As expected, Heros Reward and Indian Ashton hooked up on the front end soon after the start and battled through a quarter in 22.52 and a half in 44.56 over the firm turf course. Gantu stalked the pacesetters in third into the lane. At the top of the stretch, Indian Ashton tired and faded to eventually finish fourth, allowing Heros Reward to open up a 3 length lead at the 1/8 pole after 5 furlongs in 55.76. The Great Caruso, who was fourth early, rallied well late but was left with too much to make up as Heros Reward easily held him off by 3/4 length at the line in 1:08.02 for the 3/4 mile trip. It was another 2 lengths back to Wollemi Pine third.
Results chart from DRF