Talented boys produce Morphettville Parks double

Sep 08, 2012

Co-trainer Leon Macdonald says Daytona Grey might have earned himself a trip to Melbourne for a race during the spring carnival with his dominant win in Saturday’s Penang Trophy (1300m) at Morphettville Parks.

Daytona Grey had only a maiden win to his credit from his first seven starts but the gelding had shown excellent ability with solid city placings to start his three-year-old season before his latest success.

The son of Artie Schiller jumped smartly to sit just off the leader in the early stages before jockey Clare Lindop allowed Daytona Grey to stride forward to pressure the pacesetter rounding the home turn.

Daytona Grey was left in front when the leader compounded early in the straight but the smart galloper gave none of his rivals a chance to run him down with his impressive acceleration when asked at the 250 metres, scoring an easy 3-1/2 length win.

“We were very pleased to see him do that, he’s a real improver,” Macdonald, who trains Dayton Grey in partnership with Andrew Gluyas, said.

“We’ll have a look at how he pulls up but there might be a nice little race for him in Melbourne during the next few weeks.”

Daytona Grey completed a double for the Macdonald and Gluyas combination after Nadaka completed back-to-back victories when successful in the Progroupracing.com.au Handicap (1250m).

The son of Akhadan won a Class 1 race at Morphettville on August 22 before stepping up in grade in his latest $25,000 assignment.

Lindop also rode Nadaka, positioning him in the box seat behind the leader before pushing him along to make ground entering the home turn. Lindop steered Nadaka through an inside run before the four-year-old fought bravely all the way down the straight to score by a half-length.

“He’s very honest and deserves his wins,” Macdonald said. “He does his best at every start and is a real little fighter. It’s terrific to see him winning.”

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