BENDIGO-RAISED jockey Nash Rawiller has won Saturday's Group One Toorak Handicap aboard Solzhenitsyn at Caulfield.
Queensland star Solzhenitsyn confirmed his rating as one the best milers in the country as he became
the fifth horse in 133 years to claim successive Toorak Handicaps.
The Robert Heathcote-trained seven-year-old, the $6 favourite, was aided by a gem of a ride from Rawiller.
Rawiller had Solzhenitsyn travelling sweetly in fifth position in the run behind a genuine speed and was in a position to launch a winning run as the field turned for home.
The gelding sprinted clear passing the 200m mark and put the race beyond doubt as Trevieres made
ground late from back in the field.
Rawiller's carnival suffered a setback when he lost
the plum ride on Fiorente last weekend, but
Heathcote said the hoop showed why he was one of the "top three or four" jockeys in the country.
"As we know with Nash, he's a man of few words,
but he came out with that focus in his eyes and said, `don't worry, I'll get the job done’," Heathcote said.
Solzhenitsyn finished ahead of French horse Trevieres ($12), with another length to Blackie ($21) third.