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16th October, 2021
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Incentivise has capped a meteoric rise in Australian racing to win the $5 million Caulfield Cup.

Trained by Peter Moody and ridden by Brett Prebble, Incentivise overcame a torrid run in the famous 2400m spring handicap to stretch a sequence of wins to nine.

In spite of covering more ground than any other runner, Incentivise strode to the lead on the home turn and relegated Nonconformist and Persan into the minor placings.

It was a favourite’s Cup with Incentivise starting one of the shortest-priced horses in the race’s rich history as a $2.30 chance.

But it wasn’t all smooth-sailing for a stayer who has taken the spring by storm, now marching to three elite-level wins since arriving at Moody’s stable.

“I was surprised he came off the bridle sooner than I would have liked,” Prebble told the Seven Network.

“All that is telling me is look out Melbourne Cup. He is going to eat (the distance).”

At the finish, Incentivise enjoyed a 3-1/2 length advantage over Nonconformist ($9) with Persan ($31) another 1-3/4 lengths away in third, just ahead of Sydney mare Montefilia.

Prebble is enjoying a golden spring, linking with Incentivise at the expense of Sydney-based jockey Glen Boss who couldn’t travel to Melbourne because of COVID-19 restrictions.

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“He is probably one of the most exciting horses I have ridden,” Prebble said.

Incentivise also signals a return to the racing spotlight for Moody.

Moody trained Black Caviar during her unblemished career of 25 wins but he walked out on the game only to return with a much smaller operation in 2020.

He spent almost two decades at Caulfield, adding a special touch to his first win in a race that is the first leg of the spring’s Cups double.

Moody was a late arrival at Caulfield, preferring to spend the countdown to the race with his family.

“They have been my biggest supporters since I have been back,” he said.

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