That is how long it had been since six-year-old gelding Anatomic had saluted in anything other than a trial, but he finally broke the drought yesterday at Tyers Park, taking out the Class 3 Handicap (1400 metres).
Trained by Theresa Bateup at Kembla Grange, Anatomic ($2.80 favourite) had a few things in his favour in the build up to the run.
Top-weight Glamour Rock had been a pre-race scratching coming off a last-start win at Hawkesbury four weeks ago, while Rossa May, coming off a first and a second, was pulled out moments before the race after failing a vet's examination.
Within the first furlong of the race yesterday, it looked to be a battle in two as apprentice Brodie Loy took Anatomic to the lead, keeping $8.90 chance Danemark at bay all the way through the first 1000m.
Heading into the straight with a one-length lead, Loy pressed the button on the favourite and he responded emphatically, easing away to win by 3.5 lengths, with another two lengths to third-placed At Twilight ($3.80).
"This guy is actually a very talented horse," Bateup said afterwards.
"He was dropping back a bit in class today and was lower in the weights [54.5 kilos] which obviously helped.
"He ran a super race today."
The pace was put on early in the race and by the mid-point the front pair had a clear gap over the chasing field and in the closing stages, none of the other starters were gaining real ground on the leaders.
There is no shortage of pedigree in the victorious six-year-old, who was sired by Kings Stand Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Choisir which means he also shares bloodlines with Group 1 superstar Starspangledbanner.
Having done the majority of his racing at Sydney or provincial tracks though, his trainer felt that he needed to regain some winning confidence, hence the trip to Bathurst.
"It was all about giving him a bit of a reminder of how to win, it has been a long time for him," Bateup said.
"He has placed in town multiple times so he has the ability.
"That race today suited him perfectly, that's his style to try and get to the front and bowl along. He's quite an arrogant horse so he needs to be let go at the front and just do his thing."
The win took his record to three victories and six minors from 24 outings.