Pancho winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Danny O'Brien and Damien Oliver were hoping lightning could strike twice as they combined with colt Russian Camelot as favourite for Thursday's TCL TV Stakes (1800m), a race that was won last year by the stable's 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare.
But it wasn't to be, with Chris Waller's Pancho too good for the son of Camelot, who had been vetted pre-race after being fractious in the barriers.
O'Brien wasn't disheartened by the run though, pleased with the effort from the lightly raced colt.
"He ran super, he's still inexperienced and it was his second start," O'Brien said.
"He got to the front, probably just floated a little bit, and he found a better horse on the day.
"He'll be going out now, because he's only a baby, he'll have a good spell and we'll see him back at the races probably March-April next year."
The victory was Waller's fifth for this year's Melbourne Cup Carnival and 30th overall in Cup Week.
He was pleased with the performance of the winning son of Dissident, saying he'd trusted Hugh Bowman to get the job done.
"Good few days, just Flemington at its best," he said.
"Hugh knew what he was doing once he was out in the clear it was great to let loose down the Flemington straight."
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