An incredible training performance from Adam Durrant saw the supposed Perth Cup-bound Mr Moet take out the Group I Carlton Draught Railway Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
First-up since winning over 2000m at Belmont Park on July 7, Durrant was one of few confident about the five-year-old’s chances with betting agencies marking him a $101 shot following Tuesday’s barrier draw.
Durrant talked-up Mr Moet’s claims after stable-mate Chester Road’s win in race four and punters reacted, sending his price spiralling right into $21 by jump time.
The astute trainer’s statement that Mr Moet was travelling far better than Chester Road, who triumphed in race 4, was enough to make punters take notice.
Jockey Daniel Staeck settled the Mosayter gelding midfield in running before gaining a saloon run into the straight behind Playing God.
The dogged galloper kicked-in for the fight and held off favourite and top-weight Luckygray, who rattled home from last in what was another exceptional performance.
Stable foreman and close-friend Jason Miller celebrated with Durrant and connections post-race, turning the mounting yard into a scene of jubilation.
“I said to Adam before, ‘I don’t think there is much between Chester Road and Mr Moet’, and Adam replied with,’ yes there is,’ and he was right,” Miller said.
“The horse has been really, really well, his work and everything has just been spot on.”
Miller was also full of praise for Staeck, who had replaced Peter Hall on Mr Moet after Hall was unable to make the weight.
“Dan’s in the top few riders in WA, that’s for sure,” he said.
Staeck was full of praise for the horse post-race.
“It was pretty easy without being too cocky, all I had to do what put him in the right position and he did the rest,” Staeck said.
Mr Moet, who had competed in two barrier trials prior to resuming today, took his earnings to $935,000 with what was the 11th win of his career.
Under 58kgs Luckygray was massive in defeat, coming from last at the home turn and fleetingly looking set for victory as he roared home.
Rosie Rocket was also impressive, running into third after racing three-wide throughout.
Playing God and God Has Spoken both finished close-up, while longshot Zester flew home for sixth.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Fat Al weakened after leading to finish 12th.