HE was only in the saddle just under two minutes, but it made Beau Appo's nine-hour drive from Brisbane to Emerald all worthwhile.
Appo, 22, steered Blue Jest to a first-past-the-post ride to claim the coveted Emerald 100 crown on Saturday, pocketing him $12,800 in the process.
It was one of the biggest wins so far in Appo's career.
Blue Jest started in barrier 10 and completed the 1850 metre circuit in 1:57:07, holding off A Dependant and Beseech, which finished second and third respectively.
After the race, Appo spoke about how well the horse handled the track.
He said Blue Jest was a rising star of Queensland horse racing.
"It was a great race, the horse went really well for me today," Appo said as he saluted the 2000-strong crowd at Pioneer Park.
"I thought that we had a rough chance at the start of the day but the horse really came through and did all the work.
"I am stoked, especially to come all the way from Brisbane, to get something here is great.
"It's up there with some of my best career wins and the horse is probably going to head into town for bigger and better things now.
"After our start I thought we needed to relax a bit and we did that, it was just a matter of waiting for the split and when that opened we just went for it."
Appo's last win was earlier this month when he took out a race in Ipswich, riding Red Cent.
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