Impressive filly Flower Of War has maintained her unbeaten record with a strong win in the Bob Jones 80th Birthday Handicap (1300m) at Belmont this afternoon.
The filly, who had won all three of her previous starts in mid-week company, was able to produce another dogged performance stepping up in class and beat a strong field of three-year-olds.
It was also the first time Flower Of War had run beyond 1200m, adding to the merit of the win.
Jockey Ben Paterson was eventually able to cross from the wide barrier and set the tempo in the race, as another of the fancies Inflation was also handy to the speed.
Not To Be Mist, who closed as the punters elect, settled in the second half of the field for William Pike.
Flower Of War looked in some trouble at the 200m mark as City Circle loomed on the outside, but the War Chant filly kept fighting to score by a long neck.
City Circle and Forgotten Star filled the minor placings.
Trainer Simon Miller was full of praise for yet another of his three-year-old winners.
“One of her assets, which you saw last start at Ascot, when the second horse came at her late she surged,” Miller said.
“Today she looked beaten a few times and she just fought.
“Belmont is a different track and you can’t kick off the bend.
“Her work on Tuesday was unbelievably good and she’s taken that to the races.”
It continues a remarkable autumn for Miller-trained three-year-olds with Lady Cosmology, Valour Road, Dance Music and Special Reward among his winners.
No future plans were confirmed for Flower Of War, but the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) next month could be a possible target.
Meanwhile, the powerful goldfields stable of Peter Fernie has struck at a Saturday metropolitan meeting once more, with Moschard taking out the Skyracing.TV-Provincial Championship Series Final (1400m).
After Mervyn won at Ascot last week, Moschard continued the stable’s excellent form in taking out the feature event this afternoon.
Moschard was aided by another sweet ride from Pike, who picked his way through the field in the home straight.
The Moshe gelding’s win formed part of a treble on the afternoon for Pike, who won with Eye Art and Battle Torque earlier in the afternoon.