Premier trainer Chris Waller won a record fourth Carlton Mid Wyong Cup when the well backed Multilateral (James McDonald), the best fancied of his three runners, scored a strong win in front of a big crowd today.
It was the first time Multilateral, bought as a maiden in Europe by Waller, had struck a rain affected track since coming to Australia and he revelled in it.
McDonald kept the horse in a forward position with Laidback Larry (Adam Hyeronimus) opening up a big break mid race.
Laidback Larry was a spent force before the turn with McDonald positioning Multilateral on the outside of the leading division.
He went to the lead soon after straightening then held off a late challenge from the Joe Pride trained Canny Lad (Kathy O’Hara) to win by a long neck with one of Multilateral’s stable mates, Secessio (Hugh Bowman), a further one and a half lengths away third.
Sydney media identity Richard Callander, who manages the Multilateral syndicate, said the grey would go to the Newcastle cup then the Metropolitan.
“Chris bought this horse in Europe as a maiden,” Callander said.
“He wasn’t a Group horse or anything like that but Chris has developed him.
“In his 19 months in Australia the horse has never run on a rain affected track until today.
“The family, particularly on the dam’s side, love that sort of going.”
Callendar was coy when asked about the possibility of the horse going to Melbourne.
“Chris is a pretty conservative sort of guy so I don’t think we are talking about that just yet,” Callendar said.
“Let’s get Newcastle and the Metropolitan out of the way first.
“This horse is raced by a large syndicate and they are all great people and the Wyong cup is one of the great races in Australia.
“This is a huge thrill for all of us.”
Scone trained gallopers finished first and second in the Listed $100,000 Arrowfield Stud Mona Lisa (1350m) with the winner headed for more spring glory and the second horse headed for the breeding barn.
Sydney apprentice, Winona Costin, turned in a copy book ride to win on the Luke Griffith trained Bouzy Rouge while the Rod Northam trained Angel Bee (Jim Byrne) finished second, beaten one and a quarter lengths.
The Wyong trained I’m In The Money (Robert Thompson), prepared by Jeff Englebrecht, led to the turn and held on well for third, a further head away.
The first of the metropolitan horses home was the Ron Quinton trained Al Salsa (Sam Clipperton) which finished fourth.
Griffith praised the ride of Costin.
“The horse was a bit tardy at the start and I was worried when she was so far back but Winona rode a great race,” Griffith said.
“She is with Gai (Waterhouse) now and learning all the time and she is going to be a top rider.”
Bouzy Rouge was in second last place to the 800 metres when Costin started to make some ground along the rail.
However approaching the turn the field bunched and Costin found herself back near the tail again.
She waited until the field turned for home, moved out and into an opening and Bouzy Rouge responded to make up ground quickly, gather in the leaders and win running away.
A syndicate of drinkers from Scone’s Royal Hotel bought Bouzy Rouge cheaply as a tried horse and gave her to Griffith.
“She is only small but she is all heart,” Griffith said.
“She has had her share of feet problems and that is why she likes these soft tracks.
“I have no idea where we will go with her now.
“She is not a Group horse, not at this time of the year anyway so I will let her get over this run then we look for a suitable race.
“She has not had that many starts this preparation so we may look for one of the easier mare’s races over the spring carnival.”
Bouzy Rouge went into the race with good form which included a win in Saturday company at Randwick two starts back and a good last start fourth in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury.
Angel Bee, having her first run for Northam after being switched to him from Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes, is due at the breeding barn next week.
“She will be covered then might have one more run before being retired,” Northam said.
Sydney’s premier jockey, James McDonald and ex-patriate French jockey, Thomas Huet, both landed winning trebles.
McDonald won the Listed Carlton Mid Wyong Cup on the Chris Waller trained Multilateral as well as the first two races, the Total Travel Solutions Maiden on Monogram for Godolphin and John O’Shea and the Carlton Mid Meeting Place Maiden on Snippets Land for Peter and Paul Snowden.
Huet’s winners were the Gai Waterhouse trained Muscovado in the Senpos Da Vinci, Over In Killarney for Paul Perry in the Mercure Kooindah Waters Benchmark 65 and the Nick Mitchell trained Radical Impact in the TAB.COM.AU Class Two.
McDonald made an immediate impact with totally different rides for his first two wins.
Snippets Land, which was resuming, was previously trained by John O’Shea and sent to the Snowden’s after he went over to Godolphin.
Monogram was one of the last to leave the gates but McDonald gave her time to balance up before moving forward wide out to be poised in fourth on the turn but still spotting the leader Pietra a number of lengths.
The Peter Moody trained Esteemed Elegance quickly went to the lead and looked set to win until Monogram pounced on the line to win by a nose.
Godolphin’s assistant racing manager, Tom Ward, described Monogram as a quirky filly with a big future.
“She doesn’t like being touched very much and can be a bit flighty,” Ward said.
“She is a filly that has always shown ability and that win will be a good confidence booster for her.”
By contrast McDonald snuck Snippets Land along the fence to be poised just behind the leaders on the turn.
He gained a split soon after straightening and dashed away to win by three lengths from the Anthony Cummings trained first starter By George.
Snowden said that, in his opinion, Snippets Land was a summer horse rather than a winter horse.
“He is still not right in the coat and although his work had been terrific and he won really well he is only going to get better as we get into the warmer weather.”
South Coast trainer Terry Robinson finally had something to cheer about when the heavily backed Duke Albert (Hugh Bowman) came from last early to win the Doyalson Wyee RSL Club Springtime (1100m).
Robinson was not at the meeting and it was left to his youngest sister, Anna, to strap the horse.
“Terry has had a run of bad luck,” she said.
“He fell from a horse while galloping it on the beach and tore the tendons in one shoulder and the other day nearly cut one of his fingers off while working on the fan belt on the work ute.
“He has been feeling a bit sorry for himself so this win will make him feel better.
“We nominated for this race almost as an after thought.
“Every other meeting we were going to take him to was washed out because the tracks were too heavy.
“He was jumping out of his skin and had to have a start.”
Duke Albert, backed in from $10 to $5 despite having his first start since February, was last early but Bowman weaved a passage through the field to beat Biloxi (Kerrin McEvoy) by a short half head.
The Gai Waterhouse trained Muscovado continued on from a maiden win at Kembla Grange last month by stepping up in grade to win the Senpos Da Vinci (1300m).
“She is a filly by Big Brown and has taken time to mature,” foreman, Ranjet Singh, said.
“We think she is very smart and will be even better next preparation.”
Huet had the filly mid field early with the Allan Denham trained Can I Have (Samantha Clenton) leading.
Can I Have fell back to third at the 600 metres while Huet made his move to go forward and be poised to challenge in the straight.
Can I Have came again in the straight and it became a two horse war between that horse and Muscovado with Muscovado prevailing to just win in a tight finish.
Huet made it a race by race double when Over In Killarney scored a narrow win in the Mecure Kooindah Waters Benchmark 65 (1600m).
Lukey (James McDonald) hit the lead soon after straightening and looked set to win until Over In Killarney came from well back early, ranged up beside Lukey and just got in front to score a narrow win.
Foreman Shannon Perry said a race at Canterbury or Warwick Farm was not beyond Over In Killarney.
“We tried him over 1850 metres at Newcastle and he didn’t quite see it out so coming back to 1600 metres was the right decision,” Perry said.
Radical Impact, a horse that spent a lot of time in the paddock to overcome niggling problems, is making his contribution towards Hawkesbury trainer, Nick Mitchell, getting established.
Mitchell branched out on his own after Tim Martin closed his Rosehill stable.
“We are slowly building the stable up and wins like this one help give us a profile,” Mitchell said.
“He is a five year old but only lightly raced because of the time he spent off and in fact he is still learning.
“The horse goes well for Thomas and he has been a big help in teaching the horse.”
Radical Impact’s win sent punters away on good terms with themselves with most of the winners either favourites or well backed commodities.
Regal Impact was well supported to start the second favourite.
Huet settled him mid field early, circled the field then went on to win by half a length from the Waterhouse trained Glolden Aro.