The Danny O'Brien-trained seven-year-old was given a terrific steer by the world-class James McDonald from the inside alley, weaving through the pack to run down Prime Candidate, who was brave in second.
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“Pretty thankful to get the ride from Danny and Mr Peters,” McDonald said.
“They are always a force when the come over to the eastern coast and they seem to take a lot of prizemoney. He is a classy horse and was prepped up to perfection.”
Showmanship was an acceptor for the Listed Carylon Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday too, but connections opted to head north to Sydney in search of a drier track.
“He was here to run really well and he did that,” the winning jockey said.
“I was glad he came to Sydney today. He's an old gentleman. He just does what he had to do but his win record is just superb.
“He is a real winner, he knows where the line is and is a pleasure to ride.
“Without doubt (there's improvement). Danny (O'Brien) said there was plenty to come. I
“It was a lovely stepping stone, he got in well at the weights and he is a real progressive horse.”
Showmanship firmed into $15 with online bookmakers for The Everest (1200m), which will be run at the same track and distance that he saluted at on Saturday.