Former New Zealand trained sprinter Bombarding started his Australian racing career with a dominant all the way win, under Corey Brown, in the Ladies Day Sunday August 26 Book Now Benchmark 60 (1100m) at Wyong on Thursday.
Trainer, David Pfieffer, was at the Gold Coast sales and missed the win but while Bombarding was cementing the relationship between the trainer and his new clients, Pfieffer was busy buying them another yearling.
The three-year-old’s owners came from near and far, including the Sunshine Coast, Melbourne and Albury, to see the win.
However, one owner who did not make the trip was New Zealand trainer Steve McKee who trained Bombarding when he raced there.
“When we decided to bring the horse to Australia Steve wanted to stay in him,” syndicate manager, Rick Chapman, said.
“Bombarding was constantly running into top grade horses over there in good grade races including some black type events and we thought he might be better suited over here plus the prize money is better.
“We asked around and David was recommended to us as a good trainer.
“This has been a great day.”
Brown, who rode Bombarding in the second of his two trials, was impressed with the win.
“He is a nice horse but I think he will be even better next preparation when a bit of the fizz goes out of him,” Brown said.
“The pony was leading him to the start and a bird flew across in front of us and he nearly went over the pony.
“Bombarding has no sprint, he just has the one high cruising speed which he maintains.
“I think he could win a mid-week race in town shortly and eventually a Saturday race.”
Bombarding, the heavily backed $1.70 favourite, went to the line full of running to win by one and three-quarter lengths from The Brown One.
Wyong’s Kristen Buchanan was becoming frustrated with Dual Escape’s loss of form in two runs back from a spell and decided they needed to put her mind back on the job.
She told jockey Serg Lisnyy exactly that and he got the job done by getting Dual Escape to respond and win the Wyong Race Club Function Centre Bookings Ph 43521083 Class Two (1350m).
Dual Escape had shown promise at her two previous preparations, winning at Tamworth and Port Macquarie, but in her first two starts this time in had finished well back at Scone and Taree.
“She was really naughty and bucked when she came out of the barriers at Scone and she had to go back to the trials,” Buchanan said.
“Then she drew dreadfully at Taree and was wide all the way but really did not put in.
“I told Serg to make her realise she was there to race and he did it well.
“Mares can be funny things sometimes, but I also think she getting more dour now.”
LIsnyy rode Dual Escape out of the barriers and settled her in third place early before starting to rev her up approaching the turn.
In the straight he continued to ride her hard, taking the lead then holding a challenge from the fast finishing Kandy to beat that horse by a short head.
Tim Clark dominated the riding ranks at this meeting with a winning treble.
He adopted catch me if you can tactics on the John Sargent trained Only Tiger in the Wyong Race Saturday July 14 Book Now Class One and Maiden (2100m), continued a winning partnership with the Paul Perry trained Final Frontier in the Membership At Wyong Only $55 Class Two (1350m) and won the Wyong Farmers Markets Every 1st and 3rd Saturday Of The Month Maiden (1100m) on two year old debutante Test Of War.
The win by Only Tiger ended a frustrating run of placings for connections of the horse although Clark had enjoyed success on the horse before, riding him when he won his maiden at Newcastle in March.
Since then Only Tiger has been placed at four of his last five starts including a third at Warwick Farm when Clark rode him.
“Tim and the horse are stuck in a rut – it’s either lead or be one out and one back,” strapper, Amber Edmeades. said.
“The horse does not like being cluttered up because he has such a big stride.
“He has been a little frustrating so it’s good to see him get another win.”
Clark said Only Tiger was an out and out stayer.
“He would go all day but it was a good effort to come back from 2600 metres at his last start to win this,” Clark said.
Only Tiger was strong on the line to win by one and a half lengths from the Chris Waller trained Raw Emotion (James McDonald).
Clark and Final Frontier combined for their second win at Wyong, scoring in a Class Two on a soft track here three starts back in early May.
Clark let Final Frontier settle in third place early then went around the leaders to tackle the leader Cuba (Patrick Scorse) in the straight.
Cuba kept fighting back but with Final Frontier, under desperate riding, hitting the lead late to win by a long neck.
The Gary Portelli trained Test Of War was brave, taking on older horses and beating them at his first start.
Clark settled him in third place on the fence, got a split at the top of the straight and worked to the line to beat the fast finishing Stunned by a short neck.
Foreman Greg Miles said Portelli had not been fazed by running Test Of War against older horses.
“The horse has been working with older and better performed horses and holding his own with them,” Miles said.
Clark said the horse had handled the assignment well.
“I had to take a tight run with him and he was not fazed and handled it well,” Clark said.
A change of tactics and the addition of blinkers proved a winning move when the Tony Newing trained Rock Sonic (Jason Collett) led all the way to win the www.tab.com.au Maiden (1600m).
Newing was at the sales in Queensland and missed the win and it was left to his wife Stacey to saddle up.
“Tony had a talk with Jason on the phone this morning and suggested he should lead,” Stacey said.
“He thought the track would be heavy and it might be hard for horses to come from behind and catch him.
“Tony put the blinkers on the horse recently and he had been working really well in them.”
Rock Sonic went into the race with ordinary form at his two previous starts, running sixth at Muswellbrook and second last at Newcastle.
However, he relished the conditions and his winning time, 1min 38.72secs was less than a second outside the class record.
The favourite Dossier, having his first start in 11 months, raced in fourth place early but was beaten a long way from home and struggled to the line.
The Johnnie Roberts trained Sugarland Express ran on well for second but did not appear to relish the conditions.
James McDonald wasted no time in making his presence felt at his first ride back at Wyong in 18 months when he turned in a clever ride to win the Great Northern On Tap Maiden (1350m) on the Chris Waller trained first starter McMahon.
McDonald only recently returned from a lengthy disqualification.
McMahon ($4.40 second favourite) was last early with McDonald taking him wide at the 600 metres to put the favourite Erudition (Jason Collett) momentarily in a pocket.
However, at the top of the straight Erudition was presented with a gap and sprinted through while McMahon issued a challenge wide out.
McMahon hit the lead half way down the straight to go on and win by a neck.
“He is a nice horse and gave me a nice ride,” McDonald said.
“I had to put him into the race a little earlier than I wanted but he responded well.
“He will only improve with more racing.”
Gosford trainer Adam Duggan took a punt and decided to give two-year-old Take To Heart her first start against older fillies and mares and it worked when she won the Carlton Draught Wyong Gold Cup Friday August 31 Fillies and Mares Maiden (1100m).
“It is a problem finding two-year-old races around our area,” Duggan said.
“She is not good enough yet to take to Sydney and I did not want to spend three or four hours carting her to a country meeting so I decided to run her against her own sex instead.
“She has been working really well and has her fair share of ability but I might spell her now and let her mature.
“She is tall but lean and needs to develop more.”
Apprentice Jenny Duggan settled Take To Heart at the rear of the field, which was reduced to five runners after Star Statement played up in the barriers, lunged forward, hit her head, dislodged a tooth and sustained an injury to her jaw.
Duggan held the fence and when the leaders, the three favourites, fanned on the turn she pushed up along the rail and Take To Heart, the $19 outsider, went on to beat another debutante in the Gary Portelli trained Age Of War ($5.50) with the heavily backed favourite Vainity (Blake Shinn) third.