The locally trained Isorich continued his love affair with his home track when he led all the way and held on grimly near the line to win the Give Me 5 For Kids Charity Benchmark 70 (1100m) at Wyong today.
That gave the five year old his fifth win, all at Wyong and took his earnings past $170,000.
“We only paid $7000 for him so he has been a real bargain,” trainer and part owner Wayne Seelin said.
“I don’t know why I take him away to other tracks.
“I may as well stay at home with him.”
Despite that Seelin does have another trip away in the back of his mind.
“There is a Benchmark 72 over 1100 metres at Rosehill at the end of the month and if he is ever going to win a Saturday race in town that might be his chance,” Seelin said.
“He is an easy horse to train.
“The only gallops he ever gets are on race day.
“The rest of the time he just does pace work and swimming.
“The inside barrier was a big help.
“Good barriers really are golden.”
Taylor Marshall sent Isorich straight to the lead, dictated to suit himself and held off a determined effort near the line from the favourite Badajoz (Brock Ryan) which flew from second last to fail by a short half head.
Despite the horse’s form on his home track, the inside barrier and his consistent form bookmakers bet as much as $15 early about him.
“I don’t know what other people got but we are happy,” Seelin said.
Taylor produced a similar front running ride on the Wyong trained Stradance to lead all the way for an easy win in the Hoolihan Partners Benchmark 65 (1350m).
The mare, one of only five horses trained by Mark Cross, will now go for a let up.
“She had had seven starts this preparation for two wins and has done a good job so she deserves a bit of a break,” Cross said.
“Taylor followed instructions to the letter and she beat a good field.
“She is an easy mare to train and seldom gallops.
“We just keep her to pace work and swimming.
“The new pool here is one of the best thing they ever did.”
Stradance went on with the job in the straight to win by two lengths from the Tracey Bartley trained Tears In Heaven (Andrew Adkins) in smart time.
“I am not surprised by the time, she is very fit,” Cross said.
“She seems to like these races around 1350 metres to 1400 metres so we will keep her to those distances.”
The disappointment was the Mark Newnham trained Anisha (Brenton Avdulla) which was back near last and never travelling like a winner but made up some ground late to finish fifth.
James Cummings could not wipe the smile from his face or hide his excitement, on two fronts, after Hair Trigger scored an ultra impressive win in the Huckel Excavations Two Year Old Maiden (1200m).
His daughter Adeline turned one today while Cummings believes Hair Trigger is headed for much bigger things.
“We have survived the first year of parenthood and gave her a cup cake with one candle on it this morning,” Cummings said.
Hair Trigger, which was bred and originally raced by Gooree Park was recently bought by John and Paul Messara from Arrowfield Stud.
“He is by Smart Missile and they bought him to support their stallion,” Cummings said.
“I think he is a very exciting horse.
“That was no ordinary provincial maiden, there were some good horses in that race and I am impressed by the fact he was forced to race wide for the whole trip and win.
“I am not sure where we go from here.
“We can either run him in a 1200 metre race at Canterbury in a couple of weeks or send him for a break.
“I will talk it over with the boys from Arrowfield in a couple of days time.”
Blake Shinn was forced to sit four and five wide from his outside barrier but let the three year old drift back before starting a move forward from the 600 metres.
Hair Trigger quickly rounded up the leaders, went to the lead soon after straightening and won under nothing more than hands and heels riding by three quarters of a length from Uthred with Spending To Win a further length away third.
The Hawkes trained Ahri defied a betting drift to finally break through at her sixth start and win the Book Now For The Wyong Cup Carnival Maiden (1350m).
Ahri opened at $2.60 and got out to $3.80 when the field jumped while the Johnnie Roberts trained Sek Loso firmed from $3 to start the $2.70 favourite.
The win continued a successful association between apprentice Koby Jennings and the Hawkes team.
“They have been good supporters and it is very good to win another race for them,” Jennings said.
“My preferred plan was to settle her back in second place and it worked out perfectly and I liked the way she put a gap in them at the finish.”
Given To Fly (Jeff Kehoe) led clearly to the turn but Jennings quickly moved up on straightening to take the lead and go on and win by two lengths from Sek Loso (Thomas Huet) which missed the start slightly and raced in fourth and fifth place to the turn.
The ride by Jason Collett to win the sharp DS Central Coast Maiden (1100m) on Speed Princess for Bjorn Baker was rated as clever by foreman, Jack Bruce.
“Jason let her settle in the lead where she was comfortable and dictated his own terms,” Bruce said.
It was her second run back from a let up and followed a first up third at Gosford earlier in the month.
“She took a lot of benefit from that run,” Bruce said.
Speed Princess led all the way to win by one and a quarter lengths Medaglia Valore (Tim Clark).
Brenton Avdulla admitted to feeling a little tired after working hard in the last 100 metres to win the Toukley Lions Club Provincial and Country Plate (1100m) on the Kris Lees trained Grexit.
It was Avdulla’s first ride back from holidays and he also admitted he had some work to do, not only with his fitness but also with his weight.
Avdulla had to drive Grexit, the odds on favourite, hard to win by three quarters of a length from the Tracey Bartley trained first starter Naretha (Grant Buckley) which finished hard along the rails, unwanted in betting at $81.
Naretha, a five year old mare by Tale Of The Cat, spent three years in a paddock at Wellington because no one could get her to the races.
“She kept throwing herself down so eventually she was sent to me and we have gradually cured her,” Bartley said.
Meanwhile Avdulla said Grexit had improved on her first up second at Wyong early in the month.
“The way she won gives me confidence there is more improvement in her,” he said.
Lees and Avdulla combined later in the meeting to win The Property Market Benchmark 65 (1350m) with Naranja courtesy of a brilliant ride.
Avdulla was back in fifth and sixth place but on the rails.
He elected to stay there until he got to the cutaway then got a clear run to motor home and win by three quarters of a length from Bold Adventure.
“Everything worked out well,” Avdulla said.
“There was good speed on and I was able to follow the horse I wanted to follow.
“He is a horse with a few tricks but everything suited him.”
Foreman, Cameren Swan, said the double was a big relief for the stable.
“We had seven runners last week for seven seconds,” he said.
Tye Angland went into the Central Coast Bulldogs Inc. Masters Rugby League Class One (1600m) with a plan and it came to fruition when the Chris Waller trained Aurora Glow scored a narrow win.
“The plan worked out perfectly,” Angland said.
“I was able to get into the spot I wanted soon after the start and my only worry was at the 800 metres when the speed slackened off a bit.
“Sam Clipperton took off soon after that but I was content to stay where I was.
“I didn’t want to chase him that far from home or the horse wouldn’t have anything left.”
Aurora Glow one of three horses Waller started in the race, won by a long neck from the favourite Bon Equus with Charlie Royale a further length away third.
The Bindi Cheers trained Charlie Royale has had six starts this month at Taree, Wyong, Ballina, Muswellbrook, Newcastle and then back at Wyong for this race for four placings and two fourths.