Star Exhibit has returned from his Perth Cup success in fine fashion, taking out the Listed Detonator Stakes (1800m) at Ascot this afternoon.
The drop back in distance and the topweight of 59.5kg proved no barrier for Star Exhibit, with his class coming to the fore in the $100,000 event.
Originally earmarked for an Australian Cup campaign, owner-breeder Bob Peters, together with trainer Adam Durrant, elected to revise the campaign to target the Detonator and the plan came to fruition.
Jockey William Pike was able to land in the perfect position just off the speed set by Let’s Twist and was well poised coming to the home turn.
Star Exhibit then powered away from the chasing pack over the last 100m to score by 1 ½ lengths.
Let’s Twist and Cappo D’oro filled the minor placings.
Peters said it was one of the more pleasing performances Star Exhibit has produced and paid tribute to his consistency.
“I think that was one of his best runs, he surprised me,” he said.
“He’s pretty well at the moment, the day after the Perth Cup he looked magnificent.
“The three weeks he had at the farm he did so well.
“He was unlucky not to win a Group 1 in Brisbane and he’s won in Melbourne.
“He’s done a good job for us.”
Peters added he would give consideration to starting Star Exhibit in the upcoming Bunbury and Pinjarra Cups.
Cappo D’oro is also expected to head to the Bunbury Cup on March 10.
Meanwhile, flying mare Fabergino has made a super return to racing in the Penang Turf Club Trophy (1000m).
It had been almost 250 days since her last start, but she showed no signs of rust in the four length win.
Jockey Peter Knuckey sent the four-year-old straight to the front under the top-weight of 60kg and she never looked like being beaten in the home straight.
The effortless win took her record to five wins from six starts, with her only blemish a third placing to Ambiente at Belmont in June.
Trainer Tiarnna Robertson said she was relieved to see the mare make her return and hinted at some exciting times ahead with her.
“It’s good to see her back at the races and back in the winners circle,” she told The Races WA.
“I was confident with her, but obviously with eight months off, coming back from injury with 60kg was always going to be a bit of a concern.
“There’s no big plans for her this prep, she will have a couple of runs.
“Hopefully she continues to improve and we will see her in the spring.”