Good Project added another Group I victory for trainer Chris Waller when making nearly all the running to land Saturday’s Group I Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot.
Craig Williams was positive from the start, crossing from barrier 11 to lead after 100m and then set a strong pace.
Clear around the home turn Good Project ($6) kept up the gallop and never looked like being caught, going on to defeat Messene ($12) by two lengths in the time of 1:34.52.
Good Project was beaten two lengths by Malaguerra over 1400m on Melbourne Cup day at his last start, the $1 million Railway Stakes his second start in a Group race.
Williams told Sky Thoroughbred Central the four-year-old son of Not A Single Doubt was very relaxed beforehand.
“The Waller team has done a great job with the horse and Raquel (Bennett), who travelled him over, said to me in the mounting yard he thought he was on holiday,” Williams said.
“On the way to the gates he was a bit cheeky so I gave him a good warm up to get him into race mode.”
Williams said a pre-race conversation with Waller had filled him with a lot of confidence.
“He said to trust the horse, this was the race he was targeted for and go and do it. I was lucky I had the horse to do it.
“I was quite happy, he was a bit boisterous and I thought he might have been a bit too keen but he came out on the bridle.
“I was a little bit worried when I came under pressure around the bend but he’s a lovely horse, been trained to the minute and now he’s a Group I winner.”
Balmont Girl ($20) was beaten 2 1/2-lengths into the third place with the $4 favourite Delicacy coming from last at the home turn to finish sixth.