Prometheus returns following victory at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
The first prizemoney cheque of $82,500 for Flemington's Grand Mile Final (1600m) is nothing to be sneezed at but trainer Matthew Dale was counting the cash from a successful betting plunge post-race.
"I've had a few dollars on and gave him a good cheer," Dale said of his winner Prometheus.
So what price did he get?
"$31s, $26s, $21s and then had my last bit on the tote, whatever it's paid," Dale added.
Prometheus was formerly trained by Peter and Paul Snowden before being purchased by Gino Loiero and given to Dale to train.
The Snitzel five-year-old gelding ran fifth at Randwick over 1400 metres on January 26 and then failed on a Soft 7 track at Rosehill a month later.
"I've only had him for three runs now and when I went back through his form, his best form would win this race and we had every reason to believe that he'd bounce back to his best today," Dale said.
"We were confident coming into the race, we just kept it under our hats. We knew he'd run super well."
Ridden by Dwayne Dunn, Prometheus ($17) defeated Mr Reckless ($5.50 favourite) by three lengths, with jockey John Allen believing Mr Reckless would improve over further this campaign.
Prometheus has raced 22 times for four wins and three seconds, with prizemoney of $221,985.
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