Peter and Paul Snowden hope a maiden win at the first day of the Wyong carnival on Sunday, ladies day, may be the stepping stone to the Golden Rose for Detective.
The colt which is raced by, among others, James Harron Bloodstock and Newgate Farm is returning from a spell after running second at four of his only five starts including a second to Seaburge in the VRC Sires at Flemington in March.
He then went to the AJC Sires at Randwick but ran eighth and was sent to the paddock.
Detective will start from the outside barrier in a field of seven in the Davcron Engineering Three Year Old Maiden (1350m) and will be ridden by Blake Shinn.
“We are sending him up to Wyong to try and get him over the line and get his maiden out of the way,” Paul Snowden said.
“Sometimes when you get them over the line it switches them on and then they go on with it.
“He ran several seconds to some very nice horses last preparation which is an indication of his ability.
“While he was there physically last time in he wasn’t quite there mentally but he is more mature this time in.
“He is entered for the Golden Rose but we are making no commitment at this stage
“Sunday may tell us if we push on towards that goal.”
Detective, by Snitzel out of the Group One winning mare Covertly, cost $220,000 as a yearling.
An even more expensive yearling in Conteur (Lonhro-Fiction) will make his debut for the stable in the Langdon Hair Maiden (1200m).
The colt, which cost $250,000, is raced by the same interests as Detective and has shown plenty of potential with placings in three trials.
“He is another nice horse but, like Detective was previously, not quite there mentally yet,” Snowden said.
Their final runner is Level Eight in the HC Group Maiden (1600m) which will be having his third run back from a spell.
Level Eight has been placed at all of his five starts including a last start second at Kembla.
“His fitness got him in the last little bit at his last but he has taken benefit from it,” Snowden said.
The two features on Sunday are the Star 104.5 La Gioconda, a Class Four over 1600 metres and the Central Coast Jeep Wyong Cup Prelude, also a Class Four over 2100 metres.
Late last month Gerald Ryan hinted that the La Gionconda was on the radar for Love’s A Fantasy after she won a Class One at Wyong.
She then went to Newcastle on the Beaumont track and ran eighth in a fillies and mares Class Two and was beaten less than two lengths but she raced in restricted room over the last 1000 metres.
Ryan also has a top chance of winning the prelude with Star Appearance, a winner of his last two starts over 1600 metres at Kembla Grange.
The interesting runner in the prelude is the Michael Moroney trained Lord Disick.
He won races over 2000 metres and 2400 metres at Randwick last preparation but since returning from a spell has run ninth in successive races at Canterbury and Rosehill.
If he was to find his old form he would dominate this race and he has won on soft going.
The winner of the prelude is exempt from a ballot for the Listed $160,000 Carlton Mid Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) next Friday.
1-12.35, DAVCRON ENGINEERING 3YO MAIDEN, 1350m: DETECTIVE 1, Military Machine 2, Fabvier 3, Drachenfels 4.
2-1.15, SKIN LASER TREATMENT AT WYONG FAMILY PRACTICE BENCHMARK 60, 1350m: STAR REFLECTION 1, Golden Feima 2, Prince High 3, Apache Lad 4.
3-1.49, LANGDON HAIR MAIDEN, 1200m: ABLE GOAL 1, Lady Carnoustie 2, Oakfield Rickie 3, Conteur 4.
4-2.23, HC GROUP MAIDEN, 1600m: LEVEL EIGHT 1, Joy Of Joys 2, Mulinello 3, Tuscadero 4.
5-2.57, STAR 104.5 LA GIOCONDA, 1600m: LOVE’S A FANTASY 1, Little Miss Brown 2, Trinity River 3, Fashion Sniptz 4.
6-3.35, THE ROYAL HOTEL WYONG BENCHMARK 65, 1000m: SUPER TOO 1, Heavenly Anna 2, Enjoyable 3, Michelle’s Gift 4.
7-4.10, CENTRAL COAST JEEP WYONG CUP PRELUDE, 2100m: STAR APPEARANCE 1, Lord Disick 2, Crossing Guard 3, Great Orator 4.
8-4.45, EVENT CINEMAS CLASS ONE, 1600m: RAINBOW PARK 1, Positive Problems 2, Apocalypto 3, Bao Zheng 4.
BEST BETS: Detective, Star Appearance.