Lakeview Walter again showed his ability to rise to the big occasion in tonight’s Group 3 RSN Silver Bullet (525m) at The Meadows.
Winner of the Group 1 Silver Chief earlier this year, Monique Whelan’s superstar never looked a serious threat, however the son of Fernando Bale and Lakeview Maisey found another gear late and overpowered Barooga Smoke, who looked to have the race parcelled up in the dying stages.
“He had some good dogs in front of him tonight, but they were banging together out in front and he got the rails run,” said handler Harley Whelan.
Bred by the Whelan family, who are based in the Gippsland town of Metung, Lakeview Walter is likely to contest the TAB Melbourne Cup heats at Sandown Park later this month.
“He won a Group 1 earlier this year, so if he can get back to that sort of form he’s capable of winning any race he competes in,” Harley added.
The performance ended a run of five consecutive minor placings for Lakeview Walter, while it was his first win since registering a hat-trick of victories in April.
Lakeview Walter claimed a $25,000 first prize, and took his record to 10 wins from 27 starts and overall earnings to just shy of $208,000.
The RSN Silver Bullet was the supporting event for the main feature on Cup eve – the Group 1 Hume Cup – which was won by Knicks Bale.