Affair To Remember (outside) beat Toffee Tongue (middle) and Paradee (Image: Racing Photos)
Ballarat trainer Dan O'Sullivan and apprentice Michael Poy combined for their most significant victories in Victoria as consistent mare Affair To Remember won the $300,000 Group 2 TAB Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Affair To Remember swooped widest of all down the Flemington straight to defeat Paradee by a short half head, with Toffee Tongue a further nose away in third.
O'Sullivan is yet to prepare a winner at the elite level but Affair To Remember sits alongside the G2 success of staying mare Lacey Underall in the 2008 Adelaide Cup (3200m). As for Poy, the victory was his first at Group level.
"Today was the target," O'Sullivan said. "She certainly deserves it, she's been racing well.
"She doesn't help herself, she walked out of the barriers again today. Michael (Poy) was very confident and he rode her that way."
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Poy said he had to revert to 'Plan B' after Affair To Remember jumped slowly and settled at the rear of the field.
"I didn't want to be that far back, but they set a good pace," Poy said.
"Greysful Glamour set a hot speed and I knew today she was travelling beautifully when I rode her at Caulfield one day, she just didn't travel the same.
"Today she travelled like she was going to finish off and I was looking to ride for luck on her because we were a fair way back.
"She was just travelling too strong and I thought that I'd be able to get around them and hold them in tight. She was strong through the line and you can see how she's pulled up tremendously."
Poy also thanked O'Sullivan and the ownership group for keeping him on the four-year-old daughter of Toronado.
"I know I'm still an apprentice … I know that senior jockeys would have been calling up to get this ride today. Credit to the owners and trainer for keeping me on," Poy said.