Waugh’s team on fire at the tri­als

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - ALAN GOLLOGLY

LO­CAL trainer Kim Waugh has a strong batch of horses gear­ing up to­wards sum­mer cam­paigns and they dis­played their wares at last Mon­day’s Wy­ong bar­rier tri­als.

Open­ing the in­nings in a 1200m heat was the for­mer Lloyd Williams- owned OUR CEN­TURY and with­out any pres­sure he ral­lied late to de­feat Ca­je­tan.

Back in May, Our Cen­tury won the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) at Rose­hill Gar­dens so you would ex­pect he’ll be aimed the rich stay­ing events in De­cem­ber.

Run­ner-up CA­JE­TAN is one of a num­ber of horses now be­ing trained by Craig Ritchie for Dome­land Pty Ltd at their pic­turesque Cen­tral Coast prop­erty.

The next two tri­als were Open Class tri­als over 1000m and Waugh sad­dled up suc­ces­sive tri­fec­tas.

OX­FORD MAGIC, the win­ner of three races, had a clear mar­gin over STARADAY (Gos­ford/Wy­ong win­ner) with FUCHU, a new ad­di­tion to the yard, length away in third.

Ten min­utes later and just half a sep­a­rated the Waugh trio with promis­ing mare NEWSFAN gain­ing the photo.

Be­fore a spell, Newsfan was a gallant sec­ond to Serene Miss in the Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal at Rand­wick and it ap­pears daugh­ter of Zof­fany (IRE) has re­turned in top shape.

Placeget­ters OX­FORD POET (grand old gal­loper) and KING HE­WITT (lightly raced pro­gres­sive type) will more than pay their way dur­ing the next two months.

A cou­ple more ‘five fur­long’ Maiden heats fol­lowed with MIMIC scor­ing quite eas­ily from RAGAZZE who de­buted with a stylish win at Kem­bla on Satur­day.

There goes Mimic’s price in a Maiden next week!

Tracey Bart­ley’s MCCORMACK ( by Eu­ro­zone) landed his sec­ond trial win in the space of three weeks and geld­ing ap­pears ready for com­pe­ti­tion.

Bart­ley had an­other im­pres­sive win­ner later in the ses­sion when DE­FEAT ( I Am In­vin­ci­ble x Shep­ishir) scored an em­phatic win.

I hope the name isn’t a re­flec­tion of three year old as he sure can gal­lop.

An in­ter­est­ing starter in an Open Class (845m) was for­mer Vic­to­rian LAND OF FREE­DOM who had not been seen in pub­lic since win­ning at Sandown in Jan­uary 2017.

Now pre­pared by Brett Partelle, the six year old won by just three- quar­ters of a length but that mar­gin could have been much wider.

Trainer Brad Wid­dup would have re­turned to his Hawkes­bury base a sat­is­fied man as he un­earthed some se­ri­ous horse­flesh with tre­ble.

The sole heat for two year olds was a vic­tory SPE­CIAL DATE (F. Snitzel x Rac­ing Na­dine) who looked to have re­serves for Chris­tian Reith over the lat­ter stages.

Third placed MOCAMBO (a colt by Deep Field) from the Al­lan Den­ham yard fin­ished off nicely.

Wid­dup’s next visit to the win­ners stall was af­ter SWELT (C. Siz­zling x Mid­night Dancer) won as ex­pected.

Af­ter all his only run back in March he ran third to Lean Mean Ma­chine, sub­se­quent win­ner of the Group 2 Run To Rose in early Septem­ber.

CELOSIA was the last leg of the tre­ble when she beat sta­ble­mate VIVRE LA VIE. Both will not be el­i­gi­ble for a Maiden class for too much longer.


Our Cen­tury looked good in a re­cent Wy­ong trial.

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