Jason Collett is making a habit of booting home winners on the Wyong track taking out the riding honours at today’s Almost Valetines Day meeting with a winning double.
The former New Zealand jockey combined with his father Richard to win the 1600m Maiden with Dark Secret and then scored one of the most impressive wins of the day in the 1350m Benchmark 70 Handicap on the Anthony Cummings trained Mali Rose.
Jason now has eight wins for the season on the track, while he and Richard have combined with three wins at Wyong in less than six weeks.
His first win today came with his father’s galloper Dark Secret ($8.10) upsetting some of the more heavily supported runners in the KPP VALUERS MAIDEN HANDICAP (1600 METRES).
Having his third start in Australia and his first over the 1600 metres, the four-year-old was able to hold off the challengers in the straight to score a long neck victory.
After jumping well from barrier six Jason was able to cross to the fence and take an early lead which he maintained throughout the race.
Having his seventh race start, four of which were in New Zealand, the well supported Dark Secret beat Bjorn Baker’s race favourite Shock Alert ($1.80), with Canberra ($1.90) third.
Gerald Ryan’s $1.8 million Snitzel colt America finished at the rear of the field.
Wyong is proving to be a happy hunting ground for the Collett family, with stayer Segenhoe scoring back to back wins on the track in January.
“We seem to be having some luck here and that’s great,” Richard said. “I was confident this bloke would appreciate the rise in distance today and he proved it with a good win.
“The plan was to lead and that paid off. “We will look around for a similar type race for him.”
Jason brought up a winning double on Anthony Cummings Mali Rose ($21) in the GREAT NORTHERN ON TAP BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP (1350 METRES).
The four-year-old mare, joined the stable only a few days ago, having previously been trained in Victoria by David Hayes.
The well bred mare came from the rear of the field to storm home out wide for a convincing length and a half win over the Waterhouse/Bott short priced favourite Australiana ($2).
“It was a big change to how she’s been ridden in the past,” Jason said after the race. “They wanted her ridden quieter and she travelled well in the run.
“It was a packed field and when we turned from home I only had a couple of lengths to make up and she did that easily.
“She showed a really explosive turn of foot and was impressive.”
Mali Rose, who has now had two wins and a second from 11 starts, is in foal to Americain and will have one more race.
The Waterhouse/Bott stable bookended the meeting with Let’s Celebrate winning the first, the 3YO Maiden and Miss Elly May impressive in taking out the 1000m Class 2.
In the first race the stable had a quinella and an upset after Let’s Celebrate ($17) won the WWW.TAB.COM.AU 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP (1350 METRES) from her more favoured stablemate Himalaya Flyer ($1.30)
Ridden by Johan Victoire, the three-year-old Northern Meteor filly broke through for her debut win at her fifth race start. Let’s Celebrate was resuming from a spell having finished mid-field in two Randwick trials in January.
Stable foreman Scott Cleal said it was great to see the filly finally break through.
“It was good to see her get a win on the board. She showed a nice turn of foot and Johan rode her really well.
“I think there is a win just around the corner for the second horse (Himalaya Flyer). “
Johan sat mid-field on Let’s Celebrate, making his move around the 150m mark, when he was able to run down the stablemate and score a one and a quarter length victory.
The winner is raced by Nick Vass Bloodstock and was a $240,000 2015 Inglis Easter Sale purchase.
Miss Elly May was one of the day’s most dominant winners after being eased down on the line by jockey Adam Hyeronimus for a two and a half length win.
The well-bred Duporth mare took out the 1000 Metres ELECTRICAL TUGGERAH CLASS 2 HANDICAP beating Clarry Connors’ Saskia Rose ($5.50) with Music Magic ($6.50) trained by Ken Tynan half a length behind in third.
Miss Elly May is likely to head for a mid-week or Saturday metropolitan race on the strength of her win.
“I was very impressed with her and I’d say she’ll head to town now,” Scott said. “She is still learning so it is great to see her get another win.”
Adam Hyeronimus was also full of praise for the mare, who brought up her second win from just three starts.
“She’s a nice strong mare and has come back a lot stronger this preparation,” he said. “She had a nice trial the other day and 1000m was perfect for her. She is still relatively new to it all and this was a good way to kick off her preparation.”
Another upset in the 1350m NSW PARLIAMENT FORMER MEMBERS CUP – CLASS 1 HANDICAP with the Waterhouse/Bott $1.70 odds on favourite Double Dux failing to perform and finishing out of the placings.
Caesar’s Ghost, trained by John Thompson and ridden by Tye Angland, proved too strong scoring a nice three quarter of a length win.
The Roman Emperor gelding, who was second at Wyong over the same distance on January 4, brought up his second win from 11 starts.
He beat Kim Waugh’s Bao Zheng ($1.70), with Kravchenko ($2.20) a long neck behind in third.
Tye Angland was complimentary about the four-year-olds’ victory. “I thought it was a nice win.
“We drew well and he jumped good and settled comfortably just behind the leaders.
“I got off their backs as we turned into the straight but he wanted to look around a bit before he knuckled down. “
Mollified could also be headed to a mid-week metropolitan race next preparation following her victory in the 1100m STAY & PLAY AT KOOINDAH WATERS GOLF CLUB 4 OR MORE MAIDEN HANDICAP.
Breaking through for her first win at her fourth start, the Star Witness filly beat the Clarry Connors trained favourite Wild Five ($1.60) by a length and a quarter, with Fiery Eminence third.
Trained by Gerald Ryan and ridden by Travis Wolfgram, Mollified ($4.30) has been third at her past two starts at Gosford and Wyong.
The stable had been confident she would run a strong race on the Beaumont Track on February 4 but the race was abandoned due to poor weather conditions.
Sterling Alexiou, stable foreman, said Mollified still had a lot to learn. “I think next preparation a mid-week metropolitan race wouldn’t be beyond her,” he said.
“This is her first preparation for us. She’s been a bit of a work in progress and is a very hot headed filly.
“When things go right for her she shows a good turn of foot.”
Travis congratulated Gerald Ryan’s team for settling the filly. “She’s been a bit of a handful at trackwork but they’ve worked her out now.
“I thought she was a good chance today but was a bit worried about the barrier.
“She got to the front a long way out but was able to hold on and I think she’s still got improvement in her.”
An impressive debut win by the Godolphin filly Vigilance to take out the CARLTON CHAMPIONS MARQUEE FEB 23 $20 ENTRY 3 OR LESS STARTS MDN PLATE (1100 METRES).
Having her first race start, the John O’Shea trained three-year-old settled mid-field before pulling out wide half way down the straight and charging home to score a nice victory.
The Sepoy three-year-old had been given three trials leading into the race, the last on January 23.
Billy Jackson, stable foreman, described the win as a good test of patience. “John has taken his time with her and that has paid off today,” he said.
“Credit to Brenton on a good ride. He gave her every chance and this is a great way to start her career.”
Billy said former champion Darren Beadman, also part of the Godolphin team, had thought Vigilance ($6.70) would be good enough to win the race.
“James Doyle came back after her last trial with a big smile on his face so we knew she was going well. Darren was very confident. ”
Winning jockey Brenton Avdulla described Vigilance as a nice filly with a bit of attitude. “I haven’t had anything to do with her before today and I just followed the instructions.
“When she balanced up at the furlong she really attacked the line.”
Vigilance won by a long neck over Bjorn Baker’s Smooth Tycoon ($5.50), with Reacher ($5) a further long neck behind in third.
The Gary Moore trained Classic Records ($5.30) was rewarded for his consistent form with a dominant four length win in the PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT WYONG ON FEB 23 BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (1600 METRES).
Beautifully ridden by apprentice Andrew Adkins the High Chapparal gelding was narrowly beating at his last start over 1350m at Wyong on February 1.
Andrew gave the four-year-old the run of the race after being able to cross and settle him just behind the leaders from barrier nine.
He swept to the front around the 100 metre mark and made short work of his opposition drawing away on the line.
Andrew Adkins described the win as “pretty impressive.”
“It was coming off a pretty impressive defeat last start,” he said.
“He won with authority today and showed what he can do when he steps up to the mile. It was the perfect distance for him today. “He took a bit of riding into the straight and winding him up but he hit his peak well and drew away.”
Classic Records, who has eight starts for two wins and two seconds, beat the Anthony Cummings trained Lookin’ At You ($3), with Bill Prain’s Seasonal ($2.90) third.