Brett Cavanough purchased a colt at Friday night’s Inglis Sales and immediately earned some money back on Sunday when Rosesay saluted in the opening event at Dubbo Turf Club.
The sales meant the Scone-based trainer didn’t make the trip to Dubbo but his team had reason to cheer when Rosesay wound up in the straight and took out the OSM Transportables Maiden Showcase Plate (1200m).
After running twice in two of his first three starts, Rosesay used every inch of the Dubbo straight on Sunday to score his breakthrough win.
The $2.90 favourite overhauled Kenneth ($21) late on and winning jockey Grant Buckley said waiting for the late surge was something he decided on midway through the run.
“In the horses’s defence he had to do some work early so I didn’t want to press the button too far from home,” he told Sky Thorougbred Central.
“He’d done the work early so I took my time flushing the horse out and really testing the horse but he did a great job and is definitely looking for further.”
Rosesay said wide early after getting out from barrier eight in the day’s opening event while Jake Pracey-Holmes shot clear aboard the Brett Thompson-trained Kenneth.
Kenneth and Highly Influential ($9.50) set a quick pace early and opened up a lead of four lengths early on while Precious Arli ($61) led the chasing pack.
The field began to bunch as they rounded the bend for home but Pracey-Holmes ensured Kenneth kept the lead and kept fighting on.
Buckley got Rosesay into the middle of the track and the four-year-old began to wind up and slowly but surely made ground on the leader.
Kenneth continued to push but Rosesay lunged late and went on to win by a length from Thompson’s hope while Precious Arli fought on for third.
“Last preparation she was good and she’s come back better,” stable representative Steph Alexander said, this being Rosesay’s first start since September 21.
“She’s done plenty of work at home … there should be improvement to come.”
The Cavanaough team went close to a double, only to see Ibini miss out by a head to the Darren Hyde-trained Bedtimes Stories in the day’s second event, an 1100m class 2 handicap.