Leeton horseman Wayne Sullivan is attempting to emulate his grandfather by winning the MIA Breeders Plate at Leeton on New Years' Day. The meeting is part of the TAB Carnival Of Cups and while Sullivan has gone close to winning the feature race in the past he is hoping Sports Chaton is the two year old to give him the victory he wants.
"Sports Chaton is a very nice two year old , he's a real good type and looks to have some quality about him but he galloped in his heat and that cost him a lot of ground," Sullivan said.
"He still managed to finish second in the heat but I hope that didn't hurt him too much because he did have to do a lot of chasing and he was forced to go back to the trials at Coolamon, he did everything right at the trials but it is always a concern when you have to go around an extra time."
Sports Chaton is out of a mare called Guida Chaton and she has produced three previous foals, two of which have competed in the Breeders Plate series. Sassy Street failed to qualify for the final after competing in a heat while Navarda Ace finished third behind Lettucerocku in 2010.
"After the Breeders Plate I really want him to have a break, I want to slow him down a bit because I think he has a fair bit of potential but I don't want him going over the top and he is eligible for just about everything."
"He's paid up for the Bathurst Gold Crown, he can run in the Breeders Challenge in NSW and I've also paid up for the Breeders Crown in Victoria as well so I have a few options should he measure up to the better ones."
Sullivan nominates three horses as serious threats in Wednesday's race.
"Rainbow Fighter beat my horse in the heat so he is an obvious danger and I think Making Headlines and Rich Virgin are nice youngsters as well, they both performed very well against one another in the heat but the barrier draw has been a lot better for Rich Virgin so it should be a great race."
By Greg Hayes