The ultra consistent Isorich (pictured here) ended a run of minor placings when he broke through for his fourth win in taking out the HMA Greenbank Benchmark 65 (1100m) at Wyong today.
The Wayne Seelin trained four year old, prepared on the track, might only have four wins to his credit but he has been placed 19 times from 44 starts to take his earnings past $146,000. All four wins have been at Wyong with the last before today in February last year. But during that time he had collected seven minor prize money cheques.
“He is a very consistent horse that just loves racing here,” Seelin said. “We might have had to wait a while for this win but he kept bringing in cheques with all those placings. “He is as honest as the day is long and has been placed in town five times.
“This win is going to put his benchmark up so I will probably have to take him back to town for another mid week race.
“Otherwise he is going to get crucified with weight.”
Apprentice Taylor Marshall allowed him to settle in second place behind the leader Clint before going on to beat that horse by one and quarter lengths with the favourite Golden Shoes a further half head away third.
Godolphin and John O’Shea may have a potential star in giant galloper Torpenhow after he strolled to a four length win for Tim Clark in the HMA Select Transmission and Motors Class One (1350m).
Clark gave the son of Street Cry one slap with the whip in the straight just to remind him what he was there four then dropped his hands on the horse’s neck and let him cruise to the line.
“He looks like an exciting prospect” Clark said. “There was no definite plan to lead but he got to the front easily and was comfortable there. “I was pretty easy on him going to the line.”
Foreman Darren Beadman said O’Shea had purposely take his time with the horse because of his size.
“He is a big lad and John wanted to give him time to mature and grow into himself,” Beadman said.
“He doesn’t like throwing horses in at the deep end so he will probably look to step him up a little further in distance in a similar sort of race.”
Torpenhow made his debut with a runaway win in maiden company on the Beaumont track at Newcastle in fast time prior to this win. Getting 1600 metres or beyond should not be a worry for Torpenhow.
Him dam Estee (by Redoute’s Choice) won the Adelaide Guineas and ran second in the Group One South Australian Oaks.
Angela Davies had always known that Waitandwatch had above average ability but it has been a long and at times painful wait for him to finally show what he is capable of.
He did just that when he led all the way, under Samantha Clenton, to demoralise the field in the HMA Diamond Power Maiden (1100m) to win, running away, by four and a half lengths in a time just outside the class record.
Waitandwatch had his first start when he ran seventh in a Gosford maiden on April 12 after playing up in the barriers, hitting his head then missing the start.
“We knew he had a lot of ability but he went shin sore four times then got too heavy and we had to have him gelded,” Davies said. “I kept looking at him knowing how much ability he had but having to be patient.
“Then when we got him to the races at Gosford everything that could go wrong went wrong.
“After I got him home I felt like crying. “I put him through the barriers again and gave him a pat just to help him forget what had happened. ”It is a huge relief to finally see him show his potential.”
Davies bought the son of Time Thief for only $20,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions sale.
“I thought he was a lovely, well balanced colt but no one was interested in the Time Thief’s at the time,” Davies said.
The trainer has no idea where to now with the horse.
“I will get him home, let him get over this then see what is available,” she said.
The Kris Lees trained Go Arrivederci finally lived up to the promise she showed last preparation when she resumed to win the HMA Instrumentation Three Year Old Maiden (1000m) for apprentice Andrew Adkins.
Adkins parked the Snitzel filly in second place early, went to the centre of the track in the straight and won by three quarters of a length from the early leader Neretva in smart time.
“She always showed a lot on the track and in her trials last time in but she could not bring it to the races,” Lees said.
“She was a bit weak so we turned her out and she has come back a lot stronger and more mature.
“That was a nice win and she might be able to go on with it now.”
Maven Wiz, specked late in betting, appreciated the jump up to the 2100 metres in winning the HMA Valveco Maiden.
It was his third run back from a spell and followed disappointing efforts over shorter distances at Wyong and Kembla Grange.
“His first two runs this time in were disappointing but he is that little bit older and took a bit longer to get into his preparation,” foreman, Edward Cummings, said.
“Now that he has broken through it might lift his confidence and he can go on from here.”
Tye Angland settled him in third place early before going on to score a comfortable win.
“I probably got to the lead too early and he was quite green when left in front but to go on and win like that indicates he has potential,” Angland said.
Trainer Matthew Smith and jockey Brenton Avdulla had to change their original plan with Charlie Who before he clung on to win the HMA Materials Handling Class Two (1200m).
That took his tally to three wins and two seconds from only seven starts.
Avdulla settled him in second spot behind the leader Helensburgh Ham before going to the lead then holding off a late dive from Last Witness on the line to win by a short half head.
“Normally he likes time to settle back in the field but with the false rail out and the track the way it is we decided that Brenton should go forward,” Smith said.
“He is certainly an honest horse with a will to win.”
An important gear change made a big difference to the Gary Portelli trained Manoeuvring which gave plenty under hard riding from Tye Angland to win the HMA Geotechnical Systems Class One (1600m).
The win gave Angland a double after earlier scoring on Maven Wiz for Anthony Cummings.
Portelli fitted blinkers and a bubble cheeker to Manouevring after the horse’s seventh at Hawkesbury at his previous start.
“I watched him closely and once he got clear of horses heels in the last 50 metres he started to hit the line,” Portelli said.
“I thought straight away I had to put blinkers on him.
“He is a lazy horse and that is why Tye had to get stuck into him.
“It was also a big class drop here today.
“He is a horse that had his fair share of problems and that might give him some confidence.
“Perhaps we can go back to a mid week race with him.”
Angland was urging Manouevring from the 600 metres and again in the straight.
“I thought it would never end,” Angland said.
“It wasn’t a bad run at Hawkesbury and full marks to Gary for making the gear change.”
Manoeuvring was specked late from $7 to $6.50 went on to beat Local Affair by one and a quarter lengths.