Big, friendly gelding Miletus was the first leg of a winning double for Emsley Lodge when he scored an overdue victory at Bendigo.

More than 1000 days since last win, the six-year-old has had his share of problems since his previous win at Sale in April 2021, but has rarely run a bad race.

Bred and owned by Mike Palmer, he promised much as a younger horse and even contested a SA Derby, but a couple of tendon injuries derailed his career.

“Mike Palmer has been incredibly patient and understanding and his loyalty to the stable has been amazing,” assistant trainer James Edwards said.

“He has stuck by the horse and us and to see him rewarded with another win with Miletus was very satisfying.”

Miletus was away from the races for 10 months before resuming in October last year and with his races spaced, Thursday’s Avis Bendigo hcp (1600m) was his eighth run this campaign.

Winona Costin, affectionately dubbed “the Destroyer” by Gai Waterhouse, partnered Miletus at his last start when a handy fifth at Warrnambool and said the experience was beneficial this time around.

“He jumped cleaner today and was able to obtain the lead,” Winona said.

“He’s a different horse in front and he gets into a really good rhythm.”

The son of Olympic Glory controlled the race, a length in front most of the way, and left his rivals in his wake in the home straight.

As much as three-length clear at one stage, he won easily by two from Royal Fox, who chased without threatening, and Reggie’s Folly.

“Coming around the corner I gave him a good kick and he shot clear,” Winona said.

“He loves a challenge and was very strong late – even after the post he took a bit of pulling up.”

James said Miletus enjoyed a front running role, especially with blinkers to keep him focused.

“That’s his go, bowling along in front and Winona could not have ridden him better.”

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