A drop in class and a favourable draw helped Bow Tie Benny cause a surprise at Dubbo Turf Club on Sunday.
Bow Tie Benny, jumping from gate two as a $31 chance with apprentice jockey Kaylee Kirkwood in the saddle, held off pre-race favourite Alexandra Demure ($2.35) to claim victory in the Sam’s Liquid Waste And Hire Class 1 Showcase Handicap (1300m).
The win was the third of the six-year-old’s career and came after back-to-back sixths in his two starts this preparation.
Hometown trainer Frank Hayes was always confident of running a place and Kirkwood said she also had faith.
“Ideal race for him. Home track and he finally drew a gate,” Kirkwood told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“I think it’s been eight starts and he’s never drawn a gate so I thought he’d be hard to beat. He’s a pretty tough little horse and tries really hard for me.”
Cameron Crockett’s Alexandra Demure moved late but couldn’t overhaul Hayes’ hope and had to settle for second while Darren Hyde’s Squared ($8.50) was third.
“He’s had good form in good races and he’s a handy little horse,” Hayes said.