In-form jockey Ryan Maloney got plenty of credit when the much the travelled Alward won the In Remembrance of William & Elsie Morgan Open Handicap (1800m) at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday.
The Chris Waller-trained Alward finished strongly along the fence and held off his fast finishing stablemate Vaucluse Bay by a nose.
Alward did his early racing in France before he was purchased by Albert Bosma at the Newmarket Horses in Training Sale as a staying prospect.
He showed plenty of promise recording four wins from five starts early in the 2017/2018 season.
However Alward had not won since and had been struggling in Melbourne before Waller elected to send him to his Gold Coast stable.
Waller’s Queensland manager Paul Shailer said Alward had been unlucky at his first start in Queensland when unplaced at Doomben two weeks ago.
“He ran into some bad interference in the straight but he still ran on well and it was a good pointer to this,” Shailer said.
“Both our horses have run well today but they have probably found the right class in Queensland and will stay here.
“The difference today was a great ride from Ryan (Maloney) who is in very good form.” -AAP