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Of the line-up of worthy winners, few came with a more deserving tale than Beaudiene Gambler, a maiden winner at start 61 at Oamaru yesterday.
The 6yr-old's journey to the winner's circle was not just lengthy in terms of the his number of starts - the pacer has been with eight different trainers from Auckland to Invercargill and has had 18 different drivers.
Beaudiene Gambler has found his happy place though, by combining with Rakaia trainer Warren Stapleton and driver John Morrison, and had built good form coming into yesterday's win in race 2.
''I was pretty confident even before the race, getting a good draw for once. He went a really good race at Ashburton last time,'' Morrison said.
Morrison sped Beaudiene Gambler to an early lead from his 2 barrier draw before trailing Sharnae and then angling his charge into the passing lane where he sped through for an easy win.
''He has been going really honest races. We just haven't managed to get a good draw - he is always good on the fence,'' Morrison said.
''He's been waiting a while to get a win, but it's good to finally get one.''
Although hers is not the same story of perseverance, One Over Da Stars has tested the patience of her connections by galloping in many of her 10 starts before winning at Oamaru yesterday.
She too had trekked across the country, but did so while chasing big race riches at Alexandra Park.
Although she failed to make an impression there, trainer Brent White credits the trip for helping broaden One Over Da Stars' experience.
''She has probably settled down. I can't say the trip hasn't made her more mature,'' White said.
''She has got a motor. It is just a matter of when she will put it all together.''
Patience and perseverance paid off on the thoroughbred scene when The Oysterman upstaged his more fancied rivals in the Manawatu Steeplechase at Trentham on Saturday.
The Yamanin Vital gelding went into the race with a winless record after nine previous starts over steeples and in 11 flat outings, but made up for that by landing his connections the thick end of $50,000 in stake money.
The Oysterman and rider Hamish McNeill were on the speed throughout the 4000m contest and, when favourite The Big Opal came to grief about 1000m from home, they went for gold.
''It just doesn't get any better than this; the horse really deserved it and Hamish rode him beautifully,'' trainer Stephen Nickalls said.
Whanganui trainer Kevin Myers added the Manawatu Hurdles to a week of interisland success he has enjoyed over the past two weekends.
Myers scored wins at Oamaru, Whanganui, Timaru and Trentham in seven days.
Myer's go-to jumping rider Shaun Fannin praised the trainer for resurrecting Sea King's jumping campaign after he was pulled out of the Waikato Hurdles two starts ago.
''Kevin Myers is a legend to get this horse back to win this sort of race,'' Fannin said.
''I just can't sing his praises enough.''
Twenty-to-one Shamal was looking to throw down the gauntlet to Sea King 600m from home, but came to grief before the equal tote favourite ran away to win.
''We got a nice trail and he jumped well. He got the last few fences right and ran away,'' Fannin said.
-By Jonny Turner