Former New Zealand Group One winner Survived has the full admiration of his Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander.
The son of Zed, who isn’t the easiest horse to manage, produced another gritty display on Monday to win his third consecutive Mt Gambier Cup.
“To win three Cups three years in a row is unbelievable because he is a very tricky horse,” Alexander said.
“He's actually a nightmare to train. He picks and chooses what day he is going to show up, but there's something in the air here. He always turns up. I may have better than him, but I don't have any tougher than him.”
Survived won seven races in New Zealand, including the Gr. 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes in 2013 for trainer John Bary.