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Multilateral claims Wyong Cup

Chris Waller trained a record-breaking fourth Wyong Gold Cup winner in the space of five years as The Metropolitan-bound Multilateral sped to victory in the $150,000 provincial staying test.

Having won the listed race with Hawk Island (2010), The Verminator (2011) and Wazn last year, Waller’s three-pronged attack on this year’s edition again paid dividends.

James McDonald edged clear at the top of the tiny Wyong straight and Multilateral ($4 favourite) had enough petrol in the tank to scramble home by a long neck from the fast-finishing Canny Ballad ($13). Waller’s Secessio ($16) was third.

“He’s a horse that thrives in the wet conditions and he got that today,” McDonald said. “Even though he was stopping late, he hung on well.”

Quizzed on whether the six-year-old could measure up in the tougher Newcastle Cup and the staying feature of the Sydney spring, McDonald said: “It’s not out of his range, that’s for sure.”

Multilateral helped Waller shade Gai Waterhouse’s three Wyong Gold Cup wins as Travolta (eighth), Laidback Larry (ninth) and Queenstown (10th) all struggled in the wet over the 2100 metres.