Leeton (NSW) breeders plate Meeting

06:29 PM 03 Jan 2008 NZDT
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When the running of the Southern Central Engineering MIA Breeders Plate finished patrons were left in awe of an awesome performance from Leeton pacer Paddy OSullivan.

Owned by Leeton couple Bill and Kathy Trembath and being trained and driven by Bill the Jennas Beach Boy colt won his heat on debut on Boxing Day when leading all of the way.

Although drawing badly in 10 for this assignment the 2yo started a solid favourite at $2.00 and was driven accordingly. The lead time of the 1758m affair was recorded in 9.8 with Priority Pick taking the lead and then running 30.5 for the opening quarter.

At the 1100m mark Paddy OSullivan was sent three wide and the quarter was run in a speedy 29.3. With the Roger Strong driven Rhianna River in the death keeping Paddy OSullivan three wide without cover the third quarter slowed down to 31.

Then turning for home the Leeton crowd cheered the local boys home as they came home in 30.8 to defeat Rod Woodhouse prepared trio Stormy Warrior, Rhianna River and Eternal River. In winning by 8.5m Paddy OSullivan ran his trip in 2.11.5, recording a smart 2.00.4 mile rating.

The win took him to 5th in the 2yo Earners for the season and he has also recorded the 3rd fastest winning mile rate of the current crop of 2yos.

Paddy OSullivan is by Jennas Beach Boy out of Iona Rena, making him a descendant of Teeny Rena, the dam of Grand Circuit performer Jikk Adios and Teeny Teeny, the dam of three time Interdominion heroine Our Sir Vancelot and $150000 earner Elite Rena. Teeny Rena also foaled Rena Jeldi, the 4th dam of Paddy OSullivan and mother of then record breaking 1.53.1 performer Quantum Lobell.

In 2004, the year before foaling Paddy OSullivan, Iona Rena foaled an Aces And Sevens filly, Acearena, a winner of two from four while an Aces And Sevens colt was foaled last year, 2007.

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The Paddy OSullivan victory was the second leg of a double for Bill Trembath who scored on the David Eurell trained Alberts Boy earlier in the night. After drawing six the three year old zoomed to the lead had it all his own way running a 39.8 lead time for the 2147m trip with quarters of 32.6, 30.2 and 31.2 before dashing away in a scintillating 27.8 to win by 1.5m from a very brave Finn, who came three wide in the middle stages to sit in the death.

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Misty Express also set the track alight when winning the C1-C3 Championship in a track record 1.59 neat. Finding the lead from four for trainer-driver Steve Maguire the four year old mare ran a quick 37.3 lead time before running the first half in 63. From there Misty Express ran 29.3 down the back and 29.3 home to win by 7.5m from Sly Romance and handy open class pacer Photograph a further 6m away in third.

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The C0 Championship provided a minor upset with classy pacer Upward Ever Upward being beaten on his merits in this grade for the first time this season. The winner was Eten, a very talented pacer himself who has now won seven from seven, who is trained and driven Neil Day. With Eten going three wide to lead Upward Ever Upward was sitting one and two back. After a relatively quick 38.5 lead time the opening half was a leisurely 63 for Eten. Down the back Eten quickened to 29.1 as Upward Ever Upward came three wide at the 450m. However no-one was going to catch the winner running home in 28.5 and recording a 1.59.3 mile rate.

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Drive of the night went to Cameron Maggs for his last stride victory aboard Dream Fantasy. After sitting one out and three back and getting cover on the back of Trunk Music as the pair headed three wide down the back Dream Fantasy got the better of her Paul Kahlefeldt stable-mate, running home in 29.4 and 28.5.

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Also on the programme were Consolations of the C0 and C1-C3 Championships. The C0 went the way of Young Brambi. At $26 the mare looked gone turning for home but got up in the shadows of the post in a 58.9 last half. In the C1-C3 Consolation Kyeelaria showed vast improvement after running last in her heat. The mare led all of the way, jogging along in 34.3, 33.2 and 31.3 before blasting away in 28.3.

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The last on the eight race card went to the consistent Atomic Belle. The mare looked well suited on her recent form and led all of the way, running home in 28.2.

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Racing in the South West and Riverina heads to Wagga on Wednesday January 9 while Temora will hold their cup meeting on Sunday January 13.

Brendan Hay

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