By TONY WHITE
IMPRESSIVE winner of race two, Wild Irish Girl, was named after a famous steeplechaser of the early 1900s.
The two-year-old, ridden by Zac Purton, is trained by Bede Murray on the NSW south coast.
"Ancestors of the Murray family at Conjola sold Wild Irish Girl to people in Melbourne and the horse went on to become one of the leading steeplechasers of his era," part-owner Leon Murray revealed.
Wild Irish Girl lives up to her name, Murray's foreman son Paul said.
"She's a real bitch with an attitude all of her own," Murray said.
Despite her feisty character Wild Irish Girl can gallop bolting in by 1-1/4 lengths yesterday.
LOCAL trainer Phil McLeod intends backing up third race winner Meteorite in next Sunday's $8000 Roger Kelly Farewell Hcp (2050m).
Meteorite stepped up from winning over 1400m last start to 2050m yesterday and scored a strong win with Darron Coleman in the saddle. McLeod believes Meteorite is a Cups horse in the making.
He praised the work of track rider Steve Thompson with the four-year-old.
VISITING Hong Kong apprentice Marco Chui scored his biggest win in Australia with success aboard Audacious Lad, trained by Trevor Hardy at Coffs Harbour.
Hardy, Zac Purton's former master, has worked with several Hong Kong apprentices in recent years including Alex Lai, who returned to his homeland last year and won the local apprentices' title.
"This boy (Chui) didn't start riding until November and he hasn't been on a lot of horses with chances," Hardy said.