MITCH Turnbull came from the rear of the field with 600 metres left to run in Wednesday night's Reliance Bank Pace (2,260 metres) at Bathurst Paceway to score a bold win on board Major Bracken.
Once he hit the lead on the turn for home Major Bracken ($4.60) had to fight for every little reserve of energy he had in order to hold off Standandeliver ($4.80) and Infinity Beach ($8.50, Jason Hewitt).
Major Bracken swept to the front in just a little over 200 metres when Turnbull hit the 'go' button on his Hes Watching three-year-old, easily blowing by leader Roscommon Rose as the field straightened for the dash home.
The question was then whether Major Bracken had used up too much energy making his charge.
Standandeliver was working into the finish out wide while Infinity Beach ducked back to the sprint lane to give the new leader a big pushed.
Race favourite Lucky Nutter ($3.70, Emma Turnbull) was also getting involved in the race out wide alongside Standandeliver.
Major Bracken seemed to find an extra little kick inside the final 50m to narrowly see out Standandeliver by a half head.
The talented three-year-old made it three straight wins with Wednesday night's success.
"He really had a challenge in front of him tonight and he overcame it really well," Turnbull said.
"You could see him around the corner and I was waiting thinking 'Do I go, do I go?' and I still feel I went too early, but when they came up to him he fought on again.
"As a two-year-old he was probably a bit madder, whereas tonight he was a bit more relaxed. He used to go hard early but now I've been saving that hard run late, and that's what he's been able to do over the last three weeks.
"With the way the track is and the way he had to do it, that was a really good win tonight. Hopefully he can keep on fighting like that to the line."
Turnbull would go on to cause another upset in the very next race Myra Dawn ($5.50).
Amy Day took out the feature race of the meeting when Irvine ($8) won the Club Menangle Country Series Final (1,730m).
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