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Jason Pateman has his wife, Sarah, to thank for the acquisition of Swap Ya.

Sarah told Jason to keep an eye on a Trade Fair filly going through the sale ring at the Magic Millions Perth autumn yearling auction two years ago.

Having worked for trainer George Daly, Sarah knew of the filly's dam, Thunder Vision.

The mare never raced because of a cyst on her heart, but was well enough bred to suggest she might have a future as a broodmare.

Thunder Vision's half-brother, Fireband, won the Bolton Sprint, Placid Ark Stakes and Raconteur Stakes and was placed in several other WA features.

He was bred and raced by Rick Hart and Daly's brother, Wally.

Jason bought the Trade Fair filly for just $1000 as a Valentine's Day gift for Sarah.

Needless to say, the filly Swap Ya has proved to be a bargain buy.

Plagued by bad luck throughout her career, Swap Ya broke through for her first city win when she beat classy filly Baleen In Me over 1100m at Ascot last Saturday.

It was the three-year-old's second victory from eight starts.

"There's not much of her but she's just gone from strength to strength," Jason Pateman said.

"I told Sarah she just needed luck to win a Saturday race and she got a perfect run on Saturday.

"The Trade Fairs were a bit unwanted at the time and she ended up being a cheap buy.

"They can be a bit hot, but they relish the rural environment."

Pateman hails from a successful WA racing family. His father, Noel, has been a top country trainer and his brothers, Darryn and Michael, are also trainers.

His sister, Nicole, has had success with another cheap Trade Fair purchase, Full Steam Ahead, who has won six of his 10 starts.

He is likely to resume at Belmont Park on May 18.

The West Australian

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