Talented American born apprentice Rachel Hunt will have her first look at the Wyong track on Tuesday teaming with Cessnock trainer Graham Payne for two rides.The 27-year-old, 60 winners to her name, is on loan to Warwick Farm based trainer Mark De Montfort and hoping to make the most of her new opportunity.Indentured to Canberra trainer Keith Dryden, Rachel has earned the reputation as a talented rider and her 3kg claim on Provincial and Metropolitan tracks should see her prove popular with trainers.She still claims 1.5kg in the Country and already has a City winner to her name riding Token of Love to victory at Canterbury in January.“She can sit on this girl. There are plenty of good judges who have a high opinion of her,” Graham Payne said.“Pat Webster has been watching Rachel for a while and considers she has ability so I had no problems giving her a chance.“She did a good job on one for me at Gosford last Thursday. She is well-spoken and I had no hesitation booking her for my two at Wyong.”
Graham, a Cessnock based hobby trainer, has Poncherello in the JOB CENTRE AUSTRALIA BENCHMARK 63 (1350m) and Marz Moment in the 1600m WYONG REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BENCHMARK 65.He considers Poncherello the best of his two runners, believing the Duporth gelding was “unlucky” at his last start at Newcastle when he finished fourth, only two lengths behind the winner.“I’m blown away with the times he can run on the track and if he can produce anything like that he will certainly run a big race.“There were excuses at his first start for me at Port Macquarie and at Newcastle he got held up behind the leading bunch and couldn’t get a go at them.“I’ve taken the blinkers off and put the winkers on and that should help him.”Graham, a recently retired publican, purchased the five-year-old from Queensland. He had a good record of 21 starts for three wins and four placings having previously been trained by Gerald Ryan and Les Kelly.“If he runs well at Wyong I’ll take him for a Highway Handicap in Sydney in a couple of weeks.”I’ve won a Highway previously with Correspondent and would love to get another one.”
The stable’s other Wyong runner Marz Moment, is also a recent stable edition and will be having her second start for Graham.The four-year-old mare was narrowly beaten at Cessnock on April 25.“The weight beat her at Cessnock and Rachel’s three kilo claim means she will only carry 51kg and has drawn well in barrier one.“She is only a little thing but has a heart bigger than Sydney harbour.“I brought her off a bloke in Melbourne and he told me she’d get a cheque every time she went around.“He was right with her first race so hopefully that will continue.”A $2500 purchase Marz Moment has had a win and five placings from 21 starts.
The WYONG REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RACE DAY has attracted big fields with the first of eight races at 12.10pm.
Race 1 – 12.10pm: CENTRAL COAST NEWSPAPERS MAIDEN PLATE (1200m): 1 LATIN BOY, 2 Lady Moochi, 3 Fournette, 4 Gold Tickets.
Race 2 – 12.45pm: COASTAL LINER COACHES TOURING CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1000m): 1 COCKLES, 2 Christmas Cheer, 3 Jeanneau, 4 All Carisma.
Race 3 – 1.20pm: JOB CENTRE AUSTRALIA METRO & PROV 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): 1 SENSACOVA, 2 Emma Jane, 3 Hollymount Star, 4 Waldo Waldorf.
Race 4 – 1.55pm: CBD LAW-WYONG 2YO C&G MAIDEN PLATE (1100m): 1 STRYKE ROCK, 2 Radiant Choice, 3 Thrilled, 4 Conservation.
Race 5 – 2.35pm: FAMILY CHIPS PTY LTD 2YO FILLIES MAIDEN PLATE (1100m): 1 INTRINSIC, 2 Iowa, 3 Madonnica, 4 Livia’s Story.
Race 6 – 3.10pm: SERVERS AUSTRALIA CLASS 2 HANDICAP (2100m): 1 SAYED, 2 Nemrud, 3 Loud Enough, 4 The Bohemian.
Race 7 – 3.45pm: JOB CENTRE AUSTRALIA BENCHMARK 63 (1350m): 1 COMMONWEALTH, 2 Tennessee Hussy, 3 Highleigh, 4 Calypso Bay.
Race 8 – 4.20pm: WYONG REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 COLLATERAL, 2 Kiarra Rose, 3 Vega, 4 Marlz Moment.