Michael Walker celebrates another Australian Cup victory, this time with Harlem (Image: Racing Photos)

Michael Walker celebrates another Australian Cup victory, this time with Harlem (Image: Racing Photos)

Walker hopes Cup win a G1 catalyst

Michael Walker is optimistic his latest Group 1 upset aboard Harlem in the Australian Cup (2000m) can be the catalyst for increased opportunities in some of the country's premier races.

Less than six months after steering three-year-old Mighty Boss to a surprise Caulfield Guineas win at 100-1, the 33-year-old was again in the spotlight after partnering the imported Lindsay Park-trained galloper to a surprise Cup victory at 60-1 on Saturday.

While he's struggled to find regular support since returning from injury mid last year, Walker said he was delighted to again capitalise on a Group 1 opportunity for a leading stable like that of David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig.

"It's been really hard getting the rides continuously," Walker said.

"In Melbourne we have the best jockeys in Australasia so it's hard to get those good rides when a trainer can throw their colours on almost any jockey and be happy that they've got a good rider.

"This season I've had two Group 1 wins so hopefully something snowballs from it.

"Even when I'm on outsiders, I do my best and try to make the most of the opportunity.

"I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing, working hard and taking the opportunities when they come my way."

The winning Australian Cup ride was an inspired one from Walker.

WATCH: Michael Walker's Group 1 Cup ride

After beginning positively from barrier four, Walker settled Harlem in the box seat behind The Taj Mahal, with race favourite Gailo Chop on his outside under Mark Zahra.

For a few nervous seconds at the 400m it appeared as though the son of Champs Elysees would be the hard luck story of the race as Walker desperately searched for clear running but, once Harlem dived through a narrow split at the 300m, he quickly surged past Gailo Chop and Ventura Storm to post a decisive win.

"I said to the owners beforehand that the way I saw the race, there was a bit of speed so I didn't want to come out neutral because I probably would've ended up back last," he said.

"So I made sure that I drove him out of the gates and I ended up in a beautiful position.

"I was inside the favourite Gailo Chop and when it went at the top of the straight, my bloke tried to go with it and I just had to hold him and wait for an opening.

"Gai's horse (Supply And Demand) dropped off and I knew it probably would because it did a lot of work and everything opened up for me."

Walker, whose career Group 1 tally climbed to 20, will head to Sydney in the coming weeks to chase further top-line spoils and confirmed that he'd been booked for the ride aboard Donna Logan's emerging three-year-old filly Danzdanzdance, placed in the New Zealand Derby (2400m) at her most recent outing, in the Vinery Stud Stakes and the ATC Oaks.