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VET­ERAN trainer Jim Lake has still got that old magic.

Given lightly raced four-year-old geld­ing South Arbor four starts ago, he has taken it from be­ing an un­lucky maiden to a win­ner at the Moama Bowl­ing Club Mel­bourne Cup Day at Echuca.

Tak­ing out the $23,000 Mur­phy’s Turf and Land­scape Maiden Plate af­ter be­ing sent out favourite, South Arbor fended off Mas­ter Con­trol and Bee­to­bee.

He is a horse Lake de­scribed as a good worker – “some­times too good and he gets to be a bit of a hand­ful” – who has done ev­ery­thing asked of him since he came to the Echuca sta­ble.

“We re­ally ex­pected him to win to­day – and he did,” Lake said.

“To win his first race and do it over 1412m proves he is more than just a sprinter,” he said.

“I am pretty con­fi­dent this fella will do the mile with­out too much trou­ble.”

Now he is out of maiden class Lake said he will have to start look­ing around for his next race.

He ad­mit­ted he had not thought much be­yond Tues­day’s run but now that is be­hind him he will see how the horse pulled up and then find him an­other start.

If he does nom­i­nate for a 1600m Lake said he should ben­e­fit from a light weight.

Jockey Jar­rod Fry, who got the horse for its last start fourth at Swan Hill, also de­scribed South Arbor as a promis­ing horse.

He said he jumped beau­ti­fully from bar­rier three and set­tled in nicely be­hind the lead­ers.

“The race flowed nicely for him and when I asked him to ease to the out­side of the lead­ers and step it up he re­sponded well,” Fry added.

“When we hit the front I found he wanted to switch off a bit and look around, I have sug­gested winkers to the trainer, but he fought on well down the straight to win by a long neck,” he said.

“I think he will make a pretty nice horse.”

Bred and owned by Barham’s Tony Pen­glase, he moved the horse to Lake af­ter it had run seven times with its pre­vi­ous trainer.

Pen­glase said he had a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with Lake a few years ago with his horse De Mars and he felt he might be able to do some­thing with South Arbor.

De Mars was a suc­cess­ful coun­try horse – it won eight and placed 24 times. And went out on a high win­ning the last start of its ca­reer, an 1800m at Kerang in 2014.

“So we rekin­dled the con­nec­tion and it has paid off here to­day,” a de­lighted Pen­glase said.

“I bred this horse with Leeanne Smith at Buck­lee Park near Glenrowan and was al­ways go­ing to keep him,” he said.

“He is a full brother to Hay Bale, who has been a win­ner at Flem­ing­ton and Moonee Val­ley, so he has some cred­i­bil­ity in his breed­ing.

“To­day was a fan­tas­tic re­sult and we are look­ing for­ward to see­ing how far he can go.”

The Cor­nish and Gaskin sta­ble kept the lo­cals on a roll by win­ning the $20,000 bet365 BM58 hand­i­cap over 1618m with My­word­saidthe­bird hit­ting the line hard ahead of Free­doms and Daryl Ar­chard’s Bonville.

Bren­dan McCarthy/Rac­ing Pho­tos

WIN­NER, WIN­NER, WIN­NER: Cole af­ter win­ning. Owner Tony Pen­glase, trainer Jim Lake and South Arbor strap­per Boxer Photo:

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