Lang returns a winner at last

PUNTERS cursed old-timer Lang but Kembla Grange trainer Gwenda Markwell was delighted to finally win a race with "her horse" in the Australia Day Cup at Warwick Farm yesterday.

Most expected Markwell's other runner, Agent Bauer, and well-supported favourite Strike One to fight out the finish but Lang, backed from $26 to $18, proved too strong.

It was that sort of day at Warwick Farm with three odds-on favourites beaten and another, Bring Your Alibi, managing to scrape a dead-heat.

Markwell didn't share the punters' misery as she rides all of Lang's work and, after just more than three years since his previous win, he proved the toughest stayer yesterday.

"He is my horse, I ride him all the time," she said. "He worked great the other morning, and I thought he would run a good race. It is just great to see him win a race. He is just a 2400-metre horse and tough."

Story: Chris Roots SMH
Photo: Bradley Photographers

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