Second Group One Win For Son Of The Late Zabeel

Chris Waller and Hugh Bowman teamed up once again yesterday to enjoy more Group One success as Preferment (Zabeel) took out the Turnbull Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) at Flemington.

A day after the pair guided Winx (Street Cry) to a dominant Epsom Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) win at Randwick, Waller and Bowman were on hand again at Flemington as Preferment built on his last-start Hill Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) victory and record a second career Group One success.

Returning to the scene of his Victoria Derby (Gr 1, 2500m) win of last November, Preferment was once again settled towards the rear of the 15-horse field yesterday, as his stablemate Weary (Astronomer Royal) set the pace in front, from Volkstock’n’barrell (Tavistock) and Dandino (Dansili).

Preferment had only three behind him at the 1000 metre mark, including Godolphin’s import Hartnell (Authorized) and it was not until the field straightened up with 400 metres to run that a patient Bowman began to make his move.

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