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    Biggest race I have been in, so I’m pretty keyed up Biggest race I have been in, so I’m pretty keyed up

    PARADISE POINT

    THOUGH he is not among the more fancied runners, those who take Paradise Point lightly do so at their own peril. Building a solid... Biggest race I have been in, so I’m pretty keyed up

    THOUGH he is not among the more fancied runners, those who take Paradise Point lightly do so at their own peril.

    Building a solid record of two wins and three placings from six starts, Paradise Point is engaged in Saturday night’s New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge Blue Final at Club Menangle.

    Bred, owned and trained by Jamie Cassar, the two-year-old earned a berth in the $100,000 Final by capturing a heat around the 1400-metre circuit last week.

    Cassar is a third generation horseman, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Sam, and father, Manuel.

    “I was rapt with his run in the heat,” Cassar said. “I knew he was capable of winning, but it is very satisfying when they go out there and get the job done.

    “The Final will be the biggest race I have been in, so I’m pretty keyed up for it.

    “My grandfather, who had a few handy ones, started us off and my father won a couple around Harold Park.”

    Though drawn awkwardly in barrier seven, Paradise Point is a chance of upstaging the favourites according to Cassar.

    “I reckon there will be a bit of speed on early which he will love,” Cassar said. “He thrives on following the pace and sprinting home.

    “He won his first race doing tough out wide with no cover, but his sprint is his biggest asset at this stage.”

    Should the colt perform to expectations, Cassar will take aim at the ‘main’ New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge series, which begins with qualifiers next month.

    “I’m not looking past the weekend at this stage, but he is also eligible for the main series,” Cassar said. “I’ll wait and see how he goes, but all going well, I aim at that as well.”

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