Shiraz has skipped away with ease to take out the Tab.com.au Handicap (1100) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
With plenty of speed engaged, the old grey warrior Zaratone took up the lead as expected ahead of Howmuchdoyouloveme Horseform and Brook Road Horseform.
Zaratone Horseform, who led to the turn fought on well in the straight and at one stage looked likely to steal the race until Shiraz, ridden by Jason Collett burst out of the pack.
Having bided his time back in the field, the Tony McEvoy-trained runner swept to the lead at the 150m and ran out an easy 1.5L winner, with Zaratone and the fast finishing Casual Choice sharing the spoils for second.
Shiraz Horseform was resuming off some very good form last campaign and no doubt pleased McEvoy who will be looking to step the son of Zariz up in trip.
“Very impressive, I have a lot of time for the horse,” said Tony McEvoy.
“I thought Jason rode him very cool and presented him beautifully.
“Coming into the race I was worried about the ground he had never been on it and even though he trialled on it at Hawkesbury trials are trials but he really impressed me today.
“He has a great winning culture and is on the minimum today and we are in July but I am a real fan of the horse.
“He has won at 1400m before but he is an aggressive horse so I think that’s his limit, I would love to see him relax a bit more and get a mile but there are plenty of races over 1400m.
Jason Collett who brought up his first win of the day said the win came very easily for the horse.
“We had to make a bit of room and angle myself outwards but once we were in the clear he did it easily, the stick wasn’t needed.
“Being by Zariz I had a bit of confidence he would get through the going, most them seem to get through it quite nicely.”