Gigantic Effort (Reward For Effort x Gigantamiss) looks to be a nice horse in the making. He has now had two starts; he was beaten on his merits on debut, but then improved out of sight to record a stunning victory at Mildura.
The gelding jumped slightly awkward, but soon mustered enough speed to sit outside the leader. This was the optimum place to be for such a free-striding gelding. For the majority of the race Jack Hill had Gigantic Effort well balanced and as they turned for home, without having had a sufficient break in his momentum, Gigantic Effort strode past the favourite and kicked clear to record a great debut win.
After getting closer and closer and closer to a win during her nine start career, November Gale (Denman x Blizzardly) has finally broken through for her first win. The mare was well backed, and not at one stage during the 1000m race, did she look in doubt. It was soft win and it will indeed give November Gale the confidence she needs to continue to improve.
Congratulations to all the owners of these two horses. Both won exceptionally well, and we hope everyone who travelled north had an enjoyable day. We certainly did.
Well done also to Jack Hill for piloting these two horses to victory. Jack rode great races on both, and both never looked in doubt. Onwards and upwards!