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Liam Birchley’s promising sprinter Three Beers Please banked his first cheque for charity in the CV Services Maiden Plate (1350m) at Doomben on Friday.
Birchley has trained 10 winners from his last 20 starters and he reckons there’s more ahead for the son of Swettenham Stud sire Kaphero. “He dug in when they came at him in the straight and it was a good effort. He’s still very green and is going to make into a nice horse when we can ride him in behind from a nice barrier.”
Three Beers Please (4g Kaphero – Flying Love by St. Covet) was backing up a fortnight after finishing second to Tanzanite on debut at Sunshine Coast. He is owned by Hamilton Hotel managers Steve Searles and Tim Osborne on behalf of a syndicate at the iconic pub which is just a short walk from Eagle Farm.
“You Beauty! Liam was confident he would run a good race,” Searles said after the win. “Approximately $6,000 from the prizemoney will be going to the Kids Christmas Appeal Charity. Liam donates half of his percentage, too.
“We’re so close to the racetracks and do a lot of charity functions through the course of a year and felt it was time we made racing a part of that.”
Three Beers Please is the final foal of Flying Love but a Swettenham link with the family continues through her Adelaide winner La Poupee (Dash for Cash). Her first foal – an Americain colt – arrived on November 1.
The Doomben victory completed a winning double for Kaphero on Friday. His three year-old Heza Dude won a Mornington maiden after being placed in all six starts before the breakthrough.
Kaphero started the week on a winning note after Swing With Me scored first-up in the Lickety Split (975m) at Swan Hill. Trainer Kym Hann said the mare was “as fat as a whale” but she still shattered the course record clocking 54.89s.
Swing With Me will be nominated to make it 5 wins from her last 6 starts at Flemington next Saturday.