The Kris Lees-trained six-year-old had finished third behind It’s Somewhat in the Doncaster Mile and third behind champion mare Winx in the Queen Elizabeth in Sydney during the Championships and relished the heavy conditions to win the weight-for-age feature, beating Star Exhibit, with Rudy further back in third.
Lees said the six-year-old son of Street Sense would now head to the paddock, with the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival the long-term focus.
“He’s had a wonderful preparation,” Lees said.
“He was one of a number of hard luck stories in the Hollindale Cup last start on the Gold Coast and he got a peach of a ride today from Corey (Brown) and it worked out well.
“Thankfully we got a little bit of mid-race tempo today which I think was the key to the win.
“He’ll have a break now and will probably resume in the Epsom and then go to Melbourne.”
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The victory provided Brown with a third success at the highest level for 2017 and the jockey said everything fell into place perfectly during the race.
“For a fleeting moment at around the 400m mark he lost the bridle when they sprinted, but once he got into the straight I knew he was going to pick them up,” Brown said.
“He showed what he can do and the sectionals that he can run late with the right run early, I was rapt for the horse and the connections.”
Trainer Darren Weir said he was pleased by the performances of Star Exhibit (2nd) and Amelie’s Star (4th) but said the second favourite Articus simply didn’t handle the heavy track which explained his performance to finish second last beaten more than 13 lengths.