Falino has held off his competitors at Doomben to win the Group 3 Fred Best Classic.
The Fusaichi Pegasus gelding won the race by a nose ahead of Spirit Of Boom in second and the race favourite Skilled, who finished in third.
This was Falino’s fourth win from just eight starts and the three-year old’s first Group win.
Falino’s jockey Tim Clark was confident in the horse’s winning chances after riding him in the Gold Coast Guineas last start.
“I had a perfect run,” Clark said.
“I rode him at the Gold Coast the other day and he ran solid and I was more than happy to stay with him.
“He’s a lot stronger this preparation.”
Trainer Jeffrey Caught believes that there is more improvement to come with Falino.
“He’s very tough, they won’t run past him,” Caught said.
“He’s a nice horse and he’s just slowly improved.
“Physically I still think maybe another prep would improve him a little bit.”
Caught now plans to take his winning gelding to the QTC Cup next weekend, where a win would enable him to gain a start in the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap on June 11.
“My plan now is to go to the QTC Cup and then maybe have a crack at the Stradbroke,” he said.