Odds-on favourite Mental has justified his short-priced favouritism today, finishing in terrific fashion to take the Group 3 2012 Fred Best Classic (1350m).
The Stradbroke Handicap-bound gelding jumped poorly and was still in the back half of the field as they approached the final bend.
Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, the son of Lohnro had to work to get to the outside but once he was in the clear he showed his class to sprint home and take top honours by half a length ahead of Amah Rock and Boys On Tour.
Trainer Peter Snowden was pleased with the run but admitted they would have to fix his starting problems ahead of next month’s $1 million Stradbroke Handicap.
“It’s probably the only little flaw he has and we’ve just got to iron that out,” Snowden said.
“He’s just a half length slow and that puts you on the back foot.
“He’s an impressive horse but the higher the level the less you mistakes you can make and we’ve got to get those things right.”
The highly talented three-year-old showed tremendous acceleration at the back end of the race to run down the field to record his fifth victory from eight starts.
It was the second straight victory for Mental who dominated the field when winning by three lengths at Hawkesbury first-up.
Amah Rock backed up his last-start win at Caulfield to provide something for the favourite to chase but was simply no match the up-and-coming star.
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