Breaking Dawn has proved a grand money-spinner for his connections and they had further reason to celebrate at Te Rapa yesterday afternoon.
The five-year-old struck gold in the open handicap for his fourth victory on the Hamilton track.
Ridden by Noel Harris, the Gold Mine gelding raced on the pace and proved too strong in the closing 150 metres.
“He’s a lovely horse and he’s got a good season ahead of him,” he said.
“He relaxed nicely and he was always going to pick the leaders up.”
A $4000 purchase out of Hallmark Stud’s 2010 weanling draft at Karaka, Breaking Dawn has now banked $87,350.
Trainer John Mason has no immediate plans for the horse, whose previous failure in the Listed Matamata Cup was down to him getting his tongue over the bit.
Breaking Dawn is out of a half-sister to the Group Two winner My Quota and the family of the Listed Marton Metric Mile winner Mr Bond.