Neil Girvan, from Tatura, Australia, managed to bag a winner at Wangaratta on Saturday, but the recruitment of the horse is what the true story is here.
Dash To The Bar lost his maiden tag at the Victoria venue, after Girvan paid just £140 for him a couple of years ago.
Little did he realise, the six-year-old was in-fact closely related to several previous winners, including the likes of Tequila Queen, Maasai Justice and Brimming, who each collected more than $100,000 on the track during their respective racing careers.
Girvan is hoping Saturday’s miraculous victory is the first of many for this son of Dash For Cash.
(Credit: Racing Post) He said: “He was an unbroken four-year-old stallion when we bought him for $250, he didn't even have brands.
“To be honest, he looked like a bit of an RSPCA job when I first had a look him. But I haven’t got the money to spend on nice young horses so I thought I’d have a go with him.
“It took two weeks to get the mud out of his tail – he looked that bad – and he went shin sore five or six times, but we’ve been patient with him because we knew there was something there.
“He’s been a bit unlucky a couple of times at Albury, where he’s just been nabbed on the line, so he deserved a win and we were pretty excited on Saturday.
“He’s come through the run great so we might have to look at another race for him," he concluded.
For those that follow Australian racing, Dash To The Bar looks one for the notebook.