Trainer Peter Moody did not make the same mistake twice, cashing in when Vostok backed up his debut win in the Noble Park Plate (1400m) on Saturday.
For the second time in as many starts, the Starcraft colt was not in the market – seventh of nine runners when a $14 chance – but that mattered little as jockey Daniel Stackhouse booted the three-year-old home at William Hill Park Hillside.
Vostok drifted out to $17 on debut before saluting at Kilmore, where Moody thought she would have been 3-1 (or $4) and didn’t even watch the race – but the Caulfield horseman was on board on Saturday when he won by two lengths from Net Wealth.
“He’s always been a progressive horse, he’s showed us nice ability at home,” Moody said.
“He trialled well. A bit surprising the odds [both times], he’s always shown plenty and trialled good.
“Gone to the races and been out the gate on both occasions and got the job done. He’s a nice professional, progressive type of horse.”
Owned by Rockmount’s Geoff Guest and Jill Kewish, Vostok was purchased for $70,000 as a yearling in 2014 and has already won back more than $56,000 in prizemoney in two starts.
“Congratulations to Geoff and Jill up at Rockmount, terrific supporters of the camp, we’ve had a lot of luck over the years,” Moody said.
“Craig O’Donnell, the manager, selected this horse in the draft at the Sydney Easter sales. Nice reward for good people.
“Good supporters of the industry, not only my camp. So let’s hope we can build on it with this bloke.”
Moody flagged another test was likely for Vostok in December, and could be set to step out on home track Caulfield on Boxing Day.
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