John O’Shea will be hoping lightning strikes again when he takes promising duo Awesome Wonder and Duke Of Gordon to Wyong on Thursday. The pair of lightly raced three-year-olds are well acquainted with the Central Coast track following easy wins at the April 28 meeting run in conditions similar to what they will face in their respective assignments.
Awesome Wonder is a Northern Hemisphere-bred filly who turned three in April and showed a hint of class in breaking her maiden on a heavy 10 over 1600m, rounding up the field from last in a style we’ve seen from full brother Harpo Marx.
Given that pedigree, she’ll relish the step up in trip in the Coca-Cola Europacific Partners & Arcade Trader Plate (2000m).
O’Shea has a proven record with lightly raced imported horses, and when it comes to the fillies and mares you only need to look at what he’s achieved with Promise Of Success in the past 12 months. It’ll be interesting to see if Awesome Wonder can repeat the dose because if her brother provides any indicator the best is still ahead of her.
Duke Of Gordon is six months older, being Southern Hemisphere bred, and the gelding is eyeing three from three over at Wyong in the Daily Press & Carlton & United Breweries Handicap (1600m).
The Randwick trainer has placed this three-year-old perfectly again after he posted his maiden win on April 14, then backing it up two weeks later as a $1.70 favourite and winning by four lengths.
The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Secret Revolution returns as a gelding in the Bellbirds & Central Coast Volunteer Rescue Association Plate (1100m). He won as a favourite before a break in a two-year-old Randwick race on January 1 won by Golden Slipper winner Fireburn, with Revolutionary Miss in second.
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