May 07, 2016

"He has such a big heart," said Michael Kent after a particuarly courageous victory by Good Value at Flemington on Saturday, the nine-year-old looking to be under pressure a fair way out in the @FlemingtonVRC Handicap before digging deep to salute by a short half head.

"He has had a fractured pelvis, a bone chip in his knee... he has been a great horse and he should've figured in the finish of the Magic Millions Cup back in January."

Finishing on gamely for fifth after finding trouble in that race, Good Value has been in the thick of things since and this latest win - the eighth of his 34 starts - is a much deserved one.

Close to retirement, Good Value has been a wonderful horse for connections, winning races at six different tracks and amassing over $416,000 in stakes.

And it was wonderful to have stable apprentice Jake Bayliss for this win, the young rider describing Good Value as one of his favourites.

"He is a terrific old horse who is much loved at the stables," he said.

"Mr Kent told me to get him going from the 600m as he doesn't have much of a turn of foot anymore and I was a little bit concerned because he was off the bridle a long way out."

"He was at his peak at the top of the straight but he just kept fighting and fighting!"

The stable's Darren Tymms was also delighted - "that was fantastic," he enthused - "he is a lovely horse to have around the stables and it has been a great effort for him as he has been up for just short of 12 months."

A son of Face Value bred by Lindsay Park, Good Value is out of the city winner Jeune's Heart from the family of stakes winners Paris Opera, Doubting, Clinton and Boudi Woudi.

Photo by Grant Courtney.