Star jumps jockey Steven Pateman was full of praise for trainer Patrick Payne after winning the $101,000 Kevin Lafferty Hurdle (3200m) at Warrnambool aboard ironhorse Killarney Kid.
“Absolutely sailed through the mud,” Pateman told Racing.com post-race.
“Patrick knows more than most people in racing and he made his own call on it rather than listen to all the experts because there’s plenty of them.”
Killarney Kid, a winner of 17 of his 54 starts, will now be aimed at the Grand National Hurdle.
Pateman finished second in the feature $101,000 Thackeray Steeplechase (3450m) behind Police Camp. Favourite Sir Lopez did not run a place.