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‘Look out Melbourne Cup’: jockey Brett Prebble puts Incentivise rivals on notice after Caulfield Cup win

Incentivise has confirmed his position as Australia’s most exciting racehorse, producing a brilliant performance to win the $5 million Caulfield Cup.

The five-year-old bay gelding, who was racing in a benchmark 78 handicap race at Ipswich in Brisbane as recently as June this year, was brilliantly ridden by Brett Prebble in the heavy conditions to beat Nonconformist.

Trainer Peter Moody — who is best known for retired superstar galloper Black Caviar — will now have a chance to win a first-ever Melbourne Cup.

The hot favourite had to do things the hard way, with the horse drawn in the widest barrier, trapped five and six-wide early on and the five-year-old gelding had to travel plenty of extra ground before coming away in dominating fashion.

Persan went to the front on the first corner, then Delphi hit the front at the 1,600m.

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Incentivise finally got across to be third, one off the fence, with Duais fourth. This quartet stayed in similar order until Prebble hooked Incentivise out at the 800m mark.

The Moody-trained star hit the front around the home corner, from Delphi then Persan, Montefilia and Nonconformist.

With 250m to go, Incentivise shifted gears and left his rivals behind to win by four lengths.

The Grahame Begg-trained Nonconformist came through for second, with Persan holding on for third ahead of Montefilia.

Moody was only spotted on the track just before the race. He described the feeling of finally winning the Caulfield Cup as “incredible”.

“Very important to win it. [I’m] very grateful for the opportunity, thanks to the owners who laid the seed and purchased the horse, and recommended that he come to my yard.

“Brett [Prebble] took his time. He found a lovely spot. He knew where he wanted to be down the side.

The partnership of trainer Peter Moody and jockey Brett Prebble had plenty to celebrate after Incentivise’s Caulfield Cup win.(Getty images: Vince Caligiuri)

“He said he wanted to be six or seven [in the running]. He said, ‘I don’t care how the first 1,200 go, I want to build from the halfway mark onwards.”

He gives you a heart flutter, he hits the flat spot down the side. He just kept building. Super effort.”

Prebble was naturally enthusiastic about his horse and the run, and he pointed to what he believed Incentivise was capable of early next month.

Incentivise had drawn more and more attention after a win in the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington over 1,600m in September, followed by another Group One success in the Turnbull Stakes at the same track over 2,000m a fortnight ago.

His main challengers were expected to be the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained imported star Delphi, the Danny O’Brien horse Young Werther and Begg’s Nonconformist.

The query over Incentivise was his ability on a really wet track — he had won all four of his runs on soft going, but had never raced on a heavy track.

It proved not to be any challenge — and assuming he stays in good order, he seems likely to run favourite or close to it for the first Tuesday in November.


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