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.