UPDATE: Maschino booked a start in next Saturday’s $1 million Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) with a breakthrough win in the $125,000 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) at Ascot.
Maschino ($3.40 favourite) settled well back and showed his customary turn of foot to dash past Niblick ($8.50) to win by a length.
The regally-bred Dardanup galloper had been consistent without winning this campaign after placings in the Northerly Stakes (1400m) and Asian Beau Stakes (1400m).
He is now exempt from the ballot for the Group 1 Railway Stakes and a win would see his value as a stallion prospect skyrocket.
Relief was the overwhelming emotion for trainer Graham Yuill after Maschino fell short as favourite at his previous two starts.
The win completed a treble for jockey Jarrad Noske who won on O’Hara De Belle (race one) and Bustabill (race four).
“It was a great ride by Jarrad,” Yuill said.
“I’ve been really happy with him at his last two starts.
“I’m looking forward to the Railway. This has been our whole goal and to see it come to fruition is just great.
“He’s still maturing and you probably still won’t see the best of him until next prep.”
Maschino, by Encosta De Lago out of Redoute’s Choice mare Tahni Girl, was a $240,000 yearling buy at the Inglis Easter sale in Sydney in 2009.
Niblick ran a brave race after over-racing fiercely on the speed.
McScar ($9) ran on from near last to finish third. Kerrific ran a solid race in fourth but was no match for the placegetters.
Apprentice Jordan Mallyon copped two suspensions and will be out until December 16.
Mallyon was suspended for 21 days for careless riding on Secret Scandal in the Champion Fillies Stakes. Six days of the suspension will be served concurrently with his 13-day careless riding suspension from Pinjarra last Sunday, which copped at an adjourned inquiry today.