Further Group success for tenacious son of Intense Focus

A GROUP 1 winner at two, Astaire went without a win all last year but the four-year-old showed class is permanent as he produced a gutsy all-the-way victory in the Group 3 Abernant Stakes.

Jamie Spencer, riding Astaire, went immediately to the front and never relinquished the position despite a prolonged challenge from Watchable, who finished second.

None of his other rivals managed to join the battle, including the 7-4 favourite Music Master, who finished half a length and a length and a quarter down in third.

"Astaire had the advantage of a run and when the runner-up came to him he found out more. Kevin was confident beforehand and that was good enough for me," said Spencer.