Choysa

Choysa (Image: Racing Photos)

Choys tactics result in runaway win

It might be considered a tad unfair on Vo Rogue to mention he and Choysa in the same sentence.

Vo Rogue was a bona fide star of the late 1980s and early '90s, winning six Group 1 races and $3.1 million in stakes, while Choysa is a seven-year-old who has spent most of his career in restricted company.

But on Saturday at Flemington he turned in a performance of which cult figure Vo Rogue would be proud to win the $120,000 Trevor Clarke Handicap.

Racecaller Matt Hill estimated Choysa led by as many as 20 lengths in the middle stages of the 2500-metre event, before holding a comfortable two-and-three-quarter-length margin over Lycurgus at the line.

Winning rider Kate Walters, daughter of trainer Wayne Walters, said Choysa was the right sort of horse to attempt such tactics.

"He's such a big strider, he can just travel there and he can quicken off a fast speed as well," she said.

"He's just the best. I love him, that's why I call him my second husband."

The victory was the 11th of Choysa's 53-start career and the $66,000 winner's cheque lifted his career earnings to $233,916.