Jason Warren has a foot in both camps as the battle between Swettenham Stud sires Bianconi and Dash For Cash enters its final month of the season.
Jayconi (5g Bianconi - Little Miss Ruby by Rubiton) was a Bendigo winner on June 17 at his first start for the Denistoun Park trainer. The commanding chestnut, who stands 16.2hh and weighs close to 600kg, had been sidelined for nine months since his last campaign with Peter Moody.
Loot 'N' Run (3g Dash For Cash - Dee Dee Creek by Danehill Dancer) added another win for the stable with a narrow victory at Sandown's city meeting transferred to Kilmore on Wednesday. He relished the Heavy 10 surface and looked just as imposing carrying skull and crossbones colours.
Dash For Cash (pictured) has now sired 89 winners of 137 races in Australia this season to maintain a slender lead over Bianconi who has been represented by 83 winners of 132 races.
Jayconi is the first foal of Rubiton mare Little Miss Ruby who is related to Rubiton's Sydney G3 winner Millrich. The lightly-raced gelding is a homebred for Peter and Janet Moran who operate The Meadows agistment and pre-training property.
"Jayconi arrived here with a good fitness base," Warren explained. "And he worked that well at Mornington, Les O'Briem from the Winning Post had to double-check his stopwatch."
Loot 'N' Run races for a syndicate managed by Mark Wilson and they also own his 2yo half-sister Master Dee Art (Masterpiece) who is in training at Denistoun Park.
Loot 'N' Run's win was also a special moment for strapper Dannie Sowden who joined Warren's stables earlier this year after working in the business development division at the National Australia Bank. She changed careers to pursue her love of horses and the victory was a just reward for all the hard work she has put in with the gelding.
Swettenham owner Adam Sangster is keeping a close watch on the winner-count for both Bianconi and Dash For Cash at the back end of the season. "It's a credit to both sires and our team at Swettenham," he said. "And they are both available for $6,600 service fees under our early-bird booking scheme."
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