Victorian stayer Red Alto has beaten the odds and an army of Chris Waller-trained horses to score a determined win at Randwick.
Brent Stanley was the only trainer to take up the challenge against Waller, who fielded nine of the 10 runners in yesterday's Cindy Sullivan Memorial Handicap (2400m).
When he saw the original nominations Stanley put in a late entry for Red Alto, who started at $9.50 despite his trainer's confidence he could win.
Ridden by Tye Angland, Red Alto raced just behind the pace and made his move in the straight as he went into battle with Vaucluse Bay, with a head between them on the line. Stanley celebrated from Moonee Valley where his first starter Mig Energy was also successful.
"Red Alto was entitled to win that race," Stanley said. "He's won a few in town now and that was his sixth win. He's run fourth in a Derby so he's got ability and it was good to see him win again.
"He gave him a great ride in the race and he was strong through the line. The other horse was going to get to him and he fought it off, which was great.
"I think it was a story because Chris Waller had so many in the race, but it's good that you can send horses up there and get the money."
Three of the Waller stablemates were backing up from Warwick Farm on Wednesday and the favourite Raqeeq ($3.40), who finished fourth, won at Rosehill a week ago.
"I'm happy to see Brent win it," Waller said. "We probably only wanted to have three or four in the race, but when there were no other entries we kept them in. The slow pace didn't help some of our runners."
Stanley also had a winner at the Wangaratta provincial meeting to cap his day.