The Chris Waller-trained four-year-old showed a glimpse of her former self with a 0.6-length third in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 12 at Flemington, but she was able to go to another level tonight to take out the $1 million sprint.
Sent out as an $18 chance, September Run got the right run in transit behind a hot speed set by Snapper and Jonker, which allowed her to loom up three-wide on the turn, before quickly putting paid to the short-priced favourite Marabi who could only battle away for fifth in what was her first defeat on a racetrack.
September Run was ridden by Craig Williams, who said that she won “pretty soft” when it's all said and done.
“I noticed now after her three-year-old preparation that she's a lot more mature,” Williams said.
“Chris was really confident to have the blinkers on her from the outset. He ran her first-up in the Newmarket and she ran so well; tonight, back to weight-for-age where she's already a Group 1 winner – she just had to get around the track and she gave me a really sweet ride. She was the one who did all the running for me tonight from a tricky barrier draw.
“At the 50m mark, I thought this feels too easy that she got there and I got around the turn. She actually won pretty well and pretty soft tonight.”
Winning trainer Chris Waller made the trip to Moonee Valley on Friday night, which was a push in itself, but he too felt she had returned as a bigger, more mature mare this preparation.
Waller said that she was “probably the best three-year-old of her season”, so it was pleasing for him to see the hard work pay off.
“She was probably the best three-year-old of her season and then it's gone backwards since then,” he said on Racing.com.
“It was a glimpse of September Run last start and she did a great job tonight.
“Moonee Valley is not normally her favourite track, but those runs have been over 1000m – tonight was 1200m and she really got to show her class.”