Trusty Lad Shows Staying Potential

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trainer Matt Kropp's trip across the Tasman in search of a young staying type horse has paid off with at .

In a thrilling finish to a five-horse race on Saturday, Trusty Lad ($13) beat Red Stina ($2.50) by a nose with a short head to Tatcee ($4) in the The Mission Three-Year-Old Handicap (1630m).

Kropp went to the sales last year and was taken by Trusty Lad who is a son of Group One winner out of Anabaa mare Miss .

“We got him at the second lot of the and it looks like being a good buy. He is obviously still learning but he shows potential and we are looking forward to him getting out over more ground,” Kropp said.

continued his good recent form with a well timed run to get Trusty Lad home in the last stride.

“I reckon he might be even a bit better with the ear muffs off. It was a strong effort today,” Orman said.

Fellow rider was shaking his head after the result went up.

“How did we get beaten. I had a lovely run and I though she would win for sure at the 200 metres,” he said.

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