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Strike One for Air Striker

Never in any doubt was promising galloper Air Striker at Echuca on Sunday, the exciting three-year-old taking an early lead in the 1400m maiden - and staying there!

Nicely rated from the inside gate by Jason Lyon, Air Striker was cruising approaching the turn - kicking clear half way down the straight to beat the odds-on favourite Wimba by a soft 2½ lengths - with his ears pricked.

Having only his second start - having been an encouraging third at his Bendigo debut last month - Air Striker still has a bit to learn and is a very nice horse in the making.

A $NZ70,000 South Island Sale purchase for Paul Moroney, Air Striker is raced by Richard Smith, Bruce Mathieson, Miss K A Smith, R & C Legh Racing (manager Rupert Legh), Giuseppe Pulitano, Michael Phillips, Stephen Kay and Maree Keating.

He is a good-looking son of one of Ballymore's favourite stallions Pentire - sire of our star galloper Xcellent (pictured) who looked in great order parading at the recent Ballymore New Zealand Open Day.

Brred by Suncroft Bloodstock, Air Striker (who showed promise at trials in New Zealand before heading to the Melbourne stables) is out of the Listed winning sprinter/miler Aimee's Idol.


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