Widgee Turf became racing’s latest four-legged millionaire with a comfortable win in Saturday’s VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m) at Caulfield.
The Patrick Payne-trained gelding looked in an awkward position approaching the home turn, smothered away along the inside as Elite Drake set a modest tempo.
Brad Rawiller was patient and was able to angle into the clear in the home straight, Widgee Turf ($1.80 fav) ridden out hands and heels over the final 75m to defeat Kazio (21) by 1-1/4 lengths with Elite Drake ($81) staying on for third, the same distance away.
Widgee Turf looked a weighted certainty with only 58kg and at least 19 ratings points clear of his rivals yet only conceding up to two kilograms.
It was the first metropolitan winner for Rawiller since returning from neck injuries sustained in a fall at Cranbourne last October.
The jockey said he was a little concerned approaching the home turn.
“I was in an awkward spot and we hadn’t gone that fast,” Rawiller said. “I knew I just had to wait and when the gap came he saw it before I did.
“Once he got through he took a couple of strides to wind up but put them away pretty comfortably – he’s done it a bit soft at the line.
“He’s a real soldier – you know what you’re going to get with this horse.”
Widgee Turf cost owner Gordon McIntosh $4500 as a weanling and the son of Turffontein has now won 10 metropolitan races for earnings of $1,142,800.