Former West Australian galloper Great Again has relished the moist circumstances at Flemington to report a combating first-up victory.
Trained by Lindsey Smith, Great Again added a 3rd stakes win to his report with success in Saturday’s Listed Straight Six (1200m).
Great Again arrived in Victoria final yr and had one begin on the finish of the spring carnival, ending rearwards in a 1200m dash at Ballarat in November.
Returning from a break, Smith was planning a first-up assault on his Victorian hometown’s function dash, the Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool, earlier this month, however thought-about the monitor not moist sufficient.
Revelling in heavy floor underneath Declan Bates, Great Again ($12) scored a short-head victory from Rich Charm ($31) with Home Of The Brave ($11) a protracted neck away third.
Great Again arrived in Victoria with robust credentials successful 9 of his 20 begins, six of these on mushy floor.
Stable consultant Shane Jackson mentioned the victory confirmed the genius of Smith in electing to bypass the Wangoom.
“He said from day one that this fella grows a leg on the heavy ground and he proved that today,” Jackson mentioned.
“That was sensible and a tough win.
“He’s a stupendous horse. He used that huge stride late and was actually tough once they have been coming again at him.
“It’s a thrill to get him back to what Lindsey said about him as he’s always had a huge opinion of him.”
Jackson mentioned the secure was not involved about Great Again having his first run on the Flemington straight.
He mentioned Great Again confirmed he was adaptable having now added a straight monitor victory to his report.
“A horse gets so used to racing and training around a bend,” Jackson mentioned.
“So to do that down the straight where they can get lost a bit, it’s good to get that ticked off.”
Udyta Clarke, coach of the runner-up Rich Charm, was over the moon with the gelding’s return to type.
Rich Charm was having his second run in 15 months after returning at Mornington within the Hareeba Stakes in March.