Consistent galloper Our Finest Moment made it three wins from his last five starts, with an comfortable win in the Lavazza Handicap (1650m) at Belmont yesterday.
Told by trainer Raquel Williams to go forward from the outside barrier, apprentice Fred W. Kersley did just that to slot in perfectly to fourth position one off the fence after 200m.
Later, the horse raced alone in fifth until the turn before Kersley powered him home down the outside to win by one and three quarter lengths from Pushin’ Shapes, with Pinzu claiming third after coming from last on the turn.
Our Finest Moment, who has not finished further back than second in this campaign, turned the tables on Pinzu after their clash on September 16.
On that occasion he had 1kg more weight but yesterday met him with 3kg less – a decisive edge.
Williams said she would probably give her galloper a short let-up.
Our Finest Moment has now recorded seven wins and 10 places from 29 starts.
In the first race (1400m), Pat Carbery also had the same winning margin and finished in a similar powerful fashion from midfield, with the Bernie Miller trained Sovereign Trade.
Just like That and Technical limit filled the places.
Miller claimed the chestnut has been a troublesome ‘fruitcake’ who jumps at his own shadow.
“He has got another 20% improvement and has just taken a bit of time to get right,” Miller said.
Lee Newman and apprentice Shelby Colgate fought out a slugging finish in the third race (1400m), before the jockey prevailed on Star Value over Chasing Chaos by a half head.
The winner is prepared by former Irish jumps jockey Daniel O’Connor, who indicated Star Value was looking for more ground.