The speedy ORBISYN returned to his winning ways with a brave first-up victory at Ipswich’s midweek metropolitan meeting.
Having burst onto the scene with four straight wins last year, ORBISYN's progress was stalled somewhat after being forced to have almost 12 months off the scene due to injury.
But the lightly raced 5YO rediscovered his old spark in the Class 4 Handicap (1100m) yesterday under veteran jockey Paul Hamblin, extending his record to five wins from seven starts.
The pair went to the front from the start and despite showing signs of freshness in the run, ORBISYN looked to have the race at his mercy when he kicked clear after rounding the turn.
The burden of carrying 60.5kg on his back and a lack of match practice perhaps both took their toll in the latter stages, but the son of Rich Enuff still clung on for a well-earned win - much to the delight of his relieved trainer.
“This horse has tested us in all sorts of ways, but I’m so glad he got over the line today,” said David.
“It was no surprise he got a bit soft late, he was carrying 60.5 kilos and has been off for four months, plus he’d been overdoing it in the race. So it was a good test for him but he still got the job done, which is just fantastic.
“Credit to Paul, he’s done a lot of work behind the scenes on this horse, so I’m really pleased for him and also for the owner Jan, who is a beautiful person.”
Hamblin added: “He feels beautiful underneath you and is such a big, strong animal.
“The win had a lot of merit because he slipped when he jumped, so I had to rev him up a bit to get him to the lead. I tried to give him an easy time but the other horse pestered him a bit, so all in all it was a very good win.”
Many congratulations to owner Jan McMillan.