Degree gives rivals a lesson

BENDIGO trainer Steven Lake will give promising stayer Master's Degree the opportunity to break its city duck after it scored an all-the-way win at Bendigo on Sunday.

Despite drawing wide and being unwanted in betting, Master's Degree ($21) put on a bold front running display to win the $30,000 Christmas Carols In the Park Showcase (2400m).

The four-year-old, ridden by Jackie Beriman, defeated Tejon ($9) by more than one length, with a further three lengths back to third placed Shattered Dreams ($31).

"This horse is really starting to put it together,'' Lake said.

"It was mind boggling that he was that price after he ran third at Moonee Valley last start.

"I know he was a month between runs, but he hadn't gone backwards.

"He'll back-up in a 2500m race at Moonee Valley this Saturday. It's a race that I've had earmarked for him."

Master's Degree, which Lake races in partnership with Bendigo businessman Ted Aldridge, has now won three of his 15 career starts.

Meanwhile, Bendigo trainer Rod Symons had three runners on Sunday for three placings.

Two-year-old Jarklin ran an encouraging third on debut, staying prospect Winter Palace was narrowly beaten in race four and I'm An Outoftowner ran third behind Paddy's Gem and the much-hyped Belle Couture in a 1300m maiden.

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