Underdog wins three-year-old St Leger

02:57 AM 08 Jun 2009 NZST
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Paul Ashwood and Underdog
Paul Ashwood and Underdog

Brighton trainer Rodney Ashwood had reason to smile after the running of the $8000 St Leger in Launceston last night after his talented gelding Underdog powered home to take out the final feature three-year-old race of the season.

While it was a great training feat it also was a great result for the horse's new owner Terry Snowden, who purchased Underdog last week for an undisclosed sum.

"Terry (Snowden) has been a long-time stable client and when he offered to the buy the horse it was too good to refuse," Ashwood said."It's a good start and hopefully the horse will live up to mine and Terry's expectations," he added.

Underdog began racing in April and from six starts he has won two and notched three minor placings. On Sunday night Ashwood allowed Underdog to settle midfield while Step Up And Play led and held a 20-metre break on Ashwood's charge midrace.

But when the bell rang to signal the final lap Ashwood sent Underdog around the field to park in the breeze.

When Ashwood called on Underdog to extend nearing the home turn the D M Dilinger gelding responded magnificently and he went on to score by almost eight metres from Step Up And Play with Our Zellweger three metres astern.

The notion that spurred Snowden into buying Underdog was his seconds to star three-year-old Make A Memory in a heat and the final of the Globe Derby Stakes (sires stakes) in Launceston last month.

"When he met Make A Memory he had only won one race while Make A Memory was close to being a free-for-all horse," Ashwood said.

The Ashwood family bred Underdog that is closely related to former Easter Plate winner Parawanga.

Peter STAPLES

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