STAYER-IN-THE MAKING Scrabble has overcome a chequered passage to break through over a mile.
The Nom Du Jeu five-year-old, ridden by Damian Browne, started $1.50 favourite but gave connections and those who took the short odds heart palpitations.
He was cruising into the straight but then ran into traffic before eventually getting clear late and pouncing to win by a half-length at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, October 2.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick said there were some scary moments over the concluding stages.
"It would have been scary for Damian too, I think. He got into a pretty tight spot there," Kendrick said.
"That's the difference when you have those guys on. They can get out of awkward situations.
"He was going very easily at the turn. I looked back and I thought, gee, he just needs clear room. He nearly didn't get it again."
Kendrick Racing saddled up the quinella in the Maiden (1600m), with Primal Touch ($6) finishing second.
Kendrick said Scrabble was likely to have another run before a spell and then would be brought back and aimed at staying races.
"He's going to be better next time in, but he's done a good job and he's come a fair way,'' he said.
"If you have a nice stayer in Queensland, there's some nice races and the strength drops away a little bit.
"Hopefully, he can stick out and I think the second horse (Primal Touch) will be in the same boat – he'll get over a trip as well."
Images courtesy of Trackside Photography.