Wyong’s Kim Waugh has two horses into the final of the $400,000 Provincial Championships final at Randwick next month after the heavily backed top weight Supreme Effort (James McDonald) won the $100,000 Wyong Qualifer today, narrowly beating Waugh’s other runner His Majesty (Blake Shinn) by half a neck.
The Michelle Ritchie trained Better Not Blue (Tye Angland) was a further short head away third and has also booked itself a berth in the final.
It became an even bigger day for Waugh and the stable when Sheniyan, an imported galloper that has been a real challenge for the trainer, won the Insurance House Benchmark 70 (1600m).
Many of the owners of Sheniyan are also in the syndicate that races Supreme Effort.
“They are great owners and all of them are friends,” Waugh said.
Waugh still has one more horse to try and qualify for the Championships Final in Hetty Heights which won first up on the Beaumont track at Newcastle on Tuesday. “I haven’t decided yet which heat to run her in yet,” Waugh said. “I want to wait and see how she pulls up after Tuesday’s win. “She is a pretty good mare, there is not much between her and the other two.
“I don’t know if Supreme Effort or His Majesty will have another run before the final. “They will go out to the farm for a couple of days to recuperate then we will get them back and make a plan.”
McDonald sent Supreme Effort forward to be running sixth and seventh from his wide barrier and three wide but with cover. He moved up to be third on the turn and hit the lead soon after straightening.
His Majesty came from well back to be the widest runner in the straight and made up a lot of ground on his stable mate.
“It was a beautiful ride by James,” Waugh said.
“I knew from where he was positioned he’d be hard to beat as my horse has such a turn of foot.
“His Majesty was brave. “He drew even worse and had to go right back but he really worked strongly to the line coming from a fair way back.”
Tye Angland was delighted with the run of Better Not Blue. “He was the run of the race, I thought,” Angland said. “He needed the run yet really motored to the post.”
Supreme Effort was the horse the punters wanted to back on the strength of his win at Randwick last month. He opened at $4.60 and was consistently supported to start the $3.50 equal favourite with Daisy Duke, which finished eighth.
Supreme Effort was bred by Maitland business man and former Maitland Rugby League Club first grade captain coach, Frank Lawler and is raced by syndicate of his family and friends including his mother Norma.
Supreme Effort’s dam, Sounds Supreme, was originally trained by the late Guy Walter and won two races under his care before being switched to Rodney Ollerton at Newcastle and won another three before being retired in 2005.
Supreme Effort is the third winner she has produced after Supreme Eddie which won three races and Supreme Bella which won two. She has a three year old by Oratorio yet to race and a yearling by All American and all have been bred by Lawler.
The big day for Waugh continued when Sheniyan circled the field, received a bump at the top of the straight, looked beaten then came again to beat the favourite Captain Planet.
The cheer in the owners and trainers room as Sheniyan grabbed the lead on the line was almost as loud and sustained as it was for the Championship qualifier. “He is a really good horse but we have had so many problems and issues with him,” Waugh said. “Finally I think we are going to see the best of him. “He has been working so well and we were confident about today.”
Shinn said he had made his move, circling the field, a little early but knew he had a fit horse under him.
“He had to grit his teeth and tough it out, which he did,” Shinn said.
Waugh’s dominance of the Championship Qualifier and the win of Sheniyan over shadowed the riding efforts of Blake Shinn and James McDonald.
Shinn booted home four winners and McDonald three on the eight event program.
The only other jockey to ride a winner was apprentice James Innes who won on the Gerald Ryan trained Bright Future in the PFERD Class One (1350m). Shinn’s winners, apart from Sheniyan, were the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Reinforced in the Metabo Power Tools Two Year Old Maiden, the Joe Pride trained Ustad (Brian Hilton Motor Group Maiden) and Rough Ride for Peter Robl in the Pro Ali Class One.
McDonald landed a double for John O’Shea and Godolphin on Panegyria (Stramit Building Products 3YO Maiden) and Crevettine (Aoex Tools Maiden) as well as winning on Supreme Effort.
The Snowden trained odds on favourite Reinforced had to dig deep to win the Metabo Power Tools Two Year Old Maiden (1350m) but in doing so easily broke the class record.
Reinforced settled back in fourth place early then cruised up to Chimboraa in the straight but the David Payne trained colt, ridden by Mitchell Bell, fought back and the margin was only a short head at the finish.
“He had blinkers on and once he got to the lead he probably thought his job was done,” Shinn said. “He is a lovely colt but still not there mentally and is looking for further.”
James Harron, who races the son of Snitzel in partnership with a large syndicate, said Peter Snowden had always thought the colt would be a 1600 metre horse. “He is a lovely big striding colt and Peter has been working to get the miles in his legs and he will build from there,” Harron said.
Joe Pride will head to a mid week with Ustad after he led all the way and just lasted to win the Brian Hilton Motor Group Maiden (1200m).
“He is a beautiful, well bred horse and if he is going to be of use he has to continue to step up and prove himself,” Pride said. “This win will be a confidence booster for him. “His first two starts were on heavy tracks which did not suit him.
“He has taken time but the owners have been patient.”
Shinn said he was a big striding horse and that was why he was not afraid to take him to the lead but he thinks 1200 metres is as far as the horse wants to go at this stage.
“His dam (Rare Insight) improved with racing and hopefully he will do the same thing.”
Ustad just lasted to beat Be Like Dad (Mitchell Bell) by a short head with Yu Jin (Blaike McDougall) a further two lengths away third.
The Gerald Ryan trained Bright Future, ridden by James Innes, also led all the way to win the PFERD Class One (1350m).
Bright Future is one of the 23 horses that Ryan has at his Hawkesbury stable and it is an environment that he says the four year old has thrived in. “He loves it out there,” Ryan said. “I have his unraced half sister and she is out there too and also loves it.
“It is very relaxed and they can spend time in the morning and again in the afternoon out in the yards but after a couple of hours they always want to go back into their boxes.”
Ryan liked the way Innes controlled the pace.
“I have been watching James for a while now and he has had three or four rides for me and I have had no cause for complaint,” Ryan said.
Innes said he knew he was on the best horse and that Bright Future would have a kick at the finish.
He held on to beat the Allan Kehoe trained Jayzou (Paul King).
Peter Robl landed his first Wyong winner since he took out a trainer’s licence when Rough Ride, under desperate riding from Shinn, got up in the last stride to win the Pro Ali Design Class One (1350m).
Although a four year old Rough Ride was having only her third start after winning her maiden at on debut at Goulburn in January. “That was a perfect ride from Blake,” Robl said. “He got on the back of the favourite and was just too strong at the finish. “I think in the off season she could win a mid week race in town.”
Shinn said Rough Ride was a mare with a lot of scope.
“She is a big striding mare and is looking for further,” he said.
Rough Ride grabbed the lead on the line to win by a short head from Mali Rose (Kerrin McEvoy).
James McDonald had what he described as a “few hairy moments” before odds on favourite Panegyria won the Stramit Building Products Three Year Old Maiden in a time just outside the class record.
Panegyria missed the start and was last early until McDonald pushed her along the fence to be sitting mid field.
She was caught up in traffic at the top of the straight before McDonald was able to ease around heels and find clear galloping room. Once she saw daylight the filly quickly hit the lead to win by one and three quarter lengths from
Godolphin’s assistant trainer, Darren Beadman, was at a loss to understand her tardy start.
“She did it at Warwick Farm on debut yet in her trials she was quickly away and showed tons of early speed,” Beadman said. “I will have to talk to James and see if he can shed any light on it.”
Correct weight was delayed while stewards considered a protest from Paul King (Kate’s Pearl) which was third past post against the second placed Exceed The Moon (Glyn Schofield) alleging interference at 100 metres.
The protest was upheld.
Two races later McDonald and Godolphin combined again to win the Apex Tools Maiden (1200m) with first starter Crevettine and she also missed the start.
The filly, a half sister to Cosmic Endeavour, showed her class by circling the field then catching the leader Divergence (Blake Shinn) on the line to win by half a neck in class record time.
“She is a nice filly and had trialled really well,” Beadman said. “She was slowly away but James did not panic.”