12 December 2016
The son of Courage Under Fire headed into the rich race coming off a win in his final heat, however he was still only sixth in betting when they jumped.
Horses don't know their starting odds though and Smolda produced his best work when it counted.
Taking off three wide with 1100 metres to travel, Mark Purdon moved Smolda up agressively and a lap from home he was in front albeit still three wide.
Hectorjayjay trailed in Smolda and those two cleared out in the final 400 metres. Staging a monumental battle in the home straight, Smolda eventually got the upper hand and won by half a neck over a gallant Hectorjayjay.
For Smolda this was his biggest win amongst a glittering career and it takes his earnings to $2,139,596.
Bred by Paul Blackshaw, Smolda is the second foal of the Safely Kept mare Under The Mattress 1:58 - $105,711.
Note: Cymach (Mach Three) produced a top front running display to win the Group Three Inter Dominion consolation.
The seven year old gelding has now won over $388,766 for his owners Stonewall Stud.