The biggest betting move of the day was a successful one, with credit due to a bold plan and perfect execution from trainer Caspar Fownes with the three-year-old Grand Dragon. From a quote of $91 around an hour before the race, Grand Dragon was hit hard before scoring a soft win as a $44.50 favourite. While many players might have had reservations about the stoutly bred Grand Dragon coming back in distance to 1,000 metres, jockey Olivier Doleuze exhibited supreme confidence, bordering on arrogance. The Frenchman was last of the 14 runners in the early stages but had threaded his way through the field to be fifth at the halfway mark, after which a quick change of gears saw his rivals swiftly put away. Grand Dragon has now won two from five and was the first of two winners yesterday for former Australian Cup hero Istidaad, the other being 46-1 winner Istide in race nine.