08 July 2017 | Michael Howard
Gavin Lang after registering win number 6000 on Tell Me Tales.
It was fittingly a Group 1 win that would see Gavin Lang join the elite group of two Southern Hemisphere winners of 6000 races as a drive.
Lang won the Captain Treacherous Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final for three-year-old fillies with Tell Me Tales to join Chris Alford on the magical mark.
Lang said the victory was a “good feeling”, with the win all the more significant for the fact it was done representing Emma Stewart’s stable.
“These colours have been very good to me for a lot of years now,” Lang said. “I’m quite happy to achieve this tonight, especially for these guys. 6000 wins, I’m nearly 60 years that’s only 100 a year so it’s not much when you add it up like that.”
The modesty belied a cracking drive that brought up the victory, with Tell Me Tales upstaging highly fancied favourites Petacular and Miss Graceland, who worked to the front but with the latter overracing it kept the door ajar for the contenders.
Come the final stages it was Tell Me Tales hitting the line best to secure the bulk of the $120,000 prize.
“Everything worked out well for her,” Lang said. “The barrier draw came out and (12) was not what you would have chosen if you had the choice, but you knew full well the ingredients were there that it might be a genuinely run race and when you’re drawn bad that’s what you require.
“She’s progressively got better each run Emma and Clayton have had her.”
The win was one of three Group 1s captured on the night by Stewart’s stable, with Poster Boy and Nostra Villa winning the two-year-old features, both with Alford in the sulky.