Le Don De Vie triumphant in Caloundra Cup

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has given his rivals a galloping lesson in Saturday's Listed (2400m), racing away under Nash Rawiller to win by a big space.

The Ciaron Maher & -trained six-year-old started a well-supported $3.50 favourite with Australian betting sites, and he never really looked like getting beaten, in what was a pain-free watch for his followers.

The son of Leroidesanimaux got a long way back in the $300,000 race, but when the speed came out of the staying contest, Rawiller began to edge closer on the race favourite, which ultimately saw him hit the front early in the straight under a tight hold.

Le Don De Vie proved far too good for fellow interstate visitors (2nd), Pappalino (3rd) and Alakahan (4th), with the first of the local runners past the post back in fifth place.

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The gelding was a long-odds winner first-up at , upsetting the talented , before finishing down the track at Eagle Farm last start in the Q22.

Despite the last-start disappointment, the winning rider went into the  feature pretty confident that he would be walking away with the prize.

“It was just a matter of time wasn't it? Just waiting to produce him,” Rawiller said post-race.

“He made a meal of a few sections of the track, but I was able to keep him pretty balanced and gradually improve him into it.

“He's a horse that felt like he had a fair bit – with all due respect to the field – on them. Coming up here now and peaking today , he can have a quick break and I'm sure he'll figure in something in the spring.

Le Don De Vie has now won two races in Australia, adding the Caloundra Cup to his 2021 Cup victory.

While Rawiller wasn't totally convinced that his mount would handle the Heavy 10 conditions, but now his two wins have been on rain-affected going.

“For a horse like him, it wasn't ideal at all,” the winning hoop said.

“He found a way to adapt. Full credit to the team – they had him in beautiful order today.”

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