Pepperwood goes back-to-back in the Coffs Harbour Cup
HISTORY was made from all angles when Pepperwood claimed Thursday's Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.
It was the second win straight for the Gold Coast gelding with the prize money putting him through the million-dollar barrier.
No horse has ever won back-to-back Cups.
The closest was Pin Up Boy - winner in 1952 and 1954 - well before the modern era of local racing began in 1971.
For Coffs-raised jockey Glen Colless, it was his third Cup victory after scoring on Sabre Luck as an apprentice in 1991 and Brave The Way in 2011.
"I would love to have ridden him last year but Danny Nikolic got the job and beat me," the jockey said.
The Colless ride was sheer brilliance and gave lie to the theory they can only win down the inside when the track is wet.
He parked the nine-year-old on the fence and never had to go around a single rival.
With Prince Of Capers still in charge well into the straight and Single Spirit charging late, Pepperwood slowly emerged out of the shadows to finish the strongest of all.
"I rode him as a young horse and won good races," the jockey said.
"Now he's so much older you can't push him around and you have to be patient.
"He really is a lovely old bloke."
Winning trainer Liam Birchley was not surprised by the result after a last start slashing run for second in the Tattersall's Mile at Doomben on July 13.
"Glen summed the track up really well and gave him a great ride," he said.
"The horse showed he's still got it in him."