ELECTRIFIED has entered the winners’ circle for the first time – in a big way.
The Dean Mirfin-trained gelding showed an excellent turn of foot to win Sunday’s $40,000 Country Maiden Showcase Handicap (1,400 metres) at Dubbo by almost four lengths.
Electrified attracted the attention of punters follow his runner-up finish at home almost a fortnight earlier.
Those backing the I Am Invicible gelding would have been encouraged after he jumped well from the barriers to settle in fourth.
On the turn for home Electrified’s jockey Mathew Cahill looked comfortable on his runner, especially in comparison to those on Dynasty Di, Press Issue and Star Express ahead of him.
As soon as Cahill brought out the whip Electrified ascended onto another level.
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Electrified bolted down the outside of the track to score by 3.6 lengths ahead of Wee Lassie ($19) and Star Express ($7).
“Mat rode him perfectly. It looked like he was going to win the race a fair bit from home,” Mirfin said.
“He was unlucky at Bathurst where he ran into a smart horse. This race was one just for country-trained horses and he was beaten by a Sydney-trained horse at Bathurst.
“He was in the right race and the prizemoney was fantastic, with him picking up about $25,000 from it.”
The day was less memorable for favourite Harrietta ($3.80), trained by Bathurst’s Don and Andrew Ryan, who finished back in ninth.
Bathurst’s Peter Stanley was second with The Long Run in the Class 1 Showcase Handicap (1,400m).