Sacred Falls has led home a Chris Waller-trained domination of the Doncaster Mile placings, winning the race for the second year in a row.
Coming through on the inside for Hong Kong-based jockey Zac Purton, Sacred Falls ($10) got the better of his stablemate Royal Descent ($8.50) in a driving finish to the $3.5 million at Randwick on Saturday.
Lightweight runner Weary ($4.40) took third with Hawkspur running fourth.
The win gave Waller his fourth Doncaster win as Sacred Falls became the first horse since Super Impose in 1991 to win back-to-back Doncasters.
“He’s a very good horse, but it just went pear-shaped for him in the spring,” Waller said.
“We gave him a long spell to make sure he would be right for this race and we sacrificed a lot of races getting here.”
Purton took all the shortcuts to land his first Doncaster.
“Obviously the wet track has helped him here again today, but not many horses win back-to-back Doncasters, so he has done a really good job,” Purton said.
Royal Descent looked set for victory, but her deep run from a wide barrier told as Sacred Falls emerged from the ruck with his well-timed finish.