Patrick Scorse (pictured) was having his first ride at the Wyong track and made a big impression booting Cuba to victory in the 1200m TUMBI WHOLESALE MEATS CLASS 2 HANDICAP.
The race was a heat of the Rising Star Series for apprentices and Canberra based Scorse made the four hour trek north to ride the John Thompson trained galloper.
Scorse, the son of former champion jockey and SKY commentator John Scorse, walked the track prior to the race, which was his only ride on the day.
A tearaway leader made things interesting for the backmarkers but Scorse kept a cool head and managed to steer the $3.40 favourite to a nail biting nose victory.
“He only just got there but an inch or a length, what is it,” an excited Scorse said.
“I had the option to have him closer but thought I’d just come back and have him travelling, like John said.
“When I saw my opportunity to get out and give him every chance to have a red hot crack, I elected to come wide around the corner and have him tracking up.”
John Scorse, who was trackside, said he was happy to see Patrick put Cuba into the race.
“He gave him every chance and I’m very pleased for him today,” he said.
Thompson was also full of praise for the ride.
“Credit to the kid because you could see him really thinking throughout the race.
“He got him to begin well and just come back nice under him. Coming to the corner he just put himself into a position where he wasn’t going to get held up and rode him like the favourite should have been ridden. “
Thompson said he would continue to take Cuba, a $250,000 yearling, through his grades and hopefully put a few wins together.
The Pfieffer trained Lieutenant Dan, ($5.50) finished a nose behind the winner, with Art Of Dance ($6) from the Cummings stable almost two lengths behind in third.
The in-form Waugh stable struck again in the last race with improving mare Staraday bringing up her second career win from just five starts.
The stable is enjoying a great run with 11 winners over the past six weeks.
Waugh said there were excuses at Muswellbrook for Staraday, an I Am Invincible four-year-old, who atoned for that defeat to take out the 1350m NBN COMMUNITY PARTNERS BENCHMARK 71 HANDICAP.
“She’s going fantastic,” she said.
“She’s been a bit tricky this filly. She’s got the lightest mouth and we’ve got a Norton bit on today and that’s really helped her. I like her, she just keeps improving.”
Waugh said Staraday, who started $3 favourite, still had plenty to learn.
“It was a great ride. Jason (Collett) kept her nice and balanced and that’s the key to her while she’s still a little bit new.
“She continues to take the next step and even at Muswellbrook when things didn’t go right she still ran a good race.”
Collett settled Staraday toward the rear of the field in the early stages, tracking up behind the leaders on the turn before storming down the outside in the straight to overhaul the leaders on the line.
The winning jockey said he also considered the mare had a bit to learn.
“She got herself pretty warm before she went into the barriers and that was a bit of a concern and she’s a bit awkward with her racing manners,” he said.
“She’s a horse that’s improving. She was better to handle today and won quite nice in the end.”
In a close three-way finish Staraday beat Kanguru ($7.50) trained locally by Damien Lane, with Bodhi Blue ($6.50) from the Portelli stable, a nose behind in third.
Enlightened Boy carried on from a strong trial win to score an impressive first up victory over 1350m in the BENDIGO BANK MAIDEN PLATE.
The Smart Missile gelding, trained by Chris Waller and ridden by Blake Shinn, brought up his first career win, at his sixth race start.
A great ride by Shinn, who had to change tactics after the tempo was slower than anticipated, saw the three-year-old take an early lead and then fight off challengers to score a half neck win.
Starting at $5 third favourite, Enlightened Boy looks to be headed for a good preparation following the win.
Shinn said while things didn’t go to their pre-race plan, the gelding was always comfortable in the lead.
“It wasn’t the plan but he jumped very well and a lot of horses on the inside of me weren’t really wanting to go forward,” Shinn said.
“I thought the best chance to get him to win was go forward. He settled nicely and showed a nice turn of foot from the 450m.”
Shinn said it wasn’t easy to score first up over 1350m and considered Enlightened Boy was in for a good preparation.
Clare Heuston from the Waller stable said he had come back well from being gelded and now looked like a “genuine racehorse.”
Enlightened Boy beat Godolphin’s $2.35 favourite Stone, with Everlasting Love ($3.20) from the Anthony and Edward Cummings stable, a close third.
A well-judged, front running ride by Adam Hyeronimus saw Sebring gelding Penske bring up his third win from just six starts.
From the Waterhouse/Bott stable, the four-year-old was coming off a second at Newcastle on March 22, where he had little luck.
Hyeronimus made sure there was no repeat performance, settling just outside the leader for the first part of the 1600m JA DOORS CLASS 1 HANDICAP.
He let Penske stride around the 600m mark, pinching two lengths on the field, before drawing away in the straight to score by almost two lengths.
Stable representative Neil Campton, said Penske had been looking for the mile.
“He travelled really good. Adam used his head by letting the leader go and sitting back just behind it,” Campton said.
“He did the right thing by letting him stride and he was really strong to the line, which was the impressive thing.”
Campton said he knew the horse would have been hard to beat on his form and ability.
“He’ll go on with the job now. He’s a horse we’ve always thought had a bit of ability but last time in he just wasn’t right.
“Gai and Adrian turned him out and he’s back on track now.”
Hyeronimus said Penske was the best horse in the race.
“He won like that too. I was very confident from the corner,” he said.
Penske ($3.20) beat the Waugh trained King Hewitt ($2.60) who made up ground in the straight after being slow to begin, with Mulu Magic ($14) from the Mathew Smith stable, a half head behind in third.
An early double for the Waller stable after Hi Dude ($4.60) outstayed his opposition to score a narrow victory in the 2100m ODDFISH MEDIA MAIDEN PLATE.
The High Chaparral gelding appreciated the rise in distance and was able to run down the leader, Nothing Too Hard ($3.10), right on the line.
Tye Angland settled the four-year-old just off the pace for most of the race, peeling out on the turn to give chase.
Vigorous riding saw Angland make up good ground, to score a narrow win.
“It took a little bit of riding but I had a nice run through the race,” Angland said.
“We followed the second horse who did all the work. He got going early and we had a little bit of cover.
“My bloke only started to feel comfortable in the last 100m. He changed leg, got balanced and picked up late.
“It was nice to see him win and I think he will get further.”
Clare Heuston agreed Hi Dude had been crying out for the 2100m.
“I was a bit worried at the 100m and thought he’s not going to get there but he just nutted down and got through it.
“He did respond well and it was a good ride by Tye. “
The $2.80 race favourite, Just Gorgeous from the Waterhouse/Bott stable, finished three and a half lengths behind in third.
Gerald Ryan believes there is improvement in his Stratum gelding Teodosio ($2.70fav) after he broke through for his first victory in the PATIOWORLD MAIDEN HANDICAP over 1000m.
The three-year-old old, purchased as a yearling for $75,000 by David Raphael, hit the lead early in the straight and managed to hold off challengers to win by three quarters of a length.
Ryan said once they can get the gelding to relax more he should progress to be a nice horse.
“It was a good win. He’s a bit inclined to want to overdo things and get a bit keen, so we tried to ride him quite in the trial leading into this,” Ryan said.
“He was still a bit keen outside the leader today but once he learns to relax properly he might make a handy little horse.”
Ryan agreed Teodosio had plenty of learn.
“He’s still learning and thinks he’s bigger and better than what he is.
“They do a lot of work on him at home trying to get him settled and relaxed. I think at the moment we are winning the battle but we’ve still got a little bit to go.”
Winning rider James Innes said Teodosio had travelled quite strongly through the race.
“He got left in front pretty easily in the straight which probably wasn’t his go.
“He’s probably a horse better suited a pair back, popping off them and sprinting. But full credit he did well and I’ve always liked him. It’s just a matter of getting the job done and he did that today.”
The Ron Leemon trained Impurity ($9.50) was second, with Lolliepop ($9.50), an impressive debut in third
A good debut win by the John O’Shea trained Bachelor ($7) who took out the 1200m SUNNYLAKE SHORES 3YO MAIDEN HANDICAP.
The victory brought up a double for Tye Angland, who was again vigorous to the line, securing a narrow win for the Sepoy gelding at his second race start.
“I was a little bit concerned when we dived for the line whether we got it or not,” Angland said.
He gave me a really good ride and he’s got plenty of improvement fitness wise. He will get further and he knows how to race now.”
O’Shea agreed Bachelor, who was a $150,000 yearling purchase, would improve.
“He was good today and is better suited to the six furlongs.
“He was sort of run off his feet the other day over the 1000m but today he got into a lovely rhythm, and with a beautiful ride but Tye, got to the best part of the track and just held on.”
O’Shea said the gelding would get over more ground.
“I think he’ll even get a little bit further, where he might control a race from the front. Today it was a good effort, for good supporting owners and it’s great for them to get on the board.”
Bachelor beat Gerald Ryan’s fast finishing Clifton County ($7.50), with the $2.70 favourite, Soir De Lune, trained by Clare Cunningham, third.
A super ride saw Blake Shinn bring up a winning double following a thrilling three-way finish to the 1100m NBN NEWS CANNONBALL BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP.
Shinn partnered the Brad Widdup trained Legadema ($4) and steered the three-year-old Star Witness gelding to a short head victory.
Legadema had been racing in Queensland and has had two wins from four starts since joining the Widdup stable.
Widdup said he was happy for the owner who had been a good supporter.
“He did a few things wrong and is still learning to race,” he said.
“I think he’s the sort of horse who has been very consistent and might be paying for that a bit. He’s tricky to place but if you can find the right race he’s very competitive.”
Shinn said Legadema’s success was due to the work of the Widdup stable.
“He’s come off some nice runs in the city and full credit to Brad and his team who got the horse from Brisbane and have had two wins now. It’s a great credit to him,” he said. the three-year-old.
“He was there to get beat at the 200m but he fought hard and did well to win. He was very well placed today.”
Legadema beat the fast finishing Validate ($4.40) from the Waugh stable, with Golphin galloper Langoustine ($2.70fav), a half length behind in third.