Trainer Kevin Corstens (Image: Racing Photos)
Kevin Corstens trained his first Flemington winner as Twilight Run crushed his opposition - which included the heavily spruiked favourite Killavally - in the $135,000 Murray Cox Handicap (1600m).
Beau Mertens settled Twilight Run ($7) in 10th position before allowing the three-year-old son of Akeed Mofeed to rush down the outside of his rivals and score by 1.25 lengths.
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Corstens, who is the brother of fellow trainer Troy, said he arrived at Flemington confident after Twilight Run's excellent first-up placing behind Smart Elissim.
"Since his Tasmanian Derby run at the end of last prep he's improved," Corstens said.
"I always thought that he had a bit of ability but it was a good win today."
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Magnossiva ($101) and Phaistos ($3.60) filled the minor placings while Killavally ($2.80 favourite) finished 12th in the 16-horse field.
Craig Williams told stewards upon returning to scale that Killavally raced keenly and was knocked off balance on the home turn.