The Kim Waugh trained Star Princess, having her second start since a long break, turned in an incredible effort to come from a seemingly hopeless position early to win The Norah Head Sporties Maiden (1200m) at Wyong on Tuesday.
The filly was slowly away and was spotting the leader Sugarland Express a long margin early.
As Waugh admitted after the race “I was worried but that was a great ride by Tommy (Berry).”
Berry let Star Princess balance up then started a long run along the fence, ranging up to the leader after straightening before going on to beat the early leader by three quarters of a length.
“She tried to jump too quickly and knuckled over,” Berry sad.
“The pace was genuine and while she was making ground when we got to the 600 metres I didn’t think we were going to catch the leaders.
“However, she responded so well that I thought we got to the lead too early.
“Kim always looks after her horses and does not rush them and that is why they race on for many years.
“She has been patient with this filly and she is going to win more races.”
Star Princess had her first start as Muswellbrook in September last year as an early three old and ran third but was not seen again she resumed with a third at Wyong earlier this month.
“She hurt a leg after Muswellbrook so I decided to give her a long break to let her get over it and allow her to develop,” Waugh said.
“She is a gutsy thing.”
Sugarland Express, trained by Johnnie Roberts, held on well to run second after opening up a big break early.
Godolphin took the wraps off another potential top liner when Beacon, having his first start, could not have been more impressive in winning Toukley Golf Club Maiden (1100m) to give Tommy Berry a race by race double.
Beacon ran a class record and was going away on the line, to win by a length, after seemingly looking beaten soon after straightening.
However, Berry said he has never been worried.
“He is a lovely big, strong relaxed colt and when I asked him to drop the bit he came back under me perfectly,” Berry said.
“Then when I asked him for an effort he responded just as professionally.
“I let him drop back approaching the turn because I wanted Blake’s horse (Faeger) to challenge him.
“But when I asked him to do something in the straight he did it with ease.
“We are going to see a lot more of this colt.”
Beacon went on to beat Faeger by a length in 1min 03.82 which eclipsed the previous class record of 1min 03.89 set earlier this year by Radiant Choice.
Giant five-year-old Rogue Missile will be stepped up in distance by trainer Ron Leemon after his easy win in The Doylo Advantage Plus Class One (1350m).
Leemon was apologetic that Rachael King did not ride the horse but said her replacement, Jason Collett, had done the job perfectly.
“I feel sorry for Rachael because she rode him perfectly last start but I wanted someone who could ride closer to his weight (59kgs),” Leemon said.
“He is a huge horse with a huge stride and he has to be kept in his rhythm and Jason rode exactly to instructions.
“This horse was a class above the rest of this field if you go back through his earlier form.
“He lost his way a bit last preparation but has come back well and I will step him up in distance now.”
Collett let him settle in second position, outside the leader, where he had plenty of galloping room and he strode away in the straight to win easily by two lengths.
Former James Cummings trained sprinter Launch Code scored his first win for his new trainer, Kris Lees, in the Munmorah Bowlo Class Two (1000m) and he did it with style.
His winning time of 56.96 seconds was just outside the class record while he got home the last 600 metres in a sizzling 32.96 seconds.
“This is what he has been showing us on the track at home,” Lees said.
“However, I would like to see him live up to the wraps that were on him earlier in his career before we start looking too far ahead.
“We might stick to what we know and keep him to these sorts of tracks where you know there is genuine speed on.”
Glyn Schofield, who landed the second leg of a double on the three-year-old, said the horse was still learning his craft.
“He went to the line with plenty left in the tank,” Schofield said.
Launch Code went to the line full of running to win by three and a quarter lengths from Postmaster General.
Kerrin McEvoy believes more will be seen of the David Pfieffer trained Phoenix Claws following her all the way win in the Club Toukley Benchmark 60 (1200m).
“She is heading in the right direction,” McEvoy said.
“I could hear Brenton coming on the favourite (Never Out) in the straight but she was giving nicely.
“There is more to come from her.”
Pfeiffer was impressed with the win.
“We all know it is hard to come from winning a maiden to winning at your next start but she has done it and done it well,” Pfeiffer said.
“She is a nifty little thing, very professional and she has good gate speed.”
Phoenix Claws stuck on well to beat Never Out by half a neck.
Adaboy Ross finally repaid the patience of his owners and trainer Richard Litt with his win in the Wyong Rugby League Club Group Benchmark 65 (1600m).
It was his first win since scoring in a similar race at Goulburn in December last year and followed another 12 starts after that.
“We were ready to get rid of him after he ran last at Kembla Grange three starts but then Adam Hyeronimus started working him,” Pfeiffer said.
“This a really lazy horse but Adam has worked him out and the horse ran a really good second here with Adam on him two weeks ago.
“The horse and the jockey deserved that win.”
Hyeronimus settled Adaboy Ross in fourth place early with Courtly and Coys cutting at one another front then sent him forward to challenge on the turn.
Adaboy Ross went to the lead at the top of the straight and went on to beat Bon Equus by half a length.
Coys, the favourite, was beaten before the turn and finished a long last with the four-year-old displaying intermittent signs of cardiac arrhythmia after returning to scale.
Glyn Schofield found a lot to like about the win by Sepoy Achieva which finally broke through, at her eighth start, to win The Entrance Leagues Club Maiden (1350m).
“That was only her second run this preparation and there was a lot to like about it,” Schofield said.
“She jumped well, was always comfortable and on that effort I think she could atleast win a mid-week race in town.”
The Chris Waller trained daughter of Sepoy started a long odds on favourite on the strength of six placings from seven starts including her last three in mid-week company.
Strapper, Clare Heuston, said Sepoy Achieva had taken time to mature and strengthen up.
“I like the way she ran through the line at the finish and I imagine Chris will take her back to town now to try and win some of the big prize money,” she said.
Schofield took the filly three wide on the turn to give her room and she went on to comfortably beat the second favourite, Absolute, by one and a half lengths.
Brad Widdup led in winners at Wyong for Godolphin for more than nine years but on Tuesday he led his first on the track in his own right when Za Zi Ba (Christian Reith) over-came a slow start to win the Wyong Golf Club Fillies Two-Year-Old (1100m).
Widdup, formerly a leading foreman for Godolphin, has only had his licence for 12 weeks and this was his third winner from 11 starters.
“It’s been really good,” Widdup said.
“I have had great support from a lot of people and I feel really honoured to be training this filly for Max Whitby and Neil Werrett.
“I have known both men for a long time.”
Za Zi Ba was having her first start since finishing sixth at Warwick Farm in March.
She missed the start slightly but Christian Reith soon had her racing in fourth position then moved to second approaching the turn, went to the lead on straightening and held to beat first starter Joy For Us by half a length.