Coral Bay overcame plenty of adversity in the run to score an emotional win on his home track.
The Show A Heart five-year-old is a favourite of the stable and the horse's owner/breeders Ross and Judy Cutts, of Showtime Breeding.
Ross passed away recently due to complications following heart surgery.
"It was great to get the win,'' trainer Stuart Kendrick said after Coral Bay ($1.60-fav), ridden by Ryan Maloney, won a Benchmark 80 (1300m) at the Friday night meeting on November 8.
"We've got Judy Cutts and her family up here tonight,'' he said.
"He's been one of the favourite horses. I think Ross was looking down getting him over the line for us."
To add to the emotion, the race was the James Ackerman Memorial, named in honour of the young Sunshine Coast rugby league player who lost his life.
Coral Bay may have started a red-hot favourite, but the run didn't go according to script.
"Nothing really worked out for him,'' said Kendrick.
"He's a horse that just needs to go back, get cover and have one run at them,'' he said.
"Just the way it panned out, he wanted to over-race a little bit early. Ryan went to go back and then they kicked up.
"But, look, he's going good the horse and it was great to get that win."
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