Awesome Rock has made up for losing the Australian Cup on protest with a tenacious win in the $2 million Emirates Stakes at Flemington.
Sent out an $18 chance in the weight-for-age race, Awesome Rock ran to the front at the 300m and then staved off the placegetters for the fourth and most important win in a 25-start career.
Hauraki and Seaburge dead-heated for second.
“He has been a great horse to me and losing the Australian Cup was hard,” jockey Stephen Baster said.
“He deserved to win a Group One.”