Raposa Rapida scored in wet conditions at Pukekohe on Saturday.
Ridden by Darren Danis, the six-year-old son of Foxwedge travelled midfield before going wide on the turn to find clear running.
Once the gap opened Raposa Rapida continued to make ground before really letting down in the final 100m and going on to score a deserved victory in the Dunstan Horsefeeds 1400.
Raposa Rapida was second up this campaign, coming off a third placing at Matamata over 1200m on October 10. Despite concerns about the track, which had been downgraded to a Dead5, he relished the step up in distance and was untroubled by the damp ground underfoot.
It was the fifth career win for the Stephen Marsh-trained gelding and his second at the Counties track.
“It was a fabulous win and he has a great record here with three starts for two wins and a placing,” Go Racing’s Albert Bosma said.
“Darren rode him well and got into a nice rhythm. He had to go quite wide on the turn but he was always travelling well and under the big weight he let down strongly and got up on the line.
“He is probably in for his best season yet.”
Raposa Rapida was purchased at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale out of the draft of Muskoka Farm. He is out of Group Three winner Bardego, making him a full to multiple Group winner Volpe Veloce.
Raced by the Go Racing Foxy Syndicate, Raposa Rapida is likely to head to Tauranga in a fortnight for and Open 1400m contest.