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    From novice to $100,000 feature contender From novice to $100,000 feature contender

    ASHLEIGH DELOSA with Parked In Heaven

    REWIND the calendar a handful of years and Ashleigh Delosa “knew nothing about harness racing”. Harbouring a passion for horses, and having a little... From novice to $100,000 feature contender

    REWIND the calendar a handful of years and Ashleigh Delosa “knew nothing about harness racing”.

    Harbouring a passion for horses, and having a little experience with ‘hacks’, Delosa saw a trainer advertising for a stablehand, so she applied.

    Delosa’s knowledge of the industry was so small she didn’t realis she just gained employment with Queensland’s champion horseman, Grant Dixon!

    “I’ve always liked horses and had experience with ponies, but knew nothing about harness racing,” Delosa declared. “I knew I wanted to work with horses and then I saw an ad for a worker at a harness stable.

    “I had no idea who Grant Dixon was until I did a bit of research!

    “I spent two years working for Grant and learned so much along the way.”

    Fast forward to Saturday night and Delosa will contest a $100,000 feature at Club Menangle as a trainer.

    Thanks to her heat success at the world class venue last week, Parked In Heaven is engaged in the TAB Metropolitan Regional Championship.

    To Delosa’s delight the Australian Pacing Gold purchase has drawn to figure prominently from the pole.

    TAB Fixed Odds have reacted to Parked In Heaven’s form and starting position by listing her as the $4.80 second elect.

    Muscle Bart – also an Australian Pacing Gold purchase – is the $3 favourite from barrier nine.

    Prepared by Belinda McCarthy, Muscle Bart won his heat when first-up from a three-month spell.

    “I was thrilled with her win in the heat and she has come through it in great condition,” Delosa said. “It’s very exciting to have a runner in a $100,000 race and hopefully she can make the most of her draw.

    “To win would be a dream, but I will be thrilled if she can run a placing.”

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