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Victorem claims Country Championship final

VictoremclaimsCountryChampionshipfinal

April7,20182:31pm。

byAAP

VictoremhaswontheCountryChampionshipfinalby2-1/2lengthsatRandwick。

AnagonisingwaithasbeenwortheveryminuteforJennyGrahamasthePortMacquarietrainerslong-termplanfortheCountryChampionshipsfinalreachedfruition。

Heldinreservesinceadvancingtothe$500,000showpieceforcountrytrainersatRandwick,VictoremshruggedoffanyrustinstyletoprovidethehighlightofGrahamscareer。

Thethree-year-oldgeldinghadnotracedsinceFebruary18onhishometrackandGrahamsstrategypannedoutasVictoremscoredby2-1/2lengthsafteranastuteridebyBenLooker。

GrahamsweptthePortMacquariequalifierwithAwesomePluckandPortatoriofillingtheminorplacingsbuttheysuccumbedtoinjury,leavingVictoremasheronlyhopeonSaturday。

Itsbeenabitdifficult。

WehadafewlittlehiccupsalongthewaybutcomingintotheraceIwasquietlyconfidentIhadeverythingright,shesaid。

GrahamhadherfirstwinnerwithRiversWayin1995andVictoremsvictoryhasalsoprovidedanenduringmemory。

Victorem($4。

60)hadonlyonetrialbeforethefinalonMarch31andLookereasedGrahamsnerveswithpositivefeedback。

ThejockeythenensuredGrahamsconfidencewasnotmisplacedwhenheoptedforarailsruntohitthelineaheadofDontGiveADamn,the$3。

80favourite。

OSoHazy($41)wasalongheadthird。

Grahamneverdoubtedthe$60,000yearlingwouldseeoutthe1400mtripandnowshehastodecidewheretotravelnext。

Ihadntreallythoughtofthenextplantobehonest,shesaid。