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Mail Escort delivers at Ipswich for Sears

Mail Escort wins at Ipswich
Mail Escort has given obscure sire Mail Train another winner with victory at Ipswich.

Trainer Tony Sears continued his good run with the progeny of little-known sire Mail Train when first starter Mail Escort scored an upset win at Ipswich.

First starter Mail Escort ($9.50) flashed home to beat Magic Lad ($6) by a short half-head with the heavily backed favourite Unlikely Story ($1.80) a half length length back third in a maiden.

Mail Train is a son of former leading sire Success Express and won five races before an injury enforced retirement.

Sears is a big fan of Mail Train and has had half a dozen winners by the sire.

“Mail Train was a smart racehorse and was trained by Alan Bailey. I have won plenty of races with his offspring including Ghost Train who was handy,” Sears said.

“He now stands at my long-time client John Harvey’s property. I don’t think he gets many outside mares.”

Mail Escort had won two jump-outs in Toowoomba but blew in the market with heavy backing for Unlikely Story who was resuming from a long spell after recovering from a fractured sesamoid bone.

Veteran trainer Pat Duff also continued a long-time association with stalwart owners Wally Tutt and Tom Blacklaw when Soaring Heart ($16) won the Two-Year-Old (1350m).

“Wally and I go back to Handsome Prince who won 21 races in the early 1980s and Hard To Catch who ran second in the 2008 Stradbroke Handicap.

“I paid $30,000 for Soaring Heart and I think they might have a more than handy horse when he gets to 1600m.”

Darlene Duryea was another trainer to continue a successful association with a little known stallion this time Dr Green who sired Thunder Rocker who won a Class 3.

“I have had a lot of success with horses by Dr Green and I don’t think too many other trainers have had many. He is retired now which is a pity because they can all gallop,” Duryea said.

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