Viral broke a 12-month winning drought when he burst through to win at Mornington on Sunday at just his second start for his new yard.

The four-year-old son of Al Maher is a recent stable acquisition for Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien. 

Gun jockey Brett Prebble was in the saddle for the BM70 1200m event, and it took all his guile to persuade Viral back into the winner’s stall. 

“He was a bit timid mid-way down the straight, but when the gap opened he really dug deep and in the end it was a soft win on the line,” Prebble said.

“He is a thinker this horse for sure, but he has got a good motor under the bonnet so he is a horse we will have some fun with.”

The win was Viral’s third from start 11 and took his stake earnings past $66,000.

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