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They didn’t go as slow as he likes so we were left rolling along.

“But we just went at a good solid tempo all the way. It was ‘catch me if you can’ and, luck­ily enough, they couldn’t catch me.

“Un­be­liev­able, re­ally. The horse, just credit to him. He’s so tough. The came at him at the fur­long pole and he just re­ally tried for me.

“I was wait­ing for my old mate Ex­tra Brut to come af­ter me late but I was too strong to­day.”

Allen con­ceded he was for­tu­nate to have the mount.

“Luck prob­a­bly played its part,” he said. “Ben Mel­ham and Dean Yen­dall are both sus­pended and they both have been rid­ing him. Look, you need a bit of luck in this game and I was lucky enough to get the ride on him to­day.” Favourite Blair House ($2.45) was a dis­ap­point­ing sev­enth.

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