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Ken Casellas

Beach Start, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old by little-known American stallion Net Ten EOM, gave champion trainer Gary Hall snr his fourth winner at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he set the pace and held on grimly to beat Miss Mucho by a nose in the 2536m 7Plus Stream For Free Pace.

Beach Start, raced by ten stable clients, has inherited some of the ability of his maternal granddam Oaxaca Lass, who won three group 1 events and three group 2 events as well as finishing second three times and third twice in group 1 features.

Oaxaca Lass was retired after her 48 starts produced 19 wins, 13 placings and $456,134 in stakes. Her most notable victories were in the 2002 Queensland Derby and Queensland Oaks at Albion Park, the Australian Oaks at Moonee Valley and the 2003 Chariots Of Fire at Harold Park.

Beach Start is the seventh foal out of Weka Lass, a daughter of Oaxaca Lass, who had 50 starts for six wins, 15 placings and $73,924. Oaxaca Lass produced ten winners, including the brilliant Condrieu, who had 94 starts for 22 wins, 27 placings and $269,520. Beach Start, rated perfectly by Maddison Brown, was given an easy time in front when he covered the opening quarters of the final mile in 31.7sec. and 30.6sec. before he sprinted over the final 400m sections in 28.3sec. and 28sec. He now has had 19 starts for five wins, six placings and $30,275.