OWNER-TRAINER Vern Poke and apprentice jockey Melissa Nicholls both had cause to celebrate after outsider Poucher stormed home to win at Spreyton yesterday.
For Poke, it was further vindication of his decision to buy a poorly performed New South Wales horse for only $1500.
Poucher has now won two races in Tasmania and, along with numerous placings, has netted Poke a $32,000 return on his investment.
For Nicholls, it was her first win since relocating from Victoria.
Poucher had struggled to beat a runner home in four starts when Poke bought him from a vet at Goulburn.
``He had done nothing but he was by Snippetson, the same sire as another horse I bought up there, Bring Me Sunshine,'' the trainer said.
``That's the only reason I got him.
``Since we've had him, we've changed his racing pattern around and he's hardly missed a place.''
Nicholls brought Poucher, a $21 chance, with a late charge to beat Royal Beluga and Deceitful Cove in a blanket finish.