VETERAN trainer Jim Lake celebrated Echuca Cup day with his horse Rose of Capri in a boil-over win in the $23,000 Leveson North Melbourne Maiden Plate over 1400m.
It was the three-year-old filly’s third start, with Jye McNeil its third jockey.
Lake said at 75 he was looking to retire but the win has given him a little encouragement to keep going.
He bred the horse as well as being its trainer but said he was still able to keep a horse or two in work because of strong support from Daryl and Deb Archard and their son Rhys.
“The knees are a bit shot and the Archards have been a real help to me,” Lake said.
“I bred this girl and I reckon she will develop to go out as far as 2000m,” he said.
“She is still learning and in her first two races she ran further back in the field but I wasn’t worried when she landed in front today.
“She is very good on the ground, very settled and she was outstanding when they turned for home.”
McNeil, who had just won the previous race, agreed the horse went well.
He said he did not have to do much in the early running, he just “coached her around the course” until they started coming off the turn into the home straight.
“I was a little worried to find ourselves in front so early but once I asked her to go she really responded,” McNeil said.
“She hadn’t been a front runner but she took it all in her stride and was really strong in the run home.”
Her race certainly caught the heavily-backed favourite Wayne County by surprise.
It was prominent from the moment the field jumped, and in the straight pulled alongside Rose.
But when McNeil let his horse go Wayne Country had nothing in the tank to match her speed.
“And could I add one more thing,” Lake said.
“My horse runs in black and white but that’s not for Collingwood, definitely not. It’s from Barham when I played – not bloody Collingwood.”