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Tough four-year-old Sophrosyne was back in strong winning form at Sandown on Wednesday, the consistent gelding able to atone for a narrow defeat at the same track at his previous outings.

Trapped a little wide early, the gelding was forced to make his run a bit early but the in-form Lisa Cropp did not panic, easing him gently into the race.

“I got there a bit soon,” she admitted, “but he was really good to the line, he tried really hard for me.”

Drawing clear over the final stages to salute by a soft two lengths, Sophrosyne recorded the fourth victory of his 18 start career – taking his prize money tally to beyond $193,000.

A pretty good record for any horse, but especially for one who cost just $21,000 as a yearling – the well put together son of Testa Rossa a bargain for Paul Moroney at the 2008 Classic Sale.

“He is a great advertisement for racing horses,” said Ballymore’s Racing Manager Anthony Feroce who was very happy with Lisa Cropp’s ride.

“She gave him a long, wide ride and kept him out of trouble – she knew she was on the best horse.”

Congratulations to Sophrosyne’s happy owners Gill Cappellin, Lou Sticca, Gerald Collins, George Mirabella, Kenny Poutakidis, Michael & Annette McGrath, Liliana Bulfone, Ballymore Stables (Aust) P/L and The Big Ticket Syndicate.

[19 May 11]

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