Favourite Sepoy produced a dominant performance to win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill.
The easy win on Saturday in the 1200-metre feature was in contrast to the pre-race drama that resulted in two horses, Fast And Sexy and second favourite Smart Missile, being scratched behind the barriers on veterinarian advice.
Sepoy, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, had the race in his keeping after getting to leader Karuta Queen shortly after hitting the home straight.
The Darley-owned Elusive Quality colt hit the lead near the 200 metres and went on to defeat Mosheen with Elite Falls third.
Trainer Peter Snowden was in tears after claiming his first victory in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.
“Everyone’s got a signature race, this will be mine … it’s the best feeling of my life,” Snowden said.
“It’s not just me, it’s my family, it’s my staff at home … Darley … Bob Ingham, who appointed me trainer of this place before Darley got here.”