Deer does the business
Roe Deer beats Shake The Bucket
(Healy Racing Photos)
The gelding traded at 10/1 this morning, although one firm went totally out of line with a show of 25/1.
Tracey Collins' charge was nibbled at before racing and the support continued on course from 6/1 into 4/1 favourite.
There were plenty in with chances early in the straight but Michael Hussey got a lovely run up the rail on his mount.
He hit the front inside the final furlong and proved a half length too strong for Shake The Bucket.
The winner was returning from a break having been well beaten when last seen here in July.
"He was entitled to win. He'd been quite consistent until one bad run the last day," said Collins afterwards.
"We couldn't find anything wrong so put it down as a bad day at the office. On form he should have been there or thereabouts.
"Michael gave him a lovely patient ride. He's a big boy who hasn't filled his frame yet.
"National Hunt is probably where he'll be heading but hopefully I can win another one or two on the Flat with him."
(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)