West Australian-trained horses have had a day out at Flemington this afternoon, with Malibu Style and Reykjavik taking out Listed races at the venue this afternoon.
Malibu Style bought up his fourth Listed race success in the All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m), upstaging his more fancied rivals.
Connections of the tough sprinter were made to wait though, as correct weight was delayed by 20 minutes.
The Neville Parnham-trained Malibu Style appeared to push on his barrier and it opened slightly before his rival’s stalls.
Despite that, Malibu Style missed the start and was shuffled back to near last.
Jockey Chris Parnham then made his move into the race stylishly at the 400m and took the lead inside the final 200m.
Milwaukee made up plenty of ground over the closing stages, but fell short by a half-length.
Stewards deemed the incident at the start of the race wasn’t enough to take the race of the gelding.
Trainer Parnham said he was bullish Malibu Style would add to his three previous Listed race wins in the $150,000 event.
“We were quite confident he could win,” Parnham told Racing.com.
“He’s been going really, really super and my assistant trainer Mark Sestich has been looking after him.
“He’s really suited by racing in Victoria.
“It just seems very hard to win in Perth.”
Less than 40 minutes later, the Lindsey Smith-trained Reykjavik was successful in the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Final (1600m).
Having just his third start in Victoria, Reykjavik scored the biggest win of his career in the Listed feature.
The four-year-old was aided by a stunning ride from Linda Meech, who was able to thread her way through to hit the front inside the final 100m.
Reykjavik then stormed away to score by almost three lengths to Romancer and Holbien.
Meech won the race in 2011 and 2012 aboard Glaneuse.
It continues an exceptional week for Smith, who scored his first win since setting up his Warrnambool stable at Ballarat on Tuesday.