Maher and Eustace debutants impress on debut

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace sent two runners to Sale for a perfect result

David Eustace & Ciaron Maher.
David Eustace & Ciaron Maher. Picture: Inglis

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace extended their lead in the Victorian Trainers' premiership with a double from their only two runners at Sale. 

Debutants Lethal Thoughts and Mygirlgladys took out their respective races on Wednesday's card. 

Maher and Eustace stable spokesperson Leigh Allen said the stable has high hopes for Lethal Thoughts after his victory in the Ladbroke It Plate (1200m). 

Allen said Lethal Thoughts, a two-year-old son of So You Think, was likely to head to Flemington for a 1400m race in three weeks' time. 

Sent out the $2.50 favourite under Ben Allen, Lethal Thoughts got up in the last stride to claim outsider Cold One ($17) on the line with Think I'm Devine ($5) in third place. 

Ben Allen, who headed to Sale for the one ride, said Lethal Thoughts would derive benefit from the run. 

"He jumped out well, put himself in a good spot, travelled kind," Allen told racing.com. 

"He doesn't know how to hit the line yet as he had a few surges, but late he was very tough. 

"He feels like a horse that will progress up in trip to 1400 metres or a mile, so he ticks a lot of boxes." 

Mygirlgladys' victory in the Ladbrokes Punter Assist Plate (1100m) was made easier with the scratching of the $1.55 favourite Treotto at the barriers. 

Treotto sat down in the barriers after being loaded and was scratched following a veterinary inspection. 

While Mygirlgladys started officially the $3.70 favourite, the filly returned a win dividend of $1.60 on TAB while there was a 58 cents deduction off win bets prior to Treotto's scratching. 

There was further drama when Chargenlikalpuma put on a rodeo display and trailed the field home. 

Jockey Ethan Brown said Mygirlgladys would also benefit from Wednesday's outing. 

"She did everything you want a first starter to do, jumped, travelled well and found the line," he said. 

"She'll take a lot of benefit from this start, and I think she'll be better suited going up in trip as her preparation goes on." 


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