Leading Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland believes Demanding Mo's Albury Guineas win last Friday has ensured he will be able to keep his 10 staff employed over coming months.
Sutherland enjoyed one of the finest moments of his training career when Demanding Mo took out the $80,000 Albury Guineas (1400m).
Stablemate La Sante also produced a cracking run to finish third.
Demanding Mo paid a whopping $176 for the win on the NSW TAB, as apprentice jockey Ellen Hennessy enjoyed the biggest win of her career.
Sutherland, who owns Demanding Mo with Pat Reardon, says the win will prove to be more important than most people realise.
"You don't really know how important it is," Sutherland explained.
"I own the majority of the horse and that prizemoney will keep us in jobs over the coming months, otherwise I probably would have had to let them go.
"I've got 10 staff, the boys have all been there for a fair while, and they've all got families as well. We'll probably be able to get through to see the other end of it now.
"The whole day (on Friday) will make a hell of a difference."
Sutherland is keen to follow the path to the Wagga Guineas with both Demanding Mo and La Sante but is not confident racing will last until then, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
He has decided to back Demanding Mo up at Wagga on Monday, in the Class Two Handicap (1400m).