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Champagne run by Mr Moet
Pic: Sharon Smith

Adam Durant landed a massive betting plunge in a history making effort when Mr Moet scored ($21) first-up win over the $3.80 favourite Luckygray in an exciting climax to the $1 million Railway Stakes (1600m).

Epsom Handicap winner Fat Al ($4.80) led Westriver Kevydonn ($26) into the straight, but the former stopped quickly.

Down the straight brothers Playing God ($21) and God Has Spoken ($20) duelled for the lead until the 200m, when jockey Daniel Staeck came with a sweeping run on Mr Moet down the centre of the track to hit the lead and run home a comfortable 3/4 length winner in the Group 1 feature.

The swoopers came storming down the outside with Rosie Rocket ($20), who was trapped three deep through-out from her wide gate in 12, giving a brave performance to only be nailed for the minor end of the quinella by the popular Luckgray, who unleashed a a paralysing run from last on the corner. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Playing God and God Has Spoken finishing fourth and fifth.

Mr Moet's win deprived Luckgray of becoming the first horse since Tudor Mak (1967) to win successive Railway Stakes.

It also landed a huge betting plunge with the Mosayter five-year-old backed from $101 into $20 fllowing last Tuesday's barrier draw on pre-post betting.

Punters continued their onslaught today backing Mr Moet from $31 into $21 pulling an estimated $260,000 out of the bookmakers' ring.

Durrant, who won his second trainers' premiership last year took the honours of becoming the first trainer in modern times to win the Railway Stakes first up.

It also was Durrant's first win at the elite level.

"I am really proud of everybody involved," Durrant said. I am the trainer but their are a lot of people who work hard to put us here.

"It was a great effort by the horse and jockey.

"He was obviously heading towards the longer races, but he was going really well

"He was ready for this race and everything fell into place.

"The plan was to start here first up and go to the Perth Cup, but he is now weghted out of it."

Durrant planned to use the Railway as his launching pad to next year's Perth Cup (2400m), but the gelding is unlikely now to start because he will incur a heavy wieght penalty for today's win.

Durrant celebrated an outstanding day winning three races with his five runners and landing two features when Chester Road ($10) won the Carbine Club Stakes (1400m) first-up. Chester Road is headed towards the Perth Cup.