The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY

DALBY hobby trainer Grant Arnold was thrilled to see gate 16 pop out when Brax ac­cepted for the Bench­mark 70 on Wed­nes­day and his ex­cite­ment proved to be well jus­ti­fied at the Sunshine Coast yes­ter­day.

“I’m al­ways scared if he draws in. He has to draw out so he can free wheel it,” Arnold said in the wake of Brax’s all-the-way win.

“He’s the only horse we’ve got that’s got to draw out.”

Arnold said he keeps just three horses in work, with Brax hav­ing won seven of his 20 starts.

“It’s just a hobby and it’s good to get a win,” he said.

For a small team, Arnold has en­joyed plenty of suc­cess in 2018, with this be­ing his eighth win­ner from just 34 run­ners for the cal­en­dar year.

It was a good day for coun­try Downs’ train­ers af­ter the ear­lier suc­cess of Benico’s Prince for Oakey con­di­tioner Peter Kings.

David Vandyke’s fears that 1000m would be too short for Foxy Housewife proved un­founded when she out­classed her ri­vals first up in the F&M Open Hand­i­cap.

Foxy Housewife was placed in the Gai Water­house Clas­sic last time in work and Vandyke is hop­ing to go one bet­ter this time around.

The Tat­ter­sall’s Fil­lies and Mares Clas­sic at Doomben later this month is set to be her next as­sign­ment.

Vandyke com­pleted a win­ning dou­ble when promis­ing filly Hold The Line won the 3YO race.

START TIME: Brax scores.

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