WHILE Darren Weir’s sensational 2013-14 season careered along with Bec Said No Credit winning the Foodworks Casterton Cup, another young trainer continues to announce himself in the jumping world.
Patrick Payne won the $30,000 Phil Pullen & Co Casterton AG/Machinery Steeplechase over 3800m with former Kiwi galloper Krase, to give the former jockey five wins over the jumps for the season.
The former Kevin Myers trained jumper was having his third start for Payne and proved far too good winning by six lengths.
While it was his first win on Australian soil, he had a good reputation as a jumper with three wins in his native land.
Richie Cully piloted the 7-Y-O and despite losing their way slightly after jumping the ninth hedge, the pair regained composure to win unchallenged over the last 1000m of the race.
Starting an easing $3.00 favourite he defeated Pilot’s Choice ($6) and brave topweight Gravitas ($8).
The victory adds to an impressive list for Payne in 2014.
Wins in the Great Eastern Steeplechase at Oakbank with Lord of the Song and the Grand Annual Steeplechase at Warrnambool with Chaparro, has Payne developing a huge reputation in the sport.
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