The swamp-like track conditions at Hokitika in New Zealand on Wednesday contributed to one of the more astonishing wins you'll see on a race track. 

$45-shot Our Spice (the grey) was in desperate need of flippers early in the race over 1645m as he quickly disappeared out of view of the camera.

"And dropping about 10 or 12 lengths away and not coping with the conditions at all was Our Spice" the racecaller announced as the horses passed the winning post for the first time. 

In fact Our Spice did not reappear in shot again until the half-way mark of the race when a head-on shot showed the grey still floundering on the boggy surface, a number of lengths adrift of the second-last horse.

By the turn for home the grey gelding had passed a couple of runners that had well and truly perished in the going, but was still conceding a big break to the leaders with 350m to run. 

The race quickly changed complexion however as Our Spice's outboard motor kicked into gear and the five-year-old zoomed-up on the rail to hit the front at the 150m before charging away to record a 15-length victory. 

It was Our Spice's first victory from 20 attempts. 

While the track was officially rated a heavy 11, the times for the races at Hokitika suggested the rating may have been a little generous. 

Our Spice's winning time for the 1645m was 2.13:90 with the last 600m completed in a less-than-blistering 54.72 seconds. 

To put the time into some context, the final 600m was just a touch quicker than Black Caviar's winning time over 1000m in the 2013 Lightning Stakes at Flemington of 55.42. 

It made for an eventful day at Hokitika after jockey Rafi Firdhaus went for home a lap early in race four on the card.

 

 

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