Watch Former Plumber Gets First Round


Former plumber Darren McLeod successfully made the jump to race with a winner in a steeplechase in South Australia.

Having his first race race, McLeod led Pentelligentsia to victory in the FibreTrack Steeplechase (3360m) at Murray Bridge on Wednesday.

McLeod was a plumber until six years ago before deciding to change careers.

He started out on the track for Nick Ryan, progressed to more riding instruction with Adrian Corboy in Wangaratta before perfecting his show jumping craft under the guidance of champion rider Steve Pateman.

Ironically, McLeod’s Mount Pentelligentsia ($ 4.40 SB) led Pateman’s favorite home and led Historic at $ 2.80 by 6 lengths with Undergroundfighter ($ 6) at a third half length.

Recently McLeod was based in Adelaide with the goal of securing his ticket to race and thanked Pentelligentsia coach Grant Young for giving him the opportunity.

McLeod was ecstatic with his first victory.

“I was wondering what it would look like, but I felt better,” McLeod told

“I never thought something like this would happen so quickly and words can’t describe how happy I am.

“It took a long time to prepare.

“If anyone knew the story, you wouldn’t think I would get here so quickly, or even be there at all.

“I am very grateful to Grant for throwing me out and giving me this opportunity and everyone who went out of their way for us.”

Unfortunately for McLeod, his perfect hit rate couldn’t extend to the Festive Hire Hurdle (3360m) with his Aristocat mount finishing fourth of five runners.

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