Owner-trainer Graeme Boyd won't be tempted to extend the winter carnival of tough stayer Ginga Dude after his courageous win in the Group Three Tattersall's Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Shouldering topweight of 59kg from a wide barrier, Ginga Dude ($6) responded to the urgings of leading jockey Hugh Bowman to hold off a late challenge from fellow kiwi stayer Booming ($21) to win by a length with Warrior Within ($21) a nose away third.
Boyd was down in the dumps earlier in the carnival when he was forced to scrap Doomben Cup plans for Ginga Dude but savoured Saturday's triumph.
"He bumped his knee before the Doomben Cup which was a real shame because that was an ideal race for him," Boyd said.
"But he's done his job now. He's like his trainer, we both need a freshen-up."
Ginga Dude will have a short break at Coffs Harbour before he prepares for the spring carnival in Sydney.
"I'll give him three weeks off and take him to Coffs Harbour and ride him on the beach which we'll both enjoy," Boyd said.
"The Wyong Cup in September is a race that I'm looking at then he will go onto other races in the spring."
Bowman had Ginga Dude perfectly positioned from his awkward barrier and praised the eight-year-old's will to win.
"I was always very confident he would win and I didn't have to push him into the gap when we straightened, he took me there," Bowman said.
The win completed a race-to-race stakes double for Bowman who survived a protest to claim the Tattersall's Mile on the Chris Waller-trained Firebolt ($2.60 fav).
Ric McMahon, who rode Jetset Lad fired in an objection for interference in the straight but it was quickly dismissed.
The margin was a short half head with Listen Son another short neck third.
Firebolt had racked up three consecutive stakes placings going into Saturday's Listed race and Bowman was happy to finally snare victory.
"He really deserved that win," he said.
"We have been riding him differently and getting him to settle and it's great for him to win today."