Chris Waller closed 2014 in the best possible fashion by claiming the final Group 1 of the calendar year with Moriarty winning the Kingstown Town Classic in Perth.
Moriarty, with champion Hong Kong based rider Douglas Whyte in the saddle, downed local three-year-old Disposition for victory in the tightest of finishes.
It was the first major success for Waller in Western Australia and a historic first Group 1 for Whyte in Australia.
“I finally got my Group 1 in Australia,” Whyte said.
“I love coming to Perth. It’s one of my favourite tracks.
“Up until about 50 out I didn’t think I was going to get there.
“But he showed great tenacity and he really wanted to find the line and win.
Whyte utilised Moriarty’s good barrier and settled just behind the leaders before working clear from the top of the straight to claim his maiden Group 1.
Moriarty traveled to Perth on the back of a testing spring carnival, finishing fourth in the Group 1 Railway Stakes before appreciating the weight-for-age conditions of the Kingstown Town Classic.
Moriarty was purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock for 90,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale.