SIX-YEAR-OLD Mr Strachan will line up in the Summer Provincial Series final after a stunning return to winning form in a heat.
The El Nino gelding, ridden by Brad Stewart, was sent out a $16 chance after midfield finishes at two runs back from a spell but regained winning form in great style.
He got up in a tight finish in the Benchmark 75 (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, December 8.
The improved run may have surprised punters but not connections.
"He appreciated getting a good barrier and being back on the big track,'' said trainer Stuart Kendrick.
"He has terrific owners and it was a well-deserved win,'' he said.
"He'll head towards the final in two weeks."