Renowned Wangaratta horse breaker Adrian Corboy recorded his first city winner as a trainer when mudlark Roland Garros led throughout to win the benchmark 78 staying event over 2500 metres.
Corboy said he couldn’t have been happier with the track rating of heavy as Roland Garros had won a race at Wagga “on a bottomless track and ploughed right through it”.
“It started raining and I said to my sister, ‘I hope it keeps raining, I hope we get wet, I hope we have wet shoes on the way home’,” Corboy said.
Roland Garros was ridden by Daniel Stackhouse, who took him straight to the front on what he described as “a real New Zealand-style heavy track”.
Roland Garros ($21), who is bred on sprinting lines being by Helmet, defeated Prince Alby ($31) by five lengths with High Emocean ($2.70 fav) another 2-1/4 lengths away.