Darci Brahma gelding Gamblestown put in a gritty performance at Rosehill on Saturday to give Proven Thoroughbreds a dual-state double after an earlier victory to debutante Candika at Doomben.

Gamblestown had been off the scene for more than a year before resuming for Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride back in August. In seven runs back, the five-year-old has recorded two metropolitan wins and taken his career earnings past $150k.

Jockey Tye Angland was forced to travel wide on Gamblestown over the 1350 metre Rosehill course but kept the horse relaxed and travelling.

Gamblestown launched a challenge in the straight and held on grimly over the final strides to deny Heavens Above in a photo finish.

The win followed a pleasing result earlier in the day at Doomben where debutante Candika won in impressive style for Eagle Farm trainer Steve O’Dea.

Proven Thoroughbreds now has 21 winners for the calendar year, including six this month.

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