There were emotional scenes in the enclosure after Radiologist took out the last giving Coffs Harbour trainer Cheryl Lantry her first winner.
The eight-year-old gelding came down the outside under strong riding from apprentice Jackson Murphy to win the 1100m BLUEBERRY EVENTS BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP by more than half a length.
It was Lantry’s first trip to Wyong and one she will never forget.
“I told them back home I wasn’t driving down here for a place. I came for a win and I got one,” she said.
“He has had two lovely trials leading in to this and won them both by more than seven lengths.
“That gave me the confidence to come here today.”
Lantry, who has been licenced for eight months, purchased Radiologist earlier this year and races the gelding herself.
At his first start for the new stable he ran third at Grafton on July 12.
“There is something about this horse. I thought after his trial wins that I had something pretty special and he proved that today.
“I’m so excited. I was screaming and even fell down the grandstand stairs trying to get to him in the enclosure.
“It’s my first winner and first provincial runner. This certainly made the long trip worthwhile.”
Radiologist beat the Jeff Englebrecht trained $3.70 favourite Miss Faith, with Prince Dylan ($4.40) trained by Kim Waugh, a length and a half behind in third.
A decision to run at Wyong proved to be a winning one for young Newcastle trainer Andrew McDonald when his mare Nyah broke through for a well-deserved win in the FARRAR LEGAL 4YO & UP MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m).
The six-year-old, who has been placed at her past five starts, scored a narrow last stride victory holding out the John Thompson trained $3.50m favourite Chayanne.
McDonald had been considering running Nyah ($4) at Scone on Tuesday but opted for a Wyong start.
“Even though it was a Provincial race it looked like an easier option particularly with the soft draw,” McDonald said.
“She’s been trying very hard and it’s great to finally break through.”
The win was even sweeter for McDonald because Nyah is raced by his grandmother Gwen Richards.
“I’ll have a very happy client,” McDonald laughed.
Jockey Josh Adams described the win as “very good.”
“I needed a bit of luck on the turn and fortunately I got it. She worked hard to the line.
“It is great to finally get a winner for Andrew. I’ve had plenty of seconds and thirds so it’s good to get one home.”
The Robert Pearse trained One Of The Kind ($6.50) was half a length behind in third.
The Waterhouse and Bott trained Taikomochi looks headed for a mid-week Metropolitan start after his convincing four length victory in the PRIORITY BUSINESS LAWYERS METRO & PROV MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600 metres).
The lightly raced Snitzel gelding, a $180,000 Inglis Easter Sales purchase, was greeted by a large group of owners celebrating his Maiden win at just his third start.
Stable foreman Neil Paine said it was likely they would look to a 1900m race following his effortless win.
“It is hard for horses who have only had a couple of starts to match it with hardened horses who have had 10 to 12 runs,” Paine said.
“He did it today and it was a good effort.
“Paul King was told to lead but when the other horse got to the front he settled him beautifully behind and when he pressed the button around the 400m mark off he went.
“This horse will improve a lot out of that win. He found the mile easily and will go further.”
Paul King said he had been concerned the four-year-old may not have run out a strong mile.
“As always Gai and Adrian had him very fit and it was a nice win.”
Having only his second start Taikomochi ($1.80) beat The Potato Pontiff ($2.50) with the Ben Hill trained Gacela ($6) a short head behind in third.
A good ride by Josh Parr paved the way for a convincing debut win by the Snowden trained Island Missile to take out the 1350m BISHOP COLLINS CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS 3YO MAIDEN PLATE.
Parr settled Island Missile toward the centre of the field, before taking him wide in the straight and coming down the outside for a length victory.
Starting $2.20 favourite the Triple Crown Syndications gelding was having his second start, coming off a second at Kembla on July 17.
Stable foreman Lindy Ings said the gelding had been unlucky at his last run.
“We came into today fairly confident. He was very unlucky at Kembla and it was a very good run.
“With the blinkers on and a little bit more race experience it helped him a lot. We will take him back home now and see how he pulls up before deciding on his next run.”
Josh Parr said Island Missile had a raced a little greenly for about a furlong but was still able to finish strongly.
“He showed a very good turn of foot and made my job easy,” Parr said.
The Chris Waller trained Baleric ($7) finished second, with Boomtown Rat ($12) trained by Edward O’Rourke third.
Tommy Berry considers Godolphin gelding Wander is six months off being a very good horse following his narrow in the 1100m HUNDRED PERCENT TILING MAIDEN PLATE .
The Lonhro three-year started at $1.40 and gave favourite backers a scare winning by a neck after a battle with second placegetter Masterati ($8) in the final stages of the race.
“He is very similar to a horse on won on here a few weeks ago Beacon but he not as forward as him.
“I’ve got no doubt he will make a really nice horse but he will just take time.”
Representing James Cummings stable foreman Nacim Dilmi said he had held his breath over the last 200m.
“Tommy was very confident pre-race so I thought he would do it a bit easier than that,” he said.
“It’s his first time at the races and he had a bit of a look around and hung out a bit in the straight.
“I think he will go to a Saturday metropolitan class now but not too high.
“He still has a bit to learn.”
Wander had two trials leading into the race, both times partnered by Berry.
The Hawkes trained Squaw Peak ($4) finished a length and three quarters behind in third.
Chris Waller came within half a neck of claiming a quinella in the 1600m BJ HOWES METALAND CLASS 2 HANDICAP with Liffy upsetting her more favoured stablemate to score a half-length win.
Starting at $5 the four-year-old brought up her second career win from just eight starts beating the Paul Perry trained Princess Pattern, with stablemate and short priced favourite Seventhchic ($1.90) half a length behind in third.
Stable foreman Glen Barnes said they would like take the mare to a mid-week metropolitan race.
“She won her first start back this preparation at Kembla and was then third at Warwick Farm,” Barnes said.
“I would think Chris will take her back to town now for a mid-week race and then if she continues to improve get her up to Saturday grade.”
Jockey Glynn Schofield said it was a nice, strong win.
“She settled back and the pace was quite quick early which suited her,” he said.
“She skipped away when I asked her and still doing well on the line.
“I think there is another race in her for sure.”
A $190,000 weanling buy, Liffy is now starting to recoup some of her purchase price with prizemoney in excess of $50,000.
Trainer Jason Attard praised the ride of in-form jockey Rachael Murray after his mare Pretty Smart upset some of the more favoured runners to win the1200m INSURANCE HOUSE CLASS 1 HANDICAP.
Returning the juicy odds of $21, the Snippetson five-year-old brought up her second win at her 22nd career start.
She was coming off a third at Scone at her last start on July 14.
“This horse improves every time Rachael rides her, “Attard said. “She loves the horse and it really responds to her.”
Attard said he hadn’t been deterred from starting Pretty Smart in the strong field.
“It thought we’ll give it a crack and I’m so happy we did now.
“I lease this horse from Ron Levy and race him myself so it is a very rewarding win and I’m grateful to Ron for that.
“She is going from strength to strength. She’s not a champion but she gives her best every time she goes around.”
Murray was also impressed with the win.
“It was so, so good. I was pretty confident today and she got the job done,” she said.
Pretty Smart beat the Steve Englebrecht trained Dynamic Bid ($10) by a long neck, with the Kristen Buchanan trained Oakfield Costa ($12), a half head behind in third.
The Pfeiffer stable continued a winning run of late with Crafty Tycoon ($2.70fav) holding off challengers to take out the 1300m WIDELINE WINDOWS & DOORS BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP.
The victory brought up the 10th win for the Warwick Farm based trainer in less than two months.
“We’ve been having a great run and the teams going really well,” stable foreman Sue O’Keeffe said.
“It was the perfect ride by Kerrin (McEvoy) today,” O’Keeffe said.
“I was a bit worried when he turned into the straight because he didn’t show the same turn of foot as last time but he got the job done.
“He had no luck at Wyong last start and was blocked badly for a run but he made up for it today.”
The five-year-old Written Tycoon gelding has now had three wins and four placings from 16 starts.
McEvoy said Crafty Tycoon had done it “quite easy in the end.”
“I think he’s got a little more to give. He handled himself well today and should keep improving.”
The Richard Litt trained Klisstra ($7) finished second, a half-length behind the winner, with Bjorn Baker’s Roeinda a nose behind in third.