Judgement spot on

By Tony White


KEMBLA Grange trainer Paul Murray's judgement proved spot on following the win of La Castagna at Grafton yesterday.

Less than a week ago the filly was scheduled to go through a tried horse sale, but the astute Murray, the son of Kembla Grange and Lake Conjola training legend Bede Murray, decided to buy the three-year-old Strategic filly from the previous owners.

Yesterday, La Castagna, ridden by Grant Buckley, won the Renown Silverware Class 2 Hcp (1600m), beating Afleeting Liason by a long neck with Leica Plateau three-quarters of a lengths away in third.

The win gave Murray a double after Misty D'Cat scored in the O'Halloran Motors Maclean Maiden (1600m).

La Castagna is currently owned by Murray, Adam Smith and Richard Spurway.

"The owners were going to send the horse to the sales, but I've always liked her and thought she would get 1600 metres and maybe even 2000 metres," Murray said.

"I initially brought her for another bloke, but he hasn't come good, so I'm still in her with Adam Smith and Richard Spurway."

La Castagna was previously trained by Murray's father Bede, who won one of 24 starts with the filly.

"Hopefully she can go on and win a few more races now she's shown she can get over a bit of ground," Murray said.

"I'm taking the other horse (Misty D'Cat) to Wagga at the end of this month and if there's a suitable race for La Castagna, she can be on the float too."

Murray narrowly missed a winning treble later in the day when Northern Ruler was pipped in the shadows of the post by Bold Youth.

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