Any doubts whether Preferment could still be effective at 2400m were erased at Rosehill Gardens as the Chris Waller trained stayer recorded his fourth Group 1 win in The BMW.
Champion jockey Hugh Bowman produced a daring ride on the Australian Cup winner, circling the field early and setting for home before the turn and Preferment showed his strength to hold off Who Shot Thebarman with Grand Marshall running on for third.
It was another Group 1 trifecta for Chris Waller and the 61st win at the highest level for his amazing career.
“We were a bit concerned about the 2400m today although my ride probably didn’t suggest that because I put the pressure on early but he is a horse that hasn’t shown he can quicken and I didn’t want to be left flat footed so i pulled him out a lot earlier than I usually would and he showed a turn of foot and I thought oh no,” said winning jockey Hugh Bowman.
“I was able to rely on him although he was out of carrots late in the piece he stuck his head out for a Chris Waller trifecta.
“He feels like a Rolls Royce he is one of the best movers I have ever sat on and I have sat on some nice ones.”
Preferment has now won a BMW, Australian Cup, Turnbull Stakes, Victoria Derby and a Hill Stakes (Group 2).
Next stop is expected to be the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on April 9, where he will clash with stablemate Winx.
“We’ll just back right off and take him to the beach, even do a bit of dressage with him, just to keep him interested, keep him sparked right up,” Waller said.
“We might have to find another rider though, I don’t think Hughie will get off Winx.
“It was an interesting race. It was a long straight, that’s for sure. He set sail for home at the 600m mark, what do you say. It’s Hugh Bowman at his best.
“I no longer give him instructions, he knows the horses and he’s got a great feel in the race.
“So he backed the horse and it got interesting the last 100m and obviously Who Shot Thebarman was in there for a fight, he’s a genuine two-miler, so for Preferment to hang on and win it was a good, tough win because he had a pretty good couple of two-milers chasing him.”