In 1999 and 2000 Brett Prebble was the star of the Flemington carnival, winning a record-setting nine races for the week in consecutive years.
A successful stint in Hong Kong took him away from Victoria but he returned to show he had lost none of his skill when he helped Legend of Condor overcome the doubters to win on a heavy track at Flemington on Cup Day.
Among those doubters was Blake Ryan, son of the trainer Gerald Ryan, who only regained confidence when Prebble reassurred him that the track wasn't bad enough to derail the sprinter's chances.
"He was really confident, which helped me," Ryan said.
That confidence was borne out when Legend of Condor took control of the race in the final 200 metres with the margin slightly flattering to the runner-up Feared Eyes, who finished a long neck ahead of third placegetter Heaven's Deal.
After an impressive win on debut Legend of Condor could not find his way back into the winner's stall in his next eight starts.
However his second placing to Diplomatico at Randwick in October gave the connections confidence that a win on Cup day was possible.
"Getting the horse back to the 1000 metres where they run along was important," Ryan said.
He is now likely to take the horse to a 1000-metre race at Sandown on Zipping Classic day before tipping him out for a spell.
And Prebble, with no more rides on Cup day, was heading to enjoy the victory.
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