JASON COLLETT is shooting for three successive Wyong wins with Segenhoe when he lines up in the 2100m PETER MAC’S MECHANICAL BENCHMARK 65 on Sunday.
Trained by his father Richard, the five-year-old has been a dominant winner at his past two Wyong starts putting more than six lengths on his opposition at his last victory on January 22.
A likely heavy track is Jason’s only concern heading into the meeting. “There is a question mark about how he will run on the heavy,” Jason said.
“He trialled well on the heavy at Warwick Farm last week but that is very different from race day. “He got through the going fine and won well but it is different pressure come race day.
“There is very little form for him even on soft tracks when he was racing back in New Zealand but I don’t think he was going as well then.”
Segenhoe surprised both Jason and his father with his three and a half length win over the 2100m at Wyong on January 4. He proved that was no fluke with a follow-up win again over the 2100m at his next start.
Following that victory there had been plans to target a mid-week metropolitan race but a setback forced a change of tactics. “He had a bit an issue that meant he lost a bit of work so Dad decided to re-trial him and bring him back to Wyong. “Hopefully our luck at the track can continue.”
Segenhoe has drawn barrier seven and will be likely favourite in the field of 10.
Jason looks to have a strong book of seven rides across the meeting, with the Rodney Northam trained Red Knot and Joe Pride’s Kitteau two of his better chances.
Kitteau, a three-year-old by Beneteau, starts in the 1000m CAPITAL ONE REAL ESTATE CLASS 2 HANDICAP.
Jason said again the heavy track would be a query for the gelding. “He’s a nice horse and I rode him at his only start when he won at Gosford. “I’ve been on him for two trials since and he is going well but the heavy track is going to be a question mark.
“It is a small field so that is in his favour but we really won’t know if he handles it until he races in it.”
He said Red Knot, who is vying for his third successive win in the 1600m TWIN LAKES AIR PTY LTD BENCHMARK 65, looks like a real chance.
“I haven’t had anything to do with him but he’s got good form going into this race and has drawn nicely in three.
“His last start was a win on a heavy track at Scone so that is in his favour.”
Race 1, 1.25pm: WIDELINE WINDOWS AND DOORS MAIDEN HANDICAP (1000m): 1 CAPPELLA MAGNA, 2 Street Pursuit, 3 Weston, 4 Write This Down.
Race 2, 2.00pm: CAPITAL ONE REAL ESTATE CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1000m): 1 MA TANTE, 2 Kitteau, 3 Neretva, 4 Loose Goose.
Race 3, 2.35pm: HAPPY BIRTHDAY LARRAINE 2YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1000m): 1 MR KYLIN, 2 Showy Zoe, 3 Magic Moment, 4 Oxford Bella.
Race 4, 3.10pm: MIDDO’S WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY METRO & PROV MDN PLATE (1350m): 1 SAN PABLO, 2 Capeabeel, 3 Zafina, 4 Col’s Bro.
Race 5, 3.47pm: CENTRAL COAST PLUMBING SERVICES PTY LTD 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1200m): 1 DIAMOND ARE, 2 Red Hearts, 3 Seeblume, 4 Mandolize.
Race 6, 4.22pm: TOTALLY WORK WEAR CENTRAL COAST CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1350m): 1 CALABASAS, 2 Imperator Augustus, 3 Reinforced, 4 Laszlo.
Race 7, 5.00pm: TWIN LAKES AIR PTY LTD BENCHMARK 85 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 THE PINNACLE, 2 Red Knot, 3 Nemrud, 4 Charming Lad.
Race 8, 5.40pm: PETER MAC’S MECHANICAL BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (2100m): 1 SEGENHOE, 2 Fly Till Dawn, 3 Wu Gok, 4 Long Juan Feng.