THE Wagga-trained Prints has enhanced its reputation as a 1400- metre specialist.
He took out the $15,000 Ray Sykes Memorial Handicap at Corowa on Saturday.
It was a classy win by the four-year-old gelding who had to lug at least 4½ kilograms — at 58.5 kilograms — more than the rest of the field.
The win, by just under a length, has left Prints’ total prizemoney pool at more than $40,000 and means he has failed to place in just five of his 16 starts.
Trainer Trevor Carey said with added muscle his horse was capable of winning a mid-week race in the city.
“He’s a tough, genuine horse and that’s why I think he can win in town,” Carey said.
“He’s only about 15 hands but we’ve been struggling to find races for him where he doesn’t get too much weight.
“We’re going to send him to the paddock now so hopefully he can bulk up a little bit and put on a bit more weight.”
Apprentice jockey Vicky Scott rode Prints to the win to complete a successful preparation on the horse.
She has ridden him in 10 of his past 11 starts including three wins and three seconds.
Carey said he’d look to run the horse further when he returns in about a month’s time.
“He’ll go up to 1600- metres,” he said.
“He’s only been over a mile once and the last time he got a little bit lost but still managed to finish fifth at Albury.
“This is only his second preparation.
Wodonga trainer Peter Maher failed to win a race at Corowa but snared two third placings with Indigo Belle and La Deen and a fourth with Balfours Day.
Meanwhile Corowa trainer Geoff Duryea had a pleasant start to his home meeting when Got The Message won its maiden race in the first by nearly two lengths.