The Getway could feature in this Friday’s $160,000 Wyong Gold Cup after showing a great turn of foot to take out the 2100m JAGUAR/LAND ROVER WYONG CUP PRELUDE – CLASS 4 HCP.
The Paul Perry trained gelding was rewarded for his consistent form of late storming down the outside to win by a long neck win, giving him automatic entry into the Cup.
“It’s something we will have to consider now,” foreman Nathan Perry said.
“He’s a gutsy little thing and would get into the race with a light weight. Dad might decide to bring him back. We know the distance is not a worry.”
Perry said The Getaway’s last start fourth in the Taree Cup was a “big run” and the start before that he was very unlucky. “He’s always a handy horse. He likes a bit of room and to come around them like he did today.
“In the small field it played out the way he likes it and we got the money.”
Perry said it was a “nice, patient ride” by Rachael Murray.
“I really believed he could win today,” Murray said.
“He showed a great turn of foot and I’d love to see him go onto the Wyong Cup.
“He’s got to now,” she laughed.
The Getaway ($3.80), brought up his third career win, beating the Clarry Connors trained Manhattan Son ($6), with the John Steinmetz trained Jagger ($7.50), third.
An exciting finish in the STAR 104.5 LA GIOCONDA (1600m) with the Gerald Ryan trained Rosettas Whey getting the bob of the head on the line to score a well-earned victory.
A Testa Rossa mare, the winner was coming off a fourth over 1400m at Taree on August 18.
It was the five-year-old’s first trip over the mile, with Ryan taking the advice of Adrian Layt who had ridden her at Taree. “Adrian said step her up in journey and she’ll go very close,” Ryan said.
“She had a crack at the 1400m at Taree in open company and was a bit stiff so I was happy to take Adrian’s advice.
“I didn’t expect her to be that close but Paul (King) used his nous and it was all good.
“She had to fight in the end which was good to see.
“She’s so honest but hasn’t been racing with a lot of luck. She is a great mare to train and will go home tonight and eat all her feed.”
Raced by Blueblood Thoroughbreds, Rosettas Whey ($6) brought up her third career win beating Raise The Limit ($13) trained by Jason Attard, by a nose, with the Scott Singleton trained Concessions ($4.20) a length behind in third.
A winning double gave Paul King the lead in the Nathan Berry Trophy heading into Friday’s Wyong Gold Cup.
The locally based jockey combined with Kristen Buchanan, to ride Macquarie Magic to his first win for the new stable.
With the two wins, two seconds and a third, King went to a lead over Brenton Avdulla and Tye Angland.
A six-year-old gelding, Maquarie Magic ($16) was the outsider of the field but courtesy of a great ride by King took out the 1350m CARLTON MID WYONG GOLD CUP FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP by almost two lengths.
Buchanan said she hadn’t had any expectations of the gelding, who had joined her stable only six weeks ago from Victoria.
“I thought the 1350m might have been a bit short for him first up but he proved me wrong,” she said.
“I was toying with starting him here or finding at mile race but luckily we opted for Wyong.
“He’s not cleaned up in his coat as well as I’d like so there should be improvement in him.
“I’m very happy with the results today. He looks to be a really nice horse.”
Buchanan said the owner of Macquarie Magic was from Newcastle and when his form petered out in Victoria he decided to bring him closer to home.
King said Macquarie Magic would definitely get over more ground.
“I liked his trial the other day and it was good to see him win today. “
The Jim and Greg Lee trained Last Card Joe ($6) finished second, with another local galloper, the Wayne Seelin trained Musical Family ($11) third.
The colours made famous by locally trained champion Sincero graced the Wyong winners’ circle again when All Day upset the two favoured runners to take out the SURRENDER AT ENDOTA SPA 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1350 metres).
The three-year-old colt was bred by Sincero’s owner Greg De Vries and raced by several members of the same syndicate.
Sincero was trained at Wyong by Stephen Farley and was a dual Group 2 winner who amassed more than $1.7 million in prizemoney. “It’s is always good to bring the colours back here. We are very proud,” De Vries said after the race.
“Wyong was very good for us and this win brings back very memories.”
De Vries joked they would probably spend the afternoon celebrating in the on-course bar named after Sincero.
Short priced favourite Absolute took the lead around the 800m mark of the race and was joined on the turn by Problem Solver.
The pair fought it out in the early stages of the straight but jockey Blaike McDougall had the last shot at the leaders, forging away for a length win on the line.
The apprentice, riding for his boss John Thompson, said he had planned to follow Brenton Avdulla on Absolute.
“No-one rides Wyong better than Brenton and I was happy to be following him,” he said.
“I’ve been able to do a bit of work on him leading into this race and he is slowly starting to get it.
“He’s a nice young colt, very green still, but he extended nicely on the line.”
Stable representative Elizabeth Kalbfleisch said they had been “very confident” with All Day.
“It was a beautiful win. Brenton rode him so well. He stayed patient and didn’t panic and he won easy.”
All Day ($9) beat the Gerald Ryan trained Problem Solver ($2.45), with the short priced Godolpin favourite Absolute ($1.80) a long neck behind in third.
Short priced favourite Savapinski made short work of her opposition to take out the 1600m TAB.COM.AU CLASS 1 HANDICAP by two and a half lengths.
The Savabeel mare had no trouble with the step up from 1200m metres to the mile, with her comfortable win courtesy of a great ride by Brenton Avdulla.
Neil Paine, representing the Waterhouse Bott stable was full of praise for the leading jockey.
“He rode her a treat,” he said. “She was doing her best work on the line.
“She was put under the pump from the 500m so it was a really good effort by the mare.
“She can be a bit flat footed but Brenton was aware of that and kept her going.
“Gai text me a minute after the race and said it was a super win.
“I think she will definitely get the 2000m given her performance today.”
Avdulla said it wasn’t an easy feat to step up from the 1200m to the mile.
“I would have been a bit worried about that but Gai and Adrian are top class trainer and they had her ready to go.
“She’s a nice enough mare and I can see her getting the 2000m.
“I had to niggle her alone a bit today but she did it easy in the end.”
Savapinski ($1.30) brought up her second win from three starts, beating the Paul Perry trained Uncle Rodriguez ($9.40), with the Waller trained Yeah Bravo ($5.80) a neck behind in third.
An early double to Brenton Avdulla with the Godolphin trained Speedway ($1.20) an impressive five length winner in the 1600m EVENT CINEMAS TUGGERAH MAIDEN PLATE.
The Street Cry filly brought up her first win at her fourth race start, with the stable now confident she can step up to a midweek Metropolitan race.
“You like to see an odds on pop win like that,” stable foreman Darren Beadman said after the race.
“Brenton got her into a nice rhythm and settled her to the rear of the field.
“She is still getting used to the blinkers and I was happy to see her back there. She’s not a filly who can do it both ends and in her previous runs she was back in the field.
“It is nice to see her step up to the mile. She has a few more strings in her bow now.
“I’d say James (Cummings) will target a mid-weeker now and might find her a little race over the carnival.”
Avdulla said the hardest part of the race for him was keeping the filly out of trouble.
“She wanted to over race a bit. I was happy to let her stride before the turn and when she hit the front I let her know what she was there for. “She is a horse with a little bit of upside.”
Speedway beat the locally trained Mr Mile ($101) for Andrew Eastcott, with the Waller trained Shaolin Kingfu ($9.50) a head behind in third.
The addition of blinkers was a telling factor in the dominant win by the Matthew Smith trained Catmosphere ($3.90), in the 1000m THE ROYAL HOTEL WYONG MAIDEN HANDICAP.
The Stratum colt was bounced to the lead on jumping by jockey Jay Ford and managed to hold off challengers in the straight to pull away for a length win.
A $140,000 2016 Easter Sales purchase, Catmosphere had performed well in two trials leading into the race, with Smith opting for the gear change to keep him “switched on.”
“He’s always had the tendency to be wayward and hang out. After the trials Matthew decided to try some head gear and see if that worked,” Ford said.
“The blinkers helped a lot and he galloped well into the line. The difference today was he had experience on his side.”
The three-year-old, having his third career start, was a runner-up at Warwick Farm over 1100m in March.
Stable representative Colum McCullagh said they had thought the 1000m may have been a bit short for Catmosphere.
He ran home a lick under 33 seconds. I’m very, very proud of him,” McCullagh said.
“He’s a little bit of a funny horse and the blinkers really switched him on. He’s still learning the ropes.”
McCullagh said they would see how the horse pulled up and likely take him through his grades.
The Bjorn Baker trained Dexluther ($3.50) was second, with Nowra visitor Good Weather ($41) finishing a close third.
The Gadfly looks set for a Sydney mid-week appearance after his strong win in the 1000m CRUISEABOUT ERINA BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP.
The victory brought up a double for the in-form Perry stable and a win for jockey Tye Angland.
Nathan Perry said the gelding had settled further back in the field then he had thought he would be.
“He certainly finished off well and looks like he will get further on that effort,” Perry said.
“He let down and hit the line really strongly. He’s an honest type and if he can get down in the weights he’s got another win in him. “I’d say we’d head to a midweek metro race with a suitable benchmark where he can be well weighted.”
Angland described it as a “good solid win.”
“He was beaten for speed early but then I got the perfect run into the race.
“He let rip when he got to the front and did it easy which is a good sign that he had more to give.”
The Gadfly, who started $3.10 favourite, put a length and a half on the second placegetter, fellow Newcastle galloper All From Scrap, trained by David Atkins.
Marc Connors trained Princess Command ($8) was a length and a half behind in third.
The winner, a $330,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Million sales, has now had three wins and six placings from 14 starts.