Kim Waugh looks to have another smart galloper in her ranks with Trumbull making short work of his older opponents to take out the CASANOVA OYSTERS & SEAFOOD PROVINCIAL & COUNTRY MAIDEN over 1100m.
Resuming from a spell, the Darci Brahma two-year-old was a three-quarter length winner over an impressive Lees debutant Time And Again ($5).
Trumbull, who was resuming from a spell, started $1.65 favourite on the strength of an impressive home track trial win on June 15.
Waugh intends to head to a mid-week metro race after the strong home-track win.
Despite being caught three wide for much of the race, Trumbull still managed to pull away in the final stages of the straight for a determined victory.
Waugh said she will now look for a midweek metropolitan race for the gelding.
“He’s lovely this horse. He was three deep and over racing a little bit. I think they were going a little bit slow and he was a little bit fresh also,” she said.
“I was a little bit concerned being three deep and going a bit keen but it was a good effort.
“He will get a lot further. I just really like him. We brought him at the breeze up, sight unseen, just off the videos. He looks really promising.”
Apprentice Jean Van Overmeire said despite being caught wide the horse was comfortable throughout the race.
“If I would have dragged him back and taken cover I think he would have taken me on the whole way,” he said.
“I let him tell me where he wanted to be and he was happy three wide just behind the leaders, and was nice and relaxed.
“As soon as I asked him to go he put lengths of them and he’s still got improvement left in him.”
Kristen Buchanan’s Grand Exit ($7) finished third, about two lengths behind the winner
Trumbull was the first in a winning treble for Van Overmeire who rode So Spirited to victory for Joe Pride and Mollyfied for Gerald Ryan.
So Spirited ($8.50) made a welcome return to the winners circle in the GIVE ME 5 FOR KIDS CHARITY CUP CG&E BENCHMARK 66 over 1350m.
Van Overmeire saved valuable ground on the four-year-old So You Think gelding, bringing him along the rails in the straight to score a half-length victory.
The gelding last tasted success in October for connections Jamie Walter from Proven Thoroughbreds.
He has been unplaced at his last four starts on metropolitan tracks this preparation and Walter said he hoped the Wyong victory was a “turning point.”
“He’s been out of form but he struck the right going today,” Walter said.
“It was a nice win. He was a very consistent horse last campaign but lost form earlier this prep after running well fresh.
“Back on soft ground, distinct from heavy, and beautifully ridden, they were the keys today.
“He lumped the 60 odd kilos and is a city winner. He was pretty well placed in this at his best form.”
The Clarry Connors trained Dorf Star ($14) finished second, with the $3.90 favourite Final Frontier, from the Perry stable, third.
The apprentice brought up his treble on Mollyfied ($4.60) in the 1350m XMAS IN JULY SATURDAY 14TH AT WYONG F&M BENCHMARK 65.
The four-year-old Star Witness mare has good form on the Wyong track with two wins and two placings from four starts.
Despite being caught wide in the running, the mare settled and was able to finish over the top of the leaders to record a narrow victory.
“She’s been a good honest horse and definitely likes it here,” Ryan said.
“She had the blinkers on for the first time and they helped. She was wide but Jean didn’t panic and just kept her in her rhythm. He rides her well.”
Ryan said he would probably step the mare up to 1400m.
She beat Unbridled Power ($11) from the Lees stable by a neck, with Loveletter ($7) trained by John Thompson a close third.
Paul Perry took out the training honours landing a double, both ridden by Jay Ford.
Salsa Man caused an upset to win the 2YO Maiden, while stablemate Vihari tasted success in the 1600m Class 1.
Ford saved ground on the rails in both races, his copybook riding securing the victories.
Salsa Man ($21) won the 1300m POTTERS FLOORING 2YO MAIDEN reversing the form of his earlier two runs for trainer Paul Perry.
The $300,000 yearling purchase, raced by Perry and clients Steve and Louise Gillard, broke through for a strong debut win at his third start.
With his previous two outings being unimpressive, he was one of the outsiders of the field but snuck up along the rails to score a strong length victory over the Clarry Connors trained favourite Skyray ($3.60).
Shannon Perry, representing his father, said it was great to see the I Am Invincible colt record his first victory.
“It did help with the tempo today but the penny hasn’t dropped with him yet and after this it might be starting to,” Perry said.
“He’s got upside to him. He chased the leader hard in the straight and attacked the line.
“He stretched out nicely the last 50 yards and had that winning determination about him crossing the post, so I think he’ll be able to do it again.
“He is beautifully bred and Steve and Louise put plenty into racing and deserve a champion whether it’s this bloke or another horse.”
Ford described Salsa Man as a “insecure animal” who will only get better with experience.
“Obviously his two starts to date haven’t been to inspiring but they stepped him up in trip, he still got back but rallied really strongly through the line. He’s still learning his craft and is only going to get better as he gets further.”
The Waterhouse/Bott trained Fun Fact ($5) finished third, a length and a half behind the winner.
Vihari ($7) was also strong to the line to take out the KERNICK LAW CLASS 1 HANDICAP over 1600m by almost a length.
Owned by Kia Ora stud, Vihari was having her eighth career start having previously recorded a win and two placings.
The step up to a mile proved the key to the well-bred Smart Missile filly.
Perry said she had been a “work in progress.”
“She’s always had ability but she’s a real work in progress. She’s a big, flightly, cantankerous filly but I’m not surprised to see her do this,” he said.
“From day dot she’s always shown she could gallop but had problems at the barriers and what not but she’s here today and got the job done and we are happy.
“She’ll get further but there’s two of her and hopefully she gets sick of being bad and races into some nice form for a while.”
Vihari beat the Gary Moore trained Triump Star ($7.50), with Billy Can ($4.40) from the Allan Kehoe stable, a half length behind in third.
A career milestone for trainer Gary Nickson bringing up his 600th win after a tough victory by three-year-old colt Mandalong Nicko ($6).
It was fitting Warwick Farm based Nickson took out the 1100m CENTRAL COAST BULLDOGS MASTERS RUGBY LEAGUE MAIDEN PLATE for long-time breeder/owner Rick Pisaturo, now 96.
“He’s been a great supporter of the stable for many years,” stable representative Michael Ames said.
“The more winners we get for him the better.
“This bloke is a nice horse. The more you ask of him the more he’ll keep giving.
“We are pretty happy with him today. He does everything right and is a nice horse to have in the stable.”
Ames said despite jockey Chris O’Brien having to sit three deep, the colt was still comfortable and was able to knuckle down for a good win.
“We’ll see how he eats up tonight and pulls up over the rest of the week and a make a decision whether to spell him,” he said.
O’Brien said he had been forced into plan B when the horse missed the kick but fortunately it had still worked out.
“Once the other horse got up beside him he pinned the ears back and got serious,” he said.
“I think he will improve out of that.”
Mandalong Nicko beat the Snowden trained Cosimo ($4.80), by a long neck, with Royal Witness ($2.30fav) from the Sargent stable, a half length behind in third.
A well-deserved win by the Gilbert Slattery trained favourite Dancing Phryne to take out the HUCKEL EXCAVATIONS 3YO & UP MAIDEN (1350m).
The Snippetson filly has been consistent at her previous eight starts, including three seconds and a third, with a better barrier draw seeing her installed as $1.85 favourite.
A good ride by jockey Tye Angland secured the result, with three-year-old drawing away on the line for a length victory.
Slattery attributed the win to plenty of hard work by his family and Jenny Duggan, who rides the filly in track work at Gosford.
“She’s a family horse, we reared her. My grandson Tommy broke her in, my wife, son Peter, we all work with her,” an excited Slattery said.
“That’s the best we’ve drawn today. She’s always drawn out so was her day today.
“We’ve waited a little while. She’s been knocking on the door for four or five starts, “Tye was very positive going out. He’s a professional and he dictated the terms the way he wanted it and she came home and got the money.
She gave a good kick and never knows how to lie down.”
Slattery said he would look for a similar race and distance for Dancing Phryne.
The Portelli trained Resonare ($4.40), was second, with Lexiloo ($21), from the Nickson stable, a length and a half behind in third.
Back to back wins on the Wyong track for the David Pfeiffer trained favourite Bombarding ($2.20), who scored an impressive win over the 1100m.
The three-year-old gelding put almost two lengths on his opposition, drawing away in the straight to take out the GO ELECTRICAL CLASS 2 HANDICAP.
Jockey Corey Brown was able to take a sit just off the leader after Bombarding jumped well, before taking the lead around the 400m mark and pulling away for a convincing win.
Pfeiffer described Bombarding, who has had two wins from two starts since joining his stable, as a “nice, honest style of horse.”
“These tight turning tracks are a real advantage to him. He jumps and puts himself there and travels keenly. He probably got a couple of soft sectionals mid race but rolled into that turn and was able to run away with it.
“Wet tracks are a bit of a bonus for him too so we are in at the right time of the year.”
Pfeiffer said he had the horse had previously been trained in New Zealand.
“They were looking for a change of scenery and it’s working well, so I appreciate their support.”
Squaw Peak ($4.40) from the Hawkes stable was runner-up, with Kissing Game ($4) trained by John Thompson, third.