Wyong trainer Damien Lane will be looking to break a string of seconds when he saddles up consistent gelding Bend It Like Benny in the Go Electrical Raceday at Wyong Thursday October 12 Class 1 Handicap over 1000m.
The five-year-old son of Domesday finished his last preparation with a frustrating run of five consecutive second placings in both Provincial and Country races.
The horse has been a difficult ride for both Lane and connections with the horse’s career tally now sitting at ten seconds from twenty starts with just the one win.
“He is a funny horse, he’s very hyperactive and he doesn’t help himself at all,” Lane said.
“The races that he should be winning he gets himself beat and the tougher races he will do everything right but just finds one better on the day, it been very frustrating.
“He’s very consistent and I’m sure his time will come where he can string a few wins together as he has got some ability.”
Lane had the gelding entered at numerous places but decided a start on his home track would be most beneficial.
“Instead of trialling him we have elected to run him in the 1000m race at home and he’s fit enough and ticking along nicely so I’m sure he will run a good race and be competitive.”
In the same race Lane has entered Black Comedy who is coming off a first up run at Gilgandra.
“First up over the 800m she drew wide and got caught deep but the run was good without being great,” Lane said.
“Last prep she won a race at Wellington than ran a really nice fourth at Scone and she probably just had enough her last start that preparation.
“She was actually in at Armadale on Tuesday and they had to come home without racing as the races got called off so she had about an eleven-hour day standing on the float.”
In the Christmas Party’s at WRC Call Now Benchmark 60 over 1600m Lane has entered tough gelding Spinning Gold who two starts back recorded a grinding win at Gilgandra.
“It was a tough win at Gilgandra but it was obviously in a lot easier grade,” Lane said.
“We had a bit of a setback with him a couple of starts ago when he nearly got brought down at Muswellbrook and he lost a lot of confidence from that.
“His next few runs were only ordinary after that so we took him to an easier race where he won well.
“He’s an out and out wet tracker and we have been struggling to find any wet tracks around lately, Gilgandra has a bit of sand in the track so he got some give there and Wyong is never rock hard so he gets his chance there.”
Race 1 – 1:00PM WWW.TAB.COM.AU 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600 METRES) 1 Huang Yaoshi, 2 African Rainbow, 3 Cincity, 4 Aruba
Race 2 – 1:40PM GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP AT WYONG MAIDEN PLATE (1350 METRES) 1 Tutu, 2 Mr Kylin, 3 Sugarland Express, 4 Antonio’s Pride
Race 3 – 2:20PM MELBOURNE CUP DAY LUNCHEON BOOK NOW MAIDEN PLATE (1000 METRES) 1 Shudabeen, 2 Faba, 3 I Am Special, 4 Mowayuncle
Race 4 – 3:00PM GO ELECTRICAL RACEDAY AT WYONG THURSDAY OCTOBER 12 CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1000 METRES) 1 Catmosphere, 2 Right as Reign, 3 Bend it Like Benny, 4 Thistledo
Race 5 – 3:32PM CHARLIE ZAMMIT MEMORIAL MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200 METRES) 1 Persia, 2 Red Zephyr, 3 Discussions, 4 Missybeel
Race 6 – 4:15PM H & H CATERING-NSW REGIONAL CATERER 2017 CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1350 METRES) 1 Masterati, 2 Cedarwood, 3 Concisely, 4 Foshan
Race 7 – 4:50PM CHRISTMAS PARTY’S AT WRC CALL NOW BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP (1600 METRES) 1 Pretty Smart, 2 Labrooke, 3 Macquarie Magic, 4 Spinning Gold
Race 8 – 5:25PM MAGIC MILLIONS AT WYONG THURSDAY DECEMBER 21 BENCHMARK 74 HANDICAP (1000 METRES) 1 Bella Vino, 2 Smooth Tycoon, 3 Invincible Quest, 4 Grammar School