Veteran sprinter Galbraith has broken a five-month losing streak for Mornington trainer Peter Healey with an all-the-way win at Caulfield.
Healey, whose team was decimated when a virus whipped though his stable in the spring, said he had lost confidence after his previous success with Acclaimed Chaos at Echuca on October 12.
Galbraith was only his second winner for the season, a far cry from his average of 18 winners over the previous four seasons.
Healey said he had culled most of his older horses and since his last winner he has had only 21 runners.
“It has been that long between drinks I didn’t know where we stood,” Healey said referring to the chances of Galbraith who was first-up in Saturday’s Sportingbet Hcp (1000m).
“You lose confidence when you have shocking runs like we’ve had.”
Punters had more faith than Healey, backing Galbraith from $5 to $3.90 and apprentice Jake Noonan got the best out of the gelding who scored by a short half-head from Johnny Fiasco ($8.50) with Happy Angel ($5.50) a half-length away third in the six-horse field.
Galbraith, who has raced 22 times, is a 1000m specialist with all of his six wins at the distance.
“There is no point stepping him up in longer races,” Healey said.
“That (1000m) is his distance and we will stick with that.”