NEW Endeavour was up in weight but handled the extra load without any trouble as the Armidale gelding rolled to an eighth career win at Tamworth on Wednesday.
The Stirling Osland-trained gelding, a six-year-old son of Casino Prince cruised down the middle of the Tamworth track to win the $22,000 Concrete Industry Supplies benchmark 58 Handicap (1600m) by a length.
Ian Holland's The Frick was second with Jane Clement's Swift And Shift a half length away third.
Louise Day claimed 1.5kg and the Newcastle apprentice was suitably impressed by the gelding who had been handicapped with 63kg before her claim.
"When I went for him he just found lengths,' she told Stirling Osland after unsaddling.
"He just kept coming."
She had tried to "keep him rhythm" earlier in the race and he responded well to her urgings mid race and late.
Stirling Osland said the gelding was up in weight but down in class.
"He can carry weight," he said.
"He loves dropping back in grade and always runs a good race over the mile."
He said once new Endeavour "gets rolling" he's right.
He was also thinking about running him in the 1600m Gunnedah Cup on Sunday.
"I haven't look too far ahead for him but the Gunnedah Cup would have been a good race for him."
The 1600m and $40,000 Gunnedah Cup is run Sunday and drew 25 nominations.