A START in the Wyong Provincial Championship heat on February 23 could be on the cards for the Kim Waugh trained Oxford Magic (pictured) following his impressive win in the 1350m TRANSITION CLASS 1 HANDICAP.
The lightly raced four-year-old made it back to back wins following a victory at Gosford on January 13.
To be run over 1350m for a purse of $150,000, the Wyong heat is the first in the 2017 Provincial Series which culminates with a $400,000 Final at Randwick on April 8.
Kim Waugh’s stable foreman Terry Bellew said the Provincial race would definitely be on the radar for Oxford Magic.
“Kim is in New Zealand but I’m sure it is something she will look at when she gets back,” Terry said.
“This is only his fourth run and he’s had two wins, a second and fourth.
“He has progressed a lot this preparation. He is a really big racehorse and was 700kg.
“Kim gave him a good pre-preparation on the treadmill and a couple of nice trials before the Gosford race.
“Tim rode him a treat today. He jumped well and travelled all the way.
”Statistics show it’s not easy to go from a Maiden to a Class 1 but he’s done it well today.”
Starting $2.80 favourite Oxford Magic beat the Gary Moore trained Classic Records by half a length, with the O’Shea trained Pymgy third.
Tim Clark, who brought up a double with the victory, said it was a very solid performance by Kim and the team to have the horse ready to win again.
A Maltese crossed proved to be a lucky omen for Hawkesbury trainer Jason Attard when he purchased My Milly Moo ($3fav) who broke through for her first win in the 16000m BENDIGO BANK BENCHMARK 63 HANDICAP.
Jason’s wife Lucy, who rides the mare work, said while the cross wasn’t the main factor it helped.
“Jason’s parents are from Malta and his mum Joesephine races the horse,” Lucy said.
“It was just a coincidence that she carried the cross as a marking but it certainly drew us too her.”
There were excited scenes from the Attard family when the five-year-old circled the field before hitting the front close to the line and drawing away for a half length victory.
It was back to back Wyong wins for the mare who scored a three and a half length win over the same distance at her last start on January 22. Jason joked after the win that he would be getting a “good feed tonight.”
“How good is Josh Parr. The plan was to be pretty positive but that didn’t really work out.
“I thought she might have been a bit far back particularly on this track but he peeled out on straightening and she was good enough to get the job done. “She was stepping up a few grades today but I knew she was tough.
“It’s good to have her in the stable for mum and I’m so happy to get a win for them.”
Josh Parr said the Attard’s were “great people.”
“It is fantastic to get a win for them and a lot of fun riding for them.”
Miss Milly Moo beat the Waterhouse/Bott trained Dinky Di Dora, who led for most of the race, with the Michael Byers trained Clunes Rocket, a length and a half behind in third.
A patient ride by Kathy O’Hara saw the Paul Cave trained Red Viking ($5) return to the winners circle in the 2100m SUNNYLAKE SHORES BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP.
The five-year-old brought up his third career victory beating Fly To Dawn by a convincing two lengths, with Lord Zoe a further length and a half behind in third.
Kathy settled the Viking Ruler gelding toward the rear of the field before easing him out in the straight where he pulled away on the line. Paul Cave was full of praise for the ride.
“She sure did a good job. I told her to be where he was comfortable and that’s exactly where he was, “ Paul said.
“There was plenty of pace on and that suited us and he had a trouble free run.”
Paul said Viking Ruler had filled out and put on some weight during his last spell which was helping him.
“He’s a handy enough horse but I don’t know what stage he will get. “I’ll keep him in his classes and look for a similar race next start.”
Co-owned by Paul Cave, it was the gelding’s second victory over the 2100m.
“Paul’s done a great job and placed him perfectly,” Kathy said. “It was a winnable race and the journey was never going to worry him.”
An impressive debut win by the Hawkes trained favourite Terminally Pretty ($2.30) to take out the TUMBI WHOLESALE MEATS 3YO MAIDEN (1000m) by half a head.
A $200,000 purchase at the 2105 Inglis Easter Sales, the three-year-old missed the start and had to make up more than six lengths on the leaders mid-race.
“There’s a lot of upside for this filly and this won’t be the only race she wins,” jockey Tommy Berry said.
“She did it easy despite being well back. The plan was to ride her a bit quieter over the 1000m.
“She got a bit unbalanced on the corner but still did a great job to come home in good time.
“She is only going to get better from this.”
Tanya Rouse, representing the Hawkes stable, said it was onwards and upwards with the filly who was resuming from a spell with a trial win at Rosehill on January 17.
“She’s not a huge filly and the trial put her pretty much spot on for this race,” she said.
“She was awkward around the turn so there is still plenty of improvement in her and I think she will get better in time.”
Terminally Pretty beat the Waterhouse/Bott trained Pub Grub ($2.70), with Repentant trained by Brooke Somers, almost three lengths behind in third.
The James Cummings trained Peaceful Sea is likely to head for the paddock following her debut win in the 1200m NEW FORD ESCAPE MAIDEN HANDICAP.
Ridden by Glyn Schofield, the $1.75 million dollar filly broke through for her maiden victory at start four beating Tamarack by three and a quarter lengths, with the fast finishing Sleek a length and a half behind in third.
From the one barrier Glyn was able to settle the filly just behind the leaders where she settled nicely before being taken to the lead mid-way down the straight and fighting on for a good win.
Peaceful Sea, who started $2.90 favourite, had three starts leading into the Wyong race for a second and two fourths.
The stable decided to remove racing gear in an effort to calm the Fastnet Rock filly, a strategy that worked.
“We took her back to basics and brought her to the provincials again to try and get a win under her belt, “ foreman Nacim Dilmi said. “She’s still very green but now she’s got the win she will keep improving.
“I think the 1200m is her go because she over-raced at the 1400m but we will probably spell her now.”
Glyn said Peaceful Sea was “a lot calmer today and proved too good. “
“She’s been a bit of an enigma up until today working so well but then now showing it in her races. “
A close four-way finish in the 1600m E-BIKES R US MAIDEN PLATE with the Bjorn Baker trained Allez Bein ($10) getting the bob of the head to score a narrow victory.
Ridden by Tim Clark, the O’Reilly filly was coming off a close second at Kembla on January 24 where she was beaten by a short half head. “It so well deserved,” stable representative Maddie Berkeley said.
“She is always getting cut off for runs and it happened again today but she still managed to get there.
“She really has been very unlucky in all four starts so it’s great to see her win.
“Tim had her in the perfect spot. She was up in distance and that helped.
“She was always going to go well over the mile and can hopefully keep improving now.”
Tim agreed Allez Bein had been unlucky at Kembla and said he thought she was going to suffer the same fate. “It’s nice to get a win on the board and she gave the impression she will definitely get further.
“She did a really good job today and it was a nice win.”
The minor placings went to the Waller trained Canberra ($2.80), with My Kind ($1.70) trained by John Thompson, third.
A decision by veteran trainer Pat Farrell to start resuming mare Fifteen Sunflowers ($10.50) in the 1000m NBN CANNONBALL BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP paid dividends when she scored a narrow victory.
The Excellent Art mare, who won a Highway Handicap at Randwick last preparation, beat the Allan Denham trained race favourite Treviso by a half head, with Grammar School, trained by Paul Perry, a length behind in third.
Pat said the owners had been keen to start Fifteen Sunflowers in a heat of the Country Championships but he had convinced them to start at Wyong.
“I had to talk them into it and they decided to go this way. Thankfully it’s paid off, “ Pat said.
“She’s a good mare and this is her distance. She is the same breeding of Alart so they are handy bloodlines.
“We will get her back home and decide where to head next. She’s only had the 19 starts so we may still go down the Country Championship path.”
Jockey Jason Collett said she was a “speedy mare” and it had been a “strong, confident win.”
An upset in the 1100m NBN NEWS CLASS 1 HANDICAP after the Wendy Roche trained Chappie ($61) scores a strong win to bring up his second career victory in just seven starts.
The injury plagued gelding scored a length win over the Allan Denham trained Cleeve Hill, with Silent Image a length behind in third.
Wendy said Chappie, who only started racing as a four-year-old, was hard to keep together. “He has bad joints and bad kness and he’s a bleeder,” she said. “He does have ability but will all his problems it’s difficult to get him right.
“We had him nominated for three races but the owner John Crowley was keen for him to start here and it’s worked out well. “It great because this is my first winner since I started training at Warwick Farm.”
Winning jockey Jay Ford said he had been able to coast for the better part of the race.
“Once he got to the front and got into a good rhythm I thought I was in control of the race.
“When he was challenged he knuckled down and went on with it.”
John Crawley said they would consider future options for Chappie when they see how he pulls up from the win.