Newcastle races: Kim Waugh’s Victorella ready to finally make a statement on her debut

Kim Waugh was ready to unleash her exciting debutante Victorella at Gosford on Thursday until she drew barrier 13 of 15 and stayed home.

Luckily there was a Plan B; Hawkesbury on Sunday, only this time Victorella drew 12 of 12.

Thankfully for Waugh there was a Plan C, a Newcastle 900m maiden on Tuesday and at last some luck — barrier 3.

“She is a lovely filly,’’ Waugh said. “She is not quite there yet but she is showing really nice potential. She is doing all this just on ability because she is still quite immature.”

Waugh is pleased Victorella has finally drawn a decent gate.Source:News Corp Australia

Victorella, a November 17 foal, did everything right when winning her 1000m trial on the Beaumont track on September 23 beating handy types Sian and (stablemate Don’t Recall).

“She trialled lovely. I am really happy with her and think she is going to be very competitive on Tuesday. She should be handy there wherever she is comfortable,” she said

Victorella is from the first crop of Caulfield Guineas winner Press Statement and was knocked down for $50,000 at the 2019 Inglis Classic sale.

“She has a nice pedigree. Her mother won a stakes-race in America and was placed in a Grade 3 there,” Waugh said.

“Victorella will most probably have the one start and then we will tip her out, we will see how she comes through it, and if we are really happy we might give her one more.”

Waugh’s patience — and daring — to scratch Atherton from his scheduled engagement at Hawkesbury on Sunday has also paid early dividends.

The replica son of Written Tycoon was handed barrier 12 of 14 on the weekend which would have made life difficult for the noted leader/on-pacer.

Waugh is naturally much more satisfied with barrier one in Tuesday’s TAB Venue Mode Class 1 Handicap (1300m).

“Tuesday race is a really nice race for him,” she said. “We have got Brenton (Avdulla) back on him and I think he will be hard to beat.

“Barriers don’t matter as much with him because he pings out and rolls across anyway but it is always nice to draw in a bit.”

Atherton is a brother to Waugh’s former handy mare Hetty Heights who won five races and was placed in the Birthday Card, Tibbie Stakes and Mona Lisa at Wyong.

Both horses were foaled out of a grand-daughter of Mapperley Heights who won the South Australian Derby, finished runner-up in the AJC and VRC Oaks and was third in Black Knight’s 1984 Melbourne Cup.

Atherton is part-owned by well known Victorian bloodstock agent Robert Roulston, who helped lift the Sydney Cup in 1995 thanks to Waugh’s sturdy stayer Mahtoum.

Waugh is clearly eager to keep her recent strike-rate ticking over with a double on Tuesday.

The Wyong-based conditioner has led in five winners in the last 23 days.

Blaike McDougall (above) will take the ride on Goodradigbee.Source:News Corp Australia


TAB Highway winning trainer Mark Gee has found the right race at the right time for handy stayer Goodradigbee and has made sure that he also found the right jockey.

This will be the just the third time in 20 starts that Goodradigbee has been ridden by Blaike McDougall whose success has made him one of the most sought after jockeys in New South Wales.

Goodradigbee was kept safe at around the each-way odds when he travelled from Goulburn to Leeton third-up over the mile finishing a close-up sixth and diminishing three-lengths from the winner.

“It was a combination of the track and the barrier. Blaike was happy with the horse’s run and stuck with him which is a good sign going into the race,” Gee said. “Let’s hope he is a good judge.”

Gee’s grandson of Encosta De Lago lines-up in the Queanbeyan Leagues Club Benchmark 58 Handicap over 2000m, a distance that he has already won at.

“He looks well-placed in the race but the top-weight Lady Kirkham has got good Queanbeyan form which is always worth a few lengths but she has got to carry 60 kilos,” he said.

“Our guy has run well at Queanbeyan in maiden grade but it is one of those tracks where if you have got the runs on the board it is always worth a length or two but he (Goodradigbee) is in good order and it looks a nice race for him.

“I think he would be better suited on a bigger track such as Wagga or somewhere like that, but at the same time, he is a good each-way chance.”

SKY Channel expert John Scorse will have a sentimental interest in Goodradigbee winning when he is trackside at Queanbeyan on Tuesday.

Gee’s gelding’s second-dam, Elude, is a full sister to Sporting who won 10 races including the Queanbeyan Cup and Wagga Cup twenty years ago, both times with Scorse in the saddle for trainer Barbara Joseph.

Gee’s other Queanbeyan runner is Bob’s Angel, who wears the same colours as his TAB Highway winner Cap’s Boy, who finished down the order at his first run in Hong Kong last month.

“If anyone came and clocked her work she would be $2 favourite but she’s been a little bit frustrating,” Gee said.


Sky Racing update Oct 12

Sky Racing update Oct 12

Originally published asNewcastle, Queanbeyan: Waugh has victory in sight

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