Trainer Brian Smith’s faith in eight year old Hume was rewarded when he took out the Group 3 $115,000 BOQ Albany Creek Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) at Doomben today.
Hume, who hasn’t won a race since taking out the 2009 Group 3 $200,000 Tatts Cup at Eagle Farm was stepping up from 1200m at his second run back a spell to run out a strong 2000m.
Smith said he would have to think about a run the Group 2 $300,000 Australian Special Metals Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9 and will just take in today’s win first.
The Eagle Farm trainer had to convince the owners to give Hume another campaign after he was struggling to regain his best form last preparation.
“I’m glad the owners are patient. I have so much faith in this horse, eight year old or whatever he is, he doesn’t know it and I begged them to put him back in work and give him one more go,” Smith said.
“Scotty suites the horse. To back him up, second up in that, I’m just one proud man.”
Smith did give Hume a Spring campaign in 2009 which included a second to Shocking in the Group 3 $250,000 The Lexus (2500m) at Flemington.
The heavily backed Ironstein ($6) ran a much improved race and showed trainer Gerald Ryan that he was back on track for the Brisbane Cup after going to the line strongly for second after having a tough run throughout the race.
Apprentice Josh Adams was caught wide on Ironstein going out of the straight the first time and took him until the 1200m to get into one of the fence.
Adams let Ironstein stride to the front at the 300m and looked to be holding off all challengers before Scott Galloway brought Hume down the middle of the track to prove too strong on the line.
Hume was friendless in the betting ring and started at the good odds of $41 while the $4.80 favourite Streets Away was never in contingent and faded to finish midfield.