Wyong’s leading women trainers, Kristen Buchanan and Kim Waugh, led in a winner each on their home track on Thursday.
Both their horses led all the way and while that was the normal pattern for the Waugh trained Oxford Magic (Tye Angland) it was a new role for the Buchanan trained Laszlo (Christian Reith).
“That is the first time he has led but there was no pace on early so Christian did the right thing,” Buchanan said.
“He is a horse that can get fired up.”
Oxford Magic over-came a slight set back and attested to the trainer’s prowess as a conditioner in winning the Clipsal By Schneider Class Two (1200m).
Angland sent the five-year-old straight to the lead and he stayed there, holding on to win by one and a-quarter-lengths from the Snowden trained Red Hearts.
Those two horses raced one-two throughout the event with Red Hearts ranging up to challenge Oxford Magic in the straight but the winner kicked back strongly and was edging away in the closing stages.
The win followed a sixth at Gosford at his previous start for Oxford Magic but there were excuses in that run.
“He knocked one of his legs during the Gosford race and was lame afterwards so we had to ease back on his work,” Waugh said.
“The problem was that Gosford was his first run back from a spell.
“He is a big horse and needs plenty of work and having to ease back on him did not make it any easier to get him fit for this race.
“However, he is a pleasure to train, a really cruisy horse.”
The win took Oxford Magic’s record to three wins from seven starts, winning his maiden at Gosford and a Class One at Wyong at the beginning of this year.
Buchanan scratched Laszlo from Warwick Farm on Wednesday for this race, the Brilliant LTG-Kingray-P.S.A. Class Two (1600m) but it will be back to mid-week racing for the horse following this win.
“He will be a Class 70 horse now so mid-week racing is where his immediate future will lie,” Buchanan said.
“Christian and I looked at the field at Warwick Farm and here and decided Wyong was the slightly easier option.
“This was his third run back from a spell and his first win this preparation.
“He is a nice horse and I think there is a bright future in store for him but he can be a bit quirky.”
Laszlo was bred and is raced by Newcastle couple Ellen and Peter Jordan.
“They breed and race all their horses so a win gives them an added thrill,” Buchanan said.
Laszlo is a half-brother to Sakhumzi, also bred and raced by the Jordan’s and trained by Buchanan, which ran a luckless fourth at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Reith had his work cut out early in getting Laszlo to come back underneath him but once the horse settled he travelled comfortably.
On the turn Lifeline Princess threw down a challenge but Laszlo responded and kicked away in the straight to win by half a length in a smart 1min 37.51, less than half a second outside the class record.
James Cummings and Godolphin sent two horses to Wyong and left with a double.
They won the Repelec-Sal-Electra Maiden (1200m) with Siam, ridden by Corey Brown and the Omni-Omega-Evolt Class One and Maiden (2100m) with La Chatte (Brenton Avdulla).
While La Chatte is obviously headed for a career as a middle-distance galloper Brown believes that Siam’s future is also headed that way.
The horse was having his first start since a spell but it followed two good trials and for that reason the horse started the $2 favourite.
“He is a nice horse and will only get better as the races get longer.” Brown said.
“I rode him on both his trials and I think he has the making of a good horse.
“He is still a bit green and he wobbled around the turn but he will learn from that experience.”
The win by La Chatte was the first leg of a race by race double for Brenton Avdulla who 35 minutes later won the Legrand Australia Benchmark 65 (1350m) on Groundbreak for Team Hawkes.
It was undoubtedly the timely tip leading into The Everest at Randwick on Saturday when Groundbreak won the Legrand Australia Benchmark 65 (1350m) for Team Hawkes in a class record time.
Groundbreak is raced by several of the owners of Chautauqua and carried the grey’s famous colours of navy blue, a gold lightning bolt and gold and white arm bands.
“It is nice to get a win in these colours two days out from The Everest,” jockey Brenton Avdulla said.
And Avdulla rides Chautauqua in The Everest.
Groundbreak may never live up to his stablemate’s record but his win was still impressive.
Avdulla had him travelling comfortably in third place to turn, went to the lead in the straight and was never fully extended to win by a length.
His winning time of 1min 18.95 secs easily eclipsed the previous class record of 1min 19.24secs set by Realise Potential in April last year.
Television personality, Keith Schleiger, celebrated his first winner as an owner when the short priced favourite Smooth Whiskey (Blake Shinn) won the Gerard Lighting Maiden (1350m) for trainer Chris Waller.
However, it came after Schleiger, his wife Rebecca and other members of the syndicate endured a frustrating run of minor placings with the horse.
It was Smooth Whiskey’s 15th start in a record that included seven minor placings
Schleiger is the foreman, or “boss” on the Channel 9 hit show The Block and Smooth Whiskey is the first horse he has raced.
“This a real thrill even if we have had to wait this long,” Schleiger said.
“The horse has been unlucky in a lot of his starts and in several cases he has run into and been beaten by some top class horses.
“He is a horse that is going to develop into a 2000 metre horse so to win this third up over the shorter distance is a great effort.
“When we first bought him we sent him to Anthony Freedman but later we decided to switch him to Chris and he has done an amazing job.
“I am hooked on racing now and I recently bought a horse by Sepoy for Rebecca.
“She looks after our family and deserves it.”
Shinn let Smooth Whiskey settle well back and wide early but by the 600 metres had moved up to be poised behind the leaders.
Shinn allowed him to amble to the lead at the top of the straight and he was never under any pressure to win by three quarters of a length from the second favourite Noble Truth.
The Gary Moore trained All Too Huiying was having his 10th start when he won the Cabac-Haneco-I.P.D. Three-Year-Old Maiden (1600m) but he had already proven himself to be competitive in black type company and a money spinner for his owner.
The horse took his earnings to just a few dollars short of $100,000 with the win and is headed for bigger and better things.
“This win will do him the world of good, it will really lift his confidence,” Moore said.
It was the horse’s third run since a spell but in an earlier campaign the horse been third in the Listed Fernhill at Randwick and second in the Group Two Champagne Classic at Doomben.
“After the Champagne we backed him up in the Group Two Sires’ Produce at Eagle Farm in which he ran sixth but I think he was flat so we turned him out,” Moore said.
Since resuming the horse has ran third in a Newcastle maiden, 10th in the Listed Dulcify at Randwick beaten only 4.8 lengths before winning this race.
“Don’t forget, he is a half-brother to Happy Trails and I think he has a bright future,” Moore said.
That was the first leg of a double for Christian Reith after later winning on Laszlo.
Bjorn Baker’s foreman Jack Bruce believes punters should remember the name Missybeel following her win in the L and C Ind/Pak-Prysmian-Davis Legend Maiden (1200m).
“This was a strong provincial maiden and she showed loads of class to win it,” Bruce said.
“She will be an even better horse in six months-time with more maturity and strength.”
Missybeel (Jason Collett) was having only her second start following a debut second in a maiden at Wyong last month.
Missybeel was mid-field early before Collett took her wide on the turn.
She gradually closed on the leaders in the straight before grabbing the lead on the line to win by a short head from Iowa.