The promising Malibu Style has excelled in the wet conditions at Belmont, to win the Del Basso Smallgoods Italian Day Handicap over 1000 meters, with a superb finish from back in the field.

After jumping into a difficult position, Paul Harvey was caught three wide without cover back in the field, as Madassa skipped away to lead unchallenged. As the field split up in the straight, only Malibu Style appeared to be the runner likely of victory outside the leader and once straightened up, finished the job comfortably.

After a narrow defeat last start at the hands of First Among Equals, money followed the Neville Parnham galloper all the way to race time and those punters were not disappointed.

Madassa maintained his solid form, after winning at Belmont on the opening day of the season, performed well again and now after seven starts is still yet to finish outside of the top two.

Castle Retreat was much improved back in third after two poor performances earlier this year, indicating he’s on track for a better campaign.

King River and Flying Roar appeared lost well back in the field, made no in-roads in their margin in the very difficult conditions.

Malibu Style won in 58.34 and by 2.5 lengths to make it four wins from 11 starts.

Ian Lenton