Sunday, 29 April 2012
: Wyong trainer Stephen Farley led in a winner on his home track on Thursday as some compensation for having to pull the pin on stable star Sincero's current campaign and send him to the paddock.
| Steve Farley and Chris O'Brien|
Photo by Racing and Sports
Sincero had been battling a stone bruise since he ran in last Saturday's Doncaster Mile at Randwick, forcing Farley to abandon his plans to run in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes
at Randwick on Saturday.
Farley said he had no option but to send Sincero for a spell.
“He picked up a bruise and there is not enough time to get him right,” Farley said.
“The best thing is to give him a break then get him back for the spring and aim for the Cox Plate.”
Farley had something to smile about when Mr Nagle won the Stand Up Dave Class One (1600m) at Thursday's Wyong meeting.
After being held up behind a wall of horses his rider Nathan Berry gained a split at the cutaway and Mr Nagle showed fast acceleration to beat Le Beau Cheval by half a length.
Mr Nagle is raced by a syndicate that includes Wyong Race Club deputy chairman Stuart Clancy and Vicki Drew, the wife of the club's chief executive Tony Drew.
Farley is convinced that Mr Nagle will develop into a good middle distance galloper.
“He is just a big dumb thing and still learning,” Farley said. “He might be starting to turn the corner now but there is still a long way to go.”
* FORMER Mudgee trainer Tracey Bartley consolidated his place as the leading Wyong trainer this season when General's Sniper resumed from a spell with a win in win in the Steven Griffith Benchmark 70 (1200m).
The win took Bartley's tally on all tracks this season to 17, three ahead of Stephen Farley.
“Moving to Wyong was the best move I ever made,” Bartley said. “I am enjoying it and the horses are thriving and that is shown in the results we are getting.”
General's Sniper will now be aimed at the Listed $200,000 Coolmore
Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone on May 19.
“Everyone has been telling me she is not good enough for the Dark Jewel,” Bartley said.
“They forget she ran fourth in the Tibbie at Newcastle two years ago and she is better mare now.”
* BLAKE Shinn had an uncomfortable ride when The Last General scored a last stride win in the Mark Sheerin Class 2 (1350m).
It was one of only two rides Shinn at the meeting and he will remember it after The Last General reared on his way to the barriers and hit him in the nose.
He returned to scale with blood streaming from his nostrils and blood on his colours.
Conners said he had made the right choice of race with The Last General.
“The owners wanted me to take him to Bathurst for the Soldiers Saddle but I convinced them to come here instead,” Conners said.
“I told them this was a race he could win.”
"The horse has had leg issues so we sent him for a long break and he seems fine now.”
* THE patience of trainer Darren Smith paid dividends when the former Brisbane galloper Une Rose scored as first up win in the C D McKee Classic Class 1 (1100m).
Smith said Une Rose had arrived at his stable some time ago but the wet tracks had made for a difficult job of getting the mare fit.
“I wasn't 100 percent happy with her but now that the tracks have dried out we have been able to get her fit and I think she is going to better when she gets 1200 metres or 1400 metres,” Smith said.
“I think she also appreciates the farm."