Julius Sandhu’s journey from India to Melbourne, via Dubai has produced a huge dividend when Do You Reckon won the $500,000 Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final (1600m) at Flemington.
Sandhu started training in his homeland before working in Dubai but has had his Victorian trainer’s licence for about three years. Do You Reckon gave the Cranbourne-based horseman his biggest win when he held on for a half-length win.
Do You Reckon ($26) was Sandhu’s first Melbourne Cup Carnival runner and his first Flemington winner. Do You Reckon’s success inspired a leap for joy in the Flemington mounting yard.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy had not met Sandhu before receiving his riding instructions on Thursday but said he was thrilled to win such a rich race for the low-profile trainer.
“It’s the first time I’ve met Julius and it’s my first ride for him,” McEvoy said.
“He said the horse hasn’t won at the trip but just use his speed from the barrier and that’s what we were able to do and lob into a lovely spot behind the speed and the horse did the rest.
“It was a good thrill to do that for him.”
Sandhu said winning the Country Final for his biggest supporters, Lofty Thoroughbreds, added to the thrill.
He said the prizemoney was great but the win was a great reward for his hardworking team back at the stable.
“The prizemoney side of it hasn’t really sunk in,” Sandhu said. “I’m not thinking too much about that at the minute.
“It’s a special feeling to work hard with a horse like that.
“The team at home are tireless, they work so hard everyday to make sure that the horses are in good shape.”
The Kevin Corstens-trained Kaplumpich ($6.50 fav) completed a quinella for Cranbourne trainers. Bendigo galloper Tatunka ($13) was another length away third ahead of fellow Bendigo resident Vungers ($9.50).
Originally published asFrom India to Flemington a successful formula
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