Disaster and triumph in hours as Incentivize wins Caulfield Cup


Sir Dragonet had already inscribed his name in the Australian turf honor roll with his triumph at Cox Plate.

Incentivize would now have the chance to do the same – and lift the spirits of people who had felt overwhelmed when they heard the news of Sir Dragonet’s untimely disappearance at dawn in Moonee Valley.

Kheir was gloomy when contacted on Saturday morning, recounting Age that he felt so downcast he barely wanted to watch the race that afternoon.

Drive the races to victory.Credit:Getty Images

“Sir Dragonet brought together a lot of friends and new people and he brought a lot of joy in some pretty tough times, in the tough times of COVID where you needed something to lighten the load,” he said. declared. Age.

“You have to learn to deal with tragedies, and times like this teach you that you really have to enjoy good times when they happen, and Sir Dragonet has certainly brought us good times.

“Hopefully Incentivize can help the healing process later today.”

Kheir’s prophetic words have proven prophetic as the former Queenslander, who has now won nine races in a row – including three at Group 1 level in his last three starts – pulverized his opposition, winning by nearly four lengths.

Immediately after such a moving victory, the healing process had already begun, Kheir said.

“I felt like my heart was in pieces this morning. I woke up, took a shower, then saw what seemed like a hundred text messages and missed calls and knew something bad had happened.

“But this victory with Incentivise is the best medicine any of us can get. It doesn’t completely take away the pain of losing Sir Dragonet, but it certainly helps to forget about us and lift our spirits.

Coach Peter Moody celebrates Incentivise's victory.

Coach Peter Moody celebrates Incentivise’s victory.Credit:Getty Images

“It’s amazing how your emotions and mood can change, like you fit a lifetime into one day – well, not even a day, just a few hours. We lost our champion Sir Dragonet and then witnessed the birth of another in Incentivise. You are not sure how to feel about everything that has happened.

The story of Incentivize is really quite remarkable.

A lightly run young girl until April of this year, Sokolski fell in love with him after snapping her duck and began to set up a winning streak, seeking Kheir’s advice. When Kheir agreed, the couple bought 50% of the horse from owner, breeder and trainer Steve Tregea and decided to transfer it to Victoria to be groomed by Peter Moody.

Moody, who trained the horse of his life in the incomparable Black Caviar, is slowly rebuilding his business after being shut down for several years, and Incentivize gives him the chance to reach for the stars.


Winning jockey Brett Prebble, a champion jockey in his 20s, has struggled since returning from a long stay in Hong Kong but was the star rider of the spring, having won three Group 1s on Incentivize and two others.

For Kheir, Sokolski, and their owner partners, Moody and Prebble, another Kipling verse is true.

“If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your goal …”So the sky is the limit this spring.

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