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O'Dea and Hoysted after biggest payday

By Glenn Davis

Co-trainers Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted are hopeful of landing their biggest pay cheque since starting their training partnership five months ago when Katy’s Daughter tackles the Magic Millions Country Cup at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

The pair has another chance later in the day when  Shooting For Gold lines up in the male's division of the Magic Millions Rising Stars, chasing a hat-trick of wins.

O’Dea has been one of the State’s top trainers since he first came down from north Queensland with a small team in 2009 and ironically it was Katy’s Daughter’s mother - Stakes winner Kiss Me Katy - which helped kick start his Brisbane career.

Kiss Me Katy won at Listed level and was placed in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes in Sydney in 2009 in a shortened career of 11 starts which produced four wins.

Kiss Me Katy was bred by her owner, Burdekin cane farmer George Rapisarda who has had a long association with O’Dea and owns Katy’s Daughter.

The training partnership of O’Dea and Hoysted landed their biggest win with Shooting For Gold in the Winning Rupert at Eagle Farm on December 5.

The gelding collected $42,700 for winning the 1200-metre feature but Katy’s Daughter will easily surpass that if successful by collecting the $145,000 first prize cheque tomorrow.

Katy’s Daughter is also chasing a hat-trick of wins following her victory at the Sunshine Coast on December 6 and her all-the-way win last start in a 1200-metre Class 5 at Doomben on December 23.

“It’s great to have her back in-form but it was a modest midweek win last start and it’s good to see her back to Saturday grade,” Hoysted said.

“She lost her way at the start of this preparation and wasn’t herself but she’s in-form now.”

Hoysted worked as an assistant trainer for more than four years with O’Dea before forming a joint operation.

He expects Katy’s Daughter to be competitive again but is keeping a close watch on the weather.

“She’s been very impressive winning her last two starts and she should be right in the finish again,” Hoysted said.

“But we wouldn’t like much rain and not a heavy track.

“She went horrendous on a heavy track in her first start back this campaign and if there’s rain we’d be happy to run on a soft 6.”

Hoysted said Katy’s Daughter would miss the gala Magic Millions day next week even if she adds to her winning record of five wins in 15 starts.

Hoysted named the Kris Lees-trained Animate as the main threat following the gelding’s first-up fourth to Eleven Eleven in last month’s Wyong Magic Millions.