Lightly raced Edison returned to winning form at Royal Randwick this afternoon with a narrow win in the $125,000 Newhaven Park Benchmark 72 over 1300m.
Trained by Bjorn Baker for the powerful international syndication group Highclere and ridden to perfection by Group one jockey Glen Boss, Edison ($8.50) tracked the speed throughout before making a determined challenge topping the rise.
Obviously feeling the effects of carrying a big weight in the heavy track conditions, Edison showed plenty of courage to take the lead soon after topping the rise before holding off a determined late challenge to win narrowly from the runner up Papal Warrior.
It was the third win in 12 runs for the talented son of Fastnet Rock who will be a better horse still on firmer track conditions according to Bjorn Baker.
"I think he will be much better on firmer ground but class carried him through," said Baker after the race.
In an interesting aside, Edison's win was three-time winning Melbourne Cup rider Glen Boss's first for the Baker stable.
The Chris Waller-trained runner up Papal Warrior completed the quinella for stallion Fastnet Rock, coming with a fast closing run under champion rider James McDonald. Papal Warrior continued his excellent recent form coming off a last start mid-week placing appreciating the big drop in weight today.
The disappointment of the race was the well backed $2,40 favourite Travest who was well supported late in betting. After a moderate start, Travest settled at the rear of the field early but found it impossible to make up enough ground in the straight to threaten the first two, finally taking third place.