AT THE POST: Victory Eight with Sean Cormack at the Wayne Wilson Handicap.
AT THE POST: Victory Eight with Sean Cormack at the Wayne Wilson Handicap.

Roughie’s win at Caloundra not a surprise to some

RACING: Victory Eight was a long shot with bookmakers for the $125,000 Wayne Wilson Handicap but local trainer Trevor Miller wasn't surprised to see the "game" six-year-old win.

The gelding scored a photo finish victory over Gaulois and Baccarat Baby in the Listed race over 1600m at Caloundra on Friday night.

With Sean Cormack in the saddle, the $61 roughie stormed down the outside lane of the straight to stun his rivals.

"I thought he was a great each way chance. I thought he was capable of winning and that he would be around the money," Miller said.

"His last two runs have been very good and it (the win) is no surprise, I can assure you that.

"He won his last start and two runs back he only got beat 2 ¼ lengths and the jockey dropped his whip that day, 300m out."

He had form coming into the race, with a last-start victory in an open handicap over 1400m at Caloundra.

And this was, fittingly, Victory Eight's eighth win on his home track.

It was the 10th win of his career, from 44 starts, earning more than $315,000.

Miller said he was unsure what Victory Eight would do next.

Local trainers fared particularly well at Caloundra on Friday night, winning seven of the nine races on the card of the metropolitan meeting.

The venue's leading trainer Stuart Kendrick won the last two races while others to taste success were David Vandyke, John Symons and Sheila Laxon, Natalie McCall, Darryl Hansen and Miller.



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