The powerful Godolphin stable claimed the training honours at Wyong with a treble and helped launch the career of a promising young apprentice.
Brock Ryan (pictured) having his first two rides for the stable, rode a winning double impressing judges with two polished performances.
Brock, who is on loan to John O’Shea from Gwenda Markwell at Kembla, rode a race to race double on Spiced and Bracteate in the final two events.
“I’d like to thank the stable, Mr O’Shea and Darren Beadman for the opportunity to ride these horses,” Brock said.
His first win came on Spiced ($8) in the Job Centre Australia Benchmark 65 Handicap.
The Exceed and Excel filly brought up her second victory scoring by a length and a half over race favourite Satirical Magic. Darren Beadman was full of praise for the ride by the apprentice.
“He seems to acquit himself very well. He pinged her out of the gates and got her into the race and what I really liked was he gave the filly a lot of confidence and didn’t go for her too early. It was a lovely effort all round.”
Darren was equally as complimentary for Brock’s second win on the well supported Bracteate ($3.90fav) in the Bailey Plumbing Benchmark 65 Handicap (1600m).
“It was a well judged ride. He kept a nice rhythm and he is not an easy horse to ride. He got him through the gap and gave him his confidence. It was a polished performance.”
The double took Brock’s winning rides to 25.
Brenton Avdulla wasted no time getting back into winning form booting home Infra Dig ($4.20fav) to victory for Godolphin in the first race.
The leading jockey, returning from suspension, was impressed with the efforts of the Exceed and Excel filly who shot away in the straight to score a one and three quarter length win in the Bendigo Community Bank Wyong 2YO Maiden Plate (1100m).
“It’s nice to get a ride like that for my first one back but I can’t take any credit,” Brenton said.
“It’s a pleasure being able to team up with Godolphin and when James (McDonald) isn’t available they are happy to put me on. When your riding fat horses it makes my work easy.
“This filly jumped really well and put herself into the race, she relaxed well enough and was in control a long way from home.
“I think she is better than Provincial class. She gave me the feeling that she’s only going to get better and I think she’s got a bright future.”
Godolphin stable foreman Darren Beadman said it was a “sit and steer” job for Brenton with Infra Dig doing everything perfect.
A win for the locals after the Steve Farley trained Another Larga ($9.50) upset some of the more fancied rivals to win the CC IMAG/Toni Oliver Conveyancing 3YO Maiden Handicap (1350m).
The Al Samer gelding had been unplaced in eight starts but turned the tables with a strong three length win ridden by Jason Collett.
Steve attributed a combination of things, including the inclusion of blinkers, as contributing to the victory.
“The blinkers certainly helped today and it was a great ride by Jason,” he said. “The horse doesn’t go too bad but I thought he would need a mile before he won a race. I think we found the right race today and hopefully he’s learned something from it.
“At Gosford the other day when he was first up he floated around looking at the stars and everything. His work has been a lot better in the blinkers and with the great ride it got the job done.”
Jason Collett said the three-year-old was a slow learner.
“I was at him the whole way today. He’s potentially got something there (ability) and we probably weren’t going to see that until he got to the mile but he showed it today.”
Michael Freedman scored his first victory since kicking off his new training venture at Rosehill after Henry The Createth ($13) took out the Job Centre Australia 2YO Maiden Plate.
The trainer, the youngest of the Freedman brothers, recently returned to Australia after a successful eight year stint in Singapore.
Henry The Createth, ridden by Taylor Marshall, was the first win on his home soil since his return a month ago.
The Henrythenavigator gelding, got to the front of the field around the 200m and dashed away to score a two and a half length win. Stable foreman Dave Rorison described the victory as “exciting.”
“We knew the horse had a lot of ability and we came here hopeful. it’s good to get the first win for the stable and I’m sure there will be another one close by.
“He quickened off the bend really well and did a great job. We knew he was fit enough and we are very, very happy.”
Dave said Michael had 22 horses in training and had been well supported by clients.
Taylor Marshall, now apprentice to the stable, considers the winner has plenty of improvement in him.
“This little guy has a heart of gold and really puts in. He will only improve after today’s run. He was pulling away in the end and probably get over a bit further so it’s promising looking forward.
“It’s privilege to ride for Mr Freedman.”
Short-priced favourite Bel Selene ($1.80) held off a late challenge to win the 1200m Pullman Magenta Shores Resort F&M Maiden Plate by a neck.
Blake Shinn always had command of the race taking the three-year-old Bel Esprit filly to the lead shortly after straightening. Trainer Gary Portelli said he would now spell the filly.
“We will put her out now. I think she has more potential than what we saw today and she needs maturing so we will give her time. It’s good for her to go out with a win for the owners.”
Blake said while he couldn’t lead early, which had been the plan, he always felt he had control of the race.
“I put the foot down early and got the job done for the owners which was great. I went a little bit early than I would have liked and she was found wanting late but she did a good job to win and should develop now and come back a nice handy filly.”
The Gerald Ryan trained Rainbow Nation ($3.20) scored an effortless win in the Parties-A-Breeze CG&E Maiden Plate (1200m) ridden by Christian Reith.
The three-year-old Northern Meteor gelding repaid his owners, China Horse Club Racing, for their patience rewarding their $620,000 investment with a win at his fourth start.
The gelding jumped well for Christian Reith and led throughout pinching a break on the turn and drawing away in the straight to score and impressive two and a half length victory.
Gerald Ryan said he had always know Rainbow Nation had ability and it was good to see him finally put it together.
“I thought I’d take him to Doomben for his first start last year and he’d win but he carried on like a seven-year-old bull. We came back and he didn’t try one yard at Canterbury. He probably just needed the run big time at Gosford last start and today he was good.
“The owners paid a lot of money for him and have been very patient while I was trying to work him out and get him going properly.”
Christian Reith said he had probably ridden Rainbow Nation a little “too pretty” last start.
“I let him flow along today and he was nice and comfortable. He has done well and improved since last run and it’s good for him to get a win. “
The in-form Perry stable proved to strong in the Wyong Regional Chamber Of Commerce Class 2 Handicap (2100m) with Montrer Dame ($8) finishing all over her opponents.
Ridden by talented apprentice Rachel King, the High Chaparral mare, brought up her third win from 22 starts.
The victory gave English born Rachel her second win after being sidelined for many months with a visa issue.
“It’s very good to be back,” Rachel said. “There is nothing better.”
“We knew this mare had a good turn of foot and I just had to make sure she settled.”
Shannon Perry said the stop start pace of her last race, when she finished eighth at Gosford, hadn’t suited the lightly framed mare. “We just asked Rachel to conserve her energy and with no weight on her back we knew she could finish well. It is nice to get another win for the Newton clan,” he said.
Montrer Dame beat the race favourite Admiral Jello by a length and a half.
The well supported Cockles (3.80fav) gave local trainer Allan Denham a home track victory and provided Jason Collett with a winning double.
The Nadeem colt raced greenly into the straight but hit the line strong to score a half length win in the 1000m Servers Australia Class 2 Handicap.
Jason Collett described the three-year-old Nadeem colt as “pretty raw.”
“He did a few things wrong and was overdoing it a touch mid-race. If he got beat that would have been the reason. Lucky we got clear air and in the end it was a pretty soft win. “