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Leek out to capture feature double

11/04/2004 07:22:02 PM Comments (0)

Andrea Leek, the first woman to win a major jumping race in Australia, will attempt to create more history at Oakbank on Monday.

Leek won the $94,500 Von Doussa Steeplechase (abt 3250m) on her husband John's dashing chaser Boxter Blue on Saturday.

She will ride the bold frontrunner again in the $156,000 Carlton Draught Great Eastern Steeplechase (abt 4950m)and will also ride Tarlan in the $94,500 Yalumba Classic Hurdle (abt 3600m).

Victorian trainer Eric Musgrove will pin his faith in Risky Venture winning the Great Eastern. Musgrove is likely to scratch stablemate Young Maverick after he finished third in Saturday's leadup.

Ballata, winner of the Great Eastern in 2002, is regarded as the best South Australian hope and was back in his stall on Saturday while others toughed it out.

Six-time Great Eastern-winning trainer John Wheeler is likely to have three runners but he is having trouble finding three suitable jockeys.

Wheeler's number two stable jockey Ben Ropiha has suffered a badly corked calf and it is doubtful that he will fulfil his engagement on Dannuccio.

Brett Scott will stay with Da Hei, who ran well despite being beaten 21 lengths by Boxter Blue.

Crafty Dancer, runner-up to Raquets last year in the Oakbank feature, was beaten 34 lengths on Saturday at his second run back from a spell and has to improve sharply to be competitive.

Last year's Great Eastern-winning jockey Nathan Dunn is expected to ride him again.

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