IN-FORM Horsham trainer Paul Preusker won his second Hamilton Cup in three years when Rupture scored an effortless victory to win the $60,000 race on Saturday.
Rupture, with Dean Holland in the saddle, defeated the Warrnambool-trained Instigator by six lengths with Plymouth Road back in third place in the 2200-metre race.
Preusker has plans of running Rupture in the $300,000 Jericho Cup over 4600 metres at Warrnambool on December 1.
The lightly raced six-year-old was having only his seventh start for Preusker after previously being trained in Adelaide. From his seven starts for Preusker - Rupture has won four races.
"Rupture is a tough horse," the quietly spoken trainer told The Standard. "I think the Jericho Cup will be an ideal race for him.
"I'll work out a program within the next few days to have him ready to run in the Jericho Cup. He's a promising staying type of horse who I think will be suited to the 4600 metres.
"I thought Rupture had to be hard to beat in the Hamilton Cup after his two consecutive wins at Swan Hill. He went to the line strongly. I think there's still a bit of improvement in him."
Preusker won the 2017 Hamilton Cup with Bling Dynasty. Ballarat trained galloper Diplomac Jack won the $100,000 benchmark 70 race. Diplomac Jack beat Blinder by a nose in the 1600-metre race.
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