Victorian breeder Lyn Eastman is looking forward to this Friday’s Moonee Valley meeting with her last-start winner Patche Gift.
The Darren Weir trained sprinter looked a city-class horse in the Warburton Carriers Plate (975m) at Swan Hill last week. He was disappointed for a rails run in the straight but recovered to salute by a half-length with apprentice Jye McNeil on board.
Patche Gift is a son of former Swettenham Stud sire Dash For Cash and had finished fourth at his only other outing in May.
“It was a real good win first-up and we will take him straight to Melbourne. There’s a race on Friday night that should suit.” Weir’s racing manager Jeremy Rogers said.
Weir races Patche Gift under the Forest Lodge stable-banner in partnership with Lyn and her husband Larry and fellow breeder Neville Dewhurst. Larry is best known in victorian harness racing circles and currently trains the impressive Menin Gate, Australia’s champion three year old last season.
The North West Victorian based breeders also have Patche Gift’s 2yo sister by Dash For Cash.
They are the only two foals from Northwood Lass (Dolphin Street) who won 3 races up to 2100m in Victoria. She was bred by Seymour couple Barrie and Midge Griffiths and is related to their Caulfield Cup winner Mannerism.
Weir continued his winning run with Victorian bred gallopers at Moonee Valley last Friday when Lucky Paddy claimed the Johnnie Walker Country Cup (1600m). A son of former Blue Gum Farm stallion Churchill Downs, he sold for $15,000 out of the Bombora Downs draft at the 2013 Inglis VOBIS yearling sale.