MICHAEL Walker defied particular using directions and produced a front-running masterpiece on Classic Unform at Royal Randwick.
Trainer Gary Moore wished Walker to make sure the Group 2 $500,000 Hill Stakes (1800m) was a real check of stamina and advised the jockey to let Classic Uniform roll alongside in entrance.
But Walker tailored his race techniques when Classic Uniform obtained it really easy in entrance and it offered the gelding with a career-best win.
“I jumped out and nothing took the lead so it didn’t worry me that I went slower than Gary wanted,” Walker mentioned.
“From the 800m I’d simply let him creep away with out really pushing the horse. He gave me a very good kick and he was very powerful.
“I might really feel Embley coming and I might hear it coming and my horse did the identical, as a result of each time he heard it, he discovered a bit of bit extra. It was a very good effort.’’
Classic Unform ($7.50) led all through and was safely holding Embley ($10) on the road, scoring by a half neck with favorite Mackinstosh ($2.80 favorite) hanging in below strain and giving Joao Moreira a tough ride earlier than ending third.
Trainer Gary Moore mentioned Classic Uniform had been “a mannequin of consistency” all through his profession.
“To win a Group 2 right this moment is fairly particular, it’s an amazing end result for the horse, he deserved it,’’ Moore mentioned.
“I did inform Michael earlier than the race, why don’t we attempt to steal this race right this moment. I mentioned go arduous early, give him a breather at the 1200m and kick on and see if they will beat you.
“But he rode it the wrong way up, he rode it sluggish and kicked on. This horse could be very match and he confirmed his true kind right this moment — he’s obtained a giant coronary heart this horse.”