Imported galloper Observational (6g Galileo x Party, by Cadeaux Genereux) scored his second win in the $150,000 Listed Yalumba Golden Mile at Bendigo on Saturday having won the race previously in 2015.
Previously owned by Nick and Lloyd Williams and trained by Robert Hickmott, Observational was sold and joined the stable of John Sadler last year and this was his first win for his new trainer.
He scored a fast finishing long neck win in the 1600 metre feature, his third victory from 18 starts.
“The owners have been particularly patient – he’s run three fairly ordinary races for me,” Sadler said.
“I thought he was a cheap buy at the time but after his first couple of runs I was starting to wonder.
“He had me wondering but we sharpened him with a little bit of jumping and brought his work back to sprints rather than long work.”