Sertorius benefited from a perfect Ryan Maloney ride to win the G2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
A member of Galileo’s final Australian crop, the six year-old gelding has been in career best form this spring. He won the LR Bendigo Cup in September before going down a nose in the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington.
Sertorius (6g Galileo – Pretty Penn by Encosta de Lago) was one of the few winners to come from off the pace when he storming home along the fence to score a two length victory for trainers Jamie Edwards and Bruce Elkington.
“You will not get a better ride than that,” Edwards said. “He really deserves to be put away now and we will raise our sights with him a fair bit in the autumn.”
Sertorius was a $100,000 buy from Glentree Downs at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling and his prizemoney now tops $800,000. He’s an older half-brother to stakes performers Fortune of War and I Am Titanium
Their stakes-placed dam Pretty Penny has a 2yo filly named Clifton Red with David Hayes. She also has a yearling colt by High Chaparral.