There are some wins that mean more than others.
But for Brian Rogers, Ice Maker landing a knockout blow was as good as it gets.
The seven-year-old, who led and kicked strongly for apprentice, Mollie Clark, gave Rogers his first city success on a Saturday.
The occasion completed at Belmont, but Rogers likened the milestone to winning a Group 1 event at Flemington.
“It means a lot to us,” Rogers said.
“It’s like winning the Melbourne Cup with a Saturday race like this.
“He was up in class, but down in weight.
“Mollie’s instructions were handle bars down and keep going.”
Clarke delivered on the pre-race tactics with a perfect front-running ride in the Ascot Racing Carnival Handicap (1000m).
The junior hoop rode out Ice Maker strongly when the back markers were starting to converge near the finishing line.
Ice Maker’s winning margin over Bel My Pago was a half-length with another short half-head to Dia De La Raza.
A gutsy run from the third placegetter after a difficult run out wide.
Ice Maker reversed the results on Bel My Pago after running a close fourth to her when they met just over a month ago.
Despite a similar mid-week Belmont victory last-start, Ice Maker snuck under the radar of punters at double figure odds.
“He was only beaten a length by Bel My Pago who started favourite and we were $21,” Rogers said.
“I couldn’t make it out.”
Clarke, who celebrated her second metropolitan win of the season, said Ice Maker might lack class, but he is as tough as they come.
“Her might not have the best ability, but he has a very big heart and tries really hard,” Clark said.