By Frances O’Shea
Brett Partelle is hoping a home track win is on the cards as he heads into Thursday’s Wyong meeting with a trio of runners.
The stable will saddle up Rebecca’s Quest and She’s My Girl, for long-time supporter Bert Viera, and Commander Belle, raced by the Milgate family.
“I think all three have got ability and it would be great if at least one of them can get the job done,” Partelle said.
“Out of the three I think She’s My Girl is probably the best chance. She’s first up from a lengthy spell but her trials have been excellent.
“She’s a nice filly and we have been patient with her. She’s not real big but has a nice amount of ability and will be hard to beat.
“I expect them all to race well and wouldn’t be surprised if one of the others bobs up or places.”
She’s My Girl a three-year-old So You Think filly bred by the Viera’s, starts in the 1000m Maiden.
She debuted at Cessnock in July last year and was placed second over the 900m.
“She’s not an overly big filly and has had a few issues with her knees, maturing and that sort of stuff, so we decided to give her some time,” Partelle said.
“She trialled twice in the spring and was second at Wyong and won at Gosford. We put her out and she won her first trial back at Wyong in March and has since won another couple of trials at Gosford.
“It is great form going into this race and she will take some beating.”
Partelle has a soft spot for filly Rebecca’s Quest, by his Magic Millions winner Walking Or Dancing, who lines up in the 1200m Class 1.
“We’ve only had her for two starts. She ran fourth at Wyong first up and I thought her run was really encouraging. She franked that by coming out and winning at Port.
“The horse of Kristen Buchanan’s who finished second came out and ran second in the good maiden at Scone on Friday.
“I think that’s good enough form to stack up here and she is a nice each way chance.
”She’s a progressive filly and while it’s hard to go from your maiden to a class one she won’t be too far away.”
Partelle also expects Pierro gelding Commander Bell to race well in the 1100m Maiden.
“He’s been maturing slowly and will just get better over the next six months. He’s quite lightly framed like most of the Pierros and they take a bit of time, the better ones.
“All being equal on Thursday, over the1100m fresh, he’s going to run a nice little race. He came off a good third at Gosford in similar company and hit the line good and the track was a bit off that day. I expect him to run well and his next start he will be very hard to beat.”
Partelle said Bobby El-Issa will partner his three runners.
“Every time he rides for us, he rides well, and they are right in the finish. He doesn’t make any mistakes.”
The first of eight races at the Central Coast Club’s Challenge Race Day gets underway at midday.
Race 1 – 12pm: KOOINDAH WATERS – RACE STAY & PLAY MAIDEN PLATE (1000m): 1 NORTH, 2 She’s My Girl, 3 Little Wonder, 4 River Bird.
Race 2 – 12.40pm: CENTRAL COAST LEAGUES CLUB MAIDEN PLATE (2100m): 1THE BOOMERANG, 2 Prince Camelot, 3 Road To Blue Sky, 4 Commentator.
Race 3 – 1.20pm: CLUB TOUKLEY RSL 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350m): 1TASK AND PURPOSE, 2 Smart Decision, 3 Well Decorated, 4 Ivira.
Race 4 – 2pm: TOUKLEY GOLF CLUB 2YO MAIDEN PLATE (1100m): 1MINI BOOM, 2 Exceedance, 3 Hey Mighty, 4 Travanti.
Race 5 – 2.35pm: WYONG ROOS FOUNDATION MAIDEN HANDICAP (1100m): 1 SET GOALS, 2 Commander Bell, 3 Serbelloni, 4 North.
Race 6 – 3.10pm: WYONG GOLF CLUB LTD CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600m): 1 SEEINGISBELIEVING, 2 Our Fun, 3 Nathan Road, 4 Pick Of The Day.
Race 7 – 3.45pm: THE DOYLO LIFESTYLE GROUP CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1200m): 1GORGONS, 2 First Reading, 3 Defeat, 4 Cinquedea.
Race 8 – 4.20pm: WYONG RACE CLUB – MEMBERSHIP ONLY $55 BENCHMARK HANDICAP (1350m): 1 HIGH RUSH, 2 Sniponet, 3 Celer, 4 Ladies’ Gem.