The end of the racing season is looming and Tracey Bartley has set himself a goal to train another four winners before August 1.
Bartley had 22 wins in 2017/2018 and wants to ensure he can match or better that number in the current season.
He is hoping his progressive filly Joigny and the resuming Mr Plow, can provide him with two of those victories at Tuesday’s Wyong meeting.
“I trained 22 last season and I want to do at least the same, but time is running out,” Bartley said.
“I think Joigny is a real chance on Tuesday. She is going really well, and it looks like a good race for her.
“Mr Plow is first up and will be very hard to beat.”
Wyong hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for Bartley, but he trained a double at the last meeting and now has five winners for the season on his home track.
Joigny and stable mate Moana Jewel both posted solid wins at Wyong’s July 13 meeting.
Joigny was impressive bringing up her second win in a 1600m Class 1, with a dominant three length victory over the Gerald Ryan trained favourite Fast Train.
She has been unplaced only once in seven starts.
Bartley had been toying with taking Joigny to Brisbane for a three-year-old 1800m race but has opted for a home track run before a likely spell.
“I wanted to step her up to something a bit further and was keen to get her up to Brisbane but at this stage the Wyong race looks like a good option.
“She’s a really nice filly and I’m very happy with her.
“She will spell after this and she should come back next time a nice staying mare.”
Joigny starts from barrier one in the 1600m Benchmark 64 and will be ridden by Grant Buckley.
Bartley is excited about the prospects of Mr Plow, who is resuming after a 12-month spell.
The Casino Prince gelding broke down in the hind leg after running in the Group 3 Rough Habit, at Doomben in May last year.
He looked to have returned in good form with a strong trial win over the 1000m at Gosford on July 11.
“There is still I chance I might hold him back for Kembla next Thursday but wherever he goes he will be very hard to beat,” Bartley said.
“He was racing well before he got injured and had won one and been placed three times from six starts.
“We just want him to win in town this preparation and get him through his grades.”
Mr Plow is in the 1350m Class 1 and will be ridden by Cejay Graham.
Race 1 – 12.20pm: KOOINDAH WATERS STAY & PLAY 3YO MAIDEN (1600m): 1 OCEAN VILLA, 2 Crime Wave, 3 Hillandale, 4 Phylave.
Race 2 – 12.55pm: CARLTON DRAUGHT MAIDEN (1350m): 1SKILLET, 2 Avalaunche, 3 Pixel Perfect, 4 Oakfield Poet.
Race 3 – 1.35pm: JOIN WYONG RACE CLUB NOW – JUST $55 2YO MAIDEN (1000m): 1 PANDEMIC, 2 Coco Cuber, 3 Sangria, 4 Fulmina.
Race 4 – 2.10pm: TAB.COM.AU PROV & CTRY MAIDEN (1200m): 1 STREET SCREAM, 2 Icebath, 3 Beaurama, 4 Gus Lightning.
Race 5 – 2.50pm: NSW PARLIAMENT FORMER MEMBERS ASSOC. CLASS 2 (1000m): 1 HIBISCUS LADY, 2 Chicadilly, 3 Miss Powerbelle, 4 Miss Invincible.
Race 6 – 3.25pm: THE HONOURABLE JOHN BOOKS MEMORIAL CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 MR PLOW, 2 Couru, 3 Laila De Vega, 4 Flash Palace.
Race 7 – 4.05pm: WYONG GOLD CUP DAY 6 SEPTEMBER BENCHMARK 64 (1600m): 1 SOCIETY, 2 El Coyote, 3 Joigny, 4 Foxdown.
Race 8 – 4.40pm: MAGIC MILLIONS 2YO SALE OCTOBER 15-16 BENCHMARK 64 (1100m): 1 HILL OF GRANGE, 2 Mosuo, 3 Fearless Girl, 4 Starismo.