FENDER showed he was a genuine Kosciuszko proposition while giving Scone trainer Brett Cavanough and his family a memorable win at Rosehill on Saturday.
The four-year-old made it four wins in as many starts, taking out the 1200m benchmark 78 handicap first-up on a heavy track.
He was a $15 shot for the country-only $1.3 million Kosciuszko (1200m) in October.
The victory came as Cavanough's son, Jack, recovers from a head injury suffered in a trackwork fall on July 22.
"It's been a good day. We've had a few tough weeks, Jacko is 21 today, so ... well done mate," the trainer told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
A place in the Kosciuszko was on the radar for Fender.
"[Today] he was pretty special," Cavanough said.
"He had to put the shoulder to the wheel and push them out of the road.