Rock Prophet

Rock Prophet winning at Bendigo (Image: Racing Photos)

Besanko chasing second Flemington win

When Ray Besanko trained his first winner at Flemington in 2013, he dedicated the victory to his father Jack, who first got him involved in racing and prompted his licence application back in 1966.

The veteran horseman reckons that if he trains his second winner at the famous course on Saturday, he'll owe just as much to his daughter Kasey, who keeps him going more than 50 years later.

Besanko will saddle up emerging three-year-old Rock Prophet in Saturday's The Melbourne Town Plate (1200m), hoping to match the feat of one-time stable pin-up Red Inca.

While he concedes that Rock Prophet might not boast the raw talent of one-time Australian Guineas fancy Red Inca, Besanko has been left to marvel at the son of Moshe's continued improvement.

The gelding, who is rated a $21 prospect in the market for Saturday's race, posted an impressive win at Bendigo first-up and his trainer has little doubt that he's tightened up since.

"He's been one of those horses that just keeps improving with everything he does and I've got no doubt he's a better horse this campaign," Besanko said.

"He's a lot stronger, he's really thick set behind and he's put on a lot of condition - I'd say he'd be a 500kg horse now.

"His work since he won at Bendigo has been super so I could not be happier with him.

"He wanted the run at Bendigo, he wasn't 100 per cent fit so I'm going in to Saturday's race with a bit of confidence.

"I think at the weights, he can definitely go there and, if not win, be a big each-way chance.

"It would be very special to win another one at Flemington - my daughter Kasey is a big part of the stable and she was there with Red Inca, but she's been a big part of this horse.

"She's my right-hand woman and without her I'd be lost."

While Besanko only boasts the one Flemington winner, his family name is littered in the honour rolls for some of the country's biggest races.

Besanko's grandfather Jack trained a string of stars during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, including Carnage, who won the Newmarket Handicap, Gay Lad, who won the VRC St Leger and Grand Print, who won the Australian Cup and ran second in the Melbourne Cup.