Material Man moved a step closer to a Melbourne spring campaign after his hard-fought win in the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) at Belmont on Saturday.
After a first-up win in last Saturday week’s Belmont Sprint (1400m), Material Man scored the second leg of a feature race double after an enthralling battle with game runner-up, Great Shot.
Ridden by Warwick’s daughter, Lucy, Material Man sat behind the leader Great Shot before digging deep to overhaul the runner-up over the final 50 and scoring by a neck. Pounamu ran third.
Material Man, who started a $1.75 favourite, gave Warwick his third Hyperion Stakes success and second in combination with his daughter after they combined with Wink And A Nod two years ago.
Warwick said Material Man is likely to bypass next fortnight’s Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) in preparation for Melbourne, the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield his preferred launching pad, en-route to the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley and a possible showdown with superstar mare, Winx.
“There are the weight-for-age races before the Cox Plate,” Warwick said.
“If that doesn’t come off there is the Caulfield Cup.
“We’re not saying he is going to win those races, but we go across with a horse in form and it will be fun to have a crack.
“He is a great horse and we are very lucky to have him.”
Earlier in the programme Enticing Star continued her winning ways with another powerful victory for jockey William Pike and trainer Adam Durrant.
The raging odds on favourite lumped 59kg, but made it look easy when she charged home to win the Furphy Handicap (1200m) by 1 ¼ lengths.
Second-last on straightening, Enticing Star had her rivals covered with 100m to go, drawing away to defeat Max Almighty with Big Caroline third.
Enticing Star gave Durrant and Pike the first leg of a double after Come Play With Me underlined his promise in the Mumm Champagne Handicap (2100m).
Enticing Star has yet to taste defeat in seven starts and now goes to the paddock for a break before targeting the Ascot carnival.