Proceedwithcaution streaks away from his rivals for jockey Ben Kennedy to post a convincing win in the Dayana Stakes (2000m) at Belmont Park. Credit: Hollands Photographics.
Proceedwithcaution streaks away from his rivals for jockey Ben Kennedy to post a convincing win in the Dayana Stakes (2000m) at Belmont Park. Credit: Hollands Photographics.

Proceedwithcaution is likely to be sold to Hong Kong after his impressive win in today's $100,000 Belmont Classic (2200m).

Ridden to perfection by jockey Ben Kennedy, Proceedwithcaution ($2.60 equal favourite) held off the fast-finishing Star Of Husson ($2.60) to win the Listed feature by a neck.

Kennedy sent Proceedwithcaution through a narrow gap between horses near the 250m and shot clear, as William Pike searched for an inside run on Star Of Husson.

After blowing the start and settling last, Star Of Husson managed to pick up late ground quickly but could not haul in Proceedwithcaution.

I'm Feeling Lucky ($11) ran a close-up third.

Trainer Darren McAuliffe said Proceedwithcaution, who also won the Dayana Plate (2000m) a fortnight ago, was only a "slim chance" of staying in WA.

"He's on the market and we've had dealings with them (Hong Kong buyers) for a few weeks," McAuliffe said.

"I'm surprised he wasn't sold before today, to be honest.

"It's up to Geoff (van De Molen, part-owner)."

McAuliffe praised Kennedy's patient ride.

"He never panicked with several changes of pace," McAuliffe said.

"Star Of Husson ran out of her skin.

"Proceedwithcaution is still a bit new and he's still learning.

"He's got a really nice, sharp turn of foot."

Kennedy scored his first feature victory since claiming the Gimcrack Stakes on Flying Affair in 2011.

In-form stayer Lucciola continued her stunning winning streak, racking up her seventh consecutive triumph in the Ron Adams Forgotten Birthday Handicap (2100m).

The $2.15 favourite, ridden by in-demand apprentice Lucy Warwick, settled third and gained an inside run in the straight to beat True Gold by half a length.

Lucciola joined Queensland's Valediction with the most wins (nine) by a galloper in Australia this season.

"I was worried about where Lucy was going but she pulled it off," said Justin Warwick, Lucy's father and trainer of Lucciola.

"Lucciola just keeps winning."

Lucy Warwick added another victory to score a double, guiding Lenience to an all-the-way win by 2 ¾ lengths in the Happy 85th John Martino Handicap (1200m).

Two-year-old Shengmu showed potential when prevailing in a thrilling four-way finish in the Westspeed Nursery (1000m).

Shengmu ran on from fifth on the turn to beat Rule To Wyn by a short head. Well Spoken Man and Castle Retreat were beaten a head and neck respectively.

"She showed a lot of courage," said Shengmu's trainer Fred Kersley.

"She's a tough looking filly and has taken a bit of time like all the Faths do."

The West Australian

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