LIGHTLY raced galloper Red Tycoon gave Hamilton trainer Allan Clark his first cup victory when the eight-year-old won the $20,000 Penshurst Cup on Boxing Day.
Red Tycoon with forgotten jockey Stan Tsaikos in the saddle defeated Great Lane by almost a length with One For Later in third place in the 2000 metre race.
Clark, who has been training for more than 20 years, said it was a big thrill to win the feature race on the seven race program.
“I’ve been coming to the Penshurst races on Boxing Day since I was a child with my dad,” he said.
“I’m over the moon to win the race. Red Tycoon had no luck last time at Bendigo. I’ve been wanting to get him out to 2000 metres.
“I could have run him in the Woodford Cup on Sunday but it was only 1700 metres so we decided to go to Penshurst. We may go to a mid-week race in town for his next start but Red Tycoon races best when his runs are spaced.”
Red Tycoon gave Tsaikos his second Penshurst Cup win. His previous victory in the race was on Mad Dugal for trainer Jeff Rogers.
Tsaikos, who made a return to racing after six years out of the saddle in March due to injuries said it was rewarding to win the cup.
“It’s slowly coming back together for me,” he said. “I’ve been working long hours trying to get established again.
“I drove from Geelong on Christmas morning to ride a few in work at Colac. I’m just grateful that Allan gave me the chance to ride Red Tycoon in the cup.”