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Virtuity shows class on St Patrick’s Day at Callaghan Park

Rhiannon Payne on Virtuity came from behind to win race one at Callaghan Park on Saturday 14 March 2015. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Rhiannon Payne on Virtuity came from behind to win race one at Callaghan Park on Saturday 14 March 2015. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

RHIANNON Payne has been a loyal servant for trainer Bill Kenning and her hard work was rewarded on Saturday with a winning double at Callaghan Park.

The first winner was in the Ian Weigh Motors Maiden Plate (1200m).

It was a fitting reward for Payne, who rode Virtuity to a half-length in front of Lindsay Challacombe trained War Noise.

"It was a good gutsy win. She's (Virtuity) not bred to be sprinting but because she's been unlucky enough to run three seconds in a row, I've got to keep her for the set weight races," Kenning said.

"She should have won the last start but for jockey error, she's gutsy down the track.

"She's bred to run a mile or more, so I'll give her a little let up and look for longer races around Rocky."

Their other win was aboard Hotel Paradiso who lowered the colours of boom gelding Schoorwin.

It was the 24 year old female jockey's second win aboard the Hotel Paradiso at Callaghan Park this month.

"She's (Rhiannon) doing no wrong for me, for a three-kilo apprentice," Kenning said.

The four-year-old gelding Hotel Paradiso ($3.20), scored in an easy win from Schoorwin ($4.20), who lost few admirers after going down by two-and-a-half lengths.

Stay the Night ($5) was just over a length away in third.

Payne earlier finished seventh for trainer Lee Kiernan aboard Pipit in the Swanwick Murray Roche Lawyers Class 3 Plate (1200m), and conceded a similar effort on the Jamie McConachy trained Manchebo in the BenchMark 60 Handicap (1500m).

St Patrick's Day Race Results

Race 1: Virtuity, War Noise, Fondue

Race 2: Sonador's Princess, Stirling Girl, Craiglea Swift

Race 3: Craiglea Blitz, Pegunny Kid, Rakamo

Race 4: Primed For Destiny, Born To Survive, Quick Assault

Race 5: Hotel Paradiso, Schoorwin, Stay The Night

Race 6: Supposing (NZ), Spirit Beat, Jokerman

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