Secret Toy Bizness does the business on Oaks Day

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5 Mar 2019

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The Wangaratta family that put the finishing touches on Lankan Rupee for Mick Price shone bright on centre stage themselves at Flemington on Thursday.

The Ledgers may not boast the pedigree of a Hawkes or Snowden father-son training partnership, but it did not matter to them when Secret Toy Bizness won one of the most popular events of the year in the Greys Challenge on Oaks Day.

“Young Chris broke in Lankan Rupee and looked after him for his first couple of years,” co-trainer John Ledger said.

“We do a lot for Mick [Price] and Mick has been a great supporter and teacher of Chris. [Chris] comes to Caulfield and spends a couple of weeks a year here. On the other side of it, we have about 20-25 racehorses of our own.”

Of those, Secret Toy Bizness is one of just three the Ledgers are regularly racing in Melbourne at the moment. The rest are well travelled on the Victorian country scene.

It is a far cry from the famous Flemington straight Lankan Rupee will scorch down on Saturday in search of a fifth group 1 success – and second in a row after his controversial Manikato Stakes success – in the Darley Classic.

But Secret Toy Bizness’ connections, clad in their black and white outfits, celebrated like they had won a group 1 themselves when Damian Lane brought the mare with a beautifully timed run.

The horse only ended up in the Ledgers’ care after a nephew of one of the syndicate members – set to marry John’s daughter – only agreed to buy into the horse on the condition it went to his soon-to-be in-laws.

“They’re a very passionate group of over 20 people and everyone dresses in black and white, whether it’s a non-TAB at Wodonga or here on [Thursday],” Ledger said.

“They stand on the seats and cheer like they did today. They are horse racing freaks. They love it and are so passionate.

“In my world and my first carnival with my son Chris … it’s pretty special. It’s the world stage and it might be restricted grade, but you’ve still got to win them.

“The second horse comes from Brisbane and the third horse comes from Flemington, and you can’t win on a bigger stage than this.”

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