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MORIAC trainer Kath Dur­den de­scribes The Black Isle as the op­po­site of sta­ble star Wells.

While the cham­pion jumper will do any­thing to win, it doesn’t take much for The Black Isle to lose fo­cus.

The five-year-old, 26-start maiden ran sec­ond last in Thurs­day’s $50,000 Hotham, a race at Bal­larat de­signed for the state’s slow­est horses.

“I came here think­ing I’ve had a lot of luck here,” Dur­den said.

“I was ex­pect­ing the horse to run in the money or be hard to beat.

“(Jockey) Melissa (Julius) said he jumped out of the gates, got a bit of a squeeze and just said ‘no thanks, very much’.”

But the Dur­dens didn’t leave Bal­larat empty-handed.

Cor­po­rate bookie Sport­sbet, which spon­sored the race, gave the two run­ners that missed out on prize­money in the race a trip to Queens­land for the Magic Mil­lions sales so they could buy a bet­ter horse.

They were also given a lit­tle bit of spend­ing money.

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