Cyber Crime the perennial’Bridesmaid’ with 10 second placings finally broke through for his fourth win after an absence of 13 months from the winners circle for trainer Alan Mathews.
He scored by a long head over Monumental with a further long head to Ready On Time third, over the 2100m of the second race.
Cyber Crime has not won since scoring convincingly at Northam in April last year but the former Eastern States galloper has been a model of consistency in his races. However, he usually finds a way to just get beaten.
Certainly jockey Pat Carbery gave him every chance to score this time by having him snookered on the fence with only three or four behind him for most of the journey.
When Raising Dubai rolled away from him to go forward Carbery pushed off the fence to follow that horse, which looked a winner at the 200m.
After Raising Dubai folded, Cyber Crime, who had gained a clear corridor in the home straight, surged to the lead before holding off the late challenges.
Mathews said he was “not overly genuine in getting to the line” but added “he likes the sting out of the ground” and thus should be suited by Belmont winter tracks.