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Hyland homebred breaks through at Geelong

Aug 1, 2012

Perseverance has paid terrific dividends for the owners of Chrissieboo after the filly closed out her three-year-old days with a comfortable win on the Geelong Synthetic track.

Various issues conspired to leave Chrissieboo as a maiden until the last day of her three-year-old season but she shrugged off the tag with an emphatic win in the BC3 Thoroughbreds Maiden Plate (1900m).

Chrissieboo initially settled with two runners behind her but a slow pace compelled jockey Dean Holland to take her forward from the 1400 metres. Chrissieboo travelled strongly on the speed before Holland sent her for home rounding the home turn.

The filly entered the straight with a three-length break on her rivals, which she maintained to the post to break through at her 10th start.

Chrissieboo’s trainer and breeder Matthew Hyland said he and the other owners almost gave up on his charge as a racing proposition because of throat and other problems but the daughter of Lago Delight has simply shrugged off the issues with age.

“She had some wind issues in her first preparation and I was prepared to sack her,” Hyland said. “I bred her and own her and Stewart (Peake) owns a share in her and I said, ‘look, it’s all too hard’.

“Anyway, I threw her out into the paddock and he (Peake) asked me to consider giving her another go. I thought I’d just poke along and see what happens.

“She had a soft palate issue but being an owner, I wasn’t prepared to go with surgery or anything like that, but she has just matured out of it.”

The $12,000 race was Chrissieboo’s second run over 1900 metres on the Geelong Synthetic track. Hyland said Chrissieboo relished the firm ground as well as the extra ground but added he expected her to improve further next time in.

“She has got to the right distance,” he said “One thing is for sure, we won’t be mucking around (in the future). She is a dry tracker and we won’t be running her in short races next preparation.

“We’ll get her to a mile and a quarter at her third or fourth run. In saying all that, we’ll find another one for her while she is paying the bills and see how we go.”

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