Almighty Will with Billy Egan aboard goes to the line a clear winner at Sale on Thursday. Photo: Racing Photos

By ‘Pegs’

KYNETON trainer Liam Howley made the 500-kilometre round trip to Sale Racecourse worthwhile when he saddled-up Almighty Will, paying $4.80, for a nice win on Thursday.

The six-year-old gelded son of Medaglia D’Oro and Sabie, coming off a second placing on the Pakenham Synthetic last month, sprouted wings in the long Sale straight to impressively take out the $37,500 Happy Birthday Steve Harrap BM64 Handicap over 1415 metres.

Giving the in-form Billy Egan the second leg of a riding double, the gelding defeated Legionnaire, $7, by a half-length with Onslaught, $9, a further length away third.

Previously trained at Lindsay Park Euroa, Almighty Will was a $37,500 purchase at the Inglis July Online Sale.

“He’s turned out to be a nice, cheap buy,” Howley said.

“There’s a lot of good mates in him from the north-east and stable foreman Ben Plant was the instigator of the sale.

“He’s going as good as ever and he has had a faultless prep. He needs to be held up in his races and he has a 200-300-metre turn of foot.

“I always thought he was up to Wednesday grade but I’ve nominated him at The Valley this Saturday and we’ll just see.”

The gelding has now won six races – five for Howley – with five minor placings from his 33 starts.

Favourite son returns

Former star Kilmore apprentice Blake Shinn will return to Melbourne this Thursday and resume race-riding at Moonee Valley this Saturday.

The Melbourne Cup-winning hoop had a successful three-year stint in Hong Kong and decided to return to Australia due to heavy COVID restrictions where he could only leave his home for trackwork and on raceday.

Blake Shinn pictured with the late Scobie Breasley after winning the latter’s medal. ​Pic: Sam D’Agostino

After the completion of the Hong Kong season last month, Shinn was invited to have a month stopover in Singapore where he rode several winners.

After the Melbourne Spring Carnival, The Scobie Breasley medallist will base himself in Sydney where he rode prior to going to Hong Kong.