STAWELL - Tykook recorded her first win in eighteen months for Stawell trainers Terry and Karina O'Sullivan at last Wednesday's Bendigo Cup meeting.
Returning second up from a 27-week spell and with jockey Steven Arnold in the saddle, the five year old mare managed to take out the 1100 metre Phil Parma's Bendigo Ford BM70 Handicap.
Tykook was first to jump out, but drifted back towards the rear of the field in the middle stages of the race.
She was still sitting towards the end of the field coming around the turn, but started to make her move down the outside.
Tykook swooped home to win by a nose in front of Some Class.
A relieved Terry O'Sullivan said it was a close finish.
"I reckon two strides out he (Arnold) was hardly in front and one stride after he wasn't in front so I would say he got it right," O'Sullivan said.
O'Sullivan was delighted with Tykook's performance and praised Arnold's tactics.
"She's been an honest little mare, she's a good little trier and if you just give her a little bit of cover, she's got a nice sprint on her," O'Sullivan said.
"In a lot of her races, she's drawn badly, worked too hard early and left with nothing to finish with, but today he has ridden her perfectly.
"I probably thought just before the corner, she got back a bit further than I thought she would, but Steve Arnold did a great job.
"She was pretty honest, travelled nice and gave a nice kick a furlong and a half out. It was a pretty tough effort to hang on," he said.
Tykook is entered in the 1100 metre G.H. Mumm Stakes on Thursday at Flemington.