Im Stately did what many expected when he trotted to the top and continued to grind his rivals into the ground in a gruelling test of strength for the two-year-old squaregaiters.
As the rise and rise of the breed only grows, Im Stately comprises one of the driving factors behind the success of the gait.
His natural style is almost hypnotic and despite One Over Da Moon looming up to his sulky entering the straight, he found plenty and kicked away to win by four metres with a further 15 metres back to Bad Habbott in third.
Claudys Princess battled on bravely in fourth but was no match for the trifecta in the run to the line.
The-trained victor ran his first three quarters in 30.7secs, 30secs and 29.5 seconds to string the field behind him right out and the tactics were more a thing of necessity according to his trainer.
“I wasn’t altogether that happy, it’s pretty windy and he got a bit keen and overraced. I thought I was better off to let him stride than to fight me but he got the job done,” Jack said to Rob Auber on the track following the win.
“I heard him (One Over Da Moon) coming and I thought he’ll want be good because this guy doesn’t stop, he gets tired but he won’t stop.
“This is very special; it’s the icing on the cake of a long season. You have to be lucky to have a horse with this horse’s ability but you have to keep them up for a long a season as well but he’ll be going for a spell now.”
Im Stately has now won nine from 12 this season including similarly impressive wins in the Tatlow Stakes and Vicbred Super Series final.
The mile rate was completed in 2:02.0
by Blake Redden
Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria