Loorrim Lad continued his impressive start to his career with an easy win at Junee on Sunday night.
The Stephen Maguire trained and driven four-year-old resumed from a spell in dominant fashion to bring up career win number three.
After working to the front early, Loorrim Lad ($1.90 fav) was able to dictate terms in front before drawing away for a 14.6-metre victory.
Maguire was impressed with how he was returned to the track following his debut season.
“He did very nice,” Maguire said.
After racing behind Loorrim Lad throughout Arfer ($13.10) finished second with Buddy Stokes ($3.20) a further 8.9 metres away in third.
Maguire part owns the gelding with prominent Mirrool identity Noel “Buster” Fairman and the pair are enjoying a nice ride.
The son of Passmaster Hanover is yet to finish out of the placings in his six starts to date and Maguire is now aiming at the $10,000 Golden Apple Superstore series at Leeton over the Breeders Plate carnival.
Maguire believes he’s come back a better horse as he continues to mature with racing.
“He’s got ability, he’s just been a bit of a handful to sort out and get going,” he said.
“He’s a bit spooky and wants to overrace a bit but we are getting there with him.
“He’s a lot better this time.”
The win was part of a success weekend for Maguire who enjoyed metropolitan success with Our Santa Catalina.
The five-year-old mare scored the narrowest of victories at Menangle in a mares M0-M1.
Driven to prefection by NSW’s leading reinsman Todd MacCarthy, Our Santa Catalina ($6.80) was last at the turn before coming wide to run down Real Intentions ($5.50) to win by a short half head.
The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover finished fourth the week before but Maguire though the longer 2300m trip suited her.
“She was always going to run a place but in the last hop she got there,” Maguire said.
“She went good, got home nice and the 2300 metres suited her more than the mile too. She lacks a bit of high speed, but she can keep running.”
After staying the week in Sydney, the mare will return to the Mirrool trainer-driver.
One of his targets will be the Temora Pacers Cup on January 8.
In other races on the big 10-race card at Junee, Chip Leader scored his fast win since October 2014 for Shaun Snudden.
The gelding clocked a fast mile rate of 1:59.4 to defeat King Crocker by two metres.
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