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Diver Steven Pateman says there are more wins for Blandford Lad after hitting a second hurdles victory.
The galloper coached by Peter Gelagotis was unlucky not to be unbeaten in three jump-starts, having tasted defeat against Warrnambool in his first game after scoring his first win over Pakenham. in the first game last month.
Offering a $3.40 betting opportunity, Blandford Lad knocked out favorite Constantinople $2.45 to score three-quarters of the length with Runaway ($7) in third.
“The last start, he passed on the second last jump,” said Pateman.
“It’s been a great run and he deserves that win today, but he still has to chase his favorite team.
“He is still very good. He was building as we went further and he was a neat little pony.
“This race, on this day, always makes for a good race. I assume his next start will be a feature race and he will be hard to beat. “
Gelagotis said he would speak to Pateman to get his advice on where to start Blandford Lad’s next but suggested an outing on the apartment could be on the agenda.
He said that after that outing he would find a suitable jump race.
Gelagotis has more satisfaction in victory after overcoming “bad luck” at Warrnambool.
“It’s great to see your horses racing consistently, staying in shape and being highly competitive,” says Gelagotis.
“At different stages of his career he has shown me great ability and it is lovely to see him picking up a handy flat horse that has made racing his own.
“He had to dig deep. It was a stirring ending. It can go either way and I’m just grateful our horse got the job done. “
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