Canberra trainer Matthew Dale admits he could not be happier that the original owners of Man Of Peace decided to stay in the horse.
Man Of Peace heads to Saturday's $1.3 million Kosciuszko as a $13 chance for Riverina owners Cath Heywood, Bern Milne, Mick Mullins, Ray and Therese Burt.
The horse was bred by the group and did the majority of his early racing with Wagga trainer Dave Heywood before being sold to Dale two years ago.
Man of Peace has gone on to win six Saturday metropolitan races in that time, earning him a spot in the lucrative feature for country-trained sprinters at Randwick.
While connections of Dale purchased the majority ownership, he is thrilled the original owners have stayed in and enjoyed the ride.
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"Absolutely, that's one of the best things about the whole story is that when we brought the horse that we said do you guys want to stay in," Dale said.
"We said 'you've gone on such a journey this far, do you want to stay in' and they decided to stay in and reduce their share, so to speak, which I'm so glad that's the way it occurred.
"It's great to be involved and to have a horse like that, you just wouldn't have thought or seen that coming, Man Of Peace could have been that horse."
"We were able to place him and build his confidence up and to win six Saturday races in Sydney is very hard to do and to be able to do that late in his life as a seven and eight-year-old is a really good effort."
Man Of Peace last raced on August 15, winning over 1400 metres at Randwick.