Stable stalwart, The Regiment, brought up his 8th career win at his 70th race start on Sunday in the time-honoured Bairnsdale Cup, scoring his well-deserved country cup win after placing in the Yarra Valley, Stawell and Donald Cups last year.
Settling outside the leader in the slowly run race over the 1600 metre distance, the 7-year-old Hinchinbrook gelding was driven to the line by jockey Mick Dee and fought strongly to keep his nose in front in a thrilling three-way photo finish.
The Regiment, who is a half-brother to VRC St Leger winner Dornier and out of Deloraine, was superbly placed by John after a freshen-up and drop back in distance from 2000 metres the start before where he failed to finish off at Flemington.
The Regiment has now finished top 3 on 35 occasions and has brought continuous enjoyment to his owner-breeders Julie Sampson and Meridy Taite throughout his career- as well as all of the team at home- and this evergreen horse still has more to come.
Congratulations to Julie and Meridy, and all of the team at Moloney Racing!