Call it good timing or perhaps just a stroke of good luck but the racing surface at Wyong for Thursday’s meeting may surprise many despite 175mm of rain during the weekend storm.
Course curator Chris Allen took the decision last week to verti drain the track and that has had a big impact on helping it dry out.
“Chris was able to mow and roll the track on Tuesday and he rolled it again on Wednesday,” the club’s CEO, David Jewell, said.
“The track is drying out well and it should get to a 7 by race morning, provided we get no rain.
“Showers have been forecast but the weather since the storm has been perfect.”
Local trainer Stephen Farley will have five runners and is positive about the track.
“I have no problems with it,” he said.
One of his runners is Helensburgh Ham which will start in the Ladies Day Out Sunday August 28 Class Two and is one of three rides Kathy O’Hara has for Farley.
O’Hara’s last winner was at Wyong, two days before the fall from Single Gaze in the Oaks at Randwick that left her in hospital with a collapsed lung and injured right shoulder.
She resumed riding at Hawkesbury 10 days ago and finished second twice at Rosehill last Saturday.
Helensburgh Ham will be having his third run back from a spell and may go to Grafton next month for the Guineas.
The horse won two races in succession on the Beaumont track at Newcastle in January then went for a spell.
He has been unplaced in both starts since resuming but Farley was happy with both runs.
“The horse was taking on harder company, was not beaten very far first up then just ran out of puff in the last bit at Scone,” Farley said.
Another of Farley’s horses that might also go to Grafton is Choice Larga which resumes in the Show Your Support-Give Me Five For Kids Charity Raceday June 30 Benchmark 60.
The horse will be ridden by Koby Jennings to take advantage of his claim and Farley is hoping for a confidence boosting win.
“He was placed several times last preparation behind some good horses but needs a win to lift his confidence,” Farley said.
1-12.00, TAB.COM.AU MAIDEN, 1100m: FLY FORWARD 1, Silom Road 2, Unique Command 3, Stato 4.
2-12.35, THE PROPERTY MARKET MAIDEN, 1100m: AHRI 1, Chloe’s Comet 2, Snitzel’s Image 3, Miss Bunny Hop 4.
3-1.10, BECOME A WRC MEMBER MAIDEN, 1350m: IDLEWILD 1, Dinky Di Dora 2, High Justice 3, If By Chance 4.
4-1.45, JULY 12 WRC MEMBERS DAY CLASS TWO, 1600m: MOROCCAN RUBY 1, Tilbury Lodge 2, Zenaida 3, Fired Up 4.
5-2.20, SHOW YOUR SUPPORT-GIVE ME 5 FOR KIDS CHARITY RACEDAY JUNE 30 BENCHMARK 60, 1100m: CHOICE LARGA 1, Hurricanes 2, Strada Lodge 3, Clint 4.
6-2.57, LADIES DAY OUT SUNDAY AUGUST 28 CLASS TWO, 1300m: ECHO PRINCE 1, Helensburgh Ham 2, Cinema Paradiso 3, Little Red Shoes 4.
7-3.35, CARLTON MID WYONG GOLD CUP FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2 BENCHMARK 75, 1350m: CONARCHIE 1, Captain Planet 2, Kanguru 3, Kiseki Dane 4.
8-4.15, WYONG FARMERS MARKET-EVERY 1ST AND 3RD SUNDAY BENCHMARK 60, 1100m: KYLIE’S FAME 1, Stradance 2, Gadot 3, Enigami 4.
Best Bets: Moroccan Ruby, Conarchie.