Warrnambool trainer Lindsey Smith won his second Woodford Cup in three years after Garimpeiro saluted in the $50,000 race on New Year's Eve.
Garimpeiro, ridden by Lachlan Neindorf, hung on to beat stablemate Mr Cancun by a head with Aurora's Symphony back in third place in the main race on the eight-race program at Warrnambool Racecourse on Friday.
Smith said he was confident of a forward showing from Garimpeiro following an unplaced run at Flemington at his last start.
"Garimpeiro is a tough horse," the group one-winning trainer told The Standard.
"Garimpeiro is a thinker. We'll try and find another suitable race for him."
Neindorf added he thought Garimpeiro had the race won at the 300-metre mark.
Smith trained Strike Force to win the 2019 Woodford Cup.
Garimpeiro is a thinker. We'll try and find another suitable race for him.- Lindsey Smith
Tower Hill trainer Pat McKenna was happy to finish off 2021 with a winner.
Magnetic Jewel, with jockey Jarrod Fry in the saddle, defeated Catskill by more than three lengths to win the $35,000 maiden plate over 1700 metres.
McKenna said the five-year-old mare deserved to win the maiden at her 20th start.
"Magnetic Jewel has been very unlucky during her career," he said.
"She's been knocking on the door.
"She's ran second on seven occasions before her maiden victory."
McKenna praised Fry for his efforts on Magentic Jewel.
"It was a good ride by Jarrod. He does a great job," he said.
"It's just great to end the year with a winner.
"We've got some nice young horses in the stable, so we'll looking forward to 2022 with a bit of confidence."
Magnetic Jewel took her stake earnings to more than $74,000 with the victory.
Warrnambool Racing Club hosts the Koroit Cup meeting on Sunday, January 9.
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