COLLAR unleashed to win yesterday’s $25,000 Sean Hofman Electrical Mornington Handicap (2100m) in a canter.
The Jeremy Sylvester -owned and trained bargain-buy gelding surged away from the field at the 600m to lead easily and then win by four and three quarter lengths.
He cruised in from the two greys, Phrases and Farm Boy, to notch a third career win but his first since Sylvester paid $5000 for him.
“I was cashed up from a win an bought him at the tried sales at Magic Millions from Lloyd Williams,” Sylvester said.
“Bought him for $16,500 but he failed the scope. I had talks with the Williams’ and paid $5000 for him.”
Robert Thompson, who is quickly approaching his 4000th winner, was in charge all the way after electing to lead.
“He was going no quicker than them,” he said after the gelding had surged clear at the 600m “but he kept going.”
Jeremy Sylvester’s wife, Caroline and children Jack and Lucy are the owners of a gelding who was second in an AAMI Vase and ran in a Victoria Derby as a younger horse. “I might give him one more run,” Sylvester said.
“Give him a bit of a break and then go back to Brisbane with him.
“He’s been going well up there. Ran a fourth, a third and a second up there before this win.
“He’s won the one race for me but won $28,000 in prizemoney.”
That’s not bad for a $5000 horse.