The Group 1 success continued for Chris Waller Racing and Mulcaster Bloodstock at Flemington on Sunday with Preferment scoring an impressive win in the Turnbull Stakes.
Less than 24 hours after the combination won the Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Royal Randwick with Winx, Preferment confirmed his status as a serious spring contender by defeating gallant stablemate Royal Descent.
Preferment (Zabeel – Better Alternative by Flying Spur)
Gr. 2 Hill Stakes
$190,000 purchase for Chris Waller Racing’s Karaka Syndicate from Cambridge Stud
Improving his record at Flemington to two wins from two starts, following success in the Victoria Derby last year, Preferment settled off the pace before working strongly to the line in a performance which now has Waller considering a start in the Cox Plate.
“He’s a very exciting horse and it’s good to see him showing speed over 2000 metres, especially against some of the better horses going around,” Waller said.
“He’s a pretty special horse. He’s matured this year, he was a maiden when he won the Derby last year but he wasn’t pushed, we just let him get there himself.
“Usually the Derby is not a good guide to the Melbourne Cup but I think this horse might be different.
“Obviously a Cox Plate comes into the equation now, I guess it’s a good problem to have.”
Hugh Bowman believes Preferment is certainly improving and is excited what the future holds.
“Good win – good horse. He’s a more mature unit than last year. He’s got a very good action, a Group I action and he’s really starting to mature into the furnished athlete,” he said.