Horner Jr’s mount Flying Agent started as a $1.80 favourite but the jockey also had months of his sister-in-law Amy McDonald’s work getting the horse to the event on the line.
Favourite backers had a reasonably easy watch on Flying Agent but Horner Jr admitted to a few nerves piloting the gelding around the unique Warrnambool jumps track.
Flying Agent was travelling a lot better than his rivals jumping the last obstacle but had to get past the game Bit Of A Lad in the straight.
The eight-year-old powered clear late to score by 2¼ lengths.
“When I got off the strapper said,…