Victorian trainer Patrick Payne has this afternoon pulled of a remarkable training achievement by winning the $100,000 Devonport Cup first-up with the enigmatic Fieldmaster.
Payne, who describes Fieldmaster as a “deep thinker”, was thrilled with the result following a brilliant ride by heavy-weight rider Stephen Arnold.
“It’s a great result. It’s an expensive exercise to come down here and race but he’s a real deep thinker this horse.
"He seems to go better when you travel the horse. At home he gets very complacent,” Payne said after winning the Devonport Cup today.
Craig Newitt finished second on Lightly Spiced, going for his fourth winner on the day.
The short-priced favourite was The Cleaner, who had a tough run outside the leader throughout and was under extreme pressure on the home turn, dropping out in the straight for comeback jockey Jason Maskiell.
Earlier in the day Maskiell rode a winner.
Fieldmaster was having his first start today since running 12th of 13 in a race at Sandown in Melbourne back on June 2.
Payne has trialled the horse twice over 1000 metres and 1300-metres, but today was his first race since June 2 – and it was over 1880 metres.