Leap To Fame produced another dominant display to win the $200,000 Australian Pacing Gold NSW Derby, much to the relief of trainer-driver Grant Dixon.
In the lead up to the race Leap To Fame had been singled out by many as the one to beat. However Dixon was not getting carried away and knew his charge had work to do to get the win.
Being the NSW Derby it was no surprise that the field was packed with quality and Dixon was a bit apprehensive.
"We’re up against all the best ones here and I expect I’ll need to do some clever thinking at some stage in the race," he told reporters ahead of the race.
Dixon did just that as he and Leap To Fame blew away the rest of the competition to win by 11 metres. Major Perry took second place with Hot Deal surprising many to take third.
Leap To Fame produced a mile rate of 1:54.1 and Dixon was delighted with the performance.
"It’s never over until the job’s done," Dixon added. "But we did have a great trip and I knew he was going to take a lot of holding out after we landed a one-one trail. I just wanted to wait for as long as I could.
"I didn’t look around, I just put my head down and he felt so good through the whole journey."
Leap To Fame is owned by Kevin and Kay Seymour and Dixon is hoping their charge can be up there with the likes of Colt Thirty One.
"I hope he is, they (the Seymours) have been great friends and terrific clients and I would just love to have another really good horse for them," he said.