On Saturday at Moonee Valley racecourse, promising grey gelding Linton took home the $200 000 Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (1600m).
Linton, owned by Lloyd Williams, started as the $3.80 favourite and beat home CS Hayes Stakes winner Take The Rap ($14) by 1 ? lengths with second elect the Peter Snowden-trained Offhanded ($3.90) in third.
Stablemate to the brilliant 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient, Linton has now won two of his three career starts.
The David Hayes-trained Extra Zero drifted to $5 before the race after originally being installed as the second elect, and ran a lacklustre fifth in the Alister Clark.
The other Group 2 feature held at the meeting was the Sunline Stakes (1600m), which was won by the Pat Hyland-trained Zarita after a skilful ride by jockey Steve Arnold saw the $1.95 favourite defeat Princess Marizza ($21) by a length with Silvercitymiss ($7.50) in third.
2010 Alister Clark Stakes Results:
|Robert Hickmott||Michael Rodd|
TAKE THE RAP (NZ)
|Danny O?Brien||Craig Williams|
|Peter Snowden||Mark Zahra|
AT THE HEADS (NZ)
|Danny O?Brien||Nicholas Hall|
|David Hayes||Brad Rawiller|
|Mick Price||Damien Oliver|
|Michael Moroney||Glen Boss|
|Danny O?Brien||James Winks|
FULL METAL JACKET
|John Thompson||Steven King|
|John Thompson||Chris Symons|