Another young driving talent has registered their maiden metropolitan success.
In recent weeks, Leonard Cain and Lachie Manzelmann have posted their first Saturday night triumphs and now Casey Owen has achieved that same feat.
Cain partnered Border Cross at Albion Park on August 19 while Manzelmann took the winning drive behind Cruisin Carl last week (September 2).
Owen, 23, took the winning drive behind the Wayne Graham trained Karloo Ten Seventy ($2.10 Fav) in the UBET – Multi Builder Pace defeating Border Cross ($18) and Magoogan ($13.20) in a time of 1:54.3.
Starting from gate eight, the inside of the second-line, Owen sat behind the tear away leader The Endeavor but was forced to plot a new path to victory after the leader gave ground quickly from the 500m point.
In the straight, Karloo Ten Seventy ran down a determined Border Cross in the shadows of the post to score by a head margin.
“I finally got there and what a thrill. I can’t thank Wayne and Lyn Graham enough; they’re easily my biggest supporters.” Owen said.
Karloo Ten Seventy has now won three of his past four starts and Owen has taken the drive on each occasion.
The Art Major gelding is raced by Barry and Ronda Lew, of Karloo Mick fame.
Owen spent time in Sydney working with Ian Wilson and Jimmy Douglass and now has over 15 career victories.
Another Saturday night winner for the first time was Stephanie Graham, 18, daughter of Darrel and Linda and younger sister of Brittany.
The victory of Major Montana in the Pryde’s Easifeed Pace provided Graham with her first metropolitan winner.
Graham took over the ownership from long-time stable client and family friend Dean Shannon following a tendon injury and has played a pivotal role in his rehabilitation.
The Art Major – Sweet Kelly Marie six-year-old gelding rated 1:56.1 in his come from behind success.
Major Montana has won 16 from 72 while banking more than $68,000.
Brittany prepares Major Montana while Adam Sanderson took the winning drive.
Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | September 11 | Photo by Dan Costello