Day At The Track

Beaudiene Christian looks above average

05:25 AM 04 Oct 2009 NZDT
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Nigel McGrath
Nigel McGrath

The Southland harness racing bred Beaudiene Christian, who outstayed favourite Miracle Mach in the third race at Motukarara today Sunday 4 October 2009, was bred by a former president of the National Council of the NZ Standardbred Breeders Association David Kennedy, a stalwart of the industry in his home province.

The above average 3 Year Old son of Christian Cullen credited his trainer Nigel McGrath with a notable conditioning feat as he had been away from the races since a fine fourth to Smiling Shard, Courage To Rule and Stormy Sirocco in the Sales Series Final for juveniles at Addington on 15 May.

The most amazing factor associated with the horse's success was his unbelievable win price for one so well performed of $20.90 which was away over the top.

Canterbury punters have been behaving strangely, to say the least, of late and this was a classic example.

Trainer McGrath had not taken the winner to official trials this season which added gloss to his personal feat.

McGrath drove Beaudiene Christian with confidence in the home stretch, always appearing to have the edge over Miracle Mach, who is also above average and will certainly win his share barring setbacks.

Loyal stable client Paul Renwick races Beaudiene Christian who was bought on his behalf by his trainer for $50,000 at the 2008 PGG Wrightson Premier Sale in Christchurch.

Leading Southland trainer Murray Brown snapped up the winner's half brother Beaudiene Betta (by Bettor's Delight) for $18,000 at this year's PGG Wrightson edition in Christchurch.

Their dam Beaudiene Ladylike belongs to Wave Eyre's offshoot of the Bessie B taproot that has produced Beaudiene Supreme (1:56.6, USA), Beaudiene Butler (1:56.6, 1670m) and Beaudiene Classic, the winner of 18 Queensland and NSW races.

Don WRIGHT

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