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Another Two Winners

July 3, 2016
Heading into the feature steeplechase at Casterton on Sunday, there may not have been a jumper in Australia going better than Zataglio. But the son of Cox Plate winner Savabeel, for the entire jumps season to date, had just been finding one or two better. He just couldn’t get over the line. The gelding this season had finished 4th, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd and now finally he has broken through for a win. Remember the late season jumps features last year? From the start of August 2015 until the end of the jumps season in mid-September, Zataglio won three good steeplechases and placed in another two. Are we on the brink of again seeing a late season rally from the gelding? Based on Sunday’s win, you wouldn’t bet against him. With 70.5kg, Zataglio led from start to finish to easily win in by eight lengths. This was the confidence boost he needed and now it is full steam ahead towards bigger and better things. The gelding has accepted for Sunday’s Thackeray Steeplechase and he indeed will be hard to beat.

Zataglio (number 10)
Then on Wednesday at Sandown in a race less than half as long as Eric generally thrives in, a gelding named Oscar's My Mate Pa, who is by a stallion that has only ever produced one Stakes winner, well this gelding won like a really good thing. He has now raced eight times and he has only missed a place on two occasions. This race on Wednesday was certainly no bush maiden; it was a city class benchmark 70, and with 57.5kg on a sticky track, from a terrible barrier, Oscar's My Mate Pa sat up on the speed for the entire race and eventually ran away the winner by close to 1.5 lengths. If we as punters could turn back time just once, taking the near on 20-1 about Oscar’s My Mate Pa might be the time we did it. Hindsight is always easy after a win, but Oscar was in form, he was proven on wet ground, he was always going to be up on the pace which was the place to be, and he actually as quite well weighted! He may well have been so long in the market due to his size. He is a small little chestnut gelding, and with the weight perhaps the market simply missed him. Based on the strength of his win, they won’t be missing him again.

Oscar’s My Mate Pa
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We all now again turn our attention to Warrnambool on Sunday for the Lafferty Hurdle and the Thackeray Steeplechase. Most of the best jumpers in Australia will be in Warrnambool on Sunday and it promises to be a great day. See you there.

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