Malibu Style winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Western Australian sprinter Malibu Style won his second Victorian Listed race for the season when claiming Saturday's $160,000 All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) at Flemington.
Trained by Neville Parnham and guided to victory by his son Chris, Malibu Style ($12) defeated Milwaukee ($3.60 favourite) by half a length, with Holy Blade ($10) a further 1.5 lengths away in third.
The race wasn't without controversy, which delayed correct weight for 20 minutes.
Connections of the fourth-placed Sirius Suspect ($10) considered lodging a protest against runner-up Milwaukee but determined that the margin between both horses at the finish couldn't be overturned on protest.
Stewards were then left to determine whether Malibu Style gained an unfair advantage by pushing his barrier stall open earlier than the rest of the field.
Malibu Style nudged his gate open but then rocked back and didn't appear to make use of that advantage, which ensured stewards were satisfied not to adjust the result.
WATCH: Malibu Style's win
"We were quite confident he could win, he's been going really super in trackwork," Neville Parnham said post-race.
"He's really suited by racing in Victoria, it's hard to win sprint races in Perth and we don't have as many of them so it's a lot easier to place him in races over here.
"We're really pleased with the result, it's great."
Malibu Style has raced 55 times for 11 wins and 18 placings, with his other Listed victory during the 2018/19 season coming in the Doveton Stakes (1000m) at Sandown Hillside on November 17.
WATCH: Hear from Neville Parnham