It’s fair to say Doug Harrison enjoyed the win of rising 10-year-old Alrouz in Wednesday’s Benchmark 64 Handicap (1600m) at Sandown.

It was Alrouz’s 11th win (at his 80th start) and first since May 1 last year, his earnings ticked past $300,000, while it was Harrison’s first winner since December 30.

“He’s been a great old horse; I looked in the back and they said ‘Rising 10-year-old’, I thought ‘This is good’,” Harrison said post-race.

“I think I’ve come out of hibernation, and we might get some runners back to the track.

Alrouz was well supported, firming from $61 into $21.

Harrison was asked if any of that was stable money.

“I’ve got no money to put on,” the trainer quipped

“He does like Sandown, he likes those (soft) conditions, and we’d given him a bit of a freshen up.

“When you look back through his form, one of his runs was behind the Adelaide Cup winner (Annus Mirabillis) – he didn’t have much luck that day.

“He’s always been thereabouts; he’s come back.”

A son of Elvstroem, Alrouz was passed in for $85,000 at the 2009 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

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