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Sky Petite wins war of attrition

The Dean Pattison-trained filly Sky Petite notched her first win at Kilmore last week after bridging a big gap to haul in Valley Ess Jay and then prevailing in a two-horse war up the straight.

GUS UNDERWOOD August 15, 2014 3:15am

Noel Pattison and his son, trainer Dean Pattison, enjoyed success with two-year-old filly Sky Petite at Kilmore.

There were shades of the legendary trotter Maoris Idol associated in the win of Shepparton trained two-year-old trotter Sky Petite at Kilmore last week.

Prepared by Dean Pattison and driven by Steve Duffy, Sky Petite won a war of attrition with the Chris Lang-trained and driven Valley Ess Jay.

Valley Ess Jay was leading Sky Petite by 50m with a lap to go, but was then pegged back during the final circuit by the winner in a ding-dong duel to the wire between the two Skyvalley trotters.

Pattison said Sky Petite had shown ability from the time she was broken in.

He directed a lot of the praise for the filly’s success onto his father Noel, well known as a former star foot-runner who won the famous Bendigo 1000 in 1965.

‘‘Dad has done a lot of work with her and has done a great job. She is out in the paddock (spelling) now,’’ Pattison said.

Sky Petite showed she was ready to win. Her two other outings had produced second placings at Maryborough on debut on July 19 and Bendigo on July 30.

On the strength of those encouraging efforts she was sent out the $1.80 favourite at Kilmore.

One of the many Skyvalley progeny who have made an impression in their first season of racing, Sky Petite is out of the former talented mare Thepowerofhealing, whose 78 starts produced 20 wins and 27 placings and more than $143000 in prizemoney.

Thepowerofhealing was by arguably Australia’s greatest ever trotter Maoris Idol who won 40 of his 46 starts. Unfortunately, Thepowerofhealing died before producing a Federal Flex foal and Sky Petite is the only foal from the mare.

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