Consistent gelding Cosentino earned a welcome reward for his honesty with his fighting win in the Christmas At Silks Handicap (1600m) at Bendigo.
Cosentino had raced extremely well but without luck in his four previous starts this time in.
The son of Choisir had run two solid minor placings at Sale and Ballarat but had not finished further than 2-3/4 lengths from the winner at any of his five previous starts.
Trainer Doug Harrison dropped Cosentino back from Benchmark 72 company to Rating 68 grade for his latest assignment with the move proving a masterstroke despite the gelding earning a 58.5kg handicap.
Wayne Davis partnered Cosentino again in the $30,000 showcase event. Cosentino showed his usual speed to race handy but travelled well for Davis when the rider held him to sit second soon after the starts.
Cosentino had plenty in hand for his finishing burst when Davis sent him to the front early in the straight.
The five-year-old showed a neat turn of foot to kick clear before showing plenty of grit in the final stages of the race to stave off the challenge of the well-performed Gogonski to score by a half-head.
Cosentino scored his third win from 13 starts with all of his wins coming over the 1600-metre distance.
Cosentino earned an $18,000 winner’s cheque for his latest win, taking his prizemoney to more than $45,000 for his terrific owners – D C Harrison, W Fan, D G L (Mgr: D A Kahn) & W Fon.
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