Waugh’s team on fire at the trials
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.
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Our Century looked good in a recent Wyong trial.