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Widgee Turf is another step closer to the $1 million mark in prize money after a gutsy win at Flemington.
Carrying topweight of 60kg in the Listed March Stakes, Widgee Turf recorded his 10th victory from 27 starts in Saturday’s 1400m contest.
The $84,000 first prize took his prize money to in excess of $960,000.
Ridden by Billy Egan, Widgee Turf was backed from $4.80 into $4 favouritism in defeating Hellova Street ($4.80) with Streets Of Avalon ($6.50) in third place.
Ridden in a midfield position, Egan was always confident of success.
“It was a good win, especially on the firm track,” Egan said.
“He really let down well.
“He likes to have a resting run during the race and I thought I’d be able to get past them, but then that leaves time for something to run me down.
“But he’s a real trier so you can never bag him.
“He always runs an honest race and I’m certainly rapt to be associated with him.”
Scott Brunton, trainer of the runner-up, picked up minor consolation after Hellova Street missed a start in the $5 million All-Star Mile as the third emergency.
“He was as tough as nails with 59 (kg) on his back,” Brunton said.
“He wasn’t going to get it easy in front, so he took a sit, peeled out early and was very brave.
“He lost a shoe in the run which didn’t help.”