A road trip to Leeton for the heats of the rich MIA Breeders Plate series for two year olds saw two stable representatives in Manos de Piedra and Tuakau Beach get through to the $40,000 final on January 1.
The pair ran third and second respectively in their heats at their first race starts and are sure to improve in the big final with that run under their belt.
Manos de Piedra, although beaten a fair distance, showed plenty of heart by racing wide and chasing the runaway leaders
Tuakau Beach was driven a treat by Wilson, saving ground along the pegs and making a dive at the winner over the closing stages.
The other stable representative, Illawong Bondi, ran fifth, missing the final, but will go around in the consolation. Tony is confident with a good draw and reasonable luck that the colt will show big improvement.
"I plan to tinker a little bit with his gear this week and if we can come up with the right combination he will be in the mix."