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Miss Sniper chooses the right day to shoot down the opposition

Glenroy trainer Richard Clayfield couldn’t have chosen a better day than last Sunday for Miss Sniper to open her winning account at Tara Raceway.

The daughter of Spring Gun x Majestic Tale had previously gone around nine times for nine minor placings, Clayfield starting to despair whether she would ever win a race.

Richard Clayfield and Miss Sniper with East Gambier Football Club representatives.

While the $515 first prize for short-course maiden events had so far eluded her, last Sunday’s stakemoney rise meant she would now be racing for a first prize of considerably more – try $880.

Maybe that’s what she had been waiting for – July 4 and the introduction of Category 2 stakemoney. Whatever, she never looked like being beaten when leading all the way for a 5¾ lengths win over Limousine in 17.85 seconds.

All told, it turned out to be a pretty good result for Morphett Vale breeder-owner Damien Smith who also picked up a $1000 SA-bred maiden bonus. A return of $1880 for a maiden 305 metres event doesn’t sound too bad.

The Lenehan brothers – Neville and Leon (or Nifty and Bones as they are sometimes referred to) – combined to win the Glencoe Football Club Maiden Stake (400 m) with Don’t Move Rufus.

Glencoe Football Club representatives joined Nifty Lenehan and Don’t Move Rufus at Sunday’s SE Football Clubs day at Tara Raceway.

The race quickly developed into a keen contest between Don’t Move Rufus and Pongo, only a neck separating the pair on the line in a time of 23.51 seconds.

By Barcia Bale out of Off The Property, a winner of four races at Warrnambool from 10 starts in 2015, the litter was Leon Lenehan’s first venture back into breeding in a long time.

In Neville Lenehan’s kennels prior to breaking-in, the February 2019 fawn dog’s win last Sunday was his trainer’s 11th this year at Tara Raceway.

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