Locally owned sprinter Supreme Effort broke the track record to win the Southern Cross Protection Hurricane Handicap at Beaumont on Saturday.
Supreme Effort’s syndicate is led by Maitland Pickers president Frank Lawler, who also owns the gelding’s mother Sounds Supreme.
The syndicate also includes former Newcastle Rugby League players Steve Storrie and Brendan Dooley.
Trained by Kim Waugh, Supreme Effort was ridden by Mitchell Bell to set a new track record time for the 1150m of 1:06.15.
The gelding won by a long neck from the Jason Coyle trained Sweet Serendipity, with John O'Shea's Circular a half length behind in third to collect the $30,000 winner’s prize.
It was a strong return in his first run since finishing 13th in the $400,000 The Provincial Championships final at Randwick on April 9.
The six-year-old has collected $253,585 in prize money with six wins and five placings.