Jan 27, 2016
There were a few tense moments for supports of Madog as he entered the Werribee straight on Monday but he is a horse who knows how to find the line and once a split came he was determined to take it.
Allowed to find his feet from a wide gate for Brad Rawiller, the sparingly raced but talented five-year-old spotted his rivals several lengths sitting in second last position nearing the turn.
Having to angle off heels as he was crowded for room, Madog was presented with a run with 200m to go and from there made his run, reeling in the leaders and putting his nose out on the line.
In doing so recording the third success of his 14 start career, the son of Kheleyf atoned for his previous defeat at Yarra Valley where he was a most unlucky unplaced favourite.
Whilst the plan this time was to hook out and go around the field, Rawiller - who had walked the track and noted the pattern of the day, decided to instead "ride for luck... and luckily it came!"
"He gave me a great feeling going to the barriers and I was always confident," he said.
"It was a tight gap so he did a good job and he will be much better as he steps out over a bit further."
Raced by Roy Apoostolopoulos, Madog was a bargain $10,000 purchase at the 2012 Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sale. His sire, who hails from the family of Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur, was a Gr.3 winner in the UK and his dam Evening Gem is a city placed three times winning half-sister to the VRC Oaks winner Weekend Delight.