AUSTRALIAN Pacing Gold purchase Leap To Fame strengthened his claim as the best pacer in the nation with a phenomenal win at Albion Park just moments ago.
As his main challenger to the throne – Catch A Wave – was resting in his barn, Leap To Fame made a strong field of three and four-year-olds look second rate to capture The Rising Sun.
Also an APG buy, Catch A Wave hasn’t raced since securing the $1million Miracle Mile at Club Menangle on March 4 while Leap To Fame was still enjoying a spell.
A fortnight earlier, Catch A Wave was triumphant in the $250,000 Chariots Of Fire around the world class circuit.
Returning to racing with a win on May 13, Leap To Fame is undefeated from four starts this campaign thanks to his latest Group One success.
Naturally thrilled with the son of Bettors Delight, trainer Grant Dixon is yet to decide on Leap To Fame’s next target.
Regardless of what Leap To Fame or Catch A Wave do during the next eight weeks, they are destined to clash in the inaugural The Eureka at Club Menangle on September 2.
“I haven’t decided if he will go around in the Sunshine Sprint next week or wait until The Blacks A Fake in a fortnight,” Dixon said.
“I will see how he pulls up over the next 36 hours before discussing it with my wife Trista, along with Kevin and Kaye (Seymour, owners), then go from there.”
With Dixon in the cart, Leap To Fame was eased to the tail of the field from barrier seven as My Ultimate Ronnie led from gate three.
Taken three-wide to find the front during the middle stages, the entire strode clear of the pack along the home straight to score by 11-and-a-half metres from Rocknroll Hammer.
My Ultimate Ronnie battled on to be a metre away third.
“It is amazing how well he went and hit the line,” Dixon said, “I’m super proud of him.
“He was strong on the bit when I went around them and it was a bit of a relief to find the front.
“He was running a fair clip, but hit the line comfortably, which is very pleasing.”
Rating 1:52 over 2138 metres, Leap To Fame took his record to 21 wins and five placings from 27 starts for earnings of $785,182.