Wyong previews: John O’Shea and Hugh Bowman on track for centuries

Trainer John O’Shea and jockey are on the verge of important milestones at Wyong and can celebrate when they combine with a promising gelding.John O’Shea and Hugh Bowman could both be celebrating ‘centuries’ of different varieties if the aptly-named Count On Me can add to their respective tallies.Bowman is perched on 99 winners in New South Wales this season aiming to join Ashley Morgan, James McDonald, Tommy Berry and Dylan Gibbons in the ‘100 Club’.As for O’Shea, his total number of winners at Wyong is 99; with a very respectable strike rate of 21.8 per cent.The Form: Complete NSW Racing thoroughbred form, including video replays and all you need to know about every horse, jockey and trainer. Find a winner here!For the record, Bowman has ridden 130 winners for O’Shea, their candidate for number 131 comes up in the Star FM Maiden Handicap (1600m)Count On Me has been on an upward spiral since his honourable debut at Hawkesbury over 1300m in mid-November.Fast forward to May 28 and the O’Shea gelding turned in what could be seen as his current personal best when finishing runner-up in a Newcastle Maiden over 1600m on an unusually heavy track.“Back on top of the ground on Thursday is going to help him,” O’Shea said.“He is a nice horse. He just needs to get the surface and the run in transit that suits.“He was handy enough the other day so you wouldn’t think he would get too far back. I am sure he will give a good account of himself.”Outwardly at least, Count On Me is typical of his sire, Reliable Man, who won the French Derby at only his third start.Reliable Man was forced into early retirement after just two runs in Australia, the second of which was his comprehensive Queen Elizabeth Stakes win with none other than Hugh Bowman in the saddle.There may not be a more promising horse in action on the Central Coast come Thursday than O’Shea’s blue blood filly, Denarau.It has been a simple case of ‘good, better, best’ so far for Denarau whose first and last visit to Wyong two weeks ago saw break her maiden in the unmistakeable manner of a horse bound for much better races.“She is a nice filly,” O’Shea said. “This will probably be her last run before she goes out. She’s done a good job and we’re really happy with her.“I think she is bred to run a bit further than a mile but at this stage of her career we don’t need to overtax her.”Denarau is a daughter of So You Think; her third dam is Jolypha who was crowned Champion Filly in France in 1992 by virtue of her French Oaks victory.Denaura races in the colours of Champion Thoroughbreds and was born and raised on the same grounds as their former bonny mare, Hoss Amor.Bowman and O’Shea will combine for a second time on the Wyong card via the intriguing French import, Siyata.Siyata came to Australia with a C.V of six starts, one win in 1 1481m maiden in Wales.Disappointing to the eye at her Australian debut, the track more than talent proved to be decisive in her failure.“I don’t think a lot of horses at Scone liked that ground and she was definitely one,” O’Shea said.DROP IN DISTANCE CAN LAND SEMINARA AN OVERDUE PAY DAYCody Morgan is eager to win the 2022 Kosciuszko for famed owner/breeder George Altomonte on October 15 but will be satisfied, for today at least, with a Warren maiden via the lightly-raced Seminara.Altomonte holds a rare honour and distinction as one of a select few individuals to have bred multiple Golden Slipper winners.In his case, it was the 2008 winner Sebring, followed five years later by Overreach who returned to Dunedoo to join Altomonte’s blue-blooded broodmare band.Overreach’s first foal is Talbragar, a son of Snitzel who is currently unbeaten in his two starts to date, both of which bear the hallmarks of potential top-liner.“Talbragar should be back at the races in a month and is coming along really well,” Morgan reported.“He is probably in my top two or three for the Kosciuszko this far out.“Seminara doesn’t have Talbragar’s ability but hopefully she can knock over a maiden before she goes to stud. A daughter of Spirit Of Boom, Seminara was a costly commodity for punters who took the $4.20 about her in her May 9 visit to Muswellbrook.“She went to the 1280m last start and it was too far for her,” Morgan said. “She probably wanted 1100m to be perfect for her but there was nothing around but this is a suitable race from a good draw there on Thursday.”Morgan could have as many as nine runners at Warren, aka ‘the Randwick of the West’ with few of the contingent any more likely to win than Trumped Up.Trumped Up was a distant second to the aforementioned Talbragar at Tamworth at the region’s Qualifier Day prior to his win there on the John Clift beating his Warren-bound stablemate Warrah Flash.“He was beaten by a handy horse in Small Town last start and he was good in a Highway before that,” Morgan said.“He has drawn wide but I have ridden there at Warren as a jockey and it is a very fair start at the 1000 metres.“If he can be in touch, he will be in the finish somewhere, he is very honest.”As for Warrah Flash, his November 20 Highway win came at the expense of subsequent Country Championships Final and Kosciuszko winner, Art Cadeau.