MASTER reinsman Gavin Lang reached a personal milestone thanks to his victory behind Tell Me Tales at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
By securing the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final with the filly, Lang registered his 6000th win to become the second person in the Southern Hemisphere to reach the figure.
Just seven weeks ago Chris Alford became the first member of the 6000 club courtesy of a treble at a Melton midweek meeting.
Trained by premier horsewoman Emma Stewart, Tell Me Tales was driven in typical Lang fashion, finishing strongly along the home straight to score in the shadows of the post from Petacular and Carlas Pride.
The daughter of Tell All rated 1:56.5 to stretch her record to five wins and three placings from 10 starts.
“She is a very nice filly and to be driving her when I got my 6000th win is pretty special,” Lang said.
“Emma has been a backbone in my driving for a while now, while Helen (Head, owner) had horses with my dad in the 1970s, so it’s a long association.
“With the race also being a Group One, my wife and daughter are here as are a number of friends, so it’s a good result.”
Widely-regarded as the finest reinsman Australasia has produced, Lang was destined for a life in harness racing, following his legendary father, Graeme, into the industry.
Foaled in 1958, Lang gained his licence at 16, with his maiden win coming with Pensive Dream, which was prepared by Graeme and scored at Kilmore on June 2, 1975.
His initial metropolitan triumph was behind Wilrose on March 23, 1977.
While forming a reputation as a talented driver, Lang represented Victoria in the 1976, ‘77, ‘78 and ‘80 Australian Young Drivers’ Championships.
A few years later Lang notched his first century, winning 108 races in 1983/84.
His tally now sits on a national mark of 32 tons.
Lang also holds the record for most Victorian metropolitan wins and most Group Ones in Australia.
Fittingly, Lang captured the last event to be held at Moonee Valley – where he won 1029 races – with Strident on February 6, 2010.