Jackpot Prince underlined his staying credentials when he scored a thrilling last-stride victory in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) at Belmont on Saturday.
After turning for home in last position, Jackpot Prince had the task ahead of him, but under the confident and cool hands of jockey, Clint Johnston-Porter, he rallied hard.
The Casino Prince gelding defeated Persian Prince by a head with favourite, Gatting, who ran on from second-last, a half-length away third.
Persian Prince dashed to the front passing the 100m and looked to have the race in her grasp before being collared late by Jackpot Prince.
Gatting’s hopes were not aided after jockey, Matthieu Autier, lost his whip at the 200m.
Despite two impressive mid-week wins and an eye-catching third to star three-year-old, Variation, in last Saturday week’s, Aquanita Stakes, Jackpot Prince was a drifter in betting, $6.50 out to $9.
Co-trainer, Jason Miller, who prepares, Jackpot Prince in partnership with Geoff Durrant, said his charge had the makings of a talented stayer and could emerge as a future Perth Cup contender.
“At the corner I thought he might run a nice fourth of fifth, but he really lengthened stride” Miller said.
“He is a real good stayer in the making and we might see him in a year’s time as a Perth Cup horse.
“It’s been a long campaign and he probably needed a spell a couple of runs ago, but he will go out now.”
Johnston-Porter, one of the state’s best young riding talents, said he was thrilled to land a maiden feature win for his host trainers.
“He proved the best stayer of the bunch,” Johnston-Porter said.
“It’s a great thrill and has made my day.”
Jackpot Prince’s Belmont Classic victory takes his record to four wins and three placings from 11 starts with $108,075 in stakes
Miller and Durrant claimed their first Belmont Classic as a partnership. The latter’s son, Adam Durrant, won the race with Summah’s Touch (2013) and Lords Ransom (2007).