Renowned for being very honest, but without a win on the board, Art Major gelding Invaluable has put to bed the thought he’s just a professional placegetter.

He’d placed in nine of 16 career starts before the worm turned in late July when he was able to win his maiden at Addington. As is so often the case, finding winning form led to an immediate second, victory coming once again at Addington last Sunday.

Cran had recently said, ‘he’s like that radio you bought in 1976″. He referred to Invaluable’s consistency in performance and willingness to work every day.

Owner Trevor Beaton, a stalwart at Kentuckiana Lodge for many years, had bred the colt from another of those reliable sorts of 70’s types in Memorable, a Bettor’s Delight mare that won three and placed 15 times.

She also has Admirable on track, the half-brother by Rock N Roll Heaven yet to win in three starts. He shows as much potential as Invaluable and will return off a freshen up to win his maiden at short notice.