Key Reactor, a gelding by AUCKLAND REACTOR, overcame a tardy getaway to score a brave, fighting win at Motukarara Raceway on Tuesday (December 29).
Settling down midfield, the six-year-old worked forward to gain the one-one trail.
Given more rein at the straight entrance, Key Reactor knuckled down to the task to prevail in a three-way photo.
He clocked 60.9 for the final 800 on the grass.
A placegetter on four occasions previously, Key Reactor chalked up his maiden success.
Bred by Paul Yesberg, the gelding is out of the lightly raced Lady Davinci (by Grinfromeartoear).