Class mare Leda McNally, lucky to survive having crashed through paddock fences, is on target for a Perth summer carnival treble after winning last night's $21,000 Ross North Group Spring Pace (1730m) at Gloucester Park.
Leda McNally ($7.40) finished powerfully to beat pacemaker Sneakyn Down Under ($1.80 favourite) by 1.5 metres and Empire Flame ($38.40) ran on to finish third, five metres behind the winner.
"I'll set Leda McNally for the Nepean Conveyors Mares' Classic here in December," Pinjarra trainer Chris King said. "The WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup wll also be on her program.
"It's a miracle the mare survived her escapade after taking fright in a storm last March.
"Leda McNally was terrified when lightning struck her paddock, in front of our house. She bolted through two fences, and suffering bad leg cuts and hoof damage before I was able to catch her.
"She almost certainly would have been killed if I had not been able to maintain a firm hold and stop her bolting through more fences.
"But the mare swung around in panic and stomped on my right foot, causing severe lacerations to ligaments.
"I underwent extensive surgery at Fremantle Hospital and I'm still not fully recovered.
"Leda McNally had more than four months away from racing. My partner Barbara Gray drove Leda McNally in training to get her fit.
"She has won four of her seven races since resuming and tonight looked better than ever."
Leda McNaly was bought as a yearling by her Victorian owner Greg Stubbs. She was sent to King last year, after winning once in 15 Eastern States starts."The mare thrived under our training style and won 10 of her first 14 WA races," King said. "She is now clearly in the top bracket of Perth pacers."