Gutsy Trevinder gets the money at Moonee Valley

Nov 13, 2015

Trevinder did it the hard way but managed to score a determined win over the short 955m course at Moonee Valley.

The six-year-old posted three wins in his first eight starts but had found returning to the winner’s circle difficult in his ensuing outings before his latest success.

Trevinder finished second in four of his 10 starts without a win but resumed with a solid effort in Benchmark 84 company on Cox Plate eve.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra booked top jockey Damian Lane to ride the son of Dane Shadow in the latest heat of the Jeep 55-Second Challenge (955m).

A strong early gallop left Trevinder three-wide midfield but Lane had to get the five-year-old moving forward 400m from home.

Trevinder sustained his run around the tricky Moonee Valley home turn before charging late to get home over the top of the leaders in the last 50m.

“It’s been a while since his last win but he doesn’t run many bad races,” Zahra said.

“It was great for him to get another win and get his confidence up because he’s such an honest horse and a good solid sprinter.

“He showed how brave he was to keep coming in the straight after a hard run. It was great to see.”

Trevinder’s latest win was his fourth from 19 starts while the $30,250 winner’s cheque pushed his earnings to more than $156,000.

Congratulations to Trevinder’s owners, the team at great stable supporters First Light Racing, and all involved with the handy galloper’s Moonee Valley win.