LAST night’s Leeton Breeders’ Plate could play a significant role in the bidding for one Lot in Sunday’s Australian Pacing Gold Sale in Melbourne.
By Captaintreacherous, Lot 115 is the third foal – all colts – from former handy mare Scottish Glamour.
While that may not seem much at a quick glance, the yearling is a half-brother to boom freshman The Tiger Army.
Trained by Laura Crossland, The Tiger Army was a class above his rivals in the Group Three to remain undefeated from four starts.
With Crossland in the cart, the two-year-old was pushed through from his second row draw and was poised to settle in a prominent position before receiving a slight check.
Breaking stride, the son of Sportswriter drifted back towards the tail of the field as Justa Major led from the pole.
Forced deep when starting a three-wide run, The Tiger Army eventually gained a three-wide trail with 1000 metres to travel.
Bursting to the front when four-deep along the back straight, The Tiger Army sprinted to an eye-catching five-metre win from Jimmy Beach, with Harry Croft 11 metres away third in 2:01.6 over 1758 metres.
“As Laura was trying to get him into a good position early he copped a bit of a check and lost about 30 metres, but thankfully he was good enough to overcome it,” Crossland’s partner, David Moran, said.
“He put in a big run and was just simply too good for them on the night.”
Likely to be sent for a spell, The Tiger Army will then be aimed at the APG race series and New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge.
“We will sit down tonight and have a good look at the program, but he will more than likely go to the paddock for six weeks,” Moran said. “Then we will have a look at the APG series and Breeders’ Challenge.”