It was the Godophin/Avdulla show at Wyong with the stable bringing up a winning treble and the jockey also bagging a trio of wins, including a double for James Cummings.
Fillies Sanity and Taniko tasted their first success in respective maidens, along with Lonhro gelding Siskiyou.
Avdulla partnered both fillies and Miss Shanti for Chris Waller.
The stable were deprived of a possible fourth win when the last two races were abandoned due to bad weather.
Darren Beadman considered well bred filly Taniko the most impressive of their trio of winners, with the three-year-old a dominant three and a half-length winner in the 1200m MEN OF FOOTBALL CENTRAL COAST CHAPTER MAIDEN.
“There will be bigger fish to fry for her,” he said after the win.
“It fell into Brenton’s hand when the two went out quick in front but she’s a real professional and did a great job.
“Compared to her last start she was a lot more alert when saddling up. She knew what she was here for today and went on with the job nicely.
“She’s from a very fast family so she’s got a lot of substance to her and a great mental approach as well.”
Avdulla said he had been confident going into the race after Taniko’s last start second at Gosford.
“She took good improvement off her run the other day. I was confident if she kept herself out of trouble she’d be hard to beat,” he said.
The filly, who started $1.26 favourite, beat the Wayne Seelin trained Ready’s Queen ($101), with Ritzy Rosie ($8), a half length behind in third.
A return to winning form resulted in a reprieve for Siskiyou ($4.60) who fought strong to the line to score a narrow win in the 1350m WYONG RACE AGAIN MAY 3 MAIDEN PLATE.
Beadman joked after the victory that the horse must have overheard a pre-race conversation between him and the strapper.
“We said that he’d better lift his game today or otherwise he might be out the gate,” he laughed.
The Lonhro gelding didn’t disappoint beating Spin Bowles ($4) by a head, with City Of Love ($3.70) from the Waugh stable, a length and a quarter behind in third.
“Tye got a nice straight run and was able to control the race from that position,” Beadman said.
“Coming back from the mile was a key thing. He had that fitness edge on him and it was a tidy win.”
Beadman said Siskiyou had very good Victorian form and there were excuses for his last start seventh at Gosford.
“He’s a very honest, genuine horse and he’ll take a lot out of that. He dug deep when he had to, when he was challenged so it was a good effort.”
Angland said it was “full credit” to the horse that he dug deep to win.
“He had a good fight in him which was a good sign,” he said.
Lonhro filly Sanity ($2.10fav) overcame the outside barrier to take out the 1000m CLUBS CHALLENGE RACEDAY MAY 22 – TABLE OF 10 $1000 3YO MAIDEN PLATE by over a length.
The filly, was having just her second race start, was ridden by Avdulla.
She finished 10th on debut at Gosford last preparation but Beadman said there were excuses.
“They went very hard at Gosford last time in and it was her first time out.
“She’s trialled on three occasions and gone well every time including her latest trial at Warwick Farm.
“We thought she would race well today but there was a little bit of concern given she drew the wide barrier.”
Sanity jumped well and Avdulla was able to cross the field and take up an early lead, which he maintained throughout the race.
The filly was strong to the line holding out the Carmen Murnane trained Khitaamy ($7.50) with Wisdom Tree ($ 3.60) making up plenty of ground in the final stages, for an eye-catching third.
Beadman said the winner would likely head toward a metropolitan race.
“Based on that performance you’d think she’d possibly be competitive in a mid-week, given that she did it at both ends.
“She’s got good strength about her. She’s not a whippet and there is a lot of substance to her.”
An emotional win in the PHOENIX FIRE PROTECTION PROVINCIAL CLASS 4 (1600m) with the Bob Milligan trained Capital Magic ($61) causing an upset.
The veteran Taree trainer remains in a serious condition in Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital nearly three weeks after receiving multiple fractures to his skull and face following a trackwork accident.
His son Glen said Thursday was the best his father had been and he had been able to speak to him for the first time since he was hurt.
“Mum rang me and was able to put the phone up to his ear and he could talk,” Glen said.
“Up until now he hasn’t been well enough but for the first time since he was hurt he’s put two good days together so hopefully that is a positive sign.
“Mum was going to make sure he listened to the race if he was awake.
“This will give him a real lift.”
Milligan said the Wyong race hadn’t been their first choice but he was happy circumstances had pushed him that way.
“He had no luck at Taree the other day. We weren’t coming here to start with. She was a late nomination because we were going to Coffs Harbour,” he said.
“That was an apprentices race and we couldn’t find a suitable rider. She was in at Muswellbrook tomorrow and we didn’t think she’d get a run so we came here.”
Elated owners Sue Oldfield and Peter Killen, who bred the mare, said they were so happy for Bob.
Winning jockey Blaike McDougall described the win as having “plenty of merit.”
Capital Magic, a five-year-old Recaptialize mare, beat Jackknife ($12) by a long head, with Lightning Lockie ($10), three quarters of a length behind in third.
The colours made famous by champion mare Winx greeted the judge in the 1600m EARLY BIRD MEMBERSHIP $55 MAIDEN HANDICAP.
Raced in partnership by Winx’s owner’s Magic Bloodstock, Miss Shanti ($3.80) broke through for her debut win with a hard fought short neck victory over stablemate Dream Genie ($4.40).
The winner, a $140,000 2YO Ready to Run purchase, was coming off a first up seventh at Rosehill, having been placed at Newcastle and Wyong at her only two previous starts.
Brenton Avdulla gave the Pierro filly a great run just off the speed, saving ground on the rails before weaving a passage on the turn and hitting the lead 100 metres from home.
Stable representative Clare Heuston praised the ride by Avdulla.
“It was a great ride, he rode exactly to instructions. She saved plenty of ground along the inside and really hit the line strongly.
“Dream Genie had the run of the race and every opportunity to win but the other filly was just too good on the day.
“Miss Shanti’s a lovely filly, in the right colours as well,” Heuston laughed.
Avdulla said the winner had a good attitude.
“I just rode her for luck and she got there at the right time. She was strong at the line. She had a look around there but she’s a nice enough filly.”
Royal Anthem, the $3.30 race favourite, was a length and a half behind in third.
The Waller stable brought up a double in the 2100m CSR BRADFORD BENCHMARK 63 HANDICAP, with Georgica ($ 7.50) proving too strong for his opposition.
Having his first start in NSW, the three-year-old Ocean Park gelding, had no luck in the running until Tye Angland was able to find the rails and finish strongly for a threequarter of a length victory.
Georgica showed a good turn of foot to speed away in the final stages for his second win from seven starts.
Clare Heuston from the Waller stable said Georgica would head to a mid-week race.
“It was a pretty good win today. He would have been a certainty beaten if he hadn’t got out,”Heuston said.
“He relaxed well which he hasn’t been doing in his earlier races, so Tye found the key to him today.
“He’s a progressive horse and coming up for winter he’ll be stepping up over the winter months to these longer races mid-week and maybe even Saturday.
“He’ll have a bit of confidence now.”
The win brought up a double for Angland.
The Richard Freedman trained Celebris ($6) was second, with Allan Denham’s Parnossos ($17) a close third.
The last two races on the programme had to be abandoned following an electrical storm that arrived just before R7. RNSW Stewards delayed the racing until 4.50pm when it was decided to call the meeting off because of bad light and dangerous conditions due to the storm.