Hawkesbury Winners at Wyong and Nowra

A pair of horses sold at the same yearling sale and a homebred provided Hawkesbury trainers with winners at Wyong and Nowra on Sunday.

Hawkesbury Winners at Wyong and Nowra

A pair of horses sold at the same yearling sale and a homebred provided Hawkesbury trainers with winners at Wyong and Nowra on Sunday.

In the process, the three winners lifted to 40 (including 13 this month) the number of winners prepared by Hawkesbury trainers since the new season began on August 1.

It was almost four for the day when Mike Van Gestel’s Charlie Chap was nosed out by Feisty Fox in the Mollymook Cup (1200m) at Nowra.

All the way winners Flamin’ Al (Wyong) and We Could Be Heroes (Nowra) were both sold at the 2016 Inglis Classic yearling sale, whilst Bobbing (Wyong) was bred and raised by his trainer Bernie Kelly.

Flamin’ Al was one of the first horses offered at the 2016 Inglis Classic yearling sale and was knocked down to Darby Racing for $85,000.

A half-brother by Al Maher to G1-winning mare In Her Time, he began his career with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, but did not race for them.

Now a four-year-old, he was transferred for a new preparation to Hawkesbury’s Brad Widdup, who has given him two starts for a debut second at Gosford on October 4 and his Wyong win in a 1200m Maiden Handicap.

Widdup’s brother-in-law Christian Reith rode Flamin’ Al, who gave Widdup his ninth winner of the season.

Widdup took three horses to Wyong, and finished third with both Rare Episode and another Darby representative, Invictum Domina.

Bobbing Horseform gave rider Josh Parr a career best five winners for the day when he circled the field – as he had done at the same track on September 23 – and clinched a hat-trick in landing the Class 2 Handicap (1350m).

Bernie Kelly has done a splendid job with the lightly-raced five-year-old, who now boasts a 50 per cent win record from only six starts.

He has been patient with the gelding, who was a late foal and slow maturer and looks capable of extending his winning run.

Understandably, he is a “special horse” to Kelly and his wife Ann and a group of friends who race him.

The couple had a share in ill-fated stallion Beneteau, who died in January 2013 – on the day of their 25th wedding anniversary - after producing only two crops at Arrowfield Stud.

Kelly delivered Bobbing as a foal. He is out of the Dehere mare My Dear, who was the trainer’s last city winner at Canterbury on New Year’s Eve 2003.

Like Flamin’ Al, We Could Be Heroes Horseform, who led throughout and blitzed his rivals in the Maiden Handicap (1200m) at Nowra, also was a product of the 2016 Classic sale where he fetched $35,000.

Co-trainers Tara and Philippe Vigouroux purchased the now Zariz four-year-old and haven’t rushed him either.

He was having only his eighth start and first since February.

Winona Costin piloted We Could Be Heroes, part-owned by Hawkesbury Race Club chairman Ken Quigley, to a resounding victory.

“He was a bit weak earlier, so we gave him a good spell,” Philippe Vigouroux said.

We Could Be Heroes was Team Vigouroux’s fourth winner this season, having previously scored with Whangamata, Captain Courageous and Azcannyaz.

. Hawkesbury apprentice Brandon Griffiths continued his excellent form when he scored on Buddy’s Ode at Newcastle on Saturday.

Griffiths also scored at Kembla Grange a week earlier on Shadow Flight for Hawkesbury trainer Jamie Thomsen.

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