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Panella lands first Group 1 success aged 17

07:54 AM 03 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Lauren Penalla punches the air as
Lauren Penalla punches the air as - Gaius Caesar provides her with her first Group One win

Teenage reinswoman Lauren Panella snared her first Group One victory at Tabcorp Park Menangle today when Gaius Caesar (Julius Caesar-Wicklow Heather) won the $100,000 Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All.

Panella parked the Darren Binskin-trained gelding outside The Big Mach before taking the lead at the 500m and then defying all efforts to run her down in a tight finish.

Left Loaded and the winner's stablemate Glengowan filled the placings, as Panella threw her right arm in the air at the winning post.

Panella, 17, has had a sensational season in the sulky and is currently on the top-10 drivers' list in NSW.

Binskin, who chose to drive Glengowan, praised the youngster.

"She drove him a treat and he hadn't been racing with any luck," Binskin said.

"They (Gaius Caesar and Glengowan) are both just behind the better horses but I might steal the drive back soon."

Panella thanked Binskin for believing in her and paid tribute to her mother, Kirsten Lamb, who is the trainer's partner.

"Mum and Darren put many hours into the horses, dawn till dusk," she said. "I'm really happy just to be here."

Gaius Caesar

Harness Racing New South Wales

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