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Declan Maher broke down in tears after Saunter Boy scored a straight Australian Hurdle with a stunning dance performance at Sandown.
One of the key players in the stables Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Declan was the driving force behind a large group of active divers.
Saunter Boy is one of his favorites, registering his eighth win from 11 hurdles while Sunday’s win at the Australian Hurdleto brought his prize money to more than 500,000. dollars.
Steven Pateman’s Ridden, Saunter Boy, a $2.60 favorite, scored nine points by Tamarack ($20) and Zedstar ($26), which is three-quarters of the length away. third part.
Declan Maher made all 12 jumps with Pateman in the 3900m as he watched the 10-year-old steadily grow away from his rivals in the final 600m.
“Especially the last couple I kicked with him,” Maher said.
“A lot of work went into these horses when he started working last September.
“I couldn’t help myself when I was torn a little bit. To see him striding like that all the way to Sandown in the sunlight, didn’t get much better.
“It shows you how good this track is. It’s a beautiful track to have leap races. “
Maher said he feels for Willie McCarthy, who placed fourth for Brungle Bertie.
McCarthy was an integral part of the Maher and Eustace stables and rode Saunter Boy every morning.
Saunter Boy’s win completed a race double for Pateman when he scored against Blandford Lad in Ladbroke It! Run fast (3400m) an earlier race.
Pateman is undefeated on the jumper, this campaign’s scoring feature wins over Pakenham and Warrnambool ahead of Sunday’s success.
“He’s easily one of the best I’ve driven,” said Pateman.
“It’s easier for him to ride. He is doing everything right. He’s dancing really well and he’s at the right camp. “
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