English import Shraaoh realised his staying credentials with a tough win in the 2019 Group 1 $2m Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick today.
The won by Shraaoh gave trainer Chris Waller his third Group 1 win on Day Two of The Championships and his 101 overall Group 1 winning trophy.
Champion mare Winx provided Waller with his 100th Group 1 win in the previous race as she sent out her farewell message with another emphatic win in the $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) while Verry Elleegant was the winner of the Group 1 $1m Heineken 3 Australian Oaks (2400m) earlier in the day.
“It has been a memorable day. I think there is a good chance I won’t forget this day,” Waller said.
“He was identified from England by the people behind the horse and I thank them very much. They’ve entrusted me to set him for it. He won first up over 2800m. That gave us the confidence to know he was capable of winning a race like this. You hope they come up. The team in the Northern Hemisphere said he was twice the horse on a dry track and he proved that today.”
Lightweight jockey Jay Ford gave Shraaoh ($12) a beautiful run in amongst the capacity twenty horse Sydney Cup field from barrier three and he stuck to the inside in the straight to record a half a lengths win over the Mike Moroney trained Vengeur Masque ($31) who was ridden by Damien Oliver.
Glory Days ($17) with Corey Brown in the saddle made a strong run at the finish to claim third prize.
The Charlie Appleby trained English stayer Dubhe was sent out as the $4.40 favourite but after settling in the second half of the field was never a winning chance.
Dubhe was under pressure a long from home with Kerrin McEvoy pushing the four year old along at the 600m and he faded in the straight to finish seven and a half lengths behind the winner in twelfth position.
“He was sluggish out of the gates. He never travelled at all. I was forever trying to get him onto the bridle and he stayed on okay home but not quick enough through the first part,” McEvoy said.