The Australian Turf Club’s mid-week was conducted at Wyong on Wednesday as the metropolitan area adjusted to having Canterbury out of action in its current quarantine role.
No matter what the venue Gai Waterhouse produced a front running winner with Wilcannia winning the $40,000 Syngenta Handicap (1100m) for two-year-old's.
Jockey Thomas Huet took Wilcannia straight to the front from barrier two and while there were some wobbles along the way the Snitzel filly stayed in that position for the trip.
The rest of the field of nine fanned off the turn for the home straight and Huet took a length margin on Wilcannia which proved to be the winning factor.
The filly ran greenly for Huet over the final 200m, but he had just enough time to straighten her before the fast finishing Catch A Wave and Tye Angland arrived down the middle of the track, closely followed Onslaught and apprentice Winona Costin.
Wilcannia was able to reach the line with a narrow half-head margin over Catch A Wave (Fastnet Rock) with a further neck to Onslaught (Snitzel).
The time was 1.04.04 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.41. Wilcannia paid $13.00 on fixed odds and $12.20 on the tote. The $4.80 favourite Windcatcher finished seventh.
“She pinched the gate like a typical horse from Gai’s stable. She is still learning a lot, she was still a bit on and off and she was off the bridle at the half mile (800m), but she managed to kick at the top of the straight,” said Huet.
“She was a little bit lost as well at the 200m mark, but she had done the job so it was good,” he added.
Wilcannia, out of the Anabaa mare Ana’s Mail, came into the race for her debut off two trials with the last for a second over 900m at Rosehill on March 14th. She is owned by Miss C A Siddle, M S Siddle, Mrs L Siddle and Miss K Siddle.
Wilcannia was purchased from the draft of Attunga Stud at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale by Gai Waterhouse and Blue Sky Bloodstock's Julian Blaxland, with the duo set to be in action once again at the upcoming 2016 edition of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
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