Beale Street produced a fighting front-running effort to win the John "Mouse" Sinclair Memorial (1600m) at Quirindi on Tuesday.
The Gavin Groth-trained gelding jumped well from the eight barrier and settled out in front. Turning into the straight with a length led, Beale Street was initially challenged by Present Sense on the outside, and then Evangelist and Wild Cavalier but kicked away for a one-and-a-half length win in the feature.
A 150-1 shot, Evangelist (Lea Selby), finished second with Wild Cavalier (Gayna Williams) getting the nod for third in a photo from Present Sense (Craig Martin).
Stepping up to the mile after a second last start at Moree over 1400m, Groth said said the five-year old has been getting better with every run this preparation.
"He was good," the Gunnedah trainer told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
"We thought we'd give him a mile because of his good run last start."
"I think it's a bit of a soft mile, Quirindi, and it was a good track to try him at it and he ran it out strong, so it was pleasing."
When it was put to him that he was just too tough, Groth responded "he does that".
"You think at the top of the straight they're going to go around him but he just keeps kicking so it was a terrific effort," he said.
Ken Dunbar picked-up the ride as a replacement for Jake Pracey-Holmes and said Beale Street was tough up front.
"Gav said, make sure he does a bit more, and if you think he's done enough make him do a bit more, which I did and he sort of kept responding," he said.
He said did wanted to "wander all over the place" but felt he had them "covered pretty well".
"But here's a tricky sort of track you never know where they're going to come from," Dunbar said.
Coming home in 34.93 seconds, Beale Street scored his fifth career win from 25 starts.
Groth's other runner - Al Guns A Dancer, was the sixth in the previous race, the Willow Tree Cup 22nd June CG&E Class 1 Handicap (1200m), Andrew Gibbons driving the Adam Duggan-trained Time of Glory through the middle of the field to edge out Paul Perry's Jamacian Dream and Carmen Murnane's Khitaamy.