Waller quinella as home affairs hang in the Black Caviar Lightning

Chris Waller produced another masterful performance, dragging the front two past the post into the Black Caviar Lightning as Home Affairs clung to victory.

Despite the three-year-old’s impressive victory, all post-race discussion will focus on race favorite Nature Strip, who missed the jump before being pushed out of the back of the field.

The 2021 Everest winner usually enjoys running ahead, but found himself in the unusual position of having to chase his stable mate on Saturday.

Led by Jamie Kah, Nature Strip came incredibly close in the closing stages, but James McDonald’s Home Affairs was strong all the way down the line to win in a photo-finish.

Second elected on the market, Eduardo was back in third position, while Swats That, a difficult chance, had a good race to finish not far from there in fourth position.

Home Affairs and Nature Strip have been linked with possible Royal Ascot campaigns over the coming year and neither have done anything to suggest they are not in top form for a potential international raid.

Home Affairs delivered a one-two finish to McDonald, who also won the first race on Crystal Pegasus for Waller.

Robert M. Larson