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South Australians nab another Seymour feature

Lateva wins Puckapunyal Army Cup from local hope.

CHALPAT SONTI April 2, 2014 4:18am

Seymour-trained Klishina (yellow, Lee Smith) has come to the end of her run and Lateva kicks away to win the Puckapunyal Army Cup in the hands of Mark Pegus on Sunday.


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Seymour Racing Club’s two major trophies are going to reside in South Australia for a while after Lateva’s gritty win in the Puckapunyal Army Cup on Sunday.

The daughter of Zupaone led all the way in the 1000m event in the hands of Mark Pegus to deny locally-trained Klishina and give the Cozamanis family a Cups double for the weekend.

On Saturday Byron Cozamanis jnr won the Streaky Bay Cup with Miss Aberdeen, and it was there on the Eyre Peninsula his father (and Lateva’s trainer) Byron senior stayed and celebrated, leaving racing manager Julie Rowland to represent his stable at Seymour.

Lateva ($3.40) had good form at Moonee Valley in recent starts and jumped well to lead the 1000m event for Mark Pegus. However, the David Bourne-trained Klishina, the $3 favourite who had to pass a vet examination at the start, loomed up on the straight and looked to be travelling well for Lee Smith. But she came to the end of her run about 200m out — perhaps feeling the weight of all the local money on her back as Seymour Racing Club president Steve Clifton said at the presentation — and Lateva went on to score a well-deserved victory on a heavy track.

Rowland said Lateva was owned by a group from Mount Gambier, with a couple of owners based in Perth. She joins fellow South Australian Sysmo (Seymour Cup) as big winners at Seymour this season.

Cozamanis is a South Australian himself, but these days operates a stable at Caulfield, from where Lateva was prepared. Rowland joked that he had a picture taken on Saturday night drinking scotch out of the Streaky Bay Cup ‘‘so I might have to take this home and put something different in it’’.

The Puckapunyal Army Cup was a touch lucky to be run at all. Stewards inspected the track on Sunday morning, during the 21mm of rain which fell on the course. They declared it safe to run should the rain stop in time, which it did, and by the time the main event was run, the weather was almost balmy.

And while Klishina couldn’t provide a local win, the Lee and Shannon Hope-trained Always Lucky did when upsetting long odds-on favourite Rednav in a 1600m maiden event.

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