The four-year-old mare began as the early leader of the field, quickly putting three and a half lengths between herself and the other 15 horses.
In what can only be described as true stayer’s from, Once Were Wild held off the others to win the $175,000 Chairman’s Handicap by almost two lengths.
The Johannesburg mare has now won seven of her 18 race starts, and has accumulated more than $450,000 in prize money.
Anudjawun finished behind Once Were Wild in second place, while C’est La Guerre put in a magnificent run to finish third, despite being held back down the home straight.
Jockey Nash Rawiller told of Gai Waterhouse’s plans to send Once Were Wild to the Group 1 Sydney Cup on April 23, 2011.
“That’s been the main aim all along…She should be there better again,” Rawiller said.
Gai Waterhouse confirmed that both Once Were Wild and stablemate Older Than Time, who finished fourth, would now head to the Sydney Cup.
“Are they ever? I’m off to the cup too!” she said.
Ms Waterhouse was thrilled that Once Were Wild could break her winning drought and post a victory in the Chairman’s Handicap.
“It’s a year almost to today that this mare won a race,” Ms Waterhouse said.
Once Were Wild won the 2011 Chairman’s Handicap in a time of 2 minutes and 43.44 seconds.