Stephen Miller reaffirmed his affinity with the Hyperion Stakes (1600m) and was quick to admit he may have underestimated Magnificent Andy who scored an upset win in the Group 3 feature race at Belmont on Saturday.

Sent out a $12 chance and dispelling any doubt of running out a strong mile, Magnificent Andy, ridden by Brad Parnham, powered home from seventh near the turn and edged out Let’s Galahvant by a head.

In a thrilling three-way finish Searchin’ Roc’s was another half-head away in third place with raging $1.40 favourite Western Empire finishing fourth after having too much ground to recover from the back of the field.

Magnificent Andy, who collected the biggest win of his career, surpassing last October’s Listed Hannans Handicap (1400m) in Kalgoorlie, took his record to 10 wins from 28 starts and boosted stake earnings to over $700,000.

Miller said he’s considering higher honours for Magnificent Andy, who turned the tables after running third to Western Empire in last fortnight’s Belmont Sprint (1400m).

Miller, who won his fourth Hyperion Stakes, said Magnificent Andy’s rate of improvement over the past 12-months has surprised him.

“He is a good little horse,” Miller said.

“Probably a bit better than I originally thought.

“He just raised the bar to do it at weight for-age and especially over a mile.

“He toughs it out and tries his best all the time, he’s a little ripper.

“He’s a pleasure to train.”

Miller will let the dust settle on Magnificent Andy’s latest success, but a $1.5 million Group 1 race later in the year at Ascot or an interstate trip become genuine race targets.

“Obviously it gives us a look at the Railway,” Miller said.

“He’s had a super campaign and will have a break now.

“Whether I take him on a short little trip over east, it sort of depends.

“To do what he’s done is amazing.

“This horse has risen the bar a fair way.”

Parnham, who has ridden Magnificent Andy in nine of his 10 wins, joined brothers Chris and Steven on the Hyperion Stakes honour board.

He said despite the presence of Western Empire he went into the race with a healthy dose of confidence.

“I thought he was going to be hard to beat, but I couldn’t be too cocky with an odds on favourite in the race,” Parnham said.

“I got the right run; the right flow and he did his best work late.”

Magnificent Andy gave Miller his first Hyperion Stakes as a trainer.

He won it previously as a jockey when booting home Brave Kite (1994), Bar Dreamer (1997) and Old Fashion (2002).

Julio Santarelli