Two-year-old Walkover broke through for a deserved win when he upset hot favourite Surrounded in the Westspeed Plate (1100m) at Ascot.
Walkover ($7), placed behind stablemate Lenience at his last start, showed pace to lead Surrounded, who started the $1.80 favourite.
Race experience and no luck for Surrounded gave the advantage to Walkover, who found plenty in front en route to a one length win.
Surrounded jumped slowly and cornered awkwardly. The Hidden Dragon filly was also at a disadvantage when jockey Peter Knuckey’s whip broke on the turn, forcing him to ride her out hands and heels.
She held on to second ahead of Isola Blu.
Walkover is not eligible for the $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m) on February 16 because he was bought for $55,000 at the Inglis Easter yearling sale in Sydney last year.
Trainer Neville Parnham said the son of Stratum could be given a break before targeting two-year-old features in the autumn.
“I thought if he could find the front today, he’d be pretty hard to beat today,” Parnham said.
“His runs have been OK but he’s been looking for more ground.
“He’s always shown good potential.
“I thought he had the experience and fitness on his side.
“I was surprised at his price and the favourite’s price but he got the job done.
“We may look at giving him a slight ease-up. He’s probably got a better future as a three-year-old.”
Trainer Simon Miller rued another missed opportunity with Surrounded, who slipped badly at the start of her debut run last October and pulled a hamstring.
The MM Perth Classic is her aim if she comes through the run well.
Miller bounced back when Grey Cheval maintained her perfect record at start number four in the Celebrate Australia Day Sprint (1000m).
The Husson Lightning filly, who started a white-hot $1.10 favourite, led all the way to beat Saturday Skies by 1¼ lengths.
“On face value it might have looked like a workman-like win but she had to carry the 58 last start,” Miller said.
“I had to back off her and she only had one gallop leading into this.”
Pin Rouge led all the way to defeat Miss Tipsy Topsy and Trustee Brown in the Australia Day Cup (1500m).