Local stayer Inject The Venom has scored a memorable win in the Listed Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) this afternoon, fighting off two of the well fancied runners in a thrilling finish.
The seven-year-old delivered leading local trainer Peter Fernie his second win in the race, after True Gold won in 2014.
Jockey Randy Tan took a sit right behind leader Gloryland throughout the $130,000 event, while race favourite State Prosecutor settled at the rear of the field.
Simone Altieri skipped clear on Gloryland at the top of the straight and led for most of the straight.
However, Inject The Venom lifted in the last 25m to put his head down at the right time and win by a nose, while Boulder Cup winner First Affair was only a short-head away in third.
At The Ready produced another game performance to run fourth, while State Prosecutor had to settle for sixth.
Fernie said it was special to be able to win with Inject The Venom, owned by former Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club chairman and good friend Andrew Inglis.
“I’ve always wanted to win this for Andrew, he’s my biggest supporter,” he said.
“His sectionals in the Boulder Cup were unbelievable, so we were giving him a chance if we were up close enough.
Inglis said winning a Kalgoorlie Cup is one of his finest achievements.
“I was dreaming of winning this race and I have for a long time,” he said.
Earlier in the day, jockey Mitchell Pateman broke the record for the most number of winners in a Kalgoorlie season after his win on Galveston Bay.
Pateman also guided Moschard, Spiritual Warrior and Nazareth to victory on the day.
Pateman said breaking the record had been a long term goal.
“It’s a big thrill,” he said.
“It’s a goal I set six weeks ago once I started to get high up in the numbers.
“I’ve waited until the last day, but I’ve got there.”
Elsewhere on the Kalgoorlie card, jockey Peter Hall steered home a winning double aboard General Husson and Tom Almighty.