Octogenerian horseman Tony Prendergast, who trains in partnership with his wife Lyn, saddled five-year-old gelding Trudeau to win at Oamaru on Wednesday, with the son of Pins relishing the Good3 surface that was presented.
Prendergast, who is enjoying a strong season said he was confident Trudeau would be a good winning chance following the scratching of race rival, Moyrabella.
“He doesn’t mind a firm track and he is pretty versatile. He can go on any surface, so we were pretty confident,” Prendergast said.
“He was a bit on the fresh-side, as he hasn’t raced for a while, but Jake (Jacob Lowry) rode him beautifully.”
The stable’s flag-bearer, Who Dares Wins, will contest Saturday’s Greenwood Amberley Cup (1600m) at Riccarton with the dual stakes winner faced with an impost of 61.5kgs as he aims to make it four wins in succession.
“He’s got a bit of weight, which we expected, but the horse is fit and well,” Prendergast said.