Gai Waterhouse prepared her fourth VRC St Leger winner in eight years when Transact led throughout over 2800 metres at Flemington on Thursday.
Waterhouse, who since August 2016 has trained in partnership with Adrian Bott, won the Listed three-year-old feature with Hippopus (2013), Order Of The Sun (2014) and Runaway (2018).
Order of the Sun and Runaway also led throughout in their St Leger wins, the former winning by seven lengths.
Gai Waterhouse, picture Quentinjlang.com
Transact didn’t win in such a pulverising manner but was in control for the entire 2:58.12 of his race, the slowest overall time of Waterhouse’s four St Leger winners.
Ridden by Luke Currie, Transact ($5.50) defeated Rock Dove ($7) by a neck with American in Paris ($12) a further three-quarters of a length away in third.
Stars of Carrum ($2.90 favourite) finished fourth, 1.35 lengths away from Transact with rider Craig Williams hinting post-race that the Fiorente colt may have come to the end of his preparation.
“All he can do is stay,” Waterhouse said of Transact post-race.
“He could not win (early in his career), he was running last, last and last and I could see the owners all getting wibbly wobbly.
“But the more we stepped him up in distance, the more he improved and then everybody believed in him.”
Transact could have his next start in the $500,000 G1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on May 11 en route to the $400,000 Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (2800m) at Flemington on May 25.
Alternatively, Transact may remain in Melbourne and contest the Andrew Ramsden where the winner will be granted ballot free exemption for the 2019 Melbourne Cup.
Transact and Luke Currie, picture Quentinjlang.com