Bargain-buy For Pete’s Sake (left) has broken through for a metropolitan win at Sandown.
Pakenham trainer Tim Hughes hasn’t looked back since taking a punt on an untried racehorse.
That galloper, For Pete’s Sake, broke through for his maiden win on Wednesday in the Ladbrokes Multiverse Plate at Sandown.
Hughes parted with $1000 to buy the now four-year-old after the gelding was originally purchased by Mick Price.
For Pete’s Sake was lining up for his 10th start on Wednesday, having collected four placings and $13,135.
Wednesday’s three-quarter length victory over 1800m added a further $16,500 to his prize money total.
“I took a bit of a risk,” Hughes said.
“We gave him a throat operation as he was a roarer and he’s gone on from there and he’s more than paid his way.
“He’s bred well and is a nice horse and hopefully he’ll continue on.”
After a last-start third at Pakenham on November 8 when sent off a $1.40 favourite, Hughes elected to send For Pete’s Sake to the paddock for a freshen up.
“I sent him down to the spelling farm for 10 days, in a paddock on the hills, eating some grass and brought back last Saturday to got him ready for today,” Hughes said.
“It’s worked as now he’s a city winner.”