for Matt Vella, before being transferred to Pride.

She had trialled well leading into the Wyong race, and was heavily supported by punters starting at $2.20.

Sherry drove the filly to the lead from the barriers and she travelled well throughout, holding out her rivals, to score by a length.

De Grawin beat Giselle Anne ($7) trained by Lee Curtis, with Godolphin trained Segosha ($9), third.

Sherry, who had been favourite in the jockey’s challenge, had to wait until the final race to bring up his double.

He combined with his master Mark Newnham, to win the WYONG’S NEXT RACE DAY THURSDAY JUNE 18 CG&E BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP over 1350m.

Newnham had the Shamus Award gelding primed for a strong first up performance, following an eye-catching trial win at Warwick Farm on May 22.
He was sent out $4.20 equal favourite and didn’t disappoint, beating fellow Darby Racing runner Amoretti by a long neck.

Sherry had the four-year-old three-wide with cover in the early stages, looming up on the turn, before hitting the front around the 200m.

He was able to hold out the Portelli trained Amortetti ($26), with Cubix ($4.20 eqfav) from the Matthew Dunn stable, two lengths behind in third.

A $150,000 yearling, Academy has now had three wins from eight starts.


All Things put on a dominant staying performance to take out the 2100m SKY RACING CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE in his first trip over the distance.

The So You Think gelding, trained by John Sargent, is compiling an impressive record with two wins and three placings from seven starts.

Foreman Campbell Ashby believes the four-year-old will continue to improve.

“That’s his trip and I think he will get further than that,” he said.

“Andrew (Gibbons) was able to get him into a good spot and into his rhythm.

“He’s a momentum horse and he got that today. He out-toughed them all.

“He is still very immature, and he’ll improve from that win.”

Gibbons settled All Things just behind the leaders, before moving up around the 500m and hitting the lead on straightening.

He got into a battle with Seporto in the final stages but kicked on the line to win by a half neck.

All Things ($6) was coming off a fourth at Newcastle over the 1800m, having broken through for his debut win the previous start.

He beat Seporto ($4.80) trained by Clarry Connors, with Mick ‘N Nicks ($16) from the Peter Robl stable, third.


A strong ride by Lee Magorrian secured victory for the Waller trained April Thunder in the GREAT NORTHERN MAIDEN HANDICAP over 1600m.

Magorrian had to work hard on the Sebring filly after she looked to have dropped the bit mid-race.

She responded to his hard riding, hitting the front in the straight to score a three quarter of a length win.

April Thunder, a $120,000 yearling, had been strong on debut at Randwick in December finishing third but then failed at her subsequent four starts.

She was coming off a seventh at Hawkesbury last start and seemed to appreciate the step up to 1600m.

She was sent out $3.80 second favourite and didn’t disappoint, with the $3.40 favourite and early leader, California Spell, finishing back in the field.

April Thunder is raced by Hermitage, who also owned multiple Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun.

Jazirat ($8) from the Godolphin stable put in a much-improved performance to finish second, with Our Cheeky Monkey ($5), trained by Gary Portelli, three and a half lengths behind in third.


An exciting three-way finish in the 1100m TAB.COM.AU CLASS 2 HANDICAP with the Terry Drayton trained Belladeel ($15) snatching victory on the line.

The Dundeel gelding upset some of the more favoured runners to bring up his second career win.

There was late support in the betting for the four-year-old, who was coming off an unplaced run at Scone on May 15.

Chris O’Brien settled Belladeel just off the pace and chasing the two leaders in the straight looked certain to finish third.

O’Brien drove him to the line, and he was declared a half head winner in a photo finish.

Previously trained by Chris Waller, Belladeel was having his sixth start for the new stable. He beat Shadow Bridge ($4.80) from the Mark Newnham stable, with the Snowden trained Crimlet ($5.50) third.



By Frances O’Shea, Photos Steve Hart

Kim Waugh is excited about the prospects of Great News after the filly’s breakthrough maiden win at her third start.

The Uncle Mo three-year-old put more than a length on her opposition on the line to take out the TAB.COM.AU MAIDEN over 1100m, courtesy of a patient ride by Andrew Gibbons.

He was behind the leaders on straightening, but found a gap round the 200m mark, driving the filly through for victory.

“She’s a lovely filly,” Waugh said.

“She’s been slow maturing but she’s getting there, and I like her a lot.

“She was very impressive in her trial last week and her work has been great.

“She just keeps improving all the time and she’s exciting.”

Waugh said it was great to see the owners get a winner, particularly Jim Lee, a long-time client who she described as “very loyal.”

Great News ($2.70) was resuming after two provincial placings in her first preparation and had finished second in a trial at Gosford to Miss Fabulass.

She brought up her first win beating the Bryce Heys trained Key Largo ($21), with the $1.75 favourite Ballistic Missile, from the Joe Pride stable, third.


Anders is on the way to justifying his expensive price tag after his dominant seven length win in the 2YO maiden.

The Not A Single Doubt colt, a $670,00 Magic Millions purchase, had the 1100m COCA-COLA 2YO MAIDEN won at the turn, drawing away from his opposition as he went to the line.

The Maher Eustace stable has always had a strong opinion of the colt, who debuted in the spring with a fourth at Randwick, followed by a Queensland campaign where he finished third at Eagle Farm and sixth in the Gold Nugget on the Gold Coast.

He resumed with a second at Kembla on April 28 and looks set to return to metropolitan class, following his breakthrough Wyong win.

Anders jumped well with jockey Ash Morgan settling him just behind the leader, before hitting the front around the 600m mark and pulling away for a commanding win.

Anders, sent out $3 favourite, beat the Snowden duo Sharpshooter ($26) and Falcon ($5.50).


A change of riding tactics proved to be a winning move for the Keegan-Attard trained Reiby’s Regent in the WYONG’S NEXT RACE DAY THURSDAY JUNE 4 BENCHMARK 64 over 1350m.

The four-year-old by Uncle Mo, left his rivals in his wake with Keagan Latham leading from barrier to post to score a three-length win.

Jason Attard said he had left the riding instructions to Latham after a downgrade in the track had him concerned.

“He had failed before on heavy tracks, but they were quite wet, and I was just concerned if this was a soft 7 or a heavy 8.

“We came here pretty confident but then we had that downpour of rain, so I did have a query.

“I left it up to Keagan, but I was thinking we may have been a little closer than we were at Newcastle last start.”

Reiby’s Regent was narrowly beaten at Newcastle on May 2 with no luck in the race.

The Wyong win was his second in 10 starts, both on the same track.

“There has been some good form around him, and he’s got plenty of ability,” Attard said.

Salsa Man ($7) from the Perry stable was second, with Mo The Great ($11) trained by Kim Waugh, third.


Mitch Newman has a good opinion of his filly Diva Bella who brought up back to back wins taking out the DE BORTOLI WINES CLASS 1 over 1200m in impressive style.

Newman seems to have found the key to the Reward For Effort filly, who has had two wins and two placings since switching from the Tim Martin stable.

“She’s a filly with nice ability and hopefully she can go on with it,” Newman said following the win.

“It was a good effort today. She had a good draw and nice pull in the weights on the favourite.

“She seemed to plough through the going. There is a bit of wet form in her breeding and she ticked that box today.

“She’s a filly in good form.”

Cejay Graham had Diva Bella ($5) in a good position, just behind the leader, taking her to the front on straightening and drawing away on the line to win by two lengths.

She beat the Widdup trained Louder ($26), with Ranges ($4.20) from the Snowden stable, third.


Only five days back from a fall Grant Buckley continued his winning run lifting the Godolphin trained Delicately ($7) to victory.

Buckley was sidelined with a broken collarbone and torn chest muscle for almost six weeks and has now booted home four winners since his return on May 9.

He produced a strong ride to steer Medaglia D’Oro filly Delicately to a half-length victory in the WYONGRACECLUB.COM.AU 3YO MAIDEN over 1350m.

Buckley settled the three-year-old, just behind the leaders, drawing level with Timon Stinger in the straight.

He lifted the filly to the line, bringing up her debut win at her fourth start.

She was coming off a third at Canberra over 1400m on April 24.

Timon Stinger ($7.50) trained by Lindsey Kennedy was second, over the $2.70 race favourite Shuwaamekh from the Waterhouse/Bott stable.


Crown Affair ($5.50) confirmed his status as a stayer putting almost eight lengths on his opposition to win the 2100m CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES MAIDEN.

Trainer David Payne has always had a good opinion of the Snitzel gelding who raced in the Group 3 Canonbury as a two-year-old.

He was passed in by owner/breeder John Cordina as a yearling for just shy of $1million.

“I like to get them in and having a run early because it is good to have that experience,” Payne said. “I knew he was going to get better with time and more ground.”

The now three-year-old proved Payne right with placings over the 1900m and 1800m in his last two starts at Gosford and Hawkesbury.

The 2100m at Wyong looked ideal and he didn’t disappoint breaking through for his debut win at his 13th career start.

Crown Affair jumped well, and Rory Hutchings took him to the lead, maintaining the front throughout and kicking away in the final stages.

He beat the Perry trained The Borough ($19), with Spring Secret ($17) trained by Paul Niceforo, third.


It was a race to race double for Rory Hutchings who pounced on the leaders to claim victory on the Joe Pride trained Stockman.

The three-year-old had been looking for more ground and relished a downgrade in the track to take out the SKY RACING CLASS 1 over 1600m.

Hutchings brought the Tavistock gelding down the outside in the straight, after it had looked like a race in two with Benfica Maid and Significance fighting out the finish.

Stockman swooped on the line to score a half-length win.

It was his second victory from six starts, having tasted success over the 1300m at Goulburn when resuming.

“I think he’s a really nice horse,” Pride said.

“He’s got fantastic pedigree to stay with quite a few Derby winners having the same breeding.

“It was an excellent win at Goulburn and there were excuses last start.

“He’s got stamina and that’s a big plus.

“It’s good to see him out over the mile and even beyond. That’s when we are going to see the best of him.”

Stockman ($5) beat the $2.70 favourite Benfica Maid, trained by Jason Coyle, with Significance, ($3.90), from the O’Shea stable, two lengths behind in third.



By Frances O’Shea, Photos Steve Hart

The Waterhouse/Bott trained Reinvest is headed to the Queensland winter carnival after making it back to back wins with an impressive victory at Wyong.

The Newhaven Park bred three-year-old was a Newcastle winner on debut and handled the step up in distance and grade to score a tough win in the HMA GROUP METRO & PROV MAIDEN HANDICAP over 1600m.

A $450,000 yearling purchase, Reinvest started $1.45 favourite and despite being headed in the straight by Fill Of Fun, got his head in front on the line to win by a half neck.

Lee Magorrian had settled the gelding just behind the leader in a slowly run race, moving up on the corner and battling it out the final stages of the straight to score a tough win.

Neil Paine, representing the stable, confirmed Reinvest would head to Queensland.

“I’ve had Gai on the phone and she’s very excited,” he said.

“They picked out this race and he got the job done. This horse has got potential.

“It was only his second run in a race and to win a tough class 1 is impressive.

“Gai is looking at taking him to Queensland for a longer race up there over the carnival.

“This horse will get over 2000m to 2400m and that’s when you’ll see the best of him. “He will stay all day. He’s a nice horse with a good stride on him.”

Reinvest beat the Anthony Cummings trained Fill Of Fun ($17), with Cottenham ($14) from the O’Shea stable, third.


A strong ride by apprentice Tom Sherry secured victory for the John Thompson trained Lando Bay in the WYONGRACECLUB.COM.AU MAIDEN over 1350m.

The short-priced favourite went head to head in the straight with runner-up Daksha, getting the bob on the line to score by a long neck.

Stable representative Danielle Podelwski described it as a “good win.”

“He had to dig deep to get over the line. It was great to get his maiden win,” she said.

“It was a good ride by Tom. When he asked him to give that extra length near the line he responded. It was nice.”

Lando Bay ($1.60), a $100,000 Inglis yearling, was having his eighth career start, having previously been placed twice at provincial level.

The three-year-old Sebring gelding was coming off a third at Kembla last start.

The Widdup trained Daksha ($5) was second, with Oakfield Lane ($14) from the Damien Lane stable, third.


A race to race double for in-form apprentice Tom Sherry after Miss Maisel’s win in the CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES MAIDEN over 1100m.

The Mark Newnham trained filly was sent out $3.10 favourite after her narrow last start defeat to Marboosha in the Miss Finland at Muswellbrook on April 13.

Marboosha, trained by the Snowden’s was an impressive winner at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, franking the form of Miss Maisel.

Sherry settled the Hinchinbrook filly just behind the leaders, hitting the front on straightening before drawing away in the final stages to win by more than two lengths.

Newnham has always had an opinion of the two-year-old, who was having her fourth race start.

She was sent out favourite on debut at Kembla in November but missed the start, storming home to finish second.

Miss Maisel finished fifth at a subsequent Rosehill start before spelling and resuming at Muswellbrook.

Sherry, who rode the filly at Muswellbrook, was confident coming into the Wyong race.

“We thought we would just go to Muswellbrook and win but it didn’t pan out that way,” he said.

“I was very confident she’d race well today.”

Miss Maisel beat Kiss And Tell ($5.50) from the Gerald Ryan stable, with Spanish Fighter ($21) trained by Peter Green, third.


A great training performance by Jason Coyle with Maui Girl ($3.40) returning to the winner’s circle first up after 18 months on the sideline.

The four-year-old mare scored a tough win in the SKY RACING CLASS 2 over 1350m after being caught wide in the early stages.

Andrew Gibbons was forced to go forward and sat just off the leader, hitting the front on straightening and holding off rivals to win by a long head.

“It was a good tough effort,” Coyle said after the race.

“Both her trials had been good, and I thought she was forward enough to run a nice race, but I was a little concerned with her getting onto a track that was a touch testing.

“It was good to see her knuckle down over the last 100m and get the win.

“Things didn’t quite pan out like we thought early, she was caught wide and Gibbo had to roll forward mid-race. She relaxed then but not having raced for so long, I was always worried about the last little bit.

“I think she’s a mare with some ability and she can only improve off the back of that.”

Maui Girl, having her first start for the Coyle stable, beat the Matthew Dunn trained Cubix ($3.80), with Jim and Greg Lee’s Ladies Gem ($12) third.


Gerald Ryan believes there is plenty of improvement in his filly Sally’s Day who broke through for her second win in the COCA-COLA BENCHMARK 64 over 1100m.

The More Than Ready filly, a $220,000 yearling, bred and raced by John Singleton, was resuming following an impressive trial win at Rosehill on April 6.

She was sent out $2.50 favourite and didn’t disappoint, with Christian Reith sitting just off the leader, hitting the front on straightening and drawing away for an impressive two length victory.

“It was a good win,” Ryan said.

“She’s only a light little filly and can’t cop a lot of work, but a three-year-old filly up against the older horses today, she did a good job.

“She had to carry weight and cover ground, she was good.”

Ryan believes Sally’s Day will only get better with time.

“When you can get her to settle like Christian did today, she can race well but she can also over race.

“We’ve been working on getting her to settle and when she learns to switch off completely, she’ll have a good turn of foot.”

Ondo Pasa ($14), trained by Stan Thomas was second, with the locally trained Dual Escape ($15), from the Denim Wynen stable, third. 


A change of gear and a welcome change of luck were key to the Lees trained Darleb ($5) taking out the WYONG’S NEXT RACE DAY THURSDAY MAY 14 BENCHMARK 64 over 1300m.

The Uncle Mo colt, a $16,000 yearling purchase, had no luck at his last start at Wyong and Lees added blinkers.

The move proved successful and courtesy of a strong ride by Sam Clenton, he posted a narrow victory over Kim Waugh’s race favourite Holy Reign ($3.20).

The pair fought it out in the final stages with Darleb gaining ascendency on the line.

“He was too good today,” stable representative Danny Greer said.

“Everything worked out a lot better today. It was a lovely ride by Sammy.

“They looked to be a jammed up on the home turn, she just popped out of that trouble, found clear running and was strong late.

“He was really good third up today with the blinkers on. Sammy got him out of trouble and really lifted him over the line late. “

The Paul Perry trained Salsa Man ($8) was third.


Peter Green seems to have found the key to former Victorian galloper Auvergne, with the filly bringing up her debut win in the HMA GROUP METRO & PROV MAIDEN.

The three-year-old was having her second start for the Green stable, with three previous unplaced starts in Victoria.

Hawkesbury based Green picked her up for the bargain price of $3000 in December and is now reaping the rewards.

The Dawn Approach filly finished fifth at Wyong over 1350m on April 16 and appreciated the step up to 1600m.

She had no trouble handling the going, with a heavy downpour hitting the track shortly before the race.

Green had been confident Auvergne ($7.50) could run a good race, with the only question mark the distance.

“I thought if she gets the mile and settles, after not settling last start at Wyong, she would run well because she’s been working very well,” he said.

“We got a nice run in behind them and that suited her.”

Mikayla Weir settled Auvergne toward the rear of the field, bringing her along the rail on straightening to snatch a narrow win on the line.

She beat Clever Man ($8) trained by Anthony Cummings, with Gloraya ($9.50) from the Perry stable, a length behind in third.




By Frances O’Shea

A Tamworth Cup start could be on the agenda for the Tas Morton trained Acoustix after his tough win in the WWW.TAB.COM.AU CONDITIONAL PROVINCIAL CUP – CLASS 4.

The well-bred Snitzel gelding, ridden by Jenny Duggan, led throughout to win the feature race by almost two lengths.

“It was a very gutsy win,” Morton said.

“When he was taken on mid-race, I thought this will be a real test for him.

“He certainly proved his ability by going on with it.”

Morton said he had always expected to see the best of Acoustix when he got over the mile.

“It was the right distance for him at Gosford last start and he was only beaten a lip,” he said.

“It was a step up in class for him today, but he was good and got the job done.”

Morton, who races the four-year-old with close friends, said he would now consider the Tamworth and South Grafton Cups for Acoustix, or a mid-week metropolitan meeting.

“He’s continuing to improve so that’s promising. He’ll be weighted out of most country races now, but we’ll look at the Cups and a mid-weeker in town.

“I’m very happy with the win today.”

Acoustix ($5), who has now had five wins from 19 starts, beat the $3.80 favourite Surjin from the Perry stable, with First Lady ($7) trained by Gary Portelli, third.


Million-dollar colt Signficance showed his class to break through for a dominant debut win in the H & H CATERING MAIDEN over 1600 metres.

Trained by John O’Shea, the Frankel gelding had been disappointing in his last two starts on rain affected tracks but appreciated the good four Wyong surface, putting more than seven lengths on his opposition.

Apprentice Tom Sherry had the UK bred colt in the perfect position, just behind the leader before hitting the front around the 600m mark and pulling away in the straight.

He cruised to the line, never overextended by Sherry, to record an impressive seven and a half length win at his sixth start.

Signficance, who justified his $1.55 favouritism, was purchased as a yearling at the Inglis Sales by Domeland for $1.1million.

He beat the Gerald Ryan trained Highbury ($3.90), with the locally trained Dunlee ($7) from the Damien Lane stable, third.


Speedy gelding Kyo ($5.50) upset some of the more favoured runners to win the 1000m RAPID CLEAN CENTRAL COAST 3YO MAIDEN in a tight finish.

The three-year-old, by Poet’s Voice, had shown plenty of speed at her previous two starts at Gosford over the 1000m and although finishing out of the placings had only been beaten just over a length on both occasions.

Apprentice Cejay Graham was confident the gelding would appreciate the Wyong track.

“It’s my first ride on him but his pattern had been to jump and run and that is an asset on a track like Wyong,” Graham said.

“I think the two kilos off definitely helped, particularly in the closing stages.”

Graham followed the race plan and was able to dictate terms with Kyo jumping to the lead.

She pulled away in the straight and held out the fast finishing Glock ($12) to win by a nose.

Short priced favourite More Prophets ($1.90) was third, two and a half lengths behind the winner.

The winner is trained by Craig Carmody and raced by Kim Harding.


Gerald Ryan expects Secretly Awesome ($1.55) to be a much better horse as a four-year-old after his impressive win in theGO ELECTRICAL TUGGERAH MAIDEN.

The Snitzel gelding put paid to his opposition over the 1350m in just his second race start, having finished second on debut at Newcastle over 1200m on March 31.

Ryan said Secretly Awesome, owned by Cressfield, had been a ‘very, very difficult horse’ to get to the races.

“It’s taken a long time to get to this stage,” Ryan said. “He been a very difficult horse to get going, not just around the stables but at the farm, at the breakers, everywhere.

“He trialled well and raced well at Newcastle last start. I think we will get a better idea of how far he will go next preparations. I’ll give him a couple more runs for education and then turn him out.”

Keagan Latham, settled the three-year-old just behind the leader, peeling three-wide on the turn to hit the front and dash away in the straight.

He posted a three-length win over the Waller trained Savaspur ($5.50), with Mikhail ($10) from the Portelli stable, third.

Latham said he had thought Secretly Awesome would take a ‘power of beating.’

“He’s a lovely horse and Gerald said he had come on a ton since his first run, so I thought he’d be hard to beat.”


A nice ride by Louise Day secured victory for the Anthony Cummings trained Loves To Rock in the 2100m CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES BENCHMARK 64.

It was the second win in five days for the tough Loves To Rock mare, who was successful at Newcastle over 1850m on Saturday.

The mare continued the trend of favourites winning, scoring a dominant three and a half length victory.

The four-year-old, who is raced in partnership by Cummings, is putting together an impressive record with four wins from 15 starts, three this preparation.

Day settled Loves To Rock just behind the early leader, maintaining the position until around the 500m mark, when she hit the front, pinching a break on straightening.

The Freedman trained Unamerican ($5) was second, with Also Cool ($13) trained by Garry White, third.


Shamus Award gelding Corcra made it back to back wins taking out the 1000m COCA-COLA CLASS 2 in impressive style.

The Bjorn Baker trained three-year-old earned plenty of support from punters on the strength of his last start Nowra win and was sent out $3.30 favourite.

He didn’t disappoint, with jockey Mitchell Bell giving him a lovely run just behind the leaders, before taking him to the front on straightening and drawing away to win by more than a length.

Baker said Corcra had handled the step up to provincial class.

“It was another test for him today. He came into the race in good order,” he said.

“I thought his last win was very good and he showed good speed.

“I wanted him to be positive today because he’s a very fast horse.

“Coming back to the 1000m was also a good thing for him.”

Corcra, an $80,000 Inglis Classic yearling, brought up his third win from seven starts.

He beat King’s Champ ($3.70) from the Gerald Ryan yard, with Gulgong visitor Deviate ($51) trained by Brett Thompson, third.




By Frances O’Shea, Photos Steve Hart


Veteran trainer Clarry Connors pulled off his second upset in as many days with Segrill’s win in the COCA-COLA CLASS 1.

The Sebring gelding greeted the judge at the juicy odds of $19, following on from Connors Warwick Farm win the previous day with Bolero King at $31.

Segrill, a three-year-old by Sebring, made it back to back wins after scoring at Kembla over the same distance on March 13.

Jockey Digger McLellan gave the filly a lovely run throughout, sitting just off the leader before hitting the front on straightening.

Segrill was full of running and drew away in the final stages to win by more than a length.

Marc Connors, representing his father, said they had gone into the race with confidence.

“She put the writing on the wall with a fantastic win last start,” he said.

“We were positive today that if he put her into the race she’d go well again, and she got the job done.

“I was surprised she was $20 but good luck to everyone who was on.

“It’s been a good couple of days.”

John O’Shea’s $2.80 race favourite Kirwan’s Lane finished second, a length behind the winner, with the Jason Coyle trained Benfica Maid ($5.50), third.


A super ride by apprentice Tom Sherry secured a well-deserved victory for Red Hot Chillypins ($2.05) in the RFS VOLUNTEERS THANK YOU MAIDEN over 2100m.

In a small field, Sherry settled the Joe Pride trained favourite, toward the rear switching to the inside on the turn before coming around the heels of the leaders to score a narrow win.

The Rock’N’Pop four-year-old has been runner up at her past three starts.

Hayley Blythe-Devlin, representing the Pride stable, said while the mare didn’t make it easy watching, it was good to final see her win.

“It felt like I was watching her over 2300m,” Blythe-Devlin laughed.

“She’s just so green still. She needs racing and exposure to that, and I’m really pleased for the ownership group that she won today.

“She’s a very genuine, lovely sound filly and I think she’ll give them a lot of fun.

“Joe’s been waiting to get her up in distance and it did look like a good race for her today.”

Whiskey Jack ($4.80) finished a long head behind the winner, with Scorching Zorro ($7) third.


The Greg Hickman trained Enigma ($4.40) defied a late betting drift to bring up her debut win in the 1000m SES VOLUNTEERS THANK YOU MAIDEN.

The Time For War filly had her first start at Randwick on March 18, finishing midfield.

Hickman said she had now earned another metropolitan start.

“She’s a nice filly and I’ll probably look to start her in town again now,” he said.

“She jumped well today, was travelling throughout and hit the line very strong.

“It’s good to get her confidence up with a win.”

The filly jumped well and Andrew Gibbons maintained the lead throughout, kicking away on straightening to win by more than a length.

He beat the fast finishing Shepherd Of Fire ($8.50), trained by Bruce Heys, with Schengen ($14) from the Jeff Englebrecht stable, third.


A return to the provincials proved to be the key to the Waterhouse/Bott trained Smart Success ($8), who upset some of the more fancied runners to take out the VRA VOLUNTEERS THANK YOU MAIDEN over 1350m.

The Smart Missile filly, ridden by Lee Magorrian, was expected to lead but settled midfield, before peeling wide on straightening and running down the leaders on the line to win by a neck.

Lauren De Arias Huep, representing the stable, said they were confident leading into the race.

“She was really good first up at Gosford and only narrowly beaten. Then she stepped up in class, but it wasn’t the right race for her.

“We had expected her to put in a performance today similar to when she was first up.

“She had quite a bit of work to do today coming into the straight but flew home.

“She will only improve coming off this. We will take her through her grades and hopefully see her progress.”

The Craig Carmody trained Bob’s Your Uncle ($5.50) was second, nearly two lengths ahead of Bjorn Baker’s Qinghai Lake ($9).


Written Tycoon colt Axe ($6) lived up to his big price tag with a strong win in GOOD LUCK WYONG @ THE POLYTRACK PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL CLASS 1 over 1000m.

The three-year-old, a $350,000 Magic Millions Yearling purchase, scored his second career win from just three starts, both victories on the Wyong track.

Samantha Clenton took Axe to an early lead garnering early speed from a wider barrier.

She was able to gain a breather in the middle stages before kicking clear in the straight to win by a length and a half in the fastest 600m of the day.

Axe was resuming from a spell, having finished second in a trial at Hawkesbury on March 23.

There was plenty of drama before the start with the Brett Partelle trained Rifles ($4.60) having to be re-plated in the stalls.

The gelding finished third, despite a wide run, behind the Godolphin trained favourite Bollywood ($3.60).


A change of gear could have been a winning move for the Brad Widdup stable, with Carte Blanche ($8.50) taking out the 1300m CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES CLASS 1 in impressive style.

The daughter of Casino Prince, ridden by Christian Reith, brought up her second win from eight starts.

Widdup removed the blinkers from the filly and she responded with a strong win.

The four-year-old is owned by Julie Ritchie, the vice-chairwoman of the ATC.

“Julia gave Carte Blanche to me to train as an unraced three-year-old, and I’ve taken my time with her,” Widdup said.

“Our apprentice Qin Yong rode her at her first start at Kembla Grange last September and she was narrowly beaten at big odds ($81).

“Carte Blanche ran fourth at her next two starts and was given a break, and I was always confident we could win at least a maiden with her.

“Now she’s brought up two wins and should keep improving.”

Reith came from last on the turn, circling the field and drawing away in the straight to win by three quarters of a length.
She beat the Peter Robl trained Power Of Attorney ($3.80), with Rocquette ($41) from the Clare Cunningham stable, third.


Bargain buy Butch’n’bugs put in an improved performance to secure victory in the WWW.TAB.COM.AU PROV & CTRY MAIDEN over 1350m.

The Sidestep filly, a $3000 yearling purchase, was coming off a fourth at Wyong last start.

Cejay Graham took advantage of an inside run in the straight, overhauling the leaders to win by more than a length.

The filly is trained at Hawkesbury by Peter Green, who races her with family members.

She was having her third race start, having finished third on debut at Tuncurry in February.

Butch’n’bugs appreciated the extra distance, beating the Stephen Schofield trained $2.80 favourite Queen Snip, with Buckin’ Rippa ($4.20) from the Damien Lane stable, third.


Dream Circle ($10) regained his winning form with a narrow victory in the WYONG’S NEXT RACE DAY APRIL 16 CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 70 over 1350m.

The Dream Ahead gelding, a $130,000 yearling, was an impressive winner on the Beaumont track on February 27 before failing at Kembla over 1400m last start.

Jockey Serg Lisnyy, who has combined with the three-year-old in his past two starts, gave him the ideal ride just off the pace.

He showed a good turn of foot in the straight to run down the leader, The Cartoonist ($21), in the final stages.

Bringing up his third win at his 13th start, Payne said he had an opinion of him.

“He’s a nice little horse,” he said.

Salsa Man ($14) from the Perry stable, was third.




By Frances O’Shea, Photos Steve Hart

Disappointment for trainers with the Wyong Polytrack Provincial Championship Qualifier called off due to heavy rain late in the day.

The $150,000 heat was to be the last race on the program but a deluge resulted in the race being postponed due to visibility concerns.

Racing officials will likely add the race to the Newcastle program on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day Chris Waller and Lee Magorrian combined to take out two races, the first with promising prospect Kinane.

The stable looks to have another smart stayer on their books after Kinane’s impressive win in the TWIN LAKES AIR AND SOLAR MAIDEN over 1600m.


The Reliable Man gelding was having his second start for the stable, after a luckless second on debut over 1400m at Warwick Farm on March 11.

The three-year-old was previously been trained by Mick Kent and had been nominated for feature staying races by that stable.

Punters installed him as the $1.45 favourite and he didn’t disappoint, drawing away in the straight to score by more than two lengths.

Jockey Lee Magorrian settled the three-year-old off the speed, and despite hitting a flat spot on the turn, he drew away for a convincing win.

Damien Fitton, representing the Waller stable, praised the ride.

“It was a very good ride by Lee. They put the pace on early and he was run off his feet, but Lee was patient and let him work through his gears before he put them away.

“It’s good to get the maiden out of the way. I think we’ve got a pretty promising horse on our hands.”

The Anthony Cummings trained Dame Margot ($5) was second from Urbino ($3.90) from the Lees stable.


An exciting finish in the 1350m PANASONIC AUSTRALIA CLASS 1 with Earth Song ($8) bringing up a double for the Waller/Magorrian combination.

The Nicconi filly, a $105,000 yearling purchase, came from the rear of the field, with Magorrian weaving a passage mid-race before hitting the lead close to the line.

The three-year-old, resuming from a spell, brought up her second win from seven starts.

She beat the fast finishing Lady Tavista ($11) from the Widdup stable by a head, with the Pride trained Big Bad Bruce ($5) third.


A beautifully rated ride by Andrew Gibbons brought out the best in Elisa Carolina ($5) who scored her first win for the Lees stable with a strong staying performance.

Raced by the same connections as champion mare Lucia Valentina, the Makfi filly proved too strong for her opponents in the MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES AIR CONDITIONING AUSTRALIA CLASS 1 & MAIDEN, posting a three-quarter length win.

Gibbons was able to lead throughout, dictating terms in the small field.

He managed to stave off his opposition in an exciting four-way battle in the straight, to bring up the filly’s second career win from seven starts.

Stable representative Danny Greer said Elisa Carolina was an improving type.

“Gibbo showed his hand in the early stages and dictated the pace. It was a nice ride,” Greer said.

“She’s only been in the stable for a short time but is a nice horse to have in the stable. She’ll stay all day too which is good.”

The Godolphin trained Tahuna ($4.40) was second, from the $1.85 favourite Sciconic, from the Freedman stable.


A dominant win by speedy Godolphin galloper Emanate ($1.90) to take out the LAKE MACQUARIE SHEET METAL MAIDEN over 1000m.

The impeccably bred Lonhro filly showed her class leading from the outset and letting down in the final stages to win by almost two lengths.

The three-year-old was runner-up on debut at Hawkesbury on March 7 and started $1.90 favourite.

She beat the well-supported Mark Newnham filly Zanzidance ($3.30), with Princess Ariana ($9.50), from the Kristen Buchanan yard, third.

Kent Wade, representing James Cummings, said they were confident coming into the race.

“She had to work hard from a bad alley at her first start,” he said. “She’s had a good week leading into this and we thought she’d be hard to beat.

“It was a great, controlled ride by Jeff and her breeding came through.


Irish apprentice Louise Day posted a victory for her former boss Ciaron Maher, with Major Murphy ($11) causing an upset in the VIETNAM VETERANS HOSTEL 2YO MAIDEN over 1200m.

In an action-packed race, Day came from the rear of the field in the straight to upset some of the more favoured runners and post a half-length win.

Princess Betty ($7.50), from the Waugh stable, looked to have the race won before Day swooped in the final stages.

O’Tartan Lass ($7) trained by Bjorn Baker was third.

Day worked for Maher in Melbourne for almost two years before being apprenticed to Kris Lees.

The Maher/Eustace trained Major Murphy, a $130,000 yearling, had been unplaced in two Randwick barrier trials leading into the race.

The Waterhouse/Bott $3 favourite Only Mine tapered off from the start and failed to finish, while Spin That Wheel was scratched at the barriers.


Estroverto broke through for a well-deserved win in the 1200m VIETNAM VETERANS HOSTEL 2YO MAIDEN.

The Pierro gelding, trained by Kylie Gavenlock and ridden by Digger McLellan, had eight placings from 17 starts leading into the race.

He was installed as $5.00 second favourite on the strength of his last start third at Hawkesbury.

McLellan settled the four-year-old midfield, circling the field around the 600m mark and hitting the front on straightening.

He was able to hold off his rivals to score a length and a half win.

Estroverto is raced by the well-known Kolivos family.

He beat the Stephen Schofield trained Quick Snip ($21), with the $3.30 favourite Derbari, from the Pride stable third.


The Brad Widdup trained Night Flyer ($3.60) stormed home in the straight to snatch a narrow win the 1100m NORTHLAKES TOUKLEY ROTARY CLUB CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 70.

Ridden by Christian Reith, the All Too Hard filly, relished the heavy conditions to bring up her second win from eight starts.

The three-year-old scored her first career win on a heavy track and with rain falling punters were keen to support her, with the filly starting $3.40 favourite.

She ran down the race leader Iconic Star ($7.50) in the closing stages, showing a great turn of foot to beat the Portelli trained Moccasin Miss ($10) on the line.

“It was great to get the rain late, that really helped her,” Widdup said.

“She’s a very honest little filly but she doesn’t win out of turn.

“I was expecting her to run well in this type of grade.”



By Frances O’Shea, Photos Steve Hart

Brett Partelle took out the training honours at Wyong’s Turf Care Australia Race Day, bringing a welcome change of luck to the stable.

For the past four months he has been plagued with adversity, suffering from the effects of fire and flood at his South Tacoma property.

At one stage the horses were sidelined for 10 days and Partelle was unsure if they were short of a run heading into the Wyong meeting.

That proved to be the opposite with Rifles and Aytobe both greeting the judge.


“It’s great to see things finally turning around,” Partelle said, “and I think both horses have a future.”

He intends to target the Brisbane Winter Carnival with Rifles after his dominant first up win.

The four-year-old, who was previously placed twice from three starts, was sent out $1.75 favourite in the ICL SIERRAFORM GT MAIDEN over 1000m.

Rifles was gelded following his first preparation and Partelle believes it has improved him significantly.

“His manners were a lot better and that’s what we were looking for,” he said.

“He wasn’t screwed right down today with no official trial. Keegan (Latham) rode him a treat and he really settled down.

“We knew he would run well but to win like that is very encouraging.

“If he’d have trialled, I think he could have put another four lengths on them.

“At this stage I would say we will head to Brisbane and the trip away will do him good. He’s a nice horse and I’ve always had an opinion of him.

“I think he will develop into a really nice racehorse capable of winning a good race throughout his career. “

Rifles jumped well in the ICL SIERRAFORM GT MAIDEN over 1000 metres with Latham settling him just off the speed.

He took him to the front on straightening, dashing away from his rivals to win by more than four lengths.

Latham was also full of praise for the victory.

“He’s got a bright future,” he said.

Partelle’s partner Lani Pritchard has a share in the Smart Missile gelding, who was a $30,000 yearling purchase.

He beat the Damien Lane trained Buckin’ Rippa ($9.50), with Honey Elyees ($14) from the Jeremy Sylvester stable.


Aytobe made it a stable double, also putting upward of four lengths on his opposition to take out the 1200m FLORATINE FOLIARS PROV & CTRY MAIDEN.


The win, in class record time, brought up a double for Keagan Latham.

“He’s been promising to do that for a while,” he said.

“He was a tragedy beaten at Scone and he’s a very good rider this boy. I left it up to him as to where he would be.

“He’s broken the class record and has enough ability to be a nice horse in town on a Saturday.

“It’s good to see him get the monkey off his back because he’s had a few excuses and it’s been a bit disappointing for his owners so far in a couple of his races, but he made amends today.”

Aytobe ($5), a four-year-old Bullet Train gelding, beat Uprise ($3) from the Widdup stable, with Just Like Jessie ($41) from the Attard/Keegan stable, third.


Kristen Buchanan will consider a shot at the Wyong Provincial Championship Qualifier with Maggie Bee after the mares’ strong win in the 1200m SPORTS TURF SOLUTIONS CLASS 2.

The four-year-old was given a soft, front running ride by Jenny Duggan and was able to sustain the lead to the line, winning by a length and a quarter.

“I’ll have a good talk to Jenny, but we may head to the Wyong Qualifier. I think she deserves a shot,” Buchanan said.

“Her last run at Newcastle was good but she burned a bit of petrol, so we just decided to change a bit of gear and be a little more gentle, and not try and drive her to be anywhere.

“The alley made it possible because if you draw an outside alley or an inside alley you’ve got your hands full. We drew a nice gate today and she got the job done.

“She always tries really hard and it was perfect today.”

A large crowd of excited connections were on hand to celebrate the win.

The Tim McIntosh trained Absolute Trust ($3.40) was second, with Titus ($12) from the Perry stable, a length behind in third.


The Hawkes trained Pink Beau ($3.30) overcame a slow start to bring up her debut win in the SYNGENTA POSTERITY 2YO MAIDEN over 1200m.

The Brazen Beau filly was sent out $3.30 favourite on the strength of her first start on February 19, when she finished fifth behind Black Opal winner Barbaric.

Andrew Atkins didn’t panic when the filly reared at the start, missing the kick by a length.

He settled her just off the pace and then ran down the opposition in the straight to record a three quarter of a length win.

Trainer Michael Hawkes said he would access the next run for the filly over coming days.

“She jumped a bit awkward but to Andrew’s credit he didn’t panic and just let it all sort of unfold. He wanted to push her out on the corner, but the gap disappeared, so he had to wait and when he let her go, she knuckled down to the task and got the job done.

“She did everything right in her first start, the gap just probably closed that day as well, so with her two runs she hasn’t had much like.

“In saying that I do like her, she knuckles down and really wants to get the job done.”

The Kim Waugh trained Princess Betty ($4) was impressive on debut finishing second, over Princess Glamour ($19) from the Gary Portelli stable.


Mensa Missile is headed for a midweek metropolitan race after his dominant win in the TURFCULTURE THUMPER MITICIDE MAIDEN over 1350m.

It was another good result for favourite backers, with the Smart Missile gelding sent out at the skinny odds of $1.45 following his fourth on debut at Kensington on February 19.

He put paid to his opposition in impressive style, winning by almost five lengths.

Stable foreman Ronnie Nunn said the three-year-old was good at his first start and had improved after a subsequent trial.

“We were pretty confident today and he won as the price would suggest,” he said.

“Everything went to plan. He relaxed nice and easy in front and was impressive.

“He travelled well throughout the run. There was a bit of merit in the win. He got left in front a long way out, and for a lightly raced horse, he’s heading in the right direction.

“He will most likely go to a midweek race next start.”

Adam Hyeronimus said Mensa Missile relaxed well and once asked to pick up and find the line he did so.

“It was the perfect race for him today. He’s a real seven-furlong horse so it’s good to get him up to the distance.”

Unloch The Rock ($13) trained by Gary Portelli was second, with Craig Carmody’s galloper Red Hot ($5.50), third.OHot Hot


A well rated ride by Louise Day saw the speedy Vinci Lady ($8.50) upset some of the more favoured runners to take out the BAYER INDEMNIFY CLASS 1.

The I Am Invincible mare hit the ground running and let throughout the 1000m dash.

Trainer Gary Portelli was complimentary of the ride and Vinci Lady.

“Louise has been down to ride her work a few times and I think that makes a difference she knows what’s she’s capable of doing.” he said.

“It was a great ride. She just controlled her, let her go through her gears and the fastest horse won.

“We were pretty keen on her chances. If she turned up, I thought she’d win.

“I heard a few people say there was a lot of speed in the race, but I don’t think there would be too many lead this girl when she’s on song.

“She travels better in front now. Last preparation she was going to the front and over racing. At Newcastle in a 900m she went helter skelter but just blew out late and I think she was favourite that day. I hope the punters got something back today.”

Cameron Crockett’s $2.40 favourite Fox Spirit was a length behind in second, over Crimson Ticket ($20) from the Jim and Greg Lee yard.


A last-minute decision proved to be a winning one for Clare Cunningham after Ready’s Girl ($8.50) put paid to her opposition to take out the TURFCARE AUSTRALIA CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 70 over 1600m.

The Better Than Ready filly was coming off a good run at Canterbury over the 1900m and Cunningham had intended to step her up to the 2000m.

“To be honest there wasn’t much around for her over that distance, so we decided to bring her here,” she said.

“I was as confident as you can be going back in distance. She drew nicely and it looked like a suitable race.

“We will take her out to the 2000m now.

“She’s a ripping little filly and it was a wonderful ride by Rachel (King).

“This filly has come such a long way. She really had to knuckle down and tough it out.

“She’s very fit and tough and looks like she’s got a good wind capacity so I wouldn’t be too worried about the 10 furlongs.”

Ready’s Girl beat the Paul Perry trained Opinions ($7.50) by half a length, with the Deamer trained Time Raid ($8) third.


A long-time friendship paid dividends for Luke Thomas and Aaron Bullock when the pair combined to win the ECO BUNKER AUSTRALIA BENCHMARK 64 over 1350m with Asudem.

The Duporth gelding brought up his fifth win from 18 starts and is now likely to target the Country Championship Wild Card at Muswellbrook on March 22.

“I want to really thank Aaron,” Thomas said after the race. “He and I have been friends for a long time. He has been struggling with his weight but gave me his word he’d ride for me today.

“This horse is really tough. To win like that with the 60kg was a really big effort, particularly when the winners have been leading here today.

“He has been super consistent, and I think he deserves a chance in the Wild Card.”

Bullock said it was great to win for Thomas.

“We went to school together so have been mates for a long time. I really wanted to ride for him today and it was good to see him get another win.

“He’s a tough, consistent horse.”

In a nail-biting finish, Asudem, the $2.80 race favourite, beat Mohican ($61) from the Robert and Luke Price stable by a short half head, with Salsa Man ($8.50) from the Perry stable, a close third.