A decision by Kim Waugh to heed the advice of Tommy Berry and take the blinkers off Trinity River (pictured) proved a winning move when the mare, ridden by Berry, led all the way to win the $35,000 Star 104.5 La Gioconda (1600m) in front of a big crowd at Wyong on Sunday.
“Tommy said she wanted to pull and over race as little when she won at Gosford and suggested I take the blinkers off her,” Waugh said.
“She is a lovely mare, a pleasure to have and the owners are new clients for the stable.
“We had picked out either this race or a race at Canterbury for her and the decision to run here has worked out perfectly.
“She will probably go to a mid week race in town now.
“We will avoid the Saturday races because the carnival is on now.”
Owner John Mazzarella bought Trinity River, a daughter of Lonhro, in Melbourne after winning she won a Geelong maiden.
He bought the mare as a breeding proposition but a comment from Berry might force him to change his mind.
Berry told him that he thought Trinity River would be a better horse in six months time.
“I am not sure what I will do now, I will have to think about it,” Mazzarella said.
“I have a share in Dissident and I bought her to go to him.”
Trinity River went on to beat Love’s A Fantasy by a length with the favourite Little Miss Brown a further two and a quarter lengths back third.
Trainer Joe Pride has no plans to back up Kanji in the Carlton Mid Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) on Friday despite the five year old returning to form to win the Central Coast Jeep Wyong Cup Prelude (2100m).
The win gave Kanji automatic entry into the cup field.
“He is not racing well enough,” Pride said.
“Twelve months ago I would have said he was a definite Wyong cup hope.
“It was good though that he showed some fight to hold off the other horse and win and to be fair to the horse he was back out to his right distance.”
Kanji, a winner at Randwick in January, was having his fourth start after three lead up runs over 1500 and 1550 metres.
Tye Angland sat him outside the leader Miss Tickles then in the straight fought off Crossing Guard, which had come from last, to win by a short head.
The Caulfield Guineas has been pencilled in as the long term goal for Detective by Peter and Paul Snowden after the Snitzel colt finally shrugged off his bridesmaid role to score a tough win in the Davcron Engineering Three Year Old Maiden (1350m).
However of more immediate concern for the stable is deciding whether to press on to the Group One Golden Rose at Rosehill on September 10 or by pass that race and aim him at the Group Two Stan Fox at Rosehill on September 24.
“The Golden Rose is not out of the equation but I think the Stan Fox,” Peter Snowden said.
The trainer was relieved after Detective (Blake Shinn) led all the way then overcame several bumps in the straight from the second placed Drachenfels to beat that horse by a head.
“He wanted to win today,” Shinn said.
Detective went into the race first up after finishing second at four of his first five starts including a second in the VRC Sires Produce Stakes at Flemington.
“He has been a bridesmaid too many times,” Snowden said.
“We brought him up here to try and win a maiden and a we ran into a very good race with a lot of depth.
“I liked the way he dictated and although he was bumped several times by the other horse he still fought back.”
Detective opened at odds on in early betting but blew as support came for Drachenfels which was a big on course tip and for the Team Hawkes trained Military Machine which was prominent early but weakened to finish fourth.
Speed machine Super Too underlined her ability with a runaway win for trainer Marc Conners and apprentice Deanne Panya in The Royal Hotel Benchmark 65 (1000m).
Super Too, the only filly in a field of mares and a one gelding, simply broke their hearts with an exhibition of sustained speed to win by four and a quarter lengths untouched in 57.64 seconds, coming home the last 600 metres in 33.64 seconds.
And that was on a track rated a slow 7.
“She is a nice filly but I am not getting too carried away yet,” Conners said.
“The plan this preparation was to take her through her grades.
“She scored a nice win first up at Gosford and now we have this win and I want to keep her to 1000 metres races at this stage.
“The problem is to find them.
“Once they win a 1000 metre maiden it is hard to find sprint races for these sort of horses.”
Panya, however, believes the filly will get further than 1000 metres.
“She did that easily and I think she will get further,” Panya said.
Conners paid only $25,000 for Super Too, a half sister to the Lee and Anthony Freedman trained Super One.
“I have no idea why she was so cheap,” Conners said.
French jockey Johan Victoire wasted no time in making his presence felt at Wyong when he turned in a heady ride to win the HC Group Maiden (1600m) on the Gary Moore trained Silom Road.
Victoire settled the four year old in fourth place, one off the fence, went to the centre of the track on the turn and eventually reeled in the leaders to grab the lead near the line and win by a long head from Mulinello.
Victoire has been spreading his time riding between France and Hong Kong and has come to Australia for two months at the invitation of Moore.
“After the French season finishes I go to Hong Kong and I rode 16 winners there last season,” Victoire said.
“When Gary asked me to come to Australia I decided to take up the offer and see what happens.
“I am happy with how it has gone so far and at the end of the two months I will see if I can stay longer.”
That is his second Australian winner after winning a maiden for Gai Waterhouse at Kembla Grange on July 30.
Earlier in the day Victoire rode Cordoned for John O’Shea and Godolphin which finished sixth in the Langdon Hair Maiden (1200m).
“I know Darren Beadman (assistant trainer) from when he was riding in Hong Kong,” Victoire said.
The Kris Lees trained Star Reflection dug deep, after seeming to be in trouble on the turn, to win the Skin Laser Treatment At Wyong Family Practice Benchmark 60 (1350m).
“She is tough and always tries hard,” foreperson, Cherie Marsham, said.
James McDonald settled her in second position behind the leader Apache Lad (Paul King) but on the turn McDonald was hard at work as she struggled to make ground, anchored with 60kgs.
However once she balanced up in the straight she moved away to win by two and three lengths from the Wyong trained pair Prince High (Blake Spriggs) with a further two lengths to Apache Lad.
Later McDonald made it a double when he led all the way on the Bjorn Baker trained Positive Problems to win the Event Cinemas Class One (1600m).
The mare kicked well clear in the straight to win by three and a half lengths from the fast finishing Rainbow Park.
“She was sharp and did it all herself,” McDonald said.
Tommy Berry praised the Wyong track staff after finding better going wide out to win the Langdon Hair Maiden (1200m) on Bring Me The Bling for Team Hawkes.
“The track staff have done a great job to get this track to where it is today after all the rain,” he said
“Naturally, after the first couple of races the inside starts to get a bit worn so I think for the remainder of the meeting you will find more riders heading for the centre of the track.”
Bring Me The Bling was having her first start since running fourth in the Fernhill Hcp in April.
“We decided to turn her out and she returned a much better filly,” Michael Hawkes said.
“She is only going to get better over more ground.
“That was a deserved win.”
Bring Me The Bling won by three quarters of a length from Sebbag with Penny Fling a further long neck away third.
James McDonald leads the point score for the Nathan Berry Shield after the first day of the carnival.
McDonald and Tommy Berry both booted home winning doubles but McDonald also had a second to give him eight points, two ahead of Berry and Blake Shinn.
Tye Angland is in third place with four points.
McDonald said he hopes to extend that lead further on cup day on Friday with some nice rides.
The shield, competed for over the two days, celebrates the life of the late Nathan Berry, Tommy’s twin brother, who rode regularly at Wyong but died in Singapore in early April 2014 after contracting a rare form of epilepsy.