Daytona Grey motors home at Moonee Valley
Sep 28, 2012
Caulfield Cup-winning trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas completed yet another successful Victorian raid when Daytona Grey beat a strong field in the Sportingbet Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Daytona Grey earned his chance to take on the Melbourne horses with his strong last-start win on the Morphettville Parks track on September 8 before completing back-to-back wins at his latest assignment.
Clare Lindop travelled to Melbourne to ride Daytona Grey in the $100,000 race. The three-year-old son of Artie Schiller jumped well to settle just off the pace, travelling comfortably through the middle stages despite racing three-deep at times without cover.
Lindop sent Daytona Grey to tackle the leaders on the home turn. The three-year-old put paid to Clinton Affair and Gold Rory early in the straight before staving off the challenge of Chosen Moment to win by a half-head.
“He has always shown us a lot of ability but given us a bit of headache,” Lindop said.
“Coming here tonight, we just wanted to see him take a step up, which I am so pleased he has. It gave me a bit of confidence the fact that I knew he was hard and fit.
“He went to the front at the top of the straight and he was too strong.”
Gluyas said he and Macdonald would assess Daytona Grey’s condition when he returned to Adelaide before finding another target for the terrific prospect.
“Hopefully we can try and pick out a couple of races to come,” Gluyas said.
“I’ll have a chat to Leon and we’ll sort that out. We just wanted to get through tonight and the drawing board will tell us where we go.”
The win was Daytona Grey’s third from nine starts with the $60,000 winner’s cheque taking his prizemoney tally to more than $110,000.
Congratulations to Daytona Grey’s owners - Mr B H Perks, Mr S J Chambers, Mr P A Hodby, Mr D T Day, Mr J C Brown, Mr P J Lewis, Mr P Green, Mrs Z C T Green, Mr V Tripodi, Ashton Rusling Racing.
Click here to view a replay of Daytona Grey's big Melbourne win.
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