Kristen Buchanan is hoping to celebrate Wyong’s Women In Racing Raceday on Tuesday with a winner on her home track.
Buchanan will join a panel of well-known female racing identities including Lizzie Jelfs and Debbie Kepitis, at the club’s luncheon to recognise the achievements and contributions of women involved in the industry.
And while she is looking forward to the function, she hopes her trio of runners will ‘do her talking’ on the track.
“It’s great for the club to recognise the part women play in the industry and I’m very happy to be a invovled,” Buchanan said.
“I’ve got three runners and I’m confident two of them will perform well, with the third having his first start.”
Traumatised and Upper East Side from the Buchanan stable are resuming, while four-year-old mare Sequenzalot is on debut.
“I’m really excited about Traumatised resuming,” she said.
“I’m very happy with the way he’s been going, and it’s will be great to see just how far he can progress this preparation.”
Traumatised, a six-year-old by Choisir, has had 18 starts for four wins and eight placings and was narrowly beaten at his last start at Rosehill on June 29, following a Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign where he placed twice in three starts.
He trialled at Wyong on September 17 and has impressive first up form with two wins and two placings from four starts.
He resumes in the 1000m Benchmark 70 with apprentice Chris Williams in the saddle.
“He was a bit wild and woolly when he came to us and had a horrible attitude. To be honest, I was very close to sacking him. I’m so glad I didn’t,” Buchanan said.
“He’s come such a long way and he just keeps ticking the boxes. He’s one of my best horses and there are plenty of options for him.
“He is only a small, homebred horse and that’s why we sent him to Queensland, so he didn’t have to carry as much weight. We might step him up to a higher grade this preparation where he will get a lighter weight and see how he goes.”
Buchanan is also keen on the chances of Upper East Side in the 1000m Class 1, her only concern the Wyong track.
“I feel like he has a good future ahead of him. He is a really nice horse, he trialled well, has had a jump out since then and is working great.
“Ideally I think he would be better suited on a bigger track but in saying that he works well around Wyong so we will see how he goes raceday.”
Buchanan regards first starter Sequenzalot, lining up in the 1100m Maiden, as a “nice mare” and is keen to see her race.
“It’s her first outing so that will tell us a lot more about her,” she said.
“I don’t have big expectations first up, it will be good to see her go around.”
Buchanan recorded a personal best in 2018/2019 with 35 winner and a strike rate of around 20 percent. With three wins already this season she hopes to add to that tally come Tuesday.
Race 1 – 1.10pm: EVENT CINEMAS TUGGERAH MAIDEN PLATE (2100m): 1 URBINO, 2 Maybach, 3 The Borough, 4 Bansuri.
Race 2 – 1.45pm: SKY RACING CG&E MAIDEN PLATE (1100m): 1 BIG BAD BRUCE, 2 Iresign, 3 Intimidating, 1 Battlers Four.
Race 3 – 2.20pm: DE BORTOLI MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): 1 BRANDENBURG, 2 Liberty Head, 3 Zell, 4 Golwen.
Race 4 – 2.55pm: WISEBERRY HERITAGE REAL ESTATE CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 FAMOUS, 2 Magnicently, 3 Wounded Soldier, 4 Tinai.
Race 5 – 3.35pm: KRISTEN BUCHAN RACING F&M MAIDEN PLATE (1100m): 1 AKARI, 2 Regimental Band, 3 Furlana, Compatriot.
Race 6 – 4.10pm: AFFORDABLE WARDROBES CENTRAL COAST CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1600m): 1AORAKI, 2 Jarhead, 3 Miss Moana, 1 Julian Rock.
Race 7 – 4.45pm: BLITZ HOMES CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP (1000m): 1 TRAUMATISED, 2 Rambler Rebel, 3 Little Al, 4 Il Bandito.
Race 8 – 5.20pm: BOB HOLLOWAY MEMORIAL CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1000m): 1 PEAK, 2 Soul Soldier, 3 Upper East Side, 4 For Love.