Father and son Richard and Jason Collett combined with stayer Segenhoe ($21) to cause an upset in the 2100m DE BORTOLI WINES CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE.
The five-year-old by American sire Ekraar put on a strong staying display to win by almost four lengths over the Allan Kehoe trained favourite Jayzou, with the second favourite Blackmaker, third.
Jason Collett settled the gelding just behind the leader and although appearing under pressure on the turn, he went past Blackmaker to score a strong win.
Richard Collett, who is training a small team at Warwick Farm, said he had always considered the horse would be a good stayer. “I haven’t had him long and he came to me from another stable in New Zealand.
“I trained his half brother who was a good stayer and I thought this bloke would be too. “It took us a while to get to grips with him when he first came and we had to try a few things to get right by him. “
Richard said he had trained for the clients before and it was great to get a win for them. “To bring a horse here and win one for stakes money is a good result and we will look for a few more similar staying races. “
Jason Collett described Segenhoe as a “dead set stayer” and said he had a few more staying wins in him.
Chris Waller’s short-priced favourite Kirini proved too strong in the 1600m WWW.TAB.COM.AU MAIDEN HANDICAP providing another win for in-form jockey Brenton Avdulla.
Starting $1.65 on the strength of a last start second at Kembla, the filly brought up her first career win at her third outing.
Kirini, by Medaglia D’oro out of Admiring, was a $520,000 purchase at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sales.
Brenton settled the three-year-old behind second favourite Gold Emblem for the majority of the race, before the two battled it out down the straight with Kirini gaining the upper hand, drawing away for a half length win.
Brenton Avdulla congratulated the trainer on Kirini’s preparation. “It was a good job by Chris to have the horse ready for a mile second up,” Brenton said. “I was positive away from the gate and always confident I would get to the front at some stage. “She gave me the feeling she would go another lap or two.”
Allan Kehoe is predicting a bright future for his four-year-old Three Hats ($10.30) after he brought up his second career win in THE PROPERTY MARKET CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1100m).
The gelding ran down the leaders on the line to score a long neck victory over Vienna Romance, with another Wyong trained horse, Allan Denham’s Dizzy Success, third.
“It’s good to get a winner on home soil,” Allan said. “I’m very happy.
“I was very confident going into the race. Mentally he’s a bit of a head case but once he learns what it’s all about he will go on with it and put a handful of races together. “Even today he was looking around in the last furlong but then got to the line.
“One of the blokes in him was thinking of selling his share last week and I told him I’d buy it,” Allan laughed.
He said the horse had previously been trained by Joe Pride for Champion Thoroughbreds. “He was a bit wayward when Joe had him but we have been able to sort him out and he’s proved to be good buy. “Hopefully he can go on and and put a few together.” Winning jockey Tye Angland agreed Three Hats had ability.
“It was a nice win and full of merit.” Three Hats has now had two wins and a second from six starts.
The Snowden stable and Blake Shinn continued a great run with California Fortune scoring an effortless win in the 1350m WRC $30 MID YEAR MEMBERSHIP JOIN NOW MAIDEN PLATE.
The combination had four wins at Kembla Grange yesterday and brought up the fifth with the impressive Fastnet Rock gelding. Blake Shinn overcame a wide barrier to cross the field with the $1.70 favourite and take an early lead.
He pulled away in the straight, totally outclassing his opposition, to win by four lengths over Absolutely Win, with El Vee Are third. “It is always good to see them win like that when you think they have got ability,” Peter Snowden said after the race.
“He’s well bred and owned by some really good people who have supported me from the get go and I can’t thank them enough.”
Peter said the three-year-old had a good action and had shown them plenty of promise. “I still think the penny has to drop yet and he will turn into a really nice horse.”
Blake said the result was “pretty much never in doubt.”
“From the wide draw I got across easily and was able to dictate the race.
“He was a fair bit sharper with the blinkers than at his previous start at Warwick Farm.
“He is going to get better and this won’t be his last win.”
California Fortune, who has had two starts for a win and a third, was a $450,000 buy at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sales.
A double to jockey Tye Angland with the David Pfeiffer trained favourite Tswalu winning the 1200m BREE AND GAWNDY’S GALLOP-A-THON MAIDEN PLATE.
The Northern Meteor mare, raced in partnership by Widden Stud and wearing the same colours as Takedown, won a battle down the straight with second favourite Ignite The Light, to score a half length victory.
David Pfeiffer expects the lightly raced four-year-old, having only her second race start, to progress through the grades.
“It was good to see her get the job done today. It was a great, well-timed ride and she was able to put them away at the top of the straight. “I can see this mare going quickly through her grades.
“We will probably look for a low benchmark race in town now and just take her one step at a time.
“It is good to get a win for Antony Thompson, Widden Stud and the other owners.”
Tye Angland shared the trainer’s thoughts describing Tswalu as a “nice horse.”
“When I asked the question she let down really well. It was a good win.”
An excited group of owners from the Lucky Stork syndicate greeted Mariquita after the Gerald Ryan trained mare took out the CANADIAN CLUB & DRY F&M BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (1350 METRES) by almost a length.
The I Am Invincible mare brought up her second career win, both on the Wyong track, from six starts.
Ridden by Travis Wolfgram, the four-year-old put on a prolonged run in the final stages of the straight to beat Jeff Englebrecht’s tough galloper Kite Hill. Third was Star Reflection trained by Kris Lees.
Trainer Gerald Ryan’s foreman Sterling Alexiou said they had been pretty confident going into today’s race.
“She was pretty unlucky at Warwick Farm the other day and everything that could go wrong did.
“It was a super win today particularly given how the track has been running and with her getting so far back.
“It is onwards and upwards for her now and we will probably make our way back to town at some stage.”
Travis said he knew if he could get within two to three lengths of the leaders in the final stages he could run them down.
“It wasn’t looking good early in the race – she had a lot of ground to make up.
“She’s a hard horse to ride because she gets her head up and does her own thing but she knuckled down late and got there.”
An upset in the last after the Clarry Connors trained Stylish Lad ($31.70) won the 1350m 2GO FAMILY RACEDAY JANUARY 22 CGE BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP courtesy of a great ride by apprentice Blaike McDougall.
The seven-year-old, resuming from a spell, has good form at Wyong with three wins and two seconds from eight starts on the track.
Clarry Connors was very complimentary of the ride by the 2kg claiming apprentice.
“It was a gun ride. He did exactly what I asked him to do,” he said. “This horse raced badly last preparation so I put him out and have taken the blinkers off him.
“I wasn’t that keen on him today because even though he likes this track also prefers it wet.
“I told the owners we’d just take him to the races and see what he could do.
“Coming to the turn he was the horse to beat.” Blaike said it was great to have one ride for one win.
“It’s a good feeling to ride a winner for Mr Connors. He’s given me a lot of support.
“This horse might be seven-years-old but there is still a lot of life in his legs.”
Stylist Lad beat Caesar’s Ghost, with the race favourite Amazing Story, third