Prebble returns with a vengeance to land four-timer
Brett Prebble returned to action like a man inspired yesterday, taking the Jockey Challenge by the scruff of the neck in the opening three races and ultimately reviewing a four-timer as his comeback statement.
While Prebble missed the last two meetings with careless-riding suspensions, and felt some pain at not being in the saddle for the debut win of Fair Trade last Sunday, yesterday's four wins went a long way towards easing the pain.
The Australian was particularly taken with the victory of Supreme Win in the afternoon opener, the Heritage Conservation Plate at 1,400 metres for the griffins.
'He's only a two-year-old but not a lot went right for him from an outside barrier at his first start,' Prebble explained, recalling the gelding's first-up fifth to yesterday's impressive Juvenile Championship winner Royal Flush.
'The 1,200m was always going to be short for him but they have to start somewhere and the 1,400m was much more suitable today. I think in time, he'll be a nice horse at 1,600 or even 1,800m.'
The win could prove a crucial one for Coolmore stallion Fastnet Rock, a champion sprinting son of Danehill.
Supreme Win was Fastnet Rock's ninth individual winner from his first southern hemisphere book of mares and keeps his quest to be leading first-season sire by winners very much alive.
Prebble made it two from two on the Caspar Fownes-trained Victory Mascot in the second, and emerged from the gloom to land the third on Happy Master (17-1), with the event being run during the height of a rain storm.
Happy Master also represented a double for trainer Manfred Man Ka-leung, the handler of Supreme Win.
'I rode him [Happy Master] in his final gallop on Thursday and he felt outstanding, so much so that I got off and told Manfred 'he'll win on Sunday',' Prebble said.
'He's a little bit limited, because he probably needs to be in Class Four and he doesn't quite get a mile, but he's very sound and very honest.'
Prebble completed his day with a last-to-first victory for Dennis Yip Chor-hong on Fat Choy Ichiban.
'He's a horse with a good turn of finishing speed and he put them away quickly once he got to them,' Prebble said. 'I think he'll be a nice horse next year.'
Prebble's winning 'quadrella' saw him move to 77 for the season, 19 behind Douglas Whyte, but the top pair are an incredible 34 wins clear of the rest, headed by Matthew Chadwick (43).