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23/07/02 Injury Prone Rep Pulls in the Currency
r6moody&oliver.jpg (15682 bytes)South Australian owned and bred gelding Currency Rep has returned to the winner's circle with a fighting success in the Information Technology Plate at Caulfield on Saturday.

A six-year-old son of Monde Bleu, the gelding is a half brother to the Sydney Cup winner and SA Horse of the Year Streak.

The gelding who was bred and is owned by Wally Tonkin, a well known and respected horseman and winemaker at Currency Creek in South Australia, has had his share of injury problems.

Despite starting at long odds the gelding showed plenty of fight to hold out the challenge from the last start Moonee Valley winner Spring Warrior to score. Saturday was the gelding's first run at Caulfield.

r2reecewheeler.jpg (8494 bytes)Currency Rep has been in Melbourne for three months and he had one run, a recent fourth at Moonee Valley, before Saturday's triumph.

"He's been with us here for about three months," his current trainer Peter Moody said. "Wally (Tonkin) had given him some early work in South Australia before he came over as well."

Moody said the gelding had had a long, slow preparation before resuming because of his injury queries.

"He's got a screw and a plate in his fetlock and because of his leg injury he does quite a bit of swimming, walking and general slow work," Moody added.

The win gave promising young apprentice Reece Wheeler the first leg of a winning double, which elevated him level with Mark Zahra in the race to become Melbourne's leading apprentice for the season.

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