Wodonga trainer David O’Prey has snapped an 18-month drought.
Tubbs Gift claimed the 2000m first race at Wangaratta on Tuesday.
“You go through droughts in this caper, but this has been sustained unfortunately,” he said.
“But you keep chipping away and doing the right thing and eventually it will turn.”
It was clearly the longest drought of his career.
But the popular trainer, who won the 1997 Albury Gold Cup with Baby Bomber, still retained his sense of humour when quizzed how long he’d been training.
“It was 1994, about 40 kilos ago,” he said.
O’Prey’s win kick-started a strong start to the year for Border and North East trainers.
Wangaratta’s Adrian Corboy saluted with Pintang Prince in the second race, while Sylvia Thompson won with Warragul in the next.
O’Prey’s other runner – Our Cashier – finished fourth.
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