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The pacer defied his horror form line and bargain price tag when winning race 2 at the Dunedin track for driver Blair Orange.
Adams, who is ahorse-feed agent and tanker driver for Fonterra, acquired the horse as a 28-start maiden from his former trainer, Ross Wilson.
Wilson’s only request for payment for the 5yr-old was 10 bags of the pre-mixed sweetfeed Adams sells.
‘‘I am an agent for Supreme Equine Feeds in Southland and I am just going out and canvassing the trainers seeing who might give it a go.
‘‘I was at the races selling my wares and asking if anyone had a horse to lease. Ross said he had Rake in the paddock.
‘‘I said, ‘do you have papers for him’ and Ross said ‘just drop off 10 bags of feed’.’’
‘‘So 10 bags of sweetfeed just bought me a maiden winner.’’
Rake notched the third training win of Adams’ career.
She has recently moved back to Southland after a stint in Canterbury. Her horses are stabled at the Whiterig stable of her mother, Gay McClymont.
Adams credited her mother for helping get Rake into winning form in just his third start for her stable.
‘‘She has done a lot of work with this fella.’’
Rake brought up the first victory in Blair Orange’s driving treble. He also scored with Spicy Girl Becqui in race 4 and Gotta Be Downtown in race 6.