Consistent Mare Esprit Rossa finally got her overdue city win at Moonee Valley in a tight finish to start a magnificent Cox Plate Carnival for Peter Gelagotis. She settled lovely in the run and came around the whole field to get up by the shortest of margins which took a long time to deliver the to the relief of the owners.
Dean Yendall admitted he had "no idea" if Esprit Rossa had finished fast enough to win tonight's The Drain Man Country Cup at Moonee Valley.
Esprit Rossa lunged late to edge out Post D'France by the narrowest margin in the $100,000 race and Yendall said he had his "head down" and was asking the Peter Gelagotis-trained mare to give her all and she did.
"She gave me everything she had," Yendall said.
"Last time I got there quite quickly and easily and she sorted of wanted to pull up on me. I thought I'll be mindful of that and I waited and waited and waited.
"I thought I was going to get there easily, but once she got here she wanted to let up and didn't want to go past the horse so thankfully she got there."
"We have always had a very big opinion of this girl and to finally get a win in Melbourne is a big thrill for the connections and a reward for the horses true ability and we are going to have a lot of fun with her into the future" Gelagotis said
Esprit Rossa will now be set for a race over the Flemington carnival on Oaks Day where she will be given another chance to show she is the country queen.